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The Battle Between Truth & Feelings

"The worst battle I've ever fought is between what I knew and what I felt."How true is this?  Emotions and feelings can feel so like truth.  They can be so blinding, leading us on a goose chase to get what we think (feel) we need.  They become the thing we live for and strive after.  They can lead you away from good friendships, from the truth you grew up learning, running from good and clear counsel.  It's so dangerous to chase after your feelings, believe them to be truth over everything else- over true wisdom, truth, honesty, true love and friendship, and blind you to follow after the worlds version of truth or what your heart wants.  How scary is that. 
What we know is truth...
We know as believers that God's word is the only source of truth.  It is our anchor, our truth, what we live by.  When the world feeds us lies and these half-truths fueled to feed our sinful desires, we can always turn to God's word to lead us and guide us in our lives.  
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Fire by Night

This book was the second book of the Refiners Fire...the first was Candle in the Darkness which was a really great book.  Fire by Night is just as great as the first!
These books took three different looks of the Civil War.  North, South, and slave perspective and how the war affected each one.
This one follows two girls of the North.  Julia Hoffman a beautiful, spoiled rich girl and Phoebe who thinks herself ugly and worthless.
Julia hears from the man she loves that she is spoiled and can't do anything for herself.  She goes out to prove him wrong by becoming a nurse and giving up her peaceful, comfortable life for a rough dirty one.  She lies and knows that she is doing all the hard gory work for the wrong reasons.  Her family and friends are mad at her and worried that she would ruin her reputation.  Julia is torn between two different lives and the reason of all that she is doing.
All Phoebe wants is to be loved.  Her mother died when she was young and her father recently died so it is just her and her three older brothers but now they are leaving to fight in the war.  She would rather go to war then stay back with people who don't love her.  So she cuts her hair and changes her clothes and joins the war where she finds and friend.  But war is no place for a women even one as strong as she is.  
I loved this book!

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