Never the Same

It’s because of God’s great love for us that we are here. He constantly pursues us even when we are unlovable. Once He gets our attention and we allow Him to work in our lives (remember we have our own free will – it’s a choice we make) and invite Him in – We are NEVER the same.

When I was seventeen years old, I became a Christian. Three months later, I married the love of my life. A year later, I became pregnant with our first son. Years went by and we had two more sons. Life was great.

Things began to happen. A little bit of wine became lots of wine. Watching things we shouldn’t have been watching became a habit. We thought, “Other Christians do the same things.”

NO, they don’t! Or they shouldn’t.

Subtle little lies crept into our lives. Life wasn’t the same. The path we took was the wrong one. Our marriage was about to fall apart. Continue reading “Never the Same”

Reflection of who I am not.

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My past life events left me feeling shame, guilt, and worthlessness.

I felt stuck in a mundane life. I had morphed into being what I thought others wanted me to be. My true identity was nowhere to be found. I believed the lie of I’m not good enough which took root in my heart.

One day I took a look in the mirror with disgust and thought, “I’m just ready to be done.”  I opened the medicine cabinet door and began downing any pills I could find. Continue reading “Reflection of who I am not.”

An unprecedented season

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Moms, this is a tough season.

Parenting in the time of COVID-19 has been a challenge.  For me, it meant being stuck inside the house (and backyard) alone with my 5- and 3-year-old girls for weeks.  We are used to being home, but not being able to go to preschool, the park, meet friends, go to the library, or even run errands for something to do was hard.

None of us expected it to go on this long.

“Flatten the curve” they said, “It is only a few weeks.” But here we are in mid-August with slightly lessened restrictions, but still no real end in sight.

Now we have a completely new dilemma.

What do we do about school???? Continue reading “An unprecedented season”

Suit up Princess!

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I am the daughter of the one True King, Jesus Christ, and we are at war with the enemy, satan. (Ephesians 6:11)

“For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of the dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.” Ephesians 6:12

I am a warrior princess and a warrior princess knows that she must suit up for battle! Continue reading “Suit up Princess!”

A Love Story

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My beloved is mine and I am His.. Song of Songs 2:16a NIV

 

I don’t want to disappoint you, but this isn’t an exotic story about lovers. On the other hand, it is.

Are you intrigued?

I started reading a new devotional by the writers of The Chosen series called, “The Chosen. 40 Days with Jesus”. Day one is called “Before” and begins with this verse…

 

“Fear not, for I have Redeemed you; I have called you by name, you are mine.” Isaiah 43:1 ESV

 

Can you hear God saying this to you? Continue reading “A Love Story”

Fear is a Liar

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He was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth because there is no truth in him. Whenever he speaks a lie, he speaks from his own nature, for he is a liar and the father of lies.    John 8: 44b NASB

 

Have you ever wondered where Fear comes from?

First of all, God gave us the feeling of fear as a protection mechanism. For instance, if there is a lion about to jump on you. Unless you are the Lion King, you might want to get out of the way. Or, there is a tornado coming, get to your basement. You know what I mean.

But there is this fear that can come out of nowhere and really plays havoc with our minds. Maybe the fear of being rejected, being alone, no one likes me, I am not good enough. I could go on forever about the different fears. There is not one person that doesn’t fear something. Some people have a fear of snakes, water, fire, etc. Mine is spiders! Hate them!

Let’s talk about the fear that takes hold of you and grips your very being. Continue reading “Fear is a Liar”

Humility

Humility by Deb C

Pharisee or Tax Collector?

Two men went up into the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector.

“The Pharisee stood and was praying this to himself: ‘God, I thank You that I am not like other people: swindlers, unjust, adulterers, or even like this tax collector. ‘I fast twice a week; I pay tithes of all that I get.’ But the tax collector, standing some distance away, was even unwilling to lift up his eyes to heaven, but was beating his breast, saying, ‘God, be merciful to me, the sinner!’

“I tell you, this man went to his house justified rather than the other; for everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, but he who humbles himself will be exalted.  Luke 18: 10-14

 

Let this sink in for a minute.

I have to tell you, I’ve been like this tax collector before. Continue reading “Humility”