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Topic: Bullies (08/09/04)

TITLE: Steadfast in my Faith
By Deborah Shepard


I grew up in Martinez California, where there were plenty of bullies. I knew a great many of them, through having friendships with sisters. I saw first hand how this attitude was developed. In some cases brothers or sometimes their father’s, or other family members bullied them. On a daily basis so what better way, to act out this behavior, of being known as one of the “ Martinez town Bullies”. Was to pick on and harass, be intimidating to those who weren’t as strong as them.

I can recall clearly, when I was riding my bike, through the junior high school. On the weekend. Just having a great time, then out of the blue, came four boys riding their bikes also. They had a grudge against one of my older brothers, because he was so popular, with the kids at school. I was on my bike, after they started circling me; I fell off and hit the ground hard. They were saying terrible things, about my brother and said we are going to run over you, what do you think about that. So go home and tell your brother, this was real frightening for me. So I was praying dear Lord, please protect me, and make these “Bullies”, go away from me.

It was amazing some friends I, knew came through where they were trying run me over. Blessings be they took off this never happened again. There was another incident, during my junior high year. A good friend of mine, who had a very rough home life. Was an easy target for the, “Martinez town Bullies’, her mother was dying, and her father had a drinking problem, so she wasn’t able to wear the best clothing to school. Even though she was very bright, a strait A student, the “Bullies”, were always saying cruel things to her, and would throw things at her, to scare her.

I prayed and ask the Lord, to give me the boldness, and they words of truth to speak, on her behalf, and be a point of defense for her. Anything was liable to happen to me, but I stood steadfast in my faith, that the Lord would empower me to face, these “Martinez town Bullies”. The Lord divinely planned the outcome; some friends appeared, to join in, as a powerful line of defense for her. Then the “Martinez town Bullies”, would back down and go about there business. Through my countless encounters, with “Bullies”, the Lord has always intervened.

Through my many days in deep prayer, and heart and soul devotions, to the Lord regarding these “Bullies”, ensnared in their rebellion, with all spirit of intimidation. Many of them have been redeemed, with the transformation of their characters, be friendly to all those they have hurt, also be humbled with the spirit, of amending those they have harmed. These were answered prayers, in my junior high days. Now approaching my high school years, there was a need breed of “Martinez town Bullies’, here I go again, be a line of defense, for someone who was struggling at home.

It is really disheartening to me, that whenever some doesn’t have the life essentials, like the more fortunate. They are an easy target, for the “Bullies”, to pick on I quests the Lord, has deigned and equipped me for these life trials. To be a line of defense, for the one less fortunate. Because I know through my own personal experience, of being bullied by the intimidators of my town. My mother was raising five children alone. So money was very tight, and I too didn’t have the latest fashion to wear. I was a target for the “Bullies”, to make fun of my attire. I wasn’t a very outspoken person early in life. So these “Bullies”, took this as a real physical weakness. But my spirit was very strong, whenever the Lord, prompted me to act on my spirtual strength.

This through the “Bullies”, off they weren’t prepared for this boldness to come forth from me. Even today there are people, in and around my life. That displays their spirit of intimidation; try to thwart their attitude, which all “Bullies”, carry as their spirit of power over a person walking in the true light. I stand steadfast in my faith, and trust the Lord, will place his heavenly shield around my loved ones and me daily. To place a protective shield, around my loved ones and myself daily Amen.

Deborah A. Shepard

Member Comments
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Dori Knight08/16/04
thanks for sharing this story. God bless you!
darlene hight08/16/04
Nice entry and great truth!
Dian Moore08/16/04
Deborah, the story is a good one, but there are many places where it can be improved. I am sending a private email to show you. Particularly pay attention to your use of commas and sentence structure. The story will be more powerful when made easier to read.
Kenny Paul Clarkson08/17/04
"Spirit of intimidation" is an excellent way to summise the heart of a bully.
L.M. Lee08/21/04
yes, I always pray that His "hedge" of protection will be around all the folks I love.