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Looking through Life’s Windowpanes by Debra Evans When my father discontinued my weekly visits with my grandparents, and I consequently declared my independence from my father, I had no idea that I was doing what children typically do when they experience a disruption of bonding: they withdraw emotionally. In other words, they shut down. As a result, I quit experiencing my hunger for love, and instead buried my needs deep inside so I could no longer be hurt. It was a protective device that made love seem bad, trust seem unimportant, and people seem no good. When I shut down my God-given desire for love, my old friend abandonment took its place—and with it, the constant internal accusation that I must be unlovable. I had no idea that as humans, we cannot be hollow or remain empty on the inside; there will always be something driving us internally, no matter how numb or dead we think our hearts and minds are to our unresolved past. No

One is Evil. It is anger, envy, jealousy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, and ego. The other is Good. It is joy, peace, love, hope, serenity, humility, kindness, benevolence, empathy, generosity, truth, compassion and faith.” The child thought about it matter how deeply we may have buried our for a minute and then asked, thoughts and feelings, we are not empty or “Grandfather, which wolf free of their influence. Something is always wins?” propelling our thoughts and decisions. The old Cherokee simply Dear friends, life is a constant fight to keep replied, “The one you feed.” hope and trust and faith from being displaced by disgrace and despair. Think of it as the Although some may not agree, I believe that Cherokees do: God is our partner in the quest to find and experience unconditional love when “life’s” One evening an old Cherokee grandfather reality has left us wanting. In fact, I believe told his grandchild about a battle that goes that God is the Author of unconditional love, on inside people. He said, “My child, the and that He has enough to fill every empty battle is between two ‘wolves’ inside us all. space in your broken heart.

We all make choices every day, and in those choices we choose how we are going to react in any situation. After all we have been through, why would we continue to allow our past to dictate our future by making the same choices over and over and over again? Nothing in our future is going to change until we change something in our present. It is time for us to separate from our rejection, hurt, disappointment, and failures, and make a new start by choosing the “Good”. Why wait for the next hammer to fall, or the next crisis to come. It time for you to start living the life you were always meant to live. Choose well and live on purpose. Debra Evans has helped a world-wide audience experience God’s gifts of mercy, healing, grace, and truth, through frequent appearances on radio, television, social media’s, and in churches worldwide. She and her husband, Rick, have established Living In Faith (www.livinginfaith.com).

Join us on Tuesdays, as our guest, for a free dinner at 5:45 p.m. and/or 7:00 p.m. for a highly motivational, inspiring event on how you can become the woman you were always meant to be.

For many, life has not been

the fairytale we had all imagined. We all work hard, and seldom take time to do something for ourselves. We would like to invite you and your friends to be our guest each Tuesday Night for an extraordinary event called Real Women Doing Real Life. Come meet nationally known speaker Debra Evans, who will be teaching during the summer. • It is time for us to hear something relevant to our life. • It is time for us to do something that can help us live the life we have always dreamed about. • It all starts with a simple acknowledgement that we might need a little help.

RSVP for your “free” dinner to Lannie Kremin (727) 397-4707 ext. 124 ekremin@pathwayscc.com

For those with children, we have a fully staffed Children’s Ministry. We also have a special men’s Bible Study. You can rest knowing your whole family is being cared for. You deserve the break. Make your plans to be part of this summer’s event.

www.gulfcoastfamily.org

To advertise, call 727-612-0783

Dinner: 5:45 PM

Bible Study: 7:00 PM

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