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My name is Crista Crawford, and this is a picture of me with my wonderful husband, Rod.  We were attending a dinner because I was one of the recipients of the Emerson Excellence in Teaching Award.

It was a great honor, but as my mind tends to work, I looked around at the room of amazing educators and thought to myself, “Do I really belong?”  Spiritual warfare loves to happen anywhere and at anytime—even when receiving awards!  We belong where God puts us, so why do we question?  I am very proud to be an educator and love the education I receive daily from the witty, authentic, and talented students that I serve.

I hold both a Master of Science and Master of Arts degree.  I’ve been practicing for over 20 years’ as a Speech-Language Pathologist and Reading Specialist and forty-plus years gaining perspective on what grace and forgiveness really mean.

With all of this education, none has been greater than the wisdom I received in my 30’s after choosing to pick up my cross and follow Jesus.  Through marriage, divorce, remarriage, loss, hurt, and fear, the one thing that has remained is the love and guidance from my Father.  He let me experience the pain when I forged out on my own and accepted me with open arms when I prayed for Jesus to be in my life.  Love and forgiveness are amazing gifts.

I am a mother of two and stepmother of four with a Noah’s Ark of two guinea pigs, two cats and two dogs. My husband grew up in the country and believes all animals should live outside. I grew up in the city and feel all animals should live inside. We compromised. The animals live indoors, but none are allowed to sleep in our bed.

Thank you so much for reading!  Together, let’s get armed properly so we are able to fully live the life that God intended for us to live.  He is waiting and desiring for us to make the decision to step into His protection.   Are you tired of listening to the lies of the deceiver?  I know I am.  I want to listen to my Father, and there is no time better than the present!

Please follow me on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest for more inspiration on how to live life fully clothed in God’s love and protection.

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