Running as a Response


This is something that I had vowed I would never do. I had read many years ago that there is a toll it takes on your body.

Now…I am feeling that toll because in the last 9 months I have begun small amounts of running for exercise. My whole goal was to just get finished with exercising faster. *smile*

As I talked about in my last post, sometimes we have circumstances that happen in our life’s journey that makes us want to react certain ways. Some people are stuffers and some are runners when confrontation happens.

I never realized till about a week ago that I am more of a runner. I experience this overwhelming feeling to leave my uncomfortable situations ~ like it wasn’t even happening.

I believe God showed me something BIG when He revealed this to me about myself. When I face confrontations, and tense discussions I also experience this overwhelming desire to want to run.

I have learned that I need to have my first response be to ask God for wisdom…maybe to keep my mouth in check before anything comes out (because the temptation is too great to react!) and begin to pray to a God that is much bigger than my situation.

Today, I want to share with you several of those prayers that I might pray.

1 – “God, Help me to know WHEN or even IF to respond to the unjust circumstances or criticism.” {Responding being the key word}

Sometimes we don’t even need to respond right away. Sometimes sitting and pondering on it will bring a clearer answer. Pray about it first….respond later.

In Judges 8:1-2 Gideon was being sharply criticized with the Ephraimites but the way he responded with a gentle answer allowed the Holy Spirit to work through the whole situation.

Proverbs 15:1-2 “A soft answer turns away wrath, But a harsh word stirs up anger. The tongue of the wise uses knowledge rightly, But the mouth of fools pours forth foolishness.”

Here is a thought…Sometimes we don’t even need to respond at all.

That is toughest! It takes great restraint, but I believe that the Spirit-directed responses will also diffuse criticism.

2 – “God, Help me to know WHEN to dismiss unjust criticism.” {Dismiss being the key word.}

Lately, I have learned that if God brings several people telling you the same “timely rebukes” then it is worth looking into rather than dismissing it all together. Those may be worth spending some time in prayer about.

But dismissing…now those times can be hard. Not responding to those unjust critical remarks…sometimes these are the exact reactions that God wants us to give.

In 1 Peter 2:23 when the people were hurling insults towards Jesus…instead Jesus entrusted himself to the one that judges righteously.

“He did not retaliate when he was insulted,
nor threaten revenge when he suffered.
He left his case in the hands of God,
who always judges fairly.”

I have had times in my life when this happened and the sweet word of the Holy Spirit was for me to rise above their responses and give it to the Father that does know how to deal with their hearts. Sometimes…it is not worth the oxygen that I would use to try to “correct” what I think my words can correct.

Rise above.

3 – “God, Why do I take it so personal?”

We sometimes are elevating those opinions of people more than we are elevating the opinions of God. We are not hearing God’s words in our situation.

You can not please everyone because all you are really supposed to please is God.

When I am wrapped up in the feelings of others then it is the quickest way to forget about how God feels about me. When I spend time with Jesus and His Word then the further away seems the criticism of others.

I have to stay focused on when I am in Right Relationship with God {Righteousness} then God will take care of the words of man – many times ~ I don’t have to.

Like I mentioned earlier in the week – after reading Lisa Whittle’s book {Whole} I am so inspired to learn how God wants us to fill the holes that man has put in my heart and fill it with God’s Word and find inner healing in making my life WHOLE. You can visit Lisa’s blog Here.

Today, I have 2 copies of Lisa’s book that I would like to give away. Yes, you saw that…GIVE AWAY! I am all into this Christmas giving mode and couldn’t think of a better gift to give.

In order to do this you will need to comment in the comment section directly on the blog site (in case you are reading this from email). If this is new to you, then just know that commenting on blogs is not going to get you “figured out by the mafia”. I pray daily that this blog is a safe place filled with the compassion of God. If you are wanting to be in the drawing for the book giveaway, then please comment and let me know if you have any holes in your life that need to be filled with Jesus. I sure do! They are in abundance! Or let me know if this post encouraged you – I need to hear that too! *smile*
I will announce the winner next week!

Bless you my friends!


  1. Amy, boy did I need to read that!! I have recently wanted terribly to correct someone for an offense that I felt was directly related to me. I felt that this person needed to know because it would help them in their walk. Huh!! I had to really check my motives. And my hubby checked them, too. Dismissing hurts and criticism is truly the highest and best way to go. Notice I said “I felt” twice. Feelings can get us in trouble! Love your comment: “Sometimes…it is not worth the oxygen that I would use to try to “correct” what I think my words can correct.”

  2. Great words of wisdom Mrs. Amy! God has definitely been teaching me to be “defenseless” with my words when I encounter false accusations or negative opinions from others. I always want to jump to defense when I feel I have been wronged or insulted but I’ve learned actions speak louder than words. My best defense against conflicting situations is forgiveness! The quicker I forgive against hurt (regardless if the other person is right or not), the quicker I am to discern the Holy Spirit’s voice in how I should respond to a situation. I’m thankful I have the Holy Spirit to help me discern truth in others opinions. Sometimes negative comments, even if they hurt, can be edifying in helping us understand where we can grow! Sometimes they can be an attack from the enemy. The most important thing I’ve learned through being “defenseless” is to do my best to walk according to the Spirit regardless of what other people think or say about me. I feel like I am in self-denial when do that and I know that honors God! Thanks for your encouraging words!

  3. I am so glad that I finally ended up on your blog Amy. This was such a great posting and what really hit home for me was being guilty of “filling the holes with what everyone else thinks rather than what should matter…GOD”! Too often in the heat of the daily battle I find myself struggling with all of my might to be better, faster or stronger than my peers so at the end of the day I have that sense of victory. Boy have I been wrong. Thank you for the gentle reminder.

  4. Funny you wanted comments because i was going to email you anyway and say how much your blog encourages me! keep pressing on 🙂

    • Oh My! You are awesome to comment! So many days I write because God tells me to but would love to hear feedback. It keeps my fingers continually moving knowing God is using these thoughts He downloads to me! It is all for HIM! Thanks!

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