Be Brave. Be Strong. Don’t Give Up!

Posted by: Rebecca.

Courage is defined as the ability to do something that frightens one, or strength in the face of pain or grief. It’s doing something in spite of fear. Doing it afraid.

Courage and bravery seem to work together. Having someone tell you “Just be brave” or “Use your courage” isn’t enough. No one is fearless. Bravery and courage require feeling your fears, but taking steps to work through them.

Courage

I’m reminded of a story Bridgett told me, and was given her blessing to share it with you. When she was a senior in high school, she had the privilege of being chosen to be a part of the Presidential Classroom. Only the top two students in a senior high school class were eligible to take this week-long trip to Washington D.C. Exciting, right? Continue reading

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Scribe’s Playlist — Be Still

Posted by Rebecca.

My heart felt heavy today as I sat to work on this post. I have friends who are struggling with life-threatening illness, job and income losses, deaths of loved ones, and the stresses of life.

Miracle sign

As I pray for them and share heartfelt compassion for their circumstance, I have an inner peace that the God I love and gave my life to will, without a doubt, show himself real and faithful to each one of them in just the right time. That He will answer their cry for help and my simple prayers for them.

I know He will answer, and yet I understand the feelings of fear, sadness, and inadequacy my dear friends may be experiencing. Those feelings tend to war with our faith that God is with us and never leaves us. Those fears at times utter battle cries that may rise through the peaceful moments of our prayers and pierce our hearts.

Maybe it is to those warring fears we need to say, “Be Still! My God is with me and together we WILL have victory.”

Psalm 46:10 says, “Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.”

Those words “be still” are not just a call for silent worship. It was the voice of God addressing wicked warring nations to “cease and desist”. Warning them that He would be exalted, not them. That they had no chance of winning.

As I read and studied this verse today, I was reminded of the song from Bethel Music “Be Still”.

So, I invite you to share my headphones for a moment and enjoy…

Be Still

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Afraid of the Light?

Posted by: Bridgett.

“The baby bat

Screamed out in fright,

‘Turn on the dark,

I’m afraid of the light.”

                   ― Shel Silverstein

Have you ever been afraid of the dark?

I think most of us have, at least sometime during childhood. Many kids I’ve known feel they must have a closet light, night light, or hallway light on to even have a chance of closing their eyes and falling asleep.

Understandable. After all, darkness hides or distorts the true nature of the things around us. A pair of jeans on a chair morphs into a monster. A robe on a peg suddenly resembles that sheet-clad ghost on Scooby Doo. And if it’s really dark, who knows what may be lying in wait under the bed?

But have you ever known someone who was afraid of the light?  Continue reading

Declare Your Independence!

Posted by: Bridgett.

Have you declared your independence lately?

flagIn 1776, America’s founding fathers did just that. They took a bold, scary, irrevocable step that led to total freedom from British authority.

If you live in America, can you imagine some guy from England showing up at your doorstep today, demanding you pay a fine for violating some law established by the British parliament? You’d laugh in his face.

Last weekend, our church hosted guest minister Russell Kalenberg. His message gave me an entirely new perspective on what it means to declare independence. As I listened, ideas not only for this blog post, but for my life as a writer and believer, started brewing.

So, what does it mean to declare independence? In this land of liberty I and many others are blessed to call home, from what do we still need to break free?  Continue reading

Realm Makers Conference 2014 – encouragement and take-aways

Posted by: Rebecca.

Over the weekend, Bridgett and I had the privilege to attend the 2014 Realm Makers conference. Where do I even begin to share the highlights and my take-aways? Continue reading

Scribe’s Playlist — Superhero

Posted by Rebecca.

Scribe's Playlist

Caught in a downpour without an umbrella? Needing a Superhero? There are plenty of storms and fights we face in life. We don’t have to weather them alone. God wants to be that superhero and help you. Just ask.

So, I invite you to share my headphones for a moment and enjoy…

Superhero

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Caught in a downpour without an umbrella?

Posted by: Rebecca.

He sat on the couch, feet propped up by the wooden coffee table, the remote pointed at the television. He flexed his jaw and continued surfing the channels for anything that would give him hope that, somewhere in this world, good was still happening. Continue reading

Scribe’s Playlist — Jesus, King of Angels

Posted by Bridgett.

Scribe's PlaylistMy nephew, whom I mentioned in Tuesday’s post, spent many nights during his early years afraid to be awakened by nightmares. I was babysitting him one weekend, tucking him into bed, when he said, “I’m not afraid anymore, Auntie. Jesus is more powerful than bad dreams.” Since that night, and to this day, his prayers have always included a request for Jesus to send His angels to watch over him and keep bad dreams away as he sleeps.

While listening to the radio a few weeks ago, I was stunned at how closely the first verse of a song mirrored my nephew’s prayer. With that in mind, I invite you to share my headphones for a moment and enjoy…

Jesus, King of Angels

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Scribe’s Playlist — Playing the piano with no hands

Scribe's PlaylistHere’s the video I mentioned in Tuesday’s post “Quit” & 5 other words on my family’s Naughty Word List.

It’s easy to let life bombard you and give up on people, goals, even your dreams. Health issues or financial hardships can stop you in your tracks too. This young man’s video helped rekindle my determination not to quit, ever, no matter what.

So, I invite you to share my headphones for a moment and enjoy…

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