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An Uninvited Guest // Glimpses Link Up — 42 Comments

  1. Barbie, I recently went through YOUR 10-DAY SPIRITUAL ACTION PLAN FOR OVERCOMING STRESS, ANXIETY, & DEPRESSION by Kenneth and Gloria Copeland and it’s the best thing that’s happened to me in a long time. It’s really neat. It’s got a morning and evening lesson, CD’s, DVD’s, and scripture memory cards that come with it and it really helped me overcome a lot of junk. Just thought I’d share! (((HUGS)))

  2. I’ve been in a season of aging parents living in our small home which makes entertaining (in the perfectionistic way I’m wont to do) challenging, but like you, I have to remind myself that’s the wrong focus. And then there are those unwanted guests of feelings. They’re not always as easy to kick out, but God is faithful as I suspect we’ll spend the rest of our lives learning.

  3. Barbie, we all have our uninvited guests. My big struggle is with the fear of rejection. Sometimes, when my husband travels for work, going to church is hard for me. I have friends, but when my mind isn’t in the right place, I end up thinking they wouldn’t want me to sit with them. I struggle with the feeling of being rejected when someone says something that really is trivial, but it triggers a memory, a response in me that causes me to withdraw.

    God has helped me a ton with this, but every now and then . . . I have to choose to remember God is with me and that I am not rejected.

    Great post!

  4. I’ve struggled with similar thoughts and anxieties, Barbie. It looms so large for me at certain times, but after I get to know people or certain environments, that anxiety ebbs and I find my rhythm. I hope you do as well, my friend. And one things for sure, your place here always has an open door! Thanks for the linkup!

  5. Oh Barbie, I think posts like this make the most sense and are the most encouraging. After all, aren’t we encouraged to boast of our weakness because it makes Christ so very visible? I am so sorry you are battling anxiety but so thankful for God’s nearness through your struggles. I too have seen Him growing me as He’s plunged me into the deep end to reveal my weakness but to enable His Power to be perfected there. May God continue to embolden you to lean into Him and share from these vulnerable places – it is such an encouragement.

  6. God always brings me the exact encouragement I need through your vulnerable sharing, Barbie. Anxiety and fear can be so strong. I am so glad, too, that God never gives up on us. I am with you in that struggle to retrain our brains. So thank you for sharing your heart! Love and hugs to you!

  7. Oh, my sweet friend. The struggle is very real. These verses came to mind as I read your post. I humbly add them to yours.

    2 Cor 10:4-6
    4 For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, 5 casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ, 6 and being ready to punish all disobedience when your obedience is fulfilled.

    Praying that, through the power of Christ’s spirit within you, you will be able to take every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ. Blessings on your week, dear one.

  8. You need to do you in your writing because vulnerable and messy is what God is calling you to. I loved your words today. I also suffer from anxiety at times and it is like an uninvited guest. It is real and it comes when you least expect it. But God is on that moment as well as the ones you feel more together. Shout from the rooftops “Be gone, Satan”! I have done it myself. Prayers and hugs!

  9. Your writing makes perfect sense! We have one of our sons, dil, and grandson living with us right now. Life is different. I had an anxiety attack on my way to a ladies gathering at my church. I yelled at satan and told him to leave me alone and that I was going no matter what. 🙂 Thank you for sharing your heart!!

  10. I completely identify with that reluctance to open our homes (and our hearts) to the vulnerable sharing of our selves. And if I don’t stay “in training” I can feel myself slipping into reluctance again. Thanks for being so open about your journey here.

  11. Barbie, Thank you for your vulnerability. I don’t know what anxiety feels like but I have loved ones that suffer from it. It helps me to be more understanding when I hear others experiences. Praying for your right now!!!!

  12. I’m sorry to hear about your struggles with anxiety. Your post today actually helped me understand a little better what my daughter feels like when she gets hit with an anxiety attack; and I’m going to pass on those verses to her as well. Praise God, a couple of the situations that were causing her stress are resolved or well on their way, and I’ve seen the tension melting away over this past week. I’m so glad we have a God who is kind and compassionate when his children are anxious!

  13. Thanks for your transparency, Barbie. Anxiety is a relentless pursuer of us and it can snag us in more than a few places. I have experienced it at different seasons of my life and have just walked through a period of almost 6 months where it stalked my husband. Praying the Lord will lead you to a safe place and speak what you most need to hear from Him.

  14. I have a loved one who struggles with anxiety, and I myself deal with the anxiety that fibro and RA seem to heap upon me some days. So I understand that unwanted visitor that comes out of nowhere! But thank the Lord that Jesus doesn’t desert us when those feelings come in. I have been learning to call out His name just as quickly as the fear comes in. I am so thankful that we can lift each other, and our loved ones, to HIM at any moment. Gentle Hugs to you!

  15. Barbie, I am sorry for the uninvited emotions with which you are dealing. Praying for you this morning that God would calm your anxious mind and heart as you settle in with Him. Blessings! And a [hug]!

  16. Barbie,
    I know how anxiety comes in as an uninvited guest. It doesn’t calmly slip in the door….it barges in and sweeps over you and stops you in your tracks. Sometimes my prayer in those times is just, “Jesus…Help!”. It’s hard to go through the mental exercise of seeing if our thoughts match up with scripture, but recognizing that the anxiety NEVER comes from the Lord and and is one of the enemy’s schemes helps me to try to dismiss it as untrue. Praying for you and God’s strength as you bravely go forward.
    Blessings,
    Bev xx

  17. Barbie, I’m sorry you’re struggling with perfectionism and not feeling you’re good enough. Sharing your struggles so openly helps your readers as they see they aren’t alone.

    I have been where you are. Not enough money, time, or patience. Feeling spread too thin and unable to recharge, even when it’s the desire of your heart. It isn’t pretty and it isn’t fun. Praying God ministers to you in tangible ways as you seek Him during this trial.

  18. I’m sorry about your struggle with anxiety, but thanks for sharing so openly. I have been there too and it is definitely an unwelcome unexpected visitor!
    Praying for you as you simplify and fill your mind with truth. It definitely takes time to allow the truth to overcome the lies and to change our patterns of thinking but, as you say, God is patient and he doesn’t give up on us. Praying that you know him with you on the journey.

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