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Featured Friend: Andrea @ Beautiful Craziness

By Barbie   /     Aug 19, 2014  /     Community, Featured Writers  /     5 Comments
Welcome to Featured Friend Wednesday where I  introduce you to one of my beautiful writing friends.  I hope you will take the time to read, get to know the writer and visit her blog and social media links.

Pride, Control and the Desire for a Refined Confidence
by Andrea @Beautiful Craziness

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I use to have confidence.

Confidence in which I could walk into a room, lift my head and be proud of who I was. Confidence in the things I did. I was good at school. I had my life planned out at an early age. I knew what I wanted and I knew what I needed to do to get it.

Confidence: “a feeling or consciousness of one’s powers or of reliance on one’s circumstances” (Merriam-Webster).

Through the years the confidence has waned. That girl who was self-reliant and so sure of herself has flittered away some (and I believe she took her waist size with her!)

Maybe it never really was confidence. Maybe it was pride.

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Journey To The High Places: Encounter With Pride (Week 5)

By Barbie   /     Aug 18, 2014  /     Book study  /     9 Comments

HindsFeet_Week5Realizing that the journey that lay ahead of her was steeper than she could have imagined, Much-Afraid is forced to accept the help of her two companions, Sorrow and Suffering.  Even though she felt pain as she gripped their hands, she found they had amazing strength and were able to pull and even lift her upward and over places that would have been impossible for her to reach otherwise.

Down in the Valley of Humiliation, Craven Fear and her relatives were plotting on how to get Much-Afraid to return to them.  They could not stand the thought of her living in the High Places, possibly in service to the King Himself.  They agreed that Pride would be the one to go and bring Much-Afraid back, for he was not only handsome but very strong and powerful.

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The Weekend Brew: God Is Faithful Through The Wilderness

By Barbie   /     Aug 16, 2014  /     The Weekend Brew  /     28 Comments

God is Faithful

God is good.  All the time.  I know this to be true.

In hard seasons, I recall His promises to me in His Word.

  • His promise to remain faithful, even when I am not.
  • His promise to love me, even when I am unloveable.
  • His promise to never leave me, although at times I turn from Him.
  • His promise to provide for my every need, even though I feel desperate and lacking.

But I’ve tasted and I’ve seen His goodness.

When my husband lost his job in 2008, I saw His goodness.  Despite disappointment and loss, discouragement and all of the what ifs, He remained faithful.  There was so much unknown to us during that time, yet our path was covered with His grace and we were girded up by His strength.

The wilderness way is a hard journey.  It’s hot and sticky.  It’s dry and without refreshing rain.  It’s dirty and messy and is devoid of anything that resembles life.  But throughout all of it, His goodness remains.  Even in times of lack, He remains faithful.

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