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Fear Has No Hold on You

Today is the second day I find fear circling around me like standing in the eye of a storm. Fear trying to consume me, pull at my heart and plant doubt.  My heart guarded itself and walls went up.  I pulled back and began to self-protect. That is when I began to see.  It was as though through the fear that was ensnaring me I could see the truth.  The enemy brought the fear but it was my submission to it and acceptance of it that was going to cause destruction in many areas of my life.  If I did …

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The Passover Lamb

            John 1: 29  “The next day John (the Baptist) saw Jesus coming toward him and said, “Look, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!”   The Lord’s Passover   Through Moses, God gave instructions to His people to remember the Passover event.  Every year, God’s people would celebrate the Passover in the same manner:  selecting the lamb on the 10thday of Nisan; keeping it in their home for 4 days until the 14thday of Nisan; making sure there was no spot or blemish on the lamb; killing the lamb …

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No Kissey Kissey, We Went to Bed Mad

Spend a bit of time on Pinterest and you’ll almost always find a bedroom quote that reads “Always Kiss Me Goodnight” or maybe, “Never go to bed angry”… ohhh or even “Love conquers ALL.” So many quotes on so much ship-lap thanks to Mrs. Gaines and HGTV. Guess what – those quotes on that cute ship-lap can go jump in the creek. We went to bed angry! And you guess it, we woke the same! The Mr. seemed to give in and lose most of his immature frustration during the course of the next day; but nooo, not me. I …

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God’s Plan Temporarily Interrupted

Scripture: And it grieved God that He had made man. Genesis 6: 1 God had great plans for man when created, and although his sin was not a surprise; perhaps it was a disappointment. He had created man, and sent the flood that destroyed all people on earth except righteous Noah and his family. But as always God had a plan: He told Noah to build an ark and told him exactly how to build it and its dimensions. Then God told him which animals, and other living creatures to take on the ark, and the number to take. We are not told how much time that took, but when …

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Let Freedom RING!

My laptop screen died.  I possessed a God-given sense to self, just failed to have the sense to “Cart and Check-out” with the correct item.  The faithful UPS driver was certainly happy when I finally hit the screen lottery!  That little chasing my tail story to say this, blogging happens when the need arises and bless it, the need arises at odd times.  Odd places.  Odd places require a lap top.  Laptop died.  My freedom to blog as before was no more.  A silly thing really; but silly, real and hindered.  My freedom and a itty-bitty ministry was hindered. My …

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Motivation

People are motivated by two things: They’re motivated by principle and pleasure, or they are motivated by pain. We create our own jail cells, where bars are made of anger, bitterness, resentment and grudges. What’s the key to all of this? Forgiveness. It’s your choice. Do you want to stay where you are, in misery, or do you want to be free from this state of mind? When we’re hurting it’s only human to want to blame someone else. Quit running away from it. Face the fear. Forgive. Once you forgive, you’re given the opportunity to live an amazing life of …

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God’s Map

    I recently went shopping with my friend Sara in an Amish town in Indiana. It’s amazing how time away with the friend who knows you the best is like medicine for the soul and was just the refreshment and renewal I needed! Once I got home after a few days full of belly laughs and miles of walking, I thought about the trip. The village where we went shopping, had many stores within walking distance. We were thankful they had maps available to guide us on our mission! We both grabbed a map, but after the first few …

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In the Trenches of Grief

      I recently lost a cousin of mine to suicide. As you can imagine it was a complete shock not only to his immediate family, but everyone who was ever blessed with his presence. He was a warm-hearted person with a lively spirit. Anyone you ask would say he always had a smile on his face and was a very happy-go-lucky kind of guy. When I first heard of the way he passed, my heart instantly broke! I knew all too well the pain they were feeling. Twelve years ago, I lost my dad to suicide. Twelve years …

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Restored and Redeemed: A Marriage Story

We all have a story to tell. I would like to think that mine is not much different than yours, but I know that it probably is. As I think about celebrating 41 years of marriage, I know there was a time that the word “celebration” would not have been a part of my vocabulary in speaking about my life with my sweet, precious, ever patient husband. God knew when I married this man that my relationship with him would be filled with so many ups and downs, so many trials, but also so many joys….and He knew that this …

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Salvation Can Come in Unusual Places

I did not have the privilege of growing up in a Christian home.  Neither of my parents knew the Lord as their Savior until just a few years before going to be home with Him. I can remember as a small child, living in St. Louis, that my mother would walk me to a church so I could go to Sunday School and then she would come back to get me when it was over.  When we moved to Arkansas and lived a small farming community my teacher at school invited me to attend Sunday School.  I was eight years …

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Stories

      Life is a series of short stories. Years ago, I was hiking the jungles of Peru. Two weeks before that, I was sitting on a front porch with an elderly gentleman, watching the clouds go by and thankful for my blessings. It’s been a few years, but he’s passed on, and even though I am sad that he’s gone, I feel blessed to have known and cared for such a great man. Today, I sit with a lovely lady. Once a model, today she faces her days with lost memories of the past. But still, we sit …

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The Story of Jonah

“The Lord threw a great wind onto the sea, and such a great storm arose on the sea that the ship threatened to break apart. The sailors were afraid, and each cried out to his god.”  (Jonah 1:4-5) Talk about being at the wrong place at the wrong time!  These poor, innocent sailors on the ship with the runaway prophet Jonah were definitely afraid.  Fear is defined by the dictionary as “an unpleasant emotion caused by the belief that someone or something is dangerous, likely to cause pain, or a threat.” The sailors confronted Jonah as he was singled out …

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Jonah and the Sailors

Jonah Chapter 1   Contrast “Jonah got up to flee to Tarshish from the Lord’s presence.”  (Jonah 1:3) If we were to write a description of Jonah from Chapter 1, we would surely include such terms/phrases as: (1) a reluctant prophet – stubborn and rebellious (2) one refusing to extend love to his enemies (3) Jonah – the prophet of God – guilty and disobedient. Yet God showed compassion and spared Jonah, the unrepentant prophet. While Jonah withdrew from both God and fellow man and went to sleep in the bottom of the ship. “What should we do to you (Jonah) …

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Message of God

    “The word of the Lord came to Jonah a second time. “Get up! go to the great city of Nineveh and preach the message that I tell you.” Jonah got up and went to Nineveh according to the Lord’s command…Jonah set out on the first day of his walk in the city and proclaimed, “In forty days Nineveh will be demolished!”    (Jonah 3: 1-4) Both the man of God and God’s chosen people had forgotten the reason God had chosen them to be His treasured people.  (Isaiah 42:6-7) “I am the Lord. I have called you for a …

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Anger Blinds

We see a lot of bitterness and anger in the story of Jonah.  We see it in Jonah’s countenance, his actions, and his heart. He has contempt for the Ninevites; he is angry toward God; and he is even angry toward a plant and a worm. (Jonah 4:4)  The Lord asked, “Is it right for you to be angry?’ (Jonah 4:9)  “Then God asked Jonah, “Is it right for you to be angry about the plant?” “Yes, it’s right,” Jonah replied, “I’m angry enough to die!” Jonah’s Response: When God showed compassion to the ones Jonah hated – Rage.  When …

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Jonah’s Nature in Us

  Be careful – there is a lot of Jonah’s nature in us. We see what Jonah values –  self.  He expresses joy when God shows him compassion in providing comfort, but expresses anger when God shows compassion for citizens of Nineveh. Jonah is all about self-comforts and worldly values. God Values  Life. “So the Lord said, ” You cared about the plant, which you did not labor over and did not grow. It appeared in a night and perished in a night. But may I not care about the great city of Nineveh, which has more than 120,000 people …

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Ending of Jonah’s Story

The full ending of Jonah’s story is not written down in the scripture.  Therefore, we have an open ended story.  What do you think happened? Our personal story may be very similiar to that of Jonah.  I’m sure we’ve had our instances of reluctance and disobedience.  We’ve been angry, rebellious, defensive, selfish, and arrogant – all in one day!  Yet, God extends His Grace to us so that He can include us in His Love Story. (Jonah 2:2)  “I called to the Lord in my distress, and he answered me.” (Jonah 2:9)  “Salvation belongs to the Lord.” “For all have …

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Mistakes

    There have been times when I think that I’ve made the biggest mistake of my life, but it turned out to be the greatest blessing. Never neglect the power of God. Just when you think you’ve got life figured out, God steps in and miracles happen, plans get changed and nothing else matters. Are these all a result of our own mistakes or a miscalculation of God’s timing? You decide. Matthew 6:26-27: “Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are …

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Trendsetter

        I’ve never been one to start a movement or follow the crowd. But that doesn’t mean I haven’t been led astray. Right when you think you have it all together, there’s a detour in the road. What then? Do you crumble, crawl into a cave and give up? So much in this world is unreliable. People are unreliable, not trustworthy. Why not lean on God in these times? God’s truth never changes and has stood the test of time. Be the change. Become a light in someone’s dark world and tell them about God. Be a …

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Idols

    The hardest enemy to defeat is the idols we hold close to our heart. We’re surrounded by evil every day and it seems to be getting worse. We make bad decisions, not thinking of the affects it may have on others. We compromise and tell ourselves that this one time won’t matter. You can’t fight this battle alone. Give it to God, every little detail. Make God the hero in your life. Stop trying to abandon God and pretend that this thing you’re doing is not a sin. 1 Corinthians 10:14 – “Therefore, my dear friends, flee from …

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Discomfort

        God created each of us for so much more than just to be happy and satisfied. There are times when our joy in life comes with taking risks, pushing yourself beyond what you thought you could do. A few years ago when I stood on top of a 14,000 foot mountain I felt so alive, like I just conquered the world. If you’re comfortable with how things are going, you’re not going to be hungry for righteousness sake. God allows a little adversity in our life at times to remind us who He is. He came …

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Time

        There have been seasons in my life when it seemed that time stood still, unmoving. The death of my dad, my two brothers, my mom. We all get one chance every day. The same 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Hug your spouse. Play with your kids and grandkids. Spend time with the elderly. Call a friend. Tell someone your story. Time is precious. Don’t waste a minute of it. The God of the Bible is a God of purpose. He created time and we should learn how to manage it and use it …

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Sharing A New Journey

Some have asked about the next Encourage Retreat. The ministry team for My Journey of Faith has decided not to hold a large weekend event for 2019. We feel that God is calling us to get smaller and more intimate with this awesome gift we have that is the Encourage Retreat Model, so we are making it mobile! If you are interested in hosting a mini-retreat for your church, a friend group, a recovery center, really any group of 20 or less- we would love to offer this to you! We are also offering individual Story Coaching and Spiritual Direction …

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The Soft Shell Turtle

  A couple of days ago I found this soft shell turtle while walking. This turtle was so very tired.       Today while walking I found these eggs that have been devoured and found a piece of shell away from the other eggs.       It looks like one may have been spared. I’m guessing raccoons found them.       God will leave the 99 and go to the one. Maybe He sent me to help this one? I covered the one remaining egg just in case it’s God plan for this one to thrive. It …

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Where Does My Strength Come From?

Some days I wonder. Humility is looking back on my life and realizing God was there all along. God is closer than your next breath. God knows the sound of my cry and has always been there to pick me up when I fall. When I am weak, He is strong. There’s security in knowing the one true God. Psalms 57:1 – “Have mercy on me, my God, have mercy on me, for in you I take refuge. I will take refuge in the shadow of your wings until the disaster has passed.” Dianne Petrey

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Everything For Good

    It’s hard for me to understand God’s plan for me; what the blueprint of my future looks like. When bad things happen, unfortunately I start to worry. But when hope kicks in, my faith arises, God shines through. God didn’t promise me an easy life, but He does promise a hopeful future. Everything works out for my good. I know that now. God is good and His plans are good. Romans 8:28 – “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” …

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What Are We Holding Onto

We work, we save, we retire, then what? Some of us hold onto money like it’s going to save us in the end. Jesus taught to give to the poor, the needy. Are we doing that? We will all leave this world as we came in; with nothing. No money, no clothes, cars, etc. Only one thing survives in this world. Our souls. Give your life to Jesus; hold onto Him and His promises. 1 Timothy 6:10 – “For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil. Some people, eager for money, have wandered from the …

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Cornerstone

  Unmoved by anything. This is my God. As a Christian, we should model this. No matter what life throws at us, we need to carry on. God, who has always been, is our Creator, our rock, our foundation for life. The cornerstone is laid first at the head corner and governs every other corner and every angle in the entire building and thus determines the place every other stone is to be laid. What is your foundation made of? Psalm 18:31 – “For who is God besides the Lord? And who is the Rock except our God?” Dianne Petrey

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Stumble

Just as a child learns to walk, Christians shuffle around at times as if they’re on shaky ground. And as a mother is there just in time to catch her toddler in a fall, God is near when we lose our balance. Trust in God. Always. If you’re a Christian, God is directing your steps so you can fulfill the plan He has for you. He can show you the right choices and lead you down the best path. He will show you which step to take to keep you going the right way. Don’t waver on the journey. God’s …

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MJOF Stats for 2021

  Greetings Sisters, I have some very special news to share with you. Over the course of the years that My Journey of Faith Ministries has been in existence we have grown. The Lord has blessed us beyond measure and this year in spite of the pandemic or maybe because of it, our reach has become international by reaching 174 different countries. The map above shows you the countries reached. The numbers are highest in the US, the pink represents the other countries reached and the gray are countries not reached. Some of these countries may only have one person …

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It’s about the Journey

“Faith” is a word that is as common to our Christian dialogue as the words “Jesus Christ”, “salvation” or “pray.” Many of us use it at least once a day, everyday. It is a vague idea, a concept thrown around by believers and nonbelievers alike, and is easily minimized or misunderstood. If you are like me, you don’t often stop and really look at the role faith plays in each aspect of life. So, what does faith really look like in my life? Faith is a process. It is not something that we have once, in our moment of salvation, …

Brittany Tankersley

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MJOF Community

Attention Ladies! We have recently created a Christian community called MJOF community as part of My Journey of Faith Ministries. It is a community designed to give women a safe way to share their testimonies/story of how Jesus is ever present in their life. Telling your story is a way to encourage others. Take a look at the community group and join. https://community.myjourneyoffatih.com

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Tell Your Story-Carissa Hardage

    In today’s episode, host Carissa Hardage looks back over this first season of the podcast and shares why knowing your story and sharing it with others is so important. If you would like more information or personal coaching on exploring your story, or if you are interested in sharing your journey in the podcast, contact Carissa at hardage5@hotmail.com or on instagram @myjourneyofaithministries and on Facebook at My Journey of Faith. You can find out more about My Journey of Faith, the On the Journey Podcast, and Encourage Retreat at www.myjourneyoffaith.com.

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Tell Your Story-Carissa Hardage

    In today’s episode, host Carissa Hardage looks back over this first season of the podcast and shares why knowing your story and sharing it with others is so important. If you would like more information or personal coaching on exploring your story, or if you are interested in sharing your journey in the podcast, contact Carissa at hardage5@hotmail.com or on instagram @myjourneyofaithministries and on Facebook at My Journey of Faith. You can find out more about My Journey of Faith, the On the Journey Podcast, and Encourage Retreat at www.myjourneyoffaith.com.

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