I love having conversations with friends about God because it helps me to work out issues and learn more about myself and God.
That whole iron sharpening iron thing.
Sometimes I just need to be affirmed by other Christians.
When someone says or does something and I think it’s mean, my first reaction is to withdraw, second-guess, question what I did to deserve it.
A few months ago, someone said something inappropriate and mean on my personal Facebook wall and I wallowed in self-pity for a week.
Several of my bloggy friends messaged me to tell me they are sorry for that person’s poor behavior and they are praying about it and the relationship.
Another friend replied on that thread, explaining the way it should be. It left no room for argument.
I felt loved, having so many friends rally to my aid, affirming me, and I had the victory that I didn’t lash out or retaliate (like I kinda wanted to).
I didn’t even reply, because I didn’t trust my words to be edifying. I would have just made the situation worse.
This hasn’t always been the case.
I grew up being taught to look out for number one. It’s been a long hard road to relearn Christ’s way: to turn the other cheek, pray for enemies, move on.
We love because he first loved us.
I know I have a different life, moving around with the military, living on social media and in the blogging world. Many of our friends and most of my family don’t understand or care. Some are even resentful. They don’t comprehend affiliate links or how it would help me and they choose not to pay attention to it at all. They say they feel offended when I post about homeschooling and natural health.
That’s just their own guilty conscience because I never post an attack on anyone. I share posts and write about what matters to me and to educate others.
I respect teachers. I was a teacher before God led us to homeschool. I used to trust all doctors and medicine but now we use essential oils and alternative health with an improved diet.
Sometimes, we just have to move on from toxic relationships and let God sort out the pain and heartache.
Here are some books that have helped me.