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Cathy Patterson-Sterling

Cathy Patterson-Sterling is a Christian counselor with a counseling ministry called Real Life Tool Box. She is an author, speaker, wife, mother and friend. Through her counseling ministry, she offers more than 50 e-learning audio play courses to help people grow in faith and have their healthiest relationships. She is passionate about helping people find freedom from fear or other emotional strongholds that are holding them back from living out their greatest potential in God's plans for their lives.

Why We Need Hope

Hope is the antidote to fear. Fear tells us that we have something to lose or that things will fall apart. When we enter a new season or chapter in life — even when according to God’s plans — we can struggle with walking in fear or we can thrive by walking in faith. With hope we can counteract fear on a large …

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12 Ways We Let Negativity Steal Our Happiness

Happiness. We all want it. But happiness is not a product of what is happening in our world — instead, it is a condition or result of how we choose to think. And to be happy, we have to intentionally and purposefully clear out all fear and negativity, embrace happiness and make it our own. Below we will explore 12 ways we let the …

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5 Lessons From Frustration

Frustration. It happens when we want things our way and in our timing. The difficulty is, life rarely happens “our way” or in “our timing.” The challenge we have is to not give ourselves over to the frustration, but instead to take a step back to examine what is happening. If life is not moving forward on our terms it could be …

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Getting Up When Stress Holds You Down

There is nothing more attractive than happy people. They glow inside of themselves. They’re alive with the vibrancy of life. When individuals are stressed, you can see it all over their faces as they are weighed down with the burdens of this world. In the dating world, if people want to bring their game, they have to be “up.” They walk with …

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The Dance With Worry

Worry is an emotional anchor in that weighs us down. When we worry, we are thinking, “What if bad things happen?” We can be in such fear of bad “what if’s” happening that we drain vital energy right out of our lives. Instead, we need positive energy to keep us going. With the grace we receive from God, we can …

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How To Make A New Start

‘Tis the season to be jolly! In many people’s minds, the holiday season is a closing of one chapter and a beginning of a new start. As that year passes, we have time to reflect. Did this year meet all of our expectations? Are we on track for our dreams and goals? Well, if you are anything like me, you will …

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Why We Need A Bucket Of Hope

We need hope. And not just a little hope, but bucket loads of hope. When we are in strife with our life circumstances, we can feel trapped. Many people who have a heart’s desire to be married can feel “trapped in singleness,” as if they are doomed to singleness for eternity. When we feel hopeless, we not only feel trapped, …

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It All Starts With You!

Have you ever lost hope and then plummeted into an ocean of negative feelings? Perhaps you were holding out for a job you really wanted, a new love interest or something else of your heart’s desire. Often when we are on the brink of success, we hit our greatest moment of despair first. Hope is a much-needed commodity, and we …

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The Fear Of Being Single Forever

I am married now, but there was a time of several years when I was single. As each year clicked by, I would celebrate another year only to realize yet again, I was still single. Now, some people reflect back on their singleness with great nostalgia about all of the freedom they had in life. While single, you get to …

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What Born Fixers Need To Do

I am a fixer and a doer. This means that I don’t particularly like to sit around talking about problems, and instead I like to FIX them. With such a “FIX and DO attitude,” I have been able to achieve a lot of professional success, but my emotional as well as spiritual journeys are a work in progress. For instance, …

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