Short Devotional for Women

I have opinions, do you?

I have strong opinions … meaningful opinions … meaningless opinions … and gentle opinions.

I have opinions about food … about colors … about weather … about books … and about people.

I have opinions about politics … and about morals … and about raising children.

I have opinions about marriage … and about worship … and about the treatment of immigrants.

I have opinions.

However, I have come to realize that my opinion is not necessarily my advice.  If my opinion is birthed out of wisdom and my Christian faith … then it would indeed be my advice.

Other times my opinions are birthed out of individual preference, likes and dislikes and my particular perspective; it is in these situations that my opinions are NOT my advice.  They are simply … my opinions.

Have I lost you yet?! Let me explain …

I like blue better than green … but I don’t expect you to like the same color that I do.  Blue is my opinion not my advice.

I would rather read a book than go to the movies … but I don’t expect you to stop going to the movies just because I would rather glue my eyes and brain to a great read. Go to the movies! Have a blast! Enjoy every minute and eat some popcorn while you are at it!  Me?!  I’ll be at home with a cup of coffee, a warm blanket and a great book. It’s my opinion … not my advice.

I like warm weather better than cold but if you want to go snow skiing?!  “Break a leg!” (Not literally of course.) You will find me on a beach, in the sunshine with a book in my hand.

Then, there are the times when my opinion might seem to border on advice.However, I hope that I am an understanding enough human being to allow you your opinion concerning these murky issues.


To be continued... 

Shared with permission from the author from its original appearance here. 

Carol is an author and popular speaker at women's conferences and retreats, where she teaches the Word of God with great joy and enthusiasm. She hosts a daily radio program called, "Defiant Joy Radio", has written 5 books - "The Rooms of a Woman's Heart", "Defiant Joy!", "Holy Estrogen!",  "No More Ordinary!" (which hit several of Amazon's best seller lists), and her most recent, “Refined … Finding Joy In the Fires of Life!”. She has also written several devotionals for the popular Bible app, YouVersion.  She is the mom of 5 grown children, Marmee to 6 grandchildren and is married to her college sweetheart.

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