I have always been a very successful woman. It is said of me that when I put my mind to something, I accomplish it.
That’s very much true. I’ve had everything. On the top of the highest mountain, I could overlook everything.
But what if God takes it all away?
When You Lose Absolutely Everything
Over the last year of my life, God indeed has allowed everything to be taken away.
I sit alone in the corner of my office and weep to myself privately. I have no friends here that comfort me (except my amazing personal assistant Katie, who believes me and has witnessed everything I’m going through, but is not here locally). My friends here in person believe a lie about me.
For I am falsely accused. My church has abandoned me (they ask me to sin and I refuse, so I face severe punishment), my friends abandoned me, the man I love is not here. My blog traffic was 1.7 million/month and has gone drastically down to about 1/3 of that. My income has gone down as well at this moment.
God has allowed everything to be stripped away from me. I only have my hand, in which I hold the truth in, my kids, and my home.
Everything else is gone. I lost everything.
It’s really difficult for me to admit that to you guys. I know that once I say I’m not on top of the mountain, more people who seek only “shiny stuff,” will leave and my traffic will dip lower.
But in all the pain and all the loss and brokenness, there doesn’t sit a girl in the corner who’s given up on everything.
There is a WOMAN who stands in front of you, who says even when everything is taken away from me, I STILL STAND.
God is STILL GOD!
He gives, He takes away for His own purposes. I do NOT FEAR. I look to stories like Job, where he lost everything or Joseph, when he was falsely accused as well and went to jail for something he didn’t do.
I didn’t do it. I’m innocent. It may truly come to pass where my good name and character is ruined to everybody in my personal life, but I stand firm in knowing the truth. I’m innocent. I’m not lying. Those in authority over me are asking me to sin against the Word of God where it is absolutely, 100% crystal clear. And because I refuse, I face severe punishment.
I need you to know this story, loved ones, because I promise you, if you live on Earth and you ARE a true believer, you will endure hard times as well. You may face times in your life where God indeed takes away everything for a season, but hold fast to what you know is true.
Hold fast to God. Because although everything LOOKS LIKE I’ve lost the war, it LOOKS LIKE I am defeated, I am NOT! I have my God and I believe He WILL give me everything back (though different friends/church, etc.) in HIS time.
It’s been the worst year of my entire life. So many trials and false accusations have surrounded me.
Stand firm in your trial. Do not lose hope. Because no matter how the situation looks…my dear friends, God is STILL GOD. He is STILL King. He is STILL on the throne and there’s NOTHING ANYBODY can do…to stop that!
If I suffer, it is truly undue and un-caused. Rather than becoming bitter, I submit my life to the One that gave it. If He should take everything away, it wasn’t mine to begin with; it is HIS.
Let those that persecute me and accuse me falsely do as they wish to me. For I am the Lords and whatever they do to me, does NOT CHANGE THE TRUTH.
Ladies….stand…stand firm in your trials. When you lose absolutely everything…you can STILL STAND.
Here are a couple songs that I am playing over and over lately to encourage myself. Music has a way of affecting our hearts in a way that nothing else can.
Overcomer – Whatever your situation, it’s just a season (Ecclesiastes 3). My favorite line, “You’re not goin’ under, cuz God is holding you right now.”