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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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Taking Flight

  If you’ve lived long enough, you come to understand that you have one life. But as a Christian, you know and believe that God promises another life that never ends. That’s my hope. But even as I write this, it pains me to think of leaving my family, especially those who don’t know God. Just because I have a plane waiting doesn’t mean I’m in a hurry to leave. Make your life matter. Leave a legacy of love and service. Hebrews 6:10 – “God is not unjust; he will not forget your work and the love you have shown …

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Wisdom

      One can be intelligent but unwise. You can ace a test but unable to decide between right and wrong. Wisdom is one characteristic trait that no one can take from you. Once you have it, treasure it and thank God for it. Wisdom is the most valuable gift we could ever receive because it teaches us how to live a fruitful, honorable, and Christ-like life! Proverbs 4:7 – “The beginning of wisdom is this: Get wisdom. Though it cost all you have, get understanding.”   Dianne Petrey

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Spiritual Exercise

    Most of my adult life, I have been dedicated to physical exercise of some sort. Once I started in my early 30’s, I soon noticed how much better I felt when I did it regularly. But, more important than this is spiritual exercise. Engaging the mind in heavenly things is what I need to work on. Without a regular dose of spiritual exercise it could leave one’s life with a void and without meaning. Commit to exercising your spiritual muscles. Read the Bible. Talk to God, daily. Step out in faith in all areas of life. Once you …

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Giver or Lender

Are you a happy giver? God wants us to give with a pure heart. He tells us in Proverbs to be a giver, not a lender. Give, not expecting anything in return and God will heap eternal rewards for you in heaven. The experience of giving to those in need has been my most treasured reward. There’s nothing like it. Reach out to someone in need today. Pay it forward and don’t look back. Proverbs 19:17 – “Whoever is kind to the poor lends to the Lord, and he will reward them for what they have done.” Dianne Petrey

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The Mountain Top

      In the early times in the Bible, the significance of a mountain was great. It’s where the temple was built. It’s where Christ hung on the cross. But in real time scenarios, it’s the greatest blessings of God. We’ve all been there. Weddings, births, etc. The valleys also remind us of God’s great power. His deliverance from these experiences are the greatest gifts in life. Thank God for carrying me through the valleys and meeting me on the mountaintops. Psalms 90:2 – “Before the mountains were born or you brought forth the whole world, from everlasting to …

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When NO is the Answer

As a parent, often it pained me to say “no.” When we ask God for something and He says “no,” how do we react? Do we get angry or curse God? Looking back on my life, I’ve seen times where God clearly said no. Sometimes I couldn’t understand why. Even though we may feel rejected or punished by God, He always knows what’s best, and may be purposely guiding us in a different direction. Accept the unanswered prayer, or the unresolved questions in life, and know that God’s got something better for you. Isaiah 46:11 – “From the east I …

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Tuning It Out

      Our smoke detector often beeps at us to let us know it is time to change the batteries. It’s chirping is ever present in our home, yet I wonder how long it beeps until we finally hear it. After hearing it, it’s still awhile before we get to changing out the batteries and getting it back on track once again. I realize that I can tune out a lot of things. My children’s whining, deadlines, things that need attention in our home. I can walk right past eyesores and be okay with it, until something happens and …

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A Hurried Scurried Life

  I lived a hurried, scurried life for so many years. I felt I had to DO in order to be. It wasn’t until someone gracefully pointed out that it wasn’t necessary to always be kept busy. It was good to have margins. Margins are useful on pages of paper, making it clearer to read the content. Margins in life are useful in making priorities stand out and allowing our bodies to rest, as God calls us to. Of course, we can be in seasons where we absolutely need to hurry and scurry at times. Living with toddlers, it seems …

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Don’t Look Back!

    Have you ever looked back at something the Lord has brought you through and still had a sense of doubt? Lot’s wife was turned into a pillar of salt for being tempted to look back at what they were leaving behind. God intends for us to keep our eyes focused forward. To be in the present, not the past. Sure, the past will creep in and remind us of either things we have done, said or felt. Sometimes, that past isn’t all that bad. That past has been used to shape us, but it does not define us. …

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Alone With Our Thoughts

        The enemy comes to seek, kill and destroy. This is true, but sometimes we don’t make his job very hard. We can also seek, kill and destroy ourselves and others with our thoughts and our words. I wake up every morning with thoughts in my mind, and I go to bed every evening with them as well. Throughout the day, my thoughts can motivate me to do good deeds or threaten to tangle and trip me up and cause others to stumble because of them. Words can be used like weapons. Our tongue is the hardest …

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Spiritual Atrophy

Our household recently experienced an illness that passed through our entire home and it took about two weeks to recover from it. In that time frame, try as I might to get up and live life like I wasn’t put out, I had to succumb sometimes to just lying in bed. While to some that sounds like a pleasant break, I was truly struggling with it. I wanted to be up and active. In that time frame, the muscles in my legs and arms atrophied a bit. I felt weak some days and had cramps in my calves and biceps. …

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The Antidote to Sin

I was thinking about how we get sick. The virus type of sickness. Something so tiny we cannot even see it with our own eyes, yet it can wreck havoc in our lives. I thought about how viruses come and go and will be a part of our lives always. All we can do is try to prevent the exposure to them or treat it as best as we can,  but we will never be fully free from them, here on earth. That musing led me to thinking about sin in our lives. Sin is something that is comparable to …

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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, …

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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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