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The day began with a lot of excitement, my husband and I were going away for a few days which we rarely did.  We were busy loading the car when the phone rang.  It was our daughter Dee; her abusive ex-husband had attacked her with a knife in her home with her two babies asleep upstairs. 

This attack had happened in the middle of the night, and Dee being worried about my health didn't want to call us earlier, which further upset me.  In a panic we drove to her townhouse. 

This young man had caused a lot of harm to my family and while the Lord prevented him from doing any permanent harm to them this was just too much to deal with.  I was like a mama bear ready to defend her young!  Praise God she was ok except for a few minor cuts and bruises.

My husband and I arrived at our daughter’s townhouse just as the District Attorney drove up.  The 'Monster" was in jail, having been apprehended soon after he had left her home. 

My husband and I went to court with her and I sat there wishing this animal would get life.  Then he had the nerve to look at me and sneer, it took every ounce of will power not to run up there and smack him a good one.

I was feeling very protective and angry at the past hurts he had inflicted on my daughter and grandbabies.  I wanted him put away forever if possible.  Yet at the same time I felt a real sadness for his parents.  This was a heartbreaking situation for that family. The judge ruled he be sent to the State Prison for several years. 

It was soon after this that the Lord told me to pray for his protection.  By now I knew better then to argue, so each day I gritted my teeth and prayed for him to be safe.After a short spell I began to ask the Lord not only to protect him but to bring him into salvation as well.  Then one day I realized I meant it.  I actually cared for him and forgave him for all he had done. 

Never would I want him to be near my family at least until he was saved and on the right track, but I loved him and wanted him to have a good life.  None of us has ever heard from him again, I only hope he has become a child of God and is prospering in his walk. 

The Lord was with us through all the bad times, and while there was danger in this relationship Dee and her babies were kept safe from any real harm, and only the LORD can do that.  I would like you to know I have Dee’s permission to tell this part of her story. 

After running away from the LORD for quite a while, she has come back to the arms of our LORD and our seed is prospering in His Grace.  We owe this all to our loving Father.  Thank you Abba Father.

Everyone deserves to be loved simply because they are people and the Lord loves them.  Not everyone has a right to sit at our table, but we need to love and protect their names.  We have no right to speak ill of a person no matter what they have done.  We need to find something positive to say when we need to speak of them, and pray the Lord will take care of the situations that arise.

This has not been an easy lesson for me to learn.  I was a person with strong feelings and a quick temper.  But I have learned that those putting their hands on us and our loved ones really don't know what they are doing, or they wouldn't have the nerve to do it.

Saying, Touch not mine anointed, and do my prophets no harm.
Ps 105:15

Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath: for it is written, Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord Rom 12:19 

It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.
Heb 10:31

Those that speak ill of God’s children or plan to harm us in any way, are guilty of putting their hand on us.  Rather then being angry we need to pity them.  I have seen many people brought low through the years that have meant to harm my family and it breaks my heart.  The children of God are always going to be all right as long as we are in His will.  

I pray this paper will help even one person to avoid some of the trials I've had to experience.  Being an over comer is not an easy walk, but we are a blessed people, free from the bondages of anger and bitterness that would bind us up.  Praise God for being so patient and not giving up on us when we have been so quick to condemn those that offend us.

No matter what the circumstances are, we should always offer praises to the LORD for what ever He allows to come our way.  We have His promise that no matter how hurtful something may be; we will be blessed by it in time.

We are assured and know that [God being a partner in their labor] all things work together and are [fitting into a plan] for good to and for those who love God and are called according to [His] design and purpose.  Rom 8:28 Amp Bible

Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.
Matt 5:16

Learning to Forgive  part 2