My mind is just way too over-active.

I’m a 6 on the enneagram, which means I have a lot of unproductive thinking going on… aka… over-thinking, over-analyzing, over-fretting, over, over, OVER!

And frankly,

I’m over it!


But, really…

All these years I thought I was such a deep thinker, but in reality, I’m thinking about all the wrong things so much of the time. My thinking easily turns to worry.

No wonder faith has been such a struggle for me.

Faith is believing and taking the next step, even when our thoughts would dictate otherwise.

I’m learning!

That’s why I write so much about taking the next step. It’s an honest to goodness daily battle for me to keep going and not overthink all that could go wrong.

A few years ago, I had another small surgery for a confusing recurrence of cancer. Talk about fighting to control my thoughts against discouragement and gloom and doom! It became this pursuit of how do I walk in faith to overcome a foreboding sense of hopelessness?

How can I go through this well? And by well, I mean, how can I walk with Jesus, leaving the results to him?

A dear friend called me one morning during this unknown journey, and said she had been praying for me, and God had given her a picture of how to pray. She said when she prays for me, she envisions a comforting picture of me walking with Jesus, like a child holding her dad’s hand.

THAT has stuck with me.

I rely on that mental image to manage my thoughts toward faith, replacing anxiety-filled thinking with thoughts of walking with Jesus.

Holding the hand of Jesus!

As a kid, when I held my dad’s hand, I felt safe and secure. I just needed to hold on to him as he led the way.

And he always enjoyed being with me.

Isn’t that a beautiful picture?

As we hold on to Jesus, he leads the way. He brings security and protection.


He enjoys being with us!

Jesus loves us,


He even likes us!

As I am finishing writing this, I’m seated in the back of a classroom where Olivia is taking a homeschool class. One of our friends is watching her little sister right outside the door, and I as I look up, this is what I see—

Maybe this is a more accurate picture of how we walk with Jesus— holding on, stepping where he steps, and enjoying the ride.

Isaiah 42:6 (TPT) says it this way:

“I, Yahweh, have commissioned you in righteousness to succeed.
    I will take your hand in love and watch over you.”

I’m praying for you! Praying you enjoy the presence of God as you walk through the hard things of life.





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Peace is possible in the midst of broken pieces of your life. We can live life by design and create a beautiful picture of God’s faithfulness... even in the midst of brokenness. Join me on this journey and sign up to receive blog posts in your inbox.

Let your unfailing love surround us, Lord, for our hope is in you alone.

Psalm 33:22 (NLT)

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