Beware, There’s a Bully Out There


Dear One, I would be remiss if I didn’t warn you, or at least remind you, that you have an enemy.  His name is Satan and the Bible tells us quite a bit about him.  He steals, he kills, he destroys.  I am not being overly dramatic, the Bible says that. (John 10:10)  Satan is always looking for something to ruin.

So how does Satan operate?  We see how he operates in the book of Genesis.  You remember the story of Eve.  Satan snuck into paradise and lured Eve into what?  A big cage?  I giant steel trap?  No.  A conversation.  Isn’t that interesting?  The enemy begins to talk, Eve listens, and soon she is doubting that God’s plan for her is that good.

Let me illustrate.  One day a man called me from a telephone company.  Our conversation started out simple enough, but it soon was clear that the man wanted me to switch from my current phone plan to his.  When I told him my husband took care of handling those things I hoped it would end the discussion.  It didn’t.  Instead it escalated.  “Can’t you make your own decisions?” he replied.  Quickly the man began to insinuate that I was in some sort of bondage, that just maybe my husband didn’t know what was best for me, wasn’t treating me right, or giving me enough freedom…  Nothing could have been farther from the truth.  My husband was saving me a big headache, and I knew it.  When I told the man on the phone his remark was out of line, he backed off and then hung up.  Now, I know the man on the phone was not Satan, his frustration got the best of him.  We all have days like that.  But I bring up the incident because it shows how our enemy approaches.

God has a plan for us.  The plan is good and all the guidelines have loving purposes.  But Satan gets on the line and starts whispering all kinds of things, things like “You’re just a captive under a system” or “What does God know about what’s best for you?”  Satan’s plan is to get us to believe that God is impersonal, uncaring, tightfisted, and out of touch.  He tries to sour a sweet thing.

Now, how can you protect yourself from an attack like this?

Here are a few ways.  First, read God’s word.  Know for yourself who God is.  What others say about him is not always the truth.

Second, spend more time with people who believe in and respect God, and less time with those who talk flippantly or rudely about him.

Third, when you find yourself doubting God or his goodness, talk to him about it instead of his enemy.  Eve could have easily gone to God and said, “Hey that snake said such and such, and that tree you said I shouldn’t partake of is looking pretty good right now…”  Talking to God like this is called praying.

Finally, invite God to help you with what you are facing today.  You will get to know him personally and a right view of him will form in your mind.  So when the enemy comes around slinging mud on God’s reputation, and trying to get you to switch from God’s plan to his, you will be able to say, and mean, “What you say is not true, and this conversation is over.”

Be self-controlled and alert.  Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.  Resist him, standing firm in your faith.  1 Peter 5:8-9 NIV 



I wonder How She Caught His Eye


I am dark yet lovely, do not stare at me.”  (Song of Songs 1:5)

She wasn’t a homecoming queen or pageant princess. In fact, other girls found her appearance unacceptable. But they were not casting votes for the highest love in the land, and so this maiden won the kings hand. I wonder what he saw in her don’t you?

In Song of Songs she is called the Shulamite woman. We might call her the original Cinderella, because her brothers had authority over her and put her to work in the vineyards. And so this maiden bore the mark of lowly labor. Not dish pan hands, but a sun tan. Back then tans were frowned upon, considered low class. The fair-skinned girls whispered, “The king has chosen her? She who is so blemished?”

Yes, the king had chosen her. I like this king don’t you?

From this snapshot of King Solomon and his bride, we learn two things about God. Number one, to the lover of your soul, you are lovely. It doesn’t matter what other people say. It doesn’t matter what harsh conditions you have endured, or how the wrath of your past has taken its toll. You are lovely to the lover of your soul. Remember that.

Number two, don’t scorn the beauty of another. Don’t gossip about someone else’s appearance, problem, or predicament, for God sees her and loves her dearly. Learn to cultivate a heart like the heart of your King, a heart that understands where others have been and sees through the blemish to beauty.

“Listen, O daughter, consider and give ear: Forget your people and your father’s house. The king is enthralled by your beauty; honor him, for he is your lord.  Psalms 45:10-11 NIV

Greetings Daughters of the King

Two Smiling Girls

I love this photo of my nieces. (See the castle in the background?) When I see this picture I think of the hopes and dreams I have for all Daughter’s of our God and King. I hope they find true joy and true love! I hope they find real peace, and realize… their high purpose.

What I share here is for the young ladies coming behind me on this journey of faith. Here I offer, counsel and encouragement, cautions and a challenge or two.

Ladies, you are God’s darlings before you are anyone else’s. No one loves you like He does. Follow Him and be blessed. That’s a promise!

“This day I call heaven and earth as witnesses against you that I have set before you life and death, blessings and curses. Now choose life, so that you and your children may live and that you may love the LORD your God, listen to his voice, and hold fast to him. For the LORD is your life, and he will give you many years in the land he swore to give to your fathers, Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.”   (Deut 30:19-20 NIV)