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  • Fear:less

    We took a trip to Florida recently and I was amazed at how I felt as I boarded the plane. It was same as when I boarded the shuttle bus that would carry us from long-term parking to the terminal. I kept waiting for the fear to rise but it never did. Not too long ago I was frozen on the ground. Merely observing a plane overhead caused me to panic. To actually fly made me physically ill and I’d obsess over the trip for months in advance. The night before a return trip home -just four years ago- saw me curled up on the bathroom floor, sobbing. It was irrational and I knew it, but the fear had me gripped in its claws. It no longer controls me. I still don’t like flying. I don’t like how it makes me feel; I get the same feeling on an elevator
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    The Color Purple

    “21 She is not afraid of snow for her household, For all her household is clothed with scarlet. 22 She makes tapestry for herself; Her clothing is fine linen and purple.” (NKJV) Proverbs 31: 21-22 Proverbs 31 is fairly well-known to us as it references what a woman who fears the Lord looks like. It paints a portrait of what we read and see as the perfect godly woman that we could ever aspire to be! Reading Proverbs 31 could even be overwhelming because we desire so much to be that woman who fears the Lord; we desire to be that godly woman. It can be easy to forget as we read that this passage is not a check list, but rather an example of the fruit which grows out of having a fear of the Lord. The Proverbs 31 woman is not meant to be this over-bearing goal, and to be that kind of a woman of
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    She Is Strong

    I heard the news that I was going to be a mom in a rather unconventional way.  My husband and I were waiting to board a flight when we decided to call home to check the answering machine one last time. There was a new message waiting for us, and when it hit my ears, it grabbed my heart. The adoption agency we were using to start our family had left a very short message. It simply said, ‘Please call us back. We have identified a baby girl for you.’ The call I had waited years to receive had finally come!  It was the moment that changed my life forever. Because of the path I walked on my journey to motherhood, I love to read about women in the Bible who walked a similar path…Sarah, Hannah, Elizabeth, and Samson’s mom. Notice something different about Samson’s mom. We are not given
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    Don’t Let Satan Blow it Out!

    Growing up in church we enthusiastically sang, “This little light of mine, I’m gonna let it shine.”  But, my favorite verse was “Don’t let Satan blow it out…NO! I’m gonna let it shine.” Looking back, I can see that I enjoyed being able to yell as loud as I could the word “NO.” Jesus reminds us in Matthew 5:14-16 that “You are the light of the world – like a city on a hilltop that cannot be hidden.  No one lights a lamp and then puts it under a basket. Instead a lamp is placed on a stand, where it gives light to everyone in the house.”   But, so often, we are used by God, we shine His light in many places and then something happens, and our light goes out.  Unfortunately, those who are in the “spotlight” are often a target for the enemy! He knows if he
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    When You Feel Unqualified…

    It’s so easy to say I am unqualified. All you have to do is take a sneak peek into my life or my mind and it becomes painfully clear that I do not meet the qualifications. I have this imaginary qualifying list I use as a measuring stick to determine if I am adequate enough to be used by God. I hold it up against all of my short comings and read the mark: Spazed on my children – DISQUALIFIED! Grumbled at my husband – DISQUALIFIED! Showed up late for church – DISQUALIFIED! The list goes on and on . . . A couple years ago it reached its climax. After the completion of my ministers credential examination I came home and my youngest son sweetly called me “Pastor Mommy”.  The reality of my calling and the awareness of my shortcomings collided! I thought about all of the times I
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    From SCARED to SACRED By Way of a Holy Perspective

    I’ll admit right from the start…I’m a bit of a nerd…a word nerd, that is! I know, pretty geeky, right? But it is totally true. I love words. I love the sounds they make, the games they play, and the fun they have when perfectly positioned in a poem or in prose. I love rhymes, alliteration, and statements that stick. Yep, I even love grammar and the rules it imposes on words. It’s all fascinating to me, and oftentimes God will show me something in a word picture. In fact, He drew a picture for me with the two bold words in the title of this article by simply rearranging two letters, and what it spoke to my heart was pretty profound! Have you ever been scared? I know, I know… dumb question, right? We’ve all been scared. Scared to take that next step. Scared to make that phone call. Scared
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    Come Here and Listen

    As women who seek to love the Lord our God with all of our heart, soul, mind, and strength, hearing the still small voice of God through the written pages of His Word is something we crave. There comes a time in life when hearing anything other than His voice is no longer enough, a time when we long to be in His presence, when we need to come close and listen to His voice above all the distractions and chaos of life. In those moments, God calls us from where we are, to where we will be. For me, that moment was in the winter of 2011. We had recently moved into a new house and I was trying to establish a new routine. I know many of us have been there. Boxes, boxes, and more boxes were piled up crying out to be emptied, while at the same
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