The Battle Within: Overcoming The Torment in Your Mind


lifeHave you ever asked yourself, “why do I keep struggling with the same issues?” or “when will my circumstances ever change?”.  Well my friends, you are not alone.   In my 35 years of life, the one thing I’ve come to the realization of is that although we may not understand why we’re experiencing what we’re experiencing, or are in the midst of a circumstance that’s beyond our mental capacity, God knows exactly WHY we’re in the position we’re in.  I call this struggle, the “battle within”.

Behind the scenes, know that God has a plan and purpose for each of us to fulfill.  He reminds us in Jeremiah 29:11 by saying, “For I know the thoughts I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and NOT of evil, to give you a future and a hope”.  Most of the time, it’s a battle for our minds when…

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Why I Never Want to Let the Title of “Mom” Define Me

Fearfully Made Mom

being a mom doesn't define me

I remember the first time our eight-year-old realized I had a name other than “Mama.” And his dad had a name other than “Dadda.” We were sitting at the dinner table and my parents were visiting. Of course, they do not call us “Mama” and “Dadda.”

It was as though a light bulb went off in his growing brain. The fact that we were people before we became parents was new territory to be explored. Questions came pouring faster than he could formulate words.

I smiled, but made sure he knew that to him, my name would always be “Mama.” Or “Mom.” Or some variation of it. But never “Abby.”

I wear the title proudly like a badge because motherhood changes us, doesn’t it? And yet at the same time, I don’t ever want to let it define me.

There are times when I have to remind myself that my…

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Who Is Your Enemy?

Joy Abounds


Our enemy is not our spouse, child, grandparent, sibling, friend, neighbor, or co-worker.  Our enemy is not another person.  The enemy is Satan.  He is real, alive, and full of himself.

He is out to kill, steal, and destroy.  He divides us and he is the one behind our battles.  He is the one that caused the pain and suffering.   He is a liar and a thief.

The enemy gets the best of us when we accuse others for our grief.  He likes to see us angry and act out in vengeance.  Satan laughs at us when he sees us focused on the bad in our life and not on God.

What are you focusing on today?

In my earlier years of marriage I would blame my husband for our differences and disagreements.  Until one day a wise Christian leader said to us,

“You are not each other’s enemy.  Accuse…

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Come With Your Anger

Lisa Preuett~Rest Stop for the Soul

Frustrated. Ticked off. Offended. Upset. Enraged. Explosive.


If you’re human, then you have felt these emotions. Doesn’t matter who you are or where you are, you will feel angry at people.

Some of us grew up thinking that is was just wrong to feel this way. Wrong to even consider being angry.

That anger was actually a sin.

If you’ve fallen for these lies, please be encouraged that it’s not a sin to feel angry.

What we DO with that anger determines whether or not we’ve sinned. How we respond to it is the turning point.

We know that Jesus was without sin. He lived a perfect life. So when he overturned the tables at the temple in response to money changers taking advantage of the people, his anger was not sinful. He displayed righteous anger.

But that was Jesus. The perfect son of God.

We are human. We…

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{Love} The Sweet 16. 

Uniquely Yours Ministries

Written By: Kerrington Sweeney

I remember the day like it was just yesterday…it was a chilly April spring afternoon.  My 14 year old-self was busily getting ready to go to one of my close church friends Hawaiian Style “Sweet 16.”  This was my very first co-gender party I was ever attending.  I was so thrilled.  Like I mentioned before, I was 14 years old and still in the process of ‘finding myself’ so to say.

That evening before I was just about ready to leave for the party, my parents were in the process of ordering new cell phones online.  They were put on hold for what felt like forever (literally over 2 hours long…gotta love customer service.  Urggh!)
At this point the party had already began and I was getting very impatient to get going.  I arrived only about 30 minutes late to the party but, still I was…

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why social media makes me apprehensive

welcome grace

battle win may 16

I recently joined the social media scene…..

….for the third time.

I know.

It makes me look rather flibberty-jibbet and totally unpredictable and not dependable. ugh.

Confession? I didn’t like the ‘comparison-itis’ or the slimy, gossipy feeling I had when I clicked off social media or the lack of consistent authenticity in real-life vs. on-line life. So I deactivated. For my mental and emotional health. For protection.

So. Why try it again?

One, I am looking for community with other writers, heart-stirrers, and word-warriors. I have questions and concerns. I want to know if there are other’s who struggle with the pride and insecurity that seem to plague me and if I’m alone and how someone else worked through it. I need your stories.

Two,  there’s the message within me to call hearts out to perceive their brokenness as something beautiful if placed in the hands of Jesus. And there…

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The Weight Of Mothering By Our Community Mentor Mom Wendy Munsell

Mom Inspired Adventures


If there’s anything more blissful this side of heaven than cuddling your baby for the first time I don’t know what it is. That sweet smelling bundle resting on your breast holds the power to both melt your heart and make you tremble with the awesome responsibility of parenting her well for the next 18 years.

Overflowing mother love rushes through your veins which feels at once exhilarating and terrifying. Because underneath the joy comes the realization that you would do just about anything to protect this little one… but you can’t. Because deep down you know that the one person you won’t always be able to protect her from… is yourself.

In a perfect world we would grow up unscathed by wounds from outside or inside the family unit. But sadly, we know all too well the heartache that often gets passed down from generation to generation even when…

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