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Prevail Church Update

 

So I’m excited to share with you that our launch Sunday is less than 2 weeks away! We are launching on March 3rd and if you’re in the Hampton Roads area, we’d love to have you!

Below is a video by my pastor, Jonathan Sexton explaining who Prevail is what we are about. Take a look!

Our Culture

Genuine Connection

Life is full of expectations and we struggle everyday to meet those. We desire a place of worship without them. Our pastors, our greeters, our people are simply real. We create sincere and authentic relationships with genuine people.

Bold Truth

We equip people with Bible-centered teaching. It’s all about Jesus. We meet you where you are and grow together in faith. Out of our love for Jesus and love for others we will impact our city and the world.

Unhinged Generosity

Can you really love others more than yourself? Sounds crazy, right? At Prevail, we give back what has been given to us. We choose to give of our time, talents, and finances joyfully as the hands and feet of Jesus.

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Scary Situation

Well, this past Valentine’s Day is one I’ll never forget. We had a lock down situation at work.

The Barnes and Noble that I work at is in a mall and there was a shooting at the other end of the mall that caused the entire mall to go into lock down. It was definitely a scary situation. 

I was in the cookbook section, shelving books when all of a sudden I see customers being lead into our backroom upstairs. (We have two levels.) I immediately became concerned and quite frankly a little confused then I saw one of my managers and she motioned for me to join them. I saw that our door was now shut.

I saw some of my co-workers and walked over to them to see if they knew what was going on. Then I heard those words I’ll never forget. “There was a shooting in the mall.”

Talk about scary! My adrenaline started flowing and that plus the way too much intake of caffeine almost sent me into a panic attack. But I managed to calm down and as we were escorted downstairs into our much larger back room, I found some co-workers and settled in with them.

We later found out that a fight is what lead to the shooting and was isolated to the area by Nordstrom. There wasn’t a gunman wandering the mall. That definitely made me feel a little better.

I have to give a shout out to one of my managers, Lindsey, who handled the situation like a pro. She kept everything and everyone calm and kept us all updated on what was going on. If she was nervous, she definitely didn’t let it show!

4 people were arrested for the shooting, including one who had been shot.

I hope and pray I never have to face a situation like this again. God was definitely with us.

 

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Happy Valentine’s Day

Or as I love to call it, Happy Single Awareness Day! (SAD for short, LOL)

I’ve never really been a fan of this day. Why have a day for telling someone “I love you?” Shouldn’t that be everyday?

And for those who are single, this day just reminds us of the fact.

I’m not bitter as I write this, I promise. 😊😊

In all seriousness, if you have a special someone then Happy Valentine’s Day! And if you’re single, like me, then Happy SAD Day!

I hope you all have a great day regardless and remember: GOD loves you!

(I’ve been awake since 4:30 and couldn’t get back to sleep so I thought I’d hop on here to wish you all a great day!)

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An Apology

I would like to apologize to you all who read my posts. I haven’t been writing much lately and it just feels like I’ve lost my desire to write. I want to get it back but I don’t know how to do it.

I have been having issues with my fibromyalgia and not having my Lyrica for several weeks, leaving me in pain. I finally was able to get my medication but it will take a week or two to fully get back in my system.

I want to be completely honest with you: I’m struggling. Spiritually, Mentally, Physically. It’s so hard being a bipolar Christian.

This blog is supposed to be about me telling people about Jesus and lately I haven’t been doing that. I feel like a fraud.

I don’t want to shut down this blog. I want so badly to get back into the swing of things and be the person I was when I first started this blog.

So I’m going to dig deep into Scripture and pray that God will show me what I am supposed to do.

Pray for me, if you don’t mind.

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What’s YOUR Phobia?

**Originally posted in January 2015**

So we all have something we’re afraid of, right? And to that particular person the fear they have can be serious! For instance, some people are afraid of clowns while to others having a fear of clowns is just silly. But to the person with coulrophobia (fear of clowns, I looked it up!) the fear is real!

There are MANY phobias that exist! Here is a List of Phobias that I came across. Crazy right? I had no idea there were that many phobias out there!  And MINE is on the list. It’s a phobia that I’ve had since the 5th grade, possibly even younger than that. What’s it called, you ask?

Emetophobia. Yes, I have a fear of throwing up. I  remember one day when I was a child someone got sick and I went into a full on panic attack.

Now of course, no one LIKES throwing up. But to a person with emetophobia, when we throw up or if we see someone throw up we panic. I mean, PANIC. I know for me, my heart starts racing, my hands start shaking and I just feel out of control. The classic symptoms of an anxiety attack. At least for me, that is.

Over the years, I have gotten better at handling this fear. There was a time when I was a child that you couldn’t even mention the word “throw up”or “puke”, or “vomit” around me. It would throw me into a panic attack. However, as I’ve gotten older I’ve been able to better control it. I do take a medication for anxiety which helps a lot.

People with emetophobia will distance themselves from people who are sick. We will avoid eating certain foods that might make us sick. And a lot of women will avoid getting pregnant because of the fear of morning sickness. I’ve never been pregnant and because of this fear of mine, I don’t plan on becoming pregnant and having kids. Kids get sick. Kids will throw up. It’s inevitable. So I want to avoid it as much as I can.

It’s a very strange fear, I know. Trust me, I know how weird it is. But its something I’ve never been able to shake off. It’s something I’m going to live with for the rest of my life and I just have to make adjustments!

A verse that helps me when I’m having an anxiety attack is found in Philippians 4:6-7

Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.  And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

Anyways, just thought I’d share this. Emetophobia is real, y’all. I sure wish it didn’t exist though!

Do you have any phobias?

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It’s Been a Month!

Sorry everyone for not posting lately. I can’t believe it’s been a month since I last posted!

January was a very crazy month for me. I started it off with a cold, then had a month long issue with trying to get my medicine I take for my fibromyalgia.  I just received it yesterday! It was a battle with the insurance company that was preventing me from getting it but it was finally resolved and now I can hopefully stop being in so much pain.

Work is going okay. Not having my medicine really caused a lot of pain and there were a couple of days I had to call out or go home early because I was just in so much pain I couldn’t stand.

I haven’t been writing lately either. I seem to have lost the desire but hopefully that feeling will go away. I think being in so much pain was also preventing me from writing. Once the Lyrica gets back into my system, I’m hoping I can find the strength to start writing again.

If you wouldn’t mind, could you all just pray for me? I’m going through some things and while I can’t go into detail, I really would appreciate any prayers I can get.

Adulting is just so hard sometimes…..