Freedom from fear through Christ

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Freedom from fear through Christ

Freedom from fear through Christ

Fear.  For such a small word it sure packs a mighty punch.  Like a little giant it looms ominously over certain areas of our life. I sometimes think of fear as that little black fly that comes in as soon as I open the front door.  Even though I may not necessarily see it all the time, I can hear it buzzing from room to room, taunting me “you can’t get me.”  Sometimes no matter how much I swat at that little sucker, it always seem to evade getting smacked down. That’s like fear!  It gets into areas of our mind,

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Bullying, dealing with the ugly monster

The hallway seemed poorly lit.  The shadowy corners of the corridor gave the impression it was much later than the first period after lunch.  I needed to hurry or I was going to be late and Mr. Richardson hated when students walked into his classroom while he was teaching. Everyone seemed to have exited the dreary locker-lined halls.  Everyone except for myself and the two “goth” girls lingering halfway down the halls.  They leaned lazily against one wall turning to watch as my hurried steps echoed on the scruffy tiled floors. I heard one giggle followed by another and saw

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When we struggle with our self worth

When we struggle with our self worth

  How do you feel about yourself?   We are bombarded every where we turn with images and articles that communicate to us what we should look like and how we should feel about our self. Whether we are sitting in front of the television set or standing in line at the grocery store, these messages are constantly coming at us and have a very powerful impact on how we think. It shouldn’t be surprising that the advertising industry is responsible for creating some of the insecurities women face on a daily basis.  They pressure us to maintain a level

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I don’t want to blog anymore (or so I feel)

I don’t want to blog anymore (or so I feel)

It is now a year since I started to blog but the desire to write had been in my heart for quite a long time.  So long that I keep finding dollar store books in storage boxes with blog names and unfinished entries from the early part of 2000. I was held back by fear and feelings of inadequacy.  I wondered if God could really use anything I had to say or if anyone would care to read my writing.  So I kept ignoring the prompting, hoping it would dissipate.  However, nothing I did would erase the deep desire I felt

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Comparison, a dangerous game

Comparison, a dangerous game

The fluorescent lighting reflected off the glossy covers of the magazines like a beacon, beckoning my attention to the strategically placed magazine rack at the check out counter.  The super sexy model on one cover smiled back at me as if she had been waiting to catch my gaze. Her long legs reminded me shorts and swimsuit season was only a short while away and my mind immediately went to the winter accumulated pounds that were wrapped around my own thighs and waistline. Getting rid of that is going to take some work, I thought to myself. Feeling a bit

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Five stones and a sling

Five stones and a sling

One of my all time favorite bible stories as a child, and even now (almost all grown up) is David and Goliath. As a little girl growing up in the country with very little access to a television set,  I developed a love for reading.  In Sunday School , I soon fell in love with the beautiful stories from the bible and appreciated very much those children’s books with all the illustrations of biblical characters. The story of David and Goliath was one of my favorites because, even then, I knew what it was to appreciate and admire people who

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