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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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After Suffering TIA

                                     Psalm 23: 1-3 The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing. He makes me lie down in green pastures, He leads me beside quiet waters, He refreshes my soul.   I remember that day I left my recliner, to sit in my desk chair, But noticed my left arm had become limp; so alerted my son. And soon I was at emergency room at the local hospital. After many tests and observation I was admitted to a room, but was soon dismissed. I was glad to be home when I became aware of the horrible coronavirus threat. …

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Coronavirus and Leprosy Compared

Mark 1:42 “Immediately the leprosy left him and he was cleansed.”   During Jesus’ time on earth a dreaded disease was leprosy.  And those enduring leprosy lived isolated lives in the society. But Jesus had compassion on lepers as on others afflicted with some handicap or disease. And after healing one with leprosy, He even touched that one. I’m not sure how contagious coronavirus is but I’d be afraid to knowingly touch a victim. Therefore, facial masks and distancing, are being advised, Also I’m living in the confinement of my room.   Scripture and prayer: Jesus said if the law requires …

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What Can an Old Woman Like Me Do To Help?

  Be faithful to God though others aren’t faithful   Scripture: And while Moses was on the mountain receiving the ten commandments, the people tired of waiting and gave their jewelry to Aaron to use in making a gold calf to worship. When Moses came down and saw this; threw tablet down, breaking it into many pieces.   Would you and I have remained faithful; when all others were not faithful? I hope I would have been, but haven’t been faced with such a situation. It is difficult to stand alone, but is possible with help of the Holy Spirit.   Prayer: Father in heaven, have mercy on this confused …

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What Can An Old Individual Do to Help

    Scripture: “If my people who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then I will I hear from heaven and forgive their sin and heal their land.”    2 Chronicles 7:14 Though restricted to my room in my lift chair, I have access to my computer and can send email to many of my readers and know it can produce some interesting results. So during these, long, quiet hours, my type A personality will not allow me to just sit and twiddle my thumbs. I had some very interesting exchanges with …

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Is Cornoavirus God’s Wake-up Call?

Again let’s read 2 Chronicles 7:14  “If my people called by my name, humble themselves, pray and seek my face; then will I hear from heaven, forgive their sins, and heal their land” If coronavirus is God’s wake-up call, the ball is in our court, so don’t foul out.   Let’s pick up the ball, pitch it into the basket, and make our goals count. I’ve endured more than enough news of coronavirus and racial protests. So wish we could allow those subjects to rest and think of better times. But Jesus said these times will come before He returns to earth again. Prayer: Father …

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Do Not Miss Gathering Together

        Scripture: John 20:24-25 “Now Thomas (also known as Didymus), one of the Twelve, was not with the disciples when Jesus came. So the other disciples told him, “We have seen the Lord!” But he said to them, “Unless I see the nail marks in his hands and put my finger where the nails were, and put my hand into his side, I will not believe.” On the evening of the first day after Jesus was resurrected, and His disciples were with Him, but Thomas was absent. and missed a blessing. The other disciples tried to tell Thomas, but he had to be sure; …

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You’ve Been Made To Last

I still have outdoor chairs that belonged to my parents. They’ve been painted and repainted but they are still sturdy and able to be used. How old are they? At least 50 years old. I also have the folding type lawn chairs, at least the newest ones my hubby has bought. They are not so old because they weren’t made to last that long. Oh beloved, God speaks to my heart. You were made to last. This season is rough. It’s like a hurricane in many ways. It has blown us around. It has turned things upside down and crushed …

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You Always Have Somewhere To Go

Having been born in Houston we knew about evacuating when bad weather came. Fortunately for us we always came to Arkansas for a family visit. We always had somewhere to go. This morning when I heard the rain, I was blessed with memories of how a bad situation always turned into a blessed time. Oh beloved, it’s hard to believe, but even your bad situation is not your destiny. The weather report, the health report, the financial report – all of them are just part of your life. And these parts of your life ebb and flow – hard times …

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Love Notes

Our refrigerator is covered with messages, photos and magnetic notes. Oh and there are some pieces of artwork as well. I love those reminders. Each one holds a special place in our hearts. Notes that vow that we are the best at something, anything, warm our hearts. Grandchildren who pledge undying devotion, share their grades, show their artistic abilities. There’s even a note from a daughter and her family on there. Oh beloved, are you keeping the good notes close at hand? When the world is tumbling you like you’re in a rock tumbler, are you able to remember that …

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Scam Proof Living

We got a call Sunday from a “census worker”. She said she was calling to confirm our address. Since it was a cell phone from northwest Arkansas and knowing I’d completed the census online months ago, I politely declined and hung up on her. It’s amazing the scams that are going around these days. Oh beloved, the enemy loves to scam people. He pretends to be in the know. He shares his knowledge with whoever will listen. Trouble is he is a lying liar. It’s his nature to lie, cheat and steal. His scams are the same types over and …

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Not Long Til Christmas

It’s barely more than three months until Christmas. In light of how 2020 has gone thus far, we might want to plan ahead for it just a bit. I’m not a last minute person, but I have always enjoyed the hunt for just the right gift for just the right person. Even so, I may have to switch tactics a bit this year. IF we’re not careful we will spend a lot of frustrated time comparing this Christmas to past years. But we will have more of a blessed time if we just take this year and enjoy what we …

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Faith: God-Given Visions

  Read Genesis 37:5-11 God gave Joseph two prophetic dreams. They would comfort him in the years to come as he would wonder how these dreams would be fulfilled and then again as God moved to fulfill the promises of Joseph’s visions in his life. God used two dreams while he was living at home in Canaan to prepare his family and to speak to Joseph of the things to come.  Joseph saw the sheaves and the sun, moon and stars bow down to him.  As you can imagine, these dreams caused quite a stir when he told his brothers …

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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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Unify 2020 Video

Join us for Unify Online Event! Faith over Fear. Join your sisters in Christ as we share with you personal stories, praises and encouragement in these uncertain times. Join us on October 1 at 6:00 pm. For this virtual event hosted by First Baptist Church in Hot Springs. Link to the event: firsthotsprings.online.church Register at https://myjourneyoffaith.com/unify-online-event…/

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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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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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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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