When Chaos Feels Like Peace

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“Whatever you’re doing inside of me, it feels like chaos but somehow there’s peace”

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If a principal, boss, doctor, etc., has ever called you to his or her office, you know the agonizing feeling of waiting to hear what he or she has to say.

Some of us are sitting in the lobby area of God’s office waiting for Him to call us in and tell us the outcome of a situation, the next steps to take, or the reasons behind our current circumstance.

As we wait, all the unknowns, what ifs and possible outcomes (whether good or bad) race through our minds.
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Weekly Devotion: The JOY of the Lord

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“The JOY of the Lord is your strength”

Recently a friend shared with me a personal challenge she’s facing. I reminded her that the enemy comes to steal, kill, and destroy (John 10:10). In this case, he was stealing her joy. So much so she wasn’t the wife, mother, friend, etc., those around her needed.

It is so easy to allow the cares of this world (problems in our family, layoffs at work, a fued with friends, health problems, diminishing finances, conflict with a spouse, disobedient children, etc.) to drain the joy, peace and life out of us.

CHOOSE this week to not allow anything or anyone to steal, kill, or destroy your JOY. I said choose because it really is a choice.
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Let It Go!

Simply Let It GoSo many times in life, we miss out on something great, trying to hold on to something good, or familiar.

Just because something, someone, or an idea is “good”, does not mean it is from God.

If you are holding on to something or someone, and you know you need to let go, I urge you to do so. 

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Learning to Let Go!

Let Go and Let GodWhen I first decided to stay home with my son, people said I needed to do something more with my time than just take care of my husband and family.

Attempting to please others, I decided to start back up a business venture I was in years ago.

I was great at it and could do it with my eyes closed.  It seemed like the logical thing to do.  This had to be God, right?

I am not sure if I asked God or even prayed about it, I think I just did it.  Everything seemed to fall into place “perfectly” so this is what God wanted me to do, right? Continue reading

Giving Thanks: A Lifestyle Not a Holiday

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Thanksgiving was a few days ago and I read so many messages from people sharing what they were thankful for. I think it is sad though that Thanksgiving is the only time some stop to count their blessings.

It is so easy to get caught up in the details of life, careers, children, family, relationships, finances, etc that our vision becomes clouded and we can’t see the testimony in our test, the message in our mess, the blessing in our burdens, the sunshine in our struggles or the calm in our chaos.

I was guilty of this just Friday. Fresh out of giving thanks the day before, I woke up complaining to my husband about a situation we were going to encounter over the weekend.

The situation had not yet happened, but I was already complaining. I had already made up in my mind that the situation was a burden. Before I became too worked up and frustrated, I had to stop and challenge myself to see the blessing in the situation.

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