This is going to be one of those posts that I write and just publish simply because I want this to be as real and human as possible with little editing so excuse any errors please.
The other day, I wrote the most honest blog post I’ve ever written. I wrote a little about my situation, dealing with panic attacks and sickness and over all war in my own life. I wrote that full of strength and passion. I have received more support from that post than any other post I’ve written in the last 6 years. It has blown me away.
Do you know what happened the day after I wrote that post?
Satan threw a punch.
That post caused me to pick myself up off the ground and take a stand for something. And, if you’ve ever done that before, you know the enemy is not a fan of it.
The very day after that post was written and my entire family and I had been talking non-stop about the support, I got knocked to the ground.
My parents, my best friend and myself sat on a couch in my parents house getting ready to leave and my dad turned on the TV for just a minute. He had it on a station he never watches and a show he had never seen before. I knew what he was watching though, it was a news program that I had been featured on with my former job.
I spent all of 30 seconds telling him about it and then we heard it. The words that came out of the host’s mouth nearly knocked me to the ground.
The host of the show was referring to the lie that was told about me. I heard him reference the whole thing down to my very story, luckily, he did not call me out by name.
I sat there in shock and complete silence as my entire family listened to the story. I got hit.
The day after I stood up, I got knocked down.
I left my parents house in tears and drove home. My friend reminded me of the post that I had written and the peace that I had from God. My mom called me back to her house where I went and she spoke life over me. She reminded me of God’s purpose and plan for my life.
I stood up, I got knocked down. But, guess what? I’m standing up again.
I guess that’s the moral of the story, don’t let Satan knock you down. Don’t give up, you’ll drive him crazy, he just doesn’t know what to do when you don’t give up.
I titled this “Satan threw the first punch” but really, I did. I threw it at him and truth be told, I’m gonna throw a few more before it’s all said and done.
Sarah Ann is an author, speaker and media personality committed to honesty, vulnerability and authenticity. She has a passion for empowering people who are willing to be honest and walk out life in Christ together. Sarah holds a Bachelors in Biblical Studies and a Masters in Theology and Apologetics, she also owns a clothing company, Ascent516.com and is the creator of SarahAnnSpeaks.com and the Sarah Ann Speaks Podcast. Sarah is featured daily on GEB TV.
Anna Marie PenixPosted at 14:15h, 29 January
Amen! So proud of YOU!!! I love you and support you. God knows your heart, your actions, your faithfulness to him and He delights over you.
1 John 4:4 But you belong to God, my dear children. You have already won a victory over those people, because the Spirit who lives in you is greater than the spirit who lives in the world.
kathyPosted at 14:31h, 29 January
The Lord will fight for you…. just stay calm…Exodus 14:14 nlv
Angie MartinPosted at 14:48h, 29 January
I’m know you were right when you said your God was stronger! He is! Keep claiming victory over your enemies. It is happening and you are getting stronger everyday. My family went thru something similar in the last year and you feel so out of control. It gets easier and we become better people for having gone thru it. Thank you for your strength and honesty!!
Lindsay SpealPosted at 15:20h, 29 January
No! Satan did not throw the first punch! God knew that newscast was coming! He directed you to publish that first article and he moved on the hearts of others to create a foundation of support. HE was already building a a soft place to fall and wonderful letters to read when it happened.
Almost seven years ago, my husband and I went through a similar experience. It was devastating! But, in hindsight, it moved us to a different place that is better than we could have imagined. We are not completely out of the woods, but I know, that I know that I know that God will bring us through.
LouAnn GrimesPosted at 17:48h, 29 January
Sarah I am confused – can you please tell us what the lie is?
Sarah RoePosted at 20:14h, 29 January
🙂 If you click on the links in the story above, you can be directed to my original post. I’d rather not specifically talk about it because it’s still an ongoing legal matter.
Naomi VallierePosted at 22:29h, 29 January
Ohh Sarah I am so sorry this has happened to you. You are right not let the devil take over. I will have the praying grannies put you on their prayer list. ( Praying grannies is my bible study group, we are all grannies . Love you
Jennifer StillPosted at 23:52h, 29 January
You are in our prayers everyday Sarah! I’m gonna buy you some boxing gloves…you may have to go 10 rounds but I know you will be standing with your head held high in the end!!
Sarah RoePosted at 23:53h, 29 January
HA! Amen, Jennifer!
Esther MarrPosted at 02:10h, 30 January
Keep the faith. The lord will bless you more than you could ever imagine. Every thing you are going through will make you stronger. Hang in there and hang on.
Jennifer BowmanPosted at 04:04h, 30 January
God is so moving in your life and Hell does not like this so they are all coming after you. But greater is HE that is in you than he that is in the world. You have already won the battle through Jesus so walk in the victory He has given you. You are an example to us all. We are standing in the gap for you.