Lesson 4 Knowing and being where God intended me to be

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Sometimes life throws us a real curve. We end up in a situation or place we'd never intended to be ~ with a disease unasked for, a home not what we'd dreamed, enemies that once were thought friends or at least non-threatening acquaintances. Sometimes this is from assumptions made without doing the homework it takes to find out the underlying forces that move you along a path you'd not realized... In any case, life is always full of surprises and twists, and if we truly believe there is a God in charge, then our best hope is to trust in His pathways and learn His "rules of engagement". If that is our goal and heart, when the unexpected, dangerous, or strange occurs, we can as Him to use us as though we are right where we are supposed to be for Him to use us for His purposes. Where ever He leads, whatever the situation, we will know He is there and we are His.

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Knowing & being where God intended me to be:

Knowing & being where God intended me to be If ye keep my commandments, ye shall abide in my love; even as I have kept my Father's commandments, and abide in his love. These things have I spoken unto you, that my joy might remain in you, and that your joy might be full. John 15:10-11   Character Sketches, Vol. 2 IBLP, 1978, pages 264-275 Information also drawn from Character First! Business Character Bulletin No. 3-2, various Character Councils, & other websites Lesson 4

Who Am I?:

Who Am I? In Nature… Secretive, stealthy & curious 4 species, with 12 subgroups One of two of the species that live in NA From Scripture… Considered unclean, they lived outside the city walls They became willing to die to live They saved an entire city

The Bobcat Lynx rufus:

The Bobcat Lynx rufus lynx (light, reflective;most likely referring to the eyes) rufus (red or reddish) There are 4 species of lynx cats worldwide The Canadian Lynx The Eurasian Lynx The Iberian Lynx (the most endangered of the 4) The American Lynx (the bobcat; consider the tail)

Behold the untamable wildcat! :

Behold the untamable wildcat! A nocturnal carnivore, they usually avoid people, but not pets. Built to be wild, even their tongues have long “rasps” & hook-like projections to remove meat from bones. They hunt & eat from mice to antelope, including porcupines! https://www.youtube.com/v/KCO0gDb7ES0

Perfectly suited for the wild…:

Perfectly suited for the wild… *In hunting, they tend to be slower & patient, therefore they work to be close to the prey & may drop from above… *They depend on hearing, quiet moves, claws, & sharp day & night vision… *They tend to be loners, & will strike out , but often fall to curiosity… Natural enemies include raptors, cougars, bears, foxes, other bobcats, & man…

Right place, right time; tough circumstances… :

Right place, right time; tough circumstances… *Life does not always work out like we want it * Sometimes we must be willing to take a chance… *Often that very choice impacts others in ways we would never expect~ those 4 lepers saved a nation!

When we feel like lepers…:

When we feel like lepers… Isolated… Rejected… Friendless… Dependent on others… The city folks fed them, even as both parties obeyed the law of separation. Just because the circumstances are not ideal, does not mean God is done with us. Response is everything ~ stay in self by the gate, or make a move & bring food , peace & joy to those who fed them…it was love…

Love in spite of… :

Love in spite of…

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