When the Memories of Sin Remains

When the Memories of Sin Remains

It takes us by surprise—the cringe-worthy memory of a past sin we wish we could forget. Maybe you were picking out clothing to wear the next day, packing a lunch, doing housework, watching TV, or playing with your children. One thought quickly connected to another, and suddenly a horrible memory was resurfaced. The pain, the regret, the shame, and disgusting feelings all returned as if you had just committed the sin again. The memories are so vivid you could shutter. Each of us will battle the memories of sin. Not one person can say they have no memory of sins they have committed. So what do we do with these memories that make us cringe? How do we face the memories in Christ?

Read More

Resting in the Psalms When You're Weary

Resting in the Psalms When You're Weary

God has taught me to love the Psalms and rest in them. In weary times when my mind is too tired to focus and my heart is jumbled and distracted, I have found rest in studying the Psalms. I didn’t believe that a study of the Psalms would challenge me like it has and cause such growth. I was a fool to doubt God’s beautiful and inspired Word. 

Read More

Do I Need More Self-Esteem?

Do I Need More Self-Esteem?

I was among those who wanted a higher self-esteem. I tried to root my confidence in my writing, my horseback riding, my body image, my goodness, and my intelligence. But in my striving, I learned that the pursuit of self-esteem is a tiring and disappointing one. Self-esteem roots you in lies and shades your eyes from the truth—where your true confidence should be. 

Read More

The Puffing Up of Knowledge

The Puffing Up of Knowledge

My theology-loving friend, I want to warn you of the same pride that could grow inside of you as you grow in knowledge. When we are not using our theology to love and serve God and those he has placed around us, our knowledge could be our downfall. Though you may know the doctrines of grace, you may be living with more pride than grace. Though you may know the essential doctrines of Christology, do you live like Christ lived? Though you know the Greek words for love, are you showing others that agape love? 

Read More

Renewing the Joy of Motherhood: A Review of Mere Motherhood

Renewing the Joy of Motherhood: A Review of Mere Motherhood

The sub-title summarizes the book perfectly: “Morning Times, Nursery Rhymes, and My Journey Towards Sanctification.” Motherhood is sanctifying, and Cindy Rollins displays this through stories of laughter, tears, and celebration. Reading this book, I felt as if I were sitting next Cindy on my couch sharing the wonders and woes of motherhood, all the while being encouraged that in Christ it is possible to survive.

Read More

The Anxiety of Fear of Man

The Anxiety of Fear of Man

I'm sure I'm not the only one who has found themselves in this situation before, though it may look different for you. Maybe you drove home from a meeting rehearsing the conversation and all you wished you had said (or didn’t say). Or you had coffee with a friend and might have said something stupid—so you spent the rest of your day fretting about it. Or you brought up a touchy subject at the supper table with friends last night and now you wish you could rewind and keep your mouth closed. These are prime examples of fear of man. Where does this vicious beast come from? How do we find freedom from its anxiety? 

Read More

4 Scriptures to Read When You’re Dealing with Lack of Assurance

4 Scriptures to Read When You’re Dealing with Lack of Assurance

When I lacked assurance, I wanted mentors, pastors, and friends to reassure me that I was saved. I wanted them to give me proof I was truly a child of God. I wanted them to point back to my life, to a time when I made a commitment of which they were positive couldn’t be false. But people do not see your heart, and they do not see God’s book of life. They aren’t in the place to give you the assurance you desire. So, we must turn to God’s Word and seek the Holy Spirit to be truly assured. Here are four questions you may be asking yourself in the midst of your doubts and four Scriptures to take those questions to.

Read More

Lessons on Sanctification While Living in A Construction Zone

Lessons on Sanctification While Living in A Construction Zone

A year of living in on-going house renovations, seeing rooms completed one piece at a time, I have learned not only patience but a lot about sanctification. In many ways this little house is much like my heart, and yours too. 

Read More

No Longer Waiting: Hope for When the Battle Continues to Rage

No Longer Waiting: Hope for When the Battle Continues to Rage

I used to imagine the day I would be free from anxiety. I pictured myself encouraging others who battled by saying that they too, someday, could find healing and peace. I imagined writing a book about how I overcame anxiety and others could too. I pictured that triumphant day, swinging my legs over the side of my bed, and smiling into the new day, anxiety-free. Instead, I sit on my bed, twenty-one years old, still waging war with anxiety.

And yet, I know this is a story of hope.

Read More

Submit Your Dream to God

Submit Your Dream to God

Has life not turned out the way you dreamed? Maybe you thought you would have a growing family with babies and toddlers in tow—but your arms remain empty. Perhaps you saw yourself going out on double dates with your married friends by now—yet you’re the only one who is still single. Maybe you saw yourself with a nicer and better-paying job at this point—but you still push grocery items on a conveyor belt.

Read More

Restoring Biblical Peace

Restoring Biblical Peace

Most people want peace. We want to be in harmony in our relationships, we want our lives to run like a peaceful river, we want times of quiet and serene rest, and we want peace from anxiety. But in a sin-corrupted world, filled with thorns and thistles, peace can seem elusive or impossible. And yet, the Bible proclaims that as believers we can have peace. We know perfect peace will exist in heaven, but how do we gain such peace on earth?

Read More

The Peace of Obedience

The Peace of Obedience

Perhaps you have been with us through our entire series of Restoring Peace From Anxiety, yet you still feel anxious. You have followed and applied what God’s Word says about anxiety in Philippians 4:4-8, yet you still feel anxious each day. There is one more verse for you friend. “The things you have learned and received and heard and seen in me, practice these things, and the God of peace will be with you” (Philippians 4:9 NASB).

Read More

Guarding Our Thoughts From Anxiety

Guarding Our Thoughts From Anxiety

But God has a higher calling for us. He doesn’t want us to remain in those depressing, anxious thoughts. He calls us to lift our thoughts to higher things. “Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things” (Philippians 4:8 ESV).

Read More

Learning to Pray When We Worry

Learning to Pray When We Worry

When anxiety peaks, the last thing on your mind is probably prayer. Rather than stopping to pray about the worries that flood our minds, we flit around like an anxious bird, trying to keep our situation under our control even though we know it is spinning too quickly for us to keep up.

And yet, Paul says that biblical prayer is the solution to our anxiety. He says that when we choose to pray rather than worry, we will be filled and guarded by the peace of God.

Read More

Growing in Gentleness in the Midst of Overwhelm

Growing in Gentleness in the Midst of Overwhelm

I don’t think that break is going to work the miracle of change in your flustered life that you are hoping for. Even though if you take that break, or go on that vacation, or have that self-care day, when you return your life is still going to be the same. There will still be messes to clean. There will still be faulty alarms. Things will happen to irritate us. And the anxiety will still rampage when it all happens.

What we need is not a break, but a heart change. We need to cultivate a gentle spirit.

Read More

Choosing Joy Over Fear

Choosing Joy Over Fear

Worries weigh us down. It makes sense that depression and anxiety often go hand-in-hand; when we are overwhelmed with concerns, fears, and anxieties, it’s difficult to find any reason to be happy or joyful. Instead, we feel burdened by worry, like it’s a heavy weight we drag behind us each day. 

Thankfully, joy is not a flippant emotion like happiness, based on circumstance or bubbly feelings. Joy is a choice, based on the most secure foundation we could ever have. Our job is to make that choice to replace our fears with rejoicing.

Read More

We Live by Faith, Not by Feelings

We Live by Faith, Not by Feelings

Shortly after I became a believer, I still lived by my feelings rather than my faith. I doubted my salvation because it didn’t feel real. I struggled to believe that God still loved me when I sinned because I couldn’t feel his love. I often gave into my sins because it felt better than obedience. My worship time was completely regulated by my feelings as well—if I felt near to God, then I had worshipped effectively and rightly.

Do you live by your feelings? Do you live in a similar way that I did? If so, we need to consider what God’s Word has to say about our feelings, and what living by faith actually looks like.

Read More

Fighting Temptation as a Single Woman

Fighting Temptation as a Single Woman

Looking back as a married woman, I see where I went wrong. The motive I took going into the battle for purity was the same motive that lead me to sin: Selfishness. But even before that, my view of purity was wrong, and that hindered my battle as well.

Maybe you are like me and felt (or feel) totally equipped to fight temptation against sexual immorality. I encourage you to consider with me your definition of what true purity looks like, and to also consider what is truly motivating you in your battle against sexual sin.

Read More

How to be a Woman Clothed in Humility

How to be a Woman Clothed in Humility

She said that pride proceeds a fall, and likewise God will humble you when you begin to think you have learned the art of humility.

Whether you think you are already a pretty humble person, or you think you need lots of growth in the area of humility, here are six characteristics of a humble woman of God.

Read More

Glorifying God in the Midst of Anxiety

Glorifying God in the Midst of Anxiety

But seasons of difficulty are much different. In seasons of suffering, sadness, anxiety, and weakness, obedience does not come so naturally. When I am filled with anxiety, all I want to do is lie in bed and dwell on my worries, flip through the what ifs, and argue against rational thinking. I want to scroll through Facebook posts and get lost in Instagram stories, forgetting my difficulty.

And yet, my God-given purpose to glorify him has not changed in those seasons of rampant anxiety. Even in those moments, God is calling me to be a mirror that is reflecting him and his gospel.

Read More