What Community Does

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I sat at my computer in the spit-up stained clothes I’d had on for the last three days.

Surely things aren’t this bad, I thought. Catching a glimpse of myself with hair unwashed and three-day old mascara smeared under my eyes, I knew it really was this bad. I was failing and flailing at motherhood, and no matter how embarrassed I was, I knew I needed help.

Out of sheer desperation, I shot off an email to some friends of mine a bit further down the motherhood road than me. Within minutes, my inbox filled with several “me too” moments and survival tips.

My friends didn’t judge me. They poured much needed digital encouragement into my heart and soul.

That’s what community does. It reminds us we aren’t alone.

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The Enemy’s Greatest Desire

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Satan’s greatest desire is to separate us from God.

This process starts the minute he separates us from God’s Word. He wants us to see God’s Word as a burden instead of the blessing it really is.

He will make us think we don’t have time to read God’s Word. We’re not smart enough to study and understand God’s Word. And it’s impossible to live out the truths in God’s Word.

The minute any of those thoughts pop into our mind, we must recognize it’s the enemy lying and trying to lure us into a trap. We can immediately shut him down by proclaiming, “God, Your Word is my greatest treasure. Your ways are my greatest joy. And You, God, are my greatest love.”

And then we need to open up God’s Word and let His truth set us free.

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How Snake Like I Can Be

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One of my favorite books is Roy Hession’s, The Calvary Road. It is a classic that I reference and read often.

Here’s an excerpt from the Calvary Road:

“The willingness of Jesus to be broken for us is the all-compelling motive in our being broken too. In a prophetic psalm, Jesus says, “I am a worm, and no man.” (Psalm 22:6) Now, there is a big difference between a snake and a worm when you attempt to strike at them. The snake tries to strike back – a true picture of self. But a worm offers no resistance – a picture of true brokenness.”

I like the book, but I don’t like that passage. I don’t like to think of Jesus as a worm, but more specifically, I don’t like that if Jesus was a broken and selfless worm, I must be as well. And the sad truth is, I know just how snake-like I can be.

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Finding True Happiness

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How many times have I wanted something so badly, yet when I got it, I realized I still had an unmet longing in my soul?

That house I so desperately wanted, that achievement I thought would bring success — sure, they brought me momentary happiness, but they didn’t fulfill me like I’d hoped.

So now I’m learning that whenever I find myself begging God for something, I have to step back and ask myself the question: But will it really make me happy?

I know that whatever “it” is doesn’t have the power to bring me lasting happiness. Only God’s love can bring real joy.

I’m choosing to set aside my desires to ask for God’s desires instead. To tell Him, “Here’s what I think I want, but I trust You to do what’s best for me.”

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Weak Places, Strong Places

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We all have weak places.

My weak places frustrate me. Sometimes I get so tired of trying, and I just feel weak.

Can you relate? Maybe your weakness is a money situation that seems impossible, a marriage issue that frustrates you to your core or an insecurity that stings.

Whatever your situation is, remember: we don’t have to have all the answers. We don’t have to make suggestions to God. It’s okay to be so tired of our weak places that we run out of words to pray.

Romans 8:26 says, “…the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us.

Yes, with the power of Christ, all broken things are subject to restoration.

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Re-aligning our Desires

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The weatherman was calling for nearly four inches of snow.

The next morning when we got up and saw a few sparse flakes stuck in the grass of our yard, my boys were clearly disappointed. From the trivial to the traumatic, navigating disappointments is never easy!

The prophet Isaiah said that those who hope in the Lord will not be disappointed. Is that true for you? It’s not for me. So what did Isaiah mean? Is it possible that disappointments serve to realign our desires? I’ve had let downs, but it usually happened when I wanted something else more than I wanted God.

Few of life’s disappointments are as benign as not getting a snowfall, but every let down is an opportunity for us to put our hope in the one person safe from the sting of disappointment, the person of Jesus Christ.

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The Love Behind the Law

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I have the disease to please.

Not long ago I was having a major breakdown because of my disease to please and to over- commit. Hoping to help, my husband said something kind of harsh. “Babe, you no longer have permission to say “yes” to something without asking me first.”

Friends, I did not receive it well.

But then he went on to explain that he wanted to protect me from myself and save me from making promises I couldn’t really honor. Since then, I’ve come to realize that what seemed harsh at first was actually a tender way of loving me.

Are there parts of God’s laws that seem harsh or unreasonable to you? Believe me, I get it. But when we see that God’s love behind the law is our protection, we may find it easier to trust our ways to His wisdom.

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The Power of Thoughts

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As a woman thinks, so she eventually acts.

My friend didn’t plan on ending up in complete financial ruin or with broken relationships.

She loved her family and valued honesty. But somewhere along the line she began to compare her life with what others had. She started spending more than she could repay – keeping it hidden from her husband.

When she told me what was going on, I found myself challenged by how subtly this had happened.

It started off simple enough with an extra purchase here and there. But bit by bit, she pulled away from what she knew to be right.

Our thoughts are so powerful. We are either holding fast to God’s promise or being lured by a compromise.

So let’s take every thought captive today and be sure they’re leading us where we want to go.

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Facing Our Black Holes

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Do you ever have little places of discouragement that entangle around your heart?

You know in the bigger picture of life, things are good. But there’s this little dark place. A little black hole that sometimes doesn’t feel little.

Maybe it’s an argument you and your husband have had one too many times. Or an issue with one of your kids.

I know it’s hard. But God wants us to know a black hole isn’t a black WHOLE. W-h-o-l-e.

The whole isn’t all bad. Yes, there are some issues to address, but don’t let Satan use this frustration to darken your outlook.

Jesus says, in John 8:12, He is the light of the world!

Ask Him to shed His light on your situation today. Look at it from Jesus’ perspective. It won’t be so dark with a little Light cast upon it.

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A Curious but Confident Faith

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Have you ever wished that you could ask God a question or two or maybe 20?

In the first chapter of Luke, two different individuals questioned God. Both of them received an angelic promise they would have a child.

Zechariah asked if he could be sure of the promise. Later, Mary asks the angel how all of this will happen since she is a virgin. Two people, two vastly different responses. Why?

Is it possible there is a difference between asking for certainty and asking for clarity? Zechariah wanted proof. Mary was simply asking God for understanding.

When faced with life’s hard stuff, let’s have a faith that’s curious but hopeful.

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