Fashioned for Faith

Why is it so easy to frequent the nagging bother of discomfort versus addressing it head-on? Many times we have witnessed or experienced repetitive cycles, such as fear, and wonder why on earth would I or anyone else keep going back to the same old same old. Studies show the primary reason people return to the familiar is because, even if it isn’t the best thing for us, it’s familiar – like my favorite chair covered in animal print with a lush, throw (or that red blanket I received as a high school graduation present years ago, it’s a hot mess, now, but I still have it). It’s so doggone familiar we’d rather not move, regardless of the outcome. All of the “what if’s” stirring in our minds compel us to endure with what we have become accustomed to. As if the concern of the unknown – moving forward – […]

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Know the Truth

This post is written by Charlotte Thomason, a phenomenal counselor and founder of the Living as Conquerors program. Charlotte utilizes her story of healing & over 35 years of experience to help others gently uncover and conquer issues that may hold them back from their full potential. The Truth Shall Set You Free I sat nervously in the waiting area for my appointment with the Chaplin. I shook with fear at the thought of revealing the secrets listed on the tear stained paper I held in my hand. My thoughts raced as I waited my turn. “I can’t tell him this. I’ll cross this one off. Nobody will know.” Before I could do that, the door opened and the Chaplin welcomed me into the “room of doom” at least that is what it felt like in that moment. One hour later I emerged from the Chaplin’s office relieved that the […]

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Fearfully and Wonderfully Made

This is a guest post by Charlotte Thomason. She is a phenomenal counselor and founder of the Living as Conquerors Center. Charlotte utilizes her story of healing & over 35 years of experience to help others gently uncover and conquer issues that may hold them back from their full potential. I have struggled with a variety of habits, hurts and behaviors for most of my life. My drugs of choice have included overeating to fill the emptiness in my soul, sex to avoid true intimacy and to punish myself, prescription drugs to numb physical and emotional pain. I also pushed people out of my life by being unpredictable and mean. I spent years searching for a way to change who I was because I did not like the person I saw in the mirror. I could not understand how anyone could possibly love the person I saw.  From powerless to […]

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Love Yourself

If you are in a position of leadership you might agree that it is one of the most complicated, yet fulfilling adventures one might experience. No matter how large or small your influence, the opportunity to motivate, direct, and inspire others is thrilling. In my experience, the key to finding stability while juggling multiple projects, events and individuals is managing ones priorities. My relationship with God is the ultimate priority. Scripture is straightforward. In Matthew 6:33 Jesus said ‘Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need.’ Check out the wording of the same passage in the Message translation: ‘Steep your life in God-reality, God-initiative, God-provisions. Don’t worry about missing out. You’ll find all your everyday human concerns will be met’. Unless He is first, everything else will seem completely out of balance. It’s clear that God is to be […]

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