Happy Thursday! I am blessed to be a part of a group of bloggers who feel led to share a bit of encouragement each week from the Bible. We recognize our daily need for Christ and we aim to share that with our readers. Plus, when Thursday comes around, we can all use a little encouragement right? I hope that this post blesses you and that you find comfort, strength, and peace in the Lord today ❤
So here is the deal. Last week I shared from the verse:
Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour.
~1 Peter 5:8 (ESV)
I also talked about the saying “Satan is a stupidface,” which one of my closest friends started to use several years ago whenever we talked about the attacks of Satan. I talked about how we need to look to God’s Truth instead of Satan’s lies to help pull us from our pits, and how God’s power is infinitely greater than Satan’s. What I didn’t talk about was my personal application to this, and since it’s been constantly on my mind this week I felt a need to share more on this.
Not to spend too much time and detail on the matter, I’ll try to put this in a nutshell as much as I can. When I was little I was bullied pretty heavily. It was the type of bullying that often led me to tears when I got off the bus at night. It wasn’t abnormal for me to come home with some kind of new mark, whether it was physical or emotional. I didn’t always talk about it because I was told to “just ignore them and they’ll leave you alone.” But let me tell you this–that doesn’t work. When all a child wants is friends and to feel loved and accepted by others–it puts a weight on them that they can’t possible handle on their own to reinvent themselves in hopes that they can become someone that others will like. Do you want to know a secret? I’m 32 now and still struggle with this. I still look at people and wonder if they really want to be my friend or they’re just being nice. I still look at people and think that they are talking trash about me in their minds. Kids are more known to speak their minds, but adults are more likely to either speak in their heads or behind your back. A few weeks ago a friend of mine shared a meme on Facebook that was sadly true:
But why do we feel this way? Is this merely the product of bullying or anxiety–or is it simply being human? Does everything feel this way but only some are willing to say it out loud? (Although let me be clear here, I don’t say this out loud. I just think it in my head and share here where hopefully I won’t be judged for it. You can believe I’ll be thinking about though). When people meet me I’m often considered a bubbly person. My college nickname was Spunky if you can believe it–and a few people still happen to call me that. What people don’t often see though, is the crippling fear that I’m not really liked at all. I hear the names kids used to call me running through the minds of other people–whether they are thinking them or not. If someone says they like me I immediately fear they are lying. But THAT my friends–is where Satan lies. THIS is my Satan is a stupidface moment. Now, maybe there are people who think that–but the constant running through my mind of everyone feeling that way is where I am tripped up. And yes, I recognize that our value isn’t in what others think of us, but what God does. It’s still a difficult battle though.
I don’t know if you have a similar battle or one that is completely different, but what I hope you can take away from this is that Satan is very cunning. He knows our weak spots and that’s where he attacks us. That’s what makes him a stupidface and a bully. My friend’s intent when creating the saying was to get us to call him out for his lies. To not let him have any power over our thoughts. To instead meditate on God’s Truth found in the scriptures. The more you listen to a lie the more power it holds over you. Don’t allow yourself to fall into the trap. Instead, look to God and His Word and find the truth that will set you free from bondage. Look to your Heavenly Father for the unconditional love only He is perfectly able to give. Satan wants to tear you down and defeat you so that you are useless. God wants you to know your worth in Him and that He loves you enough that He sent His son to die for you so that you could have a right relationship with Him. People will fail you. Satan will lie to you. God loves you and always will. Know the truth. Speak the truth. Don’t give the lies even a second to take root.
Now, it’s your turn!
What Biblical verse is encouraging you today?
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Nicole @ Christian Fiction Girl
Trisha @ Joy of Reading
Jacquelyn @ A Heavenly Home
Jessica @ A Baker’s Perspective
Gina @ Stories By Gina
Rebecca @Rev. Rebecca Writes
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I’m super sorry you had to deal with bullies as a child. I’m really sorry it’s put distrust into your heart. But satan is a stupidface! You are amazing! Meeting you through this blogging adventure of mine has been one of the BEST parts of blogging. You are a fantastic friend. ❤
Aww thanks Nicole that means a lot to me. I say the same for you! You’ve been a real blessing to me <3
I feel your pain, my sweet friend. I too was on the receiving end of bullies in Elementry School. It left scars that I still carry to this day. But God is bigger! He has brought wonderful people into my life and experiences that have helped me to grow. Through it, all God never left my side. I’ve learned to forgive those that hurt me, even though they never asked for forgiveness. Anytime I feel the old anger and hurt rising up, I immediately stop and pray and give it to God.
Yes, that’s so very true. God has placed wonderful people in my life as well. I have actually had a few people who used to bully me apologize after we became adults. I understand that kids don’t realize just how deeply they can hurt others. I also recognize that we all have our sin and we all need Jesus. Thanks Trish <3
I am so sorry you went through that pain, and I am very thankful for your bravery in sharing your experiences and how it has continued to affect you. You are absolutely right. Satan knows our weaknesses, our vulnerabilities, our sore spots, and he knows how to manipulate them to cause us pain and try to trick us into thinking the Lord does not care about us. But he is a liar… Not just any liar, but the originator of lies and deception! (John 8:44) Our God is greater and mightier, and He does care about us.
Amen that’s the point I was hoping to come across and didn’t feel like I’d succeeded in my post last week