Treasure 

Treasure.

What do you picture when you think of treasure? Pirates? Fancy jewelry? Gold and silver?

When I think about treasure I think of something that is special and maybe even one of a kind. Rare and valuable, but maybe not in the sense of money. Like time is a treasure especially as we get older. People are a treasure when you don't get to see them as often as you would like. It all depends on your perspective and the subject. 

As a young child the days seemed to go on forever especially during the…

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Tis The Season !!! Part 2 

It's December 2017. Is anyone else surprised that Christmas is literally two weeks away? 

We tend to put alot of pressure on ourselves to make this holiday season the best it could possibly be for our loved ones and everyone around us. I am a little worn out from a busy past few months, and to be honest I would rather get together with a few people and sit on the couch watching Hallmark movies and laughing at silly memories from years past. 

Is anyone with me on this? We are all very blessed and fortunate…

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Do I have a stronghold in my life??? 

Stronghold... 

According to Merriam-Webster Dictionary it is a fortified place. Ex.: a fortress, fort, wall, a prison. It is hard to get through it or in it or out of it.

It is a place of security or survival.

It is a place dominated by a particular group or marked by a particular characteristic.

 

A stronghold can be an emotional issue not a physical issue. An attitude or emotion that stays with you and dominates your thoughts. Such as anger, depression, discouragement, frustration, fear, selfishness…

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Relationship is a process 

Community. As people, I think we all desire to be with other people. 

We want to have someone that will listen to us, share our activities, cry with us when things go wrong.

Sometimes I think we forget the importance of community. God created us to have a desire to be in community with other people. It is as natural as breathing air. We need each other. 

But, we also need Him. We cannot replace our time with God with time with other people. They cannot answer all of our questions or satisfy all of our…

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JOY 

JOY...

Tis the season... Are you feeling the "joy of the season" or are you in a hurry to just get through the holidays? It seems more and more people are telling me that they just can't wait to get it over with. Makes you wonder if we possibly have misplaced the point of the whole thing, am I right?

 

Don't get me wrong. Occasionally I find myself standing in my kitchen covering my face and talking myself off the ledge so to speak. "It's okay. The dishes will get washed AGAIN. The laundry and bed and…

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Worry/Anxiety 

Worry/Anxiety. 

 

Do you ever worry? What about anxious thoughts? Are they manageable or overwhelming? 

I have had moments where I literally thought I could not breathe and felt like I would faint right where I stood.

The fear can be debilitating and crippling and cause us to forget who we are and who we belong to.

But... it doesn't have to be that way. Because we know who our daddy is, and He is our strength! 

 

The fear, worry, anxiety is a false emotion that does not own us. There is an enemy that…

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Weakness 

Weakness...

Why do we think weakness is a bad thing? Is it because we don't want to seem like we don't have it together?

The truth is God is visible when we allow our weakness to be seen by others. It can actually encourage someone else by you and I being vulnerable. The people around us can see His strength holding us up in the difficult moments of life.

Do you  know anyone that you think has it all together? If you ask that person you can be sure they will let you know that their life isn't perfect…

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Trust 

Today's devo topic is Trust.

Definition: Firm belief in the reliability, truth, ability, or strength of someone or something.

Who can you trust? Is it a long list or a very short list? 

  • We trust that a chair can hold us up, right? You don't walk up to the chair and shake it to be sure it will hold you. We trust that our air conditioner will work on the hottest of days. We trust that if we make the right choices life will be perfect.
  • Each day we go through life trusting that things will go as we plan. But…

Embrace The Journey 

Embrace The Journey.

That is certainly easier said than done. How often do you find yourself saying, "Why is this taking so long?" Sometimes I say it's because I am a slow learner. God is being very patient with me lol. 

There are times that we want to hurry the process to get to the end result, especially when we talk about diets and exercise. The end result is way more exciting than the discipline required to get where we are going.

The truth is that we need the time to get the result, but we don't want…

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Identity 

Identity.

  • One word.
  • What is your identity?
  • Do you feel like you are wrapped up in what other people say you are?
  • Maybe you're a mother, a student, etc. 

These things do not define you.

  • They are only a description of a part of you, something you do.
  • The only one who can truly define us is God. He created us for a purpose.
  • God defines who you are! 

Jeremiah 29:11-13 tells us that He has a plan for our life.

  • His plan includes you being a blessing to those around you for His glory.
  1. You and I are made…

Jeremiah 29:11

"For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future."

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