10.05.2012

Not Sure Where To Go From Here

Sweet blog friends, I would love to wish you a happy Friday and share a pretty picture with you, but my heart is heavy and broken today.

Just as I was feeling peace about moving forward with blogging, I have been accused of hurtful things by someone who has read my struggles shared here on the blog and misinterpreted them.

I know the truth about who I am as a child of God. I know that I am not mean-spirited, vindictive and cruel, but it still hurts to read or hear those things. {The enemy knows right where it hurts, doesn't he? But so does God. And He will have victory in my heart!}

Hurtful accusations combined with a recent mailbox smashing leave me feeling vulnerable. Blogging just doesn't feel safe right now. So as much as I feel blessed by those of you who have been kind, encouraging and faithful, I may need to go into blog hiding for a bit. Pray for me if you think of it. I don't want to stay in hiding forever, but for now, it feels needed.

My prayer for you as I am away: LET YOUR LIGHT SHINE! {I met several of you through that post!} You don't need a blog to do that. Just let it shine in everyday life. You were MADE for that!

Blessings,

P.S. Thank you for your swift, encouraging response to this post. After reading a few of your comments and emails, I feel like I should clarify that this isn't a result of some random blog hater. I've been blessed not to have any of those. This is closer to home. My desire is not to malign that person; I just felt the need to speak up about why I'm taking a little break or why I might not be as vulnerable. I've always tried to be honest about my heart here...wanting to bring God glory through it. Praying He'll use all of this for good!

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  1. You're a blessing to me and to so many, Lins. Never forget that! Keep sharing your beautiful words and sweet spirit with the world. So many look up to you. Love, your BRIC girl, gracie

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  2. I am so very sorry to hear this. It is so disheartening to think people can be so mean-spirited and hurtful. You have done nothing but share your heart and have been an inspiration for so many.

    I can understand how you need a break from blogging, just know that God knows your heart and I am sure He will guide you in where to go from here. I also hope that you will not let this person win by silencing your beautiful words.

    I will certainly keep you in my prayers.

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  3. Oh that just bums me out. I have never understood why some people choose to be hurtful. As a longtime reader, you have communicated your heart beautifully and given glory to God. I'm not sure how anyone could misinterpret your words, and you are about the furthest from being cruel or mean spirited. I just wish people would click away if they aren't interested, instead of being nasty. I know He is using your blog for His good. I understand how you are feeling and think I would respond the same way. Take a break and remember that you are loved!

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  4. Linsey,

    Please don't let the trolls get to you! You know it and we all know it- those things are not true!! Some people are just so ugly and mean sometimes! I am sorry you were hurt - I can understand that! I think people hide behind their computers - and would never say such things face to face. Well, some would I guess....

    My other favorite blog is Cote de Texas and boy there are some rude commenters on her blog.... She seems to take it in stride - I sometimes wish she would not allow those comments to appear in her comments section, but I'm sure she has her reasons for keeping them there.

    I hope you can continue on because you do inspire so many of us! We are rooting for you!!

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  5. I look forward to your return to the blog. I thoroughly enjoy reading about life in the country and all you amazing decorating ideas. It is great inspiration for decorating my own home.

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  6. Wow! I am so sorry to hear that. Where they reading YOUR blog? I have never read anything that could even be construed as mean or vindictive! Keep in mind there are people out there that just post things just to be mean and cruel themselves. They obviously are not happy.
    I hope you will be back soon, I really want to see all the wonderful things you do to your new home!

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  7. I am so sorry about what you are dealing with. You are just a precious Christian lady, and I so enjoy all of your posts. We will miss you while you take a break. Please know that your followers will anxiously be waiting for your return. God bless you and keep you.

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  8. I am so sorry to hear this. I cannot imagine that anyone would mis-understand your words. They are honest, true and give glory to God. You are a true inspiration to so many, sharing your faith, family and beautiful home. I understand you are hurt and need time but continue to stay true to yourself and you will never go wrong! I do hope you continue blogging and continue sharing. Your blessings to others far far far exceed this one cruel person. God bless you and your family.

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  9. so sorry you're in a tender, vulnerable place right now.
    please know, YOU are one of the most loyal encouraging connection!!
    xo

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  10. What the heck is going on. Second blog I have read that this has happened to. I am soo sorry to read this because you seem like the warmest person and I love your blog. Remember what is really important and who and surround yourself with those people!!

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  11. Tears fill my eyes and heart as I read this. Linsey, thank you for loving well and so deeply. I am hurt by this for you. I will pray the Lord meets you anew with His healing balm and tender touch. Love you sweet friend!

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  12. Well, well. I have been one of those silent readers of your blog. But I have also been silently praying for you, especially with this transition into your dream to move to the countryside of TN! I LOVE to read your updates and you inspire me to get out there and meet new people. Our family recently moved from the Atlanta to northwest Georgia for some of the same reasons you moved. We have been here a year and we love what God is doing already. Our little girl is only 1.5 years old, but to see her enjoy the country has been priceless. Remember what Mary and Martha indirectly accused Jesus of when their brother Lazerus died. In a sense, they felt that it was Jesus' fault and if he only had his act together, Lazerus wouldn't have died. Mary and Martha didn't see the love and beautiful plan that Jesus had for Lazerus. The same way, other people may not see the beautiful plan and love in your blog. But was was Jesus' response? He wept. Just as you weep over these false accusations and the pain. It is a step that Jesus took and I am glad you are taking the time to "weep" I just hope it is in God's plan for you to continue blogging, to share life with so many people, after this phase of "weeping" is over. A Jamaican proverb says "they only throw stones at good fruit" To get ripe big mangoes out of the tree that were high up, they would throw stones to knock it down so they can eat it. So weep ripe, fragrant, mango. But don't take those eyes off your Lord and Savior. :)

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  13. I am so sorry Linsey!!! I can't imagine where in the world someone would find anything hurtful or vindictive in your blog posts!! And for others to be so cruel and hurtful to another person really just blows me away! I have never understood why people can't just keep quiet instead of hurting someone intentionally!!
    I adore your blog and I wish you the best. Please don't let someone's mis-understanding's and hurtfulness ruin the things that you enjoy!

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  14. May you have happiness
    May you have health
    May you have peace
    May you have ease.

    You will be so missed..please don't be away too long

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  15. I just wanted to tell you that I find your blog so inspiring. Your love and heart for the Lord shines through in all of your posts.

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  16. I'm sorry you are hurting today. You have such an encouraging heart and have been a blessing to me more times than you know. Remember that the darkness can never overcome the light...and you, Dear One, have such light.:)

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  17. Linsey... I can't help but notice that the person who said these words to you was after one of your best posts ever. You spoke about how proud you were of yourself and the 3 years of blogging. You posted photos including adorable pics of yourself. You must understand that the mean words spoken to you are not a reflection of you, but of the person who speaks them. Obviously, he is uncomfortable with the fact that you are proud of yourself (as you should be) and uncomfortable with the fact that he does not feel the same way about himself. Dear Linsey... don't let this person take your pride away from you. God wants you to use the talents that He has given you...If you stop blogging you are doing an injustice to yourself and the little that I know of you.. you deserve so much more. So be proud ... sweet Linsey and use your God given talents and enjoy life. And don't listen to others. Just listen to your heart. All the best...

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  18. Oh, honey. I went through something very similar. At first, I was stunned, disbelieving and so hurt. But with the help of my family and close friends, I was able to see that I was not the person she described, this was about her and what was going on in HER life. It ended our friendship but I learned a lot from that experience. The most important thing was that I knew who and what I was, as did my family/friends and most important of all, God knew who and what I was. Don't allow this sad, pathetic person to take away something you love to do and think is important. You're just giving your power away. Have faith in yourself, your place in this world and your importance to those who love you.

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  19. Oh, honey. I went through something very similar. At first, I was stunned, disbelieving and so hurt. But with the help of my family and close friends, I was able to see that I was not the person she described, this was about her and what was going on in HER life. It ended our friendship but I learned a lot from that experience. The most important thing was that I knew who and what I was, as did my family/friends and most important of all, God knew who and what I was. Don't allow this sad, pathetic person to take away something you love to do and think is important. You're just giving your power away. Have faith in yourself, your place in this world and your importance to those who love you.

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  20. hi there sweet friend, i was stopping by to catch up, not expecting to read this. i'm sorry to see your heart hurting like this. so undeserved and unnecessary. whatever is it, I know you are trying to fault yourself but there is NO fault to be had. you are beautiful inside and out and so are your words on this blog. if you need a break, take it, we'll all be here when you come back. praying for you, my TN friend! xoxo, Tess

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  21. I just don't know where to begin. You clearly are a dear, sweet soul. I think when people are mean, it really has more to do with their unhappiness than anything else. I hope you can forgive them so you can be free from this trap. I hope this person will see how hurtful he/she has been, and make amends, but I don't want your happiness to be dependent on someone else's actions. You are right. You are love by the mist high God. And inthe end, that's all that matters.

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  22. Sorry for the typos commenting from my phone.

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  23. Oh Linsey,

    Please please please don't let something like a mean-spirited soul stop you from reaching out! I, too, am a silent reader, and one that looks forward to your posts every chance I get! I am moving to GA from Houston, TX in just a few weeks, and your inspirational posts have been getting me through the terror!!!! You are one of the most faithful, dedicated and special people I have come across on blogs and I will pray for you to reconsider a long break. The positivity you infuse outweighs the negative nancies that choose to spoil one's spirit. Please don't let them take your light! There's a soul in TX that is following it, even if you don't know me!
    -Stacey Y.

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  24. We have never met in person or even spoken on the telephone, but I cannot for the life ever imagine calling you any of the above mentioned horrible things. You are such a kind-hearted, open, wonderful soul/mother/wife/friend/sister/blogger who has unselfishly shared your life with all of us. I just don't understand how anyone could say those things. I hope that this break and distance allows you the space and peace you deserve. We will certainly miss you dearly but completely understand that you need to do what is right for you and your family.

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  25. This person has clearly never met you - if she were to meet you, she would see and know you are a beautiful person without a mean bone in your body. I really hate this for you, and am very disappointed that someone would project their own unhappiness, insecurities and sadness onto you - a lovely and warm person who has a heart for Christ, and a warmly human soul.
    This poor woman, whomever she is, must be feeling so much pain. Perhaps we should all pray for her to find the peace and happiness we enjoy and often take for granted.

    I do ask her to make time to meet you and get to know you - she'll quickly see how wrong she is about you!!!

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  26. praying for you tonight, friend.
    really, really praying.
    i know what it is to know who you are in Christ but to be misunderstood by someone.
    it's so hurtful...so hard not to consume over it.

    praying you cling to the word. it will bring you peace that none of our words can.

    lets email to keep in touch.

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  27. Linsey~ I am so, so sorry you have been hurt like this. You hit the nail on the head when you said "the enemy knows right where to hit us". He is taking a shot at you, but you know you already have victory in Christ.

    I'm beyond words that anyone would call you any of those things, when you so clearly have such a compassionate and tender heart. I will be praying the peace abounds in your heart and in your home, and that you will be free from thoughts about this situation weighing on your mind.

    Praying for you.

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  28. I am so sorry to hear you were hurt like that. I can say I had a similar experience today too. It is so tough. Praying He heals the tender hurt!

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  29. I am so sorry to read this post. Not only are they trying to steal your joy, they are stealing our joy as your followers. I love reading your blog. I check your blog daily for inspiration and decorating ideas. I was so looking forward to your new journey and following how you are doing making new friends, going to a new church and decorating your TN home. I will pray for you and your family to have safety because that is most important AND I will pray for God to lift the heavy burden that these people or the person have/has left on your heart. I really hope you don't go away but I totally understand if you do. To have something like this happen must be very scary for your family. The people or person doing this will have to answer to God one day and they definitely don't have a heart.

    ~ Lisa from Indiana ~

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  30. Lots of love to you my sweet friend who just so happens to be one of the most loving, good hearted person I happen to know!!
    Big hugs-
    Tricia
    Xoxo

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  31. Oh sweetie! I'm so very sorry that you're hurting! It could not happen to a kinder person. :( Praying for you today for healing and peace.

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  32. I've never posted before but I have to today. From the first time I found your blog I was irrevocably drawn to it. Your Houston home was so beautiful but beyond that I was drawn to your insight and thoughtful, gentle accounts of the emotion of starting over somewhere new. I am an Army wife so I have gone through that so many times. It's like you read my heart. As a newly baptised follower of Jesus, I always look forward to the inspiration that your unwavering faith gives me. I'm so sad to read that someone has caused you hurt. My prayers are going to be with you and I will continue to visit your blog in the hopes that you have been renewed and feel safe to begin again. You are beautiful in so many ways!

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  33. I am so sorry for whatever is causing you trouble. I love reading your blog and am looking forward to seeing your beautiful new house tour! I live in Franklin too and have thought before how fun it would be to run into you and chat....now, I want to hug your neck and tell you that everything will be okay.

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  34. Linsey, So sad to hear what has happened. Just remember the reader that called you out as hurtful is really dealing with her issues, not yours. Your words are inspiring to all the rest of us. Take the time you need. I'll pray for you and wait quietly and hopefully for your quick return. xo

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  35. awww sweetie....so, so sorry! I understand how hurtful it is when someone hurts us! I am so sorry! I want to say I am a follower and have been a short while 6 months or so and I read along not sure how some one could ever find YOU of all people any thing but sweet and up lifting! That is why I love your blog and following along too! K I love your blog and have one my self and know it is so much work as well as a great outlet. Please take a short really short break and know many others enjoy you and your sweet southern out look on life.

    We built a house some years ago and had to move into an apartment ~ oh dear me my son was 18 months old and we moved in while we finished our new home and guess what it had fleas well, I call our regular bug man and have him treat the unit with healthy stuff does not work then have him come back over and over and over have to spend some nights with family and some in a hotel. I was so so upset it was so overwhelming to me, I did not know what to do or how to handle my problem ~ then one day I was at the mail box and a young girl said oh the family that lived there had the same problem and they had to move them to anther unit for free they could not get it taken care of ~ I almost had a break down right then and there. We did get rid of them and like they say this too shall pass and it did THANK GOD!!! But, lets just say you handled this issue to me with such grace and understanding bless your heart ~ I do understand some of your issues and concerns fleas, chemicals, cleaning, vacuuming and awww dear I am so, so sorry! Last year the winter was not cold enough to kill them so we have record numbers of them just out side from the deers and wild life ! I do pray you have your get your sunshine back and feel like sharing again soon. May God Bless you and your sweet family in your new home! Sending Smiles and Sunshine your way!

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  36. I had my blog breaks too to spend more time with my kiddos but there are 3 blogs that I keep on reading and excitedly wait for in my inbox and that include yours.

    Your blog is beautiful because your heart is beautiful. I read you sharing your struggles and it is no way offensive but then we cannot fathom everyone's heart thus yes, it's not all about you but the condition of the heart of the other. And God is in the heart business, yes?

    As much as I would like to stop you from taking a pause from blogging, I respect your decision because surely in God's time you will continue blessing us all. Huggggs :)

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  37. I am so sorry you are hurting. I would miss you terribly if you choose to turn inward, but I would understand. People fail to act on the old "If you don't have anything nice to say, don't say anything at all" or "Treat others as you would have them treat you". I hope you can heal and rest in the knowledge that you are not a mean spirited person. That comes through loud and clear on your blog. I will be praying for healing and that you continue to find joy in your new home and state.
    Jamie

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  38. Linsey I am so very sorry to hear that someone has caused so much pain for you. I will pray for you. I know that you are strong and your heart is huge and kind. I pray that your life will soon be free from the weight of thoughts of this. And your compassion will continue to be shared. Thanks you for the gift of sharing your light and shining it on me and so many others. {hugs}

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  39. I am sorry for you. Just when it seemed like you were making your dream come true,someone has to take that from you. Your last paragraph shows the quality of your character. If you wanted to be just as mean you could have called them out on your blog. You choose to take the higher ground and move on. Good for you. Hang in there. When and if you do return to blogging, your readers will be waiting.Until then, I'll be praying for healing and that you continue make happy memories in your knew home.

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  40. Oh no no no! Girl, you cannot let those unkind words take root AT ALL!! We know who puts people up to saying things that can kill, steal and destroy! Do not let the enemy rob others of the blessing that you are.

    Pray peace...pray joy...pray for wisdom. Pray for forgiveness for that person.

    You keep being just who you are. You keep letting the Lord use you through your words on this blog and otherwise.

    Do not be discouraged.

    I am so very sorry, my sweet, kind friend, that your heart hurts.

    This Tullahoma friends loves you!!!

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  41. That is horrible! Praying for you and your family. Mean people are just sad and pathetic. I love your blog and appreciate the honesty in your writing.

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  42. So sorry to hear of your troubles. My heart also feels heavy today and I don't wish that for anyone else. May you find your peaceful way through the road ahead and come back to blogging. Peace.

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  43. You are lovely, your family is beautiful and your blog is delightful. I'm so sorry that this person who is unhappy and quite possibly hates herself felt that lashing out at you would make things better. Only a bully and a coward would try to dim the sunshine that surrounds you and your family. Keep living your wonderful life, smile everyday and I'll pray for your family. Hugs and blessings to you. You will be greatly missed.

    To the person behind the hurtful words and vandalism ~
    "You have no power here! Begone, before somebody drops a house on you..." Glinda the Good Witch

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  44. Sending you prayers precious Linsey. Not sure what this person said or did but don't listen to them. Continue to do what brings you joy and don't let them take that from you. Thinking of you.

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  45. Linsey I am so sorry you are hurting at this time. I pray that God gives you the strength and courage to to move through this unsettling time. It is difficult to imagine that someone would be able to find your words hurtful. I am inspired each time I read your blog - your pictures and words bring peace and beauty to my life.

    Sending you big ( hugs)

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  46. I'm so sorry your spirit feels hurt and probably broken right now. It's reeeally hard to move forward when someone takes a person like yourself, with an open and honest heart, and tries to twist their words or actions into something of less beauty. I can tell you if it were me I wouldn't post how badly it hurt me because I wouldn't want them to think they got the best of me! But this again is just another example of your openness on this blog of yours that I LOVE!! I've always been able to brush off anyone except for my parents...their words stick with me like none other! They don't try to be a negative force in my life it's just a habit of "stinkin' thinkin'" they've formed over the years. It still gets to me when I've tried hard or done well and they turn it into a "less than" moment. I love them to death though and over the years have gotten better about distancing myself emotionally. Please don't let this person get the best of you. Don't let them put out your light. The world is FILLED with mean and cruel people. People who don't want others to have success or just plain want to make life less sweet for others. Sadly, I've had to tell my daughter there are a some unkind people, who want to see her fail and who look for the bad, and through the years she will meet a few. The sooner she learns it the better I believe, because this world is not all butterflies and rainbows, although I try to keep my world that way! =) Best of luck to you in whatever you decide. Just know that you're blog is appreciated greatly by many! YOu are an INSPIRATION, and God has given you a beautiful written voice.

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  47. I'm so sorry you are going through this. We are supposed to be a tolerant country. I guess someone out there didn't get the memo. My heart goes out to you and your family. There are so many people who have left you comments and are really inspired by your blog. I know its hard, but try not to let this get you. Focus on the positive comments and not this negative person. Tina over at The Enchanted Home had the same problem with one person. Maybe it is the same mean person.

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  48. I wanted to tell you how much I enjoy your blog. I just found it shortly before your big move, and was interested because I too had a big move two years ago from Texas to Nova Scotia. I had many similar experiences you did in going through such a big move (including a flood on the first day in my brand new home!) and could relate to being new in a small town. Your stories have really touched me and I could see myself in them. Sorry that someone else was so negative-but believe me you are nothing but positive for me! Thanks much for all you do!!

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  49. Are you serious... smashed in your mailbox? That is sooo ridiculous! I have really enjoyed your blog and your open heart and willingness to share your feelings with us. I totally get that you might be shell-shocked and need a break. I am just so sorry that you are going through something like this but just know that it will pass. I will check back regularly to see if you have returned to blogging... you will be missed! Keep your head up LLH!

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  50. We don't know eachother, but you've been on my heart this weekend. I've always felt your blog to be uplifting, real, and beautiful. Praying for you!

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  51. Your blog is something that I love to read. Your thoughts, words, and beautiful vision is welcomed in my in box. I am so sorry that you had to be a victim to someone who is obviously so insecure and has lost their way. People who send us negative thoughts , words and actions are difficult to deal with on a daily basis, but when they intrude on our purpose for being our artistic life, then I see your fear. Please know that you have friends who are thinking and praying that you will find a way to send us your beauty again.

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  52. They were reading YOUR blog? How in the world could anyone accuse you of such mean things reading YOUR blog? Yours is one filled with kindness and faith unmatched. I am so sorry. Please know you are in my prayers.

    Stay strong! A big hug to you...

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  53. Sending you hugs (( ))...so sorry this has happened to you and your family. Please know your vision and spirit shine through the screen and is evidence that you are doing what "YOU" are meant to do. I hope your heart heals soon so we can continue to be blessed by your thoughts and inspirations!

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  54. Don't run and hide and let this person get away with this! Perhaps that is just what they want to accomplish. Pure jealously! That is all this can be! Jealous of the calm and peaceful place you are in your life! How sad someone would resort to being so hateful! If you or your family are in danger call the police and get a restraining order against this person. You should not be intimidated to changing the life you love. You have never posted anything to the contrary. I particularly enjoyed you fresh approach to being thankful for small blessings every day. I pray for the soul do this person who could be so hateful! Life is just too short!

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  55. I am truly sorry someone has hurt your heart but I don't think you deserve it as sweet as you are on this blog. I want to thank you for helping me spend some money!! I was in Round Top this week and specifically looked at Chelsea Meadows and found Steven & Nancy! I now have a really neat console table made of pecky cypress for my patio. They are the cutest young couple and while I was there Saturday afternoon before closing, people where picking up pieces so I think they had a good show. Thanks for the tip! The tables like yours are gorgeous!

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  56. Oh, I am so sorry your heart is hurt. It has been a couple of days since your post, so hopefully it is on the mend. I have no idea how anyone could ever misinterpret your blog; you have always been very honest and open. You show us beauty and the warts; something that I, and I am sure a lot of people appreciate. If this person is reacting, I am sure it is out of some covetousness and misunderstanding. I will specifically pray for clarity for them, but I especially pray peace for you. With the recent mailbox smashing, I understand why you feel to go into blog hiding. If you ever want to just post a pretty picture of your house or scenery, I still have you in my feeder and I will be ecstatic to see a new post from you! God Bless!

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  57. Sweet one you will be totally missed...by sharing your heart you have been such an encouragement and sorta joy thru the rough spots friend. Will totally pray for you to be encouraged, strenghtened, and protected.

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  58. It's a shame that one person is ruining it for many. Blessings to you and your family.

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  59. I found your blog from Anita at Cedar Hill Ranch. I am headed to Franklin on Saturday to visit my mother and brother for a week. Want to bring you anything from Houston? Anything that would bless you?

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  60. Dear Linsey I myself recently experienced something very similar to this and so understand your need for rest. It really hurts and robs you of energy, hope and sets one back several yards in your daily Christian walk. I finally had to settle that this accuser couldn't ever be a close acquaintance again, let alone not a friend as once thought I had. I pray you enough happiness to keep your spirit alive and everlasting. God bless you and return soon!

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  61. Above all else, guard your heart, for it is the wellspring of life (Proverbs 4:23). My heart is broken for you, I cannot understand how our world has gotten so full of the uglies! I'm sorry that someone had to lash out at you, a person so full of the love of Christ. You're in my prayers, Linsey, for God to hold you close so that you feel His comfort. Love and Blessings from Texas

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  62. lyns...I pray you dwell in the shelter of the Most High and abide in the shadow of the Almighty. God is your refuge and fortress, YOUR God and you trust in Him. He will deliver you out of the snare of the trapper and from deadly pestilence..He is even now covering you with His pionions and under His wings you seek refuge..He is faithful like a shield and a bulwark.
    You have no reason to fear Lindsey..none not of night or day ..not of pestilence or destruction. A thousand may fall at your side, and ten thousand at your right hand; but it shall NOT approach you. You will only look on with your eyes and see the recompense of the wicked. You have made the LORD your refuge and your dwelling place and no evil will befall you nor any plague come near your home. He has given His angels charge over you and your sweet family to guard you in all your ways. They will bear you up in their hands lest you strike your foot against a stone. You will tread upon the lion and cobra..the young lion and the serpent you will trample down. Because He LOVES you Lindsey...He will deliver you and set you securely on high because He knows your name. You have only to call upon His name and He will answer and He will be right beside you in times of trouble and He will rescue you and honor you with a long life and He only will satisfy you as you behold His salvation....in Jesus name
    giving you a big hug!!xoxo

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  63. Thinking of you...so sorry to hear this. I know it's discouraging and hurtful when you've put yourself out there in sincerity. Enjoy those fall leaves, and I hope to hear more from you soon - xoxo

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  64. I know you are missing Round Top; here are my photos from last week.

    http://cedarhillranch.blogspot.com/2012/10/round-top-round-up.html

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  65. I don't know you from Adam :) but I am a lover of our Savior Jesus Christ. I've only watched your blog a bit recently, mostly, because you moved to our area and I enjoy the way you capture the beauty around you. It resonates with me. That said, I am praying that the enemy does not get a foothold in your sweet life over this. It sounds more like a spiritual attack of sorts...I pray that you demolish strongholds and every thing that raises itself up against the knowledge of God...may your flesh dwell securely in HIM (Psalm 16). Much love in Christ...

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  66. I am so sorry to read this. I understand being under attack from someone close to your heart. But,what satan can mean for evil, God can use for good. I understand being hurt by someone you love, don't let that hinder you from being a blessing to others. Your sweet comment meant a lot to me. With all of the life struggles we have had lately, you taking time out of your schedule to be a blessing to me, meant ever so much. God is using you, and perhaps that makes others jealous. Keep serving Him. You never know who you might be blessing. ((hugs)) and prayers!

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  67. Dear Linsey -
    I am so sorry to hear this. Please take as much time as you need.....we'll be here. Take care, and talk soon :)
    All the best,
    Loi

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  68. What advice would you give to one of your dear friends that was facing this situation. I bet you would encourage them to continue and that's just what all of us want for you. Take what you can from that person's comments and move forward with your lovely blog that encourages and inspires so many others. I'm sure that's easier for me to say than for you to do, but I truly hope that you will continue blogging soon. I only found your blog a couple months ago and it very quickly became one of my favorites and one of the first I check when I get time to read blogs. Please continue!

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  69. Well, they win and we lose. I'll miss you.

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  70. Hi Linsey,
    I was at the FFM this weekend and had hoped to see you! Remember me, I'm the Houston to Nashville transplant?! I'm sorry for your sore experience, especially after you're feeling a little alone from the move. I do hope to meet you....would love to meet for coffee sometime! Anyway, I'm kind-of facing my own interesting moment, as a friend's daughter came to church with us and received the Lord as her Savior. They are a different denomination from us, and I didn't realize this would cause controversy but now we are "having coffee" this Friday. Such an interesting situation. Pray for me if you think of it. I pray your week brings direction and strength as you grow through this!

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  71. PS...Regina, from a few comments above is one of my dearest friends....sending love from the Hendersonville area:)

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  72. I just stumbled upon your blog while searching the net for a zinc top table. There are so many coincidences that link us, but don't. I live in Houston, Widow of the South is one of my favorite books and on a recent college trip to Vanderbilt (my senior daughter's 1st choice school), I was lucky enough to detour into Franklin and stop by Carnton. You are so talented with many, many gifts; I just subscribed to your blog in the hope that after a little respite, you'll be back at it. Take your time, I'll be patiently waiting...

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