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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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A New Day

        Do some days feel like deja vu? Some call it ‘groundhog day,’ where life is a perpetual circle. You wake up and go through the same routines as yesterday. You have a choice in this matter. You can follow God and expect great things or you can follow your own way and be stuck in a rut. This is the day that the Lord has made. Be glad and rejoice in it. 2 Corinthians 4:16 – “Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by …

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All That Is Left

          Recalling the past and remembering the good times bring comfort. Memories are precious and often the only thing left to hold onto. Sometimes you’ll never know the value of a moment until it becomes a memory. Don’t forget why we’re here. Remember the sacrifice Jesus made so that we could have life. When life comes near the end and we reflect on our past, all that is left is memories of our story. Luke 2:19 – “But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart.”   Dianne Petrey

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Patience Is A Virture?

        Have you ever waited on something to happen or someone to make a move, but neither happened? How long did you wait? While you were waiting, what did you do? So many think that God’s not listening. That He doesn’t care that you’re suffering, worrying. If you think this, then you don’t know God. He’s a God of miracles, of last minute breakthroughs. Persevere through the hard times but keep this in mind. God sees you and is with you. It’s up to you to acknowledge this truth. Proverbs 15:18 – “A hot-tempered person stirs up …

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Straight Ahead

    As I listened to my GPS guide me toward home, reminding me to keep straight for the next 300 miles, I thought of the life I’ve lived so far. After becoming a Christian as a teenager, I thought my life would be perfect with no more problems or trials ahead. As it turned out, there were many detours, delays, wrong turns and reboots. Thank God He never left me. I look forward to my future, thankful for my past and what it taught me. With God anything and everything is possible. Without Him, life will be full of …

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The Mind

      Take note of what occupies your mind. It will consume you. Whatever takes you away from God, rules your thoughts and actions. The greatest battle going on in every man is the one in the heart. God will lead you, only if you let Him. Hebrews 10:23 – “Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful.” Dianne Petrey

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Guidance

          When an instruction is conveyed to a toddler, most of the time, the child complies. Other instances, rebellion takes root. Over time the child learns to comply. But what about Christians? They too must learn to walk again. A whole new life. The rebellion is still there, but God is there to help. Trust God’s plans for your life journey. Yes, you’ll stumble, make the wrong choices at times, but with God’s guidance you’ll never fall down. 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 – “Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will …

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Friendship

Reading: Romans 8:14-17 When we don’t socialize with certain people daily, it’s easy to assume the reason is we have nothing in common with one another. That may not always be the case, especially for those who may be members of our church’s congregation. Sharing our testimonies, doubts, answered prayers, and faith should reveal our commonality in Jesus Christ, regardless of how different we may seem from other Christians. Our Lord and Savior is enough to bring two strangers together with the bonds of friendship, and even closer as Jesus Himself said that whoever does God’s will is His family …

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Trials

Reading: Romans 5:2-5 Everyone endures trials and tribulations throughout their lifetime, even Christians. Jesus didn’t promise that if we followed Him, our lives would be easier from that point forward. On the contrary, He warned of the opposite happening. He told us the world would hate us (John 15:18-19). Life can be rough as a Christian, especially when standing for Christ. People don’t typically like to hear they’re doing something wrong, and so, when we bring those sins to the attention of the wrongdoer, defensive walls immediately rise. Christians often suffer persecution because we hold high values and speak out …

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Doubting

    Reading: 1 John 5:11-13 Many Christians struggle with doubting their salvation. When we experience this, it’s important to know we’re not alone. Others before us have experienced the same thing. The feeling we get when we’re in doubt can be gut-wrenching because the possibility of not living in Heaven, and being condemned to Hell is a valid concern. These occurrences can happen in phases, where we are confident in our salvation for years, but for some reason, we go through days, weeks, or even months, wrestling with ‘what ifs.’ Maybe it’s not us.  It may be a friend or family member …

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Answered Prayers

Reading: Luke 11:1-13 Any relationship needs communication to grow and thrive. When we care about our friends, family, and love interests, we want to tell them about our day and listen to what’s new in their lives. Praying is how we communicate with God, and because of Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross, we have a direct line to Him. So often do we abuse this privilege by talking to God only when we need something. How would our friends and family feel if we did that to them? We read many scriptures, such as in Luke 11:9, that tell us to …

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Faith

Faith Reading: James 2:14-26 Faith is the act of believing in something or someone when you have no concrete proof of existence or that the person will follow through with their promises. Hebrews 11:1 tells us faith is the essence of our hope, the evidence of the unseen. Having faith is so easy, even a child could do it. In Luke 18:16-17, Jesus tells his disciples that to enter the kingdom of God, people must have faith as a child would. The key word in the above definition of faith is “act.”  It’s one thing to say we believe something, …

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Roman Road

The Roman Road is a series of scriptures from the Bible that explains what’s necessary to obtain salvation. If we asked someone the question: “What are you being saved from?”, we may hear they’re being saved from an eternity in Hell. That’s true; however, we can take the definition of salvation a step further. Romans 3:23 is the first verse in the Roman Road. Sin is the act of doing something wrong in the sight of God – or a lack of doing something God commands us to do. Sin is immoral. This scripture tells us that everyone has sinned …

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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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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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