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How to protect your heart when you’re under attack from the thoughts in your own head

“In all circumstances, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming darts of the evil one” Ephesians 6:16, ESV   You don’t belong here. You’re not good enough. What makes you think you can do this? You should give up before you embarrass yourself. Flaming darts flying straight toward… Continue reading How to protect your heart when you’re under attack from the thoughts in your own head

the struggle is real, so is God

First Words: Why? Cuz – finding faith in the wondering

It’s interesting how, not that long ago, I thought Jayla would never talk. Now, she’s stringing words together to make sentences. Lately she’s been loving the question, “Why?” to which she often answers herself with, “Cuz.” Now the grammar nerd in me cringes to even write that word that really isn’t one, but when she… Continue reading First Words: Why? Cuz – finding faith in the wondering

the struggle is real, so is God

Life Ain’t No Five Paragraph Essay

I would hope that any of my former students could, if nothing else, remember one thing about writing: make a claim and support it. For years, I taught what’s called the five paragraph essay. It begins with an introductory paragraph including the thesis or overall main idea for the paper; then three body paragraphs -… Continue reading Life Ain’t No Five Paragraph Essay