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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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I’m a Talker With a Stutter

  i’ve been stuttering since i was 5 years old. i remember my mom and i shopping in our local grocery store and just passing the Little Debbie aisle, second to the toy aisle, (where else would a 5 year old want to be, right?) i don’t remember what i was asking mom, just that i was trying to tell her something and the words were not coming out. i felt like something very strange was happening to me, but i didn’t know what. we found out my issue was stuttering. one evening i announced to my dad that i …

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After “I Do”

After months (or years) of planning, the big day finally comes- and then you blink and it’s over. It’s just… gone. Many people told me, “enjoy your wedding because it’s over in a blink of an eye!” I heard them, but I didn’t really hear them. You feel me?  Truthfully, I always thought, “yeah, whatever! My wedding is soo far away, it’ll take forever to get here!“ Well guess what? It got here. The wedding came and it was beautiful- I mean, stuff of fairytales! Did things go wrong like literally everyone said they would? Of course! Nonetheless, it was our day. It …

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Learning to Sit with Grief

Learning To Sit With Grief and Be Okay with It i’m not always the best at knowing how to handle grieving. i’m honestly kind of awkward in those situations and rarely know what to say. but i’m learning how to sit with people in their grief. i’m currently working as a personal care assistant and sitting with an elderly lady is a lot of what my days consist of. there’s days we talk, and days we’re content with sitting in the silence. for someone who’s lost so many people in life as she has, grief often cast its shadow over her days. i …

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Gracious Revealing

the day my birth mother contacted me for the first time is still so vivid… waking up early to attend my college math class, i sluggishly crawled out of bed and began getting ready for the day. hearing my phone alert me of a notification, i meandered my way back in my bedroom and sleepily picked up my phone from my nightstand. the notification was a facebook friend request from a woman. clicking on her profile, i saw pictures of her, her 3 sons, and her mother. in my room i had pictures of my birth mother, her mother, and …

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I Thought Following God Would Be Different

i see so many encouraging godly post about ordinary people who get out of bed with a spring in their step and a big ole’ smile on their face ready to take on the day with God. they seem so unstoppable…their faith seems so unmovable…and their love for God seems so unattainable. and then i take a good long look at myself… when did i start measuring being a Christ follower to how well i’m like “them”, instead of being like Him? i complain when the King of King’s gives me an opportunity to be His hands and feet. i …

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Waiting With A Purpose

  i’ve heard, “just enjoy where you are” a million times. sometimes in-between where you are, and where you want to be can feel like an endless waiting room. when i’m down in the dumps, the “Christian answer” would be that i always pray or open my Bible. sadly, this is not always my response. i have a Pinterest board filled with thousands of pins of positive quotes. i scroll relentlessly until i find “the one”. i want to read something that makes me feel better.  i don’t want to dwell on where i am- i’d rather fixate on where …

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Love One Another

For years I worked in a salon with a woman who had a largely older clientele, and I was always struck by the kindness with which she treated her clients. The women had been coming for decades, many with appointments side by side. After so many years, they became friends. Although there was an individual nine, ten, and eleven o’clock appointment scheduled, three people would regularly show up at nine o’clock. This was their time to catch up with each other, to share stories of loved ones, to elicit prayers for hardships, to feel and to be connected to a …

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The God of Details

I love the beach. It is my happy place. The smell of the salt water, the steady pounding of the surf, even the prickles from the sand, are a pleasure to me.  I, who am not in great physical shape, can walk for hours at the beach. It is like a treasure hunt. First looking out into the ocean, hoping to see a dolphin, then in the air, maybe a brown pelican will cruise by, but it is the shells on the shoreline that are the most captivating. I walk a little then stop and sift through the sand, so …

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Light and Darkness

      Last year waking to the news of another horrific tragedy, my first thought was that this may not be the big end of the world, but this end is just as final for many, and those who survive will bear the scars forever. I prayed. A few days later I was invited to a concert by Craig Morgan. My friend had won great tickets, very close to the stage. Craig Morgan is a master story teller and has written many songs. This was his American Stories tour and the revenue is used to benefit a national non-profit …

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Remember the Past

      Those who fail to remember the past, miss out on experience’s greatest gifts. Mistakes and things considered failures, though unpleasant to remember, are often life’s most valued teachers. Nostalgia, fond memories, they serve a higher purpose than normally recognized. These memories provide not only comfort and healing warmth, but also help us to document some of life’s most daring ventures. Just think of those first flights at Kittyhawk, or the first polio vaccine, or the first time a person looked at a computer screen and had access to the information highway… God has a plan for each …

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Serving Our Country

I drive in my car today and watch the sun dance across my windshield. It is cold outside, and the extra warmth from the light feels good. I am on my way home from a special presentation by some military people on Veteran’s Day. I am so thankful for life in a free country. I heard some interesting information.  One surprising fact was that only one percent of the population in our country has direct experience with the military. This creates a gap in community understanding. Used to be a person served a tour and then was back home, but …

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One Kind of Splendor

    It is a glorious day. The sun is shining. The air has just a hint of cold, which is great for us Southerners who have been praying for cooler weather, but didn’t really mean it!  I have gone to a park that is full of different gardens, and they are spectacular. However, I know the names of very few different trees or flowers. There are beds of pansies and tulips. The pansies like tiny little faces smiling in bright and happy color. Tulips in red and yellow, standing tall and reaching for the sun. Roses of many different …

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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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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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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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