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I am so excited to share this book review!!  I've been following GirlDefined for a few years now and have enjoyed every book they have published and have grown and been encouraged so much by their ministry.  I signed up to be apart of their launch team for their new devotional and was so beyond excited to be chosen!  This journey has been so exciting and fun and I'm so glad I got a chance to be a part of it! I love Kristin and Bethany’s heart for the Lord.   They’re desire to put Him above all else in their lives and to share and encourage girls and young women to do the same.   The thing that first stood out to me as I began to read their Shine Bright Devotional was this line in their intro- “just keep in mind that this devotional isn’t intended to replace time in God’s word each day; it’s meant to supplement it.” I think this is so important to realize as we start each new devotional or christian book.   We are meant to read God’s word and be in daily fellowship with Him.   T

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.  

But feelings and emotions can be so very painful.  Life can be so very painful.  I see how living for your emotions can you lead to even more pain.  I can see how people numb their pain.  

I  can see how pain can lead you down a road that may be very hard if not impossible to turn around and come back to Christ again.  I can see how we can question God's goodness even through the pain.

The pain of betrayal, hopes for the future crushed, desires thrashed, we grab onto the first thing that we think will make us feel better.  Make us 'normal' again, never realizing that we'll never be the same again.  Which is good.  Pain isn't meant to let you stay where you are.  It's meant to grow you in ways that even you don't understand or realize.  And pain can either lead you down a painful road far from the Lord or drawing closer to Him, holding on to Him in the midst of drowning.  But before you know it He will and always will work in your life.  If you cling to Him, He will guide you and be your anchor.  You may not get answers or your life 'back' but you will get a joy and peace that only HE can give you.  He must be the reason you wake up in the morning.  The reason you live your life.  The hope you hold onto in the midst of deep pain and heart ache and when you question and battle between these emotions and truths always- ALWAYS- cling to Jesus.  In the midst of your battle.

'Why does your heart carry you away, and why do your eyes flash' Job 5:12

'And the peace of God, which surpasses all understating, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ.' Phil 4:7

'A fool gives full vent to His spirit, but a wise man quietly holds it back.' Proverbs 29:11


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