Christa Black

I have no idea how people survive without Jesus.

IMG_4314Actually, let me be more clear.

I have no idea how people survive without EXPERIENCING Jesus—because there’s a world of difference.

The last week of my life has been soaking with encounters from a real God—interactions so tangibly clear, that my heart never left a safe harbor of peace, even as the fear could have been rising up to choke me—especially after losing our little Luca Gold just a little over a year ago.
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Here I am….laying in this hospital bed at 4:28 am, listening to the beeping of my heart monitor, and the treasure of my IMG_3987daughter’s heart beating loudly through the speaker beside me–believing with every fiber of my being that both hearts will continue to beat, despite the amniotic fluid that began leaking out of my womb today.
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As I opened my eyes Saturday morning in a hotel room in Houston, Texas, I heard Father begin whispering to my heart, “Hey girl, instead of turning on the finale of Top Chef that you’d planned on finishing, let’s chat a bit.”

il_340x270.597821508_bzvpKnowing I had been entrusted with the hearts of a room full of women later that morning at the church that brought me in, I quickly shut my computer, pulled my covers up close around my chin, and cuddled in close to the chest of my Father.
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For most of my life as a Christian, I’ve been taught that negative emotions are untrustworthy little critters.  Heck, I’ve even taught that very concept on numerous occasions.

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Crippling, negative feelings like disappointment, anger, unforgiveness, insecurity, sadness…..they should be wrangled to the ground, pushed to the side, ignored, rebuked, and then have the truth declared and beaten over them until something shifts.
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Have you ever felt like your heart wasn’t working exactly as it should be, but you didn’t know how to get it back on track?Screen Shot 2015-02-26 at 2.45.28 PM

On the outside, you seem to be doing okay.  You have the right job, the right family, the right house and church—even the right dog.
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If you’re living in America, you’ve probably been sideswiped with the sexy Fifty Shades of Grey trailer.  Maybe it’s Screen Shot 2015-02-12 at 2.05.56 PMbeen during the SuperBowl or during your favorite television show, or potentially playing on the big screen while waiting at the movie theater.  Kudos to their marketing crew because, goodness gracious, everything seems to be drab with Grey these days.
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