When A Light Comes On!

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I love it when God sheds light on an area of my heart hidden in darkness.  Well actually, most of the time, my initial reaction to the light is the same as when my husband turns on the bathroom light that blasts a glaring ray interrupting my peaceful, wonderfully blissful sleep.  (I’m not the morning person in our relationship).  He calls me dramatic…whatever!  I actually love early mornings…the peace, the calm, the newness, a fresh beginning…I just have a hard time getting there. This same scenario plays out when God hits my heart with His Truth.

I read this verse one morning and it stuck with me all day long. It quickly became like that glaring bathroom light!

In God we make our boast all day long, and we will praise Your Name forever. —Psalm 44:8

I couldn’t get it off my mind.  I kept asking myself, what is your “all-day long boast”?

Webster’s Dictionary defines boasting:  to show off; to wear or display in an ostentatious (to attract attention) manner.

In the original Hebrew of Psalm 44:8 the word for boast is “halal” – to be bright, shine, to be splendid, to boast, to praise, to celebrate, to glorify; at the heart of this root word is the idea of radiance.

So I pondered and paused throughout my day asking myself, what are you wearing, showing off, radiating?  I quickly became painfully aware of my boastings and was not really thrilled with my conclusions. Continue reading “When A Light Comes On!”

Get Real: Overcoming Worry

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Worry consumes, depletes, distracts and defeats. Worry robs our joy.  But, we all do it.  So how do we overcome the worry and fear that seems to paralyze us?  In the last Get Real post, we looked at some of the root causes of worry.  Worry is sin.  It is unbelief and a lack of trust and confidence in God.  Worry is reliance upon self instead of trusting the Almighty, all-sufficient, all-powerful God, Creator and Sustainer of all things!   Today, let’s look at some practical steps we can take to replace our spirit of worry and find some freedom and peace.

Worry flows out of a distorted or incomplete view of God’s nature and character.”  —Elyse Fitzpatrick

Let’s remind ourselves of the biblical definition for worry and then look at 1 Peter 5:5-7 for some practical ways we can overcome worry and release ourselves from its bondage and stranglehold:
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