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Friday, December 3, 2021

Are you going to give up so easily on your dreams?

Are you going to give up so easily on your dreams? 

Every time I sit down to write or even think about writing, the resistance shows up. The enemy bombards me with everything I need to do instead or makes me feel sick. He tells me I am not smart enough to write a book nor accomplish my dreams. If I quit before I even try, he becomes right because he outsmarted me. 

Satan plays mind games. If he can defeat us in our minds, then we will follow after him. We will believe his lies as the truth and give up. 

When I think of all the times I have given up because he told me it would be too hard, it makes me want to cry. Not tears of self-pity, but tears of anger and determination. 

Satan tells us that our dreams are too big, so we give up. He tells us that eating healthy food is too expensive and yucky, so we eat the chemicals he creates. He tells us to watch someone else's life instead of living our own, and we spend hours scrolling social media.  These are just a few ways that he defeats me each day. And I'm so tired of it. 

I'm not okay with living as a fraction of the person I could be. I am so tired of playing small when God created me (and us all) for greatness. God wants to give us the promised land, yet we wander around in the wilderness. 

Every decision we make will either help us or harm us. So I am taking back control of my life and my time. I will not continue to waste my time and regret it all one day. When I close my eyes to death, I want to know that I gave everything to my life that I had to offer. I don't want to die with the words still inside of me. I want God to be pleased with me, and how I used the gifts and talents, He gave me. 

My life should never be just about me, but rather how I can help someone else. 

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Thursday, June 20, 2019

Letter of encouragement

Dear Candida, 

Do you remember all the times that the circumstances of life knocked you down? Do you remember how it felt to lie face down in the trenches for life and to struggle for each breath? Do you remember what it felt like to have your dreams snatched away? Do you remember the pain of feeling hopeless? And every single time you found a way, through the grace and love of God, to get back up again.

When the enemy tells you how weak that you are, then I want you to tell him about all the trials you have been with through the Lord, and how He helped you to overcome each one. Through God, you are an overcomer.

If you doubt this, then remember these trials. 

Remember how you were lost, dying in your sin, but God saved you. Remember how you got back up after you got fired from a job at eighteen years old. Remember how you continued to submit your manuscripts after each one was rejected over and over. Remember how you sat on your bathroom floor and wrote your first book during the night, while your family slept. Remember how it felt to have a sick child. Remember how you ran a race after your legs went numb. Remember all the times you cried through your workouts. Remember how you fell in the bathroom floor and the determination you had to get back up. Remember how you overcome your fears and shared your story with the world. Remember how your body healed, when the doctors didn't give you any hope of getting better. Remember how hard you fought to get better. Remember how you had surgery and endured the pain without pain medication. Remember all the times you wept bitterly and how many times God heard your pleas and answered your prayers. 

When the enemy tells you that you can’t do something, then you remember all that God has already blessed you to accomplish. And you get back up, regardless of how many times you fail and get knocked down. Because giving up is not one of your options. You can do hard things! 

Now, my sweet friends, I encourage you to write your own letter of encouragement. Let's stop listening to the lies of our enemy and fight back. 

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Friday, May 31, 2019

I am loved

I am loved. 

My mind cannot even comprehend the love of God. It is such a beautiful gift. The Creator of the world loves us and cares for us. While I know this truth, it is such a blessing to be able to feel this magnificent love in the depths of my soul.

When my soul feels weary, I like to think about the love and goodness of God. He gives me everything that I need, when I need it. Even my trials are blessings. God is the only One who can take our heartaches and turn them into blessings. When we humble our hearts and go to Him, then He can show us how to overcome our hardships.

I remember when I used to cry over my scars. The pain in my heart was so great that I didn’t always feel loved by God. In my mind, I felt as if He had forsaken me. That it what the enemy wanted me to believe. Satan wanted me to think that God had turned His back on me and that He didn’t care what happened to me, but it was a lie. 

God gave me a new perspective on it all. The day I realized  I could have died, as the bands entangled me, changed my life. I could have died, but God spared me. I am alive to love and be loved. That day I stopped seeing my scars as a burden and started seeing them as a precious gift. They exemplify God’s love and mercy for me and my life. 

We are His precious children. 

1 John 3:1 (KJV)
Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God: therefore the world knoweth us not, because it knew him not.

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Thursday, May 30, 2019

I am overcomer

I am an overcomer. 

John 16:33 (KJV)
33 These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.

Regardless of what happens to me, I know that God has the power to help me to overcome it. Sometimes, without even realizing it, I put Him in a box and limit His power in my mind. When the tidal waves of hardships wash over me, I believe the hopelessness of the situation. For some reason, it is easier to believe that the worst case scenario of my mind, then it is for me to believe that God will work it all out to my benefit. 

This verse, however, assures me through each hardship that God will work it all out to my benefit. 

Romans 8:28 (KJV)
28 And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.

God has helped me so many times. It shames me to admit that I still struggle with trusting Him and believing that He is in control of it all. But when my doubts emerge from my fears, I can revisit previous battles with Him. He has left me speechless and in complete awe of Him so many times. 

I love it when my God moves and helps me. Nothing can separate us from Him. God loves us and He wants to help us. We are so blessed to be loved by Him. The hardest battles are the ones that have the most glorious testament of His power. 

The God who parted the Red Sea for Moses, slew Goliath for David, protected Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego from the fiery furnace, and protected Daniel from the lions is my God, too. My mind cannot even fully comprehend His amazing power. But, I know that He can help me overcome whatever challenge that awaits me. My mind might struggle with that knowledge, but my soul believes in His power. 

Through my amazing God, I am an overcomer. 

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Tuesday, May 28, 2019

I am strong

The devil torments us all and fills our heads with lies about what he perceives us to be. Instead of listening to him and allowing him to defeat me, I want to focus on the positive affirmations of my Lord, and who I am in Him. 

I am strong. 

Even though this statement is true, I don’t always feel the truth of it in my life. More often than not, I feel weak and broken. I try so hard and yet, at times, I feel as if my life is a mess. Sometimes I just want to give up. 

I want to quit. And declare my own defeat. Because that how my life feels at times—defeated. But, in the midst of my sorrow and pain, I always manage to keep going. God is my strength. He might allow me to get knocked down, but He won’t let me stay down. When I am lying on the bathroom floor sobbing, feeling defeated and scared, He reminds me of our previous battles. God has been victorious in every single one. 

I love it when He gives me the proof that I am strong in Him. God lives in me. Therefore, He is my strength.

Isaiah 41:10 (KJV)
10 Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.

Exodus 15:2 (KJV)
The Lord is my strength and song, and he is become my salvation: he is my God, and I will prepare him an habitation; my father's God, and I will exalt him.

2 Corinthians 12:9 (KJV)
And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.

The enemy has never been able to defeat my Lord. Therefore, I want to rely on the great strength of my Lord. He can help me to make the impossible things in my life possible. 

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Friday, May 24, 2019

Use me, God

Sometimes I can be so selfish. Especially when I make my life all about me. When I take a step back and examine myself, then I can usually see where I am at. 

Are my thoughts centered on me and what I want or on God? 

Are my prayers all about me or am I praying for others?

Am I doing what God wants me to do or what I want to do?

I hate it when I make my life all about me and what I want. Living in a me-centered world makes me feel bad. Then, I start expecting other people to act in a certain way and get mad when they don’t cater to my plans. I usually feel overwhelmed and unfulfilled because my soul desires more. My soul desires connection and the blessing of helping someone else. 

Therefore, I want God to use me—according to His will. I love it when He uses me to pray for someone else. I love it when God uses me to give someone else hope. I love it when He blesses me to serve His people. I love the blessing of working with God. 

With a humble heart, I love it when I can whisper…please use me, God. 

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Thursday, May 23, 2019

Is it true?

I am a storyteller. All day long, my mind narrates my life. Only it doesn't just tell me the things that happen. My mind likes to tell me what other people are thinking about. And it likes to argue with reality by being dramatic. 

When my mind starts running crazy with made up stories, I like to take a few moments to just breathe and to look for the truth. Without the pause, then I just accept the stories as truth. In doing this, I cause myself a lot of heartaches for myself. Especially, if someone else is mean to me. It is so easy to go inside myself and make up a story about why they are being mean. My default story used to be that I am not good enough. Then, I would allow the hurt of the thought to blow the made-up story totally out of proportion. 

It always helps me to ask myself this question: is it true? That simple little question gets my mind to stop making up stories and to look for the truth. If I can just slow down and ask myself to search for the truth of each statement, then I can see the situation with a new perspective. 

I also like to ask God to help me see the situation as it is, not as I perceive it to be. I want to interpret my circumstances with the lens of kindness and love. I desire to see the goodness in everything and everyone. 

The majority of the time, when someone else is mean to me it has nothing to do with me. Their anger is another form of fear. Inside, they are hurting. Therefore, I want to react with love and compassion and take the situation to the Lord in prayer. God can help us with all things. He has grace for our every need.  

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