Perhaps it was my own low self-esteem that left the door to my heart wide open. Perhaps it was lack of faith that took my eyes off Christ and on to others. Or, maybe it’s human nature to vacillate between flesh and spirit. And when flesh is winning we are the ultimate losers.


Whatever the reason, there have been a couple of season in my life, where the approval and desire to be with people ruled my heart. Large amounts of forgiveness were required when they did not live up to my expectation of them. So much so, that I found it impossible to fully and completely forgive until I turn and allowed Christ to take His rightful place in my heart.


One of those times was years ago when I went through a particularly difficult divorce. No divorce is easy, though some are better than others. Mine dealt with stalking and death threats from a man who was …


Today I’m writing over at Outside The City Gates – On The Back Roads Of Faith.  Would you click over to read the rest of this post and join the conversation?  See you there!

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Diane W. Bailey is the founder of The Consilium – an online community of wisdom and purpose for women over 45 years of age. She is a published author. Her books include String of Pearls – From Tears to Treasure, and 30 Days To A Better Stepfamily. She creates her own line of precious metals bracelets. Diane lives in the Deep South with her husband Doc. Together they have created a stepfamily, each having two stepchildren and two birth children, and share three grandchildren, one black lab named Charlie and one long haired tabby cat named Lil Girl. Diane’s passion is to encourage women to be all God has created them to be by pressing past fear and daring to live life as an adventure. Some of her life adventures include traveling to Israel, speaking, entrepreneurship and backyard farming with Doc. She loves Gumbo, fried shrimp and seeing all sunsets across water.

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