Category Archives: Overcoming

You May Bend, But You Won’t Break!

Neat Imagery. Powerful Word.


ChaleneJohnson_KeyPriorities_PalmTree.jpgGrowing up in Florida, I have experienced many powerful hurricanes.  Depending on their category, these hurricanes can carry very strong winds, some as strong as 156 mph. Watching this kind of power can be very frightening, to say the least!

One thing I’ve always wondered is how palm trees withstand these big, angry storms? While pieces of houses and large trees are tossed around like toys, palm trees are able to survive!  But what’s their secret?

PALM TREES ARE DESIGNED TO BEND!  When the storms come, palm trees can bend quite a lot, EVEN to the point of being horizontal to the ground.  BUT THEY DON’T BREAK! 

During the storm, you might look at the palm tree flattened to the ground and think it’s a goner.  But after the storm passes, the palm tree will be able to stand upright again.  And when the storm is over, the palm…

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When Tomorrow Comes

The Ninth Life

There have been times when I thought I wouldn’t make it. Times when I thought I didn’t have enough strength left within me to take whatever I was going through any longer. Times when life didn’t seem fair. Times when I wanted to throw in the towel, walk out of the door, and give up. Times when all I could do was cry out to my Heavenly Father, “Help me! I need you!”

But as I reflect, it was during the difficult times that God showed me His compassion and wisdom. Although I could not physically see His presence, He dried every one of my tears with the warmth of His Holy Spirit. He listened with open ears when no one else seemed to care or understand. And, He would always ask me the same question, “If you give up now, what will you do when tomorrow comes?”

My heartfelt…

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The Battle is the Lord’s

I recommend this post. You will find much encouragement here. I sure did. Blessings!

Beholding Him Ministries

2-chronicles-20-15Exodus 17
8Then Amalek came and fought with Israel at Rephidim.9So Moses said to Joshua, “Choose for us men, and go out and fight with Amalek. Tomorrow I will stand on the top of the hill with the staff of God in my hand.”10So Joshua did as Moses told him, and fought with Amalek, while Moses, Aaron, and Hur went up to the top of the hill.11Whenever Moses held up his hand, Israel prevailed, and whenever he lowered his hand, Amalek prevailed.12But Moses’ hands grew weary, so they took a stone and put it under him, and he sat on it, while Aaron and Hur held up his hands, one on one side, and the other on the other side. So his hands were steady until the going down of the sun.13And Joshua overwhelmed Amalek and his people with…

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But YOU…O Lord

A most encouraging post—and true. Take a read.

Beholding Him Ministries

Psalm 3.3

Psalm 3
Lord, how many are my foes!
    How many rise up against me!
Many are saying of me,
    “God will not deliver him.”
But You, Lord, are a shield around me,

    my glory, the One who lifts my head high.
I call out to the Lord,
    and He answers me from His holy mountain.

It is believed that David wrote this Psalm when on the run from Absalom, his son.

He begins by sharing with the Lord that the number of enemies he is facing is many. We should certainly relate to this because there have been times that life has pressed in on us and it seems like there is trouble on every hand. The trouble becomes our focus. The enemy comes in many shapes and sizes…if it is not this, it is that or perhaps both…

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Surviving the Valley

Encouraging advice for writers, authors, and everyone else who has traveled down the valley of shadows. When we see shadows, we know that light is in the valley too—His light.

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You hear a lot on the writing journey that it’s filled with highs and lows—probably more so in publishing because it’s rapidly changing and I personally wouldn’t consider any part of the industry stable or predictable.

valley-of-fire-1390258_1920The problem is the valley is hard. What exactly do you do? Do you give up writing? How do you readjust to keep your writing career moving forward when seemingly no one wants the words you’re putting on the page?

My writing valley (really—the deep dark hole of despair) started after my first trilogy was published. I worked really hard marketing those books, had great reviews, and two out of three of the books were each nominated for multiple awards. I was even told by my publisher that I was (at one point) their second-bestselling fiction author.

I thought there was no way my next proposal wouldn’t be picked up—by somebody. Well, it wasn’t…

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Beyond Their Ability

Trusting God, Seeing ResultsBeyond Their Ability      

I testify that they gave as much as they were able, and even beyond their ability. Entirely on their own . . . (2 Corinthians 8:3).

Scripture: 2 Corinthians 8:1-7
Song: “Give Me Thy Heart”

“You’ll have to borrow the money. It’s the only way you can build the addition you need. Besides, no one can raise that kind of money, especially a little congregation like yours.” As I drove home from my meeting with our district official, I pondered the facts: We had 90 regular attendees, half of them retired people on limited incomes. We didn’t have a building fund or extra money in the bank. Maybe the presbyter was right, but as senior minister I felt awkward putting our church into major debt.

That night, I took up my Bible, looking for direction. Everything I read told me to trust God for a way through this. At the annual business meeting on Sunday, I gave my report and let the church members decide. The vote was unanimous: no borrowing!

Our faith grew as the building fund increased. And . . . two years later we finished our half-million-dollar addition, debt free.

Lord, I am still amazed at what faith and sacrificial giving can accomplish. Your work at Calvary is my inspiration, where You put everything on the line for me. How could I do less? In Christ’s name, I pray. Amen.

“Beyond Their Ability” by Charles Earl Harrel. First published in Devotions® © 2009 Standard Publishing. Reprinted with permission from the publisher.

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Stand Firm, Stand Still

WildfireStand Firm, Stand Still

Read Exodus 13:1 through 15:27

Dealing with fear is like fighting a wild fire; after one flame is extinguished, another one flares up with even more ferocity. Fear can attach itself to any situation or circumstance, and the doubts can be overwhelming. God’s people are not immune to fear. Fortunately, the Bible holds a twofold solution that paralyzes it.

Chariot-1When Pharaoh’s chariots cut off their only escape route, the Hebrews sat trapped on the shoreline of the Red Sea, facing certain disaster. Moses could see fear on every face. Then came the word of the Lord: Stand firm, be still. “Do not be afraid. Stand firm and you will see the deliverance the LORD will bring you today. . . . The LORD will fight for you; you need only to be still” (Exodus 14:13, 14).

When fear follows us like an animal stalking its prey, we can do what Moses did: Stand firm and be still. In standing firm, we confront fear face to face, telling it we are unshakable, our faith undaunted by doubts. In stillness, we wait upon God, quieting our spirits, fully expecting deliverance from the Lord.

Thought for Today: Fear and doubt are intimidating adversaries, but they are ultimately outmatched by Christians who trust their God.

Quicklook: Exodus 14:5-14

—Charles Earl Harrel

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