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I’m talking about digging into myself – pulling up the mire and muck down in the depths of my soul where only sadness and darkness reside.
The Trust Factor
…Am I trusting GOD to heal me from the disappointments, the personal failures, the hurts? Am I trusting God in the successes, remaining humble? Will I be successful in my next endeavor? Am I holding on to my own understanding, my “safe” thinking not to have my expectations blown again?
Finding Purpose in the Middle
Last night I felt overwhelmed with emotions. Had I done the right thing? Were we all going to be ok? Would I have the patience he needed? Would I be able to do all the things for him that he needed? I realized that I was going through very similar emotions as I had when I became a mom so very long ago. Full of doubt and fear.
The Quilt in the Corner
…“Close your eyes and smell this,” I said to my brother. His response was as expected, “Grandma. It smells like Grandma.” I was holding out Grandma’s quilt not long after she passed away.
Come Take A Look
…Maybe I am not alone in my feelings of not-enoughness? No matter what stage of life we are in the world throws these messages our way. Just this morning my workout video told me “You can be more. You can do more.” And I wanted to holler back, “No really, I can’t. I am tapped out. I don’t have any more to give.”
…This ‘self’ thread I’m pulling from your spiritual sweater might seem harmless, but trust me, it’s not…
God’s Photo Stream
There are many ways we let the world know we belong to each other. Maybe you were really lucky and you had a best friend with whom you split a heart necklace. Later in life we put rings on each other.
Why do we do this? We do it because we are all born with a need to be loved and to belong somewhere. Who is mine? Whose am I? So I put my stamp on you and I take your stamp on me.
Paul and the Little Pigs
I am sure everyone remembers the story “The Three Little Pigs.” Did you know there is a similar story in the Bible? Yep, it’s right there in 1 Corinthians 3:10-15 (NIV)…
What Is My Calling?
The goal of any calling He would put on our lives will first be intimacy with Him. Remember that He is always after a deeper relationship between you and Him. When I heard the calling for Study With Friends Ministries, I was not looking for my calling. I was seeking hard after my Savior and my God, and trying to grow His Spirit in me. Intimate time with Him and a growing relationship with Him will naturally produce conversation with Him in your spirit. That conversation may include a calling, it may include a conviction. Be present for both.
Three Wise Women
This is the time of year when everyone enjoys Christmas shows, pageants and plays…