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I recently, in this new venture, have had not one, not two, but THREE different people give me the same warning…. “Proceed With Caution”. I love when God confirms things that I need to listen intently to because He knows me all too well and He knows that I don’t always pay close attention when I am wanting to do things my own way.

caution4When we are hurting, it is so easy to fall into relationships that are completely unhealthy out of the desire to be wanted and accepted. We become enamored with instant bonding. We get excited at the prospect of having someone, ANYONE, whether it be a friend or a romantic relationship, and we instantly believe, in this microwave world, that we have found a true compatible partner, which rarely turn out to be all that we hoped it would be. Intuition would have us to believe that we are on the right track, it feels good, it looks good. But the devil doesn’t come dressed in horns and a red cape. He comes in looking like everything you ever wanted. Our intuition can fool us because when we are alone and seeking, it is based on fantasy or wishful thinking. Unrealistic expectations are not met and people walk away hurt and confused. What happened? We did not PROCEED WITH CAUTION and our emotions took us on a trip that left us standing alone…again.

Proverbs 14:16 (NLT) – The wise are cautious and avoid danger;
fools plunge ahead with reckless confidence.

caution3What is it that we really desire out of life? What are we truly seeking to fill the void that was left by the mistake we made? Our first word of the year in this study is SEEK. We go into the new year with resolutions that we never see through, we start off running a good race then we kick ourselves when we fall short. We begin to feel sorry for ourselves, putting ourselves down, and the cycle of bitterness begins. It’s when our hearts are empty, when we start searching for things to fill us back up.

Matthew 6:33 – But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.

caution6Over this next month, we will dive deeper into the meaning of the word “seek” as we explore the things that God wants us to see in regards to our number one priorities. We are all guilty of “looking for love in all the wrong places” (I know I just sang that song out loud too as I was typing), but God wants us to find our value in HIM alone. It isn’t always easy when the tangible, touchable people are so enticing. I value your opinions, your thoughts, and your input on this subject as we move forward. Please!!! Take this to heart. When you are proceeding with caution in every relationship, you are not allowing the enemy to have a foothold and you the Lord then has an opportunity to give you an open door of escape!

1 Corinthians 10:13 –  No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it.

caution2I am paying close attention to every single person that comes into my life. I just had someone send me a very powerful declaration as I was writing this…. “I will no longer allow someone to rule my life with negativity and emotional blackmail!” PROCEED WITH CAUTION! Not everyone is for you!! God will show you as you SEEK HIM FIRST!