I know it’s been a minute, but I want to be deliberate in what to share with you…the last thing I want is for our (mine and all the ladies who contributed wisdom to share with you) good to be perceived as an evil.
Will you do me a favor and, when you can, read Psalm 3 please? The earlier you grasp and live as if God is your shield, the better off you’ll be.
In my 20s, I made silence my enemy and paid some unnecessary prices to learn that it’s golden. There is no need to correct everyone that is wrong about you. Psalm 3 says that when people are all around you to trouble you, you can look to the lord as your shield, your glory, and the one who lifts your head. Wow, right?
I was a champion for justice…for the right thing to be done at all times. That said, I was an activist against injustice…willing to speak up all the time (inappropriate times included) without filter. The result is that audiences dwindle, and soon they have enough ammunition to turn on us — ammunition that we give them by our much speaking to “clear our name” or “set the record straight””.
Instead of lashing out at the ignorant gossip or the silly talebearer, choose to cry out to God. Thank him for lifting your head. When I heard Psalm 3 put to music and recorded by Byron Cage, it stayed on repeat in my life for a long while (click here to listen). Maybe it will minister to you in the times when public opinion wants to pressure you to defend yourself and respond in the flesh.
Again, this is another suggestion to minimize what you may have to undo in your 30s. Be blessed, little sister. Let the Lord defend you.