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  1. I have seen this happen in my own life. When God uses us for His work, Satan jumps right in and tries to get in our way! It’s scary and kind of exciting, because you KNOW that when Satan is attacking, it means you’re doing things he doesn’t like–which is EXACTLY what we want to be doing!!

    I am thrilled with how God has used you through the words you wrote just a couple weeks ago. It takes serious courage to write something so hard, but it is so important to do that very thing. I’m proud of you for picking yourself up, learning from the experience, and jumping right back into this ministry to which God has called you! Don’t let that father of lies freak you out, and don’t listen to a word he says. You are a child of God, baptized into Christ, and He is using you for GREAT things! 🙂 <3

    1. Well said! I echo Jaimie.

      Hebrews 12:1-3 encourages my heart greatly when I start feeling bogged down with life and it’s trials. I also love Philippians 3:12-14. We are to live for Christ with all we are worth and keep our eye on the prize, Him! While it does not make the trials or attacks go away, it keeps things in proper perspective.

      Several months ago, God blessed me with the opportunity of leading a women’s ministry. It has been an interesting and difficult journey. Talk about even more motivation to stay in God’s Word and on my knees! I have been under spiritual attack, since I took the position. However, like you, I am not going to give in or give up! God is sovereign and worth serving!
      To God be all glory forever!

  2. Could not find where to put this question, but figured here was better than nowhere…
    We are currently living in the UK and my DH has chosen a local church to attend (instead of the US church we were attending when we first arrived). I do not feel anything at the local church. It is a very traditional UK church (music is depressing & sermons seem to be written out for the pastor by someone else). How do I best tell my husband I do not want to attend that church?
    TIA.

    1. We lived in the UK for three years and faced a similar situation. I would strongly encourage you to take your heart to The Lord. Tell Him exactly how you feel and ask Him for His guidance. I can remember a time where I felt very strongly about a situation. I took it to The Lord before I ever approached my husband. God blessed my efforts as I sought to honor The Lord and my husband, while still letting them both know how I felt. God might have you there as a light, but it also might just be for a season.

      With that being said, you need to find a place where you can grow spiritually and have fellowship with ladies. When we were in the UK, we were with the military. I found the base chapel offered some great Bible studies that helped me grow in my walk with God. In addition, I made great friends that I will always have.

      Praying for you with this difficult situation.

  3. I am one of the 21,000 who started to read your post due to Pinterest. I am sorry that you have received some negative comments regarding your blog. But, I want you to know that your blog is exactly what I needed. My husband has recently quit his job and I have held on to a lot of resentment regarding that. Your blog snapped my spirit back into submission. Have I fallen 100% in support of my husband yet? No, but I am working on it. I have not been someone that I would love if I were him, and that is something that I am working on also. You are a blessing. Please be encouraged in your ministry endeavors.

  4. I found you through Pinterest, and I NEEDED TO READ your blogs! Thank you so much for writing about the topics you do, please keep writing! I am so blessed to have found your (not so little) blog!

  5. Thank you for writing! I really needed to hear this encouragement this morning. Who knew having 3 girls under 2.5 years old could be so spiritually exhausting, as well as physically! 🙂

  6. I would just like to say that I love your beautiful blog. I read some of the comments to your pinned post “Are you a wife who is easy to love?” and I was just stunned at the nastiness of some of the comments. I suppose I shouldn’t be stunned, but I was. I find it interesting that individuals who will claim open-mindedness and tolerance become vicious and miserable when they are faced with beliefs with which they disagree. It seems to me that if such people were truly open-minded, they would disagree calmly, if at all. I mean, aren’t they “open-minded”? Live and let live? Or are they only open minded if we agree with them? Some of the comments were clearly meant to try and silence you….and yet the commenter claimed that she didn’t believe in “submitting”. Then why did she try to silence you and make you submit to her?? Be encouraged, Jolene! You made people think. They stepped away from their many sources of entertainment for a few minutes. This post truly resonated with people. May God bless your work and ministry.

    1. Yes, Tam, I was rather shocked by their animosity as well! But again, we’re in a spiritual battle and it’s so easy to forget that! Thank you for your encouraging words. They ministered to me greatly!

  7. Thanks for your encouraging post. Everything you write is inspiring and the devil knows that, that is why he attacks but God is there to put him in his place. Keep your head and don’t give up! God is on your side! Thanks for all you write!

    1. Oh Regina, you brought such a smile to my face by reminding me that the devil does know that it’s about the Lord over here! And yes, our Savior always puts him in his place! Thanks for cheering me on!

  8. When I read your original article about submission and then some of the responses to it, and now this article, where you mention that the battle that was going on had nothing to do with you…well I can just say: you’re exactly right. I have been following your blog for a while now and I was surprised by the huge (negative) response that one article got, because I felt like it wasn’t even your most ‘extreme’ or ‘passionate’ argument for submission in marriage. I honestly thought it was written rather ‘neutral’, which only goes to show God’s hand in the matter. HE chose the article to reach people and you know what, if only one woman’s heart had been touched by it, it had been worth it. But as I can see, several women could’ve been helped by your words, and that is pretty amazing!
    My heart broke for you as those people where attacking you, because even if it wasn’t ultimately about you, the pain they caused was very real. I am happy to see how you handled it in a godly manner!!

    By the way, when I read some of the horrible comments from some women, I felt like I understood where they were coming from. When I first heard about biblical submission, I felt sick. My world view of the oh-so-strong female was being threatened and I was scared to death! But I have come to realize that real female strength is a beautiful, subtle,quiet strength (but don’t let that fool you, it is powerful!) and that usually the louder a women proclaims her ”strength”, the less substance there is to it.

    Keep your good work up, you’re helping so many people, lots and lots of whom are not even commenting!

    God bless you!

    1. Hi Lena,
      Yes, I would agree with you about the article. I didn’t feel like there was much in there either! In fact, I had to go back and re-read it because I remember when I wrote it thinking it wasn’t a very deep post. Like you said, ‘neutral’. And like you said, God moved that post. I just wrote a few simple words and the Great Almighty used it to reach the hearts of His daughters (and even plant some seeds). And yes, even though the article had nothing to do with me, the attacks were directed towards me. And of course, like any human being, their unkind words hurt. But God, He is where I get my worth. And I too understood their comments because I used to think like them.
      Thank you for your encouraging words, Lena. God used you to minister to me and I’m thankful for that!

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