He is the focus

I had a dream a few nights ago…I dreamed I was in the kitchen with a bowl I always use. It is glass and has a pour spout on it. I dropped it on the ground and it shattered. I fell, passed out, but was conscious enough to know that someone needed to come help me….no one did. I think the Lord was showing me that as much as I think I am pouring into someone, serving, loving, and even if I am getting hurt in the process the only person I can look to in my time of need is Jesus. He is the One to save me.

I’ve been dealing with this subject of ‘rejection’ the past few weeks. It seems everywhere I turn I am being rejected. Whether that is situations as close as even in my home, kids, friends, clientes, even blog followers (ha!) Rejection happens when we risk enough of ourselves to love. This past couple of weeks it seems like everything just seems not quite right. Like I look at everything with a negative spin. Rejection, it colors everything we see. I have a friend who has been nothing but gracious and loving to me and with my tainted eyes right now I have been backing away because I have so much fear that I am not wanted.

I look at the rejection the Lord had upon Him, from strangers to His best friends. In the garden when they couldn’t even stay awake long enough to pray for Him while the Lord was sweating blood as He was going to His Father in prayer. Such rejection from even those He loves. I think the Lord uses rejection at times to show who He is. Our perspective is not His perspective. I think in that garden the Lord knew the Father was the only true one He needed to focus on to get thru what He was about to do for US!

Or, how about Mary…loving her baby KNOWING He was the Son of God and being rejected right and left all thru his growing up years. Can you imagine how many times she wanted to come out a swingin’ with that Momma bear instinct to protect and stick up for Him. I think, once Mary focused on WHO she knew Jesus was and kept that in the forefront of her brain then she could continue.

I am learning to keep my focus on the Lord first and then others. That is what matters right?People will always disappoint, I will always disappoint someone else. I want to be sensative to this and remember He is the focus. with Jen and friends today..

February 10, 2011 - 2:58 am

Cheryl @ On the Old Path - Oh Marlece,
I hear you I am a people pleaser by nature and I think rejection plays into that hugely. It is amazing the differences when we realize there is just one we need to please, not easy though. Blessing and Hugs my friend.

February 10, 2011 - 3:29 am

Casey Martinez - I am sorry for what you are going through as I know how that feels..ug, not fun. But, on the flipside it does seem that God is teaching you a lot of eternal lessons in this season. I do want you to know that you really do shine for Jesus as a blogger and as much as I can gather about you as a person. You remind me of my mom…not in age for the record;0. lol..though my mom is quite young, but, in your Godly wisdom and in the way you share your heart. I find you inspiring, real, and a breath of fresh air regardless of what you are going through. You are an amazing daughter of the King of Kings..and an amazing sister in Christ! I pray that the Lord shows you His abounding love for you in a profound way but, also that you feel deeply loved by those in your life as well. God Bless you!

February 10, 2011 - 4:30 am

Lady Rose - Marlece,

I’m sorry to hear about your mild accident, but I am glad that you recovered.

Rejection is a very difficult thing to deal with. It’s something that I deal with much too, rather it’s on or off the Blogsphere. But it’s like you say, when you get rejected, you have a fear to continue to reach out to others. I know that I get that way too sometimes.

Sigh! I guess there are no easy answers to this, which is why we should rely first on God and not people. This is such a hard lesson to learn, Marlece.

-Lady Rose

February 10, 2011 - 6:57 am

Leanne - I love you…

February 10, 2011 - 5:28 pm

Lori - Hey, I love you. I thought I posted a comment on this blog yesterday, but for some reason, it didn’t show. I don’t remember what I wrote but I’m sure it was totally encouraging and inspirational! Haha! Actually, I think I said something about how I love you and am standing with you, my sweet friend!

February 10, 2011 - 5:39 pm

Jen - I hear you about rejection. I hear you about the negativity just piercing the soul like nothing else. But I love how God revealed Himself to you in that dream. How wonderful it is that we serve a God who speaks to us so clearly in our time of desperation and loneliness.

February 11, 2011 - 2:51 am

Nabila Grace - Oh my dear what a wonderful post! I know what you mean! I hope that you are doing better! I have missed you! *hugs* praying for you!

February 11, 2011 - 3:01 am

Meme - My dearest #1, This blog really touched a sensitive nerve with me–I so desire victory over that same mountain in my life, it does rob our joy in the Lord, to allow rejection to defeat our relationships & confidence. I have always admired how you have always relied on the Lord to strengthen you through the difficult times that have come your way…sharing your faith has always sustained you & encouraged others, you just keep it up! I recently heard in a message, always remember, “Don’t give up, God NEVER gives up on US!” I love your blogs, it’s like getting to talk to you when we are one on one and you tell me what’s truly in your heart, makes me feel closer to my #1 sweetheart, your blog sure does bless your momma!!! xoxoxo

February 11, 2011 - 1:13 pm

Jennifer - Oh, how I can relate! Sometimes I wonder if I’m really being rejected or if I have just turned my thoughts too much inward. Regardless, I know the pain I can feel, and I know the truth of the words you share. The Father is the only one who can make us whole.

Thanks for sharing so openly and honestly.

February 11, 2011 - 4:47 pm

Mama Hen - This is a beautiful and very reflective post! It pains me to know that you are going through this feeling, however, you are learning something so powerful through this experience. It can be frightening to think we are alone. However, you are right, Jesus also went through rejection and has opened His arms to us all. We are never alone. I hope you start to feel a lot more warmth from others my friend. Have a great day!

Mama Hen

February 11, 2011 - 5:02 pm

Aunti Dolly - Dear Marlece – I think you were so ‘right on’ with your blog. I’ve been following ‘you girls’ and your blogs for awhile – (not stalking). Loving what I read… Rejection as we see it, is not always rejection by the Lord but his opening our eyes to draw us closer to him – He is our source, not others. When we see that, it all falls in place. And boy, oh boy, we all struggle with that when we try so hard to please. I love you and pray for you and your darling ‘boys’!!!

February 11, 2011 - 7:06 pm

Katherine ( Katie) Corrigan - Rejection is difficult I know. Your faith is strong. I’m a new follower, no rejection here.I’m blog hopping today and found your wonderful blog. I’m following along now. Wishing you happiness and a wonderful weekend ahead. Hugs, Katherine

February 12, 2011 - 2:28 am

Lindsey - Marlece I am so sorry that you are going through this but I totally understand what you are feeling. God is faithful to carry us through the rejection and when we feel that we are in the wilderness. I pray for perfect peace on you this day. God can fill the void causing those feelings of rejection. God bless you! ((HUGS))

February 12, 2011 - 4:24 pm

Canadagirl - I understand this. And yes the will allow things to shape and mold us for Him. He will bring us to a state that is is life and breath to us. I pray that you find the contentment of dependency in Him. Thank you so much for stopping by and hope to get to know you better over time.

Blessings in Him<><

February 14, 2011 - 9:56 am

Kerry - I’m SO sorry you’re having to deal with the feeling of rejection. I hope it passes soon enough. While I know the feeling hurts and can be overwhelming just remember that “Rejections are only God’s protection.” It’s a way for God to keep you from things that might be satisfactory to you for just a short amount of time but God wants to set you up for bigger and better and things and people that’ll last forever.

I hope you feel better soon hun.

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