So yesterday had a rough start, but ended on a good note — praise God! Without going into details, someone was not honoring my boundaries, and tried to manipulate me into doing what she wanted, rather than what I needed. Simply put, the woman was not honest, lacked integrity, and sorely underestimated my strength. Essentially, a bait-and-switch had occurred, and I could tell right away that things were not right.
When I realized what had happened (my peace was starting to ebb away — never a good sign!), I promptly notified the woman and told her that the situation was not working for me. I calmly explained the bait-and-switch scenario, and then informed her that I would be leaving. She was surprised, but did not disagree with anything I said or try to stop me from leaving — she knew what she had done was wrong. So, I left there with my dignity in place, and my head held high.
I have learned that when the peace of God starts to fade in my heart and mind, then I need to take swift action! And the Lord is faithful — whenever someone tries to lie to or manipulate me, He ALWAYS reveals the person’s character and motive fairly early on.
I will not trade in my peace for anything. My prayer yesterday was this simple verse, and it worked! I believe that I did the wise thing, and as I left there, God’s peace began to return to my heart. About fifteen minutes later, everything was completely fine.
There is no job, relationship, or opportunity that is worth losing your peace. Choose instead to trust God and His provision, rather than staying in an unhealthy situation.
Here is my simple prayer:
I thank You, Lord, for Your protective hand on my life yesterday. Thank You for opening my eyes and showing me what the real issue was, and what my next step needed to be. I also thank You for giving me wisdom to leave that situation, trusting that You will always protect me and take the very best care of me. Thank You for allowing Your peace to return to my heart, and allowing my day to end on a much more positive note! May I seek to do Your will in every aspect of my life. In Your name I pray, amen.