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.

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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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Are You Someone’s Answer to Prayer?

Posted by: Bridgett.

What’s my purpose? Have I been called to do something great? Is there even one big thing I’m supposed to do in life that will reach beyond my own little world?

These are questions we all ask at one time or another. Still, most days, our minds are filled with far less grand concerns.

What will I make for dinner? Do I have enough in the bank to pay the bills? How will I pass this math test? Where will I find ideas for my next blog post….

The list goes on.

Have you ever stopped to think, though, that in the midst of the day-to-day rut, this hour, this moment, you could be in this place for a reason that has little or nothing to do with your concerns—the grand ones or the mundane?

What if…for that tiny space of time, you are someone else’s answer to prayer?  Continue reading

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

High-heels, Mt. Everest, and a writer’s conference

Posted by: Rebecca.

shoes1You know you’re a writer when…you can write a 70,000 word book, but writing a short bio about yourself for your one-sheet for a writer’s conference is like climbing Mt Everest in a mini-skirt with high heels on. (The ultimate experience, complete with tests in endurance and how to face challenges.) It may not be a very becoming sight, but I’ve slipped off my shoes…  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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Graduating or Growing Dim?

‘Tis the season for diplomas, cardboard caps, and “Pomp and Circumstance”. At least eight of my friends and family members are graduating from High school or college this month.

Recently, I’ve felt a deep longing to graduate too. Not from an academic institution, but to new levels in my faith and in the craft of writing.  Continue reading

It’s a Case of Love

Have you ever noticed the way young children will hear a phrase and latch onto it for a while? They’ll use that phrase in nearly every conversation, sometimes in the funniest context.

My nine-year-old nephew’s phrase of choice this past weekend was, “in some cases.”

Me: “Do you like that game?”

Nephew: “In some cases.”

Me, after wishing him a happy birthday: “I’m glad you had fun. You know, I think you’re the coolest kid, and I love you.”

Nephew: “Uh huh. In some cases. Yes, yes you do.”

Me: “No. In all cases.”

That conversation made me think of how we often approach prayer. Continue reading

How the Curse Got Reversed

The party continues!

If you missed part one of this celebration, please click here before reading farther.

And now, my testimony: part 2 — the good part! Continue reading