Posts in Straight Talk for Women
Embracing the Detours

We also see a similar relinquishment of will in the life of Joseph whose gift and interpretation of dreams perpetuated him being sold into slavery by his own brothers.  He was falsely accused of rape by Potiphar's wife and imprisoned with Pharaoh's cupbearer and baker whose dreams he interpreted.

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The Exactness of the Incision

So, what happened?  Hannah embraced the process of being processed and made a conscious decision to stop pretending!  She dismantled the false personalities, abandoned the shame and disappointment while acknowledging she was in a situation only God could fix. Perhaps the reason we're not seeing undeniable change in certain areas of our lives is because it's not our true desire. 

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Tender Leaks of the Heart

The disdain of Hannah's unfruitfulness has now consumed every facet of her life.  Her desire to become a mother was so intense that she humbled herself before the Lord and begged.  She was now a prime candidate for surrender and healing.  The stronghold of bitterness, anger, resentment, unforgiveness and contempt towards Peninnah was starting to dissipate. 

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Touching the Untouchable

In Luke 10:38-42, we see where Martha (Mary's oldest sister) welcomes Jesus into her home only to become preoccupied ("distracted with much serving") with impressing her guests; unlike Mary who "sat at Jesus' feet and heard His word."  Much like Martha, Hannah allowed her self-perception to hinder further development of her character. 

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Surrendering the Unsurrendered

“When she had met Elkanah, she knew the Lord had been faithful and generous to her.  Not only was Elkanah fair and honest in his ways and his dealings with others, but he actually loved her.  He saw something in her eyes that made him smile, and look back at her with an intensity that unsettled her in the best of ways. 

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Uniquely Unpolished

Several years ago upon receiving a call about our grandbaby being abducted, my world was turned upside down.  Misguided by a deluge of emotions ranging from bitterness, rage and even insensitivity towards God's help.  Although I never stopped loving or needing God, allowing the Holy Spirit to take charge of my mind and detangle the acidity of deception and infiltrate the crushing words of shame seemed improbable!

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Identifying the Puncture

In order to be properly unmasked, we must be willing to relinquish our pseudo-credentials of being Healed Without Scars, when in actuality, we are living while damaged.  Like a flat tire, we cannot gauge miles away whether or not it has adequate air. In actuality that is how we are sometimes, appearing to function at optimal levels while masking a damaged rim. 

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The Unmasking of Bitterness

“There’s an old story of two shopkeepers who were bitter rivals. Their stores were directly across the street from each other, and they would spend each day keeping track of each other’s business. If one got a customer, he would smile in triumph at his rival. Day and night they taunted each other as each strove to outdo the other. Pretty soon it got to be more than a game; it became a match in jealous hatred and anger.

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