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At (in)courage, we empower women to be like Jesus. Our writers share what’s going on in their life and how God’s right in the middle of it. They bring their joys & struggles so that you can feel less alone and be empowered by the hope Jesus gives.

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  1. Thank God and thank you you for sharing, everyone needs this ! Everyday is a New Beginning, everyday I need EASTER Resurrection in my ❤ and Christmas and Pentecost

  2. AMEN! AMEN! I cry bitter tears for my sins and all the time I wasted l walking in darkness. I cry for this broken world, I cry for all the sin and brokenness of God’s beautiful world. I cry for every anger, hate, bitterness, hurt, and confusion. I cry that the devil as a roaring lion has devoured so many. I cry at the disrespect and unbelief that is taking over peoples minds and heart. I wail, I cry, in sorrow and pain. I need to do more, to stand up and be a true warrior for our Father in Heaven. I cry because I will never be able to do enough to thank my God for choosing me to be blessed, loved, and allowing me the honor and privilege of belonging to Him! HE IS GOD AND THERE IS NO OTHER!

  3. Thank you! I learned a hard lesson and the Lord exposed a place of healing in my heart. I sent out a request to my family expecting a response. I received none. I got offended. This has revealed an area of unforgiveness towards those who appear to reject me.

  4. Mary,

    Oh how easy it is to ask forgiveness in our quiet alone times & then move on. It is much harder when we must confess to others out loud. God wants true repentance-a turning away from the sin! The best way to do that is openly confide in friends who will love you as Jesus would.

    This is my prayer for repentance. Making sure there isn’t any unconfessed sin or regret in my heart. Search me, O God, and know my heart: try me, and know my thoughts: And see if there be any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.I ask you first to cleanse my heart and show me if there is any unconfessed sin in my own life I thank you that through your name, I can come boldly before you and pray with confidence, according to your will and know that you hear me.

    Blessings 🙂

  5. What a sweet and timely message, Mary. More and more I, too, find myself convicted of sin – usually the sin of judging others (too often the same sins of which I am guilty). He has humbled my heart considerably, brought me to tears and repentance over and over. Through it all, He is creating in me a new heart, filled with more mercy, grace and forgiveness for my “enemies” – all in answer to a contrite heart. Much of the change within has come from deep, painful soul-searching resulting in shame and abhorrence at my unloving spirit and unlovable attitudes of festering anger and pride. The more I delve into His Word, meditate on His love, His plan, and His love in action, the more He has changed this foolish woman.