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Smart or Wise?

Are we being smart or wise?… 


While these 2 words generally mean the same thing, there is a big difference. 


Being smart comes from relying on our own self driven actions, skills, knowledge, and work. 


Wisdom comes from knowing our limitations, learning from experience, and relying on something or someone outside of ourselves. 


Humility and discernment lead us to wisdom. 


So think about this today. 


We need both in our lives depending on the situation is when we must make the choice. 


Are you being smart or wise?… 


Check your experience … 

“if it is wisely handled — and it seems to be in wise and prudent hands — there are doors of opportunity ahead of this project that may surpass our capacities to imagine.” Big Book pg. 572 

Lord, let us lean toward wisdom when it comes to matters of the heart and will, AMEN. 

“But the wisdom that comes from heaven is first of all pure; then peace-loving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial and sincere.” James 3:17 


Have a blessed day Y’all! 


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We Use Faith Daily

Faith is not believing that God can; it is in knowing God will… 


Have you ever considered that the things we rely on most we don’t actually see or understand how they exactly work? 


We can’t see the air we breathe. 


Except for a few friends who are engineers, we can’t really explain all that is involved when we turn on a light. 


We put the key in the ignition and the car starts right up. 


These things require something on our part that we don’t normally think about. 


We have faith that they will work. 


This faith comes from the experience we have built up from doing these things over and over again for a long time. 


We trust that they will work and don’t really give it much thought. 


That is how our faith works in the other areas of our lives. 


When we trust God with all of our heart, faith can carry us through many situations and seasons that are either uncomfortable or unfamiliar to us… 


Check your experience… 


 “To be vital, faith must be accompanied by self-sacrifice and unselfish, constructive action.” Big Book pg. 93 


Lord let us grow our faith through daily practice in trusting and relying on You, AMEN. 


“Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.” Hebrews 11:1 


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Resist the Temptations (Proverbs 1:10-19)

Jesus never tells us to withdraw from the world. The challenge is to be ‘in the world’ but not ‘of the world’. You are called to resist the temptations of the world around you.

The book of Proverbs gives practical advice on how to achieve this balance. Do not let others entice you into sin: ‘My son, if sinners entice you, do not consent.’ (v.10). ‘If they say, “Come along with us…”’ (v.11), do not to give in to them.

Many people have been led into bad situations by others saying to them, ‘Come along with us.

Do not be enticed into sin by the fact that everybody else seems to be doing something – evading tax or travel fares, getting drunk or being promiscuous. Do not follow the crowd: ‘Do not walk in the way with them’ (v.15). Just because others are doing it, does not make something acceptable. We cannot justify our actions on the basis that it is the way in which the world works.

In the end, if your ‘feet run to evil’ (v.16), or you go after ‘unjust gain’ (v.19a), it takes away your life. ‘When you go after everything you can, this is what happens: the more you get, the less you are’ (v.19).

The enticement of the world is very strong. Yet, nothing is too hard for the Lord.

Lord, I pray that you will give me the strength to resist all the temptations of the world and not to be enticed into sin. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Break Free From Anger Prison!

Are you still in prison?…


“As I walked out the door toward the gate that would lead to my freedom, I knew if I didn’t leave my bitterness and hatred behind, I’d still be in prison.”- Nelson Mandela – 

This thought can give us insight to what our fears, resentments, and anger is based on. 


Are we still a prisoner of our own bitterness and hatred because we REFUSE to embrace our freedom and move on from the past?… 


Check your experience… 


“If we were to live, we had to be free of anger.” Big Book pg. 66 


 Lord let us walk in freedom letting go of the bondage of anger over the past, AMEN. 


 “Don’t sin by letting anger control you. Don’t let the sun go down while you are still angry,” Ephesians 4:26 


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Are You Salty Enough?

Seasoned with salt – NOT Salty language! 


Even though words fly out of our mouths with meaning formed from our emotions and experience, they can be received and interpreted differently by the individuals receiving them. 


Obviously, our words have different meanings depending on what part of the country we are in. 


For instance, asking for a pop outside of the Southern United States will get you blank stares instead of asking for a soda or other carbonated beverage. 


The point I am trying to share is that our words need to be geared toward the audience we are addressing. 


Our dinner conversations with our 23-year-old daughter revolves around more adult themed topics like finances and insurance instead of the topics we discussed with her in her younger years. 


Are you making sure the words you are using are being received in the right manner?.. 


Check your experience… 


 “Patience, tolerance, understanding and love are the watchwords.” Big Book pg 118 


Lord let our words be filled with grace and formed so that the ears of those receiving will understand, AMEN. 


“Live wisely among those who are not believers and make the most of every opportunity. Let your conversation be gracious and attractive so that you will have the right response for everyone.” Colossians 4: 5-6 


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How’s Your Footing?

How’s your footing? … 


Sometimes we find ourselves on rocky, cluttered, or unstable paths as we try to walk. 


When we encounter these challenges, we usually become a bit more wary of each step and sometimes consider changing our path. 


We don’t necessarily need to change the goal or the destination, but perhaps change the way we are trying to get there. 


 We can and will encounter some unstable paths in life and along our Spiritual walk as well. 


It’s in those times we can look to the Holy Spirit to guide us and set us on a clear and more stable path instead of trying to seek an easier, softer way on our own. 


How do you find firm footing spiritually? … 


Check your experience… 


“Established on such a footing we became less and less interested in ourselves, our little plans and designs.” Big Book pg. 63 


Lord, let us look to You to establish our footing when we find ourselves on shaky ground, AMEN. 


 “You cleared the ground under me so my footing was firm.” 2 Samuel 22:37 


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Two Are Better Than One

Two are better than one… 


There is a big difference between alone time and isolation. 


While time alone spent in prayer, meditation, and communication with God is restorative and rejuvenating, isolation blocks us off from everyone and everything leaving us to become a slave to our self-centered thoughts. 


Thankfully I have folks in my life who know me and help me to avoid traveling down the path of isolation. 


I learned long ago that a good idea only becomes great when shared with another and not left to our own thoughts. 


How often and how measured is your alone time?… 


Check your experience… 


“…being restored and united under one God, with hearts and minds attuned to the welfare of others,” Big Book pg. 161 


Lord let us lean on our brothers and sisters in Christ for both good times and challenging seasons, AMEN. 


“Two people are better off than one, for they can help each other succeed. If one person falls, the other can reach out and help. But someone who falls alone is in real trouble.” Ecclesiastes 4:9-10 


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Actions Instead of Words

Don’t talk about it…BE about it ….


Have you ever noticed that the things we remember most are experiences we have participated in?


Words and lessons we study are important also, and perhaps it’s different for you, but..


Experiences are what I learn best from and remember the most.
It seems our actions are remembered more than our words.
It’s a spiritual principle that we should let our actions, or light if you will speak for us.


Think about it.


Light doesn’t take away from or compete with the action.


It supports it silently so others can see it.


That is how God wants us to let our light shine, through our actions and not our words…


Check your experience…


“Now we need more action, without which we find that “Faith without works is dead.” Big Book pg 76


Lord, let our light shine through our actions and not our words, AMEN.


“So you see, faith by itself isn’t enough. Unless it produces good deeds, it is dead and useless.” James 2:17


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Walk by Faith

Faith it until you make it… 


We use faith in one form or another in many situations daily. 


For instance, when we touch a light switch, we naturally assume without much thought that the light will come on. 


Oh sure, a few of us, BUT NOT ME, have engineering degrees and understand all of the mechanics and physics involved in this simple act, but for the most part, folks like me trust that the light will just turn on. 


It’s the same experience in my car every time I turn the key to start it or apply the brakes while driving. 


I have faith, based on my previous experiences, that these actions will bring the desired results. 


The more I experience something, the stronger my faith is. 


It’s the same with our spiritual life. 


The more we spend time in the Word and with Jesus, the stronger our faith grows. 


We can’t buy faith, but we can surely grow it!.


Check your experience… 


“In this book, you read again and again that faith did for us what we could not do for ourselves.” Big Book pg 70 


Lord, let us grow our faith through daily contact with You and time in Your Word, AMEN. 


 “For we live by faith, not by sight.” 2 Corinthians 5:7 


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Just Ask!

Ours for the asking… 


We have to work in some form or fashion for just about everything in life. 


Obviously, we work to provide for our families, and we work at getting things we want and like. 


We even work on ourselves, physically, mentally, and spiritually in order to keep healthy. 


One of the things that we don’t have to work for is God’s, unconditional love. 


He chose us and it’s ours for the asking! 


However, we must work to build a relationship with Him in order to grow in Christ and know His will. 


How is this working out for you?.. 


Check your experience… 


“God either is or He isn’t. What was our choice to be?” Big Book pg 53 


Lord, thank You for choosing us and allowing us the opportunity for Your grace and everlasting life, AMEN. 


 “You have not chosen Me, I have chosen you. I have set you apart for the work of bringing in fruit. Your fruit should last. And whatever you ask the Father in My name, He will give it to you.” John 15:16 


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