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To appoint unto them that mourn in Zion, to give unto them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; that they might be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the Lord, that he might be glorified.”—Isaiah 61:3.

I had to write this before I went to bed. I usually don’t have this much to say (hahaha), but I guess tonight is one of those nights. Alot of things have been on my heart and my mind….the thing is the mind is a tricky thing. I even contemplated shutting this blog down, because my mind was asking, “what will people think?…Maybe you shouldn’t have told people about something so personal…what are they saying about you?…are you sure you want to share this with facebook?…will people look at you differently?” The truth is I’ve hidden my RA for years because I felt ashamed, but then I thought what the hell am I ashamed about? I realized this is a trick of the mind or rather a trick of the Enemy. Today I experienced anxiety after going after an opportunity that may or may not come to pass. A little anxiety is normal, but it kept building and building! Trickery! I have friends (myself included!) who have fears about all kinds of things…especially matters of the heart. Trickery! The fear of failure can be so paralyzing that you don’t even want to try to succeed. Trickery! Shame and fear are two of the biggest tricks of the Enemy.

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Then I heard a loud voice in heaven say: “Now have come the salvation and the power and the kingdom of our God, and the authority of his Christ. For the accuser of our brothers, who accuses them before our God day and night, has been hurled down.” Revelation 12:10