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"Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see."  - Hebrews 11:1       I was terrified, spinning in an airplane with a twisting, distorted view of earth, trying desperately to see what was in front of me. I thought I was in a death spiral, heading straight down.  I was well aware of the statistics: nearly 500 deaths in the U.S. per year in small planes, mostly due to pilot loss of control.  Yet, there I was, stalled in a small Cessna 172, wondering why someone did not take control. The problem was, I was the pilot, and I had lost control. The stall was intentional on the part of my flight instructor (aka the Spin Doctor, as I would later refer to him).  He was trying to get me to react with survival instinct before he could pass me on to my solo flight.  After the stall experience, though, I had no desire to continue.  All of the schooling, money, time, and adventure were... lost. I didn’t lose my life that day, but I did lose my confidence.  Trusting my life to me was kind of crazy, I realized. I lost faith. When we hit the stalls of life and start spinning, we often lose hope and faith.  We may become disoriented and forget who we are and whose we are.  We have a choice -- we can either walk away from the adventure that God has for us, or we can ride that spiral into a fabulous breathtaking quest!  We need to wake up our faith! After your Black Friday shopping adventure (we'd love to hear about your adventure!?) why don’t you listen in to our podcast with Kevin Adams, author of The Extravagant Fool: A Faith Journey That Begins Where Common Sense Ends, and Sara McGue from Bloom.  We’ll be talking about the kind of undiluted faith that’ll wake you up in the morning!  Or, you can listen in now! Embracing the spiral and waking up our faith! P.S.  Thanking God for all of our listeners/readers, and wishing you all a Happy Thanksgiving weekend!
The People Problem This is a resource to help you when dealing with problem people in your ministry or organization.  
Listening To Your Life Speak This is a resource that can be used for your own personal reflection or share with a group of women. “We may be little, insignificant servants in the eyes of a world motivated by efficiency, control and success. But when we realize that God has chosen us from all eternity, sent us into the world as the blessed ones, handed us over to suffering, can't we, then, also trust that our little lives will multiply themselves and be able to fulfill the needs of countless people?”   ― Henri J.M. Nouwen  

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