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Learning to Love Your Haters

 

Haters. It’s a slang term for people who dislike you to the point of hate and speak ill about you.

I have them.

I have a massive boatload of haters on-line.

And God is teaching me SO much through them.

Here’s an example of some negative comments I have received on my Women Living Well Youtube Channel:

  • I hate you. You need to be slapped, promoting these erroneous morals that destroy progression in our modern world.
  • Keep this in mind: You make the world a worse place. You are the reason for war. You are the reason for violence. You are the reason for all of the willful ignorance in the world. YOU are the cause of EVERYTHING evil involving gender equality. YOU.
  • How sad that you treat a book that has been rewritten and proven false to be absolute truth. I feel pity that you will never know real life by throwing it away. Stupid doesn’t begin to cover your retarded beliefs. Here’s hoping you grow a brain and are unable to have children to grow up into this self-destroying dogma.
  • Cuckoo! Cuckoo!
  • You are a foolish woman!!!
  • It’s preposterous to claim you follow God’s word literally. You follow what your warped surroundings have ingrained in your twisted mind
  • Crazy that my post didn’t make it! Can’t deal with the true contradictions of your flawed bible, you ignorant creature? you’re an idiot bigot.
  • you want to brain-wash your kids into your silly myth and keep them from the truth
  • I find you Highly annoying and egregiously idealistic…I am pretty sure you are no Provebs 31 woman, and everything you claim that is so amazing to you is actually so far from reach and unattainable that your constant lust for perfection causes you severe emotional break downs
  • God’s word? What bull sh**! What the f*** would you know what god wants?
  • this is retarded. , F*** your ideas , F*** your literal bible translation, and F*** you.

And just this week:

  • Stupid delusional woman. Grow up (?…)

OUCH!!!!!!!

And these are only some of the comments from youtube. I have deleted probably hundreds of hater comments from my blog at WomenLivingWell.org, my WLW facebook page and in my email inbox.

The first time I ever had a “hater” comment on my blog – I was devastated…it was four years ago on a post about my daughter and this woman commented and said ~ “I hope your daughter becomes an atheist and never speaks to you again.”

Total shock! I only had about 50 followers at the time and it came so out of left field that it troubled me for weeks!

But as my blog grew – the volume of haters grew too.

With each new hater comment, I was a little less shocked…then there were these forums that google sent me alerts about. I was being talked about – so I peaked to see what women were saying. Oh my, it was mean. These women not only hated the gospel but they hated my blond hair, my horse teeth, the sound of my voice and on and on it went. OUCH!

Then there were mommy bloggers who wrote really mean things about me - oh my!!! Where does it end? Facebook, Twitter, blog posts, youtube, and emails – everywhere I turn = HATERS!!!

And I cried out to God – how in the world do I respond to these people? Today’s reading has the answer:

Luke 6:27-36 (NIV)

Love your Enemies

27 “But to you who are listening I say: Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, 28 bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you. 29 If someone slaps you on one cheek, turn to them the other also. If someone takes your coat, do not withhold your shirt from them. 30 Give to everyone who asks you, and if anyone takes what belongs to you, do not demand it back. 31 Do to others as you would have them do to you.

32 “If you love those who love you, what credit is that to you? Even sinners love those who love them. 33 And if you do good to those who are good to you, what credit is that to you? Even sinners do that. 34 And if you lend to those from whom you expect repayment, what credit is that to you? Even sinners lend to sinners, expecting to be repaid in full. 35 But love your enemies, do good to them, and lend to them without expecting to get anything back. Then your reward will be great, and you will be children of the Most High, because he is kind to the ungrateful and wicked. 36 Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful.

Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful.

Mercy.

I remember the first time I felt a tinge of compassion for my haters. I thought – this is not natural – I should be angry and crying…but instead I felt sorry for them. Goodness, these angry people must have had someone treat them really horrible in their childhood…that they would grow up and be so mean to others. I bet somone close to them had hurt them deeply with sharp words that cut like a knife…

…they need Jesus!  It was a reality check.

We follow a crucified man…the crowds hated Jesus to the point of death –of course we’re going to have haters!

And while I continued to delete most hater comments, I began attempting to respond from time to time to some of them with mercy, grace and love.

This is NO glory to me but just a testimony of the power of God’s mercy…some of my haters started apologizing and even complementing me!  There was this group of wicca witches who wrote harsh blog posts about me and some of my blogger friends who later came to my blog and left surprisingly kind comments. There was the Christian blogger who has very different doctrinal views who wrote a post attacking me, who later apologized to my face at a conference just this past October.

There was one situation where a non-Christian mega mommy blogger who has over 280,000 twitter followers wrote a blog post and mocked me something terrible! Then over 400 of her commenters said how I made them want to throw up, gag or want to slap me. One even said they voted to kill me. Though I got a boat load of negative traffic during this time, I did not respond. Actually, I started leaving kind comments on her blog. And eventually we were private emailing each other in a friendly manner!

That’s God! That’s the power of his mercy!

***Pause for a moment…is there a person that God is bringing to mind that you need to love.

Be kinder than you feel.

Give mercy.

Luke 6:35 says – “your reward will be great” if you extend mercy.

I have a feeling the Holy Spirit is bringing someone to mind for all of us. Do you feel that nudge?  Don’t ignore it!

We have a direct command from Jesus –”Pray for those who mistreat you.”

Go heap kindness on your enemy! You will be blessed!

“If your enemy is hungry, feed him;
if he is thirsty, give him something to drink.
In doing this, you will heap burning coals on his head.
Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.”
~Romans 12:20,21

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  1. I LOVE LOVE LOVE this! Had me crying this morning. I could feel the Lord moving this morning! Amen & Amen

  2. Thank you for posting this! My pastor taught on this last Sunday, so definately confirmation. I was crying by the end of this post. I am surrounded by haters on my job but this encouraged me this morning. Thanks again and be encouraged.

  3. Thank you for this encouraging message, Courtney! I’m following your blog just recently, but I must say that I’m inspired and get daily encouragement from every story you share. Keep up the good work!

  4. Wow!!!! This I the saddest and most encouraging post I’ve read in a while. My heart broke for you reading those comments! Do NOT be discouraged you ARE doing the work of God. It is sad that we live in a world that has almost completely turned from God. :-( this is an awesome post and thank you!!

  5. Great post, Courtney! You are a great example of just what Jesus was talking about. Thanks so much for your leadership in GMG.

  6. Wow! I pray that all of these people learn the truth, I pray that even though they are speaking out that you planted seeds in them that get nourished and fed and grow. Thank you for this post, God Bless you and your family!

  7. Courtney, Satan is truly working hard to stop us from spreading the love of Jesus. As I was reading my verses for today just a little while ago, these thoughts of “what if this is all a hoax?” and “what if none of this is real?” kept creeping into my mind! I prayed against the enemy. Then I read your blog post for today! It shocked me at first! But then I thought about the people in my life who do not believe as I do. And I realized again, that those thoughts that kept creeping into my mind were the work of the devil! He does this because I am trying to deepen my relationship with Jesus and he doesn’t like that. Well, I say to the devil, “BACK OFF EVIL ONE!!!!”

  8. My soul cried reading reading this and for so many reasons I scarcely know where to begin. One because one of the people who inspires me the most on this journey is bombarded with such nastiness. Two because I have had my share of haters and I have had messages like this. And three because I’ve learned that whatever you put out typically comes from a source that is exponentially greater. So if they are putting out that much hatred and trying that hard to inflict pain…what size the source of their hatred and pain must be! I honestly think I have gotten to the place where the third reason tugs at my heart a bit more. I know that you and I have somewhere to go to find relief from our troubles. We have the arms of the King! But where do they go with all that hurt? It is a testament to how much the Gospel, the foundational Gospel of Love and Jesus, that He lived and died for us, that He is coming back…that Gospel needs spreading so desperately! Praise God for what you are doing here and over at Women Living Well! You are needed and appreciated beloved! I pray you Shalom!~
    ~rose~

  9. Wow, I can’t imagine facing all those negative and hateful comments all the time. I am so sorry you have to endure that! Please know that you are doing great things for the Kingdom of Heaven!

    Sometimes I wish people online would remember the rule ‘if you can’t say something nice, don’t say anything at all!’ =)

    Blessings, Kathy

  10. Oh wow…. I read daily, but don’t usually comment, but I wanted to send you my prayers & love! Comments like me make me EVEN MORE GRATEFUL that I know the truth and God’s love. Courtney, you are a BEAUTIFUL woman, inside & out and inspire me everytime I read one of your posts!! Keep it up, you’re an inspiration to so many of us!! xox

  11. Thank you for reminding me of Luke 6:27. I’ve been very upset about something of mine that was taken by a friend. I’ve decided to let it got and not let it bother me anymore.

  12. Jessica Reno says:

    Wow Courtney! Thank you! This hit home for me in a huge way! Thank you so much for all you ladies do!

    Jessica

  13. Wow! This makes me so sad that people have done this to you. I find your posts so encouraging and they have lifted me up! It makes me think of people scorning and ridiculing Jesus as he preached the good news. I thank God for your words and that you share them with others, especially me :-). You ARE doing amazing work bringing people closer to Christ! Blessings to you.

  14. Kristen Cook says:

    For what it’s worth, I’ve been following your blog for a little over a year now and I enjoy it very much! My sister & I both plan to homeschool our children and we have taken much from your video blogs about the curriculum you use and why you use it. I admire your attitude towards your “haters”; you are a true woman of God. :)

  15. I’m sorry you have to deal with that when you do so much good for so many (like me!). I think you are very encouraging and I am very happy in my marriage and with my kids. It’s not idealistic. It’s a possibility and the way God wants us to live!

    I like you even more now. ;o)

  16. Your ability to show mercy to these people shows your true character and your spirit filled desire to love others to Christ:) I can not imagine being faced with this much hate coming at me all the time. Know that you are doing Gods will because He said people will hate you:) what a blessing right?;) love ya girl and will be here to support you when the days get rough:)

  17. It is horrible the things that those people have said and I can’t even imagine how I would feel if someone said they wanted something horrible to happen to my children.
    I hardly ever comment on blog posts and I am not sure that I have ever commented on any of yours, but I felt that I needed to comment today and just reiterate what you know is the truth that your blog, youtube, and other efforts really does help people, it is inspiring and it is a gift from God for me.
    I started a prayer journal with the beginning of Lent and just yesterday I wrote in it how thankful I was for the authors of some of the books I have read that have been truely inspiring and have opened my eyes to things and I also wrote how much I was thankful of bloggers/youtubers like you. I don’t have close friends that I can talk to about things, but your blog (and the better mom blog as well) always seems to bring to light the things I am thinking about.
    Thank you so much for your ministry, the time and effort that you spend to help people like me.
    God Bless You.

  18. Thank you so much for the wonderful post this morning!! I am the age of a Titus 2 woman and I have seen this played out so many times in my life. The kind words you spoke of after an attack are so unnatural; but do turn away wrath, and in today’s world are so unexpected!!! As a teacher, it was almost aways when I got “down to the bottom of the student’s backpack” all he or she had been “packed” with was hate, critism and condemnation. So it is with the world!! I have come to expect the hurtful words when doing God’s work or emulating or standing up for Him. Infact, when I don’t get that response, I wonder what is going on!!! You and all of the rest of the Good Morning Girls are doing a WONDERFUL and GODLY job of leading women to live in the footsteps of Jesus. I look forward to one day seeing all of you lay many jewels at Christ’s feet! He is using each of you greatly and your reward will be great. Thank you so very much for all you do and please thank your families also for sharing you with us. All of you are a true blessing and please know that I pray for you, your ministries and families. Hoping you have a blessed day and only nice emails!! :)

  19. Amy Johnson says:

    Oh Courtney! I cried reading this. It made just want to run to your house, throw my arms around you and give you a big ol’ Texas hug. You are so far from foolish, ignorant and stupid. Thank you for pushing through those tough times and posting and blogging and telling the truth anyway. Thank you for not giving up. I don’t know where my marriage would be had I not happened upon the Proverbs 31 FB advertisement in September 2012. You have challenged me, inspired me, and pushed me to seek the Lord for the true woman He created me to be,; and in many ways you have helped this child of nine divorces grow up and begin to see the fruit of a good, healthy, godly marriage. I pray that your daughter turns out just like you. Perfectly flawed and wonderfully made. Thank you for everything you do. I’m sure I speak for many when I say the Lord has used you to change my marriage. Blessings, blessings, blessings one-hundred fold to you and your sweet family!

  20. Kelly(@RNCCRN9706) says:

    Love how people are so brave behind a keyboard! Id venture to guess that for every hateful remark…therre are many more supportive ones or at least I hope there are! I think you’re doing a wonderful thing. I’ve gleaned SO much from your blog..you have NO idea! Glad to know you have a thick skin!

  21. Wow, Courtney! Beautiful and horrific post, all at the same time. I can’t believe the level of vitriol and ugliness directed at Christianity and you personally … so sorry you’ve had to experience this. Your blog has helped me, a Christian who does not have all the same doctrinal viewpoints as you do, to become a better follower of Christ, a better mother, a better person. We don’t all have to agree 100 percent in order to learn from each other and encourage each other. You’ve been a huge blessing in my life, and I am quite thankful that I stumbled upon your blog and that you have been so open and sharing of your own life and experiences. Your work on Good Morning Girls is AMAZING! Keep your chin up and keep Walking with the King. :)

  22. Jill Price says:

    Thank you so much for sharing this! I am so sorry you have had to deal with this but you are doing beautifully. God is using you and you are His vessel. Thank you again. Keep doing what you are doing. God will bless you!! And pray for the haters! I will too! It is really sad to see such anger in people. They need prayer more than anything.

  23. Been dealing with some haters for a while and things have come to a head in the last couple of days, so this post is very timely for me. I’ll be sharing the spirit of it with my mom I believe as she too is a victim of haters.

    Thank you, Courtney, for perserving despite the haters. I know for me this blog and your’s has helped me a lot, even though I’ve only been reading it for a short while. God bless you and your ministry here.

  24. Courtney,

    You truly are a role model. Your kind words have encouraged me right when I needed them. This blog post is no different. You are so right….as your following grows, so do your HATERS! Just last month I received my first anonymous full of hate comment…I cried thinking “How did I make this person hate me so much?” Now I understand that whether my haters in real life or online life dislike me or not, I am doing what God wants me to do. No one believed or followed Noah until it was too late. So, I must keep on marching for the Lord. WE ALL must keep marching!

    Thank you so much for sharing these difficult times! You are encouraging so many!

    GB,
    Jessica @ Proverbs Living

  25. I’m soooo glad you didn’t let the haters get you down. I don’t know that I could have handled it as well as you did being a super-sensitive person. I feel (like you do) so very sad for those people spewing their venom out onto you like that. But, really it is Satan & his demons spewing all over God’s Word & Love. Those people don’t even know we are in a spiritual battle. How scary for them!! Anyway – Courtney, you bring such encouragement & joy into our home. My kids too love the posts with your kids – it’s like you & your family are very dear friends of ours. We love you guys! Thank you for continuing to do what you do!!

  26. Wow – what a powerful and personal way to bring this message home and up-to-date in our modern world. Most of us in this country don’t have physical adversity from unbelievers, but this mental adversity can be devastating to our souls and harm us from the inside, corrupting our way of thinking about ourselves, our value, our beliefs, and other people. Thanks, Courtney, for the powerful reminder to keep loving on our enemies – even when they are not physically in front of us.

  27. Hi Courtney,
    I just want you to know I enjoy your youtubes! I love how God’s love and the excitement for God and His word pours through you and the other good morning girls! I notice this in every video! Thanks for all that you do for God’s kingdom!

  28. What perfect timing. My teen daughter has a true hater following her at school right now and I was able to share this with her. I pray that she will be able to be Jesus to this hurting young girl. Thanks for the encouragement.

  29. “We are troubled on every side, yet not distressed; we are perplexed, but not in despair; Persecuted, but not forsaken; cast down, but not destroyed…For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory…” @ Corinthians 4:8, 9, & 17.
    We are shown over and over in the Bible that we would be persecuted for believing the Saviour. He told us that we would be mocked…hated. But it is only for a short time…here on earth!

    “Oft times the day seems long, our trials hard to bear,
    We’re tempted to complain, to murmur and despair;
    But Christ will soon appear to catch His Bride away,
    All tears forever over in God’s eternal day.

    It will be worth it all when we see Jesus,
    Life’s trials will seem so small when we see Christ;
    One glimpse of His dear face all sorrow will erase,
    So bravely run the race till we see Christ.”

  30. Deborah Starr says:

    WOW!!! First of let me say I Love your Women Living Well & I Love you Courtney! You encourage me every time I’m reading your blog or watching you videos! I know your doing God’s work because He guided me to you. I love Rachel Ray & while I watching that episode you were on I said to myself that is the kind of Wife I want to be to my Husband. With me being a Christian I got why you were choosing to live that way but I could tell others there & who watched didn’t. It was a while later I was on Facebook looking around that I found you & the video. I know w/o a doubt that God directed me to Women Living Well. So thank you for keeping on w/ good cheer (your smile always makes me smile) & not allowing those haters to distract or discourage you!!! Last week where I live in Illinois they passed to allow gay marriage. Later that day it was all over the news about a local private school was offering their high school students extra credit to go to Springfield for a day & protest. I couldn’t believe all the evil mean negative things that people were saying about the school, about the church using & brain washing the kids & then it went right into bashing God, The Bible, & all Christians. All the time they were calling us Haters. In the past I would’ve been hot fire mad but this time I wasn’t. I was sad. Sad that there are so many churches in my area yet so many lost. So many blinded & in bondage still. So many thinking they are free but really they are just believing lies. Satan’s lies. I prayed for those Haters. I prayed for myself to always be ready & remember that I’m surrounded by hurting people who need the healing of Jesus. The old me was like Peter having my sword drawn ready to cut anyone who was about to harm my Jesus. Today because of Jesus & how he has changed me I truly understand His words of “Forgive them for they know not what they are doing”. I can’t hold nonbelievers to my Christian standards. Because they don’t know what they are doing b/c they don’t know Truth! We have found freedom & knowledge in Truth. They have not…yet!

  31. Courtney, I could have been one of those haters a few years ago, but thanks to your blog and those of a few other women willing put themselves out there, I have changed in a very positive way. Keep up the good fight and know that others appreciate you and are praying for you.

  32. Wow!! Thank you so much for sharing this with us Courtney! The comments literally made my heart hurt and brought me to tears that people could be so mean and judging! This did make me think of something I am dealing with in my own life though, so I appreciate you sharing this to help bring me clarity as well. It helped me realize how I need to approach a person that has been talking about me and judging me as a Christian. You are such a wonderful person and a great reminder to live our lives the way God wants us to as it is written in his word. Just know how many of us LOVE your encouragement and your wisdom.

    Blessings,

    Kristen

  33. Stephanie V. says:

    I do not understand why these people are even reading your blog or watching you on You Tube if they have such hate for what you stand for….. WAIT! Yes I do understand, they are looking for something. That something that you have, thay something that I have. Even if they don’t know it, they’re looking for Jesus! What He gives to all of us who believe in Him, the peace, the mercy, the comfort, the love! Thanks Courtney, for not crumbling & giving in! Let’s pray for all the haters today! :)

  34. Laurie Messer says:

    Dear Courtney,

    I was so shocked by all the hateful comments thrown at you. I want you to know I thank God for you and your ministry. Know that there are women out here who do desire to be a Proverbs 31 women and we are so glad to have you lead us and encourage us every day through WLW and GMG. You are a light shining in an evil and dark world and Satan hates that. Know that you are loved, appreciated, and prayed for by all of us who seek to walk with God on the path that He has prepared for us. Thank you again for your commitment and devotion to us! Love and prayers to you!

  35. Courtney, I’m sorry people are so mean in their comments to you! I can’t believe people would say such things. I just want to encourage you and thank you for not giving up because of them. I have been so encouraged and challenged by your blog and your videos… I love them! You consistently speak the truth in love, which is hard for people to hear when it goes against how they might live. Thanks for continuing your ministry despite the haters you hear from.

  36. Courtney, I want to reiterate what so many of the other ladies have already said. Your post brought me to tears thinking of how ugly so many people have been and how heartbreaking it is that they have turned their backs to the love of Jesus. I praise God today, as I often do, for the work you do… For your continued inspiration as you lead us to the foot of the cross. Thank you for allowing Jesus to work through you and for being a light in this dark world. I am praying for you and your ministry.

  37. Jaime McLeod says:

    What a powerful post and it reminds me again that we either bless with our mouths or curse with our mouths, literally. I recently took a Bible study course called, “Living Free” and it was life changing even though I am a christian already. It taught the power we actually hold over satan which is in Jesus name. We can actually command all evil spirits that are near and around our presence to the foot of the cross to be dealt with by Jesus and they have to leave us. That was incredible to learn and the rest of the course was even more amazing. It helped my husband and I let go of all our past pains and grudges and break bad cycles from our lives. It was totally life-changing. Anyways, thanks for all your encouraging posts! You will be blessed and your family too! God bless you!

  38. Haters gonna hate…Christians gonna love. :) Prayers for strength in Him, Courtney. ( hugs )

  39. wow! reading those comments….just shocking. It is one thing to not believe but to not believe and be so bitter and full of hate that you have to berate and tear down a person that does believe. Why do they even bother coming to the page if they do not believe? Your testimony is an amazing example to everyone…please don’t feel discouraged but encouraged by all that God is accomplishing through you. I am so blessed to have found GMGs.

  40. Janet Ferguson says:

    Our world is in such great need of our Almighty Father. I am so thankful to you and for the work you are doing for our Heavenly Father.

  41. Courtney:
    Bless you for your ministry. I had no idea you took such abuse from other women! Women who are haters. Are they teaching their childrent to hate as well? How very sad for them and even more so for their children. I will lift you up in prayer daily and I will also pray for mercy for the haters. God does not want any to perish. The good thing is that they are led to read your blogs so keep up the good work.

    Your’s in Christ,

    Judy

  42. Courtney, I am always taken aback by the hatred that is shown toward God, and towards people who are teaching the truth. It is heartbreaking, and I cry for those people, because they just don’t understand. Sometimes I wish there were no such thing as comments. I don’t even want to see them, but if not for the comments, we would not realize fully what the state of this world is in. We need to pray for people like we’ve never prayed for them before. There are so many hurting people who don’t know the love of Christ, have never seen it … but NEED to see it through actions like yours … in reaching out and leaving kind comments back to them. There are so many who claim to be Christians and yet they spew the hatred BACK to anyone who disagrees with them. The fact that you are getting these comments is proof that you are doing something right. The world needs more of us to step up and proclaim Christ to a hurting world, without being afraid. I’m thankful for your ministry. God will give you the courage and strength you need to continue.

  43. The fact that you have haters just shows that you are ‘in’ this world and not ‘of’ this world-you must be doing something right. :) For every hater that you hear from, please know that there are countless others that appreciate you. Keep following His will-He will give you the strength that you need.

  44. It stinks that they are writing such hateful things, but they are watching and reading. May God’s message, through your blog, pierce their hearts. Keep moving forward!

  45. I cannot get over the cruel words spoken to you! I would be so devastated at first too, but I believe you know in your heart you are doing God’s work in truth and love. And those who don’t believe it, understand or want to persecute it shouldn’t bother reading it. Keep your mean comments to yourself!

    I’m glad you’ve overcome those words, however, and stepped up to be the bigger, God-lier woman! You should be proud of yourself!

  46. Someone may have already given you this verse, but as I read your post today this verse came to mind:
    John 15:18-21 “If the world hates you, you know that it hated Me before it hated you. If you were of the world, the world would love its own. Yet because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, therefore the world hates you. Remember the word that I said to you… If they persecuted Me, they will also persecute you… because they do not know Him who sent Me.”

    The Christian community is supporting you and all you are doing through GMG!!!!

  47. I am in tears reading what has been written to you. Women need to support each other no matter what their differences. I know you are under attack because you are speaking truth. Power on. Praying for your protection and empowerment.

  48. Bless you!! That is all I can say. I believe if more people lived like you live and followed God what a difference this word would be. Thank you Courtney for your blog, I hope you know how much you encourage those of us that follow you and follow God.

  49. People are strange. I don’t understand such violent attacks on your peaceful and empowering messages. I think you have helped a lot of people by sharing this, myself included. It is hard to insulate yourself from such venom. It is one thing to disagree and do it in a constructive way, but these people attack with such vitriol. I feel like God has us walk through trials so that we may learn compassion and help others. I think with all these comments on your post today, it shows you are helping SO MANY people. I love your blog, I love what you stand for and getting updates in my email is always a bright spot in my day. Keep on rockin’ it, girl!

  50. Courtney, thank you for making today’s scripture real to life. God Bless you and keep you strong in telling the truth and encouraging women around the globe. As many above have stated: you blog has made me a stronger woman in Christ! Keep up the fabulous work!

  51. Those comments are shocking. Courtney I love your messages and your blog! You totally do not have horse teeth :)

  52. I just wanted you to know that I love your blog and no hater comment will ever change that. And it says: EVERY knee shall bow, every tongue confess.
    That is something I rather look forward to, when the enemie comes against me and us. They will find out who is wrong and who is right. Jesus is in controle.Be blessed for your work: today and always!

  53. I hope so many others have said what I’m about to say! I think your lovely, your blog is so inspirational and goodmorninggirls is so comforting and uplifting. My marriage is so blessed by your words. I never had anyone before talk to me about submission or Proverbs 31 women and when I found your blog it was like a breath of fresh air. So thank you so much and thank your wonderful family for sacrificing their time so you could spread the Word.

  54. Love you friend! Love love love this post!

  55. Julie From Texas says:

    Excellant! Believing and putting into practice God’s inspired word brings beautiful results.

  56. I love love love this. Bless you for your gentle and loving spirit. I can’t imagine how hard it must be to hear and read some of those things. What a great thing that we serve a risen King!

  57. I feel so awful that these things happen to you! I think you are wonderful and I am sure you are a Proverbs 31 woman! I am surrounded in my family (and a lot of my friends) with non-believers, so I start almost every conversation with, “I know you think I am crazy, but…” I used to yell and scream and cry to get them to listen to me and see my side of things. To understand that I loved them and they could love me too. I would pray constantly! Then, I finally listened to God! He told me to stop worrying about how they acted and what they believed and how they treated me and start worrying about how I was acting and treating them! It has changed my relationships in every way! There is more love and acceptance on both sides and nobody rolls their eyes!

  58. Thanks for putting yourself out there Courtney. I know I have atheists and agnostics on my personal Facebook page. I am not in the “ministry” so I don’t have reason to post on Faith a whole lot. But when I do I have lost a “friend” here and there. I think that the online world allows these people a way to vocalize things they might not say to my face. Your sharing those comments gives me insight to what they might be thinking even if they are not saying anything. And, makes you think about your day to day witness by reflecting Christ for those of us in non-ministry jobs. I make it a rule to try and not post anything I wouldn’t say face to face. I wish more people would. But, then how would we know who to pray for. Just trying to look on the bright side!

  59. Good evening. I read your post because it was described as a friend as being “Wonderful”.

    I will tell you, I am not Christian. I am Pagan and have been since the age of 14.

    Regardless of religious affiliation, we are a lot alike. I am a traditional mom with a traditional family. I gave up my nursing career (gladly) to be a wife and mother. I homeschool my children as well as handle the vast majority of the cooking, cleaning, etc. while my husband works as hard as he can to support our family. My husband was my best friend 8 years before we got married and when we did we entered into our marriage knowing that divorce would never be an option.

    I wake up hoping to be the best wife, mother, daughter, friend and human that I can be. I try my best to lift those around me up and not drag anyone down. As the Dalai Lamma says, “Our prime purpose in this life is to help others. And if you can’t help them, at least don’t hurt them.”

    I too have had people say nasty things to me because of how I choose to live my life and because of my spirituality. I had one woman go so far as to say that I was damning my children to help and she hoped they were taken away from me. Hatred, nastiness and intolerance are a huge pill to swallow. It is easy to get bad, it is easy to spew venom right back and it is easy to let those comments bring you down. Choosing to elevate yourself and understanding that people ridicule what they do not understand because part of them fears it. Unfortunately, when what someone is fearing involves religion people become vile and angry quick.

    Admittedly, I would have been one of those women. I have had numerous bad experiences with Christians (especially Christian women) but I am not because I have been fortunate enough to friend several women who are Christian and who love and accept me and mine for who we are. We have learned a great deal from one another and embrace our differences and our similarities. They are kind women, loving women, humble women who (just like me) are trying to be and do the best they can for their family and for the world.

    I think if we (as humans) could step back from all of the categories we like to put one another in, we would quickly realize that their are few difference between us and life would be a bit better for all of us.

    Keep doing what you are doing because the world needs all of the positivity it can get. Have a wonderful day.

  60. When I try to understand why someone would go to the trouble to express their hatred for God and someone who loves Him, I can’t put my mind around it. They look to find posts and websites to do so and vent their vile heart. I had to block even my own brother from writing his “liberal supreme views” of hating God and his snide remarks. Even after my family asked him to be respectful, he didn’t because he couldn’t. I’ll write him a one on one email to still be in touch and send him my love, but I could no longer tolerate his hatred to the God I love. So I go to the Bible to be assured and in Matthew it tells me:
    Matthew 10:34:Think not that I am come to send peace on earth: I came not to send peace, but a sword. 35:For I am come to set a man at variance against his father, and the daughter against her mother, and the daughter in law against her mother in law. 36:And a man’s foes shall be they of his own household. 37:He that loves father or mother more than me is not worthy of me: and he that loves son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me. 38:And he that takes not his cross, and follows after me, is not worthy of me. 39:He that finds his life shall lose it: and he that loses his life for my sake shall find it. So Sisters In Christ, hatred will come,but Jesus tells us in John 15,”If the world hates you, keep in mind that it hated me first”. Amen Sisters!

  61. Wow, wow, and wow!! This is amazing that people are so mean to others that are trying to bring people to Jesus Christ. I am sorry for you and sorry for them too. You will be rewarded one day when you meet God in Heaven.

  62. Thank you so much Courtney for being courageous enough to share not only your experience but the actual painful comments. Who said words would never hurt? They are many times more painful than sticks and stones. I will continue to pray for you and all of the leaders of GMG who face such slander and persecution. It is the Christ in you that they despise, and the more you are like Christ, the more hatred you can expect. Im so proud to be a part of this ministry which has the God-given boldness to share, the Christ-centered courage to persevere, and the Spirit-led responses of kindness and love.

  63. Courtney, thank you for this amazing post. I want to give you a standing ovation for your beautiful heart towards us sinful humans and for not letting the evil stand in your way of this ministry you have been called to. You are an inspiration to me and I am sure to many others as well. I can feel God’s love here <3

  64. That is horrible that they would say things like that! Yes, people are allowed to their own opinions but if it really bothers them that much then they should just stop reading. I think that it takes incredible bravery for you to do what you do and it is really cool to hear what you say about God. It is inspiring to see that you treated your haters nicely, it sets an example of what a christian is like. Many people can learn from you.

  65. This is so what I needed to hear this week. Thank you so much for sharing. God is so great.

  66. Courtney, for every “hater” out there who has responded to you in an ugly fashion, trust me there are HUNDREDS of people like me who are so overwhelmingly grateful for Good Morning Girls! I started doing the GMG studies in the fall of 2011, and I have grown so much in my walk with Christ and as a wife and mother. THANK YOU for your hard work and sacrifice and your obedience to the King! I hope to be studying with GMG for many years to come.

    Many blessings ~
    Andrea

  67. Monique C. says:

    It is certainly a God thing. He has blessed you with grace and mercy! I have seen some of those horrible, hateful posts, and wondered how can you do it? It is so wrong and hurtful- I would probably just quit. But it is God protecting you and giving you strength. Thank you Courtney for being salt and light! Keep it up! Blessings, Monique

  68. So glad you have not allowed haters to stop you from doing Gods work. I greatly enjoy reading your post and they are such a blessing. Thank you so much for being obedient and allowing God to use you no matter what the enemy has thrown your way. Any time God is at work in something or someone the enemy is going to try and tear it down. Praying for you and your ministry. God bless.

  69. When I see something someome has written that I dont like, I just delete it or them all together. I can’t imagine why someone would continue to read and criticize something they dont like. I hope your haters stop treating you mean and just move on. Keep on doing what you do, the majority of us love it!!!

  70. Also going to praying for the haters that they would come to know Jesus!

  71. Oh sweet girl, I can just see the gold, silver, and precious stones piled up on your foundation. You have such reward waiting for you when you and Jesus get to talk! Bless you!

  72. Lisa Simcoe says:

    Just remember, Matthew 5: 10 Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness,
    for theirs is the kingdom of heaven

    God will give you double for your trouble, I am one of your silent readers that Love you and appreciate you and all you write. Your are a true inspiration and your teachings make me want to be a better Wife and mother and Christian women,
    Those that send messages like that are reading your messages because you have something they dont… and they wouldnt be there if God wasn’t leading them there. They just dont know it yet.
    Love you, Stay strong

  73. Heather Webb says:

    “If the world hates you, you know that it has hated me before it hated you. If you were of the world, the world would love its own. But because you are not of the world, since I chose you out of the world, therefore the world hates you. Remember the word that I said to you: ‘A servant is not greater than his lord.’ If they persecuted me, they will also persecute you. If they kept my word, they will keep yours also. But all these things will they do to you for my name’s sake, because they don’t know him who sent me. If I had not come and spoken to them, they would not have had sin; but now they have no excuse for their sin. He who hates me, hates my Father also. If I hadn’t done among them the works which no one else did, they wouldn’t have had sin. But now have they seen and also hated both me and my Father. But this happened so that the word may be fulfilled which was written in their law, ‘They hated me without a cause.’
    “When the Counselor has come, whom I will send to you from the Father, the Spirit of truth, who proceeds from the Father, he will testify about me. You will also testify, because you have been with me from the beginning.
    “These things have I spoken to you, so that you wouldn’t be caused to stumble. They will put you out of the synagogues. Yes, the time comes that whoever kills you will think that he offers service to God. They will do these things because they have not known the Father, nor me. But I have told you these things, so that when the time comes, you may remember that I told you about them. I didn’t tell you these things from the beginning, because I was with you. John 15:18-16:4

    Its a blessing in disguise, cause you know you are doing God’s will- that He, the greatest God in all of eternity, is using you.

  74. I so appreciate you sharing this. You’re so brave to have saved the comments. I just hit delete the moment they start to look nasty.

    Writing can be so discouraging. I’ve been praying for direction and confirmation, then just this morning I got an e-mail from someone I was able to share the gospel with! I guess we keep pressing on.

  75. I feel blessed to have found your site just this week! Yesterday I had my first hater experience on FB. I had made a post about how good God is and someone who accessed me via a mutual friend responded by saying “there is no God, loser” I was floored!! I sat with it for a moment and then said a prayer for this person. It felt amazing! I had no hatred in my heart, only compassion.

    Blessings!

  76. Is it just me or is something wrong here. They criticize you for your beliefs, but think that what they are saying and believing is the absolute truth!? If you don’t agree with what someone else believes, then stop reading the articles they publish! There are people in all walks of life who believe that they are right and everyone else is a fool! Courtney, NEVER give up on your faith and know that for every person who says they hate you and what you are doing, there are many more of us that love you and appreciate all the love you give out to us. Please continue to be a beacon of light to those of us who need it. And remember, God gave us the “delete” button for a reason!

  77. Thank you for this reminder and for all you stand for !

  78. As a Christian and a Home-school Mom,Thank you for being a encouragement to me.

  79. Courtney don’t give up. I love your blog. Some people are just rude and all we can do is pray for them.

  80. Just remember it’s not actually YOU they hate, even if they say they hate YOU. The word of God is what the carnal mind HATES to hear. Rom 8:7 Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be.

    Thank you for spreading the message of the gospel to women! I know you are and will continue to be blessed for it!

  81. You are right on! I receive even in my own family. And prior to seeing your post on FB…I started a prayer of repentance in dealing w/ this one specific person. I nearly wrote a sermon on hate from God to me…and for others, I see now. And then your post sealed the deal for me. Thank you for being faithful to what God is calling you to. Yes, I too remind myself that they crucified Christ…so yes, I will not always have man’s approval. May God bless you richly with every spiritual blessing, may He bless your ministry and teachings…and renew your heart with warmth and affirmation!

  82. Margarita Gallegos says:

    Wow that hurt me for you. It’s obvious that these people need Jesus. I will pray for them. I think you are wonderful. Keep walking with God sister! We love you!
    Blessings!

  83. Love this this blog post…so necessary! We live in this world…but Jesus said He would never leave us to do the right thing! Love the God you serve…K. Stop over and see my blog if you have time :)

  84. You, my friend, are an inspiration to many women out here! I’m learning also to “love my haters”….and it is not easy! The first time you here or see comments from them, it is so hurtful…but you are right, you can learn a lesson from them. God shows me his mercy every day. It’s the least I can do to show the haters the same grace and mercy that my Father gives me. Love ya, Lady! God Bless you!

  85. Wow. I wish I had read this yesterday. I got a message from my first hater yesterday. And boy does she hate me! I spent the day crying about it. Today, I find peace in my Savior and pray that she finds peace in Him as well. I can only imagine the internal torment a person must be going through to cause them to lash out at someone so drastically. And all I did was post a scripture on my facebook page.
    Thanks for your post. As bad as it sounds, it makes me feel better to know that you have haters too. lol It helps me to take it less personally and realize that yes, people will hate us, but at least that’s proof that we are living our faith out loud.

  86. This post really spoke to me. I’m currently dealing with my own haters. I’m a gymnastics coach and I have great relationships with the majority of the parent’s of the girls that I coach. However, there is always one or two families that are just ugly, negative and unhappy no matter what. I had a big problem earlier this week with a “hater”. Thank you for reminding me of the Saviors love and mercy.

    I’m really sorry that people say such hateful and hurtful things. They can simply disagree with you without being so awful! I don’t always agree 100% with what you have to say but I find your blog to be inspiring, motivating and calming for my soul. I really appreciate the time you take to work on it and what you have to say. I’ve learned a lot in the last few months as I’ve read your posts.

    Thanks again for your work. Ignore the haters! The rest of us love you!

  87. Rebecca Whiting says:

    You are so right. I feel sorry for those who don’t know the love of God. Keep using these outlets to show His love to them.

  88. That’s the way to go, Courtney! No matter how bitter the other people are, for our own peace and happiness we should be spreading the message of love.

  89. Courtney first let me say I totally stumbled across your blog about 7-8 months ago. My husband and I have been struggling a lot, over the last couple years. This got really bad this last summer. I was at a point where I hated my job as a sahm, I resented anything I had to do for him. I homeschool our children and by the time he got home I had nothing I wanted to offer him, not even a smile.God has used you, your words, your example, everything down to how you dress and carry yourself. I was only 21 when I got married, I was a baby. I still have so much to learn (I’m now 27) God has used you, your videos, your blogs, the Proverbs 31 video series. I just want to say thank you for being such an amazing example. It sickens me to think there are people in the world who could be so hateful toward you. Jesus must be so proud of you, to persevere and show love in the face adversity. God bless you!!

  90. You know what I find interesting is the fact they read your words in the first place. They don’t believe the same way as we do, which ok that’s fine, so why even
    bother to read your blog? Is that they are curious in what you say? Is that they have a hole that needs to be filled and in some way God uses your words and His Word to some how plant a seed there? When they read your blog Gods Word does not go void. So in other words what they’re meaning for harm God uses for good! Seeds have been planted in these people whether they know it or not. Their ground maybe be “hard” for now.. but at some point.. God willing..it might begin to grow in their heart. What we have is some Paul’s out there that persecutes Christ followers cuz they themselves are looking and can’t find what is right in front of them who read this blog just to hate on it. Also you turned it around with scripture as a reminder to us not to be haters on then for their ugliness in words..but to love those who despise us! So here again, they get a double blessing back from this blog! They here Gods Word spoken and they have hundreds of women who are lovin’ on them and praying for them! That’s fantastic!! Thank You Jesus for putting people like this in our path it. Whitney brought us back to Your Word and remind us that You have called us to love those who persecute us. No different when people hated You Lord. Thank You for Whitney’s faithfulness Lord to follow thru and not be beat down because of words from others. I appreciate Whitney and I pray You continue to bless and the ministry she serves You with. We all love You Lord..and all the haters too
    In Your sweet and previous name Lord!! Amen

  91. Just what I needed to hear. Thanks!

  92. Irene Aguilar says:

    You are an inspiration to me! I love your blog, it has blessed me in soo many ways you can’t imagine! God has and is still using you for His glory!! Thank you soo much for your blog and thank you for Good morning girls!!

  93. Bless you for seeing an attack of Satan and letting God speak through you. Those who throw those stones don’t want to see the blackness inside. May you continue knowing you are an inspiration to us.

  94. It is never easy dealing with people. No matter where you are in your life, working retail, restaurants ,whatever/whereever you are going to find someone who doesn’t agree with you and doesn’t like you. It is especially hard when the criticism comes from the computer, where people can hide behind the walls of the internet and cover their identity. They feel empowered and secure in giving their opinion whether it was asked for or not.

    Your scripture is on the mark and just like Jesus said over and over again in the Book of John…”love one another”. You have look past that persons hateful, mean words and look at that person as the child of God. not. always. easy. Also, it is the spirit behind those words coming against you, not the person. You don’t know what that person has/is going through, but God does. Not always easy to remember when your getting hit the arrows, but to know it makes it easier to walk in forgiveness.

    I commend you on your strength!! It takes a warrior of God to stand against the enemy. And as you already know he will use any means, any person, any tactic he can to get to you. But you must also know that to cause people to react this way to you, also indicates you’ve hit a nerve..which means YOU ARE DOING SOMETHING RIGHT! Amen!

    Keep up your service to the Lord! HE said it wouldn’t always be easy but to take heart, he has already defeated the world! :)

    Be Blessed!
    Billie Jo

  95. Diane Bailey says:

    The more I read these hate comments, the more it became evident that these people don’t hate YOU, they hate TRUTH. They will unfortunately have to learn the hard way~ WOE TO THEM~

  96. Dear Courtney,
    First, I am so sorry you’ve had these terrible things said about you and your family. : {
    Anyone who made rude comments about your looks was just jealous! You are a beautiful lady.

    Second, I’ve only had a handful of haters, but a recent situation with a Christian commenter really blew me away. This particular woman has written about 10 comments on my posts in the last month, all negative. I had to delete about 6 of them because they were so rude, and I even wrote her and suggested she not visit my site since it made her angry. But she wrote an additional 4 comments after that. When I I deleted her last 2 comments, she wrote me an email and told me off.

    Your words are so timely in my life. I have been praying for this woman, but I need to pray for more compassion for her. Thank you for that good word. Now I need to determine how to handle future situations like this because this one caused me to lose sleep and consumed way too much of my time and emotions.

    Bless you!

  97. brittany jacobson says:

    Im so broken hearted that you deal with such hateful comments but i want to tell you have such a bright light about you and you can tell your smiling in your blogs or devotionals.
    i have a verse for you it reminds me of you

    its isiah 60:1

  98. Courtney,

    After reading your post on haters this morning, I felt both personally convicted and moved to share with you these convictions, in the hopes of making it easier to love those haters. Because, unlike a lot of your supporters, I DO understand how someone can respond with such ugliness to your efforts to share the beauty of Christ in your life, and I am a born again Christian. It’s not just those with radically different beliefs or no love for God that spew venom at some of your posts. It is also your sisters in Christ – although through His grace we find the restraint and wisdom to not share it publicly. Probably the most notable difference between those of us who keep it to ourselves and the majority of those with the gall to post is a shared belief in a literal Bible translation. Because once you discredit or dismiss the standard of Truth, then it’s all up for grabs and you can defend whatever idea flies into your head. But believing in the same Truth does not keep those ideas from flying into our heads, and that is why I can sympathize with the haters.

    Here I submit the thoughts of “hate” I’ve had in my mind and heart after reading your blog:

    #1 Can someone say, “STEPFORD WIFE?!?” (Yeah, I know, kind of obvious since you even had a post addressing this very concept.)
    #2 Since when does living well in the godly sense have anything to do with fashion, or bubble baths, or tans, or exercise? Kinda reeks of vanity and self-indulgence, right?
    #3 Nobody has time to do all of that… I just KNOW that she is neglecting something more important… where ARE her priorities?
    #4 Oh yeah… great recipe… look at the processed ingredients she’s promoting… doesn’t she research this stuff?
    #5 LOOK at that home! Livin’ the American dream there, huh? Whatever happened to giving up our goods to feed the poor?

    It’s not difficult to see common themes with all of these accusations when we consider the source. Where is all of this negativity coming from? My imperfect flesh is crying out against anything that might challenge those imperfections. I’m attempting to defend my own shortcomings by questioning and judging the heart and motives of others who seem to have overcome them. Basically, I am reacting the way the world reacts, not as we are taught biblically and not as the Spirit leads.

    Again, my purpose in confessing my own ugly criticisms is to encourage your love of the haters – not to just give you five more negative sound bites. You wrote of the unnatural compassion you were given for the ones who were so angry and mean, and the realization of their need for Christ. The natural reaction, you thought, should have been sadness and reciprocated anger, and you admitted you were troubled the first time it happened. A natural response. So what is the natural response to someone telling us how to live well? What is my knee-jerk reaction to your upbeat personality, your sincere and evident love of the traditional roles with which you have been blessed, your enthusiasm to share helpful tips and encouraging words, and your gift of translating the biblical principles of the Proverbs 31 woman into your modern life? Well, according to my list of shame above, it is jealousy, insecurity, defensiveness and hate. Praise the Lord that we do not have to rely on our knee-jerk reactions! What grace He bestows upon us when we bend those knees and rely on His Word! And what a powerful way to foster humility and compassion – by allowing those knee-jerk reactions to still take place. Something else it does for me is to raise a red flag. Whenever I am offended by a post or feel the need to defend myself, it is a wonderful opportunity for me to really examine my heart, seek His discernment, and welcome the refining power of the Holy Spirit. And THAT, Courtney, is how you can love us haters. By continuing to give us stuff to hate.

    1 Peter 3: 13-16 (NIV) Who is going to harm you if you are eager to do good? But even if you should suffer for what is right, you are blessed. “Do not fear what they fear; do not be frightened.” But in your hearts set apart Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect, keeping a clear conscience, so that those who speak maliciously against your good behavior in Christ may be ashamed of their slander.

    Thank you for answers, given with gentleness, respect, and a clear conscience, so that I have been ashamed and given a golden opportunity to grow in Him.

  99. Holy Moly. I can only imagine how devastating those hate-filled comments must have been in the beginning (and still are, sometimes).

    I love your perspective, though, and the realization that there is no way that much anger and hate are coming from a place of peace and joy.

    Also, I love your emphasis that we follow a broken, crucified Christ. How can we expect to be anything less?

    Good words, Courtney!

    ~Abbie

  100. Oh Kim!!! Love your comment :) It’s these kind of comments (your numbered list) that make me want to defend myself something crazy lol!!! As you can imagine, I get those and more all.the.time. I know it’s hard to see a modern woman with old fashioned values…and I actually have a response for every.single.one.of.your.comments. But I’m pretty sure that the readers don’t enjoy watching me defend myself – because in the end – it’s NOT about me. And that’s what I’ve had to learn. To get out of the way and let God do what he wants with my fish and bread. Because it’s meager and it’s obvious that I have issues – like I like Doritos and Diet Coke and taking my kids to McDonald’s. And now I know that if I mention any of the 3 of those things – I can cause a tiny uproar! lol! and this blogging thing airs all of my issues out for everyone to criticize. And clearly as you’ve shown – I’m a pretty easy target right?

    I have no idea why people keep reading me…especially when I’m painfully aware of my own issues…but this one thing I know. I love God and I love people. And so here I am…back at my keyboard on a Friday morning between devotions and breakfast and homeschooling. Because I do have faith that this is the work that God created in advance for me to do. (Ephesians 2:10)

    I love you Kim and I thank you for second chances and third ones and fourth ones and fifth ones…you are a picture of Christ to me.
    Courtney

  101. Courtney, I pray Gods hand of grace and mercy continue to strengthen you as you walk out your call! Your site was shared with me by a friend. I found such encouragement in what you are doing, because i have always struggled with “just being a mom” and to see you “get it” and thrive and flourish in the high calling God has mandated for women was so… over powering and confirming for me! That i’m not alone and there are sooo many of us!!!! :) It’s interesting that you can hear the voice of the enemy as you read those nasty erroneous posts! There is a book written in the 70′s that first opened my eyes to the evil of this “movement” by Beverly LaHaye, called I Am A Woman by Gods Design! Amazing and informative read! Keep it up! you are winning the battle everyday GIRL!!!!

  102. Thank you so much for ur words, ur honesty, ur learnt wisdom, for teaching us the bible and how to love like Jesus! So many times I have wanted to write and say that I love your videos and that I think u r such a truthful and challenging speaker and that God has gifted u immensely in speaking his truths in love and honesty. But until now I hadn’t written and said thank u, as we have three little children under 3, life is just a little crazy. But I have stopped to write now at 2am in the morning after feeding my children and just want to encourage u that u r doing an awesome job serving Jesus! I don’t feel like I have too many haters, people that would say it to my face anyway…but I would struggle receiving the comments u receive. Praise God the Holy Spirit is showing u how to love and be merciful! May I know how to be loving and merciful too! Thank u!!! May he keep giving u the courage and strength to keep preserving and to finish the race and hear ‘Well done good and faithful servant’! xx

  103. Continue the good work you have started!

  104. Bless you. I can only imagine how hard it was when these haters first started showing up, but you are a living example of God’s grace and the fact that HE IS ABLE, even when we are not. Thank you for sharing your experience with us!!

  105. Keri Nederend says:

    I’m sorry you have endured such hatred. You are a brave woman! Thank you for sharing the truth and God’s word in this hateful world we live in! You are a strong and beautiful Christian woman and your post brought tears to my eyes! Good for you for standing strong and loving your enemies as the Lord called us to do. It is not an easy task and I admire you greatly! May God continue to bless your work. I love Good Morning Girls!!

  106. Courtney, I know you’ve written before about those “haters” but I never knew the extent of how awful! I’m initially shocked but then realize there is Satan right there attacking you. I’m sorry you have to fight such hate and evil but praise God He is stronger. In our study this week, I journaled a question to myself, do I really know what it is to have an enemy? It would be easy for me to say I would love them, but would I really know how hard it would be? Your words show me real enemies in what you have to withstand. Its when you are making a real difference for Christ that the haters and enemies will show up. I need to continue to prepare for when haters will show up.

  107. Thank you so much Courtney for your message. I have been struggling with a situation where a “hater” in my life has made life miserable and it seems there is no resolution to be found. I have really struggled through “turning the other cheek” and yet not allowing this poor behaviour continue. I needed the reminders this week to show mercy, be kinder than I feel, and to pray for those who mistreat me. I am learning that there may never be the resolution I want and that I can manage even if people don’t like me! Thank you for sharing the example in your life :)

  108. thanykou so much for posting this…
    you are a brave women to share these hate comments…
    your honesty and bravery will be rewarded
    sometimes we live in such a secluded very different world
    it is difficult to believe such comments like this are true…..
    they are so foregin to us..we need to know/be reminded
    thankyou for sharing how to face our troubles
    thankyou for pointing us to the Holy Word of God

  109. I was shocked with the “haters” comments. It is sad to finally know the truth and now know how many sad people there are out there. We can pray for all of them and pray that one day they find the truth in Jesus.

  110. Sheila Meade says:

    I love you Courtney and your willingness to subject yourself to those haters in order to present the word of God. May you be lifted up and blessed in your life and you walk in obedience!

  111. Courtney, I have been so blessed by your website since I discovered it a couple of months ago! God has used you and your ministry to take me from a place of “homeschooling/ keeping the house clean so that others think I’m doing a good job and praise me” to, “homeschooling/ being excited about blessing my family through my efforts in my home because I love them and am so thankful and blessed and want to bring glory to Him”. Even my husband can see a difference, and he is used to me jumping on another bandwagon and falling right back off again. :-) I’m not surprised that you have so many hurtful comments. I’m so sorry that you do, but I know that the Lord is using your website to convict them, just like He did me. I have a great marriage, but with homeschooling 5 kids ages 14-4 years, I don’t want to just “get through the day”. I truly have a great family and a great life, and want to rise to the challenge and be the wife and mom that they deserve, and that I know that I can be with His help. I have never dug into the Bible as I have with your Bible studies, and can’t wait to see where God will take me next through your ministry. I have a college degree and never thought I would do anything except have 2 kids and a teaching job somewhere, so I am so thankful for your honesty and discernment in speaking the truth. I’m thankful for this life that God has led me to, and thankful for moms like you who walk in the truth, despite opposition that most of us will never know. I am praying for you! :-)

  112. I have been gone from GMG for over a year and trying to do this alone and realized I need this group back! I read those comments and laughed a little because if they truly knew your love and passion in your posts and here in this place they would see you are far from those things that were written. So sad their eyes are blinded and they take their words of hate and throw them at you instead of realizing they have a big GOD problem. Hang in there ladies you are doing a good work and Im glad to be back!
    ((HUGS))
    Kelly K
    Believingin1

  113. Amazing the criticism we have time for, yet you are doing something far more productive, useful, helpful, encouraging, and enlightening than your critics have ever done for their world-yet alone their own families and friends. I am SO glad that you can love them beyond the ugliness they display toward you (and toward Christ in you). Thank you for being an example of patience and loving kindness in this world filled with hatred and spite. By your uplifting Christ and being an example you’re helping others of us to react in a godly way when we encounter similar circumstances.
    Thanks again for your example.

  114. WOW! What came to my mind as I thought about the passion with which these ladies ‘hated’ on you, is how you said something that caused so much conviction in them, they literally ‘freaked’ out! This is a testament to the ultimate fight between good and evil. You are having an amazing impact and the devil hates it! God Bless You!!

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