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Loves Me, Loves Me Not: Valentine’s Day and the Fear It Brings

Jerusha Agen Fighting Fear 9 Comments

I never expected it, but it arrived in the mail every year, for Valentine’s Day. When I was young, my grandpa sent me my very own heart-shaped box of chocolates for the holiday, including a Valentine’s greeting card conveying his love for me. I should’ve just received the gift with gratefulness, but instead I was disturbed. You see, he never …

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The Battles of 2017: Top 5 Fear Warrior Posts that Made Us Conquerors

Jerusha Agen Fighting Fear 7 Comments

Where are you looking? If you’re like most of us at the start of this New Year, your gaze is fixed firmly ahead. You’re looking at the future of 2018. It’s a natural response. The new year is full of possibilities, hopes, and dreams. Anything could happen. If you’re a fearful type like I am, that statement is a pretty …

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The Best Gift: Receiving Good Gifts without Fear

Jerusha Agen Fighting Fear 4 Comments

He wasn’t supposed to be here today. The doctors told us our dog, our beautiful, gentle giant had only three months to live. When we received this diagnosis for our beloved dog this summer, we were devastated. I shared my heart and pain with you in a post here, in which I also shared the overwhelming fears this diagnosis wrought …

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Fear Warrior Friends: A Chat with Michelle Griep on Fear, Stress, and Christmas

Jerusha Agen Fighting Fear 29 Comments

Jerusha: What a treat that I get to chat with Michelle Griep today! Always so much fun to talk to, Michelle is the author of historical and mystery romance novels. Her latest, and my favorite, is 12 Days at Bleakly Manor, a charming novella full of Dickensian wit, mystery, and romance. Michelle’s offering a free copy (print or digital) to …

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Ambushed by Fear: The Caregiver’s Battle with Doubt and Grief

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Jerusha: I’m delighted to introduce you to suspense author Lynn Horton! I had the great pleasure of meeting Lynn at a conference this year, where we became fast friends. As many of us miss our deceased loved ones all the more during the holiday season, I couldn’t think of anyone better to walk us through that pain than Lynn, an …

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My Home for the Holidays: Conquering Your Hospitality Fears

Jerusha Agen Fighting Fear 38 Comments

Jerusha: I’m honored to host hospitality expert and encourager, Sue Moore Donaldson, today! Especially since she’s offering a convicting message about hospitality, please join me in giving Sue a big Fear Warrior community welcome! By Sue Moore Donaldson “The Great Commission is not an option to be considered; it is a command to be obeyed” – Hudson Taylor One night …

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The Scars of Fear: How to Overcome Your Past and Find Courage for the Future

Jerusha Agen Fighting Fear 14 Comments

Jerusha: I’m pleased to introduce you to Petra Creasy, my online friend and fellow writer. Let’s give Petra a big FW community welcome! By Petra Creasy I have been hurt—a lot. I’m not saying that to get sympathy, it’s just a matter of fact. I was in a marriage where my fears were mocked. My hurts were evidence that I …

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A Hopeful Grief: Facing the Toughest Times without Fear

Jerusha Agen Fighting Fear 14 Comments

Cancer. I had expected something minor, something treatable. Instead, I was told my beloved dog has a tumor and a cancer that will probably kill him. The diagnosis hit hard and began to painfully chip at my heart, preparing it to shatter when the end comes, far sooner than I had expected. The apparent injustice of the diagnosis strangled me. …

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Lift Me Up: When What You Fear Happens

Jerusha Agen Fighting Fear 9 Comments

My heart felt like it was being gutted from the inside out, slowly ripped apart by an unstoppable horror. I was no stranger to loss or grief. I’d seen the death of three grandparents, a surrogate grandmother, a college friend, pets I loved like family. I’d tasted other kinds of grief, too, over ended relationships, loved ones gone astray, betrayal, …

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Love Never Fails: Wielding Love to Defeat Fear

Jerusha Agen Fighting Fear 6 Comments

“Grandma?” I craned my neck away from the cartoon on TV. Silence. “Grandma?” She’d been in the kitchen nearby just a moment ago. Now I heard nothing. I don’t remember why I needed her at that moment, but I do remember my response to her sudden disappearance. Terror. Panic surged through my small body as I stood and darted around …