Ever been dumped on with fiery toxic words that burn you beyond explanation or sometimes just frustrating and irrational words. For me…I need time to process things and cool off so I can think more clearly and Pinterest is my favorite distraction.
I love Pinterest!
When I want to relax, really relax, I go to Pinterest. As I was glancing through the pins on my feed, a picture of a woman grabbed me.
You could see something extraordinary in her face.
It wasn’t anger.
It was finality.
And what her face didn’t say, her body did.
Her shoulder was turned away and her hand extended out and beyond her body like a traffic cop stopping traffic at a school crossing.
I lingered, mesmerized by the strength I saw in her face. I couldn’t help but wonder how that kind of courage got there. Was the strength cultivated or did it bubble up spontaneously?
There’s something special about courage
- Intimidated people…
- fearful…weak people…
- powerless people…
- absolutely love that kind of courage!
That kind of tenacity.
The firm-footed tenacity that refuses, absolutely stands resolute, without outrage or red-faced disgust to accept whatever garbage is being dumped.
I don’t know about you, but I have found myself way to often accepting with wide-open arms the nasty garbage being dumped by satan. I knew it came from satan although the delivery truck driver was a friend, a relative or a believer I trusted.
Still, they delivered repulsive toxic garbage (sometimes unintentionally). These toxic words that left me feeling:
Has that happened to you too?
It stinks doesn’t it.
Way too often, after the delivery person is long gone, I find myself sifting through the mental garbage of their toxic words,
Memorizing every detail and:
- Rehearsing every word, sometimes embellishing them with my wounded emotions.
- processing every single inflection of their voice,
- grieving over what they said or didn’t say and what they did or did not do.
These days…I’ve learned a better way to process toxic words and deeds.
If there’s truth in their words, I take that truth to the cross and ask for God’s help.
But, every other ounce that is not truth is nothing but stinking lies and I get rid of it.
Or, when I realize the garbage they delivered actually triggered a lie(s) in my heart.
Lies that I have believed about myself and my abilities, that
show their ugly heads and spiteful gleams of delight while I groan with pain.
Lies that trigger my
When that happens I know it’s time to..
- get healing.
- think different.
Your mind is not a garbage dump!
You don’t have to receive rejection, fear or intimidation.
- refuse it!
- refuse toxic words mentally and emotionally!
- declare with finality…
No Dumping Here!
You have a choice here.
Don’t embrace it, gather it in your arms or give it a place in your heart!
It begins with knowing who you are.
You are chosen and loved. Without Him, you are incomplete. But, with Him you are whole and complete.
And can I make this very personal?
You are priceless! Absolutely priceless.
You are not rejected, worthless, stupid, ugly or whatever else you’ve been hearing in your head.
And, you are loved…precious to God and that changes everything.
Did you hear me?
I’m in your face…
His love changes everything…
Bask in His love!
And may you have the power to understand, as all God’s people should, how wide, how long, how high, and how deep his love is. Ephesians 3:18 NLT
He saved us, not on the basis of deeds which we have done in righteousness, but according to His mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewing by the Holy Spirit, 6whom He poured out upon us richly through Jesus Christ our Savior, 7so that being justified by His grace we would be made heirs according to the hope of eternal life. Titus 3:5-7 NASB
Your mind detox continues by knowing who He is!
“O Sovereign LORD! You made the heavens and earth by your strong hand and powerful arm. Nothing is too hard for you! Jeremiah 32:17
Embrace His strength, instead of trying to muster your own!
Those are two great…powerful verses
that remind me that I can access His strength.
So be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid and do not panic before them. For the LORD your God will personally go ahead of you. He will neither fail you nor abandon you.”Deuteronomy 31:6 NLT
As I looked at that picture of that courageous woman on Pinterest, I thought to myself, “I need to remember this. I’m gonna pin this post on my Pinterest Board.”
Then I felt a whisper in my heart,
“It’s not her determined face you need to remember…it is your:
- determined face…
- set jaw…
- rigid stance…
- hand outstretched like a traffic cop…
saying to the devil:
- “I will not believe your lies anymore.”
- “I will believe truth. God’s Word is truth and I will allow it to shape my thoughts, my beliefs and my choices.