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So many amazing blessings have come from writing this blog! Primarily, my relationship with God is stronger than ever before. My trust and dependence upon Him has never been so genuine. Also, I am humbled daily by my readers who have been inspired by these words. I love hearing what God is doing in your life! He is so good!

I want to share with you one of the most exciting things that has happened along this journey. A few weeks ago, I googled “extant woman” to see where my blog would show up within the search.  I was pleased to see that it came up on the first page and I was also intrigued when I saw ExtantMagazine.com. I checked out the site and saw that it is a Christian publication with an awesome mission. I commented on one of the articles I read because I could relate so well to the vision of the writer. Fast-forward to today…and I am now a Contributor for ExtantMagazine.com! What a blessing!

I want to share with you my first post to ExtantMagazine.com. Thank you so much for your support!

Let the Sunshine In

As soon as I get that call that a family member is ill, or a friend is in ICU, or that there has been a fire in the neighborhood, I immediately begin to pray for everyone that may be involved in the situation. Without hesitation, my first thought when something major is happening is to ask God for guidance, provision and protection.  It seems natural to go to God during these difficult times. But what about the small things? The daily struggles that seem petty compared to these tragedies?  Does God really want to hear about my trivial challenges?

It’s puzzling now for me to realize that’s how I used to view God. Until recently, it was as if I thought God was only concerned about the big issues and that I had to deal with my seemingly insignificant woes on my own. I struggled with believing God cared when I was lonely, stressed out, or exhausted. When we think God isn’t concerned and that we have to handle things on our own, our choices can lead us to a place that is very dark. For some, drinking alcohol is their way to escape unwanted emotions. Others may choose a chemically altered state of consciousness provided by drugs to ignore the real issues. For some, like myself, we prefer the chemical alterations we feel from food. We choose to “handle” our sadness or loneliness with something salty or something sweet. We think that we can deal with our sorrows by eating our way into numbness.

Recently, I heard a speaker say “Open the window and let the light shine in.” I immediately began to visualize myself sitting next to a window hiding my secret life in total darkness. Yet when I finally began to cry out to God asking Him to help me overcome this stronghold of binging and emotional eating to avoid pain, the window opened. The radiant Light began to illuminate my darkness. When I am upset, God says He will supply my needs. When I am lonely, God says He will supply my needs. When I am stressed, God promised to supply my needs. Whatever our challenge, big or small, God invites us to open the window and let His light shine in.

“So let the sunshine in….Open up your heart and let the sunshine in…..”

And my God will supply all your needs according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:19