Choosing to have hope in the midst of pain

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Choosing to have hope in the midst of pain

Choosing to have hope in the midst of pain

I debated writing this post. If not for any other reason, it’s this….transparency is not easy! And it’s especially not easy when our situation is still fresh or ongoing.  Most times we are more inclined to share when we have gone through our experience and come out the other end victorious. But, even just making the decision to share in struggles somehow has the power to be comforting.  Though this post is not about full disclosure, I felt lead to share this much. No one wants to feel pain!! As a Registered Nurse, I know it’s common knowledge that pain

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Walking through the seasons of life

Walking through the seasons of life

The huge potted mums was lying on its side again.  Though larger than most, the plastic planter was no match for the strong winds and rain that were normal for this time of the year. Most of the beautiful red, yellow and orange leaves that had majestically crowned the tree tops were now lying in a bronze colored carpet on the ground. There weren’t enough leaves for the neighboring kids to frolic in but there was certainly enough to send my husband off to the local hardware store for a rake and recycling yard bags.  Yes, what was just a

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Cultivating an attitude of thanksgiving

Cultivating an attitude of thanksgiving

It is early fall and the trees are slowly transforming into huge bouquets rich with deep hues of red, orange and yellow.  Soon they will give competition to the beautiful sunsets of October. The weather is much cooler than the days of summer and the squirrels and chipmunks can be seen scampering about.  They are on a mission to gather and store up their food for the wintry hibernation ahead.  Sadly, the trees will eventually lose their leaves and stand naked in the grip of an icy, cold slumber but for now they remain tall and proud.  Beautifully displayed in a

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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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When God is Silent

When God is Silent

Think of the times you’ve had to leave home for an extended period of time, going off to school or perhaps even getting married. Some of the most comforting and reassuring words we can hear from our parents are these, “If you ever need anything, doesn’t matter day or night, just call, we’ll be here.” Even though there may be apprehension and probably some anxiety about the unknown,  somehow hearing those reassuring words help to make us feel calmer and less worried.  We know we can trust our parents’ words and that they will indeed be there for us.  Their

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Taking off the mask-moving through healing to your purpose

Taking off the mask-moving through healing to your purpose

I am going to tell you one of my secrets. Listen closely. “I am no where close to where I want to be.” There.  I said it. Now there’s no way for me to pretend I’m someone I’m not.  One thing I want to always portray to my readers and to you, my friends,  is this.   I want to be real.   You see,  I’m on a journey and though I may not be where I want to be, with God’s help, I’m sure headed in the right direction.  Of course there are days when I fall a few steps

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Living by Faith

Living by Faith

Everything we do in life takes faith. But what exactly is faith? According to Hebrews 11:1 “Faith is confidence in what we hope for and reassurance about what we do not see.” Clear and simple. In the physical, it takes faith to sit on a chair or cross a bridge, believing they will hold up and not collapse under us.  It takes faith to stand on our feet believing we will move from step to step and our legs will carry us.  This  faith is also required in our spiritual life.  It is by this same faith we believe that

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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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  Surrender control to God

  Surrender control to God

I woke up late afternoon and made my way downstairs to the family room.  This was my normal sleep routine when I work, sleeping during the day and awake at night,  the life of a night shift nurse.  I found the family room empty. At first I wondered where hubby and the kids were but after a backward glance, I noticed the basement door was partially ajar.  I hadn’t noticed that when I’d passed by before. Working 12 hour night shift tends to do that to you.  Anyways, I retraced my steps and followed the sudden burst of laughter to find my family seated

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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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