Proverbs 4:13. “Hold on to instruction, do not let it go; guard it well, for it is your life. 14. Do not set foot on the path of the wicked or walk in the way of evildoers. 15. Avoid it, do not travel on it; turn from it and go on your way. 16. For they cannot rest until they do evil; they are robbed of sleep till they make someone stumble. 17. They eat the bread of wickedness and drink the wine of violence. 18. The path of the righteous is like the morning sun, shining ever brighter till the full light of day. 19. But the way of the wicked is like deep darkness; they do not know what makes them stumble. 23. Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it. 24. Keep your mouth free of perversity; keep corrupt talk far from your lips. 25. Let your eyes look straight ahead; fix your gaze directly before you. 26. Give careful thought to the paths for your feet and be steadfast in all your ways. 27. Do not turn to the right or the left; keep your foot from evil.”
I have never shopped ever on Black Friday. I have gone out people watching because seiously it is more contact fouls than a college football game. But lately it is more mean than funny and I think that is because of the rise in selfishness and my, ahem, “maturity”. Ok, I am feeling older now. But I ahem ways laughed ahemlwayst the marketing geniuses who got so many to buy into the “get it now for the cheapest price but hurry or you’ll miss it and never get it again” ploy. I am reminded of my husband’s quote, “It’s always on sale.” So true. And if you risk injury to get the perfect gift for that special someone, maybe their or your expectations are a wee bit high. Lol. But all that noise is nor my cup of tea anymore. I prefer peace. I really dig peace in my life and I am at a point where it characterizes me. Mostly, still a bit of a struggle sometimes, I am such a fighter, but I reserve the fight for the real battles and fight mostly on my knees in prayer now. (Love “War Room”!!!) So, peace to you today. And please pare down the gifts this year so we aren’t distracted by the fantastic birthday we are celebrating. If we are peaceful and quiet, maybe we can hear him cooing in the manger. Maybe we can remember the sweet momma and baby and stepdad that birthed and raised our precious Savior. Yes, I can hear it and smell the livestock smells and hear them talking about their sweet little baby. Much better than a grab race, eh? 😄❤
I pray often for the unsaved to be saved, that God would move their hearts, soften them, change their minds. I do not want anyone lost. I want them saved and going to heaven, especially everyone. I love these beautiful people God made! I love you! ❤ But the thing is this free will God gives everyone. It is a conundrum, it really is. On the one hand, what an amazing gift to allow us to decide for ourselves whether or not to choose the right side, God’s side versus the wrong side, evil and rejection of God. You see, He requires choice because He is love and love is nothing if not generous and true. Love is not self-serving and longs for sincere love back but does not demand it.
If we were puppets, God would be imperfect, a tyrant demanding us to follow and obey Him or die. God is loving and will not demand our worship but gives us a sound mind and opportunities and thr Bible to know Him, salvation through Jesus to be saved, blessings in our lives to see His goodness, longings for Him deep in our souls, and His beauty of His glory in His creation and in us and all He has made to make His presence obvious.
So with ample chances and opportunities to accept salvation ample nd choose God, His desire and mine is that people use these many many chances to decide to be free, be God’s, be loved and loving, worshio, serve God. People can decide. But at some point, the lack of making a dedicated choice will be the undecided’s or procrastinator’s or lukewarm’s or rebel’s choice because time will be up. He will come for those of us deciding to be His firmly and faithfully. It will be too late. And I pray people will get their act together before too late is here and they realize too late lasts forever.
So yes, we have free will and can choose to serve God or ourselves/evil/anyone other than God. And yes, we are big stuff for being able to decide our eternal fate for ourselves. We are free to be wise or fools. So, let’s all be wise and choose God to serve and obey now so too late doesn’t show up before we expect it. God loves us so much!❤❤❤
Proverbs: 3. “1. My son, do not forget my teaching, but keep my commands in your heart, 2. for they will prolong your life many years and bring you peace and prosperity. 3. Let love and faithfulness never leave you; bind them around your neck, write them on the tablet of your heart. 4. Then you will win favor and a good name in the sight of God and man. 5. Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; 6. in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight. 7. Do not be wise in your own eyes; fear the Lord and shun evil. 8. This will bring health to your body and nourishment to your bones. 9. Honor the Lord with your wealth, with the firstfruits of all your crops; 10. then your barns will be filled to overflowing, and your vats will brim over with new wine. 11. My son, do not despise the Lord’s discipline, and do not resent his rebuke, 12. because the Lord disciplines those he loves, as a father the son he delights in. 13. Blessed are those who find wisdom, those who gain understanding, 14. for she is more profitable than silver and yields better returns than gold. 15. She is more precious than rubies; nothing you desire can compare with her. 16. Long life is in her right hand; in her left hand are riches and honor. 17. Her ways are pleasant ways, and all her paths are peace. 18. She is a tree of life to those who take hold of her; those who hold her fast will be blessed. 19. By wisdom the Lord laid the earth’s foundations, by understanding he set the heavens in place; 20. by his knowledge the watery depths were divided, and the clouds let drop the dew. 21. My son, do not let wisdom and understanding out of your sight, preserve sound judgment and discretion; 22. they will be life for you, an ornament to grace your neck. 23. Then you will go on your way in safety, and your foot will not stumble. 24. When you lie down, you will not be afraid; when you lie down, your sleep will be sweet. 25. Have no fear of sudden disaster or of the ruin that overtakes the wicked, 26. for the Lord will be at your side and will keep your foot from being snared. 27. Do not withhold good from those to whom it is due, when it is in your power to act. 28. Do not say to your neighbor, “Come back tomorrow and I’ll give it to you”— when you already have it with you. 29. Do not plot harm against your neighbor, who lives trustfully near you. 30. Do not accuse anyone for no reason— when they have done you no harm. 31. Do not envy the violent or choose any of their ways. 32. For the Lord detests the perverse but takes the upright into his confidence. 33. The Lord’s curse is on the house of the wicked, but he blesses the home of the righteous. 34. He mocks proud mockers but shows favor to the humble and oppressed. 35. The wise inherit honor, but fools get only shame.”
I have a doctorate. I worked hard and long to get it. I do not use my title to promote myself or pump my ego up. I never insist to be called Dr. LaLonde, though I have a right to be called so. The thing is, when I feel the need to speak out on a topic I understand inside and out, I will say it with the full breadth of my authority and education to make that point that may help other people. “Look, I’m a doctor”, I say. I know health, I understand it. I have studied math and sciences to the nth degree, having degrees on degrees and yet am the humblest person I know. Why? Because God gives knowledge, wisdom and understanding, and He can choose to n give all that to someone else if I get too high and mighty on my cloud thinking I am smart. I am blessed and know the difference. I guess in that way, by the grace of God, I know to be humble which makes me smart. No, all that being said, I excelled in debate in school, always won the argument and here is why. You have to know both sides. You cannot determine what is right and healthy without exploring what is wrong based on symptoms and history. You cannot. There is an ignorance in believing what someone told you without requiring the evidence or exausting the other possibilities based upon reputable sources. So when you hear something, even if told you by someone you know or like or are related to, understand that before it becomes a belief, it needs to be checked against the facts and proven. This is against ways true. Do not be a lazy believer. Question, ask, seek, read, pray and truth will present itself to you. Look around, we have plenty of willful ignorance and laziness around us and lots of devisive propogandists attacking America and our American-elected President, lots of people accepting other people’s misinformation as fact and buying what they are selling with smoke and mirrors. Do not be one of those people. Dig, read, pray, think for yourself, decide for yourself. God gave you an invaluable and very intelligent mind. Use it. Research both sides and make an informed decision and stand for it. America needs her people to support her and her freedoms to think. You got this.
Knowing things is easy. It is at our fingertips. Knowledge is everywhere we look, all over the place. It is easy to come by. It is literally everywhere. If I turn a corner to sharp, there is knowledge. If I look next to my bed there is the Bible there, ready for use, ready for giving knowledge. Knowing things, little trivial knowledge or vast and deep book knowledge or knowledge of unknown or imagined things in alternate dimensions, it is a few keystrokes away in hot spots all over our good land. Knowledge is not the problem. The problem seems to come with intention. People say “Knowledge is everything” or “Knowledge is power”. Now what actually sets you apart is if you choose to apply that knowledge to the task at hand. Mixing knowledge and wisdom is the real goal. If you have knowledge and apply it and use it correctly at the right time for the right reasons to solve problems and help, you are like the most amazing of people on our planet. There is an actual shortage of people who can do this. A deficit. I used to be pretty good at it but have fallen into the rat race a little bit, go here, go there, do this, do that, be busy busy busy. So even I cannot use my knowledge correctly of late. And suddenly a problem hits so big that my wisdom would come in handy and here I am out of practice. I believe the enemy really wants us distracted for this reason. There are enormous problems that arise in life that require wisdom and if distracted and out of practice, knowledge is wasted and problems blossom and remain. So here is the big question. What do we do about that? And he answer is be less busy and read the wisdom Book and practice practice practice.