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Getting a little vulnerable on the blog this week. If you have been a part of a church for any length of time, there is a good chance you have experienced something that falls in the category of "church hurt". It is painful and raw and the ache is produces is not easily overcome. BUT there is hope and joy and great purpose in not giving up! It is possible to recover from church hurt and build a thriving community. That's what we are talking about on the blog this week. Link in bio. #hospitablehomemaker #hospitality #christianity #christianwriter #church #churchhurt #buildcommunity #webuildcommumity #christianblogger #lifeinthechurch #compellingcommunity #christiancommunity #christianliving #blogger #ecclesiology #lifeinthechurch #lifeincommunity #together

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I just felt an encouragement from the Lord to ENGAGE with Hope again! . I had encounter with God yesterday where I felt the anguish of peoples hearts in regards to their dead and buried dreams. I then saw Him asking/proposing to people on bended knee saying; "Will you Hope in Me?" . Jesus is inviting people to dream again by engaging them to Hope! He is Hope. He gives Hope. . He asked me in the encounter; "Why are people holding funerals for their dreams, when I'm planning the wedding?" . While we maybe grieving for what seems like dead, lifeless dreams; God is reminding us that He is actually in the process of fulfilling them. We may have allowed our hope to be deferred and it feels like what we are doing today doesn't lead to what is truely on our hearts. . But let me share an insight into Gods desire for you! . Gods intention is to fulfill what He has placed in our hearts. He is getting ready to create a union between You and Your desire. Truely the WEDDING OF YOUR DREAMS 😉. Where you are united to the desires of your heart and get to live it out!! . But first there is an engagement season. The season to HOPE, to Believe, to Trust. . You must go through this season first, it's necessary. The engagement season is a partnering, planning and preparation season. God is preparing good in you and preparing good for you! . We cannot DISENGAGE with HOPE and expect to be MARRIED to our DREAM. . Where the enemy maybe persuading you to; "not get your hopes up" and telling you that, "God has forgotten about you" and that "what you are doing today has no significance for what you actually long for in the future"; God is asking you to raise your Hope higher than ever before, to trust Him and His promise to you and find joy in the process. . Stop burying your dreams when they are infact alive! God is bringing much life to you and those around you; through the fulfillment and in the waiting of your dreams. Hold onto HOPE. . May we get to see exceedingly & abundantly more than what we can hope for! But may we also have the courage to Hope exceedingly and abundantly in the waiting. . I invite you to engage with Hope, it's found in His presence. . Love Lorraine.

Chinese food Braised Dongpo Pork #chineseculture #Dongpo Pork #chinese food

Dude. Trying my hardest to not be sick. ⠀ ⠀ I have creative energy inside of me right now, but also a cold that’s making me sneeze every two minutes.⠀ ⠀ Trying to make progress on my next novel.⠀ ⠀ Are you creating anything today?

Do you need a dose of faith today? Sometimes faith just needs a little push. • Check out my blog for my newest post and all the other things I wrIte about. The link is in my bio. • Be blessed today! And, let's grow our faith! • • • • • #writer #faith #faithingod #writersofinstagram #writing #blog #blogger #wordpress #wordpressblog #wordpresswriter #christian #christianwriter #christianwritersofinstagram #gottahavefaith

The warmth of His arms soothe my aching soul, I am constantly reminded that I am Loved. #christianwriter #christianwriter #savedandunashamed #addictedtojesus

Good Saturday to you. John 20:28-31, Thomas answered him, “My Lord and my God!” 29 Jesus said to him, “Have you believed because you have seen me? Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed. 30 Now Jesus did many other signs in the presence of the disciples, which are not written in this book; 31 but these are written so that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name.

Farewell Tasmania.... Goodmorning Melbourne. Giving grateful thanks for a smooth crossing on the Spirit of Tasmania

Saturday night 💛 #beecrowned

We were in our first year of marriage and had our first real fight. We never really argued while dating so this one felt huge for me. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ James worked a late night shift and shortly after he left I pulled out my Bible and decided that I needed to pray for my husband because I was convinced only God could “fix” him. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ I had no clue what to pray besides listing all his shortcomings and thinking about how “right” I was. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Eventually, I landed in Galatians and started reading about the fruit of the spirit. I thought to myself, “Ah, yes, I will pray for these for my husband, because he totally needs it.” ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ While praying through each one I immediately started to see my areas of failure. I saw my lack of kindness and gentleness when I spoke to James. I saw how I wasn’t patient when things weren’t going my way. I realized I wasn’t cultivating peace in our home. There wasn’t joy and love in my attitude towards him and I needed a little more self-control. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ I entered that prayer thinking I would pray away all of James’ shortcomings but walked out repenting of all of mine. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Galatians 5:22-23 says, “But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against these things!” ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Pray for Christ’s LOVE to be the center of your hearts and your marriage. Pray for JOY to overflow in abundance. For PEACE to fill your home and hearts. To have PATIENCE while you deal with each other’s shortcomings and the difficulties that come your way. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Pray for KINDNESS to be the heart you live out to one another and your children. Together live a righteous and holy life, one that is GOOD and not for the benefit of others or simply for the sake of being virtuous. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Pray for your hearts to remain FAITHFUL to Christ and one another. To speak with GENTLENESS when facing the craziness of life. And to practice SELF-CONTROL, so nothing can come between you, your spouse, and Christ. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ To read more:LINK IN BIO

So you all know I was supposed to publish my second book #ontheotherside featuring my husband last year. I postponed it’s release when I got pregnant because of obvious reasons. By the grace of God, it will be out later this year. The book is done, we are just editing and perfecting it. If you all would like, you can check out my first book, which was published three years ago. Link in bio😊 #christianauthor #christianwriter #author #blackauthors #writer #writers #marriagequotes #married #marriedandhappy #marriedandyoung #youngandmarried #savedandmarried #youngandsaved #savedandstilldope #youngsavedandslays #youngflyandsaved

What are you trusting #god for today? #godisfaithful

I submitted an article to a publication recently, hoping that I would get picked up as a guest writer. Unfortunately, I didn't get it. I then had two options... Choice 1: Get angry, give up all together and take it out on God. Choice 2: Realize that God has a greater purpose, that might not align with what I thought was best. It's cliche but God really does open and close doors in our lives. If you were under the assumption that God was going to give you everything you asked for, that would be incorrect. He loves us, and like any parent, has to give out discipline and allow us to fall so that we ultimately bring that back to Him, for His glory. Trusting in Him is the ONLY choice, friend! "Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths." ---Proverbs 3:5-6

Let’s talk about it! Lol 💙 • The New Testament alone mentions the word “blessed” 112 times. Not once is the term used in reference to material prosperity or physical healing. • The term ‘blessed’ simply means to be made holy; consecrated, and set apart. • We are set apart for the glory of God not simply the benefits of God. Serving God humbly is not the pursuit to gain rewards, rather it is a posture of the heart that says, “Father You ARE the reward.” It’s interesting how God blatantly calls this world evil and attributes its wickedness to the prince of the air. Satan. Yet it’s odd that believer and non believer alike will trip up and believe that God would make us utterly comfortable here. Blessings have more to do with sanctification than anything temporal. Friends- our reward is Christ alone. His sacrifice, the redemption of our sins and His presence are blessings beyond measure. Store your treasures up in Heaven, the fruits of your sanctification. (Matthew 6:19-20). One day, you will see Jesus face to face and I assure you, that the last thing on your mind will be your profession, car, or success. Your identity is not found in those things, nor is it a product of them. May your affections be stirred up for Christ, now and forevermore. 💙 . . . . . #sanctification #falseteachers #falsegospel #twistingscripture #theology #thegospel #solascriptura #tdjakes #bennyhinn #quicklyreminded #christianwriter #christianblogger #solideogloria #christianinfluencer #christianwomen #christianmoms #joy #dailydevotional #blessingsonblessings #jesussavesbro #womentheologians #theologygals #saturday #happysaturday #inchristalone #joelosteen #stevenfurtick

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I'm ready to write. I've had a great writing week and "The End" is in sight for my first draft. This has been a long journey and I know it's critical to not lose momentum now. Many days I've felt like the world's slowest writer. Well, there's been a reason. A rookie mistake. Have you made this stagnating error? . . I was trying to edit and rewrite as I wrote my first draft. Yeah, I know. Painful. . . I was given great advice this week, however, from @susanmaywarren and @rachelhauck -- Don't polish as you write your first draft. Write. Because it's going to be a mess and you'll have to go back and change things anyway. Don't waste your time polishing a draft that will morph multiple times before you finish the novel. Take notes. Do not pass "go," do not collect $200-- Don't re-write during the drafting phase. . . I'm sure they gave me that advice a year ago, but I didn't fully comprehend what it meant. Maybe I wanted to prove to myself that I could write more than the ugly junk of my first draft. Instead, keep moving forward. If your first chapter no longer makes sense, make a note. That's it. Because the change you need to make will likely not be the final change needed. And, guess what? Your first draft is supposed to look like junk. Gray, barren matter on the page. And, if yours is full HD technicolor the first time through, good for you. (But I don't want to hear about it. 😆) . . Because I understood how to implement their advice this time, I tripled my words on the page this week. #writingsuccess . . #writer #christianwriter #writersofinstagram #cleanfiction #fiction #fictionwriting #cleanromance #christianfiction #aspiringauthor #amwriting #writerscommunity #wordsmith #writerscorner #instawriter #lifeofawriter #christianblogger #bookish #instawriters #wip #writerscommunity #writerlife #inspirationalfiction #christianromance #mybooktherapy #novelacademy #mbt

This is so sad. Really really sad. Christianity is not an excuse to be mediocre. Your faith is not an excuse to sleep when you should be working. Consistently, through scripture, we see God hammer on the fact that we should be EXCELLENT. Our Jesus even went as far to say "be perfect, just like your heavenly Father". Our God is an excellent God. We often worship with the song "how excellent is Your name O Lord", we think He got an excellent name by being an average God? Come on! For our fire of revival to spread, we need to be as a CITY SET ON A HILL. And in case you didn't know, that was a CHALLENGE. Jesus was challenging you when He made that statement. He didn't just say "LIGHT". He said "LIGHT OF THE WORLD". He saw darkness in this system, and challenged His people to be LIGHT. Stop being comfortable being in the shadows. You're not supposed to be there.

I’m trying to figure out the concept of joy. Someone I love recently told me I’m not joyful anymore which not only hurt my feelings but it lead me to ponder joy. What is joy and where does it come from? What does it look like? What does it sound like? How is it displayed in my everyday life - I don’t have the answers on joy yet but I can tell you how I’m pursuing it. I’m seeking beauty. I’m allowing God to show up in my life through beautiful things - Beauty is in my sons eyes. They are the most gorgeous colors I’ve ever seen Beauty is sitting next to someone grieving a life they thought they’d have Beauty is in the mountains Beauty is in jewelry, hand crafted and so uniquely designed Beauty is in a newborn baby just put if the womb Beauty is in the unique design of each snowflake Beauty is in the elderly persons worn smile Beauty is in the bond of a mother and child Beauty is when we love even when we don’t have to by the world standards - Beauty is when we pursue joy in all circumstances, whatever that looks like. There is so much beauty in the world but often we have to seek it out. We have to be intentional and open to seeing the beauty around us and receiving it as a gift from God the Father - Our #weekendchallenge is to seek beauty. Where do you see beauty in your everyday life and in the world around you? What does that say to you about Gods character? Send me pictures, DMs, comment below, post it on your socials and tag me in it. Show me the unique beauty around you, I want to see it all.

Day 16 of the #authorschallenge2019 is Words to Live By. Like: . . "What if I were the one to tell you That the fight's already been won Well, I think your day's about to get better What if I were the one to tell you That the work's already been done It's not good news It's the best news ever!" -MercyMe, 'Best News Ever' . . 'O love of God how deep and great! Far deeper than man's deepest hate;.. Eternal love, in Thee we rest Forever safe, forever blest.' - Horatius Bonar . . "There is no pit so deep that He is not deeper still." - Corrie ten Boom, member of the Dutch Underground and Ravensbruck concentration camp survivor. . . "Not by might nor by power, but by My Spirit, says the Lord." - Zechariah 4:6 . . "Hand over the chocolate and no one gets hurt." - Yours Truly . . What would you add? . . #authorschallenge2019day16 #wordstoliveby #supportwriters #supportwritersandauthors #corrietenboom #heroine #thehidingplace #christianwriter #writersworld #faithwriter #loveofgod #sodeepandgreat #instagramover50 #mercyme #bestnewsever #mountrainier #visitrainier #mazamaridge #hikewashington Please follow me: -@mercyme.fans

What is your biggest dream? What is the dream that is so big it has you up at night? What is the desire that burns deep within your soul? What is it that God is calling you to do? What is stopping you from reaching that dream, goal, or calling? What are the CAN'TS that are in your way? . . Don t live a life full of CAN'TS live a life full of CANS. With God, nothing is too big, too hard, or too impossible! . . For years I put off writing a book because Of the CAN'TS in my life. . "I can't write a book, I'm unqualified." . "I can't write a book, I'm not an author." . "I can't write a book, I'm not a deep thinker and I'm definitely not smart enough." . Can't after Can't filled my insecure mind. I allowed those insecurities to dictate my dreams. It was after all just a far-fetched dream, RIGH? Wrong!!! Once I placed that dream into the Master's hands, that impossible dream became possible! . . And that's what our God does! *He makes the impossible.. possible. *He makes dreams..reality. *He makes CAN'TS..CANS . God specializes in using the unqualified, the unworthy, the broken, and the messy. And His specialty is doing the impossible! . Give those CAN'TS TO God and watch Him change them into CANS. God does not live in the land of CANTS and neither should we. Give Him all your fears, all your doubts, and all your CAN'TS. No matter what it is...Let this be the year of "Yes, I can'" . I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me - Phil 4:13 . Swipe to see the CAN'TS that God changed into CANS. To God be the Glory great things He hath done! . . #dreambig #christianbook #christianwriter #christianauthor #faithblogger #ladies #inspiration #christianblogger

whatever good things you learned from yesterday’s mistakes & whatever wisdom you gain today.... use it to better your TOMORROW ☀️ @animarso

Writing is an awesome responsibility. ⠀ ⠀ The Bible says that to whom much is given, much is required in Luke 12:48 NIV. ⠀ ⠀ Your calling as a writer is a high calling, because you are ministering to others. ⠀ ⠀ You must draw close to God as a minister of words...⠀ ⠀ #semowriter #christianwriter #christianblogger #christianwritersofinstagram #amwriting⠀ https://buff.ly/2lqEAgD

Let me be honest • • • • I was laying in the bed thinking about how I was growing up , how I always felt as if I didn’t belong. I guess you could say I felt like an outcast. Being born the hydrocephalus I always questioned , why did I have to be born like this ? Why can’t I just be normal like my other sisters ? & sometimes It would make me so angry because I disliked everything about myself . Daily I found every flaw as I looked in the mirror no matter how much I tried to do something different I didn’t like who I was. • • • • & it dawned on me this morning that my sickness or the way I was born wasn’t meant to break me. God knew that I was strong enough to handle it & survive it. As you look around at the sky , the birds , trees , everything God created was beautiful and is beautiful & for him to be my creator , my Heavenly Father I now know that I am a beautiful masterpiece. Society gives us all these labels of what the perfect person should look like , what size you should be in order to be pretty etc when in reality we should ignore what society tells us & begin to understand what God has told us that we already are . We are royalty . #beautifullycrowned👑 #inspirationalquotes #christian #motivation #motivationalquotes #hydrocephalus #hydrocephalusawareness #inspirational #inspiration#beautiful #christianquotes #christianmotivation #christianwriter #makingadifference #mytruth

It's a gloomy, rainy winter day outside, but inside I have Crowder playing on Pandora, a fire in the fireplace, and I'm working on a joy study. How are you searching for joy today?

Day 16 of the #authorschallenge2019 is Words to Live By. Like: . . "What if I were the one to tell you That the fight's already been won Well, I think your day's about to get better What if I were the one to tell you That the work's already been done It's not good news It's the best news ever!" -MercyMe, 'Best News Ever' . . 'O love of God how deep and great! Far deeper than man's deepest hate;.. Eternal love, in Thee we rest Forever safe, forever blest.' - Horatius Bonar . . "There is no pit so deep that He is not deeper still." - Corrie ten Boom, member of the Dutch Underground and Ravensbruck concentration camp survivor. . . "Not by might nor by power, but by My Spirit, says the Lord." - Zechariah 4:6 . . "Hand over the chocolate and no one gets hurt." - Yours Truly . . What would you add? . . #authorschallenge2019day16 #wordstoliveby #supportwriters #supportwritersandauthors #corrietenboom #heroine #thehidingplace #christianwriter #writersworld #faithwriter #loveofgod #sodeepandgreat #instagramover50 #mercyme #bestnewsever #mountrainier #visitrainier #mazamaridge #hikewashington #whatthecrossisfor #fightsalreadybeenwon #hereigns

I may not have a 'proper' office space but on days like these, sitting out in our makeshift hammock underneath the children's climbing frame is a lovely place to be. I've got a plastic chair as my table, a dog at my side & a handy pocket to put my phone! Now for some writing - and not sleeping... #amwriting #christianfiction #christianhistoricalfiction #christianwriter #familyhistory

Mint tea anyone? Had a great birthday brunch date with my girl @osazena at @brothermarcus_ 🤗🤗 more pics to come #beecrowned #saturday #beeday

DAY 261 of 365BIBLE @ ••••••••••••••inJesusName.net•••••••••••••••••Whoa...talk about laying your life down for the Lord as a prophet...clearly God can take away even the most major of life choices for those He calls to be His servants. Remember He called Jeremiah to not be married....that seemed hard enough, but how do you feel about the fact that God tells Hosea to marry someone who will purposefully give him trouble? Are you this committed to the Lord yourself....where you can say "Jesus, I place every decision in your hands....it is no longer my life, it's Your life playing out through me on the earth and if it means you get the glory, I will do even the toughest things." Do you still look at your life as "your life"? Are you continually asking God to do something different with "your life"? Perhaps the first place you have to go is deciding that what the Scripture says is true- that when you gave "your life" to Christ, that left you with no life to ask God to do things with. It is His life that matters now...He is the Head and you are in His Body. Jesus has things that He wants His Body to get done on the planet. You are His Physical Body doing ministry for His Kingdom on the earth and He wants you up and moving getting His daily work accomplished. So when you wake up in the morning simply tell Jesus that you are coming along for the ride that His Holy Spirit in you has planned for the day. It's no longer you who has a "life" to live on this earth, it is Jesus' life, so join Paul in saying- I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me (Gal 2:20) ••••• READ THE FULL BLOG POST @ inJesusName.net and subscribe there for FREE to get the blog delivered straight to your email!••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• #bible #blogtilyoudrop #christ #jesus #biblejournaling #bibleverse #bibleblog #bible365 #biblequotes #bibleverses #christian #christianwoman #christianblogger #christianblog #christianbloggers #jesuschrist #christianwriter #christianity #365bible #bibleinayear #readyourbible #bibleblogger

Oh how this encourages me! I’m focusing this year on writing more and studying my Bible. I’m trusting in God to lead me to the “voice” He has in mind. But I’d be lying if I said sometimes I wish my dreams happened in my time frame. His, however, is perfect. And He reminds me in little ways like this 👆🏼 You are never too old, or too young, to chase your dream! #amwriting #christianwriter #christianblogger #faithblogger #faithwriter #writemore #dreams #goals #motivation #godisgood #jesusgirl

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Confession: I struggle with my life's journey sometimes. Some days I go into full assessment mode then the questions follow: Am I where I need to be? Did I make the right decisions? Am I a melting pot of my parents' dysfunction? Questions... Questions... However, I lose my footing & my sense of identity when I lose sight of who God is. It's hard to trust the process when you could have gotten much farther with your own methods (or so I think). It is important to know why you're here and what you're here to do. Everything else is fluff... Identify who you are and be you on purpose. #theanointedwriter #godlydating #christianwriter #christiandating #datingandrelationships #purposedating #writer #jamaicanwriter #blogger #speaker #christianblogger #christianmarriage #christianblog #purity #motivation #inspiration #dailymotivation #publisher #christianpublisher #freelancewriter #weaffirm #author #jamaicanauthor #christianauthor #purposeoverpreference

What is it that you want to do in life? What is your passion? What gets you excited and energized? Are you doing these things? . . I know that all our individual plans don’t always line up with God’s plan for our lives. But, have you taken the time to talk to God about it? Have you trusted Him to reveal His purpose to you? . . I remember the story about Nehemiah rebuilding the walls of Jerusalem. When he heard about the situation in Jerusalem, he had a passion to rebuild the walls. But he didn’t just run off half-cocked. He let the idea percolate. He prayed. He repented. He committed his plan to the Lord. He waited for the right time to approach the king. . . And it came to pass. It wasn’t immediately. It was not without opposition. But it came to pass. . . Today, I am holding the first printed copy of my first children’s book. It has taken months of planning, preparation, and work to get this far. There is still a lot of work ahead. But we have committed this project to the Lord. We have endeavored to work and walk in obedience and we will continue to do so. . . And that is the measure of success. Obedience. Not the number of book sales. Not the number of good reviews. No other measure is going to matter. Nothing else but obedience. We commit it all to the Lord. . . The same is true for you. Find God’s plan for your life. Work it. Walk in it. Be passionate about it. And be obedient. That is where you will find true success. . . #thefactorbooks #success #commityourwaytothelord

For am I now seeking the approval of man, or of God? Or am I trying to please man? If I were still trying to please man, I would not be a servant of Christ. (Galatians 1:10) #pirategirl #intheword #galatians

It is a joy to share my new book, The Mind of a Missionary! Every day, I hear encouraging words from people who have been impacted by the thoughts in this book. davidjoannes.com/books LINK IN BIO I explore the motivations, expectations, risks, and rewards in the missionary mind. Find out how you can thrive on mission today because of the examples of global Kingdom workers in foreign fields. If you haven't picked up your copy yet, head on over to Amazon and search The Mind of a Missionary

Bed, cinnamon and raisin bagels with peanut butter and a huge mug of tea with almond milk and honey. Happy Saturday 💛 #beecrowned #happysaturday

Take advice from Nehemiah, a fellow griever and willing servant called by God to do a seemingly impossible job to rebuild a wall and a nation. He clung to the promises of God. He claimed joy as his through Him.⠀ . . Do you have something in front of you that feels close to, if not completely, impossible? And is that feeling of defeat weighing you down and stealing your joy? . . It’s time to rise up. Cling to the promises of God and KNOW that His strength - His wisdom - His power will get you through. And your joy will rise again! ⠀ “The joy of the Lord is our strength” Nehemiah 8:10⠀ ⠀ Read on... http://bit.ly/2WL19Ox⠀ ⠀ #nehemiah8 #lorischumaker #momentsofhope #surrenderedhearts #hope #livesurrendered #surrenderedheartsbook #joyofthelord #riseup #keepthefaith #shewritestruth #christianblogger #christianwriter #christianauthor #christianwriters #authorlife #christianbusiness #christianbook #devotional #devo #faithblogger #christianblog #gritandvirtue #proverbs31woman #lesshustlemoregrace #butfirstjesus

Have you wondered WHY you do the things you do? . It's no different from Bible studying. . Why do you study the Bible? What's your motivation? What takes you back to the Bible? . In my notes, I listed a few reasons why I study the Bible. I enjoy reading it as a story without forgetting its God's word to us. The stories depicts His loving kindness to the people and His majesty! . Studying the Bible has loads of benefit. Little wonder what keeps us from studying it consistently. I know we want to but somehow we find ourselves not studying. . I have asked quite a number of people why they study the Bible and the responses are very positive but in all of their reasons this doesn't push them enough to study as they want to. . In the coming weeks, I'll be focusing on the What, Why, When, Where, Who, How and all of Bible studying. Stay tuned with your journals and coloured biros. . If you have any questions on Bible studying (B.S) be sure to ask in the comment below. . . . . . #dailyjournaling #biblejournaling #prayer #faithblogger #christianwriter #christianwoman #womenempoweringwomen #wordoverworld #womenoftheword #godlywomen #womeninspiringwomen #shereadstruth #faithstudy #nigerianblogger #tbatribe #intentionalliving #intentional #christianblogger #biblestudy #lifecoach #spiritualcoach #thankfulheart #hcube #hadassah #faith #hadassahsclub #um

#keeplovealive - Words are very powerful use them to build your Marriage. The world beyond the walls of your home can be a less than loving place so keep the scent of your love ever fresh, words are very powerful use them to build your Marriage. Proverbs 16:24 states that ‘Pleasant words are a honeycomb, sweet to the soul and healing to the bones’. . . . Continue reading on the #christianblog and leave a comment, let's connect! #marriageweekuk #marriageweek #proverbs1624 #christianmarriage #christianmarriages #happymarriedlife #marriedlife #christianlife #christianfaith #christianwomen #christianwoman #livinginthelovezone #christianbloggers #christianblogger #newblogger #newpostalert #newchristianblogpost #christianwriter #christianwriters #lovetalks #loveexcels #loverealised #christianblogging #christianwoman #thelovezone #christianwomencommunity #lovezone #christianfamilylife #buildyourmarriage

//A N D I ' M L A T E . . .// • It really sucks that I had to say goodbye to my new (ish) friends just a day after Valentine's Day. Thankfully, I'll be meeting up with a few of them, but it's still sad. Such is the life of a TCK. • At this conference, I met a fellow teen published author for the first time!!! Ahh!!!! (More on this coming later.) We had a total blast talking all the writing things. You can check out Shereena Cook's books, The Poacher's Cave and The Royal Endeavor, on Amazon. My review for both books will be up there soon, but I rate them about ⭐️⭐️⭐️. • I really need to talk more about my newest book baby, Miss-Calculated, but again I've been crazy busy. I will hopefully get up some more aesthetics and plot videos soon. • Love all you guys!

Definitely was channeling my inner Lady Gaga in this picture...if you haven't seen A Star is Born, then this reference will make no sense to you.⠀ ⠀ That's kind of what I want to talk about today, though. I used to get a lot of criticism from people because of the things I liked. The music tastes, the personality, everything. I was always weird, or gay, or the loner kid. I let those things become part of my identity growing up, and it became what I thought of myself, even though I knew none of it was true.⠀ ⠀ For years, I constantly struggled with how I viewed myself, because I was constantly concerned with how other people would see me, or what they would think of me. It made me constantly worry, and doubt myself. I never really wanted to spend time with friends because I was worried I'd keep getting criticized for what I liked. ⠀ ⠀ The change happened when I stopped caring about people thought of me, and started caring what God thought of me. ⠀ ⠀ I had to go to Him, lay myself out, and ask Him what He thought of me. Once He had picked through who I was, and weeded out the things that were destructive, or against His will, I knew I had become the truest version of myself I could me. And, that meant I didn't have to care what other people thought or said, because I was loved by my Creator, quirks and all.⠀ ⠀ I encourage you all to do the same, if you feel like me. Take you, and all your pieces, ask God to weed through you, accept what He says you need to eliminate, and then freely stop caring what everyone else thinks. If you want to check it out, my newest video is on this topic, and the link to it is in my bio. Would be awesome if you went and checked it out, and subscribed!⠀ ⠀ ⠀ #christian#christianwriter #christianblogger#christianfiction #christianfictionwriter#nature #naturephotography#newmexicophotographer#writersofinstagram#writerscommunity #jesus #jesusfreak#godlymen #livingforjesus#faithblogger #christianlife#christianlifestyle #overcoming#godsgrace #godsfaithfulness#overcomer #encouragment#goodnewsfeed #walkbyfaith #selflove #selfcare #beingcool #coolguy

What are you trusting #god to do for you today? #happysabbath

The world is loud, everyone wants their voices to be heard and no one wants to listen anymore. But in my own little space of surrender, I hear His still, small voice telling me all things will work out together for my good. He hears your sighs, your 'whys' and your cries. He sees your confusion and your frustration. Sometimes, it's not a giant red sea that needs to be parted or five thousand people that needs to be fed. Sometimes we need to be reminded to trust God even in the simplest of our everyday lives. I worry too much and maybe so do you, but Jesus is asking us why are we so upset about many things when we can choose to sit at His feet and find rest in His presence? I pray we no longer believe the lies when the fact is that He cares for you and me, He cares about what we care about and He will show up when we've left it all in His hands. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . #words #poetry #prose #faith #hope #love #shereadstruth #gritandvirtue #christianwriter #christianblogger #christianpoetry #soulscripts #worry #liveauthentic #pursuetruth

Happy #fridayintroductions! I'm Meagan, and I'm here because I'm passionate about seeing women learn how their worth is found in Christ, and not in what we can do or achieve on our own. This is something I'm always learning, too, and lately I've been learning things I fear in myself that I have no basis to fear in Christ: ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ - I fear annoying people, like asking them too many questions, or being afraid to ask for help on a project or with my kids. Often times I don't ask, or when I do and am ignored, take it too personally. - I worry I don't have anything significant to contribute, and am scared to try things because I don't want to prove it to myself. - I've always been awkward. I often don't say things or interact with people because I'm afraid of people thinking I'm awkward. - I fear I do things just "okay" enough, if that. Never excellent. Just eh. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ I've also been learning that while God cares about things I fear, these things aren't ultimately important. These examples reveal areas that I focus on myself more than on Jesus, like how I would rather be seen as not awkward or annoying than reach out to people. Or how I'm not commanded to do anything excellent, but only to abide with the Lord. And how I can be rejected by people, even if it's unintentional, without fear because I have been accepted by the only one who matters.

For any single friends who might be struggling with this. #love #romance #christianwriter

Self-publishing has evolved and while an author is not a big corporation, branding is just (if not more) as important. Self-publishing has evolved from desktop to print on demand to e-books to online retailers. This means that anyone can become an author, making it more competitive. With competition is the need to distinguish yourself from other #christianauthors .This is why branding is so important. As the Senior Publishing Consultant @@rpsmithllc I help self-published authors go from having a book to building a brand. Click the link in my bio to schedule an author branding consultation. If you are a writer you need to ask yourself: what are readers saying about me as a writer? What impression does my book leave on readers? #rpsmith can help you to craft an identity that accurately reflects who you are as a writer. #booksbuildbrands • • • • • • #christianwomeninbusiness #christianwomen #christianauthors #christianreaders #christianbooks #womeninministry #womenministry #christianfiction #christianspeakers #womenofpurpose #blackwomenauthors #womenempoweringwomen #christianbusinesscoach #christianlifecoach #christianentrepreneurs #lifecoach #christianwriter #christianreader #christianauthor #christianread #womenwhopray #christianpublishing #africanamericanchristianauthor #faith #purposedrivenwomen #christianpodcast

Truly seeing the blessings in my life unfold before my eyes is refreshing. I don’t doubt God’s unwavering love and outpouring of grace. He has moved mountains from my path and cleared barriers. It is through Him that I’m able to feel pure satisfaction with life. - ⠀⠀ “But to each one of us grace has been given as Christ apportioned it.” ‭‭Ephesians‬ ‭4:7‬ ‭🌼

Oh give thanks to the Lord, for He is good; for His steadfast love endures forever! ~ 1 Chronicles 16:34 ESV ▪ ▪ #abidewithme

The Season of Creative Discovery link in bio

Be strong and with Every Fall know that Father Loves you more. He'd pick you up again, You were made for more. Live strong and Valiant. #savedandunashamed #christianwriter #rising

Jeremiah, as he hears God whisper he records for us the promise of the Lord. For those in exile, walking the wilderness, He will build, plant and show them, ‘that I am the Lord.’ Jeremiah 24 C H A S I N G // L I G H T #jeremiah #godspromise #chasinglightdevotional #bible #hallelujah #amen #christianauthor #sharingthejourney #christianwriter

Shabbat Shalom, brothers and sisters! I just wanted to talk about something I've been noticing since I re-started my business. I've been talking with other women entrepreneurs on Facebook, and the concept of "manifestation" keeps coming up. It seems to be picking up steam. _________________________________________ Psychology matters. Scripture says that what we think in our hearts, so are we. As a budding entrepreneur, I know it's hard out here. Your mindset can't be one of discouragement, rejection or depression. Those spirits will play with your mind. _________________________________________ HOWEVER, when you believe the power is in YOUR hands to reroute the universe, you're in idolatry. If you believe that your words are little containers of power, you're in idolatry. If you believe in your vain repetitions, you're behaving like pagans. You're in idolatry and witchcraft. The idol you worship is YOURSELF! _________________________________________ Let's be careful of our minds. Cast self-exaulting thoughts down. The truth is that you can be rewarded for worshipping the devil. Idolatry and manifestation are devil worship. In the kingdom of darkness, there is no grace. In the kingdom of darkness, everything has a price. You don't want to pay it. Shalom, sisters. _________________________________________

Hi there! Anyone there asking God "How can I have eternal life but no love life?" lol. . . Here's something for the singles in Christ. Hope you enjoy it. Link in bio. #christiansingles #singleandsaved #christianwriter #christianblogger

#declaregodslove - I am loved with an everlasting love. Nothing can stop God's love for me. He loved me before I was formed. He loved while in my nother's womb. He loved before the world love me. He loved me before, He love me now and He will always love me. He cannot stop loving me. Continue reading on the #christianblog and leave a comment, let's connect! . . #godlovesyou - #ontheblog #onthechristianblog #lovelovelove #godsloveisreal #godsloveisforeveryone #godlovesyou #godlovesyouunconditionally #godlovesyoumore #godslove #romans831 #godsloveneverfails #godsloveisamazing #seasonoflove #dailybibledeclaration #dailydeclarations #dailybibledeclarations #declaretheword #christianlifestyle #christianlife #christianblogposts #christianwriter #christianblogger #godlovesme #christianwoman #christianconfessions #jeremiah333

This is a poem I wrote years ago about how Jesus stills the storms in our lives! I hope you enjoy! A heart filled with anxiety, the vicious waves were sinking me. Afloat and tossed, no place to flee, afraid to drown in the stormy sea. To save our ship the men did strive, fighting to win and save our lives. Yet thunder muted our fearful cries. In vain to reach shore were our tries. Yet through the chaos and fear of defeat, while everyone thought that the ship would sink, and our hearts were dreading the cold, dark deep, one young man lay in the ship, asleep. "Lord, don't you care that our ship will break? That the waves pour in, and our lives are at stake?" We called in concern and the Master did wake, roused by our voices and the words that we spake. But he wasn't afraid as he rose to his feet, looked out at the rain and the raging waves' peak. While we all stood trembling, as white as a sheet, Jesus' voice began to speak. "Peace, be still," and gone was the rain. The mountainous waves were as flat as a plain... You can read the rest of this poem on my website: http://theresastinnett.wixsite.com/blog. I would love to connect with you on Facebook: @TheresaStinnettBooks #christianpoetry #faith #jesus #ilovejesus #christianpoems #poetry #poems #christianwriter #christianliterature #christian #christianity #christianauthors #faithinchrist #literature #trustingod #jesuschrist #inspirationalquotes #inspiringquotes #inspiring #praisehisname #walkingbyfaith #writersofig #writersofinstagrampoetry #writersofinstagram #readersofinstagram #igreaders

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Today I’m brought back to my blog post about my first encounter with the love of Jesus. He showed me then that His love was always there, but I had barricaded my heart from within, trying to avoid any more hurt and pain. For Him to touch me with His love, I had to let down my own barriers first. So on this Valentines Day, may your heart receive all the love that your Heavenly Father and Creator is pouring out on you!

I'm totally convicting myself as I write this. I've said plenty of things I shouldn't have in anger. I was having a conversation with my grandmother earlier. She's been praying for healing. I've been telling her that the other part of that is to cease her word curses. _________________________________________ I'm not talking about cuss words. I'm talking about wishing misfortune on others. Have you ever said something along the lines of, "the same thing is gonna happen to you," or "I hope you..." Those are word curses. _________________________________________ Praying maliciously is cursing also. Yah (God) weighs your spirit when you pray. You CANNOT pray another's misfortune or pray with a malicious or vindictive heart. Yah won't honour that but demons will. _________________________________________ Death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof (Proverbs 8:21). The word "power" in this verse means an open hand. Your intentions with what you speak matter, and demons are roaming the earth to and fro. You give them the right to your life through malicious words you say. Let's watch our mouths. _________________________________________