You Have The Power to Create Change, do you have the wisdom to know when it is needed?

YOU HAVE THE POWER TO CREATE CHANGE
, do you have the wisdom to know when it is needed? 

You feel like everyone does life better than you.

You feel like the deck is stacked against you.

You feel like you are not enough, and inconsequential, irrelevant, not important, trivial and inadequate.

You feel like you need to change.

You know where you want your destination to be, you have envisioned it many times.

Yet, here you are. There seems to be many miles between where you are and where you feel you are destined to end up.

You do have the power to create change in your life, however, it also takes wisdom, patience and courage to ensure that the change you want to create, is what God has destined for you.

Maybe change is not happening right this second because there is growth and learning that need to happen in your life.

Maybe change is not happening right this second because other circumstances or situations need to come into line before you receive a greater reward than you ever imagined.

Maybe change is not happening because the change is your plan………and not God’s.

You do have the power to create change in your life but the wisdom comes from trusting God with the timing. The patience comes from waiting for the change that God wants to see in you in exactly the time that God wants to see it. The courage comes from learning to quit trying to control things and letting God do what He does so well. Finally do you have the wisdom and courage to accept whatever God determines?

You do have the power to create change in your life, do you have the courage to ask God if it is a change He wants to see in your life and the patience to wait for His answer?

Dottie

………….and so I ride

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An informational Revelation

Spring housecleaning is a chore. Especially when you get to the spare bedroom where all the how to books, self help and DIY manuals, magazines, extra Bibles and CD’s live. Oh my what a wealth of information we have at our fingertips. It is everywhere, in any form imaginable.

Yet we still live in houses that need repair, we are still overweight, our cars still break down and we financially live from paycheck to paycheck and we try to fill the space God wants to inhabit with a million other things.

 Information might be plentiful but its pretty useless without revelation.

I heard that phrase the other day, information without revelation is meaningless. I love that phrase, it is true. Read all the information you want but unless God reveals something to you about that information that you did not understand before, it is information that you never put to use.

Knowledge from the information you read isn’t understanding just because you read it, it is understanding when you obey it. This is where it gets a little uncomfortable. Lots of people read the Bible, to lots of people it is just information that sits on a shelf.

 I love how Ephesians 1:17 slips so perfectly in here. “ I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father may give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation so that you may know Him better.”

A revelation is when God’s word becomes your reality, it is a willingness to trust and to obey. Only God’s word mixed with faith will get you to revelation. That is the point where all the information you ingest will become meaningful and not just words printed on a page.

Father, I pray that you will give me the Spirit of wisdom and revelation to know you better.

Dottie

………..and so I ride

I choose life

 Deuteronomy 30:19-20
“…I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing; therefore choose life, that both you and your descendants may live; that you may love the LORD your God, that you may obey His voice, and that you may cling to Him, for He is your life and the length of your days”
A few things in these scriptures strike me this morning. He has set before us life and death. He wants us to choose life. The Lord God is our life. Sounds like He has a plan for us and is laying the game our plainly for us to see. 
He gives us free will to choose what He has set before us, life or death. God does spell it out pretty plainly doesn’t He, life or death, you are free to choose. It is as simple as that. Choose me and you choose life. Chose another road and eventually you will find death.
This is a daily choice we make, to walk with God or not.
 The same can be said of our choices for every day living. We make many choices every single day.  Good or bad choices that can impact every area of our lives.  The choice is ours. Ultimately, we are the only ones responsible for making a good choice or a bad choice. 
The good thing that we are reminded in this scripture is God is available, He is there for us to cling to as we are making our choices. I love the last sentence, cling to Him for He is your life and the length of your days. That is beautiful.
Look to God for the wisdom to make good choices. Look to God to help you walk through any  issues that may be hindering you in life. Look to God to beat down the walls of self sabotage that we are so good at building. He and He alone can give the power, strength, stamina and courage to take those walls down and make good choices.
Godly living is a good choice but not an easy one. Decide that you will choose daily to walk the Godly walk and decide that you will let Him help you with each decision you are making. A few points to remember as you go through your day. 
 Make God your focus

 Take advantage of the many chances we have every day to make good choices.

 Realize that even small choices have lasting impact

 Ultimately only you are responsible for good or bad choices

 You are your best chance of living a life of few regrets

 Be consistent, a heart change can only come with daily renewing of your mind

 Lean on God, He is faithful to meet your every need.

 CHOOSE LIFE
Dottie

……………….and so I ride

True Wisdom, are we capable?

How do you define true wisdom?

Wisdom is an English word and is derived from an old Anglo-Saxon word that means “to see”. It is a moral quality and not necessarily an indicator of intelligence.

In James  it says true wisdom is “believing God, doing what God’s word tells us and living a righteous life. I like these scriptures because it gives us a living description rather than just a definition. It is pretty clear to me that for wisdom to be in the truest form, it needs to be based on the word of God.

Earthly wisdom is based on vanity, ours. Earthly wisdom is self-righteous and self-serving and quite often does not serve us well. While true wisdom comes from God, earthly wisdom comes from Satan.

Psalm 111:10 says that “The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom; all who follow his precepts have good understanding. To him belongs eternal praise.”

Live Well-Live Wisely- Live Humbly

These scriptures (James 3: 13-18) come immediately after James talks to us about our words and how they affect us, our lives and the lives of  others. There is so much to learn here.

If we couple speaking in a manner that is pleasing to God with living our lives in a manner that is pleasing to God, we win!

Actually, it seems that one begets the other.

Ambition,  boasting, twisting truth to make yourself look good and look wise isn’t wisdom (except the earthly kind) in fact it can be quite dumb, hurtful, painful, and  embarrassing when the truth comes out, and it always does.

How often do we embellish the truth to make ourselves look better, how often do we submit to blind ambition with no worry about how it affects anyone else?  As long as we achieve our goal, we can usually justify it, at least to ourselves. How often do we talk ourselves up and talk our abilities up knowing full well it is not the truth? Quite often I suspect.

Real wisdom comes from God only, it is doing deeds with the humility that wisdom brings, it is getting along with others, it is being gentle, reasonable, overflowing with mercy and blessings. Wisdom from heaven is pure, peaceful, considerate, submissive, full of mercy and produces good fruit.

We are bombarded by philosophies and methodologies of the world, in an attempt to divert our attention from the true wisdom we find in God’s word.

The scripture also says true wisdom in not hot one  day, cold the next and not two faced. Ouch point taken. Steady, strong and true describes the wisdom born of God.

Oh my how I need to practice this at work at home, in my marriage, with my children, friends and acquaintances. Every word I speak, every move I make in this life should be measured against the standard of true wisdom.

Am I going to measure up every time? Not a chance, but how nice and reassuring is it that I have a loving God that has given me a living description and boundaries and goals to live up to and to help me do it.

True wisdom I believe, is measured by the depth of a person’s character.

Wisdom born of God is rich and infinite, it does not need supplemented by any wisdom we can find in the world.

True wisdom begins, lives in and ends with God. Anchor your wisdom there.

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