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When Being Alone Makes Us Anxious

When Being Alone Makes Us Anxious

I choose easy, quick gratification because I don’t actually believe that at God’s right hand there are pleasures forevermore (Ps 16:11). When I spend time alone, I’m confronted with my fears. When I don’t want to feel afraid, I run to distractions.

A Lament on Infertility

A Lament on Infertility

Your heart grew sick
and lost
seeking your own answers.
But you, O Lord, reign sovereign over
all time; the destiny of all souls
remains held in your hands.

Children Belong To God

Children Belong To God

The problem is, these deepest desires of our hearts as parents are not in line with the reality of life God’s Word tells us about . . . that in this fallen world this child will hurt; this child will suffer; this child will eventually die.

Naptime Confessions: Fearing Rest

Naptime Confessions: Fearing Rest

In craving the comforts of compulsive work I meet anxiety when I am unable to attain the desired intensity of toil. And you know what this tells me? That I think far, far more highly of myself (and my work) than I ought (Rom 12:3). 

Fear of Failure

Fear of Failure

If I’m a terrible parent, I’ll have terrible children. If I’m a horrible wife, my marriage suffers. If I don’t teach my bible courses well, these women could walk away not knowing the gospel. If I counsel someone poorly, they could miss the healing of God. If I don’t organize a meal plan, my family could be eating PB&J all week. If I don’t budget well, we’ll go into debt. All real scenarios, all real consequences. The fear however, is lodged in the idea that if the worse case scenarios happens and I drop the ball, the consequence is going to give me a result that I don’t want.

Stop Trying To Guard My Heart

Stop Trying To Guard My Heart

Our walls and towers aren’t crafted of brick and mortar instead they are crafted of fear, worry, and anxiety. They aren’t just our fears or worries, other people are also contributing to them. While I’m speaking figuratively, when we quote the lines from Proverbs 4:23, “guard your heart” this is what we picture . . . a strong wall protecting us from pain and heartache. When others say this to us they are adding their own fears and worries to our self-made walls, adding to the over protectiveness of our hearts.

Overseas Missions (What you don’t see on Instagram)

Overseas Missions (What you don’t see on Instagram)

In moments of weakness, things that are comfortable and familiar seem bigger than they should and I begin feeling entitled to things. (Cue every lie possible.) It clouds my eternal mindset and the reasons the Lord called us to this city. Everything I get upset about has one common denominator: MY comforts, MY desires and ME.

When Satan Runs After Us

When Satan Runs After Us

Spiritual Warfare. It’s creepy. It could be potentially dangerous to think about too much, but it’s also dangerous to not think about at all. If there is a war against us, we must be aware of it so we can fight. More than that, if Scripture tells us about this battle and how to fight it, then it’s helpful to consider these things.

A Missional Call: Ashley Leightenheimer

A Missional Call: Ashley Leightenheimer

 Fast-forward six years, a couple of gray hairs, a couple extra pounds and two babies later. Don’t get me wrong my husband is still handsome but, the thought of moving overseas no longer sounded sweet, romantic or easy.  It sounded down right terrifying.  Thinking about moving our family to another country, away from family and friends, and to a place where we can’t communicate easily or face to face is so stressful and overwhelming.