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When Fear Chases Me

October 10, 2014

My eyes popped open and my heart raced when my phone buzzed at 1AM. Good news isn’t usually delivered at that hour. I hopped out of bed and grabbed my phone.

“Mom, police have my dorm on lockdown and are running up and down the hall shouting. I don’t know what’s going on but I’m scared.”

It was from Ashley, my college freshman daughter, over 7 hours away from me.

I tried calling her but the reception was so bad neither of us could make out what the other was saying. Texting was my only option so I asked a series of questions trying to get a better handle of what was happening.

My hands were shaking. My heart was racing. And I felt intensely helpless.

Scary images assaulted my mind with all the possible scenarios a completely shaken mama conjures up in moments of frightening uncertainty. I sank down to my knees and begged God to clear my head and give me the words to text that would help…

Have you ever experienced an intense moment of fear like this? Day by day, I’m learning that I can feel afraid but I don’t have to live afraid. I’m sharing what this situation with Ashley has taught me about fear over at (in)courage today. Click here to read the rest of this story.

I’m also giving away 3 copies of It Will Be Okay right here on my blog. Just leave a comment below to be entered to win.

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237 Comments
  1. Eris

    Please please pick me I need this for my boys to read. Our family is facing some major mountains and I think this book will be awesome during this difficult and fearful time.

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  2. Michelle

    With a military daddy, frequently I’m telling my children it will be OK and to pray pray pray. Would love to read your book, thank you for your ministry! God bless

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  3. Dawn

    Would love a copy for our church counseling center at Mbc! Thanks for writing a children’s book !

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  4. Dulce Dudley

    Thank you so much for your words of encouragement! Your devotions are always exactly what I need and they speak to my sometimes weary heart! I also enjoyed leading my small group in “More than just a good Bible study girl”-your teaching is practical, funny and makes us dig deep into ourselves! We are looking forward to starting the Best Yes in a couple of weeks!! Would love to get a copy of “It will be okay” 🙂
    Thank you for your ministry.

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  5. Nancy Hammond

    My adult daughter often have fears of things that could be, the “what if” factor. Would love to give this book to her.

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  6. Sarita Sisco

    Philippians 4:6-7 has been a great comfort to me as well during stressful situations. God never ceases to amaze me–I love how scripture from many years ago can meet us just where are today.

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  7. J. Helms

    I am at a scarey place now full of fear. I would like a copy to help me cope. Thank you.

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  8. Pam

    Thank you for your positive statement ofvi can feel afaid but I don’t have toblive afraid…. with the ebola scare and our world changing hourly I was feeling afraid but your statement reminds me to let go and let God. Thank you.

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  9. Sheila

    I got a call one evening at work from my yougest sons assistant ptinciple. They had wanted him to stay for the afterschool program to get extra help. They had let the kids go out go the play ground to play. One child fell from the top of the steps going upto the top of the slide knocking our son backward and his head hit a pipe knocking him out. I had a 1/2 hour drive to get to the school. When I got to him they said they were going to fly him to a children’s hospital that is a little over an hour away. The reasque squad didn’t think he was responding the way he should. I could not fly with him and had no ideahow to drive to the hospital. God was looking out for us one of the teachers said she would drive me over and the teacher that was in charge of the after school program came over later to bring her home. My sister in law brought his dad and older brother over. He and I had to spend the night. All the test they ran showed up nothing. He had to just wear a neck brace all night. They always say God lets things happen for a reason, we of course had to go back for a follow up visit. The connections we made with doctors and staff at the hospital plus getting me used to driving to that town paid off in our lives further down the road. Our older son ended up in the same hospital for his migrane headaches.

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  10. marcia

    Love reading all your devotionals -would love this book for my children!!

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  11. Denise

    Having a teenage son who has turned his back on God……living in fear became a way of life for me and it crippled me. I have learned to daily lay him before the Lord and bathe him n prayer.

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  12. Paris Renae

    Lysa, your message today is so timely. I am part of Compel and I am also doing the 31 day writing challenge. My topic is fear, my site for the challenge is livingbraver.wordpress.com. It is always so cool to see how God confirms what we are learning through other writers, through church sermons, through other blogs. By writing about fear, anxiety, dread, etc. I am learning so much and reaching many other hearts. It’s a humbling experience.

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  13. Tina

    My daughter is only 4 years old but already full of questions,deep questions-worry and anxiety at times. I suffered from extreme anxiety as a child and I’m concerned I’m seeing the same behaviors in her. This book would be a great resource for her especially at such a young age. I’m glad such a thing exists because the only thing I know to do when her fears are even too much for me to answer is to turn her to the Lord.

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  14. andrea s

    Thank you for sharing on your site. Fear has managed to creep its way into my life throughout the years and I have let it win too many times because I did not turn to GOD like I should have. But I know I am a work in progress. Thank you GOD for continuing to help me with this process.

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  15. anonymous

    I have lived with a stronghold of fear, worry, and panic attacks the majority of my life. I know this is something that has been passed through my family for years. The Lord is beginning to teach me how to overcome these fears and trust Him. It is an every day battle. I would love to have more advice on how to overcome fear in my life.

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  16. Mary B

    Thank you for your ministry and for sharing what God lays upon your heart so openly.

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  17. Leslee

    Recently, my son has shown an increase in anxiety. Although I am hoping it’s just a phase, I’ve had similar struggles, so I feel like we need to win this battle early on. I’d love to have a copy to help alleviate this challenge.

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  18. N

    Getting a tragic call at any time of the day is hard to take and even harder to understand that God could allow such a tragedy. Knowing the only way to handle an overwhelming situation is to turn to God is not always easy to do when you are still questioning the “why?” Clinging to His promises is a start in the healing.

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  19. Yolanda

    I am learning to keep my eyes on Jesus and many times to ‘do it afraid’!

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  20. PAMELA D

    Sometimes a call in that unexpected hour could be God’s still small voice to pray, even if the call was not bad news. We can stop some mishap by going into prayer at that moment.

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  21. Samantha Thomas

    I would love to have this book to share with a little girl that is going through alot of change right now and has become challenging to her mom (my friend).

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  22. Beth

    I am reading this early in the morning because I couldn’t sleep, feeling fearful thinking about a child’s future – where will they go to college, who will they room with, who will they meet as friends. This was written just for me! I think your children’s book could be just what I need, too!

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  23. Shelly O'Brien

    So good! I am so excited for this children’s book..I collect good childrens books and now that im a mama, my kiddos get to enjoy them.

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  24. Donna

    I always think the worst when I don’t know the whole story. My family, especially my husband, get very upset with me. They can’t understand why my mind thinks this way. I don’t know either, except I have always been this way. I can pray about the situation and still I am convinced my adult daughter has been kidnapped or some such thing. If I could find a way to throw away these runaway thoughts my life could be more joyful!

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  25. Stacy Hardy

    I think any mother who has a child old enough to drive has had a fearful experience whether real or imagined. Maybe that is how some of us seasoned mom’s know we are still a work in progress. This book applies to eveyone.

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  26. denise Y

    Fear can sure take over! would love to win your book!

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  27. Yolanda Young

    Thank you very much for your inspiring words. When I’m faced with fear, I go into my room and fall on my knees and cry out to my Heavenly Father in Jesus Christ Precious Name.

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  28. marilyn atkinson

    Thank you for your message. My daughter is going to Haiti next week with a mission group..my Grandson 11 is really having a hard time with this. I know it is because of fear.. I have been trying to figure out how to help him get past the fear and see how his Mom is answering what the Holy Spirit has laid on my daughters heart..

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  29. Ursula Blakely

    This was a wonderful story… and I’ve been immensely enjoying and learning from your writing. Thank you for sharing your life with us.

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  30. Krista

    Thank you for your timely insight! Raising four teenagers has been very challenging. I try to take all the advice I can about handling situations that arise. The beat advice comes from The Lord, but I am so grateful he has gifted you with the ability to reach into my life the way you always do. I would love a copy of your book. Being in school myself has restricted our budget and it takes a while to get your books at the library. God bless and thank you for doing what you do!

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  31. Dana

    Fear is not my friend!! It’s crazy what are
    minds can conjur up, with a little hep from
    satan. Thanks for your willingness to share
    Your stories to help others.

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  32. Glenda

    I went through a period of time where great fear griped me. I couldn’t sleep, eat or think straight. Finally, my young niece said to me “get into the Psalms.” It was great advice. Overtime I was able to get my fear under control. I never felt so helpless. I became strong by relying on God and not me.

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  33. LT

    Hi Lysa,

    Just saw you in Philly and it was very encouraging, Thank you. I would love to have a copy of this book as I am hoping it will guide me through a really rough time with a child that is in the deep end of depression. Keep doing what you are doing!

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  34. Melissa Edwards

    I’ve had this fear before. Almost 4 years ago I got that call from a trauma 1 hospital here in Arizona saying my husband was in a motorcycle accident. As I drove from work to the hospital every fear ran through my head. At the time I had two small boys only 3 and 5 and I was afraid I was going to have to tell them that daddy would not be coming home. Satan will use fear to make you lose sight of God and in those moments I felt betrayed by God. Of course God didn’t forsake us instead we witnessed one miracle after another and even though it was four months till he finally made it home God slowly replaced all my fears with faith. Thank you Jesus for loving us in our human moments.

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  35. Sandra Tichnor

    upon praying the other day about my job situation I got this verse which I have been trying to memorize. Do not let your hearts be troubled, trust in God , Trust also in me. John 14:1

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  36. JeannieK

    I struggle with fear daily but when my son struggles with it, it breaks my heart. All I can do is point him to the assurance of Jesus. I need to take my own advice too.

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  37. CJ

    Thank you for this.

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  38. Libbie

    Fear seems to be the “thorn in my side”. Your writings always encourage me.

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  39. Teresa T.

    My youngest son who just turned 8 struggles with fear of all sorts all of the time. I was so thankful for the 5 verses. I have been trying to find different ones to read to him and work with him on hiding in his heart. I know one of the biggest ways to calm him down is scripture and praying over him aloud. Thanks.

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  40. Jeanna

    Seems fear is where I live lately……going through a divorce I don’t want does that to you…..would love to read your book.

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  41. Steph Redhead

    I think it is so awesome that you have written a children’s book! It’ll be great to be able to read something worthwhile and with a great message to my kids. Especially my daughter who is about to start school!

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  42. Donna

    I face fear everyday. Alcoholism can grip you in very unhealthy ways. These words were helpful. Thanks.

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  43. Erin T.

    I would love this book for my son! He is 9 y.o., and enjoys reading… I am sure this book would be great for him – possibly now, and definitely as he continues to grow!

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  44. Mariko

    My youngest has been struggling with fears lately and I’m really excited to read your book with him. Thanks!

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  45. Chris Carter

    Oh Lysa! That just sounds like every mother’s worst nightmare!! (Well, there are other scenes that are equally bad- like a diagnosis, a call from the police, etc.) I cannot imagine how terrified you must have been, and I am anxious to go read the read of your piece…

    Ultimately, we have no control. If I let my imagination go, I will die in the hopelessness and helplessness. So I claim what is true. Christ is in control. And that is my constant comfort.

    I can’t tell you how many times I fought fear with that truth. And I’m guessing I will continue to do that countless more times in this life…

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  46. Kathy hanley

    Awesome story $

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  47. janet

    I really like that you have subjects and suggestions like this to help us in raising our children in a correct and godly manner.

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  48. Cheryl Dillistone

    Thank you for your blog. I lived in paralyzing fear for many years, then the Lord set me free!! His Word constantly in my thoughts helped me. Thank you again!!

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  49. Laurie

    My husband passed almost 6 months ago. I have 2 daughters and 2 grand babies. I am constantly living in fear that I will not be enough or be able to go on. This is a scary world.

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  50. Brenda pierson

    I have had some sleepless nights my mind wandering over and over wondering how I could help my kids and grandkids praying for God to give me peace and how to encourage them

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  51. Missy

    Wow so glad things worked out. Love that He have u exactly the verses you needed!

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  52. Reneee

    Great reminder that God will always bring comfort to His children, even when mommies are too far away to hold them in their own arms.

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  53. Julie W

    I so struggle with fear over and around my children. This was a much needed reading for me today. Thank you Lysa!

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  54. Brittney C

    Thank you so much for your words of wisdom in your blogs. I have a hard time really enjoying devotionals but I find myself going back to yours each day. Thank you for sharing your heart, life, and prompting of what our Father has laid on your heart.

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  55. Stephanie

    The devil certainly knows how to distract us from Gods love and promises.

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  56. Brenda

    I am often plagued by the what ifs. Trying to Phil. 4:8 them.

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  57. Tami Fancher

    One of my favorite verses is “But God did not give us the spirit of fear, but one of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.” I have used this verse so many times, taught it to my girls trying to help them remember that God does not want them to be afraid, and I know these words to be true. But why is it that our human reaction to fear is to first think the worst case scenario and begin panicking about how we will deal with it. So frustrating. But if I can remember to claim this verse, I know that God replaces my fears, no matter how real they may be, with His power and protection.

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  58. kathy

    Wow! I woke up before 5am, a bad dream. All based on fear, and how all my life I have ran to escape stressful situations. I was running in my dream, afraid of getting to the point of not being able to take care of my husband and myself. My daily devotional was about fear, my Bible reading was in Job, then I check emails and here is more on fear. God is good. I want to live in faith, full and strong. I want to always realize I can be afraid, but I don’t have to live in fear. My Lord and Savior, my Father in Heaven, will and does provide everything I need, so there is no need to live afraid. I want this for all who believe in Him who saves.

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  59. Sherry

    Thanks Lysa for your encouragement today, fear can be so paralizing. Thanks for the reminder that God is always in control.

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  60. Nicole

    thanks for sharing this story and these verses!

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  61. Nicole

    OMG!!! I feel like I’m casting down fear and replacing negative thoughts with positive ones hourly. I never imagined having 4 kids would bring such fear my way. I’m walking through a battle of my mind daily and trusting God to help me think on the right thoughts.

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  62. Wendy

    We live in a fallen world that is filled with many things to cause us fear. Without God’s Holy Word and our trust in Him I truly don’t know how I’d face each day. I often go back to the scripture “When I am afraid I will trust in thee.” Psalm 56:3 Those times when I feel overcome by fear, I call out the name of Jesus and say this scripture. Fear is Satan’s mighty weapon against us, but thankfully God has provided scriptures to help us stand firm.

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  63. Cindi Laughlin

    Thanks ! I would love to read this! I really enjoy reading your blog !

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  64. Phyllis Basham

    Since losing my husband a few months ago I am struggling with many different forms of fear. I know The Lord is taking care of me. I would love to read more of your thoughts. Thank you.

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  65. paige

    I have a friend who’s daughter is 12 and has had to be on medication for anxiety and fear. Sounds like this would be a good book for her.

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  66. Margie H.

    I look forward to my email every day to see what’s there. There are so many times when our kids are small and even when they are grown and married that we fear for them and want to make everything OK. God is such a help in our time of need and theirs. We have to keep rereading the scriptures that tell us to rely on Him; be daily in the Word, not just when we feel an urgent need….if we are in the Word daily we have more to draw from in those urgent times.

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  67. Monica Tidyman

    God has been speaking to me about living in fear. Thanks for being obedient to his calling in your life and writing as he leads. This was an affirmation I needed this morning.

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  68. Suzanne

    Thise early am phone calls are terrible enough. I can relate to feeling helpless when a child calls in a major crisis and you don’t have the solutions. I so appreciate how you share your experiences in such a way that I can learn so much.

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  69. Sandi

    wow; fear is something my daughter and I are dealing with big time right now; trying to learn how to not let it overwhelm us and to pray the scriptures we have in our hearts and not let our human nature to worry and be fearful take over. would love the opportunity to have this book to share with my daughter.

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  70. Lisa Williams

    Greetings from Utah,
    In those moments of panic and chaos, how great is it that we can turn to God for comfort and clarity? It’s not always something that’s easy to do, but just knowing that HE is always there is comfort in itself.

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  71. Evelyn

    I have lived in fear throughout my life, sometimes over silly things and often over the big ones. However, I am learning to trust that God is with me no matter the circumstances. that has been hard for me.

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  72. Nikita

    More and more, I am learning that the first one I turn to in times of panic/fear/crisis is God. He is the one and only who can calm the spirit. I’m glad your daughter is well!

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  73. Cherie

    Lysa,
    I first saw you speak at this years Women of Faith in KC. Since then I have been daily encourage by your words through this blog and your book “The Best Yes”. I would love a copy of your new book to share with my 3 little ones. Thank you for sharing of yourself!
    Cherie

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  74. Lee Ann

    Would love to have your book for my very afraid little boy. Love how God speaks through you!

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  75. Nikki

    We all fear for our children and many times more than we fear ourselves.

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  76. Rachel C.

    Our family is going through an intense spiritual attack right now. My husband was forced onto long-term disability a year and a half ago for a chronic condition they cannot find a cause, cure, or effective treatment for. He has spiraled into deep depression and has given up on God ever answering our prayers for healing and relief and things God no longer cares for him. The spiritual head of our home is crumbling and it has fallen to me to take the reins and I feel so ill equipped. Now, our oldest is suffering from severe me tal illness (suicidal thoughts, etc) is getting out of an intense residential stay today, and we have had to give up partial custody of my husbands children and my other child feels responsible for telling me he was having issues. He is 11. Our other kids are 9, 8, 7, and 5. No one understands what is happening or why. This book would be such a blessing to us in so many ways, but we cannot afford it on out very limited income- we depleted our small savings just to get the help our oldest needed. Mama (me) is so lost too, I figure I could use a little child-like faith and encouragement as well. Thank you, Lysa, for all you do with P31 and the ladies you are training up to walk alongside you to lead and shepherd us each day. The daily devotion is water for my soul- and moments when I read stories like this, I can put both feet on the floor, get in the shower, claim His promises over me, and walk!

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  77. Deanna Lane

    Thank so much for sharing your blog. I seem to read exactly the message I need, when I need it!

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  78. Deanna

    Amen! Great reminder-thank you. When I was diag.with stg4 ovarian cancer a year and a half ago-telling my 4 children (3-20yrs) was the hardest part,really. I had to face my fears to be strong for them. Thanks be to God for his strengthn and Love! He has a plan and I see miracles around me everyday. Thank you for this ministry. Bless you.

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  79. Angie Gates

    I want my faith to be much bigger than my fear!

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  80. Kim holt

    Thank you for sharing this. It’s amazing how fear can captivate us. This helps me to know God is lifting me above fear. Awesome words!

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  81. Linda Builta

    I have had some moments as you when my X HAD A GUN AND WAS POINTING IT AT MY DAUGHTER, CRYING OUT TO GOD WAS ALL I COULD DO.I prayed protection over her and prayed he passed out, God is good , all the time, all the time God is good. She is 44 years old and a beautiful daughter with 5 children. She isn’t walking with the Lord right now but I know God has his hand on her and has a plan for her. I pray protection over her and my grand children daily that they will ALL walk with the Lord and join me in Heaven.

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  82. Peggy

    Thank you, thank you, thank you!

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  83. Shelley Giguere

    Fear can be a great disabler. Afraid of the future, afraid to be around people, afraid of the dark… it rears its head in a thousand different scenarios. I’ve allowed fear to infiltrate several areas of my life- but realized it only steals my peace and joy. Perfect love cast out all fear! Thanks for this, Lysa!

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  84. Suzanne R.

    The enemy has been trying to get me to operate out of fear instead of faith… thank you for sharing these words of encouragement!

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  85. Sarah

    So often I find that fear is the primary way the devil tries to take hold of me. But there is always a peace that comes when we give it up to God.

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  86. Melody Byrum

    I need this book. I have a 10 year old and she has fear and is still learning to trust in God to help her. And I have a 2 year old little boy and I know that he will have these problems as well.

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  87. Peggy

    Fear seems to be one of the hardest chains to break for me. My mind takes over and I withdraw from everyone because it paralyzes me. It feels safer not to “feel”. My daily struggle.

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  88. Sharon

    The world has become so ugly, but God is Sovereign and His will will happen. Thank you Lord!

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  89. Jamie Arnett

    I had a similar experience with my daughter as well only I was in Oregon and she was in Hawaii. All you can do in that situation is drop to your knees and get the ultimate warrior to go into to battle for you. Fear is so debilitating and it moves on us so quickly it sometimes makes us forget we have a God who is bigger than anything satan throws our way. Thanks for your ministry and being a light to those in need!

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  90. Lisa S

    I would love to read this book! I have struggled with fear all of my life and it has started to affect my children now, as well.

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  91. Erin

    Thank you for these words about fear–much needed!

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  92. Becky

    I remember fear taking hold of me when I was student teaching a high school class and the school was put on lockdown. It was uneasy at first and as the situation progressed I became very afraid. Even in a leadership role my fear was so apparent. Thankfully, the situation fizzled out to be nothing. But because I have struggled with anxiety quietly for a long time, I feel like it surfaced and I wore it on my sleeve that day. I knew then, but know even more know that it is so important to keep a quiet heart that rests in His sovereignty even when danger is in front of us –it is simple to know this truth but much more challenging for me to live this out and just do the things that cause that familiar feeling of fear. But I’m trying! 🙂

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  93. Anne Peterson

    I loved this post. I have been letting fear dictate my present days as I face something I never thought I’d have to face. I want to rest in God’s arms as He gives me the grace I know I need each day. I want to display courage, which is not the absence of fear, but instead it is doing things afraid.

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  94. Katie Varney

    How timely this was for me! I have lost four family members this week and it has left me feeling a wee bit shaky. I have found myself contemplating death, heaven, hell, the end times and the entire gambit that comes with this much death and sorrow. I noticed last night that I had begun to fear the Ebola virus in an unhealthy way and Satan’s claws were wrapping around my heart and mind to block me from the assurance I have always clung to in scary times, the promise of eternal life with my Heavenly Father. Thank you so much for sharing!

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  95. Sherise

    This is a topic I am so happy you are addressing ! I too have had that sinking feeling when the phone rings in the middle of the night. Thanks you for your continued transparency, it helps me so much. Excited to pop over and finish the story!

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  96. Amy

    Thank you for sharing and using your gifts to encourage others!

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  97. De

    Thank you for these words. It was much needed. Fear sometimes consumes me. Thank you for your ministry.

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  98. Martha

    I would love a copy of ‘It Will be OK’ ❤️

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  99. Jodi

    Thanks for sharing. Sometimes my “mom” worry pops up out of no where and I find myself battling like crazy. Then I remember Jesus clearly told all the moms, all the dads, all the grandparents and aunts and uncles and teens and kids (okay basically everyone) to NOT WORRY. Instead PRAY. Thanks again for the transparency in your life.

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  100. Christy Martin del Campo

    It’s hard for me to have faith when everything seems so out of control. Your have such a gift for reminding us to rely on God. Thank you.

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  101. Natalie

    One of my friends directed my attention to you today. I am glad she did. Thank you for the words of encouragement and the reality of daily struggles. I have not gotten a chance to look at your Crave series, but I am going to. I battle daily with overeating. I am excited to see what insights that you have. Again, thank you.

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  102. Jackie

    I also have experienced those early morning calls and texts. I have a son who is in the Army-combat infantry. Many times I have to stop and remind myself of what is true-God’s word, and get my mind under control and not allow it to imagine what could happen. God is faithful, and I know my son is in His hand. Nothing can get to us without first passing through the loving hand of God-Psalm 139:5. I would really like a copy of “It will be ok”. Thank you 🙂

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  103. Michelle

    Thank you for your words. No matter what the topic, it always is relevant to my life!

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  104. Jenni

    Psalm 91 is my favorite psalm. It has helped me through some very dark times in my life and has reminded me how faithful and how strong God is to protect us and shield us. I am glad to hear your daughter found refuge in Him through this psalm.

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  105. Cindy Powell

    My daughter is a freshman at Alabama too. I got that same 1am call. Praying for all of our children, including those who are so distressed that violence seems the only recourse. #ROLLTIDE

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  106. Melanie

    It feels like fear is always nipping around the edges, especially regarding my kids. I need to bring everything to God always. Thank you for sharing your Mom moments and helping others.

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  107. Nicole

    I am glad your daughter was safe. I love that verse and wish I had known of it a few months back when my daughters school was on lockdown. Definitely one to keep in my notes.

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  108. miss honey

    oh, how i’m learning about trying to be fear(less)….my word for this year is ”trust”, and God has certainly been trying to teach me how to have more of it…..it is intertwined with becoming less fearful….I pray for my grandchildren to live in this trust and without fear!

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  109. Sandi

    I think fear is such an amazing tool of the enemy to keep us from doing what God has intended for us. And another lie is that we should live totally fear free, “if we really trusted God’. I believe fear and faith go hand in hand. In my weakness he is strong. In fact when I move out in faith despite my fear, I see God move so much more powerfully than if I had done it in my own strength..

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  110. Angie Swanbeck

    We have had a year of fear in our house with some personal family issues. I have been struggling to help my girls understand that it is going to be OK. Your recent posts have been an answer to prayer. Thanks so much
    Angie

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  111. Pam Cason

    “I can feel afraid, but I don’t have to live afraid.”. Powerful truth! Thanks for this today, Lysa.

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  112. Julie

    Thank you.

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  113. Michele Ewing

    I have had several moments in which you described and I must say that if it had not been God touching my heart and mind, I would not have been able to be there for my children. Thank you for sharing your stories with us and for what you do. It reminds us all that we face the same challenges, and have the same pains and concerns and yes even worry but if we can take a little bit from each person’s story, God uses that to encourage and help us through our time of need.

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  114. Andrea

    I struggle so much with fear and anxiety but don’t want to teach that to my children! I’d love a copy of your book to learn along with my kids how to manage life’s stressful moments.

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  115. Pam C

    I have your book on my wish list for a gift for a sweet little boy.

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  116. Lesly Verbeten

    Fear is definitely something I have dealt with and I think is a generational bondage that I need to rid my family of. The Lord has broken fear off of my life, though it does try to come back and rear its ugly head. I am determined to break it off of my children’s lives as well.

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  117. Robin Davis

    Lisa, I love your statement, “I can feel afraid, but I don’t have to live afraid.” I’m tucking that one away in my memory box. Thanks for your insight.
    Robin Davis,

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  118. Sheila Dukes

    I just want to thank you Lysa for living out the call on your life. You are such a real woman and the things you share and speak about, God has used countless times to bring me back to what truly matters and remind me that I am a daughter of the King and He cherishes me. I get to see you this month in St Paul at WOF and I cannot tell you how excited I am to hear you speak. Thank you and God bless you and your family:)

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  119. sharon

    God’s perfect timing…..our house was broken into yesterday and fear seems
    to be lurking in every corner..

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  120. Terri Christensen

    Yes I can identity with that feeling. Not one I like but I always end up turning to God when I come to my senses. I can’t wait to read your book 🙂

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  121. Deborah Valenta

    I am a caregiver for my 96 year old mother-in-law. She is constantly worried and fearful, making up things to worry about. This article may help her. I hope she can begin to think of the Lord as her refuge and fortress.

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  122. Dawn S.

    I can totally relate to being fearful…. I have fear of the unknown, fear of someone hurting my family, fear that my nightmares will come to life, etc. Isaiah 41:10 & Deuteronomy 31:6-8 tell us not to fear but this world has become a scary place. We have to trust God to protect us in all situations!

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  123. Cindy Gaskill

    Thank you Lysa for sharing your words. I would love a copy of you book – I have most all of the ones that you have written and gained knowledge and trust in the Lord under your direction. Blessings on your weekend.

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  124. susan

    thanks for the words of encouragement. I’m sitting here at work, feeling like crying because I’m fearful of a situation I really have no reason to be fearful of. I’ll try recalling these scriptures!

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  125. Anne

    ‘For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.’

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  126. Laura Bailey

    Love the postings from the book. Such words of wisdom.

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  127. Jody Lovdal

    Thank you so much for sharing these God inspirations and your real life journey through fear.
    These principles are so vital as “God did not give us a spirit of fear, but of love, power and a sound mind”.
    The only way to walk bu faith is demonstrated by the God inspired journey you are sharing with us!
    One of my areas I am most challenged with is fear. I would so love a copy of this book!

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  128. Karen

    Thank you for the great reminders.

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  129. Felisha

    Lysa,

    I always love reading your blogs! They bring me so much peace, wisdom, and hope! I loved this blog, because I tend to worry and live in fear many times! I will definitely write down this bible verse and keep it somewhere that I can see whenever I’m afraid or worrying about something! Thank you and God Bless!

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  130. Sarah

    I also got that same phone call because my son and niece go to the same school. Neither one live at that dorm (of course, not my son), but my niece wasn’t far away because she lives at her Soroity house. I texted my niece and she was scared. We don’t live far away from campus. I told her that we were praying and I stayed in contact with her until it was over. My son wasn’t as panicked because he lives off campus in a house.
    Thank you so much for your ministry. I am doing The Best Yes online study and I’m getting a lot out of it! I’ve always been skeptical of doing a Bible study this way, but not now!! It’s such a blessing and all the ladies running the study are relatable and encouraging to me.

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  131. Debbie

    Beautifully said, as always. As a mom, it’s so hard not to automatically think the worst, and then move into action mode, taking responsibility for something that isn’t fully ours, and forgetting who is really in charge…

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  132. Janice Curtiss

    Have faced fears like that facing one now as my son is leaving for duty overseas soon. I know God will take care of him but a Moms mind just worries

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  133. Amy Strouth

    Thank you so much for this opportunity, as well as your wisdom…as always!

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  134. Grace

    Today, a friends dad died. I’m 15 and she’s 17. And I’m sure she is so afraid right now. She’s probably asking “What’s going to happen now?” Prayers for her!

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  135. Carolyn Rogers

    I love your hope-fulled yet simple message of today that “I can feel afraid but I don’t have to live afraid”. Praise God!

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  136. Nicole Pollard

    Fear is something I struggle with every day…but I trust in that He doesn’t give us a spirit of fear but of sound mind

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  137. Rachel Q

    What an encouragement. I especially related to this as I now have a daughter in college on the other coast. Not being right there is a new fear I face and must place in His hands over and over! Thank you for these words!

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  138. monica

    thank you for your encouraging words , 🙂

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  139. Mara

    Loved this!! Especially, because fear has been creeping its way into my thoughts recently. I love to recall 2 Timothy 1:7 “For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power, love and a sound mind.”
    I have often read Psalm 91 for its many promises to us. Love that depiction of the word “fortress” as I have never heard that before.
    Keep us the good writing. 🙂

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  140. Erin S.

    I love your books, devotionals & web sites. Thank you for your resources! You are such an encouragement! My seven-year-old son suffers from anxiety and I look forward to reading your new book for children.

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  141. Kathy

    I have a son in college also he is a Senior. I pray every minute for him to be safe. I am glad your daughter was safe and sound. There is no other feeling like fear for your child. Thank you for sharing.

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  142. cynthia

    I relate too, but in a different way. I have been in a complicated adoption process for ayoung child i love as my own and although reports all say this child is meant to be placed with me. Courtprocesses still struggle to finalize . Help me remember this 8 year old is Gods child & HE knows & cares about all the details. Even the ones we dont even know of yet. May this child be placed soon and not spend another Christmas in the home.

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  143. Merrianne

    Dear Lysa, thank you for always having encouraging words for all of us. Fear is always lingering with us when we are vulnerable. Thank you for sharing your History with us. I am leading a women’s Bible study and we are doing What Happens When Women Say Yes to God. In the first session you promised us that we would have someone approach us who needed to hear our History. I thought to myself that it wouldn’t happen to me because it just hadn’t come up except in classes before and then there was that fear thing.. What a God moment when a young lady came in and shared that she had accepted Christ- she had thought she was already a Christian but really hadn’t been. That was my cue and I shared my experience. I was blown away AGAIN by God’s surprises and His provision of strength when we need it!

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  144. Beth

    My eight year old son has colitis and he also has a very tender heart. I am going to memorize the 5 verses you shared this week with him. I would love to give him a copy of your new book!

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  145. Christy C.

    Thank you for this blog post. It comes at a time when fear tries to creep into my heart daily. I also speak Psalm 56:3 over and over to myself. “When I am afraid, I put my trust in you.” (NIV)

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  146. Theresa McLeid

    I loved how you turned to scripture & told your daughter to keep saying it out loud as you were saying it out loud. I wish I had been doing this when I was raising my son because there were many situations we could have used this. I have just found you all & got involved in your bible study & receive your devotionals & I am so excited to learn so much more about our King. I am so sorry that it has taken me this long to get this involved, but it is never to late so I am so blessed to have found you & the Good Morning Girls. I just can not tell you how much I have learned already. God Bless You Always. <3

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  147. Michele Shonka

    Such great words to direct us to God at all times.

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  148. Christy W

    Having one young adult child and two teenagers fear creeps in almost daily – Did I do enough? DId I share God enough? The Bible enough? Truth enough? Did I pray enough? This week God gave me Philippians 4:6,7 “Don’t worry about anything, instead pray about everything, tell God your needs and don’t forget to thank Him for His answers. If you do this, you will experience God’s peace, which is far more wonderful than the human mind can understand. His peace will keep your thoughts and your hearts quiet and at rest as you trust in Christ Jesus.” (Living Bible)

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  149. Rebekah

    I love how you say “I can feel afraid, but I don’t have to live afraid.”

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  150. Vicky

    I am not sure how I got to this page. I must assume it was the Lord that lead me here. Yes, we have a child walking a very jaded path. Although I fear nothing but the Lord. I do feel concern for all my children and their well being. Always praying for a hedge of thorns surrounds them that no evil shall come against them and angel of protection around them. Thank you for reading. Sometimes its just brings comfort to type or write it out. He brings me comfort and I know He has this too.

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  151. Morgan

    Your words always say just what I need to hear!! I let worry and fear overtake me too often.

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  152. Cathy Haubenstricker

    I have learned that when I am fearful for my college-age children, that prayer is the best thing to do for both of us! I am assured that God will watch over & protect them, and my own mind and nerves are calmed by that knowledge.

    Their dad & I are a few hour’s drive away, but God’s presence is immediate & protective. What more could we ask for? 😀

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  153. Salliann

    Lysa,
    Thank you for a very timely reminder of our GOD’s constant presence in our lives. My grown daughter called yesterday, fearful of all that is currently taking place in our lives……ebola, etc. I reminded her that GOD is sovereign, knows our every thought, and is with us….our refuge and shelter. Your message with Ps. 91:1 -2 today was just what she needed, and I sent it to her. It is usually my 6 grandchildren who need reminders that GOD is with us, our refuge and our shelter, but sometimes their mommies need a reminder, too.
    Thank your for always sharing from your heart.

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  154. Ardis Rivera

    I understand fear and have had to deal with it. I am in Mexico and 4 years ago the ministry that sent me here decided the situation was too violent to stay, but I felt strongly that it was not the time to pull out. The ministry did, but I stayed. There were shootings near my house, and a grenade was set off four blocks from where I was in a meeting. But, God kept reminding me that He was with me. The situation is much better now and we continue going forward.

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  155. Breann

    A friend of mine in my neighborhood has organized a group study for us girls with your, “The Best Yes” book. I am lucky to have been introduced to you through her and look forward to diving into your blog. Thank you!

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  156. Nora Ammons

    I have dealt with overwhelming fear most of my life. I am learning to stop dealing with it and turning it over to God. Slowly the cloud is opening up and God has become my refuge in all ways! Thank you for your wonderful words and insights!

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  157. deb

    I love how you were able to find the right words to bring comfort to your daughter. The Lord used them to help you. What an encouragement.

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  158. Wilhelmina

    Asking questions are genuinely pleasant thing
    if you are not understanding something completely, except this piece
    of writing gives nice understanding even.

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  159. Evelyn

    Hi Lysa,

    I love the articles and conversations coming up with the release of your new book. For years I have struggled with fear and anxiety, along with my daughter, as we both have experienced some younger years trauma. We know what is is like everyday to live in fear and we struggle with it everyday, some days its is even the line that divides us. I know and I believe that God is working in us and as we step in faith, we are overcoming what God has already overcome. 🙂 Thank you for writing this wonderful book that has inspired so many others to share their stories. You are an inspiration and a blessing! <3

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  160. Jessica

    It’s nice to hear your raw-real life struggles. Let’s me know that I am not the only one struggling at times.

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  161. Tarah

    Fear has gripped me in the past few days. It is a scary time and as a Mama , i feel so afraid for the safety of my children. It’s a fear I’ve never experienced before and it has brought me to my knees. Relying on God and his grace and mercy to get through it.

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  162. kerry esposito

    With God’s strength I have lived through losing 2 adult sons to gangs and drugs. One died in a shoot out with police, his younger brother tried the same thing 2 years later and was shot 17 times by the police at the end of a car chase and survived; he is now facing life in prison. Strengthened by my faith, I know God absolutely directed those bullets because He has a wonderous plan for my son’s life. We are all in prisons of our own making when we are without our Lord. Thank you, Lisa, for reminding me that our fears – small and large – help us grow closer to Him. I start my day with your devotionals….

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  163. Alex Andrews

    I love your encouraging words Lysa. “God is not just a quick refuge from the storm but He’s the place where fear no longer has access to me.”

    “I’m determined to make some imperfect progress with processing fear.
    I now know I can feel afraid but I don’t have to live afraid.”

    I can say out loud, “God, You are my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.” And then close my eyes and picture Him lifting us to a place where fear can’t catch us.

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  164. Melissa Chambers

    Thank you for being you and sharing your heart with us, good or bad it is always motivating, encouraging and real!

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  165. Elonda

    The trials that we all go through make us stronger and appreciate things.

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  166. Evie

    Thank you. What works for me when I feel afraid and helpless is to repeat “Who is like my God?”

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  167. Laurie

    Thank you – sometimes, all I need to hear is that everythings going to be okay. I don’t need explanations, rationalizations, etc – just the deep set KNOWING that it’s oK. This can only come from God.

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  168. Laurie

    I know this with all I’ve got and yet, I still find myself asking the Holy Spirit to nudge me a little harder, speak maybe a little louder – I know that everythings gonna be OK – or at least I think I do – but I do need to hear it.

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  169. Janet Rabig

    Lately I have been gripped with fear. Trusting in god to deliver me.

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  170. Martha

    The first verse that I remember my mom teaching me was “What time I am afraid, I will put my trust in Thee.” That verse carried me through childhood traumas, dating fears, college days and nights, first apartment in Atlanta, and being home alone. I’ve shared this verse with my children, grandchildren, friends, and study groups. I love that you said we can be afraid, but we do not have to live in fear. Thanks again for all your encouragement.

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  171. Melissa

    Would love a copy of your new book! I struggled with fear as a child and would love to have that tool to share with my own kids.

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  172. sharon wise

    Fear is crippling and provides a perfect setting for the enemy to do even more damage while he holds us hostage.
    Thank you, Lysa. so much for sharing your life journey experiences and lessons that God has taught and continues to teach you. Keeping a “sound mind and spirit of strength” in today’s chaotic world is a discipline we all need so that we can enjoy the blessings of inner peace and security to an even greater fullness and measure.

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  173. Mary T

    Lysa, so many times I have experienced moments of fear and anxiety especially with my children and grandchildren. My grandson, Andrew, is medically fragile, born with an extremely rare genetic neuromuscular condition. They told us he would not live 3 days. Praise God for His plan for Andrew and for our gift of faith. Andrew is now almost 7. He is trached and vented and still extremely challenged with his respiratory issues and his inability to move on his own other than his eyes and head. There are times when my phone rings in the night and like you in fear and anxiety, I turn to the only One who is my Strength, my Rock, my Refuge. I love the way you defined this God haven where I run! I would love to read this book with Andrew as he is completely on level with his peers and often I believe that God has gifted him with understanding beyond his years. He communicates with his eyes via an eye gaze computer or just with his eyes and expressions. He will be beginning formal religious and spiritual instruction this year as well. Thank you for sharing and an opportunity to win your book! God bless!
    ps. I am loving the Best Yes OBS and bought extra copies for both my daughters in hopes that they will also read your book and be as inspired and encouraged as I am!

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  174. Crystal Storms

    I love these words: “God is not just a quick refuge from the storm but He’s the place where fear no longer has access to me.”
    He’s the place where fear no longer has access to me — I need to live out these words. I need to hide myself in Him and make God my refuge!

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  175. Christy

    Thank you so much for the encouragement about dealing with feelings of fear (& so many other things). I would live to have a copy of your book. Thank you for the opportunity!

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  176. Ann Souza

    Thank you for all you do to help enourage strengthen an be tramparent for all of us! What a blessing!

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  177. Pam

    SO grateful for your heart and work to point people toward God when they struggle with anxiety and worry! Can’t wait to get your new book into my lobby collection!! I’m a Child Psychiatrist.

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  178. Maria

    My daughter has and does struggle with many fears. I keep reminding her over and over again that perfect love casts out all fear, and that God hasn’t given us a spirit of fear, etc. however, she is little and that isn’t ‘tangible’ to her. I keep praying that the enemy will not keep her in bondage with this for I know that is certainly his goal…and then I need to be aware that I can fear about her fear! Thanks for sharing what God has shown you. It’s great that we can all encourage one another as we are reminded that we are not alone in the challenges of life!

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  179. Cyndi Ricci

    After 20 years of being a born again, Bible reading, promises claiming Christian , God revealed to me through a long process that many of my actins and feelings had been fear-based. Gratefully, He did this before the realization that I had made even more mistakes in living, in parenting and in my marriage than i even knew about. Being the Loving Father He is, this was done over a long process, and in a context of great hooe and healing. What a journey. The beauty is now, I can spot it much quicker, confess it and obtain peace right away– usually. It does not have to secretly run my life– I can let Him do it.

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  180. Mel

    Lysa,

    I attended this weekend’s Women of Faith event here in Orlando. Wow, for my first time, it was a truly amazing encounter. You have been such an inspiration to me, which is why I am writing this now. After hearing you talk about your abortion publicly, even writing this, I find that even typing the word “abortion” brings me to tears. At 19 years old, I made that same decision, not knowing how it would greatly affect the rest of my life. Every bumper sticker, every billboard, every commercial… I am reminded that I am a statistic. What is hardest for me is that I was raised in a Christian home my entire life with Godly, wonderful parents; and I still chose to make that decision. It has been 7 years since that day, and although I am a child of God and I know he has forgiven me, I struggle with the shame. These feelings that I never allowed myself to feel, were all brought to life this weekend at Women of Faith. Every day I think about it, and every day I bury it deeper and deeper into the darkest corners of my soul; until I heard your testimony. I am beginning the road to overcoming that shame that I feel. I know that it is something that I need to do. My husband and I want to start a family next year, and the thought of becoming pregnant frightens my heart. It has been my natural tendency to ask myself, “Can I get pregnant again?” “Will God punish me for my decision?” “Will I have a healthy baby?”, but I know that my life is in God’s hands, and his plan for my life is unfolding daily. As hard as this road to “recovery” will be, I know that my God of angel armies is always by my side! I cannot and will not fear my future.

    Thank you for being a shining light for God’s glory in my life.

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  181. Stacy

    Thank you so much for sharing this story with us. I experienced a scary situation too this weekend and was rushed to hospital with my mom by my side. God was there the whole time, and I’m always reminded that even while life is ‘happening’ and the not so good stuff comes along, He is always showing us something and reminding us that He’s right there!

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  182. Cassandra Owens

    I love this story because it demonstrates God’s power in all circumstances if we begin to train ourself to remember that he wants to help, so tap into his will during times of confusion, unrest and powerlessness.

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  183. Deborah P

    I’m currently working with my son to overcome his fears ( especially at night). Would love to win this for us to study together.

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  184. Tiffany

    This book would be a huge blessing.

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  186. Emily

    i am so thrilled you wrote a children’s book! I would love to win a copy to read to my kiddos. Thank you for sharing your heart and using your gifts to bless so many!

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  187. Crystal Harsey

    Love that you wrote a children’s book. I can’t wait to get a copy so I can add it to our family library. You are a blessing. Thank you.

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  188. Karaleen

    Love the thought that with God we don’t have to parent alone. I would love S copy of the book!

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  189. Pam

    Thanks for reminding us that we can feel afraid but not live in fear. I work thru that daily. I go to the word for reminders of God’s promises. Thanks for being an extension of God helping us to remember.

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  190. KK

    Hope I’m not too late to enter. Would love to read this! Thanks 🙂

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  191. Alex Andrews

    I love your encouraging words Lysa.
    “God is not just a quick refuge from the storm but He’s the place where fear no longer has access to me.”
    “I’m determined to make some imperfect progress with processing fear. I now know I can feel afraid but I don’t have to live afraid.”

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  192. Tara Michelle Duell-Bailey

    This really spoke to me and I thank you for posting. In the last couple of years I have been dealing with panic attack / anxiety and fear has been trying to get it’s grip on me but I am fighting the good fight and the Lord will see me through it!!! I would love a copy of your book.

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  193. Gina

    Would love to have this book. Need to believe all will be ok. God bless you.

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  194. Chelsea Dudley

    Great post, Lysa ! i read this on time even tho this post is three days old !?

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  195. Gretchen N.

    Fear and anxiety are so powerful, but it is so reassuring to remember that our God is even more powerful. We need to teach our children from a young age that turning to God in the midst of our fear is the only way to find peace. Thanks for writing a book that teaches this!

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  196. Christina

    Lysa, you have impacted my life so much! I went to Women Of Faith this past weekend in Orlando, Fl. I have never heard or seen you in the past, but when you gave a peice of your testimony during the panel time, God spoke through you to me!! Now, I come across your blog this morning and I’m amazed to hear, that we can can feel afraid, but not live afraid!!! Wow!!! That has spoken volumes to me, I have been faced with many challenges these few weeks. My son has been picked on at school, so much injustice has happen with his school adminstration.. When all this took place, I quickly was gripped with fear! Fear for my sons safety, feelings, confidence, etc. You have giving me so much hope not only through this blog, but through this past weekends WOF conference. I look forward to following you, and reading your new book The Best Yes!!! I say Yes today!!!! And no to FEAR!!

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  197. dora

    Fear and anxiety seem to plague me lately. Fear is not from God but the enemy. The word is the best weapon against Satan.

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  198. Lisa

    I love how you are so encouraging and transparent in your writings. We all deal with fear, some things more impacting than others, but our responses must remain the same. God didn’t give it to us, so we must reject it and teach that to our children. I have a 4 and soon to be 3 year old tongue-talking toddlers and it blesses me so much when they say “that is not of God” 🙂 it is so essential to respond with faith-filled words so the enemy does not get ground especially when our children are and being taught other words against their destiny. Thank you for writing this book and I speak a 100-fold return 🙂

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  200. Laura Sherwood

    Lysa, just heard you at the WOF conference in Orlando. You were my favorite…wow.you spoke to my heart and I LOVE your story. My daughter just adopted 2 sisters after she fostered for a year…a family of two became four! It was a beautiful thing…you are so real, authentic and I loved your honesty. Thank you so much…May God bless you in a mighty way!

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  201. Julie

    Love your book, “The Best Yes.” It has changed me. Being a mom to five little ones (5 ages 5 and under), I’m tempted to say yes to often when I should say no. Through your book, I have been encouraged to start a blog about my experiences as a mother. I know reading your stories about your struggles has encouraged me to tell my story to other moms and encourage them. Thank you for taking the risk to begin writing. Now I’m doing the same.

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    • Pauline Martin

      Had this intense fear when my son was separated from me for the longest 3 minutes of my life at Walmart! Love your book “Unglued” and find hope and inspiration from the blogs and daily devotions. Keep up the good work.

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  202. Lynette Rodriguez

    Ever so often I remind our children who the author of fear is and who they can run to for comfort.

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  203. Katie

    I get to go to BSF with my boys every week and we’ve been talking about how we’re affected by “fear of the world” vs “fear of God.” Even through those conversations and studies, I still am so much more easily affected by the former than the latter. I love the comment above mine, re: the little children saying “That is not of God!” Adopting that as my prayer for the day. Thank you!

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  204. Rita

    I have faced a similar situation with my daughter only it was a car accident. However, I was able to be by her side in a matter of 15 minutes. But those were the longest 15 minutes ever!!! Praise God that all was ok.

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  205. Robyn Jones

    Thank you for your encouragement! I was just passing on a devotion to a young friend who recently lost her baby. Please pray for this young couple.

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  206. Jennifer Gearheart

    I had this fear when my son got into trouble. However, the more I relied on God the fear and worry went away. Now my fear is raising my 2 other children without their father. We have been separated for a long time. Being a single parent is hard and with God’s help I know I can do this. I have seen my kids grow in the Lord. I often wonder if I am getting it right. I remember keep giving it to God. Thank you for your encouragement!

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  207. Katie Liljeberg

    God always provides for his children

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  208. Natasha

    Hello…my niece, Ava who is 4 years old was in a car accident recently with her Mommy & Daddy (my sister and brother-in-law). Since then, Ava is very clingy to her parents, emotional, having accidents, and overall very stressed. We are getting ready to go to Disney World next month for a family vacation. I am concerned that Ava needs something like this new book to encourage her.

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  209. Kathleen Mensinger

    My son and his wife are going through some hard things. I’m finding it hard to release the outcome to God. I know He can do a much better job than I can…I just wish He would involve me more!

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  210. Holly

    Good bless you, Lysa! Every time I read your God-spoken words, it’s like an “ah ha” moment for me! Thank you!

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  211. Tami

    Thanks so much for your testimony. Your bravery to share is such a blessing.
    I have enjoyed hearing you speak at WoF and reading your books with our women’s group.
    You are an amazing example of God’s people Thank you.
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  212. Sharlene

    I can relate to fear. A Moms worst nightmare. I get a call from my daughter who is away at college. “Mom, I am ok but I have been in an accident!!” UGH…I could literally hear the cars in the back round, like they were on a race track. My heart sank. She was 2 hours away, it was 5:00 in the evening, rush hour traffic, AND I could just “FEEL” the fear within her thru me. It was horrible. Needless to say, all 5 girls walked away from this multiple roll-over incident with just bumps and bruises and a life time of, “WHY ME!” You could take the incident and be ever so grateful your up and walking today or be ever so UNgrateful that why did this happen to me and not appreciated the air you breath and the ground you walk on?!?! All 5 girls had their seat belts on. That is probably what saved them. They just stopped at Wendy’s to get Frosty’s before getting on the expressway. The windows were broken, glass was flying and girls were screaming. No blood was found, but there was Frosty all over the place. Dripping from the ceiling. The “ONLY” humor they could find from the incident. I had 5 Thirty-One lunch totes monogrammed with, “I Bleed Frosty!” Something all 5 will never forget. Something this Mom will never forget. The voice of my daughter, fear stricken and Mom feeling COMPLETELY helpless. All I could do was hit the floor and PRAY hard. ❤️

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  213. Grace

    I know that feeling of fear all to well. My youngest daughter was in a dangerous & abusive marriage and called me one night terrified. She was hiding in her closet and couldn’t speak above a whisper for fear he would hear her. He kept the phone from her and when he fell asleep, she snatched it long enough to call me and let me know she was alive and asked me to pray for her. She survived and God has not only delivered her from the situation but many other issues. But I do know that fear and I know the source of hope, help and comfort to turn to when it comes. God bless you.

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  214. Debra

    If we look to our father he will give us the right way to go .We must only please our Lord jesus. And the holy Spirit will teach us to make our self happy.thank you for this book.it has been a great help for my best yes.

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  215. Margo

    I have a best friend who is a guy. And we talked about dating but he is leaving to FL for a year for school and he plans to love to California. I’m in Indiana and not sure where God is leading me but I want it to be with the best friend. He leaves in 2 months for FL and I’m not usually that depressed but lately ive been crying every night asking God why this man I want to keep in my life just won’t agree to have long distance. He said it would be different if he weren’t leaving which leaves hope in me that he has feelings. This is so painful and I feel like a little girl begging God for him to stay in my life and become my husband one day. My friends have called him my unofficial boyfriend but this guy just won’t commit. It hurts because everyone sees something there and even he does but I am looking at God stomping my feet asking why this is happening. He’s my first love and I don’t think I could ever love someone else. He’s one of a kind and has changed me as a person for the way better and I just don’t want to lose him. I’m at peace with feeling like we should be together and it doesn’t feel right to seperate. I’m torn, broken, and no idea how I’m going to get through this if it’s really not going to happen..I have a huge fear of
    how life is going to be when he leaves

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  216. Emily

    I’d love to win a copy, Lysa!

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  217. Carol

    This makes me think I need to read this book too! But right now I’m submerged in Unglued and all of it’s accompanying materials. I’m blogging about my imperfect progress. Thanks so much for putting into words what so many of us are going through- now I no longer feel alone in the struggle.

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  218. Tina B

    I have just been diagnosed with Generalized Anxiety Disorder. My husband is an epileptic and I am terrified that God will take him away from me. My view of God is distorted and I am trying to figure out who God is and claim His Truths. I read your book Unglued. I have really learned from it. Would love to win this book. Thanks.

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  219. Judy S.

    Thank you Lysa,
    I struggle daily with the same kind of worries and fears for my daughter and she’s five and a half. She is fearful and insecure in some ways but ok as long as things are peaceful. Due to issues after she was born and my own insecurity of being an ok if not good mom has affected her. When she was younger, she was very interested in the Bible stories and going to church, but in the last year and a half she’s lost d love she had for The Lord. I talk to her and share stories from the Bible but most of the time now, she’s not interested. That worries me and I pray for her to be set free to be what Jesus meant for her to be. This is happening in the midst of my own inner healing from my past and other issues affecting my immediate and extended family. I’m trusting Jesus even more when I fail during these times, coz that’s when the enemy taunts me with guilt and fear of failing to do right in God’s sight. I don’t want my Sarah to have this. She’s been affected enough because of me and I want to heal and obey God despite the struggle I face daily with every lie proclaimed on me by the enemy through those around me. It’s like taking two steps forward and ten steps back, it’s draining me emotionally and mentally. the devotions from Proverbs 31 have been not only helpful and encouraging but timely and appropriate for what I was dealing with at that time. Your own testimony and life experiences that you share through devotions, articles, books, videos, etc have been very eye opening and helped me to learn some things at those times. Please pray much for my little family, our unity, peace and independence. My greatest desire is to be the light and guide to teaching and leading my daughter to Jesus, even if I do nothing else of value in her life, that is the best gift I could ever give her. Pray that she returns to loving Jesus first in her life. She is quite a brilliant child and loves reading, books (just like me), is quite an artist and just the best gift God has given me. Thank you again and may The Lord continue to make you a blessing.

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  220. Sandi Wagner

    I just found you….through Lifeway’s emails…and I feel like I have hit a gold mine. Your blog, books and studies are EXACTLY what I need right now in my life. I don’t believe for one minute it was by chance. Thank you Lifeway and JC! 🙂

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  221. Julie T.

    Hi Lysa! Goodness, that would scare me too. I don’t have children but that would be such a helpless and scary episode as a parent, while at the same time reassuring your child. Someone else wrote that she reminds people to remember where and who fear comes from…that is such good advice! I think that, if you are able to keep a clear head and remember that, it then helps you to be less scared and “run to God” so to speak, on an emotional level…and I think that in turns can help one reassure her child. It’s also cool to see that there were officers in Ashley’s dorm, going through and protecting them. That’s very good.

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  222. Lis

    I would appreciate your describing to me What is The Church and What is Church. This s a
    discussion we have been having.
    Thanks,
    Lis

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  223. Brooke

    Jesus is SO strong through you sister!!!

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  224. Jill

    Thank you for sharing your helpful verses on fears and worries.

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  225. Mysti

    I would love to win!

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  226. Erica Johnson

    Looking forward to reading more of your blogs. I hope I win one of the copies you are giving away!

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  227. Gabriela Pappas

    It made me cry it so touched my heart. I also have a daughter who was raised in the church and even went to a two year school of ministry. She is letting the world influence her and it breaks my heart. I can only hold on to the coat tails of my Lord and Savior and walk that trust walk on my knees. Thank you for sharing your heart and life with all of us. Your sister in Christ
    Gabriela

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  228. dawn stevenson

    Lysa your a blessing, I picked up your book at of all places a garage sale. Noticed that you had a dvd to go with the book so I ordered the dvd and started watching. It has been a blessing to me. My father raised me in church and I knew God but to pick up the Bible and read is hard for me and overwhelming, where do you start….etc… still have this problem but your book and dvd have helped me. Thank you
    Love to get your book “I’LL BE OKAY
    Also looking forward to reading your blogs
    thank you and be blessed

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  229. Brandi

    Almost everynight I wake up from a constant reminder of my past. Terrible nightmares chase me always reminding me of the gross violating things that happened to me. I am so tired of this and I have tried so many times to give it to God but my past won’t leave me alone. When I wake up it is fear at the highest height I feel like Id rather be anywhere else enduring anything else.

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  230. Diane

    I know exactly how you were feeling with my son who is a freshman at college 8 hrs away. Thank you for all you do!!!!

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  231. Barb

    My grandbabies just moved 10 hours away from us and are adjusting but this is really hard. (For grandma too) everything is new, home, church, friends, neighbors… My heart aches as I pray for my daughter and her family as they make their way…God keep them all safe and wrapped in love..I believe your book would lift them as we all adjust…

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  232. Kim U

    Would love to win that book 🙂

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  233. Julie LaRue

    I love your book The Best Yes! Actually, I love all your work. I swear sometimes you must’ve LIVED my situation. Your writing is so relevant and encouraging. So far, the only difference I’ve discovered about us is that I do like mint. Lol! I laughed and cried all in the same pages of The Best Yes. May The Lord continue to bless you with words inspiration and encouragement. 🙂 Love, Julie (aka Rue Rue)

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  234. Maura K

    Hi Lysa-
    I just finished your book, The Best Yes and it has definitely helped to inspire me. I am experiencing a very life changing time which began with fear and intense panic and depression. Along with help, I have returned to prayer and faith and am finding a peace that I have never known. I am on my way to finding my ultimate Best Yes assignment which I believe is God calling me to help others through my experience and pain. Thank you for your wisdom!

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  235. Helena czeiszperger

    Nov. 12th. at my Befriender meeting we will be showing the DVD, “What Happens When A Women Says Yes To God”. We had a bible study also and viewed all 6. We were able to share and grow. Thanks
    P.S. We also will be giving a door prizes of a prayer box.
    Thanks,
    Helen

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  236. Ashley J

    I would love a copy! I think it would definitely speak to me at the right time.

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