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Are you too hard on yourself?

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1 Samuel 16:7 (AMP) But the Lord said to Samuel, Look not on his appearance or at the height of his stature, for I have rejected him. For the Lord sees not as man sees; for man looks on the outward appearance, but the Lord looks on the heart.

Many times women see themselves based on what others have said about them,  how they’ve been treated and the lies that the enemy (our adversary) spews into their thoughts.  All too often women judge themselves by their weight, shape, facial features, hair, their social, educational and economic status, and even based on whether or not they have children. And if that’s not bad enough we see the harsh critique among us as women.

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Virtue has come. I am a whole woman.

Woman. Daughter. Virtue has come.

Lonely girl on a chair

Born, not in love but in haste and carelessness
A soul that cries to be loved and wanted
Who is she? Who is she who cries in the dark and smiles in the day?
Who is she? Who is she whose tears stain the pillow at night?
Hot snot flowing down to the top of her lips.
Eyes clouded with wells of water.
Heart crunched in pain.
Muscles tightened like the bolts on the wheel of a car
Her soul cries, where are you? Where have you gone?
I never knew. I never knew you.

Woman. Daughter.
Woman. Daughter.
Do you want to be whole?

Once,

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What’s a real-faith?

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If you visit with me enough you’ll hear me talk often about what I call a real-faith.  What is a real-faith? It’s a faith in the God of the Bible that is not based on perfection, legalism or works. It’s based on a genuine relationship with the Father, Son and Holy Spirit.  A real-faith is a daily journey with God. It’s learning to be content in all circumstances as Paul speaks of in Philippians 4:11.  It’s knowing that the joy of the Lord is our strength (Nehemiah 8:10) even in the midst of difficult situations.  A real-faith says that when something happens that I don’t understand or even want to deal with, I will trust in the Lord and not on my own understanding or lack thereof (Proverbs 3:5-6).

A real-faith has good days and bad days. Days when our words speak healing and edify others, and sadly days when we lose our patience with each other and say something that warrants a quick apology.  A real-faith engages the blessings and works through the challenges with God’s help.  A real-faith looks to help others who are in need without looking for something in return.  A real-faith says, I know that God is real and that He’ll never leave me or forsake me. A real-faith also says: Lord, increase my faith. It’s not a faith that says I will never fear, never doubt, never get angry, never get offended, never throw up my hands and say, when God is all of this going to change.  No, a real-faith does do those things and more but quickly goes to God humbly and says, God please forgive me and thank You for allowing me to see Your heart and hand in every situation.  Help me to trust in You. Continue Reading

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