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The Simple Marriage Prayer That Will Put Your Focus On God

"When we pray these words, we are acknowledging that He is in control of us, and we are not in control of each other. It is offering our own will in exchange for God’s will."

Dear ‘Good Parents’: This Is How You Miss the Signs of Sexual Abuse in Your Child

How do good parents miss child sexual abuse? It is simple.

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“They were completely gone, there was no life left in them. They were blue. They were limp. There was no heartbeat. There was nothing."

The Real Root of Fear: “Anxiety Is Always the Sign of the Collapse of a False God”

And his solution was this: to gaze on God’s beauty.

This is the thing. I most fear in areas that I have allowed to become unbalanced. In areas I have placed over God. Marriage, health, security.

When we follow the true root of our anxiety, we will usually find what we worship. What we idolize. I panic over dying because to leave my family is my worst fear. It is hard to admit, but my family is my ONE thing, and I have got to find a way to make God my ONE thing.

Good things cannot replace God. Or we will be tormented.

St. Augustine said, “Here’s where anxiety comes from. All of us have good things in our lives, and we love them, and we desire them. Good things! Parents and children are good things. A career is a good thing. Romance is a good thing. Sex is a good thing. All sorts of things are good things. We have lots of good things in our lives.”

He also said, “Anxiety is always a sign of the collapse of a false god.”

In order to really know someone, you have to be with them. A lot. In order to make God our highest and only “thing,” we have to spend time gazing on him and viewing all of life through the lens of our love for him.

We have to get to the point of “Even if all of my worst fears take place, even if my mother, father, spouse forsake me, God is my all.”

In a way, I am grateful I have an answer.

I’m thankful to know that if I follow my fear to the worst place, I see what enslaves me. I see why I am so terrified.

May I start today and ask God to help me, teach me, and show me his beauty. I don’t want to put everything else in front of him. I want him to be the beautiful thing that fills my mind at all times. And then I know I will be freer from fear.

“I seek to know Him, and I gaze on God’s beauty. The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?” —Psalm 27:1

After all, who else do we have on earth and in heaven, but him?

Michelle Lindsey
Michelle Lindsey
Michelle Lindsey is a Jesus-loving wife of more than two decades and a homeschooling mom of four who blogs about what happens when romance meets reality (with her adult daughter!) at Nitty Gritty Love. You can find more Nitty Gritty Love on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram.

The Simple Marriage Prayer That Will Put Your Focus On God

"When we pray these words, we are acknowledging that He is in control of us, and we are not in control of each other. It is offering our own will in exchange for God’s will."

Dear ‘Good Parents’: This Is How You Miss the Signs of Sexual Abuse in Your Child

How do good parents miss child sexual abuse? It is simple.

Twins Found Floating Face Down in Backyard Pool. 6-Yr-Old Who Can’t Swim Dives in After Them in Bold Rescue.

“They were completely gone, there was no life left in them. They were blue. They were limp. There was no heartbeat. There was nothing."