#Thankful Again {If I am Persecuted}

My daughter is … love lived out. Her words here strike me like a lightning bolt of love.

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“I never thought that the insults, lies, and persecutions would come so often from other Christians. I am in no way perfect, but I always try to follow God’s ways and not my own. It’s astounding how many Christians there are that will blatantly go against God and even try to twist His Words to fit their own agenda. I refuse to change God, or His Word, to make Him what I want Him to be. I will continue to seek His truth and speak it in love.

Label me what you wish. Reject me if you’d like. You do not define me. You did not create me… God did. You do not know what is on my mind… God does. You do not know what is in my heart… God does.

Only God.

I will serve only God – the One True God, whose truth will prevail regardless of how it is twisted and abused. I will keep speaking the truth in love. I will keep pressing on, and I will forgive those who hurt me as God has forgiven me.

If I am persecuted, even by other Christians who only want to hear their own “truth”, or if I lose everything in order to speak God’s truth… So be it. Jesus gave His life for me. I will give it all for Him.”

~ Emerson Mertens

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From even before the day she was born, as I carried her in my womb, I prayed:

God, You have changed my life so drastically that I could never say thank you enough. I give this child I carry back to You. You will do big things through her. I trust in that Lord.

Those “things” began very quickly in her life. I should write a book just about what all God has done through her.

And now, after all the trials she has come through with us and on her own, I see the woman of God that He has made her to be and is continually molding her into. I could not be MORE proud of her as a SISTER in Christ our First Love, and I could not be more proud as a MOM.

My daughter, my Sister, you will never stand alone, and you will never stand lonely.

Love,
Your Mom, Your Sister

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Happy Thanksgiving to all of you! I’m thankful for your love and encouragement as I pour out my heart and soul here and at GoingALLIN.org. You are an answer to a prayer!

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11 thoughts on “#Thankful Again {If I am Persecuted}

  1. mrteague says:

    This really resonates with me. The past few years (off & on) the Lord has been showing me the rejection & persecution Jesus has suffered from His own people through pictures in 1 Samuel. Relatedly, He shared with me ways we might be mistreated by our brothers & sisters because we follow Jesus. I just published a booklet about this called “Despising the Lamb.” It’s on my blog if you or your daughter is interested: http://thevoiceofone.org/2014/11/23/despising-the-lamb-contempt-for-christ-in-first-samuel/
    God bless!

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    • Heather Mertens says:

      Teague,
      I only need spend 5 minutes at your site to see that I am intrigued and in good company. This day and age we are living a Samuel controversy, are we not? I wonder why so many of His, and possibly some just think they are … for that is not a judgment call I even attempt to make on one side or the other, for the place is not mine to wander into… but I do wonder, what might be their purpose for such blatant painful inflections upon others. And yet, I wonder more… what might be the eternal outcome for those who are His but choose this way of life. I too am on a journey to understand, but to more so make sure that I understand and follow His ways and desires wholly. I look forward to reading your ebook. I have the ALL IN Ministry that God brought to fruition after 13 years of vision and preparation of my heart, so it may take me a tiny bit of time to read it. ;) I look forward to it none the less.
      You know, the ALL IN community – The Chuch come together world wide – sounds like something you would enjoy very much… since we have the same quest to be voices for the One. And the community would certainly be blessed. Here is the site for you to “wander” over to: http://GoingALLIN.org

      Thank you for the discussion…. it is my strength and my weakness at times. ;)
      Heather

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  2. Lux Ganzon says:

    That was so heartfelt, Heather. My heart goes out to you. I also experienced being looked down upon by righteous Christians. But I see, it’s not what they know that I don’t but the relationship I have with God that they don’t. Have a wonderful weekend!

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    • Heather Mertens says:

      You are so right, Lux. And ultimately when the pain wears off ( much, much faster than it used to now that I understand ), all that is left is sorry in my soul for what they are missing out on. Be it not for me to figure them out, but to offer love. Some are just unlovable by choice. Sad, isn’t it?

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  3. Miranda says:

    I am so happy that I found your blog post this morning at the Weekend Brew. What an amazing testament to the love you have for your daughter and the love you both share for Jesus. I pray that the Lord will use my children in big ways as well, and that no matter if they are standing alone, that they will stand with Him.

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    • Heather Mertens says:

      Miranda,
      That is a prayer He will answer. He will shine upon them in ways that the world, although it may reject, can never deny. I prayed continually that my daughter always, always turn to God for every little detail; to fully trust that God has a plan. I have prayed that prayer countless times through the years, and today I see it has come to fruition. I can’t tell you how glad I am that I chose to sacrifice time to pray for that very thing. NO prouder of her could I be.
      Keep that prayer as one of the top in your life for the, Miranda. You certainly will see the fruit of it.
      You have blessed me immensely with your beautiful comment.

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    • Heather Mertens says:

      Mary,
      We all choose what we will do with what we have learned of God. I am thankful I chose how I did… at God’s prompting and leading. You too have learned this and that is why I treasure the catching up of our souls along the walk we walk together. When all of this falls away… I shall wave a hearty happy wave to you in eternity. We have lots of people to meet up and hug in the full glory, but yes… we surely shall find each other.
      Much love!

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