Welcome I have a very special post for you today. I have a guest writer today, my very dear friend, Diana. Yesterday, I talked about the lies Satan tells me, well, all of us really, all while he’s hoping we will live our lives in fear and absent of joy and peace. Diana has experienced this first hand, so I want to share her story with you, in her own words. Thanks for joining us.
Food For Thought Satan Whispered in my Ear, by Diana M.
Most of us have heard that Satan is a liar, but what kinds of tales does he tell? How does he tell
them? Does he always say things we can instantly recognize as lies? Does he yell them from the
mountaintops so we can know that it’s him? Please allow me to share a few whoppers he’s told me in
the last couple years.
A little over a year ago, I was sitting at work, enjoying my morning secretarial duties, when I
went from feeling fine to being unconscious in a matter of minutes. I was under the excellent care of the
nurses I worked with, and the ambulance was called immediately. Nothing was found in any of the lab
work, and my pacemaker was running as it should, and so I was discharged from the ER without any
I wasn’t able to work but for a few more weeks, and even those were only until lunch when my
husband would drive me home. I was so dizzy, and I began stumbling around the office, probably looking
like I was intoxicated. I could handle that by staying in my office chair, so I kept trying to have a normal
work day. Within days, though, I was experiencing brain fog. I was accessing screens and websites for my
job that I was familiar with and comfortable using, when suddenly I’d have no clue whatsoever what I
was doing, or what to do next. “You may be going crazy” was Satan’s lie. Of course, I wasn’t, but it was
unexplained at the time, and a little frightening, if I’m being honest.
My family doctor ran all the tests she could come up with, all with normal results. My
cardiologist I had been seeing for years (I have cardiac problems even though I’m only 40) told me and
my husband one day that he couldn’t help me anymore, not even with changes in my diet or
medications. Satan lied to me again, saying, “It’s hopeless.” But my husband and I weren’t giving up that
The next 12 months held at least that many specialists, such as two cardiologists, an
endocrinologist, pulmonologist, neurologist, just to name a few. Every test run came back normal, or at
least failed to provide any new information to explain my symptoms. I wasn’t able to go to work and function, so I became unemployed, throwing a financial kink into our lives. It got hard. Medical bills continued rolling in, but we were only making half of what we did just
a few short months before. I became depressed, blaming myself for our financial turmoil. “If it weren’t for my sickness, we wouldn’t be in this situation”, I’d say to myself. I was getting continually worse.
Satan put a thought in my head that this was all my fault, and I began to believe him. Satan is evil.
My husband did what he could to reassure me. He has always supported me and believed me
when I would tell him about new symptoms, no matter how far-fetched they may have sounded. But
deep down, I began to believe Satan’s lies, and I didn’t even recognize it as coming from him.
After about six months of worsening health, I had to get a wheelchair and a handicap parking
permit to even make short trips to town. Satan told me everyone would be staring at me, and because I
have an invisible illness, no one would believe I actually needed the wheelchair. I’ve always been self-
conscious, but that first trip to Walmart was so very wearying, both physically and mentally. When we got back home, I broke down in tears, my husband holding me and reassuring me. Satan was winning, one lie at a time.
Satan told me one lie first, knowing I was still strong. I believe he waited a bit and then tried one
or two lies together. When I was still strong enough to resist him, I didn’t listen to what he was telling
me. But when I had tried to fix things myself, foolishly believing I could handle my burden alone, I
gradually became spiritually weaker and weaker. My health prevented me from attending worship
services regularly like has been my habit all my life. I wasn’t feeding my soul with God’s Word as I had been.
I began growing away from God, one day at a time. God never moved; I did. I battled
depression, crying sometimes for hours at a time from pent-up frustration, laying in the floor where the
dizziness had caused me to fall, and screaming at no one that I didn’t understand why this was
happening to me, and wondering what I had done to deserve this. In hindsight, I see more of Satan’s lies
in my tears, my screams, and my fears.
At my lowest point, in the middle of the night when insomnia had driven away sleep, I began
singing praises to my Lord, gratefully thanking Him for His blessings in my life. It was unplanned; it just
happened. I was reminded of Matthew 12: 34-35, “You brood of vipers, how can you who are evil say
anything good? For the mouth speaks what the heart is full of. A good man brings good things out of the
good stored up in him, and an evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in him.” Perhaps I was
feeling so small, insignificant, and helpless because I hadn’t been filling my mind with the right thoughts.
I had heard so many of Satan’s lies, and had believed many of them. It was time to change!
Sometimes we may think Satan isn’t saying this or that because it wasn’t “evil” or “ugly”, but
was just a “different” thought. He doesn’t need to use bombings or hatred to get into our minds.
Instead, the devil whispers to us by using our own self-talk against us. He speaks to us in small whispers
that combine and begin to build walls to keep God out of our minds and hearts.
God also shows Himself in whispers. The whispers of God are foreign to Satan, who is the father
of lies (John 8:44). God’s whispers are full of love, compassion, grace, and mercy. Everything the devil isn’t.
In 1 Kings 19:10-18, it’s written where the LORD appeared to Elijah the prophet. First, a “great
and powerful wind” (verse 11) came, but God wasn’t in the wind. Next, an earthquake was felt (verse
11), but God wasn’t in the earthquake. That earthquake was followed by a fire (verse 12), but He wasn’t
there either. All three of these are great and powerful forces, but that isn’t how He chose to appear. 1
Kings 19:12, in the last part of the verse, reads, “And after the fire came a gentle whisper.” Wow! That’s the way the LORD Almighty chose to make Himself known! A gentle whisper.
I began to study more often, reading and absorbing the Scriptures. I found Sunday morning
sermons on Facebook from ministers I know speak God’s truth. A few times, my husband has called me
on the phone and left it on speakerphone so I could participate in the singing and hear the sermon of
our local congregation. What a blessing that was!!
My days now aren’t healthier. In fact, they’re more difficult than ever before, with no answers in
sight. My loving family still surrounds me with love, and I’m thankful. I’m currently being referred to the
Mayo Clinic because of many autonomic dysfunction symptoms I’ve been dealing with. Prayerfully, answers will be found, and quickly. In spite of more trying days in front of me, I don’t despair. I feel hopeful about them! What is the difference, you ask? God’s unfailing love.
I leave you with this Scripture that helped give me strength once I realized I had believed the
devil’s lies. James 4:7-8a states, “Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from
you. Come near to God and he will come near to you.” Is it easy to change our mindsets and our
thoughts? No. Is it human to believe Satan? Yes! Remember, Satan is the father of lies, and he knows
your weaknesses! Is it completely worth the struggle to decide to flee from the devil and to draw near to
God? Absolutely! EVERY. SINGLE. DAY.
Today’s Scriptures I am so thankful for Diana, her story and her example of REAL faith during REAL life circumstances. I look to her as an example, often. Diana needs our prayers for healing, so I want to share some verses from Psalm 41 today.
Psalm 41:1-4a “Blessed is the one who considers the poor! In the day of trouble the Lord delivers him; the Lord protects him and keeps him alive; he is called blessed in the land; you do not give him up to the will of his enemies. The Lord sustains him on his sickbed; in his illness you restore him to full health. As for me, I said, ‘O Lord, be gracious to me, heal me…”
Today’s Prayer Dear Heavenly Father, we ask for your blessings on Diana today. We thank You for her spirit and faith as an example to us. We ask that You be with the doctors that administer to her, that they may find the answers they are looking for and provide her with treatment and healing. My Dear God, You are the Maker of miracles and I know Diana needs a miracle in her life. Shower her and her household with Your amazing blessings. Strengthen her body, mind, and soul according to Your wonderful powers. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.