How We Welcome the New Year

The year 2016 has been a very challenging year for our family, though not quite as challenging as 2015, where we encountered the ugliest of monsters in the personhood of some really mean neighbors. Throughout this year, we have managed to overlook and evade any provocation they had set as a trap for us until recently.
Last night, we encountered these monsters again, and it seems that they are bent to continue trying to torment us well into 2017. Once more, I spent the night filing a blotter case against them, and it looks like I’ll be filing another criminal case against them in court too first thing Monday morning, if my family decides to cancel our field trip. 😉
Regardless of everything they’ve done and continue to do against us, my family and I shall rest in the knowledge that we have a God who is just and will avenge us. He is our shield and our deliverer; in times of trouble, we can count on Him. I may feel shaken for a moment and cry whenever I enter into a new battle, but the LORD shall sustain me. I may not understand His ways, but I know that He loves my family and me and He has a plan for us.
I am a Christian. I am an overcomer. I don’t have to do things alone. I shall never be alone. I have Jesus and I have the love and support of my family and friends. Their prayers alone comfort me.

I have seen how God has dealt with my tormentors in the past, and I felt vindicated. Some of them have learned their lesson, getting closer to God, that we are now even able to enjoy regular fellowships. However, these monsters that I am talking about now, well, obviously, they’re not even smart enough to begin with as they are not learning at all no matter how severe a misfortune has befallen them. It’s appalling how clueless they are, allowing themselves to be used by the devil, blinded by their greed and pride and anger.
On the other hand, if you think about it, it is kinda flattering when my enemies all come together against me and my household, which is composed of only me, my two young daughters, and my husband who is rarely home because he works abroad. Now, seriously? One housewife with two young girls against a clan of evil worshippers?  Wow, God loves me so that they must be so terrified of me!
Last night, about a dozen of them came while I was filing a blotter case against one man (for Violence Against Women and Children and Malicious Mischief) in their clan and I was only accompanied by my husband’s younger cousin, who only recently graduated from college. I’d like to think that they must have seen a group of angels surrounding me, protecting me, hence the number. Otherwise, guilt and fear must be so strong in this man that he had to bring all of his live-in partner’s relatives (it looks like he doesn’t have a family of his own) to the barangay office to try to intimidate me.
Bad news for them though. I’m not easily intimidated. How can I when I know my worth in God’s eyes? How can I when I am secured in my husband’s love for me? How can I when I have children who needs me? How can I when I have relatives and friends who care and constantly pray for my family and me?

 

I am a Christian. I am an overcomer. I don’t have to do things alone. I shall never be alone. I have Jesus. He is more than enough. If you ever dare try to harm any member of my family, be warned: you will not get away with it and I won’t even have to lift a finger to avenge myself. Vengeance is God’s and I shall leave some room for His wrath. I simply have to hand things over to Him and well, learn to forgive.
So, how do we welcome the new year? With faith, knowing that God loves us and shall continue to protect us and provide for us. He will avenge us too–just wait and see. ❤

P.S. If you happen to be in the same situation as me, then know that you are loved by God and He will rescue you too. Please take comfort in the Psalm below. However, if you happen to be a tormentor to someone else, I pray that you start repenting now. You would never want your victim to cry out to God and have Him deal with you.

Psalm 91 (NIV)
1 Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High
will rest in the shadow of the Almighty.[a]
2 I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress,
my God, in whom I trust.”
3 Surely he will save you
from the fowler’s snare
and from the deadly pestilence.
4 He will cover you with his feathers,
and under his wings you will find refuge;
his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart.
5 You will not fear the terror of night,
nor the arrow that flies by day,
6 nor the pestilence that stalks in the darkness,
nor the plague that destroys at midday.
7 A thousand may fall at your side,
ten thousand at your right hand,
but it will not come near you.
8 You will only observe with your eyes
and see the punishment of the wicked.
9 If you say, “The Lord is my refuge,”
and you make the Most High your dwelling,
10 no harm will overtake you,
no disaster will come near your tent.
11 For he will command his angels concerning you
to guard you in all your ways;
12 they will lift you up in their hands,
so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.
13 You will tread on the lion and the cobra;
you will trample the great lion and the serpent.
14 “Because he[b] loves me,” says the Lord, “I will rescue him;
I will protect him, for he acknowledges my name.
15 He will call on me, and I will answer him;
I will be with him in trouble,
I will deliver him and honor him.
16 With long life I will satisfy him
and show him my salvation.”
 (Featured image by Big Sis)
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