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    We All Have Bad Days

    Yesterday was a really bad day for me. I got angry at God because things aren’t going the way I want them to, or aren’t moving fast enough. I know, writing it down makes it sound so ridiculous (and childish), but I was really upset. I cried out of frustration and bitterness and fear of things to come. Thankfully, Justin helped calm me down. And today I started the day off much better, getting focused on God again. But yeah, it was hard. I felt guilty when I woke up today and at first, I was hard on myself. But I did ask God for forgiveness and I remembered how…

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    Motivation

    I’m sorry I didn’t post on Thursday. I had planned out a Thanksgiving post and everything, but when the actual holiday came all I wanted to do was relax. Justin was busy with work and, I don’t know, I guess I just didn’t want to do it. I realize now that I could have written the post on Wednesday and told it to post on Thursday. All well, live and learn. I’m suspending my study on love to ask these questions: What is your motivation in life? What gets you out of bed in the morning? This week has been really hard for Justin and me. We’ve been feeling really…

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    Love Does Not Envy

    Today’s post is a continuation of my previous series on love, based off 1 Corinthians 13:4-8.  Today is about how love does not envy. Here are the Scriptures again, in case you need a refresher. Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices in the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails. Honestly, I’ve written about love many times over the years using these exact verses. In…

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    Love is Kind

    I think all of us want to think of ourselves as kind people. I love animals and I would never hurt one – that makes me kind, right? I feel bad for people (empathize or sympathize) when I see someone hurting, someone homeless, someone hungry. It hurts my heart to hear that anyone is in pain, anyone sick. I want to feed all the people, help all the animals, give all the children loving parents, etc. That’s all great. I’m sure most of you are like that too. The problem is, I don’t actually do any of those things. I’m not volunteering my time because I’m so focused on surviving…

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    The Power of Love

    The Power of Love Long before I got married, I have loved 1 Corinthians 13:4-8. For those of you who may not remember it entirely, here it is from the ESV: 4 Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant5 or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful;[a] 6 it does not rejoice at wrongdoing but rejoices with the truth. 7 Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. 8 Love never ends. I don’t know how many times I’ve studied these verses. At least to the point where I’ve memorized them. But memorizing Scripture doesn’t mean it’s in your heart. It doesn’t mean you’re living…

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    12 Books for Christian Living

    The Bible is our greatest guide to life and tells us how God wants us to live, how we should treat one another, and what we should be doing with our lives. But sometimes, I find it hard to always understand what the Lord is trying to tell me. And I know from experience that it helps me grow when I read about other people who have the same problems, the same struggles, as I do and have gone through it and successfully come out the other side. I also know that I need constant (daily, sometimes hourly) encouragement to make it through stressful times. So, here are twelve books…

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    A Brand New Christian Fiction Novel

    T-S-7: A.D.O.R. (America’s Day of Reckoning) So, I really wanted to use this post to advertise my dad’s book! He self-published on Amazon and I would love for all my readers to check it out! If you have Kindle Unlimited you can read it for free, or just buy it for $6.50 (a great deal!). It’s a Christian fiction novel with plenty of action and fantasy. Kind of a mixture between the X-Men and a Tom Clancy novel. Here is the excerpt my dad wrote: America is under attack! From within! For years THE Army has been planting their people, soldiers, all over the USA. Unfortunately, America’s military has been drastically…

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    Getting to Know Yourself

    You know, I honestly thought I knew myself really well. But I guess one thing I’m learning about myself is that I tend to avoid any thoughts that upset me. And because I do this, I don’t really know myself as well as I once supposed. Yesterday I was reading through “The Worry Cure” and Dr. Leahy was talking about our personal beliefs about ourselves and how they color our view of the world. These personal views also affect our actions and a lot of time cause our worry and anxiety. I put the book down, grabbed my journal, and thought, “What do I think about myself really, deep down?”…