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Mel Gibson as William Wallace in the movie Braveheart

What is Your Battle Cry?

“Freedom!” was the epic battle cry William Wallace (played by Mel Gibson Mel Gibson as William Wallace in Braveheartin the movie Braveheart) that stirred his ragtag group of Scottish warriors. “Remember the Alamo!” was shouted by General Sam Houston, after the deaths of Texas independence fighters who held out for thirteen days outmanned and outgunned in a mission house called the Alamo. The cry rallied his troops against the superior Mexican army and reminded them of Texan courage under fire. “Give me liberty or give me death,” was spoken by Patrick Henry to raise a militia and fight against British tyrannical rule. It soon became the colonial minutemen battle cry as they marched under banners that read “Liberty or Death.”

A New Battle Cry

At the start of each year, I ask God to give me a new battle cry or a new focus. God may be able to offer some people a phrase or an entire prophecy but I’ve learned I can only handle a word or two. Last year mine was in-tune. I’d like to say I honed in on God, that I keyed in on His wavelength, but I was more like the talking dogs in the movie Up. One-minute God and I are having a great moment and then … squirrel. It was a yearlong growing process where I learned tuning-in also meant tuning some things out.

A Daily Ask.

For 2019, James 1:5 has come to my attention. “If you need wisdom, ask our generous God, and he will give it to you. He will not rebuke you for owlasking.” In the past when I’ve read this I’ve always prayed, God help me to understand this specific circumstance, or what to say to this specific person, or what to write for this blog. However, it struck me that praying for wisdom shouldn’t be based solely on circumstances. It should be a daily ask. And since God’s ways are higher than our ways, wouldn’t we want to daily ask for wisdom to align our mind and logic with His?

Don’t Wait for Wisdom. Seek It.

Don’t just wait around for God to drop a wisdom bomb on you. It should be something that we seek out. Proverbs 2: 3-5 says,

    “Indeed, if you call out for insight
and cry aloud for understanding,
    and if you look for it as for silver
and search for it as for hidden treasure,
    then you will understand the fear of the Lord
and find the knowledge of God.”

The book of Proverbs is an entire book of the Bible dedicated to wisdom and it has thirty-one chapters which happens to be one for every day of the month. It’s as if God knows we need a daily dose. 

If we ask, God has made it clear that He is willing to provide. When Solomon requested wisdom instead of riches, long life, or death to his enemies, it reads to me as if God was giddy to supply it. God told Solomon in 1 Kings 3:10-14, “I will give you what you asked for! I will give you a wise and understanding heart such as no one else has had or ever will have! And I will also give you what you did not ask for—riches and fame! No other king in all the world will be compared to you for the rest of your life!”

I can picture God with a big triumphant smile, pumping his fist and saying, “Atta-boy.”

Now, you probably won’t see me riding horseback, my face painted half blue, and raising my fist in the air and shouting, “WISDOM!” But, I am giddy myself when I think of what God is going to provide and how it will impact 2019 and the years to come. 

What is your word for this year? What is your Battle cry? Fight song? What is God putting on our heart? Ask for wisdom and our generous God will give it to you.

Wishing you a wise and wonderful 2019!

Happy New Year!

Intelligence  Vs. Wisdom
Here’s a profound post I found on the difference between Intelligence and Wisdom.

1. Intelligence leads to arguments.
Wisdom leads to settlements.

2. Intelligence is power of will.
Wisdom is power OVER will.

3. Intelligence is heat, it burns.
Wisdom is warmth, it comforts.

4. Intelligence is pursuit of knowledge, it tires the seeker.
Wisdom is pursuit of truth, it inspires the seeker.

5. Intelligence is holding on.
Wisdom is letting go.

6. Intelligence leads you.
Wisdom guides you.

7. An intelligent man thinks he knows everything.
A wise man knows that there is still something to learn.

8. An intelligent man always tries to prove his point.
A wise man knows there really is no point.

9. An intelligent man freely gives unsolicited advice.
A wise man keeps his counsel until all options are considered.

10. An intelligent man understands what is being said.
A wise man understands what is left unsaid.

11. An intelligent man speaks when he has to say something.
A wise man speaks when he has something to say.

12. An intelligent man sees everything as relative.
A wise man sees everything as related.

Intelligence is good
but wisdom receives better results

I found this on the Beyond the Opposites blog page. To see the full post along with some life hacks regarding smart verses wise people click here:

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Olive Oil Sleepwalking at a construction site

One Way or Another? – Knowing Where You are can Help Where You’re Going.

Remember the cartoons of a sleepwalking figure (like Olive Oil in Popeye the Sailorman) who ended up on a steel beam construction-site skyscraper?  Every Olive Oil Sleepwalking at a construction sitetime she’s about to step off the ledge and plummet twenty stories to her death, another beam is raised. She teeters onto it, oblivious to her deadly situation.

Or, if you’re a fan of Alice in Wonderland, Alice comes to a fork in the road and asks the Cheshire Cat which path she should take. The Cheshire Cat responds with a question, “Well, where are you going to?” She says she doesn’t know, and the cat profoundly replies, “Then one way is just as good as another.”

Life can sometimes feel like we’re fumbling around lost in the dark, guessing where to go next. Without setting our goals and priorities properly then the Cheshire Cat is right. One way might as well be as good as another. We don’t know.

One day, when I was young, I was gazing at the colorful gumballs in the grocery store gumball machine, when my mom walked out. I followed her through the automatic doors. She stopped to cross the parking lot, and I reached up to hold her hand. Except, to my horror, the woman wasn’t my mother. Panicked, I yanked my hand away and spun around frantically searching for my mom, who, much to my relief, just pushed our cart out onto the sidewalk.

Being led astray can be scary, but we don’t have to stay on that path. New Years is the perfect time to re-evaluate our lives, correct our mistakes and re-establish our priorities. It’s the perfect time to stop rushing around putting out fires we could prevent if we just took a second to be still and seek God’s path for our lives.

I know, I know, who has the time, right? Or the willingness? But if we have a plan and a purpose, then the unknowns of the future can turn into an awaiting Make it Happen Noteadventure. A little advanced planning can save a boat-load of time later. Fortunately, God has provided a manual to guide us, and the Holy Spirit to direct our steps if we let Him (Proverbs 3:5-6). My husband is one of those odd people who enjoys setting goals. He’d already written his goals for 2018 back in November and developed a process to implement them. Here are some of his helpful hints for setting resolutions:

  • Pray over your year and see what God reveals to you.
  • Try to set a goal for different aspects of your life, for example: spiritual, personal (or social), work-related (or mental), and physical,
  • Set realistic goals that are simple and attainable: See S.M.A.R.T goals (specific, measurable, attainable, realistic, and timely).
  • Chunk them down into smaller bite-sized goals with reasonable deadlines.

New Years is a time to get in-tune with God. Time to reflect on the previous year and plan for the next. If you let God be your guide, you can keep your eyes on the goal and stride forward with purpose, knowing God has prepared the way.

May God bless you in 2018. Whether you turn to the right or to the left, may you hear His voice behind you saying, this is the way, walk in it (Isaiah 30:21). May He be the light unto your feet and the lamp unto your path (Psalm 119:105).  May He fill you with His hope and future (Jeremiah 29:11).

With Love,

Lorri Dudley

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