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Jennifer Dukes Lee is the author of several books, including Growing Slow. She and her husband live on the family farm, raising crops, pigs, and two humans. She’s a fan of dark chocolate, emojis, eighties music, bright lipstick, and Netflix binges. She wants to live life in such a way...

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  1. Jennifer,
    For the past few days I have been suffering through a terrible ocd anxiety episode. I can’t feel the peace of Christ. I know it’s not a “feeling” it’s more the person of who Christ is, yet it’s so hard when I can’t feel and experience peace. Please pray for me. I am weary from being a ball of anxiety and am no use to anyone in this state. Just need some reminders that God knows me and that He understands and He will be faithful to restore communion (He feels so far away right now). I keep clinging to the truth that He will never leave nor forsake me…even when I can’t feel His peace.
    Thanks…struggling…need prayers.
    Bev

    • Bev, I understand so much what you are going through for similar reasons. I pray that He breaks through to enfold you in His arms. I read once that when we are in these places, He has us in the cleft of the rock, like Moses, keeping us safe. Sweet sister, He is right there with you; He understands better than any of us and is faithful in all He does. He is greater than our feelings, and knows everything 1Jhn 3:20 Hold on, He has you and this 🙂 Hugs!

    • Bev, Praying for you right now. I am sorry that you are anxious. Praying that He covers you with His perfect peace. You are safe in His arms, sweet Bev. He is your Good Shepherd and will never let go. Sending you love and God’s comfort, precious Bev. Xox

      Psalm 23 The Lord is My Shepherd
      Psalm 46:10 Be still and know that I am God.

      • Veronica, I’ve been reading the 23rd Psalm and God has really spoken to me through it. His peace is returning…xx

    • Bev,
      You are not alone! I truly understand your feelings as I have gone through what I like to call spiritual anxiety for the last year and half. I’ve had insurmountable panic attacks and depression. I’ve allowed my feelings to dictate my spiritual state. All I can say is that it’s been a trial to strengthen my trust in God’s mysterious ways and using it for his good. Psalm 23 is my go to for comfort. Prayers for you during this time!

      • Arica,
        I’m sorry that you, too, know these feelings. But that’s just what they are…feelings. Jesus as my comforter is a fact. Thank you for your oh so kind words. Reading the 23rd Psalm…you’re right…great go to!! xx

    • Bev,
      Prayers that He will bring healing to you mind, body and soul! Just know that you are loved by God and He will never leave nor forsake you! I love you too Sister-in Christ! May God shower you with His love, grace and mercy!! You will be in my prayers as will both your children!!
      Blessings 🙂

      • Beth,
        You are such a great prayer warrior…so blessed to have you in my corner sweet friend!! xx

    • Praying…Lord, provide the reminders that Bev needs, so she will know with assurance that you understand exactly how she is feeling and why. I pray that as she clings to the truth of your Word, the truth will cling to her and melt away the anxiety. In the name of Jesus, Amen.

    • Bev,

      Oh friend. Please know that I’m praying with you and for you tonight. I am so sorry for the anxiety you’re experiencing. I have had episodes like that, and they are no fun. Sometimes, I can dig deep and find peace. But other times? The digging feels like too much work. Praying that you can breathe deeply, and find God so present in the midst of your difficult time.

      Love to you.

      • Jennifer,
        I’m doing better…thanks to so many sweet prayers. God is present and He has been restoring peace in a way only He can do…you’re right…I can’t dig and find it on my own. Thanks for your kind words!! xx

  2. I am the pained one but, God is with me and seeing me through. Christmas is coming and I miss my Joshie so much. He was the child I never gave birth to. Yet, Christmas in ‘our’ home was so much fun. He was the Joy Jesus gave to me, through my little man dog and all his shenanigans. I laughed and laughed and the harder I Iaughed the more he did his cute things. I know that through this Christmas I will be sad but, I will try to focus on the great times I had with him and he with me and I will laugh right through the pain!

  3. This is a great post, I’m bad about wanting to do things for people and the Lord keeps reminding me of what I need, rest in Him. I have to take care of me, too, And let Him take care of me. He wants to and He has all the answers. What we manage to make a mess of He can clean and polish and put His shine on, He never runs out of detergent.

  4. Oh how I love this (and yes… have done this very thing myself!) I wrote a whole 31days series on Truths we know – it’s just that sometimes we forget! You are not alone, sister! I think we all forget from time to time! xoxo

  5. So very true, Jennifer. Thank you for the encouragement that “even when we’ve broken communion with God, He doesn’t break communion with us.” That He restores the broken and never, ever forgets us like we sometimes forget Him. Blessings and hugs to you!

  6. Jennifer,
    Such a good and timely post! I often get distracted doing good things, but forget the true meaning of Christmas! It is so easy to do when right before Thanksgiving all you hear is buy buy buy gifts for everyone & not much mention of Christ!
    Blessings 🙂

  7. I, too, am so grateful that our Jesus came to this broken world and offers all of us restoration with God. We can come “home” like the prodigal son and enjoy the peace and joy of His household. Gloria in excelsis Deo! Thank you, Jennifer, for your honest, heart-warming reminder.

  8. Beautifully written. Truths that touched my heart in the middle of my mess. Thank you for a timely word that has blessed me.

  9. I can’t tell you how many times I have gone to the store for one–maybe two–items and left with everything BUT what I originally intended to get. But that’s beside the point…
    I have been struggling lately with keeping my eyes focused on Jesus. I attended my first therapy appointment on Thursday and there I learned that I have an issue with control. I think I have to be in control of everything. I think I have to be without flaw and without cracks or tears, but I don’t. Jesus is the glue keeping my brokenness together. And while I still struggle with anxiety and depression and forgetting my self-worth, I am trying my hardest to remember that I do not have to be the one in control. God takes the reins from me. He leads and all I have to do is follow.
    Though I wish I could keep my thoughts focused in this manner all the time.
    Thanks so much for this post!