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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 outside the door of their …

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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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Godly Leaders

    Scripture: Exodus 5: 21 “May the Lord look upon you and judge you. You have made us a stench to Pharaoh and his officials and have placed a sword in their hands to kill us.” Moses was leading the Israelites and interceded for them: He asked God why He had brought so much trouble on His people: for ever since he went to Pharaoh and spoke in God’s behalf, Pharaoh has brought trouble on his people and God has not rescued them. Many times when God’s people are serving Him, they do not understand when God continues to let them suffer. …

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God’s Reminder of His Faithfulness

    Then the Lord said to Moses, “Now  you will see what I will do to Pharaoh: because of my mighty hand He will let them go out of my country.” Exodus 6:1 Sometimes God’s children forget that God in all knowing, and all powerful; so we fret and complain about life situations. Though 102, I have not ceased to wonder about some life situations, Currently one concern is the coronavirus pandemic. I read that a new vaccine is to become available soon, and if God’s will, pray it will decrease cases of this dreaded disease. Prayer: Father in heaven, today …

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Moses’ Hesitancy to Obey God

  Scripture: Read Exodus chapters 3-4 … I have seen the misery of my people in Egypt and am sending you to rescue them. But Moses gave several excuses including he was slow of speech. Some historians think Moses had a stuttering disorder. After some miracles and Moses continued to hesitate, God promised Aaron could be his mouthpiece.    “Moses said to the Lord, “Pardon your servant, Lord. I have never been eloquent, neither in the past nor since you have spoken to your servant. I am slow of speech and tongue.”11 The Lord said to him, “Who gave human beings their mouths? Who …

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Memorial to Moses!

        Scripture: Deuteronomy 34:10-12. “Since Moses’ death no prophet has risen in Israel like Moses, whom the Lord knew face to face. Who did all those miraculous signs and wonders God sent him to do in Egypt to Pharaoh and all his officials: for no one has ever shown the mighty power or performed the awesome deeds that Moses did in sight of all Israel.” Probably it was Moses’ experience at the burning bush that is referred to in this scripture. Have you ever thought how you would react if face to face with God? Each of us will …

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A New Leader Called

        Scripture: Joshua 1:1-8 “After Moses’ death the Lord said to Joshua, Moses’ aide: “My servant Moses is dead; so He told Moses to take all the people in his territory and cross the Jordan River into the land of promise. And God promised s He was with Moses, He’d be with them. And told the people to be strong and of good courage.” Joshua 1:1-2 One truly needs to be strong and courageous when undertaking any responsibility. and especially one as paramount as leading the rebellious children of Israel, However, Joshua accepted the challenge and the Israelites continued their …

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God Commissions Joshua

          Scripture Read all of Joshua Chapter one Underline these words: “Be strong and courageous because you will lead these people to inherit the land I promised them.” Joshua 1:6 Joshua had traveled with the grumbling Israelites, and was aware of the job he was assuming; so knew he’d need to be strong and courageous. But can you imagine a multitude of people wandering in a wilderness forty years. Perhaps we would have grumbled, also. I’m aware one of my sins is complaining and sometimes wonder if God is allowing my adversities to help me overcome complaining. If so, Lord, help …

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Rehab and the Spies

  Scripture: Read all of Joshua chapter two. The average Christian’s attitude toward people with sordid characters is not pleasing to our Lord: No person was too sinful to be loved by Jesus, He demonstrated that many times : one example is with the woman caught in an overt act of adultery. He did not condone her act, but told her to go and sin no more . And Rahab was a prostitute, and her lifestyle not approved by Jesus, but He did not condemn her. I struggle with whether in God’s sight there are little and big sins. Because Jesus said if one lusts …

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Need Wisdom? Ask God

If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him. James 1:5 One short verse, but so much truth here! Let’s unpack it together: Humility The verse begins, If any of you lacks wisdom. In order to receive, we must first acknowledge we lack it! A prideful heart resists asking for help. Self-sufficiency is a chief stumbling block to attaining wisdom. Ask God God is the source of wisdom. When we go looking elsewhere, true wisdom will elude us. At best, we will get a band-aid rather …

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Examine the Good

  God saw all that He had made, and it was very good. Genesis 1:31     My oldest son has always been a thinker and a man of few words. It frustrated me to ask him: “How as soccer practice? Answer: “Good.” “How was youth group?” Answer: “Good.” “How was your chemistry final?” Answer: “Good.” I was humbled when re-reading the creation account, noting that “good” was also what God proclaimed over His creation at the conclusion of each day. He even added the pronoun very on the last day! The Bible has much to say about “good.” Searching …

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Letting It Go

“A man’s wisdom gives him patience, it is to his glory to overlook an offense.” Proverbs 19:11 While the TSA may admonish air travelers, “If you see something, say something,” perhaps God’s advice would more often be, “If you see something, pray something.” The most Christ-like, holy action we take today might be to close our mouths: to choose prayer over retaliation, intercession over criticism. Perhaps the best way to hone this spiritual life skill is to practice the habit of “prayer walking” — allowing what you see to prompt you to pray. Resist the urge to condemn as you …

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The Easy Way is Often NOT the Wise Way

“The wisdom of the prudent is to give thought to their ways, but the folly of fools is deception.” Proverbs 14:8 Deception can be a quick, easy way to get out of an awkward situation or a tight jam. Just a little white lie to a four-year-old (“we don’t have any ice cream”), to the sales clerk (“it was a gift”), or to your husband (“it was on sale”) may seem harmless at the time, but that shortcut comes at a high price. Easy, quick solutions to immediate dilemmas often bring significant long-term consequences. Much sin is like that. We …

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Lay Hold and Hold On

“…Lay hold of my words with all your heart…” Proverbs 4:4 “Hold on to instruction, do not let it go; guard it well, for it is your life.” Proverbs 4:13 Have you ever laid hold of something as if your life depended on it (probably the equivalent of “with all your heart”)? If you’re in deep water and someone throws out a life preserver, you wouldn’t try to catch it with one finger – your arms would be embracing it. That’s the passion and intention with which we should lay hold of the Word of God. Laying hold is what …

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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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God Wants To Speak To Your Heart

I dreamed about my sister the other night. She was so elegant and beautiful. She appeared as her young self in my dream. Even so, she was married and my brother in law was in the dream as well. We walked through her house together and that was about all the dream it was. When I woke up I felt it was so precious to be with her. Oh beloved, what is the Lord speaking? Why do we dream dreams? Because God wants to speak to our hearts. Why dream about someone who is long gone to heaven? God wants …

Unify Online Event Registration

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Laura MacFarland’s New Study

Join Laura Macfarlan shares news about her new 4 week study in Psalms.  To sigh up Go here to subscribe to the Cross My Heart Ministry YouTube channel (it’s totally free!): YouTube.com/CrossMyHeartMinistry Then check back on May 8 (or later) to watch the Introduction to the Study. Download the free Bible study here: www.JoyofLiving.org/free-studies Complete the daily questions on your own.  It is available in both pdf or Word format. You can even write out the answers on your own paper if you don’t have access to a printer. Take your time with these. Think. Pray. Ask God to teach …

Reset

Deb Rice introduces us to Christian woman who will share words of encouragement to you as we begin a series entitled “Reset” as we journey through these turbulent times.

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Your Ministry Reach

        If you have a Christian blog, a website, social media, or any other means of delivering your faith in Jesus Christ, your witness can be seen world-wide.  The internet reaches many more than you realize.  If a country has internet availability, your words and videos can be viewed. You have an opportunity to share the gospel of Jesus Christ. My Journey of Faith Ministries recently had the privilege of sharing some of our “Tell Your Story” videos with a women’s conference in the Congo.  These precious women yearn for more about Jesus and how He works …

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Wilting

“I’m wilting.”Two words I recently told a friend.  They were out of my mouth before I even had a chance to realize what I was saying.  But after the words were out, I couldn’t quit thinking about the state I was in. I was wilting. Wilting: to become limp through heat, loss of water, or disease; to droop Yes, I was wilting…I was becoming limp through heat– certain trials I was up against had proved to be very hot; through loss of water– I was looking inward to myself rather than looking at Jesus, the very source of Living Water; …

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His Way is Better

My life is not at all what I thought it would be, and nowhere close to what I “hoped” it would be when I was growing up. I don’t say that regretfully. The Lord has shown me so many times that my thoughts are not His thoughts and His ways are not my ways. Praise the Lord for that! Sometimes in life, we end up being most grateful for the things in life that at that time we hated the most. I look back over my life and see fingerprints of God all over it. Places I lived, people I …

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My Dad: Salvation to Service

I was born into the home of new believers. My mother found Christ first and spent a full year praying for my father. He had once said he would go to church but he would never want a Christian in his home. He never did find God. God found him. He found him in his room searching the scriptures for the UFO’s his older brother swore were in there. He found my father wrestling through the Old Testament exclaiming he could believe in Him, it was this crazy Jesus he couldn’t swallow. He found him considering conversion to Judaism. Then …

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Love Lifted Me

“I was right on the cliff-edge, ready to fall, When God grabbed and held me. God’s my strength, he’s also my song, And now he’s my salvation. Hear the shouts, hear the triumph songs in the camp of the saved? “The hand of God has turned the tide! The hand of God is raised in victory! The hand of God has turned the tide! I didn’t die. I lived! And now I’m telling the world what God did. God tested me, he pushed me hard But he didn’t hand me over to Death. Swing wide the city gates-the righteous gates! …

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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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