The prison
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 Bring the prisoners out of the prison house. That is what the Prophet Isaiah says Jesus came to do. The other day as I read this, I caught a vision myself standing in a prison with the door wide open. I didn’t want to leave!  I realized that when I don’t fully let God into my motives and intents, I am keeping control to myself. That means I am refusing to let Him be in charge because I want to remain in charge. That means I am not free. If I have given my life over to Jesus, them why wouldn’t I want Him to have every part of my life? Why would I desire to stay in a prison house?&nbs ..read more
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Conform. Perform. Reform.
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2w ago
 Do we feel others constantly expect those things from us? Many of us have lived our life believing ourselves a victim.  We believe that others want to change us. It has felt like most people are trying to take from us. They have ulterior motives. Motives of expectation. They want us to make them look good. They want us to agree with their agenda. They want us to give of our time and energy to further their goals and desires. It hasn't felt like others appreciate who we are.  This is what drove us to the addiction. We tried to escape the expectations of others by hiding in an ad ..read more
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Divine Interruption.
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1M ago
 Sometimes when there are storms or events of nature that bring everything to a halt, it seems like God is speaking. Get out of the box. Stop going through the motions. The I AM is here, and He wants me to call upon HIM. The snow speaks. It says, God is above all the earth. Only He is Holy. Only He has all power and authority. Human plans are all changed. Suddenly everything is closed. No get-together. No shopping. No extra food to buy. No well-planned church service. But that may be the whole point. That just may be God’s intent. Maybe church is too planned with too much glory given to m ..read more
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Love anyway
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1M ago
 Did I wait for you to be clean and whole before loving you? No. I loved you when you were drunk, and self-centered to the core. I loved you when you were choosing to follow the evil one. I ask that you do the same. Love ANYWAY. Love alwaysand on purpose. Choose to listen first to MY voice, and not to evil voices. How do I do this? you ask. Allow me to point to those dark places where you’ve not looked, not listened. There are places where you’ve avoided and looked the other way. Those places are where the love is. The scary, fearful places are well guarded by evil forces. You are now rea ..read more
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Shame # 2. The Rebuilding
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2M ago
 Shame is not the same as any other sin or wound or trauma.  Shame was there in the garden of Eden. Why is that? Satan knows it disfigures our soul. Shame causes us to believe we are a perverted person at the core. It steals our identity. Adam and Eve hid themselves. We hide ourselves too. We don’t let others see us or know us. We look out only for ourselves because we are obsessed with covering up. Who will find out how shameful I am? We seek to be told we are honored and cherished, but when others try, we can’t receive it. So, what happens when we say, Yes, I want out of the prison ..read more
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Shame-filled glasses
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2M ago
 I have always looked at myself through shame-filled glasses. I can’t remember a time when I didn’t see myself as shameful. I was a shameful child. I did shameful things. I grew up to be a shameful adult who married a shameful man and had shameful children. Oh. And my parents were also shameful – and their parents. I did shameful things because I was already shameful at the core. I became a shameful alcoholic. I treated my family shamefully. I acted more and more shameful as the alcoholism progressed. Who will free me from this bondage of shame? Thank God, it has already been done by Chri ..read more
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Treasure
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3M ago
 Where your treasure is, there your heart will be. When I was drinking, the drink was my treasure. When I was a young adult, my kids were my treasure. When I was a child, my dreams about growing up were my treasure. Now that I’m older, a major treasure is my family. But not totally. Even family can’t be everything. God is pointing me to a richer treasure. That treasure is investing in His kingdom through serving others. But it’s more than that. Giving to others and serving others is a wonderful thing, but those things I do for others out of necessity become routine and cumbersome. A true ..read more
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Instead of....
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3M ago
 I have been rescued from the torment of addiction. Why then, do I have the behaviors, fears, and feelings of an angry drunk?  I have been plucked from the fire. Yet, I make a daily choice to follow God, to surrender to His ways, not my own. The freedom in Christ is complete and lasting if I walk with Him, instead of following the icky voice in my head. Memorize His words, instead of rehearsing falsehoods and criticisms. I choose the INSTEAD OFs. Instead of oppression, freedom Instead of ashes, beauty Instead of heaviness, the garment of praise Instead of mourning, the oil of joy Ins ..read more
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The sounds of faith
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4M ago
The wind is a hopeful sound. Only IT knows where it is going.  The sound of the wind has a voice. It says Trust. Trust what you can’t see. Know that He is faithful no matter what is in front of you. There is another sound of faith that is joyful. That is the sound of children laughing and playing. When children laugh and play it is because they have faith in goodness. Truth, mercy, and justice are near them. They expect. Drive by the playground and listen. Go find the wind and notice.   The wind blows where it wishes, and you hear it’s sound, but you do not know where it comes from ..read more
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Faith #2
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5M ago
  One of the best ways I have found to stay in faith is to remember what God has said.  When God speaks, it’s those truths that keep me focused and believing. I can rehearse His words and pray those same things back to Him. As I do that, I sense Him encouraging me. I said that, and I mean that. Fear not, You are mine. I often write His words down so that I don’t forget them because there are many distracting, negative things that come at me every day. Those opposing ideas could easily tear down my memory of His words unless I am diligent. His Word, the Bible, is the strength of my fa ..read more
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