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Perfection is My Enemy

August 13, 2018

“It is God who arms me with strength and makes my way perfect.” – Psalm 18:32

Twenty-three years ago a beautiful soul captivated my heart from her very first breath.

From the moment my middle daughter Ashley was born, I’ve adored, loved, and tried to keep up with her. Her sense of adventure, pure passion for Jesus, crazy love for her family, and intense work ethic makes her a beautiful force of good in this world.

Ashley and her husband David live in California and are preparing to welcome their first child in just a few short weeks! My role as Gigi to my grandchildren is one of my greatest joys and I can’t wait to meet my new grandson and have him join our big, loud, and loving family.

And today we’re thrilled to have Ashley as a guest on the Proverbs 31 Ministries Podcast! I want to invite you into the conversation as she talks about her struggle with perfectionism and how it has affected her life and relationships, “I was so exhausted and I finally decided—physically and emotionally—I just couldn’t do it anymore.”

I really love the wisdom Ashley shares as she encourages us, “The Lord is the only thing that can fill that ache … only God and His plan is perfect.”

If you need hope in the midst of feeling tired and frustrated with always trying to be perfect, you don’t want to miss this episode.

Listen in to the Proverbs 31 Ministries Podcast through your Podcast app on your phone, or by clicking here to listen on our website.

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  1. Susan Ross

    Hi Lysa, trying to find out how you are feeling. I am a bit behind in blog reading this month! Hope you are feeling wonderful.You look wonderful!

  2. Kristin

    “I was so exhausted and I finally decided—physically and emotionally—I just couldn’t do it anymore.”
    I love this because this is exactly how I felt about five years into my marriage and 3 kids later. I was trying so hard to be the perfect wife, mother, friend, co-worker and achiever that I got burned out fast. I was like really!?! This is what life is about?!? My husband didn’t looked so stress. So I wanted to give up. But God started to show me how all this underlined voids I was trying to fill could only be filled by him. I fell to my knees and gave in and handed it all over to God.
    Thanks for your honesty Ashley 🙂 You are not alone 🙂

    Really enjoying these podcast! I am new to the podcast world 🙂

  3. Eunice

    This is really inspiring. Thank you for sharing Lysa. God is really good. Can’t wait to read more blogs from you. <3

  4. Bobbi Powers

    I honestly don’t know if you’ll get this or not but I had to write you. About a month ago I was watching TBN and this this young dynamite pastor came on. He was so young in such a large church so I listened to hear what he might say. I have watched him every Wednesday since. I couldn’t believe my feelings and thoughts just spilling out all over the alter. I have spent weeks trying to get others to turn him on. I get his daily M – F note and am just on fire to learn from him. By now you probably figured out that I’m talking about your pastor. I’m 3/4 of the eYe through my second book and there it was in black and white you were sharing about a friend Holly Furtick. I jumped up and screamed your never going to guess where God has taken me now. I explained what I meant and thought it was so Godlike for something like this to happen. I came close to a breakdown over the 4th of July. I was stuck in my self so much I couldn’t eat. Then I get attached to this wonderful young Pastor who gets me. And a few weeks later I came across your books which were totally written for me. I polished off one in 3 days and as few days ago started Unglued and it will be finished today tomorrow at the latest. I am a firm believer that everything happens for a reason.

    Thank you so much for putting yourself out there for sharing all of those deep places of pain and showing that our God is bigger than anything that happens in our lives and through him and in him we can survive those very things that may have distorted another and we’re still praising and loving our God in the mist of it all.

    Blessings, Bobbi

  5. Gary Elliott

    Please some one come into my life and control it down the road awhile.

  6. Sharon Marushiak

    37 years of being with someone who always had his eyes on other women and then this time going through the worst time he leaves once again with young woman and this time it was like he took a machete to my heart the lies lies and the sad part they actually think we believe their lies. We serve a powerful God how painful it is God shows us the truth and our Heavenly Father put his arms around me held me tight still holding me through a painful journey but……Our God will not be shaken he is the Healer Lover of my soul it has not been easy over thirteen months now still healing trusting God! Thank u there are so many of us out here Our Heavenly Father in his time he turns our stories to beauty in the meantime we trust listen keep the faith and hold on tight to our True Love Jesus Christ Our Lord and Savior!

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