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Summer ends. School begins. Shorter days. Scheduled activities fill the calendar.
At times when we are in what I call a “funk,” it is critical to fall back into the arms of the One who will never leave you nor forsake you.
As I ponder the place my head and heart have been over the past two weeks, I am thankful for the opportunity to write this article, as it has reminded me of why I am blessed. Although the pit of loneliness, insecurity and sadness can appear overwhelming, we do have a life-line to use, by which we CAN climb out of that pit. Whatever is in your pit this season, or whatever has pushed you into that place, is of the enemy. Leave it behind, rise up, let Our Lord God carry you out, and come with me to a glorious place:

“I know a place, a wonderful place
Where accused and condemned Find mercy and grace
Where the wrongs we have done And the wrongs done to us
Were nailed there with Him, There at the cross
At the cross, At the cross
He died for our sin At the cross, At the cross
He gave us life again”
Lyrics taken from http://www.lyricsmode.com/lyrics/v/vineyard/at_the_cross.html

Flying out of that pit is easy on our Father’s shoulders. I go to Him, when I am weary and faint, and He gives me rest. I remind myself that I can find grace sufficient for whatever I am going through, but it’s critical for me to go to Him.
“…those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.” Isaiah 40:31
“Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need. Hebrews 4:16”
If you can’t go to Him, can’t read, journal, or go to church – PRAY. Ask for Prayer. God has surrounded us with angels to lift our shields of faith when we cannot lift them ourselves. We are warriors in this world and must be united as one body of believers. A battalion of princess Warriors, so to speak. Therefore, do not succumb to the enemy, for these battles are the Lord’s!

The enemy tells me: I’m a sinner.
God’s truth says: I’m a saint (declared righteous by God) who sometimes sins.
The enemy tells me: I get my identity from what people say about me.
God tells me: I get my identity from who God says I am.
The enemy tells me: My behavior tells me what to believe about myself.
God tells me: My BELIEF about who I am determines my behavior!
Believing what God says about me doesn’t equate to how I “feel” sometimes. However, my “feelings” will change when I continue to believe what His Word says. So soak in it my friends. Read It, listen to it, surround yourself by it.

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Be Wise & Be Blessed,
Anna Marie Caulkins

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