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Every one of us has made mistakes, and some of our bad choices have come with a hefty price tag. It’s so easy to lose hope and allow our failures from     the past to define us and dictate our future. I know for me personally (Lisa), I get that pit in my stomach and I begin the negative self-talk:
  • I am not good enough . . .
  • I will never be able to . . .
  • That was my only opportunity . .
  • I feel so inadequate . . .
  • Maybe I should just quit . . .
Can you relate? We have to begin to reframe our experiences and the story we tell ourselves by replacing it with truth – God’s Truth. That truth says:
  • He is more than enough.
  • He is always able to restore and redeem.
  • He is the God of the impossible and new beginnings.
  • I am wonderfully made . . . created for a purpose.
  • God is always with me and He will carry me when I cannot see it through.
  • God never wastes a life experience! He will use it for His purpose if we let Him.
Joining us this week on Girlfriendit Radio is award-winning, best-selling author, Beth Wiseman. She has sold over 1.3 million books, including her Daughters of the Promise series and Land of Canaan series.  Her newest book, The Promise, is a riveting story inspired by actual events that will challenge you and have you asking yourself: How far would I go for love? “Bestselling author Beth Wiseman encourages readers to think through their feelings about Islam, Christianity, faith, love, and what it means to help others. Her novel will challenge, encourage, and stimulate discussion among her loyal fans and first-time readers.” — Publishers Weekly
"For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline." ~ 2 Timothy 1:7, NLT    I (Lisa) remember the day the nurse handed our son, Jeremy, into my arms, releasing us to go home.  My husband and I would now be responsible for caring for this newborn baby all on our own.  I can still see myself sitting on that hospital bed, already sleep-deprived, staring at Jeremy’s precious face while the nurse turned to leave. I cleared my throat, and sheepishly asked, “How will I know when to feed him and when do I put him down for naps and sleep, and, and, and....?” The nurse turned around with a devilish grin and said, “Oh, you’ll know!”, and walked away. I had never really been around babies; this was totally new territory.   I felt a wave of fear and vulnerability sweep over me, and it was only the beginning! As we approach the transitions of life: adulthood, new parent, new career, a move, a loss, etc., we often feel vulnerable.  The problem is, sometimes our response to feeling vulnerable is fear, and fear consumes an enormous amount of our energy. It robs us from becoming who we were designed to be and become.  Brene Brown, Ph.D., said, “Vulnerability is not about fear and grief and disappointment. It’s the birthplace of everything we’re hungry for: joy, creativity, faith, love, spirituality.”  Vulnerability is a good thing; fear is not.  The Lord tells us repeatedly, “Do not fear!”  Life is filled with new adventures and experiences for those who dare to embrace them. Where in your life right now are you feeling vulnerable? Where is your core being rattled? This week on Girlfriendit Radio we will be talking in depth with two authors who address these issues through their written stories. Suzanne Hadley Gosselin writes for several magazines as well as writing children’s resources for David C. Cook, Zondervan, and Harvest House. She is the author of Faithgirlz Handbook: Let Your Light Shine Through, Expectant Parents, and others. She is currently working on the God’s Got an Answer for That children's devotional and activity books to be released in January 2015.  Suzanne encountered an “identity whiplash” when she went from being a single woman with a full time career to a married mother of three in less than five years! Robin Caroll is the author of the Justice Seekers Series and writes southern stories of mysteries and suspense. Her passion has always been to tell stories to entertain others.  She has a deep love of family and pride of heritage that she likes to weave into her books. Living Fearlessly,
God creates out of nothing.  Wonderful, you say.  Yes, to be sure, but He does what is still more wonderful: He makes saints out of sinners. ~ Soren Kierkegaard I (Lisa) enjoy watching HGTV, and the show that intrigues me most is Flip or Flop, hosted by a husband-and-wife team who redeem damaged, distressed, and auctioned properties by transforming them into luxurious homes. Some of the projects they take on seem impossible and, like any reality show, there’s some tension and drama.  But what sucks me in and keeps me wanting more is the awe-inspiring transformation, and seeing it all come to life from start to finish. There is something very intriguing about transformation. We love a good Cinderella story.  We marvel at the “before and after”, but let’s be honest... we detest the process in real life.  Demolition often precedes transformation.  Like any home remodel, we may have walls that need to come down, floors that need to be ripped up, and circuits that need rewiring. It can be painful and expensive.  But yet, we crave the act of redemption. It is so easy to get stuck in negative patterns, destructive experiences from the past, or unsolicited negative voices (even our own). Transformation is continually needed, it’s necessary, and it’s available! This week on Girlfriendit Radio, we will hear profound stories of transformation and redemption from our guests, Vanessa Pugh and Elisabeth Gifford. Vanessa is a dynamic leader and co-church planter with Bloom, and Elisabeth is the author of the recently released novel, The Sea House. The characters in The Sea House discover much of their redemption comes from reconnecting with their personal pasts and their family history. Grab a friend and listen in live on Thursday morning, or later as a podcast. Redeemed by Big Daddy Weave I am redeemed, You set me free So I'll shake off these heavy chains Wipe away every stain, now I'm not who I used to be I am redeemed, I'm redeemed After the "After",

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