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Time for a change of address!!!

"We all find ourselves in situations that at times seem hopeless.  And, we all have the choice to do nothing or take action."  ~ Catherine Pulsifer 


Are you tired of your living conditions?  So many people tell me they are.  If you've been reading my blog for any amount of time you know I've been through some mountains and valleys.  The key is to trust God through the journey and never just accept that your situation is what it is.  Nothing just "is what it is" with God.  You don't have to stay where the devil left you.

On the other hand some people blame the devil for things he had nothing to do with and claim they are being attacked when in reality it's their own lack of wisdom.  Some people aren't somewhere because the devil left them there, they got there by their own  mistakes.  Even so, you don't have to stay there.  No matter how you arrived at the situation you're in today, you don't have to accept it and you don't have to stay there.  I know what I'm talking about.  I've made my own share of mistakes in life, and chose to obey God once I realized I made them.  He helped me, taught me, and restored me when I've made mistakes.  I've also gone through some things in more recent days that I had absolutely nothing to do with -- things totally out of my control.  I am choosing even now not to allow those circumstances to define or control me.  I've been in the pain of BOTH situations and I refuse to be a wilderness dweller.  I am a promised land person.  I will not allow the devil or circumstances to decide my address.   The Lord is my dwelling place!!!     "If you make the most High your dwelling, even the Lord, who is my refuge..."  Psalm 91:9      

Make a step toward change today.  There IS something you can do to bring change, because you CAN exercise self control and that alone brings change.

Today is the day to stop complaining about what you permit!

Today is the day to make the hard decision that you've been putting off!

Today is the day to stop procrastinating about what you know you need to get started, or finish!

Today is the day to resolve to stop complaining on social media and actually DO SOMETHING positive to bring change to your situation.

Today is the day that you realize you KNOW better, so you will now DO better.

Today is the day to decide that no longer are you going to call family/friends to vent about things you are frustrated with but are unwilling to work for change about.  Letting it out does no good unless you are willing to follow your vent with steps of action.

Some of you today aren't in either of these situations -- you are not suffering from mistakes made, nor are unfair circumstances happening to you that have you in a tight spot. Life is going really well for you. You are the person taking phone calls from people who have either put themselves into bad situations, or been unfairly placed there.  People are crying out to you.  Some of them listen and are changed.  Others overwhelm you because you realize when you get off the phone with them or walk away all they wanted to do was vent but they didn't care about changing.  They call you and say, "what in the world am I supposed to do?" and you tell them and it falls on deaf ears.

Here's what to do...give them a few minutes to vent but then say, "Get out your piece of paper.  Let's develop your action plan..."  If they are really serious about getting help they will follow through with acting on what you've worked on together.  If not, realize they are just looking for a trash can to empty out the toxic things in their life.   They can go to the dollar store for a trash can.  Prayerfully ask God what your response should be to this.  It is not my role to tell you what yours should be, however I know what mine is. 

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