Kara Nothnagel
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THRIVE | DAY 9 OF 31

I think settling for a "survival mode" existence might well be one of the most frightening prospects in life to me. There has always been something in me that has gravitated and longed for the epic. The meaningful. The sense of being part of a grande narrative, where each chapter matters. Post modernism basically taught us, that there is no grand narrative. What you see, is what you get and then it's over. But...

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OVERCOME | DAY 8 OF 31

What do you think about yourself? How do you think about yourself? Can you even bear to think about it? I am continually blown away by how quickly I can assassinate myself in my mind if I'm not careful. Sometimes the most damning words over our lives are not from others, but actually from ourselves. You're not good enough. You're not smart enough. If only you hadn't have done.... If only you had... And before you know it, your thoughts are in a spiral of negativity and accusation.

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BEGIN | DAY 6 OF 31

Events that I never thought I would see in my lifetime... have happened. And then, on the day that Brexit happened, I remember the penny dropped for me in a fresh way. I need Thee EVERY hour. And no matter WHAT is happening in the world, or who is in power, or how dark the days... or how good life feels, or how well I am doing, or if there is an abundance of money in the bank. No matter the season, my need for God doesn't change. Because every breath of my life is held together by His grace.

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LEARN | DAY 4 OF 31

If you get tired, learn to rest. That kind of makes me giggle, the idea of having to learn to rest. Why is rest not natural to so many of us? And why are we so out of touch with who we are and how we feel that we cannot discern between when we should rest and when to give up. I know, I know, we should never give up. But I don't know about you, but I have, too many times.

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LIVE | DAY 3 OF 31

There have been certain seasons in my life where I thought I would never feel free. I would never get over "that" pain. Or I would never be able to conquer that goal. The bible says that "without a vision, people perish", a friend of mine also says it this way "when the vision is unclear, the cost is always to much". But, when the vision is clear, then nothing can stop you.

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DANCE | DAY 2 OF 31

In the last week, I have had the opportunity to 'Dance on the Disappointments' of my life in a major way. You see, my teenage years ended cloaked in guilt, shame, and a sense of deep, deep disappointment. Where had the hope, innocence, and joy of my childhood gone? A lot of it was stolen; a lot of it I gave away.As I walked out of my high school, I made a vow to never enter that place again. And I hadn't. That is, until last week.

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BLOOM | DAY 1 OF 31

After a season of the unexpected, I can tell you, that no matter where life and circumstance so called "plants" you, a heart planted in the hands of Father God and roots grown down into His heart, watered with His love, in soil of community and relationship will not wither and die. It will flourish. You will flourish. Grace is the key. His grace. He is the vine, remain in Him.

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