July 30, 2017 | Uncategorized | 2 comments | Author:

Today was rough. Really tough. My turf was violated and my kids and I disrespected.

I didn’t know what to do. So I did the best I could. And spent the day second-guessing myself. Wishing I had said or done this or that differently. But honestly, I’m not quick on my feet. I need time to think. Process. Prepare.

And some battles you can never be ready for.

So, that was today.

And I’m glad it’s done.

But there’s a lesson here. We had an incredible man speak at church recently. He rescues people from ISIS. And he told us about something that happened that made him desire revenge. He was mad. It seemed right. But God spoke to him straight from His word.

“Dear friends, never take revenge. Leave that to the righteous anger of God. For the Scriptures say, “I will take revenge; I will pay them back,” says the LORD.” Romans 12:19

And then he shared this. “Revenge is too much for us. It’s not for us. It belongs to God.”

I thought about that today. Revenge belongs to God because God is good and just and strong and right. All the scenarios in my head weakened others. Took them down a peg. Made me strong.

Let me take revenge.

I forget sometimes that I am weak. It’s my place and position and reality. This isn’t about self-defense or standing up for myself.

It’s my place in this world as a child of God. God’s people are weak and foolish and despised. But He. Is. Strong.

And the weaker I am, the stronger He is.

Today I remembered that I need Jesus. I need His strength and protection and life every day. I need His word and His spirit and His love. I need His forgiveness. I even need His revenge.

I need Him. Always.

“Remember, dear brothers and sisters, that few of you were wise in the world’s eyes or powerful or wealthy when God called you. Instead, God chose things the world considers foolish in order to shame those who think they are wise. And He chose things that are powerless to shame those who are powerful.

God chose things despised by the world, things counted as nothing at all, and used them to bring to nothing what the world considers important. As a result, no one can ever boast in the presence of God.” 1 Corinthians 1:27-29

Today was a time to realize and remember and understand that. Because as I left that situation behind the person who felt like venting on me said “God bless you.” I know he meant it as a slur. But it wasn’t. Because God does.

Every. Single. Day.

We pray that God will show you His strength as you serve Him in your weakness this week ♥




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  • Christel July 30, 2017 at 9:29 pm | Reply

    That is a challenge I have also. I don’t like feeling like I am being taken advantage of, but I know that feeling does not come from God. The thought I try to keep in my conscious mind is that Jesus never took offense, that is how I try to apply 1Peter 2:23 to my life. My goal is to not take offense at real &/or perceived things. Jesus gave all He gave willingly, he was never offended.

    Thank you for sharing your testimony it caused some good thought in my life.

    God Bless you & yours
    Christel Ponomareff👆

    1. Andrea August 2, 2017 at 11:49 am | Reply

      YES! Thank you 🙂



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