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When I Don’t Know What to Do

I don’t know about you, but there are times when my life seems overwhelming and out of control, like a tornado. Responsibilities continue to add up, deadlines need to be met, people need to be seen, and unexpected surprises interrupt the plans for my day. Life gets overwhelming, and fear creeps in. How am I going to get everything done, Lord? How am I going to deal with this overwhelming situation? I don’t know what

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How NOT To Deal With Fear

 Picture yourself in a small boat in a large body of water. All of a sudden, a great storm comes up and the boat is being flooded with wave after wave. The sky is getting darker and the wind is blowing fiercely. I admit I would be scared. We face storms in life and our fears surface in those storms. We read about a similar situation that took place in a small boat on the

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What Are You Afraid Of?

What are you afraid of? I’ve heard it said that at the root of every fear is the fear of losing control. But none of us are ever really in control. God alone is in control. In last week’s post, we began our discussion about fear, and we will continue our series on fear for the next few weeks. If we’re completely honest, we all have fears. See if you identify with any of these:

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Fear: Friend or Foe?

What fears are you facing today? Fear of the unknown? Fear of failure? Fear of change? Fear of rejection? Fear of being alone? We all have fears of some kind in our lives. I admit I do. The command “fear not” is mentioned 365 times in Scripture. Obviously, we deal with fear daily. Fear can be our greatest enemy or our greatest friend. Fear can be our greatest enemy in that it can paralyze us, keeping

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A Tribute to Mom

As Mother’s Day is just around the corner, I want to dedicate this post to my 97-year-old mom. Being a mother is not easy. There are times when moms have to do difficult things for the good of their children, just like God does with us.   When I was a young girl, one day I went to the variety store in my home town (population 1000). As I walked through the store, I saw

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10 Books That Made a Lasting Impact On My Life

I love to read, and I wish I had time to read more. I’m always curious about what others are reading and why. Some books are entertaining. Some, I quickly forget or don’t finish reading at all. Other books make a lasting impact on my life. I find myself going back to these books over and over again. So, here is my list of ten books that have greatly impacted my life and why.    1. It:

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The Names of God

God has given me a passion for writing Bible studies. As the Women’s Ministry Director at First Evangelical Church in Memphis, I get to do that as part of my job. Last year I had the opportunity to write a study on the names of God for our Women’s Bible study. Yes, I know… there are  several studies already out on the names of God, but they weren’t the right fit for where I wanted

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Cat and Dog Theology

              Have you heard the phrase “cat and dog theology”? There is actually a book by that title written by Bob Sjogren and Gerald Robison. Most of us have probably owned a cat or dog or been around one at some point in our lives. It is obvious there is a big difference between the way dogs and cats view life and relationships. It has been said that dogs

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God, Don’t You Remember?

Do you ever feel overwhelmed by guilt over past sin(s)? You know Jesus died for your sins, but perhaps you still have trouble grasping that you are truly forgiven. Years ago I heard the story of a “conversation” between God and “Sally.” It made such an impact on me that I still remember it vividly to this day.  It went something like this: Sally: God, I feel so bad about what happened a few years ago. I

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Are Trials Really Worth It?

Are you in the middle of a trial and desperately want out? James 1:2-4 – “Consider it all joy, my brethren, when you encounter various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance. And let endurance have its perfect result, so that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.” If you understand the purpose of trials, then you will be able to count it all joy because you know what God

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