Monthly Archives: March 2019

You CAN…but!

Last week out of the blue I became very, very sick.  I mean S-I-C-K.  The rest of the week I had no appetite and cringed at the thought of eating anything and I’m just now eating again!

You know how we do.  We get sick and replay literally everything we’ve eaten to try to pinpoint the culprit…instead of avoiding it in the first place.  I’ve always had a lot of digestive issues and I know what I should eat and should stay away from but sometimes I just gotta have it.  Nothing wrong with having it…right?  Although I’ll never know, I think my ‘want to’ got the best of me and made me sick. I indulged a LOT in things I shouldn’t have and it cost me a week’s worth of feeling good.

We live in a world where anything we want is literally at our fingertips…whether it’s a good thing or a bad thing.  Even the stuff we know we shouldn’t have we find liberal access to.

Unfortunately as adults no one is going to slap our hands and tell us “no-no” when we reach for what we know will hurt us and what we don’t know will hurt us. It’s up to us to figure that out for ourselves.  Once we’re hurt by it, be it food or another desire or indulgence, do we get it or continue to reach for it?  Knowledge is knowing it could hurt us; wisdom is knowing it will and acting accordingly.

I’m very conscious of what I ingest this week and I hope I’ve learned my lesson.  I’ve suffered greatly because of not applying wisdom to my knowledge.  KNOWING something isn’t enough.  Acting based on what we know could yield tremendous benefit.

People say they know God, know His Word and know the difference between right or wrong.  If that’s true, why are we in the mess we’re in? Culturally we obviously need more than knowledge – we need wisdom.  Just like I did when I did all that eating.  I hope I don’t have to go through that again.

James 4:17 (NASB)  “Therefore to one who knows the right thing to do and does not do it, to him it is sin.”

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Code 82!! Code 82!!

This morning was a normal morning.  No drama, son got up on time.  Normal, normal.  Calm, calm.  My favourite kind of morning.  Until I got in my car.  Instead of the normal dashboard readings I saw something ominous:  “CODE 82”

Those who know me know NOTHING scares or upsets me more than something being wrong with the car. As I’ve said on multiple occasions, I have many car horror stories.  Immediately I started shaking…and praying.  I pulled out the owner’s manual:  nothing.  Nada.  I was afraid to drive my son to work so we called him a taxi and I waited until my car guy opened his shop.  I talked to God all the way through and practiced saying thank you for whatever it was knowing (I mean REALLY trusting) that whatever it was He would help me take care of it.

Finally it came time for the car place to open.  They told me it was a “change oil” indicator – but that made me feel no better because I had my oil changed around 1000 miles ago (by him).  They weren’t concerned at all; me – another story.  I was trying so hard to be a big girl.  My heart knew Father would help – my head well…let’s just say a fierce battle to ‘walk in the Spirit and not fulfil the lust of the flesh’ was happening. I wanted to smile and believe; I was trying sooooo hard to – but my head kept telling me impending disaster was occurring right before my eyes!

Turns out, it was an oil indicator that hadn’t been reset.  These gentlemen (Calhoun Motor Company) even put it up on the rack, checked the oil and everything under the hood to make sure everything was okay.  They went over and beyond to ease my anxiety.

Two things – AGAIN – came to mind.  First, when trouble or fear hits because we’re human, we’ll have some kind of physical reaction albeit a racing heart, a head game telling you the world’s about to explode or something.

The second thing is, when something does happen (and believe me it WILL), pray FIRST.  Then do what you can do.  Had I just let the car set and fretted over it instead of taking it where I knew I could get it seen to, I would’ve made myself sick eventually. I know because I’ve sat praying for something to be resolved not making any effort to do what I could because I was paralysed in fear or dread and nothing got accomplished.

Even if Code 82 had been something major, I was reminded yet again that my Father is with me through it all. He stands ready to calm and help me – and He wants to.  Instead of running to me though, He waits for me to turn to Him.  I did and we dealt with Code 82.

What are you dealing with right now?  Stop.  Talk to the One who loves you the most then see what can be done.  ****Interestingly, these were my verses this morning.  Thank You Father that I got the chance to put them into practice!  Don’t you LOVE IT!!!!

Philippians 4:4-7 (NASB)  “Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice! Let your gentle spirit be known to all men.  The Lord is near.  Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.  And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”