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Carmen writes the blog, Life Blessons, which provides an intimate look into her life as a twenty-something woman as she details her experiences learning how to live out her faith, enjoy the simple things in life and be the woman God created to her to be. Along the way, she shares the blessings and lessons that are a part of this journey, the things she likes to call her "blessons." Feel free to read more at her blog, Life Blessons.

 

Why We Can’t Give Up…

A closer look at the book of Revelation and what it really means for us today...

  • Carmen at Life Blessons |
  • April 02, 2012 |
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My True Story of Being Healed by Prayer (Part 2)

This is Part 2 of my story of being healed by prayer.

  • Carmen at Life Blessons |
  • March 29, 2012 |
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My True Story of Being Healed by Prayer (Part 1)

I have a soft spot in my heart for stories about people who have been healed, not by medicine but by God himself. That’s because I believe in those stories, having known people who have been miraculously healed, having prayed for it with my own lips, having experienced it myself, firsthand... Read on for my story of being healed by prayer.

  • Carmen at Life Blessons |
  • March 21, 2012 |
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A Few of My Favorite Things: Bible Study Resources Edition

In this Bible Study Resources Edition, I'll be looking at five of the resources that I find most essential to nurturing a deep quiet time with the Lord and his Word each day.

  • Carmen at Life Blessons |
  • March 17, 2012 |
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Hello, I'm a Worrier. But, Right Now, I'm Not Worrying. (Read on for Some Big News)

I stand in awe of where I find myself. This unlikely place of peace, which I know comes only supernaturally, as a sweet gift from God. It’s as if he is whispering to me, “Trust me. It’s going to be okay. There is no need to worry. I’m with you in this—in all of this, in everything and every detail. Trust me.” And so, I do.

  • Carmen at Life Blessons |
  • March 13, 2012 |
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What God's Been Doing, All Along...

So why is it that, I wondered, instead of starting off at the manger, these gospels begin with John the Baptist?

  • Carmen at Life Blessons |
  • March 09, 2012 |
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The Truth About My Inadequacies: A Lesson from the Bible

The people here were saddened by the inadequacy of what they were building. They wanted it to be more—more beautiful, more grand, more worthy of being the Lord’s house. But the Lord steps in and reminds them that that isn’t what this is all about. It isn’t about the grandeur of how it appears, but about the grandeur of the Lord himself.

  • Carmen at Life Blessons |
  • March 05, 2012 |
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Being Willing to Serve

The church we attend is a small-ish size church, humble with a couple hundred members who meet together week after week. One of the things that comes with going to a smaller church is that everyone ends up needing to pitch in, plug the holes to keep the church afloat… Whether those holes look appealing or not.

  • Carmen at Life Blessons |
  • February 29, 2012 |
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Learning About God's Loyalty, Firsthand

I carry the reminders and the fruits of that experience with me today, for the times when those pesky questions persist: Can I really trust Him to deliver me this time? How is this going to work? In those inevitable moments, I look back on this milestone and remember to trust that God is at work, prepping the landscape of my future and waiting for me to step forward in faith and sow. I remember the unwavering loyalty He has shown me, firsthand.

  • Carmen at Life Blessons |
  • February 27, 2012 |
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Why I Keep Looking Back and Reminding Myself...

It's that remembering, peering back and reminding myself of God's goodness in the past—and his promises for the future—that reassures me of the path I'm on. The wrestling, the squirming calms and I finally come to rest back in his arms, trust and faith renewed again.

  • Carmen at Life Blessons |
  • February 22, 2012 |
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Hope For the "In-Between" Times of Life

As we studied this psalm, I saw how these people pressed forward in spite of their current hardships: they continued planting…because they knew that God would come along at some point and bring harvest to their actions.

  • Carmen at Life Blessons |
  • February 20, 2012 |
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The Faith to Trust Where God Has Placed Us: A Lesson from the Bible

As I read the story, I noticed how these two women used the positions God had given them to bring salvation to his people. They were not warriors but yet God used their talents, skills and roles to bring about victory. Surprising things can happen when we have the faith to trust where God has placed us…

  • Carmen at Life Blessons |
  • February 15, 2012 |
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Rejoicing in a Morning Slowed

I took note of the fact that today, I simply sat before the King and drank in his presence without regard to all the things calling to me, "Martha! Martha!" It was so unusual that I noticed it. Isn't that sad?

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  • February 13, 2012 |
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The Call to Simplicity

The Holy Spirit was calling me into an exploration of simplifying, of uncluttering for the sake of putting Christ first.

  • Carmen at Life Blessons |
  • February 09, 2012 |
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What the Lord Has Been Teaching Me About Inconvenience

Each time, when the frustrations flair, I feel like the Lord is asking me to be thankful for these inconveniences.

  • Carmen at Life Blessons |
  • February 06, 2012 |
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Decision Making: Out of Faith or Fear?

"There is nothing to fear but fear itself." I think there's a lot of truth to that statement, and I'm trying to learn to not let fear steer me in my decision making but instead walk by faith. And, as He's shown me in these previous examples and time and time again throughout my life, God has not let me down yet when I do.

  • Carmen at Life Blessons |
  • February 02, 2012 |
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The Importance of Having a Devotion Journal (And How I Created My Own)

The Importance of Having a Devotion Journal (And How I Created My Own)

  • Carmen at Life Blessons |
  • January 30, 2012 |
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Selecting a Study Bible, Plus Reviews of the Versions My Husband and I Use

I have been using the same study Bible for almost a decade and wanted to share a little more information about the one I use, in case you are in the market for buying a new one. I also had my husband share some about the study Bible he uses, in case that might be a better fit for you.

  • Carmen at Life Blessons |
  • January 26, 2012 |
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Fighting the Desire to Decorate to Perfection

Before we had even wrapped up our due diligence period, I was already getting distracted in my Bible reading with thoughts of coordinating paint chips and arranging furniture. I realized it and I hated it, because that’s not what makes a house.

  • Carmen at Life Blessons |
  • January 23, 2012 |
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The Only Resolution That Matters

Over the next couple of weeks, I’ll be sharing some more Bible-study thoughts and resources that will hopefully aid you as you take this year not only to make resolutions to lose weight or save more or spend time better but to remember that which is most important: to get to know God better by committing to reading more of His Word.

  • Carmen at Life Blessons |
  • January 20, 2012 |
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