I know I have shared this here many times before, but this is for those who needed to be reminded of this today. This is for the one watching a door close in her life as she’s reading this, and she’s not sure what she’s going to do with it. This is for the one experience that feeling of loneliness that seemed to creep out of everywhere. This is for one dealing with those moments of rejection or disapproval from people you love all over again. This is for you:
Be strong and courageous. Do not fear or be in dread of them, for it is the Lord your God who goes with you. He will not leave you or forsake you. - Deuteronomy 31:6
When you take a step forward and then two steps back, God goes with you. When you start thinking about past years of heartbreak and disappointment in your mind, God goes with you there too. When you’re commuting to that doctor’s appointment or job interview or that small group that you’ve never been to before, God goes with you. He goes with you when you’re starting your business. He goes with you when you go into full time ministry. He goes with you into your next semester of highschool, college, or grad school. He goes with you in marriage, having children, moving to a different city, changing careers—wherever you go, He goes with you, and that’s what sustains you. That’s what allows you to be strong and courageous no matter what storms come your way. This is what keeps you from being in constant fear over who or what might come at you.
So hold onto His words. Read through the Bible and highlight and memorize the passages that stand out to you. That is God speaking to you, and reminded you that even though everyone doesn’t believe in your or support you, He goes with you, and that’s what sustains you.
Written by @morganhnichols for #TheDevoCo
Be calm, make your hands visible. Keeping your hands on the steering wheel and making direct eye contact will be the best!
Tell the officer what you are about to do. If they ask for your license and registration, tell them where they are, watch for a nod, then proceed with getting them.
Have a handgun on you? Tell them. Open/ concealed carry are a thing. If you have a handgun on you tell them you do, and tell them you have a licence. They will most likely ask you to remove the gun and or show your licence. See above.
Be polite. Odds are you were just speeding, have a tail light out, or your stickers are expired. Being polite and nice can take you a long way, to just a warning, a cheaper ticket, or more.
Don’t argue. The police know what the are doing, if you weren’t speeding tell it to them in a calm manner, maybe your speedometer needs to be fixed, or you were going down a hill at the wrong time. Just explain and hey, you may get off with just a warning if they understand! If not, don’t argue.
They have authority over you. You don’t know more about the law than them. Yes, speeding is a crime. No, the Articles of Confederation are not valid anymore. Please answer any questions you feel comfortable with, usually they are a simple Yes or No. No you are not a “World Citizen”. They are allowed to break your window if you are not cooperating. They are allowed to search your car if they have suspicion.
Want to surprise them? Have your Licence, registration, and insurance on you when they get to the window. Make sure you have time to grab them, look in the mirror to see how far away they are. If they see you shuffling in your car that can cause suspicion.
DO NOT, get out of your car, it may be different in other countries but do not get out of your car when pulled over unless they instruct you to. Do not try to bribe them, again another country issue, but bribing a police officer is just asking for an arrest.