"Preach the gospel at all times, if necessary use words." - St. Francis of Assisi

Friday, April 15, 2011

Lent Day 13 - Monday March 21

“God is our refuge and strength. A very present help in trouble.” (Psalm 46:1)

Today’s thoughts began very early this morning and was almost complete when my sails were knocked for a loop. Because of the public forum, I cannot go into many details, however, I had made a stand for Christ and my beliefs a little over a week ago and refused to stand down. This caused some ripples which led to bigger Ripples which finally led to a series of rather large waves. I had to stand by what I believe God was telling me and that led to some actions which were not well received. So….anyway, around lunchtime today, I received an email which was rather harsh and ultimately stated that “you obviously do not believe what you write in your own religion writings.”

Folks, that devastated me. I am human. I make mistakes. Big ones, at times. Sometimes my mouth gets me in trouble, but I have dealt with that issue a number of years ago. I honestly try to live by James 1:19, to be “be quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to get angry.” I take my writing very seriously and try to only do what God wants me to do. But, this unwarranted slam kinda sent me into a spin. I know it isn’t true in my head, but my heart was hurt.

I also know that when we are doing God’s work, that Satan takes every opportunity to try and defeat us. Using our own emotions. Using other people. Using life circumstances. Using anything possible that he knows will stop us.

So, for today, I am attempting to pray for this person and that God will open their heart to His love and to His understanding and peace. As for me, I’ve spent enough time in licking my wounds and am picking myself up in God’s strength to keep going.

My words for today are for you to always be on guard when following God. And be aware that Satan is going to do his best to destroy your efforts, using the sneakiest of means that are hard to recognize. However, when the hurt comes, God is your refuge and strength. Your help. Your hiding place. Your reason to keep going. I’m praying for you as the storm buffet you while following God. I pray that you will always feel His presence.

Okay, enough of this. I’ve got a day of more important things to do for God rather than letting Satan keep me down.

Blessed be the name of the LORD!


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