Intro Continued...

Grace and peace be yours in abundance through the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord. His divine power has given us everything we need for life and godliness through our knowledge of him who called us his own glory and goodness.
 Through these, he has given us his very great and precious promises, so that through them you may participate in the divine nature and escape the corruption of the world caused by evil desires.
 For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge; and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control; perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness; and to godliness, [sisterly] kindness; and to [sisterly] kindness, love. 
For if you possess these qualities in increasing measure, they will keep you from being ineffective and unproductive in your knowledge of our God. But if anyone does not have them, [she] is short-sighted and blind, and has forgotten that [she] has been cleansed from [her] past sins. Therefore, my [sisters], be all the more eager to make our calling and election sure. For if you do these things, you will never fall. 
~ 2 Peter 1: 2-10


An attitude adjustment

It's been said time and time again, "Attitude is everything" -'tis true, 'tis true. Our thoughts affect our actions. Our actions definitely invite reaction positive or negative. According to God, we get to choose life or death, blessings or curses, every day. Our actions reveal our choices, and I choices reveal where we really live in our hearts.

Therefore, we need to deal with the root of our heart condition in order to implement positive change and get the results we want in every area of our lives. I don't know about you, but I am tired of life as usual. I'm tired of crawling over the edges of circumstances, or resigning myself to the thought, "Well, that's just the way things are" or "That's just the way I am." Neither statement is true if we agree with God that we have choices. It's all in the choices we make, ladies. We are the sum total of our attitudes and decisions.

Whew! There, I said it. It's out there now. Can't take it back. Can't blame someone else for where I am. As my good friend Andy Andrews says and one of my favorite reads The Travelers Gift, the buck stops here. It's called being responsible for life. Say that out loud with me right now: I AM RESPONSIBLE FOR MY LIFE. Now breathe out. We'll never get through this if you don't keep breathing. I have a confession to make- this devotional was har for me. Hard because the teacher always becomes the student. So for every question I ask you, I have to answer it myself. Ouch! To be perfectly honest, some things I didn't want to think about or anser.

Some things have to be rearranged. It is time for a spiritual recalibration... so to speak. Our lives are only as transformed as we allow our minds to be renewed. It's time to take a look in the mirror and own some stuff-and discard some stuff while we're at it, so we can move forward and get on with the business of living victoriously. We are to have life and have it more abundantly, according ot to Jesus. We should have life, life should not have us. Who is running whom here? That is the question, and it's high time you were able to give the right anwer. You've got way more dominion over your life than you are exercising. Victory begins in you mind.