1. We must be friends by the C.S. Lewis definition because I was thinking as I read, “I thought I was the only one . . .”

  2. I just loved reading this. My husband and I have been searching for our first home since October of last year, and I just am so ready to be in a house! So this was a much-needed reminder that even when we do have a house, that doesn’t mean other problems won’t arise that we’ll need to overcome. But that when those problems do come, we can rest on the hope we have in Christ.

    1. Yes I was the same way. I just wanted in the house! But soon realized the stress was really just beginning. But take comfort in the fact that this hasn’t happened to me in any other house. Just this one because of the age of it. And it all ended up being mostly unneeded worry. It was all minor and God answered my prayers. So I am sure your first home won’t come with so many stressors! I am on day 9 here and just now beginning to feel at home.

  3. I love this statement “The enemy gently, so we don’t notice, takes you by the chin and turns your head to look at what he wants you to focus on.” because it is so very true that most often the enemy is subtle. I know that if you are like me I will be like…whaaat I cannot believe I let him deceive me again!! He is a jerk and a liar. #DestinationInspriation linkup

  4. Diane, I don’t have fears related to old houses, but I can relate to all this when it comes to health insurance and related issues. I really appreciate your suggestion to “stop the thief by turning your gaze.” I need to do that today!

  5. Oh, yes, so important to keep our gaze on God, not on ourselves or our circumstances. It’s easy to let those fears take over, isn’t it? May God help us keep looking to Him and not let fear take our joy. Blessings to you! I’m a neighbor at #Grace&Truth this week. 🙂

  6. “The thief was free but the child of God was imprisoned!” Oh, my. These are powerful words! I haven’t struggled moving into a little homestead with chickens and the fears that have come along with your dream, but fear and anxiety are regular shadows in my life. We are meant to be free, Diane! Thank you for sharing this post.

    Your neighbor at Faith on Fire,

  7. Girl, this PREACHES to me and I actually just wrote a similar post on overcoming anxiety with scripture. I lost my house in a fire 4 years ago and my anxiety of it happening again has been through the roof; it got so bad for a while that I wouldn’t leave my house because I was convinced my house would burn down while I was gone and my fur babies wouldn’t be able to get out.
    It wasn’t too long ago that I was in the middle of a panic attack, completely convinced I could smell smoke and everything, when a lightbulb went off and I realized this anxiety was a tactic Satan was using to keep from fulfilling God’s call on my life- and he was stealing my joy while he was at it.
    Now whenever that anxiety starts creeping in I pray different scriptures I’ve learned about anxiety (Joshua 1:9 is my favorite) and remind myself that even if my house does burn down again God still has my life in his hands!

    1. Oh Sierra I am so sorry you went through that!! What a horrible ordeal! So you totally get my fears then. I would love to read your post! Can you share the link? It is so nice to know other people go through the same exact fears. I know exactly what you mean about smelling smoke. When I get worked up about something my senses go into hyperdrive and I begin to imagine smells and sounds. The enemy is such a liar, he even uses our senses against us.

  8. I loved the realness here. The enemy sire knows how to distract us from what should be the best moments ever

    1. Yes he does. He loves to take the things we need to be grateful for and turn our focus onto the problems so we lose sight of what we have! Thank you Gloria!

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