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Posts Tagged: overcoming fear

Finding Freedom from Strongholds

  What’s a stronghold? Simply put, it’s anything that has a strong hold on us. It’s usually rooted in faulty thinking patterns and lies we believe.   Fear is a stronghold with which many people struggle, myself included.   When my kids were preschoolers, an unknown intruder broke into our home and stole my jewelry… [ read more ]

Choosing Our Perspective in Tough Situations

  Life being what it is, we occasionally face tough situations over which we have no control. Every time this happens, we get to choose the perspective we want to hold: we can either focus only on what we see and understand, or we can focus on what we cannot see or understand. The first… [ read more ]

Encouragement for Those Fighting a Battle Today

  Would you do me a favor? Would you please raise your hand if you’ve ever had one of those nights when worrisome thoughts woke you and wouldn’t let you fall back to sleep? I just want to know that I’m not the only woman in the world who’s experienced this.   It happened to… [ read more ]

From Disappointment to Delight When Change Happens

To say COVID-19 has changed peoples’ plans would be the understatement of the century.   A friend’s daughter is getting married this weekend. The happy couple had planned to invite 200 guests. Now only the immediate family will gather in a back yard to celebrate the wedding. No doubt thousands of other couples are changing… [ read more ]

Overcoming Fear, Experiencing Peace

Hi, my friends. What a week it’s been, right? I feel like our world is changing faster than we can blink. How are you faring with all that’s happening?   I’ve been in Alberta at my mom’s place for the past eight days. She recently underwent radiation therapy for a benign brain tumor, so I… [ read more ]

3 Ways to Maintain Focus (and Avoid Taking Tumbles)

  Last spring Gene and I spent two days traveling to Vancouver Island by boat. We moored at a marina in Sooke and then drove to our son’s place where we spent the weekend.   The strangest thing happened at bedtime on our first night there: When I raised one leg to step into my… [ read more ]

Never Ever Alone

  I’ve traveled many miles this week. They’ve taken me down freeways, over mountain ranges, through farming country, and alongside rivers and lakes. This morning I woke in the city of Edmonton.   Every time I phone my mom, she asks, “Where are you now? I can’t keep track of you.” I know the feeling—sometimes… [ read more ]

Keeping Our Battles in the Right Perspective

  He prayed, “O LORD, God of our ancestors, you alone are the God who is heaven. You are ruler of all the kingdoms of the earth. You are powerful and mighty; no one can stand against you!” (NLT)   Terror filled King Jehoshaphat as a vast enemy army marched toward his kingdom. He responded… [ read more ]

God is Out to Get You

    Entrusting our lives to an unseen God can be scary: What if He asks me to surrender something precious? What if He asks me to do something I don’t want to do? What if He puts me through a test?   Focusing on fears about God’s intentions leads to the belief that He’s… [ read more ]

Nothing Can Stop God’s Power

  “The LORD did it!” David exclaimed. “He burst through my enemies like a raging flood!” So he named that place Baal-perazim (which means ‘the LORD who bursts through’). NLT   Scripture tells us that the Philistines gathered all their forces to attack and capture David upon learning he’d been anointed king of Israel. David… [ read more ]