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When you flourish in Christ, you flourish in life.

On Worry | Part 3

It all came back. Not in the force of the dark thoughts that I had before. This was totally different, but it had the same effect. These new thoughts twisted my gut and imprisoned me. I didn’t expect it. I hadn’t dealt with an onslaught like this for a long, long time. But, it came. Fast and sure, and plunged
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On Worry | Part 2

Last week, we talked about the depths of worry. (Don’t miss part one.) We discussed verbally admitting the struggle and touched the surface of freedom from darkness. By now, you know that I fight some deep, perplexing issues. We all do! We may struggle differently, but we all struggle deeply. This is a safe place for us to talk about
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Redefining FLOURISH Pt.6

Overcoming Anxiety and Depression – Fight Fighting doesn’t always mean resorting to violence. We know that the weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds, and that is exactly what we intend to do…demolish the strongholds of anxiety and depression. Do not allow these killers (anxiety and depression) to
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Redefining FLOURISH Pt.5

Overcoming Anxiety and Depression – Focus I am all too familiar with the negative spin that anxiety and depression puts on everything from future expectations to the way you see yourself and everything in between. Contrary to popular belief (and popular usually means those who haven’t dealt with depression personally), when battling with these two monsters, blanket statements like “mind
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Redefining FLOURISH Pt.4

Overcoming Anxiety and Depression – Fitness Exercise is such an ugly word, wouldn’t you agree ladies? LOL! In spite of how we may feel about the word, it is a necessary evil. I’m sure you’re all too familiar with the spirit of heaviness that causes such menial tasks, such as getting out of bed or taking a shower, to be
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Redefining FLOURISH Pt.3

Overcoming Anxiety and Depression – Fun When we become adults, the world suddenly becomes so serious. For adults, fun is something that we simply don’t have time to indulge. We have unscheduled it on our calendars and removed it from our to-do lists. We have to come to the realization that in order to overcome anxiety and depression, we gotta
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On Worry | Part 1

I washed my hands all the time. I fretted about everything. I cried easily. Anxiety plagued me. I lived in prison — a prison of my own making. My struggle with anxiety increased in my early teens. I feared stealing, lying, cheating, killing myself, and so many others things. Today, I open part 1 of my journey through worry. I
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Redefining FLOURISH Pt.2

Overcoming Anxiety and Depression – Food You’ve heard the phrase, “you are what you eat” right? Well, to my surprise there is some truth to that old adage. Actually what you eat has a huge impact on the way you feel. When dealing with anxiety and depression, your goal should be a balanced diet of complex carbs, low-fat carbs, and
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Redefining FLOURISH

It’s a dirty topic, but somebody’s gotta discuss it – anxiety and depression. Before we go there (anxiety and depression), let’s talk about what redefining flourish means. redefine: to state or set forth the meaning, explain, identify the nature, essential qualities of, specify distinctly, determine or fix boundaries or extent of, to make clear the outline or format of. (www.dictionary.com)
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Straightforward

As I started the process of writing for this ministry, Takiela asked me to come up with a name for my column. I didn’t know what to do. It stumped me for hours! My husband had some really good ideas. He claims he’s not a writer, but he’s quite poetic. Anyhow, we threw around good names, but they weren’t quite
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Meet Sierra Fedorko

How do you compose the opening sentences that will introduce you to a community of people? How do you jump in and introduce yourself? First meetings can be awkward, so maybe it’s nice you’re behind a screen for this one! All that to say, I’m Sierra. I’m glad you joined me, and I’m thrilled to be here! I won’t attempt
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Brand New – FLOURISH

Brand new sure looks good on you! – Shake, Mercy Me I simply love this song! One day, as I was singing along with the radio, the above line in the song jumped out at me and I thought it was the perfect audial to my visual. In other words, the lyrics matched the picture I wanted to paint with
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When the Apology Never Comes

If you know the story of Jacob and Esau, you know of the deception that tore these brothers apart for many years. In fact, Esau swore to kill Jacob because of what he had done. Afraid, their mother, Rebekah, told Jacob what his brother planned and sent him away. When the time came for them to meet again, Jacob feared
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We’ve Come this Far by Faith – First of the Last

It is the first day of the second half of the year. That’s right ladies, today we are entering into the last 6 months of 2015 – we’ve come this far by faith! How many of you have allowed your New Year’s Resolution(s) to fade in the wash of daily living? Don’t feel bad because you are NOT alone. Statistics
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Confronting in Order to Heal

Psalm 34:17-20 (NIV)  The righteous cry out, and the Lord hears them; he delivers them from all their troubles.  The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit. The righteous person may have many troubles, but the Lord delivers him from them all; he protects all his bones, not one of them will be
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