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September 11, 2019
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  • - What do you do when panic grips your mind
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  • and leaves your heart racing?
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  • It's time to say no to fear and yes to truth.
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  • Come on, let's talk about it.
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  • (inspirational music)
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  • - You know, I've struggled with panic attacks
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  • here and there throughout my life,
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  • but it had been a really long time since I'd had one.
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  • And just a few months ago, I was on a plane,
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  • and if anybody follows me on social media,
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  • they know I make no secret of my fear of flying.
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  • I have a real serious fear of flying.
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  • And I am self-aware enough to know
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  • that I'm not actually afraid
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  • of the jet or the engines or the pilots.
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  • It's because I'm not flying the plane.
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  • My husband always says, "If you knew how to fly the plane,
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  • "you'd have no fear whatsoever
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  • "if you were flying the plane."
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  • But it is completely a control issue,
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  • and you know, for me, when I start to have a panic attack,
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  • my palms, like even right now, I'm like,
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  • 'cause I can remember it so vividly.
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  • My palms begin to sweat.
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  • It's like the first thing.
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  • And I start to feel like the back of my neck get clammy,
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  • and then I start to feel like I can't breathe,
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  • and I keep trying to get a deep breath, and I can't.
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  • I'm trying to breathe deeper and deeper,
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  • but I can't actually get a full breath.
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  • And then on the plane, I can't stay seated,
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  • and they're telling you, "You have to stay seated."
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  • And I'm like, "Ma'am, I can't stay,"
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  • 'cause I feel like I have to move,
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  • and it's 'cause I'm trying to find an exit,
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  • which is not gonna work very well at 35.000 feet,
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  • but I'm like, "No, you actually have to stay seated."
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  • - I've got to get off.
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  • I've got to get off.
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  • - And you know, this was just a couple months ago.
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  • I was sitting next to my 12-year-old daughter,
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  • which made it worse because I don't want to...
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  • It wasn't that I didn't want her to see me afraid.
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  • I didn't want to make her afraid.
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  • I didn't want to, like, pass something off onto her
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  • that was like, "Oh, wait a second.
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  • "You're my mommy, and if you're afraid,
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  • "I'm supposed to be afraid, and why am I?"
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  • And what was amazing
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  • is that all of these things are running through my mind,
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  • and I'm like, "Oh gosh, keep it together,"
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  • and all the sudden, I can't breathe.
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  • (gasps)
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  • And my 12-year-old daughter Gracie reaches over
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  • and puts her hand on my hand, and she begins to pray.
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  • And...
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  • (inspirational music)
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  • It's amazing how much we can learn from kids
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  • if we actually take the time
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  • instead of thinking that we're the ones
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  • that are always supposed to be doing the instructing.
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  • And how she is the one that helped to bring me back
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  • to okay, remember, this is what you need to do.
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  • She began to pray over me, and she said,
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  • "We say no to fear, and we say yes to truth.
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  • "Jesus, you are bigger than any fear."
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  • And that truth right there.
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  • Okay?
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  • My fear feels really big right now.
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  • My fear feels like, actually, I'm drowning in it.
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  • Actually, it feels like it's overtaking my life,
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  • but the truth is, you are bigger than any fears.
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  • And I think that that idea that I was out of control,
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  • it's a lie that we fall for.
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  • I was out of control of the plane.
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  • I wasn't out of control of me,
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  • and so she literally was like,
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  • "Mom, let's put on our music."
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  • So for me, it's a song by Alex's husband, Henry,
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  • that is Greater Than All,
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  • and I sing it at the top of my lungs.
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  • And I'm like, "You're right," put my headphones in,
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  • sing it out loud.
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  • She's singing with me.
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  • - On the airplane?
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  • - On the airplane, yes.
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  • (women chatter simultaneously)
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  • God is greater than all things
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  • Greater than all things
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  • Greater than all things
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  • - You need to take an offering plate with you.
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  • Here's a love offering, thank you.
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  • - I mean, I literally, so I'm singing, and I'm, you know,
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  • singing my songs, and I'm quoting Scripture,
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  • but it's something when I got off that plane,
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  • and I got home, it just stayed with me was,
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  • "Wait a second."
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  • When I panic or I experience fear,
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  • the shame that comes with it is that I am so focused
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  • on having giant-like faith.
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  • I'm so focused on my faith isn't big enough,
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  • my faith isn't strong enough.
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  • What is wrong with you?
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  • Why are you?
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  • And that moment was, okay, I don't need to have giant faith.
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  • I need to have child faith.
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  • I need to have childlike faith.
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  • - I had a panic attack once in college that I can remember.
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  • It is this hyperventilating.
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  • I was so stressed about a situation, and my heart was racing
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  • and I could hardly take a breath.
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  • It's not something that I struggle with on a daily basis,
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  • but as soon as Natalie started talking about what she faced
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  • on the plane, I immediately remembered
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  • that I have experienced that before.
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  • Recognizing that it is something so many people face,
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  • I think it's really beautiful,
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  • the fact that we're talking about it
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  • and that there's no shame to it.
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  • That it is something that, yes, we face,
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  • but it is also something that we can overcome.
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  • - I had somebody say to me once
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  • that we call 911 in an emergency,
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  • and so dial up Psalm 91:1.
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  • That is your 911 rescue chapter, and so, like,
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  • so it's 911.
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  • I'm like, "Okay, I'm going up to Psalm 91:1.
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  • "We'll start there.
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  • "I'm gonna read that whole chapter
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  • "that speaks of God's protection and His safety
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  • "and how He surrounds me with His angels."
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  • And it was like, "Okay, okay, I can do nothing
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  • "about my circumstances,
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  • "but I can do something about my heart.
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  • "I can do something about my mind."
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  • We are not out of control.
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  • That is a lie from the enemy that you have no control.
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  • You have no control over your circumstances.
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  • You do have control, and I think that coming to this place
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  • in the midst of panic that, like, I don't want to say this
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  • so that it makes anybody feel more ashamed
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  • than we already feel over struggling with panic,
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  • but I had to come to a place in my life
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  • where I had to recognize it as sin.
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  • - Well, because it's an ungodly belief
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  • that you're coming into agreement with.
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  • - Yes, I had to begin to confess, "Lord, I'm sinning.
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  • "I'm actually sinning when I don't take You at Your Word."
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  • - I don't have faith.
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  • - And I don't have faith in who you are.
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  • It's actually a sin.
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  • It's nothing to do with my, you know, illness
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  • or this or that.
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  • - Well, it's just unbelief.
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  • - It's unbelief, and that is a sin,
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  • and when we can confess it, and go, "Okay,
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  • "well, I'm not gonna be ashamed of it.
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  • "I'm gonna confess it," there's so much power in confession.
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  • We forget that.
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  • - Yeah, I love the way Jesus did spiritual warfare.
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  • So as soon as He was set, you know,
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  • the Holy Spirit ascended, "This is my Son,
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  • "in whom I am well pleased,"
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  • and then He's taken out to the desert,
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  • out to the wilderness.
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  • And when Satan comes to Him, He's hungry.
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  • - [Women] Yeah.
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  • - He's all those trigger points.
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  • - [Women] Yeah.
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  • - And you know, the devil is always the counterfeit,
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  • and the counterfeit is just so close to the truth,
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  • but it's not.
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  • Doing warfare the way Jesus did and speaking truth to a lie,
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  • so when you feel like your peace is going away,
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  • you just say, "No, it can't be because Jesus is my peace."
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  • Getting through those things are just changing your mind
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  • and saying what God says.
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  • That's your warfare.
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  • That's how Jesus did it.
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  • When the enemy came to Him, He spoke truth to a lie.
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  • He said, "No, it is written."
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  • And there it is right there.
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  • It is written that He's our peace
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  • and that He's got everything we need.
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  • And that's what freedom is.
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  • If you don't know the truth, the truth can't set you free.
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  • So the Scripture is the truth, and that's what sets us free.
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  • So He speaks truth to a lie,
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  • and then what does He finally say?
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  • Satan, you get behind me.
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  • I'm not gonna listen to you any longer.
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  • Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.
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  • - That is a practical application tool.
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  • - [Woman] Absolutely.
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  • - You know that you face anxiety
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  • when you're in airplanes,
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  • and I love knowing that you can have this war chest,
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  • and what I love about Scripture
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  • and seeing what happened with Jesus,
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  • you know in Ephesians six,
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  • where it's talking about the armor of God?
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  • All of those pieces were for defense.
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  • The only offensive one that was listed there
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  • was the Sword of the Spirit, which is the Word.
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  • So knowing the things that I struggle with,
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  • I love the thought of having, okay, these are the Scriptures
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  • that I need to go to when I'm facing my loneliness,
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  • when I'm facing my depression.
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  • Knowing that you turn to Psalm 91, like,
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  • I think knowing the areas that we struggle with
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  • and then having our war chest
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  • of Scriptures and songs and music--
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  • - To speak out loud.
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  • - To speak out loud, yeah.
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  • That's the way that we can fight it.
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  • - And music is a big thing, too, like worship music.
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  • - Oh my gosh, yeah.
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  • - And we talk about it, and we say it, and we do music.
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  • Three of us on this set, but it's funny
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  • because often we're so busy doing it
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  • that we actually oftentimes, I don't receive it
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  • 'cause I'm doing it all the time,
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  • and then I think about the fact that I'm doing it
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  • for everybody else, and I forget to sing my own songs
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  • over myself, and I'm like, "Well, wait a second.
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  • "God didn't give me that song for everybody else.
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  • "He also gave it for me."
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  • - God's Word does bring peace,
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  • but the balance of, like, saying it brings peace,
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  • and finding that peace?
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  • It oftentimes feels like there's miles in between.
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  • Something that I've had to, like, choose to understand
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  • in my own life is that I'm not always going to feel peace
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  • in the same way every single day.
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  • I mean, first of all, feelings are a hot mess.
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  • We can't depend on our feelings.
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  • I've always known that feelings are a hot mess,
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  • but especially being pregnant,
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  • I've really started to understand that
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  • because one minute, I'll be like,
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  • "Oh, I need some chicken and mashed potatoes."
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  • And so my sweet husband will go and buy chicken
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  • and mashed potatoes, and the second he walks in the door,
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  • I'm like, "Um, I'm not feeling chicken anymore.
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  • "I don't like how it smells."
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  • So our feelings, they can't always be trusted.
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  • So what I'll oftentimes ask myself
  • 00:10:16.140 --> 00:10:18.280
  • in the context of trying to find peace,
  • 00:10:18.280 --> 00:10:22.020
  • I'll say, "What do I feel a peace about?"
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  • And most days, just being honest,
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  • most days I can give you long, long lists
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  • of all the things I feel peace about.
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  • I can say I feel peace about I've got my parents.
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  • I know that they'll always be there for me.
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  • I feel peace that my husband is incredible.
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  • I feel peace that my sister's great.
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  • I feel a peace
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  • that we'll be able to pay our bills this month.
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  • You know, it seems random,
  • 00:10:43.180 --> 00:10:45.240
  • but if you're in the middle of not feeling peace,
  • 00:10:45.240 --> 00:10:47.240
  • it don't feel random to you.
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  • You get it that sometimes you have to remind yourself
  • 00:10:49.100 --> 00:10:51.120
  • of the things where you do feel peace
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  • or things where you do feel joy.
  • 00:10:52.190 --> 00:10:54.190
  • - So oftentime as women, especially, we just...
  • 00:10:54.190 --> 00:10:58.170
  • Our minds are just aflutter
  • 00:10:58.170 --> 00:10:59.280
  • with all different sorts of things,
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  • and we're always so busy working,
  • 00:11:01.220 --> 00:11:03.290
  • and I always say if you're a woman,
  • 00:11:03.290 --> 00:11:06.100
  • it doesn't matter whether you're single or married,
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  • whether you've got kids or you don't.
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  • If you are a woman, you are the glue for somebody, somewhere
  • 00:11:09.270 --> 00:11:14.060
  • because that's how God made us is to hold things together.
  • 00:11:14.060 --> 00:11:17.190
  • So we hold things together for everybody else,
  • 00:11:17.190 --> 00:11:20.040
  • but then when it comes to ourselves, we're like the worst
  • 00:11:20.040 --> 00:11:23.090
  • at holding it together for ourselves.
  • 00:11:23.090 --> 00:11:25.010
  • And that's also because we think,
  • 00:11:25.010 --> 00:11:26.140
  • "Well, if I take care of myself, it sounds so selfish."
  • 00:11:26.140 --> 00:11:28.180
  • Like, we're raised with this idea
  • 00:11:28.180 --> 00:11:30.120
  • that we just serve, serve, serve, serve, serve,
  • 00:11:30.120 --> 00:11:32.250
  • but I realize, like,
  • 00:11:32.250 --> 00:11:34.020
  • "No, taking care of myself isn't selfish.
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  • "It's smart."
  • 00:11:36.210 --> 00:11:38.050
  • So it's okay for me to take a little time to myself.
  • 00:11:38.050 --> 00:11:39.180
  • It's okay for me to say, "Kids, if you're alive, fine."
  • 00:11:39.180 --> 00:11:43.110
  • I could go in the car to lock myself in
  • 00:11:43.110 --> 00:11:45.270
  • and turn my music up as loud as I need to turn it.
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  • That's what I'm gonna do if I need to
  • 00:11:48.240 --> 00:11:50.090
  • because I know that I've got to take care of me,
  • 00:11:50.090 --> 00:11:54.040
  • and it's okay to take care of me,
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  • and that starts with filling my heart and my mind
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  • with the Word of God, speaking it out loud,
  • 00:11:58.100 --> 00:12:00.290
  • and filling myself with hymns, songs, and spiritual songs,
  • 00:12:00.290 --> 00:12:05.010
  • and singing them out over my life.
  • 00:12:05.010 --> 00:12:06.220
  • - My greatest barrier of what I had to overcome
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  • to get where I am today is believing what God said about me
  • 00:12:11.180 --> 00:12:16.140
  • was true to me.
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  • Because I could read it in the Word,
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  • and I could know it in my mind,
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  • but there was a difference when it connected with my heart.
  • 00:12:23.020 --> 00:12:26.230
  • And I think that's when the Bible actually becomes alive
  • 00:12:26.230 --> 00:12:29.120
  • 'cause we can read words on a page,
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  • but until it becomes revelation in our spirit
  • 00:12:31.160 --> 00:12:35.160
  • that then transforms our mind,
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  • that's when it makes all the difference.
  • 00:12:37.240 --> 00:12:39.110
  • And for me, I began to actually believe what I was reading
  • 00:12:39.110 --> 00:12:43.060
  • as it pertained to me.
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  • - Better together.
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  • - A panic attack is different
  • 00:13:02.150 --> 00:13:04.060
  • than simply being stressed about something.
  • 00:13:04.060 --> 00:13:07.050
  • Recognizing that this person can hardly take a breath,
  • 00:13:08.180 --> 00:13:11.050
  • that they're exhibiting signs of being really nervous
  • 00:13:11.050 --> 00:13:14.160
  • and twitchy, I think that when you see something like that,
  • 00:13:14.160 --> 00:13:19.020
  • to recognize that this is not just somebody being dramatic,
  • 00:13:19.020 --> 00:13:21.210
  • that this is actually something that is having an impact
  • 00:13:21.210 --> 00:13:24.290
  • on somebody's soul, on their emotions.
  • 00:13:24.290 --> 00:13:27.130
  • - There's been days where I've felt very anxious,
  • 00:13:27.130 --> 00:13:29.210
  • where I've not been able to find peace.
  • 00:13:29.210 --> 00:13:31.110
  • I've not been able to go to sleep
  • 00:13:31.110 --> 00:13:33.010
  • because I'm harassed.
  • 00:13:34.030 --> 00:13:35.260
  • So what I've had to do is I've had to begin to pray.
  • 00:13:35.260 --> 00:13:38.220
  • And rather than just watch a movie or listen to a ballad,
  • 00:13:38.220 --> 00:13:42.210
  • a love song, or feed my soul, if you like,
  • 00:13:42.210 --> 00:13:46.110
  • I've had to feed my spirit.
  • 00:13:46.110 --> 00:13:48.040
  • And the way I fed my spirit was by praying.
  • 00:13:48.040 --> 00:13:50.230
  • - And sometimes, like, even too, like,
  • 00:13:50.230 --> 00:13:52.190
  • you may not necessarily be ready to believe it yet,
  • 00:13:52.190 --> 00:13:56.220
  • but you have to acknowledge that it's the truth
  • 00:13:56.220 --> 00:13:58.200
  • and still speak it out.
  • 00:13:58.200 --> 00:14:00.110
  • Like, I remember when I was,
  • 00:14:00.110 --> 00:14:02.130
  • the longest stretch of depression that I faced
  • 00:14:02.130 --> 00:14:04.260
  • was right after my diagnosis when I was 11,
  • 00:14:04.260 --> 00:14:06.260
  • and so my grandad, like my mom's dad,
  • 00:14:06.260 --> 00:14:09.270
  • was the sweetest little old man.
  • 00:14:09.270 --> 00:14:11.120
  • He just wanted to bring joy to the house,
  • 00:14:11.120 --> 00:14:13.000
  • and he brought craziness.
  • 00:14:13.000 --> 00:14:14.170
  • He brought drums and a guitar and an amplifier,
  • 00:14:14.170 --> 00:14:17.000
  • and my parents were like, "Thanks."
  • 00:14:17.000 --> 00:14:18.200
  • (women laugh)
  • 00:14:18.200 --> 00:14:19.280
  • But he taught us how to play instruments,
  • 00:14:19.280 --> 00:14:22.000
  • and the first song that my sister and I played
  • 00:14:22.000 --> 00:14:24.030
  • was Amazing Love by Newsboys.
  • 00:14:24.030 --> 00:14:26.050
  • Amazing love
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  • How can it be
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  • That you, my King, would die for me
  • 00:14:29.220 --> 00:14:32.010
  • And when I tell you that me, as a 13 year old, suicidal,
  • 00:14:32.010 --> 00:14:37.010
  • depressed, heavily medicated little girl,
  • 00:14:38.130 --> 00:14:41.130
  • sat there at the drums and sang Amazing Love,
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  • I know it's true.
  • 00:14:44.240 --> 00:14:46.040
  • I didn't believe a word of what I was singing,
  • 00:14:47.120 --> 00:14:51.040
  • but it was all I knew how to sing.
  • 00:14:51.040 --> 00:14:53.280
  • And to this day because I choose to still be intentional
  • 00:14:53.280 --> 00:14:58.060
  • about the music that I allow in my heart and in my ears,
  • 00:14:58.060 --> 00:15:02.200
  • and as a pregnant person, even the music I play around her,
  • 00:15:02.200 --> 00:15:06.120
  • when I'm in my deepest moments and my darkest moments,
  • 00:15:08.090 --> 00:15:12.120
  • and I choose to sing, all I can do is worship.
  • 00:15:12.120 --> 00:15:16.140
  • I like to use that, like, when I'm, like,
  • 00:15:16.140 --> 00:15:18.180
  • speaking to parents especially.
  • 00:15:18.180 --> 00:15:19.210
  • I really like to use that example
  • 00:15:19.210 --> 00:15:21.070
  • as the importance of investing
  • 00:15:21.070 --> 00:15:24.240
  • intentional music, especially in your children's lives
  • 00:15:24.240 --> 00:15:27.100
  • because I can only imagine if, like...
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  • Another one.
  • 00:15:29.200 --> 00:15:31.050
  • But I can only imagine if the first song that I, like,
  • 00:15:31.050 --> 00:15:32.240
  • learned how to play was something about, like,
  • 00:15:32.240 --> 00:15:35.110
  • shaking my heinie or kissing some boy.
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  • You know, like,
  • 00:15:37.040 --> 00:15:38.180
  • it would have changed the entire trajectory of my life.
  • 00:15:38.180 --> 00:15:40.120
  • But at that age of my life,
  • 00:15:40.120 --> 00:15:41.270
  • the only music I knew was Newsboys, Natalie Grant,
  • 00:15:41.270 --> 00:15:44.090
  • Out of Eden, CeCe Winans,
  • 00:15:44.090 --> 00:15:45.220
  • and so even though I was struggling with believing it,
  • 00:15:45.220 --> 00:15:49.240
  • it's all I knew, and so I was speaking truth
  • 00:15:49.240 --> 00:15:52.170
  • and singing truth over my life and into my home,
  • 00:15:52.170 --> 00:15:55.050
  • and then I started to believe it, and I still,
  • 00:15:55.050 --> 00:15:57.080
  • I actually still do that now.
  • 00:15:57.080 --> 00:15:58.210
  • It's not always with music, but I started this,
  • 00:15:58.210 --> 00:16:01.060
  • maybe in college, of, like, when you were talking
  • 00:16:01.060 --> 00:16:04.060
  • about the things that we oftentimes think about ourselves
  • 00:16:04.060 --> 00:16:06.130
  • but we won't say out loud,
  • 00:16:06.130 --> 00:16:07.230
  • I say whatever I'm thinking out loud,
  • 00:16:07.230 --> 00:16:10.180
  • but I force myself.
  • 00:16:10.180 --> 00:16:12.060
  • I choose to speak truth right after it.
  • 00:16:12.060 --> 00:16:14.270
  • So I'll oftentimes walk around the house, like,
  • 00:16:14.270 --> 00:16:16.290
  • just by myself, and say, like, "I feel so unattractive,
  • 00:16:16.290 --> 00:16:21.150
  • "but God is so good, and He loves me so much."
  • 00:16:21.150 --> 00:16:23.240
  • So I'll choose to, like, acknowledge what I'm thinking
  • 00:16:23.240 --> 00:16:26.090
  • so I don't end up sitting in my room for hours
  • 00:16:26.090 --> 00:16:28.140
  • just thinking these sad thoughts, and I'll acknowledge them,
  • 00:16:28.140 --> 00:16:30.290
  • and I'll say them out loud, but immediately after it,
  • 00:16:30.290 --> 00:16:33.150
  • I'll say, "But what does God say about this?"
  • 00:16:33.150 --> 00:16:35.140
  • And I'll speak that out loud, and I journal it,
  • 00:16:35.140 --> 00:16:38.040
  • all that stuff, because it's become such a good tool for me
  • 00:16:38.040 --> 00:16:41.000
  • to say, like, "I know the Word of God to be true."
  • 00:16:41.000 --> 00:16:44.090
  • I know what He says about me.
  • 00:16:44.090 --> 00:16:45.180
  • I know what He says about His children.
  • 00:16:45.180 --> 00:16:47.220
  • I know the promises that He has for my life.
  • 00:16:47.220 --> 00:16:50.260
  • And even though whether it's my anxiety
  • 00:16:50.260 --> 00:16:53.140
  • or my stubbornness or my brattiness,
  • 00:16:53.140 --> 00:16:55.210
  • whatever it is that won't let me soak it in,
  • 00:16:55.210 --> 00:16:58.040
  • I know in my heart what the truth is,
  • 00:16:58.040 --> 00:17:00.190
  • and I know it's louder.
  • 00:17:00.190 --> 00:17:02.000
  • - So I was on an airplane,
  • 00:17:02.000 --> 00:17:03.160
  • which is where I experience my panic, and it was really bad,
  • 00:17:03.160 --> 00:17:07.210
  • and I remember the fact that I was sitting,
  • 00:17:07.210 --> 00:17:10.290
  • and I'm always flanked by my people I travel with
  • 00:17:10.290 --> 00:17:13.120
  • 'cause they always know I need somebody to grab onto,
  • 00:17:13.120 --> 00:17:15.140
  • and I don't want to grab onto a stranger.
  • 00:17:15.140 --> 00:17:17.110
  • And I was like, "Okay, I'm gonna put my earphones in,"
  • 00:17:17.110 --> 00:17:20.140
  • and I was...
  • 00:17:20.140 --> 00:17:21.210
  • I'm no longer a slave to fear
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  • My hands in the air, singing at the top of my lungs.
  • 00:17:23.210 --> 00:17:26.210
  • - I love it.
  • 00:17:26.210 --> 00:17:28.060
  • - And the person across the aisle leans forward and looks,
  • 00:17:28.060 --> 00:17:31.180
  • and then he leans to the person, and he goes,
  • 00:17:31.180 --> 00:17:33.140
  • "Wait, is that Natalie Grant?"
  • 00:17:33.140 --> 00:17:35.120
  • (women laugh)
  • 00:17:35.120 --> 00:17:36.140
  • Yes, he was from Bethel.
  • 00:17:36.140 --> 00:17:38.060
  • He actually was from our town.
  • 00:17:38.060 --> 00:17:39.250
  • He's like, "That's our song."
  • 00:17:39.250 --> 00:17:42.060
  • (women laugh)
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  • Sing it with me.
  • 00:17:43.210 --> 00:17:44.290
  • (women laugh)
  • 00:17:44.290 --> 00:17:46.270
  • Oh, you've just got to sing it out,
  • 00:17:46.270 --> 00:17:48.110
  • even if you don't believe it.
  • 00:17:48.110 --> 00:17:49.200
  • - That's what you've got to do.
  • 00:17:49.200 --> 00:17:50.180
  • - Even if you don't believe it.
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  • I'm sorry, I'll admit it.
  • 00:17:51.230 --> 00:17:53.010
  • Sometimes I don't believe it.
  • 00:17:53.010 --> 00:17:54.180
  • Sometimes I don't because I feel like--
  • 00:17:54.180 --> 00:17:56.030
  • - But it's like, in our heart, we know it's true.
  • 00:17:56.030 --> 00:17:57.090
  • - I believe in You, but sometimes it's like,
  • 00:17:57.090 --> 00:17:58.160
  • "Oh, I don't really actually believe it."
  • 00:17:58.160 --> 00:18:00.130
  • - I think women can support each other
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  • by simply being there.
  • 00:18:03.140 --> 00:18:05.040
  • We don't have to have all of the answers,
  • 00:18:05.040 --> 00:18:07.050
  • but just being present, being somebody who we can talk to,
  • 00:18:07.050 --> 00:18:12.000
  • being somebody who won't judge and won't give shame
  • 00:18:12.000 --> 00:18:15.000
  • when people are walking through a difficult time,
  • 00:18:15.000 --> 00:18:17.130
  • it's just something so beautiful about being there,
  • 00:18:18.240 --> 00:18:22.010
  • even just sitting there, alone with somebody,
  • 00:18:22.010 --> 00:18:24.240
  • lets them not feel so lonely.
  • 00:18:24.240 --> 00:18:26.220
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  • - [Woman] Yes, so download the TBN app
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  • to watch our latest conversations.
  • 00:18:31.180 --> 00:18:33.160
  • - About 2 1/2, three years ago, I almost lost my hearing.
  • 00:18:36.120 --> 00:18:39.240
  • I had a really bad double ear infection,
  • 00:18:41.120 --> 00:18:43.100
  • and they told me that I might never be able to hear again,
  • 00:18:43.100 --> 00:18:45.150
  • so I might not be able to sing again,
  • 00:18:45.150 --> 00:18:47.100
  • and I don't like MRI's, but I had to get a lot of them.
  • 00:18:47.100 --> 00:18:50.040
  • And so they allowed my dad to come in the room with me
  • 00:18:50.040 --> 00:18:53.050
  • because I was panicking that bad.
  • 00:18:53.050 --> 00:18:55.160
  • So I laid in the MRI squeezing my dad's hand,
  • 00:18:55.160 --> 00:18:59.100
  • and all I could think
  • 00:18:59.100 --> 00:19:00.210
  • is this song by this band called The Wedding,
  • 00:19:01.250 --> 00:19:04.140
  • and they have a song called Redeem, and it just says,
  • 00:19:04.140 --> 00:19:07.170
  • Hold on tight
  • 00:19:07.170 --> 00:19:08.270
  • Jesus Christ
  • 00:19:08.270 --> 00:19:10.080
  • Satellites are coming
  • 00:19:10.080 --> 00:19:12.120
  • And that's all I could sing,
  • 00:19:12.120 --> 00:19:13.280
  • and when you choose to invest intentionally in your spirit,
  • 00:19:13.280 --> 00:19:18.180
  • and in your soul, and in your life,
  • 00:19:19.240 --> 00:19:21.150
  • then when you are in moments
  • 00:19:21.150 --> 00:19:23.000
  • where you feel like you can't get out,
  • 00:19:23.000 --> 00:19:25.110
  • you don't have to get yourself out
  • 00:19:25.110 --> 00:19:27.030
  • because you've already given yourself the foundation
  • 00:19:27.030 --> 00:19:29.080
  • of Jesus Christ, and He will do the work for you,
  • 00:19:29.080 --> 00:19:32.010
  • and He will pull you out.
  • 00:19:32.010 --> 00:19:34.040
  • - That declaration, it shifts that.
  • 00:19:34.040 --> 00:19:35.250
  • You know, I preach a message,
  • 00:19:35.250 --> 00:19:38.010
  • and I talk about casting our cares
  • 00:19:38.010 --> 00:19:39.200
  • 'cause really, what is panic and anxiety and worry and fear
  • 00:19:39.200 --> 00:19:43.060
  • whether it's at a huge level
  • 00:19:43.060 --> 00:19:45.250
  • or just we all have anxious thoughts.
  • 00:19:45.250 --> 00:19:48.110
  • We all have sad thoughts.
  • 00:19:48.110 --> 00:19:49.290
  • We all go through life, you know, throwing things at us.
  • 00:19:49.290 --> 00:19:54.260
  • But I think it's at that moment of just going,
  • 00:19:54.260 --> 00:19:56.280
  • "Okay, I'm gonna cast my cares."
  • 00:19:56.280 --> 00:19:58.280
  • What does that mean?
  • 00:19:58.280 --> 00:19:59.260
  • It's throwing it all on Him.
  • 00:19:59.260 --> 00:20:01.200
  • I don't think we were designed to carry worry.
  • 00:20:01.200 --> 00:20:05.060
  • I think sin has caused us because of that,
  • 00:20:05.060 --> 00:20:08.190
  • but now Jesus has redeemed us.
  • 00:20:08.190 --> 00:20:10.100
  • He's saved us.
  • 00:20:10.100 --> 00:20:11.090
  • We're a new creation in Christ.
  • 00:20:11.090 --> 00:20:13.020
  • So now we've got to apply that.
  • 00:20:13.020 --> 00:20:14.250
  • - I'm gonna take God at His Word.
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  • I'm just gonna take Him at His Word,
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  • and I'm just gonna believe, and I'm gonna speak it out,
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  • and I'm gonna speak out loud,
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  • and it didn't make the turbulence go away,
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  • and it didn't make the plane stop shaking,
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  • and it didn't make the plane land early.
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  • It didn't do any of those things,
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  • but as I began to confess with my mouth,
  • 00:20:28.140 --> 00:20:31.220
  • confess in the midst of my fear,
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  • confess in the midst of my panic,
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  • confess in the midst of not being able to breathe,
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  • and I could only get a couple words out,
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  • the truth is that His Word works.
  • 00:20:40.290 --> 00:20:44.100
  • - So at those times when you're going through it,
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  • you've got to be careful what you let in your ears.
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  • You'd better watch what you see.
  • 00:20:49.090 --> 00:20:51.270
  • And so you start putting those Scriptures up.
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  • If you need to put them on your mirror
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  • or if you need to put them on your refrigerator
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  • and your computer, just tag them everywhere.
  • 00:20:58.280 --> 00:21:01.040
  • And then listen to beautiful worship music.
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  • He says, "If you exalt Me."
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  • Magnify.
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  • Oh, magnify the Lord.
  • 00:21:07.190 --> 00:21:09.170
  • That means we make Him great in our lives,
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  • and all the sudden, we look around,
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  • and our problems are very, very small.
  • 00:21:13.150 --> 00:21:17.080
  • - You know, and so we cast our cares.
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  • What does that mean?
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  • Yeah, it's okay to cry.
  • 00:21:19.250 --> 00:21:21.090
  • I think so many people don't think it's okay to cry.
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  • I think they think it's weak.
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  • Men.
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  • (women laugh and chatter)
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  • - I'm gonna cry right now.
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  • - I think about men who don't know how to cry,
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  • but there are some girls that I've known.
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  • - [Woman] You're right.
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  • - You know, they don't.
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  • So it's to cry.
  • 00:21:38.130 --> 00:21:39.270
  • It's to appeal God, who His nature is to remember His Word.
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  • We've got to appeal to the just Judge in Heaven,
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  • and we can make an appeal
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  • that the enemy may have done what this is your lot in life
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  • or this is who you are.
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  • There may be a case against you.
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  • There may be facts diagnosed over your life.
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  • They may be from the doctor.
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  • That's a fact.
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  • But the truth of God's Word always trumps the facts.
  • 00:22:01.250 --> 00:22:04.290
  • And so what we've got to do is we've got to appeal
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  • to the nature of God that He's the God of the impossible,
  • 00:22:07.020 --> 00:22:09.280
  • that He is the God who heals,
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  • that He is the God who is with us, that He is near us,
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  • that He will help us overcome.
  • 00:22:16.020 --> 00:22:18.000
  • So we've got to appeal to His nature, and go,
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  • "You are good, even when my circumstance aren't good,"
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  • and begin to remind Him of Who He is.
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  • Then that brings us to the next level,
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  • which is R for Remember.
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  • Remember the miracles.
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  • It is very difficult to be depressed
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  • and thankful at the same time.
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  • When you start remembering,
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  • when you go back to your salvation experience
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  • or you go back to that time that He came through for you,
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  • you go back to that miracle in your family,
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  • you can say to Jesus, "Well, You did it then.
  • 00:22:46.160 --> 00:22:49.050
  • "I need You to do it again."
  • 00:22:49.050 --> 00:22:50.150
  • Remember the miracles.
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  • The Israelites would put memorials along the way
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  • when God did a miracle for them
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  • so that they could teach their children,
  • 00:22:57.210 --> 00:22:59.050
  • "Hey, this is when He parted the sea.
  • 00:22:59.050 --> 00:23:01.050
  • "This is when He provided for us.
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  • "This is when He set us free against our enemy."
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  • So learn to remember.
  • 00:23:05.240 --> 00:23:07.260
  • It's to appeal God, to His nature.
  • 00:23:07.260 --> 00:23:10.090
  • It's to remember His Word, you know, and His miracles.
  • 00:23:10.090 --> 00:23:14.020
  • It's to enlarge Him over your circumstances
  • 00:23:14.020 --> 00:23:16.070
  • and in the power of singing.
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  • I think those are those things.
  • 00:23:17.140 --> 00:23:19.090
  • Throw our cares to Him, and He really does care for us,
  • 00:23:19.090 --> 00:23:22.150
  • and He will help us even if it's that moment,
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  • we can overcome that moment.
  • 00:23:25.170 --> 00:23:27.000
  • - Okay, say the acronym again.
  • 00:23:27.000 --> 00:23:28.230
  • - CARES.
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  • It's Cry out, Appeal to His nature, Remember His miracles,
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  • Enlarge Him over your circumstances,
  • 00:23:34.150 --> 00:23:37.030
  • and Sing. - Oh, I love that.
  • 00:23:37.030 --> 00:23:38.050
  • - [Woman] It's so good.
  • 00:23:38.050 --> 00:23:39.160
  • - Come on, Pastor, sing.
  • 00:23:39.160 --> 00:23:41.070
  • (women laugh and chatter)
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  • I'm no longer a slave to fear
  • 00:23:44.140 --> 00:23:48.200
  • - You can sing it out.
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  • I am a child of God
  • 00:23:50.060 --> 00:23:53.110
  • - Yeah, beautiful.
  • 00:23:54.210 --> 00:23:55.290
  • I'm no longer a slave to fear
  • 00:23:55.290 --> 00:24:00.220
  • I am a child of God
  • 00:24:02.000 --> 00:24:05.050
  • (women cheer)
  • 00:24:07.000 --> 00:24:09.180
  • - You may be watching right now, and you feel afraid.
  • 00:24:09.180 --> 00:24:14.180
  • You feel alone.
  • 00:24:15.060 --> 00:24:16.110
  • You feel isolated.
  • 00:24:16.110 --> 00:24:18.250
  • You feel ashamed.
  • 00:24:18.250 --> 00:24:20.070
  • And I want to pray for you because the truth is
  • 00:24:21.120 --> 00:24:25.050
  • that you are not alone.
  • 00:24:25.050 --> 00:24:27.070
  • And Holy Spirit, right now,
  • 00:24:27.070 --> 00:24:28.260
  • I pray for every heart and every soul
  • 00:24:28.260 --> 00:24:32.280
  • that feels deep loneliness,
  • 00:24:32.280 --> 00:24:36.110
  • deep isolation.
  • 00:24:36.110 --> 00:24:38.130
  • God, that is not Who You are.
  • 00:24:38.130 --> 00:24:40.250
  • You are a friend that sticks closer than a brother.
  • 00:24:40.250 --> 00:24:43.200
  • You are a friend that is with us in every moment
  • 00:24:43.200 --> 00:24:48.060
  • and in every situation,
  • 00:24:48.060 --> 00:24:49.220
  • and right now by the power of the Holy Spirit,
  • 00:24:49.220 --> 00:24:52.090
  • I just pray that you would reach into hearts
  • 00:24:52.090 --> 00:24:56.090
  • so that they just feel and sense Your presence,
  • 00:24:56.090 --> 00:24:59.280
  • that Your presence is our greatest weapon.
  • 00:24:59.280 --> 00:25:03.260
  • Your presence is so real and so tangible,
  • 00:25:05.010 --> 00:25:08.180
  • and Your presence is our weapon
  • 00:25:08.180 --> 00:25:11.150
  • to fight everything that we feel.
  • 00:25:11.150 --> 00:25:14.220
  • God, I pray, speaking of feelings,
  • 00:25:14.220 --> 00:25:17.210
  • that You would remind us
  • 00:25:17.210 --> 00:25:19.160
  • that our feelings do not determine our God,
  • 00:25:19.160 --> 00:25:23.010
  • that You are Who You are regardless of how we feel
  • 00:25:23.010 --> 00:25:27.190
  • and even if we don't feel like we can believe
  • 00:25:27.190 --> 00:25:30.080
  • what we're saying, we're gonna declare that You are true.
  • 00:25:30.080 --> 00:25:34.100
  • We're gonna declare that You are real.
  • 00:25:34.100 --> 00:25:36.220
  • We're gonna declare that You are our Prince of Peace.
  • 00:25:36.220 --> 00:25:40.040
  • God, You are the author of peace.
  • 00:25:40.040 --> 00:25:44.260
  • You are not the author of fear.
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  • You are the thing that quiets every fear.
  • 00:25:47.150 --> 00:25:50.260
  • So right now in this moment, quiet fears.
  • 00:25:50.260 --> 00:25:55.050
  • Quiet anxiety.
  • 00:25:56.030 --> 00:25:58.150
  • Quiet stress.
  • 00:25:58.150 --> 00:26:00.150
  • God, You are our Prince
  • 00:26:00.150 --> 00:26:03.040
  • of Peace,
  • 00:26:03.040 --> 00:26:04.190
  • and right now, I pray
  • 00:26:05.190 --> 00:26:08.030
  • that as I am saying these words,
  • 00:26:08.030 --> 00:26:11.030
  • that Your peace is falling like a comforting blanket
  • 00:26:11.030 --> 00:26:16.030
  • that women will begin to feel and experience Your peace
  • 00:26:17.150 --> 00:26:21.280
  • in the midst of every circumstance,
  • 00:26:21.280 --> 00:26:24.000
  • Your peace that surrounds, Your peace that holds,
  • 00:26:24.000 --> 00:26:28.090
  • Your peace that comforts.
  • 00:26:28.090 --> 00:26:30.180
  • God, You are the Prince of Peace.
  • 00:26:30.180 --> 00:26:34.090
  • If you or a loved one are struggling with anxiety
  • 00:26:34.090 --> 00:26:36.280
  • or depression, you are not alone.
  • 00:26:36.280 --> 00:26:39.050
  • - You can call the number on your screen
  • 00:26:39.050 --> 00:26:40.230
  • to talk to a prayer partner.
  • 00:26:40.230 --> 00:26:42.120
  • We're here for you 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
  • 00:26:42.120 --> 00:26:45.150
  • We love you, and most importantly, God loves you.
  • 00:26:45.150 --> 00:26:48.130
  • - [Woman] Here's what's happening tomorrow
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  • on Better Together.
  • 00:26:51.040 --> 00:26:52.050
  • - The height of my depression,
  • 00:26:52.050 --> 00:26:54.190
  • it was about 2 1/2 years for me
  • 00:26:54.190 --> 00:26:56.090
  • that I was just sitting at home, stuffing myself,
  • 00:26:56.090 --> 00:27:00.110
  • and I gained 200 pounds in those two years, 200 pounds.
  • 00:27:00.110 --> 00:27:04.090
  • I could hardly move.
  • 00:27:04.090 --> 00:27:05.170
  • All I wanted to do was lay in my bed
  • 00:27:05.170 --> 00:27:08.100
  • and to watch television.
  • 00:27:08.100 --> 00:27:09.290
  • There was something about escaping to somebody else's world
  • 00:27:09.290 --> 00:27:11.230
  • that made me feel comforted.
  • 00:27:11.230 --> 00:27:13.090
  • - [Woman] Watch Better Together right here on TBN.
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