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One Word That Can Change Your Life
09/25/2015
One Word That Can Change Your Life

I'm not sure exactly when I discovered this Scripture.  I do know it was after college and I was somewhere in my twenties.  I'm sure I was wondering why I hadn't met "Mr. Right" yet, and why I was still floundering over where my Prince Charming was, and what my dream career was, and what was my great purpose in life.  There had to be more than the lies that the world was trying to feed me.  Deep down I knew there had to be more.Then I found this Scripture.I don't remember the day, or even the year.  But I do remember that once I found this verse, I knew it was mine.  I claimed this beautiful Scripture as my life's verse on that day and I have held tightly to it for the almost twenty years after.  Because even though God blessed me with my Mr. Right, and then showered me with tremendous love by giving me three crazy amazing little babies, there are still so many days where doubt threatens.  Where fear threatens.  And I find daily comfort in remembering the promise that my Father covered me with.And I have hope.Hope that He holds my future.Hope that He is good.  And His plans for me are good.Hope for my future.  A future that may not be perfect here on earth, but will be oh so precious, and so beautiful, and so perfect in heaven.  THAT is my future.  THAT is my hope.I claimed this Scripture for my life almost two ...

One Word That Can Change Your Life
09/11/2015
One Word That Can Change Your Life

The message is always the same.  Do whatever you need to do to get ahead.  It's not what you know, it's who you know.  What can YOU do for ME?  The world will tell you over and over again that it's really all about you.  Your success, your happiness, your plans, your dreams.  And the people in your life are there for you, to help you get where you want to be, or even to step on while you're on the way up.If we are willing to admit it, I think we've all believed these lies at least once in our lives.  I hate to admit that I've believed these lies much more than once.  And every time I fall prey to these lies, every time I get fixated on myself and focus on how others need to help me, I fall into a pit.  A pit of self-pity (because no one can ever really do enough for me, what a pity), a pit of anger and sin (why isn't anyone helping me???), and a pit of loneliness (because no one wants to be friends with someone that selfish).The message is always the same, the road down to that pit always seems the same, and yet the faithful rescue of the God who loves me- that is always the same too.  He is forever rescuing me from myself and reminding me of the beauty of His word, of His truth, of His perspective.Because it's NOT all about me.It's all about Him.  And it's all about others.Real joy comes not from having others help you ...

One Word That Can Change Your Life
09/04/2015
One Word That Can Change Your Life

It happens almost every morning.  I wake early, while the house is still quiet, grab a cup of coffee and sit down at the table with my Bible and journal.  I bow my head in prayer and then it comes.  The waves of doubts and fears, followed closely by a waterfall of tears.I can't do this.  I'm not smart enough to be the teacher they expect me to be.  I'll never be able to make it as a photographer in our new city.  How are my kids going to find new friends?  What if they struggle at their new schools?  I'm not the mom they deserve.  I can't speak eloquently enough to teach, to lead, to write a blog.  I'm never going to lose the weight I need to.  What if my husband doesn't think I'm pretty anymore?  I'm not good enough.  The list is endless.The doubts and fears threaten to overcome me.  And then He whispers those same precious words to me.  My grace.It's enough.It's all you need.  It's ok to be weak.  My power is made perfect in weakness.I savor this truth.  Because I've been on the other side of it.Not too long ago, I lived my life in total confidence.  I was filled with pride and saw that everything I was doing, I was doing well.  I had it going on.  I was on top of my world.  And there was no room up top for both me and God.  So I became my god.Thankfully, God, ...