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Life is meant to be salty…

“Have mercy on me, my God, have mercy on me, for in you I take refuge.  I will take refuge in the shadow of your wings until the disaster has passed.”  Psalm 57:1

There have been many times in my life that I have questioned God as to why certain things are happening; pain, loss, harm, anger, etc.  Many of the people who I have counseled have asked the same things.  I have even heard family members and Christian friends asking why does He do these things to me? (more…)

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“The Spirit of God has made me, and the breath of the Almighty gives me life.” Job 33:4

Have you ever been told something about yourself that did not sit well with you?  I have, to be honest, many times.  Some were not the least bit true and were eating at me because I let the devil take hold of that comment and allowed him to poison me with it, somewhat damaging me forever.  Then there have been times when someone has said something to me with pieces of truth to it and I have still allowed the devil to corrupt what was meant for good into nasty negativity. (more…)

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Sticky Fingers = Lesson Learned

“Do not be wise in your own eyes; fear the LORD and shun evil.” Proverbs 3:7

Yesterday I was working on a project that has taken me nearly nine months to do.  I purchased an antique teaching pulpit for my birthday in January.  It was really rough around the edges because someone had covered up the wood with some tacky green paint.  I knew I would need to strip the paint, sand it, clean it and then varnish it before I could move it upstairs to my bedroom but seeing is how I am extremely busy it would be a project that would be done a little at a time. (more…)

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“For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline.” 2 Timothy 1:7

I was reading a blog post from The Unlikely Homeschool, since I am a homeschooling mama, this morning about shyness.  It was quite eye-opening because although I have been labeled an extroverted person I tend to be extremely shy about public speaking.  Don’t get me wrong I love doing it but my nerves get to me every time.  I do not personally feel I am an extroverted person because like introverts, I prefer being alone or one-on-one rather than in large gatherings.  So I am not sure if my shyness is due to truly being nervous about public speaking because of being in front of a large group of people or if it is due to my own selfishness because of wondering what people would think of me. (more…)

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I have often envied my little sister who grew up with God.  We were both raised in a Christian home, well my mother was Christian and my dad just went along with it, but she was smart enough to soak up all she could about God while I meandered in every other direction. (more…)

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“They will be like a tree planted by the water that sends out its roots by the stream.  It does not fear when heat comes; its leaves are always green.  It has no worries in a year of drought and never fails to bear fruit.”  Jeremiah 17:8

Challenges come every day.  I find the older I get and the older my kiddos get, the more frequently challenges visit.  I get challenged with patience, controlling my temper, being committed to doing things I am not the biggest fan of, not watching movies that people say are great but I know in my heart they are just trash and trying to live a life free of fear.  This morning alone, I think I had five challenging situations before 7am. (more…)

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