Part A and Part B

Hello. My name is Ashlee and I am a recovering poster child for Proverbs 29:11…part A.

Part A is the bad part.

It says, “a fool gives full vent to his anger (part A), but a wise man holds it in check (part B).”

Yep, that was me. I was the person that when I got mad, you knew it. Yeah…I let you know. I might have done a little fussing…okay, a lot of fussing, yelling, complaining and I made sure to vent all my anger and frustrations because it made me feel better. I had a hard time keeping my anger in check. I didn’t have a bad temper, but I guess you could say I wore my emotions on my sleeve…everyone knew when I was having a bad day or someone had wronged me. I was quick to let someone know immediately when they hurt me.

Fast forward to today. As I am writing and thinking back over the last few weeks, I’ve had several instances in which I wanted to “vent in my anger” and give some people a piece of my mind. Now, I already know what you are thinking…she’s a recovering Proverbs 29:11 Part A person, so she probably done told some people off…but you will be happy to know I chose to be a Part B person in each of those scenarios.

Here’s where we can cue the confetti and cheers for small victories in life!

You see, as I was reading Proverbs 29 today, it was nice to look back and see where I have grown. It was refreshing to say to myself, “Good job Ashlee for holding your tongue on ‘ole so and so” or “Aren’t you glad you didn’t say anything hurtful or retaliate when you were mistreated by Little Miss Prissy Pants? You see, it’s easy to say whatever, whenever and use the excuse, “I have no filter.” But God commands us to choose our words carefully, to be wise by holding our words in and only speaking with discernment when angered. In other words, don’t lash out at someone. Think long and hard before you open your mouth and sometimes you might just need to bite that tongue, sister.

Now if you like me and you a recovering Part A of Proverbs 29:11, then you know what how hard that can be. For me, I have found a few things that work for me and I want to share them:

  • Don’t be afraid to walk away. If there’s drama, or a chance for you to open your mouth when you shouldn’t and say something foolish…remove yourself from the situation. That could be hanging up the phone, physically walking away or not replying to a message.
  • Find someone that will allow you to vent. I have several people that I can call and vent to and we can pray about the situation and I can get advice on what to do. Having that sounding board keeps your anger in check.
  • Lastly, love people where they are. This is the hard one. It’s tough to love someone that has hurt you…the person that really needs a piece of your mind. Instead, show love and pray for them. Honestly, when you are praying for someone you aren’t probably going to make a foolish choice with your words towards them.

A lot of what I have said pertains to people. I know that isn’t the only reason that we get angry, but usually 95% of our frustrations result from interactions with someone else. Let’s face it…people are going to be people. But, if we are going to call ourselves Christians and want to display Jesus to this world, we have to be willing to do what it takes to be a Part B of Proverbs 29:11. We have to constantly be chasing that Christ-like perfection (even though it’s unattainable), because it is our job to be Jesus to the world. Jesus never spoke a word that was not said at the right time and in the right way. He was the poster child for Part B.

There is a time to be silent and a time to speak out. We can’t be in control of everything, but we can be in control of whether our words are like Part A or Part B. I don’t want to be a recovering Part A. I want to be on the poster in people’s mind as a shining example of Part B…’cause that’s where Jesus is glorified.

Bulldog Faith

Sunday morning in Sunday School we were in Jude. I have read the 25 verses before, but there was something that my brain got stuck on during the hour from verse 3. The teacher made a statement about having bulldog faith…not letting go…like often times the bite of a bulldog or pit bull. They have a tendency which is engrained within them to not let go once they grab hold and bite down on a target.

In Jude 1:3, he is writing to the recipients of his letter (who are Christians) and saying, “Dear friends, although I was eager to write you about the salvation we share, I found it necessary to write and exhort you to contend for the faith that was delivered to the saints once and for all.” He changed his focus after he started writing because he had to tell them how important it was to contend (fight against, agonize over) false teachers that were present. When asking them to contend, he says, I EXHORT you to contend. Exhort is to strongly encourage or pressure someone to do something. So, Jude is putting pressure on the recipients of this letter to agonize over the faith and fight against the false teachers/doctrine! Now, when he is talking about “the faith” it doesn’t mean just our personal belief or our sense of trust in God, but it means the essential truths of the gospel that all true Christians hold in common.

What do we hold in common? Honestly, I believe those lines are blurred quite a bit these days. We must go back to the faith of the early New Testament church. Read in Acts Chapter 2, the day of Pentecost. Read what Paul says in Romans 6:17-18. Think about Paul and what he says in Galatians 1:22-24. He who formerly persecuted Christians later preached the faith he once tried to destroy! There was a definite form of faith in the history of the early church. It wasn’t full of what is “right for me” or what we put together as “our own faith”, it is what is outlined clearly in the scriptures (see Ephesians 2:20)…The faith that was built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets with Jesus Christ as the cornerstone. We can distribute it over and over, but it was delivered by God! We don’t need to subtract from it, add to it or change it any way when distributing it. We must contend for it with bulldog faith, just as it was delivered!

Okay…so back to that bulldog. When I was reading about their temperament, I learned that they are quite tenacious…meaning they keep a firm hold of what they know…if you teach them something and are consistent with it, they will not forget it. They can be quite determined. I asked myself these questions:

  • How tenacious am I about God’s Word? Am I determined to live a life that contends for the faith?
  • Do I keep a firm hold onto The Truth?…do I cling tightly to it?
  • How easily do I forget what God says and allow the devil to try and distract me with a tasty treat out of the corner of my eye?

Maybe you can ask yourself those same questions, too. Maybe you have let go of God’s Word…His Truth…and you are clinging to a false faith or your personal belief in something. Pick up His Word…His Truth. Bite down on it and don’t let go. Bulldog faith is one of tenacity, determination, and clinging to the truth you will find in God’s Word. Refuse to forget what God says in His Word. Don’t taste anything the devil has to offer. Anything you bite down that is not of God is not going to taste good. It may satisfy you for a moment, but with God’s Word, I can testify that when you bite down, the more the Holy Spirit reveals to you, and the deeper you will want to sink in your teeth.

“Bee” Full of Wisdom

I got stuck on Proverbs 24:13-14 this morning while reading. I got to thinking about beekeeping as I read and decided to do some research on being a beekeeper and harvesting honey from the hives. I don’t know about you, but I just assumed you put some boxes out in the yard or a field and let the bees do their thing…but then again, what do I know!?!? In reading, I learned that now beekeepers have to worry about parasites and diseases that they didn’t have to worry about years ago, so they can’t just leave the hive alone. They have to keep a watchful eye on the hives throughout the year by opening them up and looking for anything that might be starting to develop and clean out any pests or add barriers such as chemical treatments to keep the hive from disease.

Even more, I didn’t realize this, but honey is basically bee vomit.

Yep. Puke.

That sweet stuff comes from nectar being mixed with an enzyme in the bees stomach which inverts the sugars. This inverted nectar is regurgotated and placed in the honey comb cell. Depending on temperature, relative humidity (for drying), and a nectar source, the bees rapidly beat their wings to dry before it has cured enough to be sealed and capped. This drying prevents fermentation. Once it has been capped in the cells within the hive , it is ready for harvest.

Then there’s that suit. I know you’ve seen the jumpsuit and the hat with the net covering to prevent stings. Without that suit, it would be quite difficult to do anything with the hives because the bees would sting you with every chance they got! It’s your protection so you can receive your reward…your honey!

Now, pursuing wisdom is hard work. It requires you, like the beekeeper and her hives, to open up God’s Word, examine it, study it and treat it well, so it can produce within you. If you are working hard on your spiritual hive, you can expect to produce honey for your soul. Even better, as we produce honey for own heart when reading, within us changes and when regurgitated to those around us, they get to experience God through us! My goodness that’s sweet! Wisdom not only changes us, but we have the ability to influence others and draw them to Jesus with the sweet aroma of the Holy Spirit living within us! Pursuing wisdom can also hurt a little…sometimes a lot. I can promise you, every time I read scripture, I feel a little sting. Why? Because I have not capped off my hive with perfection in Him. Without God’s Word as our protection, to show us right and wrong, we are setting ourselves up for stings from this world. That beekeeper isn’t going to go and handle those bees without her suit of protection…it would be silly when she has everything she needs to guard herself right in front of her. My question is, why don’t we allow The Truth to protect us from the devil’s attacks and stings?

Being a true follower of Christ is much like the beekeeper’s job. It’s hard work. But for all the work, comes a sweet reward. For the beekeeper, it is honey for the belly. For a child of God, it is honey for the soul. Digest His Word, for it is good!

Buying Truth

I’m not a shopper. I am probably one of the few women that do not enjoy spending the day going to endless stores browsing merchandise, trying on clothing or carrying around an enormous amount of bags with stuff I truly do not need, nor have room for in my already overstuffed closet.

In Proverbs 23, God tell us to do some shopping…verse 23 says, “Buy truth, and do not sell it; but wisdom, instruction and understanding.”

Now, you can’t actually “buy” truth. I’m this context, it means to acquire or get. It’s free. It’s basically like going into a store and you see a whole display of some beautiful diamond earrings, maybe an expensive purse…all for free! Now if you stand there and you watch everyone come by and grab something for themselves, but you never actually go up and take something, then you haven’t acquired yourself some earrings…you leave empty-handed. You must make an effort to go over and pick them up to obtain them and wear them! Same goes for God’s Word…the truth. It’s free…but you have to take steps to obtain it. You can’t get it by admiring your Bible on the coffee table. We must grab hold of it, open it and wear it’s word on our heart, just as we would wear those beautiful diamond earrings.

Since you got those beautiful diamond earrings for free, you will probably tell everyone about it, huh? I know I would! I would make sure everyone knew how I obtained them and that it didn’t cost me a dime! That’s how we should be with God’s Word. I know I could post about how great my kids are and how awesome my husband is…’cause that’s the truth, but it doesn’t change anyone…it doesn’t help them to gain wisdom, understanding and instruction. God’s Word does all that! It changes me everyday! There’s so much greatness packed from cover to cover…better than anything you can buy at the store, yet we refuse to browse its pages and “try on” faith! Trust me, friend, faith in God will always fit just right…and when you look in the spiritual mirror (God’s Word), you won’t be focused so much on getting the outside looking just right, but dressing your soul with everything you bought from His Word!

Now, here’s the kicker. God says to not sell truth. However, you will find many people will try to offer and buy it from you. Do not be deceived. They are offering you their pleasures or distractions in exchange for the truth. This world has a lot to offer us that can seem more appealing than God’s truth. But I assure you, it will cost you more than you want to pay and leave you wanting a full refund in the end. You can’t put a price tag on the truth. It cost Christ dearly…He bought everlasting life for you and me.

Hold on to those bags of bought wisdom tightly, my friend. When you open them, blessings will be packed in there for eternity! Sell not…you will be satisfied with your purchase each and every time you open up God’s Holy Word!

Jesus in the Huddle

Okay, so I have told a hundred times before I can be a little controlling. I mean, I know most people want things their way…who wouldn’t, right? Well, when trying to live a life pleasing to the Lord, we are required to relinquish control. It’s not about what we want, it’s about what He wants and what brings glory and honor to Him. I want a life that does that…but it comes with saying to myself, “I can’t handle it all.”

I know that…but it stings a little bit in my flesh because I want to handle everything. I want to make things happen. I want to score a touchdown everyday in life! Yesterday during worship, my pastor said a statement as part of his message, “If Jesus is in your huddle, you will get it right.” I quickly scribbled it down in my journal so I could come back to it. I pictured burly football players all gathered around one another trying to figure out the next play. If I’m honest with myself, I would be the pipsqueak in the middle trying to tell the qualified quarterback what to do. I always have a plan to try and help. It’s the control freak in me.

All day long yesterday, I knew God was reminding me again to quit trying to control an area of my life. I’ve told the husband numerous times, “I just don’t know what to do.” Yes, I’ve prayed about it, but it was like I kept getting in the huddle with God and saying, “gimme the ball, gimme the ball” when I had no clue what I was going to do with it because I haven’t given God enough time to tell me anything. I read the playbook, but I truly just haven’t given God time to explain the season that I am in and let him direct/coach me.

You see, it’s easy to sit down and know what God wants you to do…it’s clearly outlined in His Word. But sometimes, you need to put God in the personal huddle inside your head…shut up and listen…and wait for him to place you in the right position. Yes, I want Him to “coach me” through my prayers…but I must be willing to not just read The Playbook, but listen to His voice. He speaks, friend.

He wants me to get a touchdown.

He wants me doing a victory dance in the end zone.

He wants me to hold the trophy at season’s end.

But, all of that isn’t possible without putting Him in my huddle…allowing Him call the plays…and handing the ball over to someone more qualified…Jesus. Sheesh. I know I’m not the only one that struggles. I’ll pray for you and you pray for me. I know God knows better than me…He wrote the playbook…and I know that my problem in His hands will get farther down the field without me. In my hands, I just keep fumbling the ball.

This week as I look at my calendar, I will be reminded to just stand in the huddle and listen for God…to let Him work everything out. I’m just going to stand in the end zone with my arms ready to catch the blessing coming my way!

“Lord Almighty, blessed is the one who trusts in You!” -Psalm 84:12

Staring and Steering

Last night was a late night. Drove an hour to see my girl Lysa and not getting home until well after midnight. Needless to say, I am a zombie today and my brain is functioning at about 15%. I’m on my second cup of coffee and I’m pretty sure I only have mascara on one eye. But, it was worth it. My desire is to grow closer to the Lord with each passing day and I know that to do that, sometimes it requires being a little uncomfortable…sometimes in big ways and then others it’s in getting out of bed to boss the day when you have hit the snooze button a million times because someone will need you today in some capacity.

I got out my notes and read a couple of scriptures she asked us to write down, one of them being Hebrews 12:1-2.

“Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God.”

Also, I wrote down the statement: “You steer where you stare.”

When I read both the scriptures and the statement, my heart overflowed because I can see so many times where I steered in the wrong direction, because my eyes were not fixed on my destination. What was my destination? Ultimately, an intimate relationship with my Creator. I wasn’t going to Hell, but my life was full of complacency and just on cruise control. I know you know what I’m talking about. You go to church, you read your Bible, you pray, you try not to do unholy things, say bad words and be a good person…yet you are merely only traveling the “Christian Highway” to get to Heaven. You don’t stop and get out and visit at all the amazing destinations that a relationship with God can bring you. You miss the amazing sights that come from following Jesus and His directions. He doesn’t just want us going through the motions. He wants us to live full speed for Him…He has so much to offer to a life that is surrendered to His will in faith and His navigation!

I have seen God perform miracles within my own life and bring me off of a dark road, when I chose to quit listening to the lies of the enemy as my backseat driver. Sometimes it is easy to tune out those lies, but then other times it requires you pulling off on the side of the road, turning around like we do as mamas when our kids are acting crazy and saying, “You need to hush so I can concentrate (in the name of Jesus)!” You can then turn to face the road, grip the steering wheel and know that as long as your eyes are looking to Jesus your faith will be perfected. Keep seeking Him, friend. If He says go, GO. If He says stop, STOP.

He’s not going to leave stranded. Just keep driving with the truth of His Word and His promises to never leave you or forsake you (Deuteronomy 31:6). There’s a miracle waiting for you just up the road. Put the pedal to the metal, sister! There are beautiful sights to behold.

True Love

My husband has to get up early every morning to go to work…4 am to be exact. This week has been a little hectic and he didn’t have any clean pants work pants. It was late on Tuesday night when he realized it, so I told him I would wash a load and set my phone to wake me up when it was time to put them in the dryer. Well, next thing I remember is him at 4 am saying, “Babe, did you put my work pants in the dryer?” I jumped out of bed like I heard gunshots and ran to the laundry room, because honestly I couldn’t remember if I did and then when I was actually awake standing in front of the washer I realized there were No. Dry. Pants. I apologized profusely, because the last thing I said to him before we laid down was, “I got this. I will take care of it…get some rest.”

Well, I didn’t take care of it.

I failed him. I know it’s just a small thing, but I felt so bad. Now, he had pants he could wear…he didn’t drive to work in his underwear, but it was the thoughts in my head of letting him down when I said I would do it that we’re ringing in my head from the enemy. He knows our weaknesses and I was listening to him before I was even awake of how crappy I am.

Now, this man has never treated me with nothing but respect and love and I can’t think of a time where he ever raised his voice at me, but I was expecting him to let the “tired, gotta go to work, 4 am Kevin” to just be so upset. I mean, “you did say you would take care of it”, Satan kept telling me. I came back in the bedroom and he grabbed me up, hugged me and said, “You gonna hurt yourself jumping out of bed so fast!” We chuckled together at my craziness and he kissed me on the forehead.

Y’all…what a display of love. I know you thinking, “that’s silly”, but God knew I needed a man that displayed consistent calmness and patience. I can be a little quick-tempered and chaotic, so God blessed me with a man that is so even-tempered and calm. Even when he might be a little frustrated at me, he still kissed me on the forehead and gave me assurance of how wonderful he thinks I am. He diffused the enemy from beating me up with his words of encouragement. I truly see the heart of Jesus in Him each day.Thankfully, I have a God that never fails me. He loves unconditionally, wholly and His love never ends. Love truly is the most powerful force in the universe. Read 1 Corinthians 13:13. Even when we fail others and our God, we can trust that God will never fail us! He will always be there to kiss us on the forehead and remind us how wonderful He thinks we are.

Now, that’s true love, my friend.

“Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things, believed all things, hoped all things, endures all things. Love never ends.”

(1 Corinthians 13:4-8)

Snacks of Deception

I finished reading my girl Lysa’s latest book yesterday. I underlined so much in this book and highlighted in just about every page. This book is anointed with so much truth that anyone going through a tough time can glean from and be drawn closer to the Savior. I am not particular facing a trial at this moment, but as I read the pages I was flooded with memories of a time in my life where I chose to draw near to God when I felt like my world was crumbling apart. I’ve had numerous people ask me, “How did you do it?” My response was always, “God.” I just focused all my attention on Him, and sat at His feet asking for discernment, wisdom, which step I should take next and when I just needed to sit down and shut up. Today, sitting on the other side, I can see how God was with me and kept me from throwing myself off a ledge many, many times. He was so very faithful and my faith was strengthened because of that trial.

Today, my reading was in Proverbs 20, but I just didn’t feel led to share that. I was flipping through the pages to refresh my brain on what I read yesterday and these underlined words spoke to the depths of my soul in the quiet of the fifth-grade classroom I find myself sitting.

Find your Bible and read Psalm 19:14.

Read it again.

“Yes, the words of the mouth and the meditation of my heart must be pleasing to the Lord. And this can only happen when I align my words, thoughts and desires with Scripture. We must not forget that our soul hunger can only be satisfied by daily doses of truth, otherwise we will be prone to snack on deception.” Lysa T.

I took out my pencils and added some snacks on the pages.

  • Twisted pretzels
  • Sweet candy
  • Salty peanuts
  • Crunchy chips of deception
  • A little sip of Satan’s soda

How does this pertain to the Bible, you ask? Let me explain. God’s Word will never leave you twisted. The enemy will twist the scriptures, twist your way of thinking and have you confused, questioning and struggling in your faith. Don’t take another bite of the twisted tales of Satan. Get it straight…get the truth from the Word.

Oh, isn’t deception sort of sweet in the beginning? You’re not hurting anyone, right? Well, don’t be fooled…eventually that deception from Satan will suck the life out of you! Satan paints a beautiful picture of a fully stocked table of sweet treats, but I promise you will end up with a bellyache. God’s Word has a sweet savor that lasts. God even says so in Psalm 119:103, “How sweet are Your words to my taste! Yes, sweeter than honey to my mouth!”

Maybe you like salty snacks. Have you ever noticed the further you get away from God your attitude becomes a little salty…in today’s lingo, bitter. Trust me, I am living proof that if I had not stayed in God’s Word through my tough trials, I would carry around a bitter heart and spirit. That’s what Satan wants. When your heart is cold, you can’t be effective for The Kingdom.

For the love of potato chips! I love all kinds, my friend! But, have you ever noticed when you buy a bag of chips and you open them you find there’s more air than chips? You end up a little deflated, huh? Well, that’s how Satan works. He will have you thinking that you have gotten something full and Godly, but it’s quite the contrast, sister! He is full of deception! It’s his number one trick. From the outside it looks fulfilling, but when you start digging in…you come up short every time!

Now, we gotta have something to drink, right? I don’t know about you, but I am one of those people that just doesn’t get my thirst quenched unless I drink water. Soda just doesn’t quench my parched mouth. Well, when we choose to listen to the lies of Satan, it’s like we are constantly chugging soda but are still thirsty. There’s no relief from thirst. God offers water…Living Water…and all who drink it will never be thirsty. (See John 14:4) Fill up your cup with Jesus and His Word. I can assure you that your soul will feel so refreshed with each and every sip!

I am so thankful for God’s Word. It’s not a snack from the enemy that will leave me hungry in a couple of hours, but it satisfies me time and time again! Without it our souls will starve. Thank you Lord for your constant supply of “hearty food for my soul” that will never spoil, rot or expire!

Matching Our Movements to God’s Will

We are pretty good at planning out our lives. Jobs, marriage, kids, cars, houses…we make moves a lot of times without ever taking the time to consult with God. We do a good job of crafting our moves carefully so that we can produce results that we are pleased with at the end of the day. But the question is, do we take the time in all the moving around to consult with God. On Sunday my pastor made a statement about how we treat God like “a puppet on a string”. We are good at making moves and then expecting a certain outcome. Then, when the result of our movements don’t live up to our expectations we blame God or we lose respect and trust for the whole “faith process”. That’s not exactly what the sermon was about, but it was so impressed upon my heart to focus on always testing my movements…my plans…to the scriptures. If my plans are always sought with honoring God and following His Word, I will always produce movements that give me an outcome that pulls me closer to my Creator. Here’s a hard reality for us…God will not bless something that does not line up with His Word. That’s not Ashlee talking…that’s Biblical truth. When we try to put ourselves in the role of God and order our own movements and steps, we are making a mockery out of God and his sovereignty…just clowning around, basically. We know God is sovereign, but before we can dance in His sovereignty, we must be willing to lay down the “strings of control” in our lives and submit to the Lord…letting Him control our every move! God wrote the script on our lives and His promises for us are outlined in His Word. We must choose to open it up, study it, memorize it so that we will recognize exactly where God wants us to go…what steps to take each and every day! We like to the be the star of our own show many days, when we must come to a place of realization that our lives aren’t about us, but about Him. He deserves the all the glory!

If you are reading this today and are struggling with a move you are wanting to make, about to make or not sure if you should take within an area of your life, test it against the Word of God. Pray to Him about it. Seek His will. Just because we want something we perceive as good, doesn’t mean that it is God’s will for our lives. We may plan our moves, but it is God who defines what is right and just. Don’t focus so much on trying to make moves for God, but make room for Him to work in your life according to His Word and His promises. We must live a life devoted to faith in God and not in “pulling strings” here or there looking for an expected outcome.

“Listen to advice and accept instruction, that you may gain wisdom in the future. Many are the plans in the mind of a man, but it is the purpose of the Lord that will stand.” Proverbs 19:20-21

Wisdom vs. Foolishness

In Proverbs 14 this morning and there are two opposing lifestyles described within the text. That of one who makes wise choices, walks with integrity and conforms to the Word of God. The other is the devious, foolish person who consistently turns away from the Lord.

On Wednesday evenings we have been looking at compromise, which is the opposite of faith. When we don’t have faith in God, we choose to compromise on the truths in His Word. We are convinced that we know better than God…so we don’t choose faith…which in turn leads to compromising! There is such a direct correlation between compromise and wisdom. If we are in God’s Word, seeking His will, compromise is not an option. But, when we choose to take our eyes off Him and the promises in His Word, we are quick to convince ourselves that one compromising action or thought will be okay. Compromise leads the way to sin…because you are accepting standards less than what God desires for you! You are going against His Word…His promises…His truth! “Compromise begins with leaving your first love for Jesus Christ, which leads to compromise, which leads ultimately to immorality, idolatry, and other sins.” -Greg Laurie

I like what The Message Bible says in Proverbs 14:8: “The wisdom of the wise keeps life on track; the foolishness of fools lands them in the ditch.”

I love the descriptive words used in this translation because it gives me a visual…and I learn better with visuals, as I’m sure you’re aware of that by now. The thought that came to my mind is a car driving on snowy, icy roads. Oh, how sin/compromise is a slippery road! We start out on that icy road of compromise quite slow usually. We are cautious with our compromises…little missteps…sliding just a little. When we get comfortable with how to maneuver those little skids across the ice, we increase our speed and get more confident in compromise. Before you know it, you are traveling so fast that you lose control and end up in a spiritual ditch! You lost control and as you are sitting on the side of the road thinking about how your lack of discernment and wisdom got you to that place, you can’t help but cry out to God to help you pull you out of your ditch. But here’s the thing…He is always there when we call out His name…but if we would have chosen to stay off that road, we wouldn’t need to trample on the grace and mercy of God! It’s readily available, but so is the abundance of staying on track with Him. You don’t have to worry about sliding in a spiritual ditch or making a wrong turn when you are living a life of obedience to God!God has so much to give His children…the promises are outlined so clearly within the Bible, yet we still choose foolish behavior at times. Choose to navigate God’s truth. It will keep you on track!