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When life gets unsettled, stressed or sad God’s gift of  P E A C E comforts us in ways that can not be matched by anything else.

Over the years I’ve found that reading Bible verses out loud builds my faith and creates a peaceful atmosphere.

Here are a few Bible verses for PEACE; as you read them may they bring freedom to your mind and comfort to your soul.


The students awkwardly line up in P.E. class and the teacher chooses two team captains.  As the teams are being chosen, thoughts are racing through their minds as they wait for their name to be called.  Not one of them is thinking, “I hope I get picked last.”

On the first day of college, excitement fills the air with dreams and expectation for the future. No one is sitting in that classroom thinking, “I want to fail.”

She is dressed in white, his eyes never leave hers as he watches her walk down the aisle toward him.  Neither one of them are thinking, “I hope this marriage ends in divorce.”

A tiny pink bundle of joy looks up at her adoring parents with the eyes of an angel.  As they hold their precious little one for the first time their hearts are bursting with emotions of every kind.  They’re not thinking, “I want to disappoint you.”

It’s okay to desire success.

None of us ever start something hoping for fail at it, but I’ve learned that sometimes in life we have to carefully redefine our idea of success.

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“What if?”

Depending on the way we ask it, this question can be either positive or negative.

“What if?” can be a launch pad that fuels innovation and creativity for future dreams.

On the other hand, it can be a daunting question filled with genuine concerns and uncertainty.


Freedom in Christ helps us to overcome literally everything that hinders us from reaching our God-given potential.

God so patiently and carefully leads us all into new territory.

With every baby step we take on the unfamiliar path… FEAR is there to greet us.


Welcome 2016!!

I pray that your New Year is filled with every good gift from God!

My weekly inspirational posts for the month of January will follow the theme of “How To Be Free January”

Although we can define God’s freedom differently depending on our personal needs at the time, there are some similar battles and victories that are common to us all.


The status quo is defined as the existing state or condition.

Each one of us has our own current status quo.

On our journey to live a fulfilled life in Christ, we will all be faced with mindsets trying to tell us that it is okay to settle.

The Holy Spirit reminds us of the majestic God we serve.

He encourages us to reach beyond our current condition, further than we ever thought we could; leaving a life of status quo and walking by faith into God’s territory where all things are possible.


On any given day, the anxieties of life carve out places in our hearts; leaving a void longing to be filled.

There is a pang inside of us desiring to be truly satisfied and free from the heavy weights holding us down.


So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.” – 2 Corinthians 4:18 

God is such an amazing dad!  He gives us so many tangible blessings to enjoy in this life – and I am thankful for each and every one of them.

Sometimes the temporary things of this world can distract or even hide the true eternal blessings that we have in Him.


“People may hear your words, but they feel your attitude.” – John C. Maxwell

“Weakness of attitude becomes weakness of character. ” – Albert Einstein

“Attitude is a little thing that makes a big difference.” – Winston Churchill

Does anyone else feel like they need a little attitude adjustment after reading these quotes?  I do!


Meet Sarah, she’s 5 years old.  Recently, Sarah received a bed from the The Dream Center’s Foster Care Intervention Team, along with other furniture for her family.  For the first time in Sarah’s life she gets to have a bed all to herself.


“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!” – 2 Corinthians 5:17 

Have you ever been frustrated because you want to believe that you are a new creation in Christ, but sometimes, you feel like you are doomed to watch yourself make the same mistakes over and over again?  I have.

The old mentalities, behaviors and our sin nature are constantly battling the God-given Spirit of freedom within us.


“For from his fullness we have all received, grace upon grace.”

~ John 1:16 ~

I have learned that most of the time experiencing “great days” comes from intentional choices.

We have the ability to shape our day with perspective and attitude.

God’s mercies and gifts to us are new every morning.

We are constantly surrounded by ‘grace upon grace’ from God’s fullness.

Here are 5 ways to remind us of His fullness and help us have a great day…


Proverbs 17:22 “A cheerful heart is good medicine”

When life tries to get us down, sometimes looking to put a smile on someone else’s face is just the medicine we both need.


Sometimes life hurts.  When the heart aches with grief, God is there to comfort us and help us find the strength to overcome with His joy.

“The Joy of the Lord is your strength.” – Nehemiah 8:10 

“Joy is a steady, inner strength that has the ability to surpass and override our most discouraging situations.  Joy is actually the tool God has provided to help us through the hardships of life, and yet, oddly, it is usually the first thing we let go of when life gets hard.” –  Fulfilled: Learning to Live the Life God Promised


Ephesians 1:7-8  In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace that he lavished on us. With all wisdom and understanding”

God lavishes” (to bestow in generous or extravagant quantities) His rich grace on us.  How different would my day look if I truly lived with understanding that God generously gives me extravagant quantities of His favor?   I need to stop and take that in for a minute.  Living a God-Fulfilled life is a journey filled with daily reminders of the gifts of God’s grace.


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