Thursday, February 21, 2008

Whispers

I've been wearing a cloak of sadness and fatigue for the last week and struggling to figure out why. After moping around in a store for half an hour I finally asked myself, "What is the matter with you, Tami? What do you have to be sad about?"

And though it wasn't audible, it was unmistakable and almost physically jarring, as if someone placed their hands on my shoulders to stop me from going any further. God said, "Satan's whispering in your ear."

What?

"You're listening to his lies."

Of course. Why hadn't I seen it before? I've been blaming it on other things--I'm tired, my hormones are out of whack, maybe I'm coming down with something--when what's really happening is I'm listening to Satan.

I get weary and Satan whispers in my ear, "It's not worth it. No one cares what you do."

I look in the mirror and he says, "Not good enough."

My husband wants to stay up later than I do and the devil suggests, "He doesn't love you like you love him."

Someone makes an insightful comment at Bible study and he taunts, "Oh, you missed that. You call yourself a leader?"

I have anxiety and he defeats me with, "You don't trust God."

My kids want to go out with friends and I hear, "They don't need you anymore."

I feel a little down and he tells me, "No one cares what you think. No one cares how you feel."

But God whispers too. When I stay connected to Him, when I take the feelings to Him, He's faithful to show me when I'm falling for the lines of the devil. God reminds me what is true. He put His words in writing.

Where can I go from your Spirit? Where can I flee from your presence? If I say, "Surely the darkness will hide me and the light become night around me: even the darkness will not be dark to you; the night will shine like the day for darkness is a light to you.
Psalm 139:7, 11-12






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13 comments:

Denise said...

Bless you dear one. You are so worthy, and so loved. Rebuke that devil back to hell where he belongs. You belong to the Lord, love you sweetie.

Cheryl said...

Your post made me smile. Sounds like me. Thanks for an inspiring post! Happy Thankful Thursday! God Bless~

Laurel Wreath said...

Tammi thank you so much for sharing your heart, I could have written much of this most also...in fact in my TT is is a jumbled mess kind of saying the same thing (you just said it a lot better ;)

Have a great day.

Angie said...

Tami-I love that verse! We've all been in the place of listening...when we should have been kicking...but it happens. Thankfully our Father is right there with His strength to assist us with the support that He gives!
Yes you are precious in His sight!

Kelley at Aroma of Joy said...

Good for you to recognize the lies of the evil one. I am so Thankful we don't have to listen and buy what he is selling. Thank you for your post, it really encouraged me!

~~Kelley

Heather@Mommymonk said...

I've been there recently too. Satan's lies are so subtle, we often don't recognize them. We need to tune our ears to hear the voice of Truth. Praying this for you and me today!

eph2810 said...

Okay, Tami - this is just a little scary - have you been in my head? I have been moping around for almost a week now - and I am sick of it...I know that I am His child - I am worth so much to Him...but Satan likes to twist and prod us, doesn't he?

Thank you so much for sharing this awesome post with us this week.

Blessings to you and your precious family.

Robyn said...

Wow! You read my mind. I've been having the exact same week! Tuesday night my husband said exactly what you just said, "You're believing Satan's lies." I've been praying myself through it.

I just finished preparing a post about this for tomorrow. It's all about focusing on God's love during these "black cloud" days (as I called them). I'd love to get your perspective on this if you have time tomorrow!

Great post, as always!!

Susan said...

Angie~

I just left you a long message. I'll wait to see if you got it. If not I'll write it again.

Blessings...

(message said there was a duplicate message?)

Donetta said...

Thank you, this is a good reminder :)

e-Mom said...

I caught myself doing this today too! That old "accuser of the brethern" is up to no good. Funny to read all of the comments ahead of me. Seems like he's out and about and roaring like a lion. Praise God for the solidarity of Christian bloggers! (((Hugs)))

A Stone Gatherer said...

I love how God works! I had your blog bookmarked from something in December. I clicked on it then when back to your blog site and here is your blog for the 21st. What you said in your post is exactly how I have been all day! Believeing the lies of satan or the truth of God! Thanks for being God's hands and feet to me today!

Dawn Farias said...

Good thoughts.

Got here from Con D.