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    The Raging Sea of Insecurity

    Have you ever felt insecure in your calling or position in life? Has there been days were you gaze at what lies on your plate and you think, “There is no way I can do this!” Maybe you’re a mama with little ones you are trying your best to tend to as your husband works out of town.  Or a mother facing the many daily challenges of educating and homeschooling your children. Perhaps you are a business woman with endless job demands that seem to grow more by the second, or even a wife that is in a season where she is called to love and care for her husband during a very difficult time. No matter your position I think we all as woman can relate to the intense and overwhelming feeling of insecurity in our abilities to move forward each day and manage all of life’s demands. These
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    Learning to Live in the Present (Not the Past, Nor the Future)

    It was a God moment. Occurring during a simple conversation, no fireworks or miracles present and yet, it was pivotal for us both. On a long over due lunch date with my sweet sister friend, we let down our walls, opened up about our real life struggles, and spoke from our hearts. As I was sharing with her my recent difficulties, I discussed what I believe is the God lesson I am currently saturated in…. learning to live in the present. Maybe to you that sounds like a fairly simple task, after all we are beings that do not travel back in time, nor do we leap into the future…at least not physically. But our thoughts seem to all together have different time traveling abilities. Even though we physically live in the present, in this very current moment, our minds spend the present dwelling on the past and being fearful
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    How to Re-Emerge After Being Knocked Down

    There have been many times in my life, where I have been abruptly interrupted and thrown into a state of trepidation. Moments where I have gone from enjoying a peaceful day, awaking from a restful slumber, or even celebrating a joyous event, only to be thrust into the reality of a devastating blow. An email informing me of my employment separation, a doctor telling me of a difficult diagnosis, encountering the presence of a vile perpetrator, and worse of all, a phone call . . . the kind that everyone fears, from a tearful, grieving loved one, with unexpected heartbreaking news. I have experienced them all. Each traumatic event, each with its own unique impact and pains. And yet my response to them all was the same. SHOCK. FEAR. DEVASTATION. When shook by such intense emotions, my body, mind, and spirit are too overwhelmed to handle life’s unexpected moments, and
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    The Runaway Bride

    For years my girlfriends called me the runaway bride. I’d be in a relationship. It would get serious. We’d talk marriage. I’d get close to taking the plunge, and then inevitably instead…  I’d run. I’d runaway. End the relationship. Often breaking their hearts. At the time I wasn’t sure why I did this. I wanted to be married. I wanted to be loved. But whenever the topic came up in a relationship, and the conversation and action steps started to move in that direction, I’d completely freak out! Maybe I was afraid I’d mess things up again. Maybe I felt like it was impossible for someone to love me over the long haul. Whatever the reason was, it was a horrible habit to have. It persisted even after my salvation. The subconscious source of this tendency was obviously grasping tightly onto me, refusing to let go. At one point I
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    I Trust You- Believing God Does What He Says

    Has God ever given you a word and then you wondered, “Was that really for me? Was that really from God?” Maybe He spoke to a deep need that lays in your heart. A promise for restoration in your marriage. A word of confirmation that He will bring your wayward child home. A healing that will release you from your painful affliction. Or perhaps a life dream that He promises to fulfill. And yet undoubtedly with each word the Lord speaks, our response is a counterproductive tendency… we question it. We question the very word God spoke to us, and we begin to doubt its authenticity. This is actually the oldest trick of the enemy, with its commencement dating all the way back to the Garden of Eden. When the lying serpent entered the scene his first tactic he utilized to bring destruction upon man, was to plant the seed
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    Get Some Rest

    I had gone off the grid. I had to. The signs of a crash was coming. First, everything started to slow down, no systems were running at full speed, but I’m not talking about my MacBook . . . I’m talking about me. Life had gotten way too busy. Too many programs were running all at the same time, and I started to feel like the spinning wheel of death that freezes everything on my computer when I try to operate too many things at once. Everything needed to come to a halt. For months I had been nonstop. On a mission, doing good things that the Lord sent me out to do, but I had come back exhausted from my journey. I needed to enter into a season of rest but my mind and emotions did not agree. “There’s too much to do, you can’t stop now,” were the
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    Self Preservation or Brave Determination?

    I have a natural tendency towards self preservation. I suppose we all do, it’s an inborn instinct with the design to prevent harm and ensure life. On the surface it doesn’t sound like a bad thing. We make choices, what appear to be wise choices, to keep ourselves safe. We drive carefully, we avoid dark alleys at night, we park in well-lit areas, and hopefully we follow laws meant to protect us. All wise choices, all done to play it safe. But what happens when our playing it safe mentality transfers to our spiritual walk and keeps us from experiencing the miraculous? One my favorite women in the Bible is the woman with the bleeding issue. For twelve years she suffered with prolonged bleeding, and although she spent all her money on physicians, none were able to heal her infirmity. At that time, because she was considered ritually unclean according
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