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Sheila has been a real blessing to me. Her latest book came out on the 11th and I  had tried to post to my blog by email previously and it apparently didn’t work. She was there for me when my mom died after the TBI. This book she has written is like having a conversation over coffee. It is an easy read and yet she takes on some really hard topics. 

Women feel the storm activity all around. We find ourselves teetering somewhere between everyday chaos and crisis.

 We can feel a storm brewing, we are in the middle of a storm, or we are facing the aftermath of a storm. But don’t be afraid because it is possible to grow through turbulent times.

 Storms show you what’s really going on inside, reveal what you really believe, and actually make you stronger. In this powerful book Sheila will help you:

  •  Redefine your failures as a new beginning instead of an end.
  • Replace the words always and never in your life with positive declarations of hope.
  • Know with confidence how to help a friend in chaos or crisis.

Out now, The Storm Inside book, study guide and DVD Bible Study http://t.co/HAlyd7yX2w+

 

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February 13, 2014 · 11:32 am

Italo Calvino said: The more enlightened our houses are, the more their walls ooze ghosts. house: Image credit: “love Don’t live here anymore…” – © 2009 Robb North – made available under Attribution 2.0 Generic

Proverbs 25:28 reminds us, “A person without self-control is like a house with its doors and windows knocked out.” When we place expectations on others, but don’t follow them ourselves we invite dissension to the party.

In this fast paced world we live in today the words of Proverbs are screaming out a warning to us! Let’s heed the call. 

Have a great Saturday !

Cynthia

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January 25, 2014 · 11:01 am

I wanted to share with all my Christian followers something I have found to be really good. I was given a copy of my friend Sheila Walsh’s new book to read before release. It is probably the best thing she has ever written. I think that it is well worth your time and effort. She is also doing some webcasts where she will discuss the book and life situations with some of her friends. It is free so please don’t hesitate to join in the fun!

The upcoming Storm Inside webcasts with Women of Faith is up now for free registration: http://www.womenoffaith.com/thestorminside/?utm_medium=email&utm_source=Weekly&utm_term=email&utm_campaign=Jan14_wk3&utm_content=#sthash.3uqigeGt.dpbs

Have a great Saturday everyone!!!

Cynthia

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January 25, 2014 · 10:51 am

Accept Yourself

Image credit: “safe” – © 2007 Paul Keller – made available under Attribution 2.0 Generic

So what would you say about this safe? I saw it and it got me to thinking…  It reminds me that we have no choice in what is done to us, but we do have a choice in how we choose to respond. It is said that with PTSD you recover a lot quicker if you don’t use avoidance to numb your pain. the avoidance only buries the pain. It doesn’t heal it. Only exposing it and dealing with it, can healing begin. It is like a scraped knee. take it and clean it up right away and it will hurt but it will be fine. If you don’t and it was badly scraped, it will get infected and will need more work and hurt more to clean it up after it started to become infected.

When we accept our pain, it hurts less. Before my brain injury, I was a total extrovert. A social butterfly. I was loud, gaudy, extravagant and extremely social. I loved people and was a real people person. I still love people and care deeply for them but I am an introvert. Where I was once the life of the party and loved to socialize, I now have no use for small talk. I am uncomfortable at parties and I struggle to fit in.

Rather than resisting my pain, and so creating my own suffering, It would behoove me to accept my authentic self—My experience of who I really am and what I am really struggling with. The loss of who I was before the accident. In doing this, I can develop self-acceptance and self-compassion. For instance, when I as an introvert accept my introversion, I can feel good about myself; whether or not I decide to work on developing more social interactions. I can also be compassionate to my own struggles with attending parties. 

I challenge you today to be authentic and accept yourself. Give yourself the gift of compassion.

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October 16, 2013 · 12:04 am

Failing Forward..

What if everyone else is making New Year’s Eve Resolutions and all YOU want is a NEW YOU? 

Psalm 121

Psalm 121 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

What if you are still reeling from the decisions that others made that are still shaping your life? What do you do if the decisions you made in 2012 are still reaping consequences?

How in the world do you step hopeful into the next year when you tripped messy through the last year?

These aren’t easy questions.. but they are ones I have…

My first answer is to seek G-D.  I am fasting my favorite TV program. It frees up 1 hour a day. My answer is to lean into G-D. I am bound to make mistakes and fail… I accept that will happen.  Where do I run? My hope is G-D. I have found it so hard to trust him at times…and yet.. HE is like the air I breathe. I want to trust him. I choose to trust HIM.

So you may have had a great 2012 and don’t have a clue what I went through but if you failed last year and dread failing again; look at failing as experience gained.

Do you feel like you are falling apart? Why not decide to fall forward…

Why not choose to move forward no matter what happens?

Why not look at 2013 as a year of “Glory be to God’s” instead of a to do list of resolutions? I don’t know about you, but my first step of faith is to move out of fear.

We live in a fallen world. I fall forward into a New Year, and I fall forward into Christ’s safe arms. He is safe to trust. Being a victim of Sexual abuse in the past, I know how hard it is to trust. God is the only one truly worthy of my trust. Psalms 116 has been a balm in Gilead for me.  

Psalms 116 msg

 1-6 I love God because he listened to me,

listened as I begged for mercy.
He listened so intently
as I laid out my case before him.
Death stared me in the face,
hell was hard on my heels.
Up against it, I didn’t know which way to turn;
then I called out to God for help:
“Please, God!” I cried out.
“Save my life!”
God is gracious—it is he who makes things right,
our most compassionate God.
God takes the side of the helpless;
when I was at the end of my rope, he saved me.

7-8 I said to myself, “Relax and rest.
God has showered you with blessings.
Soul, you’ve been rescued from death;
Eye, you’ve been rescued from tears;
And you, Foot, were kept from stumbling.”

9-11 I’m striding in the presence of God,
alive in the land of the living!
I stayed faithful, though bedeviled,
and despite a ton of bad luck,
Despite giving up on the human race,
saying, “They’re all liars and cheats.”

12-19 What can I give back to God
for the blessings he’s poured out on me?
I’ll lift high the cup of salvation—a toast to God!
I’ll pray in the name of God;
I’ll complete what I promised God I’d do,
and I’ll do it together with his people.
When they arrive at the gates of death,
God welcomes those who love him.
Oh, God, here I am, your servant,
your faithful servant: set me free for your service!
I’m ready to offer the thanksgiving sacrifice
and pray in the name of God.
I’ll complete what I promised God I’d do,
and I’ll do it in company with his people,
In the place of worship, in God’s house,
in Jerusalem, God’s city.
Hallelujah!

 

 

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January 1, 2013 · 4:03 pm