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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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Day 1 Prayer

    Monday: Scripture:  Philippians 4:6-7 “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by supplication and prayer, present your petitions to God, and His peace which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus. This is wonderful advice, but at age almost one hundred three. still I have not attained that goal; however, believe that I have made some progress. But need to remind myself that if I trust God completely, there will be no room for anxiety. So my prayer is for our Father in heaven to increase your faith and mine. Amen.   Doris Lisemby …

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Day 2 Treasures

  Tuesday: Scripture: Matthew 6: 19-21 “Do not store for yourself treasures on earth where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven where moth and rust do not destroy and where thieves do not break in and steal: for where your treasure is there will your heart be, also.” I don’t remember much about the drama: titled You Can’t Take it with You, But there is much truth in that statement. Many spend their entire lives working and deprive themselves of many essentials of life; then leave all they …

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Day 3-Two Masters

    Wednesday: Scripture: Matthew 6:24 “No one can serve two masters: either he will hate one and love the other; or he will be devoted to one and will despise the other. You can not serve God and money!”   Probably many have not become aware about this truth,  But the poor can become so consumed with how they’ll become financially secure, and that becomes sin, also. For God is aware of all our needs and we should trust Him to supply all our needs. So Father, we thank You, in Jesus’ name for supplying our daily needs. Amen. Doris Lisemby

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Day 4 Don’t Worry

        Thursday: Scripture: Matthew 6: 25  “…do not worry about your life: what you will eat or drink…is life not more important than food?” Probably most people in my society and yours have never really been hungry and worry about having sufficient food to eat, but many are not so blessed: thousands of individuals go to bed hungry every night. Some would enjoy left overs we dump in the garbage. So Father, we thank You in Jesus’ name for the blessings You provide each day, and for the love You bestow on people: both poor and otherwise.   Doris Lisemby

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Day 5 Worry about Clothes

    Friday: Scripture:Matthew 6: 28-29 “And why do you worry about clothes? See how lilies of the field grow. They do not labor or spin Yet I tell you even Solomon was not dressed like one of these. ”   In my walk-in closet are many clothes: most I’ll never wear again and although some may be old and not the fashion currently, I wish they could benefit people who need clothes. Currently while confined to my room in a lift chair Usually I wear a quilted robe each day but can’t go anywhere to wear nice clothes. So I …

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Day 6 Seek God

Saturday: Scripture: Matthew 6:34 “But seek first His kingdom and righteousness and all these things will be given to you as well. Do not worry about tomorrow… for each day has enough trouble of its own.” We have no promise of tomorrow; therefore, it’s useless to be concerned about tomorrow, and so Jesus’ command not to be anxious about the day that might dawn. And it is true we have sufficient problems to cope with every day. So Father in heaven, give each person who will reads these words enough faith not to worry about the daily problems of life. We thank and …

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Burial and Resurrection of Christ Jesus

    John  19:31-42 31 Now it was the day of Preparation, and the next day was to be a special Sabbath. Because the Jewish leaders did not want the bodies left on the crosses during the Sabbath, they asked Pilate to have the legs broken and the bodies taken down. 32 The soldiers therefore came and broke the legs of the first man who had been crucified with Jesus, and then those of the other. 33 But when they came to Jesus and found that he was already dead, they did not break his legs. 34 Instead, one of the soldiers pierced Jesus’ …

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The Risen Lord

      Luke 24:13-16   “Now that same day two were traveling to village called Emmaus about seven miles from Jerusalem and they were talking about every thing that had happened; and as they talked and discussed these things with each other. Jesus himself appeared and walked along with them, but they were kept from recognizing Him.” Also,  Jesus appeared to His disciples, but Thomas was absent and when told they had seen Jesus, he did not believe them and said unless he sees the nail marks in his hands and put my hands into his side he would not …

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Jesus on Trial

      John 18: 12 b-14  “… after Jewish officials arrested Jesus, they bound Him and brought Him first to Annas,. father in law of Ciaphas, the high priest that year, who had advised the Jews that it would be good if one man died for the people.” Can you conceive of the ill-treatment shown the Savior of the world? Instead of treating Him with love and respect, He was treated like a criminal. But before we are too critical of those people: have you and I shown Jesus the respect He deserves in our lives? Have we given …

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Jesus Crucified

        John 19: 16-18 “So the soldiers took charge of Jesus and carrying His own cross, He went out to the place of the skull which is called Golgotha. Here they crucified Him and two others: one on each side of Him, and Jesus in the middle.” Have you accepted your salvation without realizing what a sacrifice it cost your Father in heaven? He loves you and me very much to give His only son to redeem your and my sinful lives from eternal separation and to avoid spending eternity in a place of fire and brimstone. …

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Hallelujah Jesus is Alive

“On the first day of the week, very early in the morning, the women took the spices they had prepared and went to the tomb. 2 They found the stone rolled away from the tomb, 3 but when they entered, they did not find the body of the Lord Jesus. 4 While they were wondering about this, suddenly two men in clothes that gleamed like lightning stood beside them. 5 In their fright the women bowed down with their faces to the ground, but the men said to them, “Why do you look for the living among the dead? 6 He is not here; he …

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Jesus Betrayed

  John 18:1-3 When he had finished praying, Jesus left with his disciples and crossed the Kidron Valley. On the other side there was a garden, and he and his disciples went into it.2 Now Judas, who betrayed him, knew the place, because Jesus had often met there with his disciples. 3 So Judas came to the garden, guiding a detachment of soldiers and some officials from the chief priests and the Pharisees. They were carrying torches, lanterns and weapons.   When He had finished praying, Jesus left with His disciples and crossed the Kidron Valley;on the other side was an olive …

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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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Brittany Tankersley

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Encourage Retreat promo

Encourage Virtual Retreat 2021 Registration is now open! This 2 day virtual event begins April 23-24 and can be viewed from home during the live event or at a later date. Registration is $25 and includes all videos that can be watched during the remaining dates of April & through the month of May.Don’t miss the real stories from Christian Women sharing their personal stories of how Jesus has brought them through hard times. Topics include: abuse, addiction, unforgiveness, marriage and so more. Register today at https://myjourneyoffaith.com/encourage-retreat/        

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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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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

Free Registration for our October 1 Unify Online Event beginning at 6:00 pm.  For access to the live streaming event click here:  https://firsthotsprings.online.church/ Register below to gain access to all the content from the one night event. All videos of the event will be individually available for viewing.       Registration made available through My Journey of Faith Ministries

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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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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