Shine Anyways

The last 24 hours have been extremely emotionally exhausting. I think I’ve worked more hours than I’ve slept this week (and anyone who knows me knows sleep is crucial in my world), but last night I started to experience harassment as I never have before. I try to be compassionate and understanding, but these are threats against my life and those I love the most. I can only describe the person as a monster as she details past things she’s done to the man and children I love as I read in pure horror. I realize more than ever evil exists and the devil and his minions have me and those I hold dear as their targets.

After a 12 hour day, I took April out for a walk. My mind was still spinning. So much left on my desk undone. This evil person trying to overshadow my happiness. I didn’t even realize I wasn’t really aware of my surroundings until something caught my eye. What’s that? Tiny purple flowers all around me. Gracefully kissing the grass, seemingly springing up from nowhere. I looked around and they were everywhere, little happy spots smiling on the ground. Their very presence brought a smile to my face. The harshness of winter is breaking off and the newness of spring is arising.

I came back in and soon forgot about those flowers. The harassment once again started and I thought about the work on my desk. Before I knew it, I was swimming in an ocean of overwhelmed emotion. Then I talked to two of my favorite people for awhile and was reminded that love does indeed conquer all. When we hung up I remembered those purple flowers. Stop daughter, smell the flowers. Watch how their beauty stands out. Evil can’t prevail, I came to conquer it. When you standout people will criticize and even hate, shine anyways.

I’m listening Poppa! My circle sure is small, but it is filled with the absolute best people. Don’t worry about who’s against you, who doesn’t like you, or even those that play both sides. You keep being true to yourself and God and you shine anyways! 💛 – Chelle, #f8ithgal

“These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.” John 16:33

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