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Journey To The High Places: In The Valley Of Loss (Week 13)

By Barbie   /     Oct 13, 2014  /     Book study, Faith  /     10 Comments

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After the midst had cleared, Much-Afraid and her companions were surprised to find that the path they were on led them straight down into a deep valley. The ascent up was as steep and even higher than the Precipice of Injury, and to go down and ascend again would take an immense amount of strength and effort, and also a lot of time.

As Much-Afraid looked down into the depths of the valley her heart went numb, and she began to wonder if her relatives had been right all along. After all, if she did go down to the deep valley, she would lose everything she had gained so far on her journey to the high places. And for one awful moment, Much-Afraid considered the possibility of turning and not following the Shepherd any longer. This was not the way she wanted to go. If she turned, she could make her own choice and her sorrow and suffering could be ended at once. In that awful moment, it seemed as if Much-Afriad was looking down into an abyss of horror, into an existence where there was no Shepherd, nothing but her horrible self.

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Day 12: To Lie Down And Rest

By Barbie   /     Oct 11, 2014  /     Faith  /     17 Comments

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This post is part of a 31 day series on change, where I share my reflections in just 5 minutes.  To read all of the posts in this series, click here.

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The Lord is my Shepherd; I shall not want.
He makes me lie down in green pastures.
He leads me beside still waters.
He restores my soul.
(Psalm 23:1-3 ESV)

Rest.  It’s something we all need. When you are on the verge of burnout and your body begins so show signs of wear, that is one way the Lord reminds us that we must rest.  But, if you are like me, rest does not come easy. I like to keep myself busy, for the most part, to avoid thinking too hard about my circumstances. Even when I sit still to read or pray, I am in a constant battle to quiet my body, soul and spirit so that I can fully receive His rest.

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Day 11: Teach Me To Trust (The Weekend Brew)

By Barbie   /     Oct 11, 2014  /     Faith, The Weekend Brew  /     48 Comments

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This post is part of a 31 day series on change, where I share my reflections in just 5 minutes.  To read all of the posts in this series, click here.

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As a Christian, I don’t like to admit when I am running from fear. But this week, it caught up with me. All of the “what if’s” connected to my unemployment, the fact that my husband is making very little money right now, and the fact that we have an ever growing pile of bills, let alone our rent, all coming due in just  a few short weeks. I’ve tried so hard to push it back to where it came from, but sometimes it overtakes you.

One thing I realize this week is I let my guard down. I’ve lacked a few days of Bible reading, I haven’t been pressing in to His presence and I know that He is the only one that can give me the peace that I so need in this season. In the midst of the storm, I took my eyes off of Jesus and found myself in the dark, mirky water, reaching for air.  I forgot to put my armor on this week, and left myself open to spiritual, physical and emotional attack.  Fear got a hold of me and sat like a ton of bricks on my chest. I felt crushed underneath the weight of it, gasping for air as I cried out to God to bring breakthrough.

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