Handling Your Inner Critic

Posted by on Nov 18, 2017 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Handling Your Inner Critic

Have you noticed no matter how hard you try, a little voice inside you finds fault? Sometimes it sounds like your own, or it may be the voice of someone impossible to please. You must learn how to handle that negative commentary, or it will drain the joy out of your present and plant spikes under every step in your future. You are daily aware of how far short you fall from God’s standard, and that keeps you humble, but the condemnation part has nothing to do with Him. Growth is what is pleasing to the Lord! No, you’re not as far along as you’d like to be (who is?) but if you have moved forward and improved in any way, God is pleased with you.

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The Best Way to Love Yourself

Posted by on Nov 10, 2017 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on The Best Way to Love Yourself

The Best Way to Love Yourself

Obedience to God is one of the best ways to love yourself. It is the daily bath that wards off the disease of terrible consequences. Applied to the private parts of your heart, obedience disinfects and deodorizes what might otherwise stink up your character.

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While You Are Hurting

Posted by on Sep 22, 2017 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on While You Are Hurting

It had been lurking in the shadows of my heart: a hurt I had incurred about a week prior. Busyness made it shy, but when the quiet came, the hurt limped back to center stage.

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Comfort in Your Waiting Place

Posted by on Sep 13, 2017 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Comfort in Your Waiting Place

Have you ever started out on a venture that took longer and was much harder than you anticipated? Maybe you’ve thought of quitting and writing it all off as a big mistake…

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All You’ll Ever Need

Posted by on Jul 6, 2017 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on All You’ll Ever Need

What if you’re too weak or scared or insecure to be a slayer? What if you need a place to heal or to be inspired and encouraged?

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The Bad Fruit

Posted by on May 22, 2017 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on The Bad Fruit

In Genesis 3, it talks about the fall of Adam and Eve. I’d like to keep focus on the fruit. The serpent came along and tempted Eve with a piece of fruit. God told Adam and Eve they couldn’t eat from the tree of knowledge of good and evil. (Genesis 2:17 NIV) God told Adam and Eve if they ate of the tree they would surely die. The serpent started by telling Eve lies. He twisted what God told Adam and Eve not to do. The serpent told Eve that he knew that God didn’t want them to be like Him. The serpent told Eve that she would be like God; knowing good and evil. Eve started inspecting the fruit really hard. It looked so plump and delicious. It had a beautiful color. The more she looked at it; the more tempting it became. Eve saw that the fruit would be good for food. It was appealing to her eyes. So, Eve listened to the serpent and fell for his temptation. She ate of the fruit. She also gave the fruit to Adam. Adam ate of the fruit also. What a mistake?! Eve had succumbed to the temptation of the serpent. Once they ate of the fruit, their spiritual eyes were opened, they realized that they were naked. So, the grabbed some fig leaves and used them to cover their nakedness. Both of them were ashamed for not listening to God. It was sure disobedience on their part. Consequences follow disobedience. Satan will try anything to make us fall into temptation. Like Eve, he made her doubt God’s word. She didn’t know that even the fruit was beautiful on the outside; on the inside the fruit was dead, ugly, and full of darkness. So, when Satan tempts you, look at that fruit really hard. Like someone told me today, “Ask God if this fruit is from Him or the evil one.” Satan will try to lure us away with all means necessary. He has his arsenal waiting on us every second of every day. Satan will not tell you that the fruit is not good for you. He will make it look so alluring. He will say, “It’s okay, God won’t mind if you take a small taste.” Look how beautiful it is. It will taste so good once you take a bite of it. Satan is a liar. He is the father of lies. (John 8:44) He will tempt you until you can’t stand it anymore. When you finally decide to taste the fruit, you realize what you have done. Once again, on the outside the fruit was so tempting. It looked so delicious. Once you tasted it, you knew it was the wrong thing to do. I am speaking from experience. I let Satan dangle some fruit in front of me. I tried so hard to resist. I knew the fruit wasn’t any good for me to eat. Satan kept after me until I finally gave in. Once I bit the fruit, it was the worst mistake I made. The fruit was rotten on the inside. The fruit was full of darkness and ugliness. Like Eve, I have suffered the consequences of my disobedience. God will discipline you just as your parents disciplined you when you were...

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“Beauty Will Rise” by Christina Blaney

Posted by on May 20, 2017 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on “Beauty Will Rise” by Christina Blaney

I will see my beauty rise, I will see through God’s eyes. I have to look beyond the dirt, And beyond all the hurt…

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I Am a Princess by Christina Blaney

Posted by on May 20, 2017 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on I Am a Princess by Christina Blaney

Psalm 45:13-15 ESV All glorious is the princess in her chamber with robes interwoven with gold. In many colored robes she is led to the king, with her virgin companions behind her. With joy and gladness they are led along as they enter the palace of the King.

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