Cursing on my Birthday

Birthday Cake

Today is my birthday.

I was planning on writing a post celebrating with great thankfulness and joy all God’s many blessings that he has poured out over my life- but before I get to that…

As all bloggers know (or probably will know if you blog long enough)- offending people is part of the package.  When you put your thoughts out there- well- there is always at least one person who disagrees with you and may choose to let you know in a rather graphic nature.

This was by far the ugliest attack.

And all praise and glory to God- I am not dwelling in sadness or negativity today.

But rather I am thinking about these things:

1 Corinthians 4:9-13

For it seems to me that God has put us apostles on display at the end of the procession, like those condemned to die in the arena. We have been made a spectacle to the whole universe, to angels as well as to human beings. 10 We are fools for Christ, but you are so wise in Christ! We are weak, but you are strong! You are honored, we are dishonored! 11 To this very hour we go hungry and thirsty, we are in rags, we are brutally treated, we are homeless. 12 We work hard with our own hands. When we are cursed, we bless;when we are persecuted, we endure it; 13 when we are slandered, we answer kindly. We have become the scum of the earth, the garbage of the world—right up to this moment.

2 Timothy 3:10-14

10 You, however, know all about my teaching, my way of life, my purpose, faith, patience, love, endurance, 11 persecutions, sufferings—what kinds of things happened to me in Antioch, Iconium and Lystra, the persecutions I endured. Yet the Lord rescued me from all of them. 12In fact, everyone who wants to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted, 13 while evildoers and impostors will go from bad to worse,deceiving and being deceived. 14 But as for you, continue in what you have learned and have become convinced of, because you know those from whom you learned it,

Philippians 3:7-11

But whatever were gains to me I now consider loss for the sake of Christ. What is more, I consider everything a loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things. I consider them garbage, that I may gain Christ and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which is through faith in Christ—the righteousness that comes from God on the basis of faith. 10 I want to know Christ—yes, to know the power of his resurrection and participation in his sufferings, becoming like him in his death, 11 and so, somehow, attaining to the resurrection from the dead.

Romans 8:31-39

31 What, then, shall we say in response to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? 32 He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all—how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things? 33 Who will bring any charge against those whom God has chosen? It is God who justifies. 34 Who then is the one who condemns? No one. Christ Jesus who died—more than that, who was raised to life—is at the right hand of God and is also interceding for us. 35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword? 36 As it is written:

“For your sake we face death all day long;
    we are considered as sheep to be slaughtered.”

37 No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. 38 For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, 39 neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

A few words shared in anger are a small price to be asked to pay.

Lord, you know the women who commented on my blog.  I lift them up to you.  Lord, may they come to know you and to dwell in Truth.  Open their eyes that they may see that you are the answer to all our restless searching.  What we are looking for can’t be found in a store or in another person- but only in You.  Thank you Lord for the opportunity to share and offer praise and glory to You in all that you are teaching me.  May my words always bring honor and glory to Your Name.  You alone are worthy of all Praise.  In Jesus Name, Amen.

 

 

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16 Responses to Cursing on my Birthday

  1. Cara Louise says:

    love and prayers dear one!
    keep your eyes on Him, and keep sharing His truth.

  2. Jaimie says:

    I don’t know what was said or why, but I know very, very well how it feels to have cruel, ugly, hurtful things said to you in words on a screen (worse, when they’re said under the guise of anonymity).

    You have handled this well, with grace, and with Gospel. Well done, my dear. Love and hugs to you– and

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!! <3 <3 <3

    • Rachel says:

      Thank you Jaimie! Yes, I agree- it hurts because of anonymity and also my heart’s desire is to just sit down and talk with this person and love on them. It is a good reminder too that if we are going to speak the Truth, there will be those who will not agree and not understand (he who has ears let him hear). God bless you friend and thank you for the encouragement.

  3. Linking up from Into the Word.
    I had to read this post when I saw the title. I too have been the subject of attacks. It is discouraging. And hurtful. But it looks like you got to the right place.

    • Rachel says:

      Thank you for sharing. I was just shocked at first. And then sad. But praise God I moved quickly to praying for these gals- whoever and wherever they may be. Appreciate your encouragement. God bless you.

  4. Sherri says:

    First of all Happy Birthday!!!!
    Second I love the way you are handling it. It can be easy sometimes to feed negative with negative. I am happy to hear you are not.

    • Rachel says:

      Thank you Sherri. Only by God’s grace. Apart from Him I can do nothing. As I live daily in the outpouring of His amazing love, I pray that others may also experience the eternal joy that is ours when we trust in Him. God bless you, so glad you stopped by.

  5. Kelly says:

    So happy you linked up with us this week. I have no idea what was said but just remember it’s easy to hide behind a screen and say anything. Most people are big and bad on the web but rarely that bold in real life. I think you handled it in a glorious way!

    • Rachel says:

      Thank you Kelly. All glory to God- I thank Him for giving me peace and compassion in this whole situation. Appreciate your encouragement!

  6. Deanna says:

    I’m sorry that you had to experience that but so grateful for your wise choices in responding. The person is still watching and seeds are being planted.

  7. Mary Beth says:

    I have not had that experience yet, but I know it’s coming. You’ve set a great example for how to handle it.

    Hope you had a fabulous birthday and thanks for linking up with WIP Wednesday!

  8. Kelly says:

    I am so sorry you’ve had to deal with nastiness! You reminded and encouraged all of us to keep on standing up for our beliefs though. Thank you so much for showing real encouragement at into the word wednesdays!!!

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