Removing the Thorns

When I was a little girl, I was terrified that our house would catch on fire. I would lay awake for hours, staring at the ceiling, as the hot fear raced through my veins like the fires of my imagination.

Over the years, the fear shifted to bad grades and fear of failure, but it was always there. Then I started having children, and the anxiety exploded like a vicious weed.

Those sown among thorns are another sort. They are the people who hear the word,  but worldly anxiety, the lure of riches, and the craving for other things intrude and choke the word, and it bears no fruit. (Mark 4:18-19)

In my heart, the word of God was choked with the thorns of anxiety.

So I lived like that, captured in cycles of fear, until one day in 2012 when my 2-year-old son was diagnosed with leukemia.

I was in shock as the anxiety threatened to overtake me. How could I ever survive all this fear?

But in the silence of my son’s hospital room, God spoke to me. Through His Word, He took…

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2 thoughts on “Removing the Thorns

  1. I am the business manager for my wife MaryAnn who is the author of several Christian children’s books. Would you be interested in reviewing one or more of her books for your blog? If so, please respond and I will send you the material.
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    Dominic Diorio, Business Manager
    MaryAnn Diorio Enterprises, LLC
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    Merchantville, NJ 081098

  2. Jenni, I so appreciated your words here – I have lived with fear as long as I can remember. I had trouble sleeping, even as a child, because I always seemed to think about worst-case scenarios and a multitude of “what-if” scary things. Worry has been a lifelong battle. And the waves and storms threaten to overtake me more than I like to admit.

    But yes, focusing on Jesus is the only way to face them. Even when I’m sinking, overwhelmed, I can still feel the sure hand of Jesus holding on to me. Your words resonated with me, and you encouraged me so much. Thank you so much for that. For reminding me once again to fix my eyes on The One Who Walks On Water.


    (Thank you so much for your visit to my blog today, and for your kind comments. In answer to your question, the photo on my sidebar is taken in The Narrows, Zion National Park, Utah. I have hiked this beautiful canyon, along the pristine Virgin River, and it’s a wonderfully beautiful place to contemplate the God of creation).

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