Before all of us bemoan the terrible weather we are having, two things to consider: February is statistically our snowiest month and secondly, we are one day closer to spring. Now that's an optimist for you.

My mother and I continue to make adjustments to life without my dad. Stories from people in and out of town come via phone, card, or in person from folks he advocated for or helped with no fanfare.

I was going through some stuff today and found a half hour radio interview he did when he was 98 about his WWII experiences. It was a treasure with the details he wove in and his emotion about some of those he knew. I am making copies for my three nephews. In my grief, I still find joy in that he is with Jesus and can see. Praise be to God.

I was at an Iowa women's basketball game last week, it had been a long time since I had been anywhere, and saw the Big Ten leaders whip Illinois. But for me, the thrill was seeing the premier player in the country, Megan Gustafson, dazzle the crowd--27 points, 17 rebounds. That's about average.

The refreshing thing is that this All-American is humble, effervescent, and plays with great dedication. And she is s role model. In an era when so many so called athletes who are stars are arrogant, self serving, even dope smokers and bullies, it is so nice to see young men and women demonstrate what a true hero should be.

Now, on to my message today; all of us from time to time have important decisions to make. Unfortunately, we too often give counsel to our fears and listen to our gut or trust our instincts. That may not turn out badly but they are poor substitutes for God's wisdom Proverbs 3:5-6 says "Trust in the Lord with all thine heart and lean nit to your own understanding, in all your ways submit to Him and He will direct your path."

In the Old Testament, God asked Solomon, King David's son, what he wanted mire than anything as he began his rule. Solomon asked fir wisdom. Solomon asked correctly because we are always foolish when we try to solve our problems without God's help.

Whenever we spend all our time trying to figure out how to get out of or deal with a touchy situation, it is wasted time. We need God's wisdom and guidance and the good thing is, He promises to give it to us if we seek it. Of course, we need to put it to use as well. Like Solomon, we need to seek it out and use it. Sometimes Solomon ignored it to his chagrin.

In this life we live in, situations and challenges come in many forms. Some we see coming, some not. Some tests require patience and endurance while some take or require quick action. It makes no difference to God. He wants us to come to Him for the wisdom we need. He promises to give it. The Bible assures us of that time after time. Naturally, Satan would prefer we not do that so he can muddle and confuse us. But God never sends confusion but clarity and peace. He promises us that He will guide us with His eye.

The next time you have a decision to make in any area, let God point the way. If you do, the results will be good and instead of trusting your gut and being sick to your stomach things turned out sour, you will find the Lord came through for you. But then, He always will if you let Him.

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