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When things are hard

When things are hard, it’s challenging to eat healthy. When things are hard, it’s hard to pray. When things are hard, it’s difficult to ask for help. What can you do! I wasn’t sure what I can do to pull myself out of a darker, lonelier, more desolate place than I wanted to be in. […]

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if you confess with your lips and believe in your heart

It is written that “if you confess with your lips that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved” (Romans 10:9). Our salvation is not based on our works or anything we can do. We are saved by believing in our heart that Jesus […]

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sustain in me a willing spirit

“The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak.” Have you ever felt this way? In Matthew 26, Jesus goes with 3 of his disciples to a place called Gethsamane. He asks them to stay awake while he prays, “38 Then he said to them, ‘I am deeply grieved, even to death; remain here, and stay […]

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for power is made perfect in weakness

On the fourth of July, we celebrate the declaration of independence as a nation on July 4th, 1776. As we reflect on this day, celebrating the independence of all people of this nation, it is meaningful to remember the Juneteenth Day Celebration as well, the declaration of emancipation of slaves in this Nation on June […]

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Dissertation defense preparation reflections – 20210627

People share all kinds of feelings and thoughts on social media. But I have not come across how one feels on the days leading up to a dissertation defense. Past couple days I have been feeling dizzy and also somewhat paralyzed. Overwhelmed with having gotten here? Joy and happiness? My dissertation defense is 3 days […]