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In the Face of Fear.

Have you ever been so consumed with fear that you find it hard to be the mom, friend, sister, daughter, wife you know God created you to be in the midsts of that fear? 

If you have read any of my writings, it is no secret I have wrestled with living in fear. I’ve been candid about the pain and torture of what it has been like for me and my family. It would not be a complete picture if I left you with just that picture- the torture. The truth is, I’m a woman who loves the Lord, wants to serve Him and be FULLY who He created me to be so tolerating being tortured by fear is not an option for me (though it is easy and tempting to accept it as my reality, “this is just who I am”.).

I have a piece of artwork hanging in my kitchen that says, “When I stand before God at the end of my life I would hope that I would not have a single bit of talent left and could say, ‘I used everything you gave me.’” I didn’t purchase and hang this piece for show but because it’s my hearts deepest desire. Don’t we all, as women of God, fully want to be who God created us to be? One thing I have learned for sure is living in fear will keep us from being that woman.

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Recently I have been faced with a choice- a choice to live in the fear of “what if” or the choice to take my thoughts captive and ask for the Lord’s help to trust His goodness- much like what 2 Corinthians 10:5 says. Both options take effort and energy if I’m being completely honest; however, my years of close relationship with the first allows me to say that the energy spent living in fear is wasted on us- always.

I wish I could say this makes choosing to take my thoughts captive easier but I’d be lying if I tried to convince you of such. However, what I now know is that although the initial choice brings great challenge, the result is much more rich. Simply put, living in fear has always birthed more fear and taking my fearful thoughts captive has always birthed a confidence of God’s goodness in my life. (Romans 8:28 NIV)

A dear friend- who knows all too well what it’s like to take her fearful thoughts captive- recently text this to me and it’s hanging on my refrigerator as a reminder of truth. I hope it does your heart some good today as I know it did mine.

“But I will look to the Lord; I will wait for the God of my salvation. My God will hear me. (Micah 7:7 NIV) You are waiting on HIM. HE is working behind the scenes. HE is obviously so near. HE is faithful to HIS promises.”

It was a few minutes after this text I heard my girls pointing and yelling to tell me to look up at the rainbow over my head. Thinking they saw a spot on the wall with a few colors that resembled a rainbow I looked up to appease them. Standing there in the kitchen, in the midsts of paying my bills and responding to my friend’s text, I looked up to find this…

God sees.

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The dear friend I refer to in this post is Krishana Kraft. She has recently authored a book called Tandem Living. I got the privilege of being a part of her book launch, and I can confidently say her book is one worth reading. She has such a testimony of God’s goodness to share with the world! You can learn more by clicking here. 

 

The sign in my kitchen is from The Shed. One of my favorite pieces of artwork!

“Wow” Me with Your Testimony [Twitter Post 5.2017]

“Wow” Me with Your Testimony [Twitter Post 5.2017]

Our stories of sensationalism don’t equip us to tell of God’s goodness. God’s sensational goodness equips us to go and tell. We were created and called to do just this. We ought to get real serious about finding the sensationalism in the pure saving of our souls… regardless of how it came to us.
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If we want to be used by God, we may have to die to the desire of being known by others. He’s made us for this, though.

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Humility isn’t Maturing of Age [Twitter Post 5.2017]

Humility isn’t Maturing of Age [Twitter Post 5.2017]

Humility isn’t always a maturing of age but soul. Just as maturing in age doesn’t automatically make you humble neither does humility automatically come with age. “Not giving a care what others think” is freeing, I’m sure, but not necessarily humility. 

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Humility is knowing your full worth and value in Christ and knowing you can’t do one ounce of it without Him. There can be pure humility in one who acknowledges their God given gifts and their need for Christ in it. In fact, may I suggest, it’s time for the believer to rise up and stand firm then in what God has gifted us! (Ephesians 6)

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What Makes it a Miracle [Twitter Post 5.2017]

What Makes it a Miracle [Twitter Post 5.2017]

I don’t want to be remembered by the tragedies and disastrous choices overcome but like the Samaritan woman- a woman who met Jesus never to be the same again. A true miracle. 

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The beauty of the miracle stories observed in the Scriptures are that they are a springboard to the miracle worker, Jesus. Not one of these stories soaks in the praise for themselvems. Lord help us! 

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The greatest story ever writen- the Bible. The good stories since- the ones that can’t get the reader to escape it. They must leave yours to know this Jesus. 

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