February 20, 2007

Peace And Joy

"Great peace have they who love God's law and nothing shall offend them." Psalm 119:165




My sister, Sandy, will remember how grandma used to quote this verse a lot. I don't think either of us understood why grandma liked this verse. When I saw it mentioned on a friend's blogsite, I sent her a question and her response has really touched my heart!

I wish I had more time this morning to relate a wonderful experience that just happened to me, but I have an appointment regarding another job that should bring me a little more Joy and Peace. I’ll be brief.

At another friend’s blogsite, I commented to her article never expecting a reply. In fact, I almost missed ever finding her response to my question. Olive is the sister of my friend, Floyd, but I didn’t know she knew me that well. She even referred to me as a “special friend”. I hope you will skip over to Olive’s blogsite when you are finished here. Her kind response brought tears to my eyes!

Olive had no way of knowing that I have recently been feeling extremely hurt by the actions of someone who misrepresented me at work causing me great pain and heartache. At a place where I try to be an “angel nurse” to my patients, and a loyal professional co-worker to everyone, someone told my supervisor lies and presented a situation totally out of context. My supervisor reacted without even asking for my side of the situation resulting in a response I did not deserve.

I’ve been so upset and angry that I’m sure you, my dear readers, have felt the pain. In fact, several of you have been urging me to get out of the situation immediately. Privately, my family and friends have been sending lots of support and love but....
Lately, I’ve been soooo irritable to my loving husband, and I've been honking the car horn at many innocent drivers on the highway.

Today, I want to thank Olive for allowing her angel to intervene and provide words of wisdom she did not know would mean so much.


Her reply included how we sometimes feel offended and hurt by the actions of others. (How did she know?) But, if we understand and remember the way God loves us, we can forgive and feel peace and joy.

Forgiveness can bring peace as I've tried to present in my book, "Dusty Angels and Old Diaries", but sometimes we need a gentle nudge to practice what we preach.

This doesn't mean I won't look for a less stressful job and take some time to get back on my usual sweet loving path, but today I needed an "angel hug" and Olive was there.

Her blogsite is http://maidenbringerofpeace.blogspot.com The response was posted on Feb. 17, 2007 at 3:55 - There's that 55 number again!

Take Care on the Journey,
~Linda

3 comments:

The Cat's Meow said...

Linda
I went to Olive's site.I think she said what I've always say, but in just a lot more words.

"You can't be happy until you can learn to LOVE YOURSELF!!!!"
and thats forgiving YOURSELF for sh-- you didn't do.
Love ya
(kept it clean haha)

Bringer of Peace said...

Dear Linda
That was truly a miracle. I didn't know what was going on with you, but God did. That is not the end of the story on this end either. I have been learning lots. I hope to write more soon. One thought now. 2 Timothy 1:7 God does not give the spirit of fear. He does, however, freely give His spirit of power (opposite of force), and of love (opposite of 'fear'- terror) and of a sound mind (not controlled by 'another' spirit, but set free by the Spirit of God). That concept is changing me.
Love,
Olive

Linda M. said...

BLOGGER HAS SHUT ME DOWN FROM POSTING WHILE THEY CHECK OUT MY SITE FOR SOMETHING CALLED SPAM BLOGGGING. A REAL PERSON HAS TO VERIFY THAT I'M A REAL SITE AND THAT I'M A REAL PERSON. I'M SORRY FOR ANY INCONVENIENCE AND HOPE THAT YOU ARE ABLE TO GET THIS MESSAGE FROM ME....AND THAT MY BLOG WILL BE UNLOCKED BY A REAL KIND PERSON REAL SOON.

~Linda