So the other day I was minding my own business and reading Joyce Meyer’s daily devotional and decided to share that day’s Bible passage on my Facebook page. And out of nowhere an old childhood ‘friend’ openly mocked me and my beliefs while imposing HER views on me. (This was after a very open and heartfelt email I sent to her a few weeks prior, responding to her email mocking me and another old classmate for the same thing.) Now, I think some people would actually consider that a form of religious persecution and/or cyber-bullying. But I’m not going there.
I’ve had enough time now to think and pray and discuss this “what the heck was that all about?!” thing. The verbal attacks were a little painful at first. But then that funny thing happened. In the midst of the belittling, there was this deep place within me that felt so peaceful and yet strong and I felt like yelling, “You can’t hurt me!” It was so weird. I think my faith actually grew even stronger that day.
I have been on many different spiritual roads which have actually led me right here to Jesus. But I don’t mock those other roads. They served their purpose at that time for me. This is where I am right now, and plan to be for a long time, and I’m not going to apologize for that. Friends and family will mock me, and some have never respected me as a person to begin with. But we all have hurts, past, present and future. I am learning to ride those waves and turn to that secret place within where there is peace and joy. And most importantly, I am learning who’s opinion of me matters most…
All glory to God…and thank you God for giving me such a good husband and tremendous support!
“No weapon that is formed against you will prosper; And every tongue that accuses you in judgment you will condemn.” ~Isaiah 54:17
“That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.” ~2 Corinthians 12:10
“If you find serenity and happiness, some may be jealous. Be happy anyway. In the final analysis, it is between you and God. It was never between you and them anyway. ” ~Taken from Mother Teresa’s “Do It Anyway”