Parenting is a tough gig …

It has been a while I know,  it’s not that I haven’t thought about writing; I have a collection of incomplete thoughts, scribblings and ramblings saved under a variety of different titles most of which involve the word “thoughts”.

Today will not be incredibly insightful nor revealing, neither will it contain an earth shattering revelation, but I need to start writing properly again, and so this is my first step back in.

As you would know we have one tween and two teens – so soon to be three teens.

Unknown.jpegSome days are easier and better than others, on one of the “other” days in this week just past, my lovely husband suggested that we listen to a podcast or two (5 really) by Paul Tripp called “I Hate Parenting”. Each clip is three minutes long including a one minute advert at the end. In these little clips a few things that he said really hit the spot … I recommend that you have a listen/watch if you are finding the parenting journey is less than perfect at the moment.

Last week I struggled through a few things and the one I found the most difficult I think was what he mentions in the second episode — parenting is something that exposes your heart and who you are.

We, as you know, are one of those families where our kids travel between two homes with great regularity and they find themselves living in, and, sometimes between two different worlds. It is not always easy for them — it is not always easy for us. Sometimes it works well, sometimes it doesn’t.
What is important in this, is for me to realise that even in this, I am able to learn more about myself, my heart, my Saviour and my need to trust Him and rely more fully on Him.

What I learned about myself this week just past, wasn’t flattering. I still love to be in control. I still think I know what is best (because usually I do) 😉 I still think what is best in the short term is also what is best in the long term.
What I forget more often than I’d care to mention, is that God wants not only for me to learn to trust Him, but He desires the same for everyone who is under our roof.
He wants our kids to see Him for who He is, He wants them to be converted, He wants them to trust Him, to love Him.
We pray each day that He will draw our kids closer to Him; that they will come to a saving knowledge of Him and then, when I see something coming their way that may cause hurt or disappointment, I try to stand in the way and block it.
The thing they need to learn more than anything, is that He alone is the one to trust in, He alone is the one who can save, He alone is the one who will never let them down.

This week as I watched things leave my realm of control and leave my sphere of influence, an ugliness began to come out in my heart, a resentment, and I had one of those painful epiphanies. I came to realise that I have tried to be God in my child’s life. I have tried to be the constant, the provider, the protector, the comforter, and guess what – I am very, very, very much under-qualified for that job – we all are – and the sooner we realise that the better.
I came to realise that I have been trying to parent as a Christian without fully relying on Christ — oxymoronic, right?
I’ve been trying to run the whole show based purely upon what is right in my own eyes, and my vision is very limited.

There are a number of things that we know to be true about parenting:

it is tough.
it reveals to us not only the inherently sinful nature of our child — but also our own inherently sinful nature.
it shows us who we are,
it shows us who God is,
it requires a close walk with God ,
it shows us our relationship with Christ is the first and foremost priority,
it requires surrender.

I think also as parents it is important to be friends with people who are parenting kids at the same stages and age as our own, as well as people who have been there before and emerged out the other side as sane, fully functioning human beings.

That’s it for today …

Now go and listen to Paul Tripp “I Hate Parenting


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Matthew 5

Some days we can see that the world is falling apart around us.

On these days when people are questioning the existence of God, we as His children, are often more acutely aware of His presence, because in these moments we can see; ourselves, our loved ones, our fellow members of the human race as we truly are. Broken, dying, desperate for a Saviour to save us, desperate for Someone to haul us out of the hole we have dug for ourselves, and craving a Spirit capable of remaking us.

The following passage has, over the past few weeks, been in the forefront of my mind: the exerpt below is from the Amplified version.


[spiritually prosperous, happy, to be admired] are the poor in spirit [those devoid of spiritual arrogance, those who regard themselves as insignificant], for theirs is the kingdom of heaven [both now and forever].

[forgiven, refreshed by God’s grace] are those who mourn [over their sins and repent], for they will be comforted [when the burden of sin is lifted].

[inwardly peaceful, spiritually secure, worthy of respect] are the gentle [the kind- hearted, the sweet-spirited, the self-controlled], for they will inherit the earth.

[joyful, nourished by God’s goodness] are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness [those who actively seek right standing with God], for they will be [completely] satisfied.

[content, sheltered by God’s promises] are the merciful, for they will receive mercy.

[anticipating God’s presence, spiritually mature] are the pure in heart [those with integrity, moral courage, and godly character], for they will see God.

[spiritually calm with life-joy in God’s favour] are the makers and maintainers of peace, for they will [express His character and] be called the sons of God.

[comforted by inner peace and God’s love] are those who are persecuted for doing that which is morally right, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven [both now and forever].

[morally courageous and spiritually alive with life-joy in God’s goodness] are you when people insult you and persecute you, and falsely say all kinds of evil things against you because of [your association with] Me. Be glad and exceedingly joyful, for your reward in heaven is great [absolutely inexhaustible]; for in this same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.

You are the salt of the earth;

but if the salt has lost its taste (purpose), how can it be made salty? It is no longer good for anything, but to be thrown out and walked on by people [when the walkways are wet and slippery].

You are the light of [Christ to] the world.

A city set on a hill cannot be hidden; nor does anyone light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house.


Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good deeds and moral excellence, and [recognise and honour and] glorify your Father who is in heaven.



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Still here …

So you might have noticed that it’s been over a month, close to two months since I’ve written anything.  Facebook kindly told me that I needed to write something because it has been so long since you lovely people had heard from me!!

It’s not that I have nothing to say, it’s just that I’m not sure where to start. But perhaps that’s the best place to be. There is one thing that I do know, in my life as a Christian I don’t know the One who has called me as well as I should.



I want to know Him.

I want to know what He has for me to do, and do it.

I want to know Him better – now I know in part, but then I shall know just as I also am known.

I want His word tattooed on my heart – because we are letters written and seen of all,  not written with ink, but by the Spirit of the living God, not on tablets of stone but on tablets of … the heart.

I want His word impressed upon my mind, that it might take its gaze from self and, be transformed – that it might be – this mind … which was also in Christ Jesus.

I want His word to spill from my lips  – because out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks.

I want my heart to beat for justice,

my hands to move with mercy,

my feet to be swift to do good, that I might never grow weary in well doing.

I want my thoughts to be God-honouring

my words to be life-giving and sprinkled with grace.

And my days that are written in His book, to be marked by love.


Above it all, there is one thing I know to be true, I must decrease, that He may increase.




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This Easter … 

I spent some time drawing yesterday. 

I first heard this quote about a year ago – it has flitted in and out of my mind since. 

Yesterday it settled for a while. 

There is much to be said, but for now, I’ll just leave it here. 

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Post anniversary mail… 

So, we are home from our few days away. Now, I’m sure you have been waiting with baited breath, I’m writing now to assure you that the wait is over!

The gift and card arrived.

And both exceeded all expectations!

The card from: Cachiko (bamboo classifies as wood)

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The gift from: ArtsyVoiceprint  The voiceprint of the song that played as I walked down the aisle. It comes with QRcode, so you can scan and listen to the song. This gift works really well when your significant other teaches physics.



* Note to future self: amazing brainwave/gift ideas must form/occur sooner.

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43 800 hours

In less than 48 hours (I can’t do the math – you know this about me) we will be celebrating our fifth wedding anniversary.

The Hallmark site gives some very handy tips for those about to celebrate an anniversary for example, how to write in a card and how to wrap a present! Now these tips are all well and good, if the card and the present are present. Alas, they are not.

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I would like to take this moment to point out that, what the Hallmark site has neglected to do is provide the necessary advice for when the amazing gift one has organised, that is not only beautifully reminiscent of the wedding day, but also meets the requirements of the traditional gift, and furthermore is suitably personalised so as to make it original, and so incredibly thoughtfully selected that it also meets the requirements of no fewer than two love languages “gift giving” and “quality time” maybe even “words of affirmation” — doesn’t arrive on time.

To my husband reading this right now, I know what you’re going to say: I don’t need a gift I have you. And we both know that’s exactly why you do need a gift. Yes, you do – the “having” of me to which you refer, definitely qualifies you for multiple gifts as I’m quite possibly not exactly the catch you herald me as being … you have most certainly earned a gift or two. (Though maybe not the tractor you wish for – give that a few more years.) 

I’m going to be honest, the “back up present for when the real present doesn’t arrive” is kind of disappointing, so in addition to that, I’ll give you some words. Yes, these words are arriving a day or so in advance, and even as I do this, I am holding out hope that the gift and card will somehow speed through customs and arrive. Though, in hindsight I’m now a little worried that I may have over described the amazingness of the gift, and built it up to be so impressive, that when it arrives it will be a disappointment. (See folks, I am a real treat to live with!)

We, he and I, have come a long way over the past five years, and we’ve certainly weathered a few storms. We’ve dealt with more opposition than most people have to over the course of their marriage. We’ve both been refined to the point that we might be different people to the ones who stood under that tree 5 years ago and made those declarations in the presence of our God, our family and our friends.

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We weren’t naive really – we knew we’d face some challenges but maybe we didn’t consider just how many of them would come our way or in what a quick succession they would present themselves.  We can be thankful that those challenges, while designed to drive a wedge between us, were used by our God to strengthen our faith in Him and to solidify and strengthen our relationship with each other.

So, husband of mine, let me give you a quick summary of my perspective of the past five years:

  • You have continually demonstrated your willingness to be a man after God’s heart.
  • You have repeatedly proved your willingness to be forgiving of, and patient with, a woman who has, at times, been at war with you, and herself.
  • You have never attempted to confine or cage me.
  • You have instead been instrumental in the mending of my wings, and the healing my heart and mind – your patience and encouragement have been crucial in the development of who I am. (I’m not sure how much credit you’d like to take for that 😉 )
  • You have always encouraged me to do more than I think I can, you have always seen the best in me.
  • You have never restricted or limited me.
  • You have never once thrown anything that I’ve said, back at me and that must be hard! I know it can’t be that you have memory issues – it’s that you are the most gracious man I’ve ever met.
  • The words “I told you so” have never once exited your person – I wish I could say the same.
  • You have never been anything but forgiving and kind.
  • You have lead and continue to lead our family with humility.
  • You daily seek to demonstrate the meaning of “husband love your wife even as Christ loved the church” …

You continue to be the most patient man I know,

the most generous,

the most easy-going (sometimes frustratingly so),

the most caring man I know.

To me, you are, the best of men. 

Happy Anniversary, sorry my most magnificent gift probably will not arrive on time 😦

All my love to you, in the words of Don Maclean… And I Love You So  …

NB: You have never attempted to curb my shoe buying – but rather you have encouraged it (enabled it).

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A thorn in the flesh …


Today’s thoughts relate to a particular message I heard several weeks ago … it is one I have spent time pondering before, and it is one I continue to grapple with.

“And lest I should be exalted above measure … a thorn in the flesh was given to me, a messenger of Satan to buffet me, lest I be exalted above measure.”
II Corinthians 12:7

The concept of a thorn in the flesh – presents a number of ideas to me. A thorn is painful, one that has broken off is even more painful than one that has been removed. Even once removed there is a sensitivity that remains for some time afterwards.
I would say for a number of years I have contemplated this verse and wondered; what does it mean? What classifies as a thorn?

For Paul, the thorn is “a messenger …. sent to buffet me lest I be exalted above measure”. The definition of buffet is interesting to read too..

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For me it is clear, that the thorn is something more than a minor disturbance. It’s not a flat tyre, it’s not struggling to find a car park, it’s not accidentally leaving your lunch/wallet/phone at home and it’s not a traffic jam on the way to work. Neither is it a difficulty that has entered your life as a result of a poor choice or a bad decision or an act of disobedience against God. It is something that afflicts you, once again look at the definition- it is a very strong word. It is something that you, yourself, can not remove. It is difficult to categorise because for different people it will come in different forms, it might be an illness, a financial issue, relationship, or any number of other circumstances, concerns or situations. It is something that is persistently pestering, and bothering you.

The thought that I heard expressed was, often we ask God to remove these troubles and difficulties that we consider to be a thorn in our flesh, from our lives, but sometimes, more often than not, they remain.

In 2 Corinthians, Paul’s explanation as to why the thorn remains in his life is clear. It is there to serve a purpose and that purpose is to prevent him from becoming exalted above measure.

The thorns are there because their presence is designed to bring about a greater Christlikeness in our lives.

Perhaps the thorn is there to remind you of your propensity to; move in pride, to be selfish, to try to move independently of God. I know my thorn is there to draw me closer to God. My nature tends towards independence and yet I find myself in a life where much of what occurs, far exceeds my realm of control. Perhaps I have previously been unresponsive to God’s desire to remove this from my life, heart and mind and this now is the most effective way to capture my attention. Perhaps the same could be said of you.

God whispers to us, in our pleasures, speaks in our conscience, but shouts in our pains; it is His megaphone to rouse a deaf world.

CS Lewis

The thorn I contend with in my life with some regularity (or tedious monotony) stops me from heading back to my life of independence. The thorn is there to prevent me from deciding that God is there as my back up guy when I can’t handle things myself. Through the existence of this thorn in my life, I am reminded, time and time again, that God’s purpose for me may not be the same as my own.

It’s not incredibly deep or insightful today and I’m sure that many of you have learned this lesson long ago. With some of these things I’m a little slow. I need to feel that thorn, to remind me of who I am.
The conclusion I reached a few weeks ago is that if God at any point wants the thorn to be removed, He’ll do it. He isn’t, as my behaviour has suggested up to this point, waiting for me to come up with the perfect, fool-proof, equitable and sustainable solution to the thorn removal. He’s waiting for me to lean further in, to wait on Him, to trust in Him more, to rely on Him more completely and to be less exalted in myself and in my own thinking.
If it never changes, then Paul is very clear about the reason for that – it is for my good and at the end of the day, it is to prevent me from becoming someone I am not meant to be.

In the meantime, when you feel that you are being buffeted and I know some of you are — don’t give up, continue to pray about the thorn in your flesh. God knows it is there, He’s allowing it to remain. Pray that He will use it to bring about the change that it is meant to achieve.

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Week one of the school year & “Quiet” turns 5 …

I do love teaching, sometimes I think it is an odd career path for an introvert, but there is a significant number of us out there.

It’s week one, day three, back at school, and I am very tired. I love that, in Australia, week one of the school year usually contains a public holiday. I love this because, part way through week one, I need it.

Week one, I tend to become more extroverted in the classroom. I won’t say I become an extrovert but certainly more extroverted. For each new class I meet, I seem to subconsciously to some extent take on the role of an extrovert.

The real strain for me though is that I have just come off 6 weeks of very selective socialising and as a high school teacher, I have commenced this crazy week in which I meet 20 or more new people every 40-80 mins for 2-3 days in a row. This requires a great deal of energy.

I was thinking through this, this afternoon and an excerpt from “Quiet”(below) came to mind.



Possibly the similarities are superficial, obviously, I rarely receive a standing ovation at the end of a lesson , or more honestly, never receive a standing ovation at the end of a lesson. Although the students do stand up, and then leave … maybe it is an ovation? I guess we’ll never know. But what I like about this excerpt and chapter from which it is taken, is that it told me it’s okay to extrovert when I need to, and return to being an introvert when I don’t need to extrovert. This was very important for me because I couldn’t understand how I could be what felt to me, two very different people. This chapter was very important to me, the introvert, the teacher.

After reading the particular chapter I discovered the importance of a “restorative niche“. I also discovered that it is okay, if I have been “extrovert-ing” for most of the day that I have my required 10-30 mins without conversation when I get home. Not only is this okay with me, it’s also okay with my people. 🙂

It’s a short post this time.

Introverts, if you still haven’t read “Quiet”, please, please do.

It will change the way you feel about yourself, it will change the way you view yourself, it is revolutionary.

Also, today (edit – actually yesterday the 24th) is (was) the fifth anniversary of “Quiet”.

You owe it to yourself.

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Gratitude …

Last year I attempted to make it a weekly practice in my form class to be grateful.
We ended up engaging in Thankful Thursday. It was successful to some extent. At the very least it reduced the amount of complaining the group of 14-15 year olds did. All of the class members had a journal to write in and most Thursdays we remembered to do it. To begin with a number of the students struggled to write anything down, some weeks we’d watch a clip from World Vision, or Compassion to help remind them of what they had compared to others. At the end of the year it was almost a habit, they seemed to enjoy Thankful Thursday and I think they quite enjoyed the alliteration as well…maybe that was just me.

This morning, I went to the shops and joined the queue of parents buying school supplies.  I reached the checkout I placed the items I was going to purchase, plus the 20+ journals for my form class this year, on the counter.
The teenager working at the checkout was a little taken aback at the number of journals.

“I’m a teacher,” I explained. I’d like to think I said it in the way a doctor would say “It’s okay I’m a doctor” as he/she’s about to do an emergency tracheotomy in a restaurant … maybe that only happens in movies.
“Oh,” the perplexed look on his face was replaced by one of relief, “I thought it was a lot of journals!”
“They are for something I’m going to do with one of my classes this year.”
“Oh, so are you a primary or high school teacher?”
“High school.”
“Oh, so which grades?”
“Oh, so all of them…! Is this your first year?”

Let’s pause right here, the rest of the conversation isn’t important here and now … me … in my first year of teaching! I’m not sure if it was my youthful good looks, or the fact that I was smiling about heading back to school that made him reach this conclusion.
I said “Umm, no, my first year was 2001.” I’m assuming based on the shocked look on his face that 2001 was before he was born.

So the journals are going to be thankful journals for my form class. And this here, might just be my first entry – being mistaken for a first year teacher!

Seriously though, gratitude is something I, personally, need to be better at.
Practicing gratitude has been shown to improve health, reduce depression(some good points in this infographic), increase happiness … another side effect might be that I should be more of a pleasure to be around.

Ann Voskamp has written about gratitude in “One Thousand Gifts”.

The word of God tells us:

in every thing give thanks, for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.


2017 – gratitude journals

Further reading:

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Survival and sanity for separation, divorce and the life that follows …

The truth is that your life won’t be the same again, neither will that of your kids. You will not be the same. Many of your relationships will change. It is something you will all survive, but you will be different, things will be different. This doesn’t have to be a bad thing.

For some, the transition is an easy one, for others it is not. For some, the unpleasantness is over quickly, for others it is not. Today I’m talking to the others for whom it is not.

For me, it’s been a few weeks shy of 10 years since I started down this road. A decade, or 70 years in dog years! 😉

I’ve been talking to a few people lately about some of these issues.

Before you read on – I’m obviously not a counsellor, I’m more of an observer.

Having said that, while I’m speaking from my experience, I am not speaking only about my experience. I’m talking about a number of behaviours, some I have witnessed, some I have experienced over the years, some are the experience of friends, and others are the experiences of acquaintances.

I also want to state that this is not coming from a place of bitterness. This for me is about a desire to help those who have found their world torn apart and then find it difficult to find a friendly face or an understanding person. I am noticing that there is a massive lack of empathy from people on the outside of these situations. It’s absolutely true that until you have lived through it you have little appreciation of how difficult it is. And when I say lived through it – I don’t know of too many people who can say it is all behind them. Most of the people I know who have been through this continue to deal with some ongoing issues. These people are some of the strongest, most deeply hurt, and yet most compassionate people I’ve met.

If this is your story, you probably know by now that you will have to deal with an ex-spouse for a number of years to come, especially if you have children, and it will not always be pleasant. Something my counsellor told me very early on was that whatever your relationship was like before separation, will inform how it continues post separation. So if you were the submissive person with an aggressive demanding partner that dynamic will be what your ex-spouse wishes to continue. If your partner was especially materialistic then that’s really going to kick in when the property division comes up, if they have a like-minded new partner — we’re praying for you!! 😉
If you were the one who carried the burden of certain responsibilities, it is unlikely this will change.
If you were married to a selfish person – that is unlikely to get better – it’s more than likely going to get worse.
If you were married to someone who refused to take responsibility for their actions – guess what – that isn’t going to change either.
If you do attempt to change any of these dynamics – which is wise – and you were the submissive partner to a demanding one, you will be met with opposition. You will be met with an escalation of the behaviour that they used in the past to make you do what they wanted.
I think this is doubly true for those who are coming out of a relationship that was possibly one in which they had little to no “power”. If your spouse used to engage in gas lighting — this behaviour will escalate. Maybe they used the silent treatment, unfortunately this doesn’t escalate instead what I’ve seen happen is the person who used to control you with silence tends now to be quick to reach for verbal abuse. Watch for words and phrases like “unfair”, “selfish”, “I’m disappointed”, “childish”, “toxic”, “rude”, “arrogant”, “tantrum thrower”, be on the look out for the times you are responsible for, or the cause of, their behaviour, watch for the times when they have behaved in an inappropriate way because of you. These are fairly good indications that you are dealing with someone who is trying to manipulate you. You need to understand this and see it for what it is. In some cases the reason this happens is that you are dealing with a person whose reality has turned out to be disappointing compared to the dream they pursued.
They may even attempt to head to the moral high ground above you, and then proceed to lecture you on the appropriate ways to behave in your dealings with them or other situations. Based on what I’ve seen, a controlling person in a marriage will attempt to become more controlling outside of it, this seems to be especially true if they are the one whose actions ended the marriage. They may in some cases literally tell you what words to use when responding to them … you can laugh at this point if you wish but I kid you not … this happens. Expect to be treated as though you are a child. Don’t be surprised if you are told to whom you may speak, whom you may and may not see, you may even be instructed about what you are allowed to speak to your own children about. I’ve even heard of a parent being threatened with a restraining order in a desperate attempt to prevent him having a discussion with his own children. (!!) You may also be instructed by your ex-spouse on the appropriate etiquette required in order to deal with them (your ex-spouse).
Wow… writing that list I’m actually thinking how ridiculous it is that an adult would attempt to treat another like this – unfortunately I’m writing this because it happens.
Be aware that if you do not behave in the way you have been instructed to, they may become even more aggressive and demanding.

At this point it’s always a good idea to take a few moments to review the high ground the person is presently attempting to occupy.

Is the ground they are standing on what you would consider to be high?
Do they meet the standards they are telling you that you need to meet?

The answer is rarely yes, perhaps they are giving you parenting advice yet they are a parent who routinely puts their own needs above those of their child/ren. They may even be the parent who walked out of the family home and away from their child/ren in order to pursue “love” or “happiness”. In that case, unless there has been some drastic turn around in behaviour since that point, maybe you don’t have to respond to the “parenting” tips or take the bait.

Another good question for you to consider is, is there any truth in the accusation?
More often than not this baiting is an attempt to regain a position of dominance or power over you that they believe they have the right to occupy.
You can choose not to rise to this bait and ignore it – which is usually the best option. Yes, you do run the risk of them believing you have seen the error of your ways, but so be it. Hang around they’ll be back to point out more of your failings and shortcomings.
If you choose to confront, be aware that they may, at that point, feel that you are attacking them. This often happens when you contradict a lie with the truth – in which case you may then face some name calling or a barrage from a new partner or a family member or a friend maybe with the name calling thrown in for good measure. This usually means that your response has not been one that allowed them to resume their (self) perceived position of power over you.

As I said, the person is unlikely to change, you will simply need to learn to deal with these issues on a day by day or incident by incident basis.
My advice is:

If it matters with regard to your kids – deal with it. If it’s more like an attack on you personally, move on.

Spend some time working out if it matters or not. Write emails but maybe don’t include the person’s address in the “To” spot, if you do hit reply —delete the address, write your email, save it as a draft, come back to it later.

If you have remarried, and they decide to attack your new spouse – ignore it – no matter how much it hurts – it has nothing to do with them. This type of behaviour is an incredibly good sign that whole “discussion” has derailed, this is definitely not worth responding to. It goes without saying that the same applies if their spouse decides to attack your spouse – take a timeout!

If you choose not to respond — it may be perceived as a victory on their part – my advice is, if it makes them happy for now – great! Let them have it, you don’t need to engage in the point scoring behaviour.

If you are a Christian this is for you. There are a few verses that I would like to bring to your attention and hope that you can lock onto them and hunker down there… for now.

There is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus …..

Our works and our motives will be revealed…

If you are living your days in the light of His presence – you need to remember this. You also need to know that the people who are condemning your actions, your words, your behaviour – are not speaking on His behalf. They may, in fact, be speaking on the behalf of the enemy. The truth is the closer you get to God the more opposition you should expect to face. Not really a comforting thought.
My counsellor of several years ago also suggested that when you are faced with accusations either from your ex-spouse or others, pray through the accusations with God – and then ask Him to reveal His thoughts of you from His word.
I’m pretty sure the first one that will come to mind is – there is now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus….

And finally, if you are – as a good friend of mine is – as a result of these difficulties, reaching out to encourage others to turn to God and lean on Him, you will face opposition, sometimes from surprising sources.
You should expect that the good you are doing will be met with opposition from the enemy of our souls.

Listen to the people who matter…there are some out there.

More importantly than that listen to the One who knows.. the One who knows your heart, the One who has been with you through it all.

This is my prayer for you, that His is the voice you will hear above all of the others.

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