You are so loved

Jesus loves you! You don’t have to do anything to gain His approval. You don’t have to have a cleaner house, better behaved kids, or a longer Facebook friends list. He thinks you are worth dying for.  He wants to meet you right where you are. He knows that you need His help to serve Him and become everything you were meant to be.

Don’t mind my crazy hair or my tired eyes – this is real life, honey!

Stand firm. March on.

When you are a child of God, there is nothing that Satan, the enemy of your soul, can do to separate you from Him [Romans 8]. This doesn’t stop him from trying, though. One of the biggest and meanest ways he does this is to use fear tactics. He knows that if he can lie to us and make us doubt who we are and what God can do through us, he knows that he can get us to hand over our power – the power that God has given us as His child. If he can convince us that greater is he who is in the world than He who is in us, he has succeeded at warping our whole worldview. He knows if he can make our view of God small, our faith will be small, also.

Recently, I have been reading through Fervent, a Woman’s Battle Plan of Serious, Specific, and Strategic Prayer by Priscilla Shirer. Honey, let me tell you, if you haven’t read this book, you need to now! Read this paragraph-long quote concerning why we need a strategy to win the battle…

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i fail, He doesn’t

1/12/17     As I am preparing workshops, I’ve been going back through notes and journal entries, older blog posts and saved websites. I came across this post from a couple of years ago, and I thought I’d bring it back to the front. I hope you are encouraged.

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growing…my thoughts about new years

I have to be honest, New Year’s resolutions flummox me. There have been years that I’ve joined the 99% of the world’s population in declaring that I will make kick-butt changes with my diet and exercise routines, and, like 75% of that 99%, I’ve completely given up by Valentine’s Day (the call of the chocolate is just too strong to ignore!), but for the most part, I’ve never really bought into the whole “a new year, a new me!” mind set. It’s certainly not because there aren’t aspects of my life and myself that I would love to change; it’s because as I look back on my life, the most profound and permanent changes have never been brought about my sheer effort or willpower.

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Part 7: doable resources for peace and sanity

Have you ever had to restart your smart phone, iPad, or computer? Sometimes there are too many apps running, too many windows open, too much power or memory being used – the gadget freezes up and stops responding. At this point, the only thing you can do is just hit the restart button.

This is exactly what I have to do with my life.

reset

Restart. New mercy. New grace. New joy. New strength. New peace.

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Part 6: doable resources for peace and sanity

I tend to be a perfectionist. There, I said it.

Perfectionism can take on different forms – in fact, I believe it can be as varied and unique as the persons who struggle with it.

My perfectionism tends to rear its ugly head in a rather subtle form. In fact, it can be mistaken for positive qualities, such as efficiency and diligence. Only those closest to me would know that the motives behind it just might not be all that pure.

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