October 2012 - True faith is followed through blindness

oct2012Led by the Spirit: True faith is followed through blindness.

As a child growing up, I did not have the adult insight to understand what truth looked like when it came to the fullness of faith. In fact, you might say I was walking in blind faith - a belief in something without a true understanding. I believed in God and I knew He existed, and often, I would earnestly seek Him in prayer. I remember building a fort in the tall wheat fields where I would hide and tell God all my problems; I knew in my heart He was listening.

Throughout my teen years I found myself attending church out of obedience to my parents or out of obligation to my faith community. Sometimes I showed up out of guilt thinking that God was going to punish me if I wasn't there. I have to say, my faith at that point in time was not rooted in the fullness of truth but only partial truth.

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September 2012- Procrastination: a symptom of fear

lorettalynnLed by the Spirit: Procrastination: a symptom of fear

In the past 20 years, I have been led by God to attain various goals in the areas of music, speaking and writing. I've used tools such as CDs and books, to enrich people's lives in faith. These goals were a great challenge to me as I faced many fears and anxieties, negative thoughts that whispered, "You can't do this." By the grace of God, I was able to persevere in what He was calling me to do.

Now, three years later, I have felt inspired by God to write a second book, but each time I sit down to write, other jobs keep getting in the way. I feel as though I am procrastinating, but don't understand why. I wondered, could procrastination and fear be related? I turned to my trusty dictionary, which defined procrastination as a task that is put off or delayed for a later time. Everything in my heart said "this can't be me - I'm the queen of multi-tasking!" So I furthered my research through books and the Internet and discovered some revelations that I know will lead me to another level of freedom in fear.

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August 2012 - Through Christ, I am able

aug2012Led by the Spirit: Through Christ, I am able.

This month has been filled with beautiful weather, family, friends and special times, such as being a guest on 100 Huntley Street. On the Christian TV show, I was privileged to share my own personal story of adversity along with an encouraging message that no matter what you are facing right now, God hears your cries and is able to do the impossible. In Hebrews 2:18 (AMP), we are told that "God is able to run to the cry of those who are being tempted, tested and tried."

A few days after the program aired, I received various e-mails from viewers. Some were filled with words of encouragement, and some wrote to share their personal hurt and pain. There was one in particular I was drawn to that read: "My 9-1-1 YOU gave me HOPE today!" It was from a young woman struggling in a separation from a painful, abusive marriage. She was overwhelmed with feelings of giving up as she faced circumstances that seemed impossible to overcome. It was midnight, she couldn't sleep, and she prayed that the Lord would send her an angel of hope to help her renew her faith. She felt the Lord inspire her to turn on the TV, and there I was on 100 Huntley sharing my personal story. She felt I was the angel over the airwaves that the Lord had sent.

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July 2012 - Feed Your Faith

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Led by the Spirit: Feed Your Faith

One week ago I ran away from home! What I really mean is that I made a firm decision to find a place where I could spend time with God to process and pray. 
A gift that only I could give to myself. So, here I am at the Cypress Hills Interprovincial Park in Saskatchewan where this photo of the lake was taken. A special place I came to everyday to sit in silence; listen to the stillness; and let God capture my heart with the beauty of all his creation. One day, while praying, my soul sensed an overwhelming peace beyond words. Gentle tears began to roll down my cheek as an inner voice whispered "|I love you".

As women, we are wives, mothers, grandmothers and servants of God. We give of ourselves in abundance to nurture all those we love but seem to fall short when it comes to nurturing ourselves. We continually say "I'm too busy" or "I don't have time" to plan opportunities that will help us re-fuel, to ignite our heart, mind and spirit. So we carry on with our to-do-list and we find ourselves running on empty; an emptiness that keeps us on a narrow constricted road to nowhere, doubting our faith and questioning our purpose in this life.

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