Is Your Past Making You a Pillar of Salt?

July 25, 2015 Tara Joy 1

— **This post may contain sponsor, affiliate, and/or referral links. I have been given Refining Fire by Tracie Peterson  free of charge in exchange for this review. However, the opinions in this post are my own. For more information please read my full disclosure statement here.** —   I felt stuck. For the past two years I have played the “woulda-shoulda-coulda” game with the choices and events of my past. Things I am ashamed up popped up as images in my head as I would go about my day. Everyone around me said that I am a new creation in Christ. That my [Continue Reading…]

Letting Go of Control Series: Unexpected Situations And The Future.

September 29, 2014 Tara Joy 2

Of all the topics that we have talked about, Introduction, Parenting, and Relationships. I believe that this is the most important and the most prevalent. The need to control our future, situations and lives. The worry, anxiety, and fear of what may happen or is to come, cripples us into planning our lives out just so, so that we are in control. The problem with this is that it is a never ending cycle. You worry, have anxiety and fear for what may happen which leads to overly controlling/planning/ or placing expections on how our lives should go in order [Continue Reading…]

Letting Go of Control Series: Relationships

September 22, 2014 Tara Joy 0

Last week we discussed Letting Go of Control in our Parenting.  This week lets expand to relationships as a whole.  Relationships are apart of every aspect of our lives and have been since the very beginning. Our family, friends, spouse, kids, bosses, coworkers and acquaintances all have their own type of relationship. However, they all have one thing in common. We are all sinful, imperfect and different people. Because of this there will always be conflict at some point or another.  In the 6th grade my group of friends and I had planned to go to an Avril Lavigne concert. [Continue Reading…]

Letting Go of Control Series: Parenting

September 15, 2014 Tara Joy 3

My baby is growing up so fast.  A week ago during lunch we gave him his first big boy cup of juice. I kneeled down next to him and placed his hands on either side of his Ducky cup. He lifted it up, I held my breath, and he took his first sip.  I pulled my hands away and he lifted the cup enough to drink every last drop of juice.  No problems. No spills. My boy had reached yet another milestone in 2 years of life.  Fast forward a week.  I was attempting to make my son a bottle [Continue Reading…]

Let Go, Keep Calm And Let God Carry On: Letting Go of Control Series.

September 8, 2014 Tara Joy 3

If you have known me the past 4 years, you would know that I have been dealing with a whirl wind of what seem like random, always sick, symptoms. I sat down to write this post with anxiety practically pounding out of my chest, which went on all day long, and wrote out a 3 1/2 page medical history spanning only the past four years.  In June of this year I got yet another sore throat. For over a year I have had them more often than not but this time was different. I started having trouble swallowing and a [Continue Reading…]