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It’s Going to be OK

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So often nowadays, it seems like stress is driving people up the wall.  They struggle with trying to juggle their crazy, busy lives with their job, family and hobbies and friends.

I think it’s time to slow down a little and relax.  Stop trying to save the world single handedly, you can’t.  People have been trying for years and it hasn’t worked.

Take a deep breath, everything is going to be ok.  God’s got this.  He’s been saving the world for six thousand years, he can handle it.

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Ellie Coulter Part 5

This is the fifth of an 11-part short story based on the characters of author Susan K. Marlow’s Circle C Adventures and is posted on her blog https://circlecadventures.blogspot.com/

Part 5.

Chad’s family is beautiful. They welcomed me without a second thought.

Supper was wonderful.  Ellie found Chad’s family friendly and refreshing, a welcome reprieve from Mrs. Stewart’s stony glare across the table.  She said as much to Andi.

They were sitting together in the parlor after supper. Andi’s formal manners had faded away as she became more comfortable with Ellie.  Andi laughed.  “I know Mrs. Stewart, and I know exactly what you mean.  I’ve gotten that look before, especially if I’m doing something she doesn’t see as proper.”

Ellie joined the laugh, a little ruefully.  “I got a lecture last night; it was awful.”

“Really?”  Andi looked curious.  “What did she think was improper?  You don’t seem at all like you would be caught riding astride in a split skirt, which was the offense I committed.”

Ellie shook her head.  “Mrs. Stewart thought I shouldn’t have let your brother walk me home from school.”

Andi looked surprised.  “He walked you home?”

Ellie flushed.  “Yes, we haven’t seen each other in a long time, and he wanted to hear how my brother, Jem, was doing.”

Andi didn’t look convinced.  “Oh.”

Ellie changed the subject.  “You love horses, I understand.”

“Oh, yes, I do!  I could talk for hours about horses.  I want to learn to trick ride, but Chad won’t let me.”  Andi’s voice grew sad.  “Riley said he would teach me, but only if Chad agrees.”

“Riley.  Isn’t that the young man you were with when Chad introduced us?”  Ellie asked.

Andi nodded, and Ellie wondered if there was more to this than met the eye, but Andi didn’t appear conscious of anything more, so she pushed the idea away to consider further.

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What If I Don’t Feel Saved?

Well, I think everyone has gone through that at one point. I know I have.

The thing is, when we don’t feel saved we are looking at ourselves. We don’t feel saved on our own, because we don’t deserve to be saved. But Jesus paid the price anyway. It’s all because of Jesus. So look at Him.

Jesus gave you all the perfection He possessed so that you and I could be in right standing with God. When we don’t feel saved it’s because our adversary wants us to doubt our redemption. If we doubt, it opens us up for an attack.

Think of it this way:

Joanna has a beautiful house that is well built and has just been remodeled. She loves her house and decides never to sell it.

But here comes the bad guy: Gary wants the house too. He knows that it is a perfect house, but he wants Joanna to sell it, so he goes to Joanna and begins to point out imaginary flaws in the house.

Now Joanna can believe Gary and say, “Wow, I didn’t know this house had so much wrong with it. I’ll take whatever you think it’s worth.” Or she can remember that she’s had it remodeled and trust the construction workers who did the work and see that Gary is a liar who just wants a good house for cheap.

Faith is trusting that God has redeemed you even when you feel a wreck. Feelings are not reality; they are just flimsy glasses you see the world through. You can choose to see yourself the way God sees you regardless of the way you feel, or, you can unconsciously decide that you are not saved because you don’t feel like it, regardless of what God says.

I hope this encourages you to trust God no matter what you feel!

About Me

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Hello, I’m Emily.  I love to read, write, act, play piano and dance (even though I don’t really know how).  I have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ, and I try to stay close to Him.

I’m old fashioned, and I’d like to be known as a lady in the best sense of the word.  Some of my favorite authors are Jane Austen and Louisa May Alcott, and I love to be romantic, but I’m pretty embarrassed if you catch me at it.

My favorite times are when it rains all day with a little bit of thunder and I curl up in the dent I’ve made on the couch with a book or my laptop to write down story ideas.

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