Tangling With The Past

My sweet farmhouse was intruded upon last weekend.
I could smell his cologne in my bedroom, as we walked through with the police. We had only been gone about 15 minutes and when we returned, he was bolting out the door. No one got hurt and nothing was taken. But he unlocked the windows like he was planning to return. It's a precarious thing to lay restless at night, wondering if tonight is the night. To listen to each creak of the floor when Mr. Blessing is out of the house. But I will not give in. I will not let my children give in. In fact, they were at grandma's when it happened and we haven't told them. Why spread fear?
I have struggled with this post, not having the words... and wondering if my ex-husband will find a way to misuse the information. Funny how one new fright can get all tangled up with the old. I know myself well enough to know that I have to capture those thoughts before they run a-muk. So I'm choosing to see this as an opportunity to rejoice. Praising God that my home is not only an old farmhouse. My home is also in Christ.

He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the LORD, "He is my refuge and my fortress, my God in whom I trust." Surely he will save you from the fowler's snair and from the deadly pestilence. He will cover you with his feathers, and under his wings you will find refuge; his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart. You will not fear the terror of night, nor the arrow that flies by day, nor the pestilence that stalks in the darkness, nor the plague that destroys at midday. A thousand may fall at your side, ten thousand at your right hand but it will not come near you. You will only observe with your eyes and see the punishment of the wicked. If you make the Most High your dwelling— even the LORD, who is my refuge- then no harm will befall you, no disaster will come near your tent. For he will command his angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways; they will lift you up in their hands, so that you will not strike your foot against a stone. You will tread upon the lion and the cobra; you will trample the great lion and the serpent. "Because he loves me," says the LORD, "I will rescue him; I will protect him, for he acknowledges my name. He will call upon me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble, I will deliver him and honor him. With long life will I satisfy him and show him my salvation."


  1. Oh honey, how scary! May the Lord bless and protect you and yours.

  2. so sorry Polly, it's better to let everybody know what's going on...take care of your family Ciao Rita mammabellarte

  3. I will be praying for you and yours. I'm asking the LORD to put a hedge of protection around your home and also around your mind. "He will keep in perfect peace those who are steadfast toward Him". Blessings on you.

    Gwyn Rosser
    The Pink Tractor

  4. Oh my....... I will pray the blood of Jesus over your dwelling.. AND how in the world did I get disconnected from your blog! I put it on my list AGAIN.... do you think that there are blog list demons out there..... I need to pray the blood over my blog I guess.....

    But in all sincerity, praying for you and your home.

  5. Wow!
    How utterly terrifying that must have been!!! And probably still is...I'm so sorry that happened to you.
    If you don't have a dog, I recommend getting one!
    Our golden is a great deterrent to anyone coming to our door. She sounds and acts fierce but if someone was brave enough to ignore all her antics and come in anyway, she'd lick them to death! But they say that burglars look for the easiest houses and I figure at least our dog helps.....
    Blessings to you and yours.....

  6. I am praying for God's protection to cover you and your family. He must have been watching the house to be right there when you left. Oh Polly, I am so sorry for the unease this must be causing you!

  7. How scary. May the Lord protect you and your family

  8. I honestly don't know what I would have done had I been in your position - pray of course. but I would be as jumpy as a cat on a hot tin roof afterwords. Prayers certainly going your way for continued safety in the arms of the LORD.

    ~Mrs. M

  9. I ran over here as soon as I saw your post on Twitter. I know from first hand experience the feelings you can get from a home invasion. I'm grateful that your children weren't home to experience those feelings, try to interpret police interviews and to try to make sense of it all. I thank God that your entire family was protected by Him but I also want to assert special precautions as burglars generally DO return to the same house, usually in about a year. Praising God for His love,

  10. Our home is our refuge and it is not right for another to invade it... Take precausions and keep safe... The only thing I can suggest is if you have a newer car with the auto locks take your cars keys beside your bed and push the panic button so our car horn keeps going off. I was sent this by a friend as a way to keep safer....

  11. I KNOW the feeling of violation you're experiencing, sweetpea. We walked in on some burglars many years ago and caught them. They never learn that you don't mess with a Marine! Love Bunny caught one and the police found the other one. I've never been comfortable in a house that isn't locked up TIGHT since then. My home is a Christ-centered home also and we pray when we leave it to return to it without a catastrophe. I don't live in fear, just cautious!

  12. I'm so sorry for what has happened to you, I agree you should get a dog. I have two shepards and two smaller dogs and one is over 100 lbs even the pizza man hates delivering... My ex knows better than to bother me. Your in my prayers....Hugs, Jennifer

  13. You're in my thoughts and prayers, Polly.

  14. Oh Polly, how horrible for you and your family. I am sending LOTS of Prayers and hugs.
    ~Debra The capers of the vintage vixens.

  15. Oh Polly what and awful event to have to deal with. Good on you for hanging in there and not letting it get to you

  16. OH, Polly...praying for you...that you will have victory...and peace.

  17. Wow, you are so right! Take those thoughts captive, and don't let them capture you. So easy to say yet so hard to do. I'll be praying for you, that would be so difficult.
    Casting all my cares on Him because He cares for me.

  18. Polly, chills went down my spine when first reading this, but then I felt the calm after reading His words. You are wise not to instill fear in your children. Keep your eyes on Him and keep your doors locked.

  19. Hello Polly,

    such strangers we can be, yet find a common thread that weaves us perhaps from the same cloth - what a potentially frightening experience you faced - so grateful you are safe.

    trust your instinct & intuition, and above all trust the power & strength bestowed in your beloved spirit by God.

    your site is so lovely and always a pleasure to visit. Take special care of the heart that is so gracioulsy shared here.


  20. How awful! I can imagine how you must be feeling. Good for you for not giving into the fear.

  21. Oh Polly,I am so so sorry for what you are going through. My heart breaks as I know just how you are feeling. I went through this with my ex also and it is so scary. Your family is in my thoughts and prayers sweetie.
    Much love,

  22. Oh gosh Polly, I got shivers up and down my spine when I read your post. God Bless you and yours and keep you safe. I will be praying for your safety and for swift punishment of the intruder. Keep your faith strong and just be cautious and wise. I admise your strength. Hugs, Mollye

  23. I am so sorry, Polly. I know just how you feel. It happened to me too. It would have been wonderful if I would have been in the place in life that I am in now. You are in my prayers, just you be keenly aware of what is going on around you and where you are. God keep you safe!

  24. I am so sorry, Polly. I know just how you feel. It happened to me too. It would have been wonderful if I would have been in the place in life that I am in now. You are in my prayers, just you be keenly aware of what is going on around you and where you are. God keep you safe!

  25. Praying for you as I have always done for myself and others I pray for, that God the Father almighty, the Sovereign all powerful, all knowing, all present One....that He will put a guard of angel warriors around the four walls/fences/borders of your home and a cover above and beneath.
    I have lived alone for many years now and He has fulfilled His promise of the first night that I shall be able to sleep in safety.

  26. Polly, I just came to your blog from Brocante Home and have to tell you - there's POWER in God's Word! When I've been in a situations like yours, I repeat this verse: "For God hath not given us the spirit of fear, but of power, and of love and of a sound mind." I apologize for not having the "address" of that verse at my fingertips, but I believe it's in II Timothy. It has helped me immeasurably. A friend said she used to repeat to herself "Perfect love casteth out fear." However, the fact that the first verse above is longer makes me have to concentrate harder to say it all correctly, so I take my mind off of the fear itself and focus it on God's Word. It helps me. Leslie Anne

  27. just found your blog and was going to comment on that wonderful vintage stove...but instead will give ((hugs)) smart woman using the Sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God. Blessings!

  28. Oh Polly..I'm so sorry that happened!! The Lord is watching over you and your family and we will pray for you. Hugs!

  29. Love that Verse! AMEN SISTA....
    God Will keep you Safe.
    Hugs... Sherry

  30. Well done on all levels, you have made yourself vulnerable-twice, and shown how to counteract all of this by standing on and declaring Gods word over your life. God bless you as you witness to Gods grace in your life.

  31. ??Oh good heavens!! I'm so glad you and the kids are okay.....and praise God that you are still looking within the light -

    those things really do shake you up - and cause you to either take notice and give thanks, or get angry.......I choose the thanks -

    Blessings to you!

  32. Polly ~ In my former life, when I was 9 months good and pregnant with my son, Mallory, her dad and I had taken our youth group to a fantastic concert only to return at midnight to find our home totally ransacked.

    It is frightening...and I know YOU are trusting God to take care of you in a way ONLY HE can!


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