All my life when I've read scripture and it has mentioned accusers or enemies, I've looked elsewhere. And since I'm not often being accused and hated by other people, I wondered what I could do with those verses. So mostly I skipped them.

But late last night I realized that the accusers and enemies are the voices I hear in my mind. They're the nasty thoughts and cruel thoughts. They're the ones that tell me to shut up when what I need to do is ask for help. They tell me nobody cares when I consider inviting a friend into a care. They don't often let me catch my gaze in the mirror lately because they hate what they see.

So I'm reading scripture new today. I'm telling the liars in my head to shut up and be gone. I'm texting friends when I'm listening to the accusers and asking them to help me out.

Listen to this. It's fresh air to me today:

God, don’t just watch from the sidelines. Come on! Run to my side! My accusers — make them lose face. Those out to get me — make them look like idiots, while I stretch out, reaching for you, and daily add praise to praise. I’ll write the book on your righteousness, talk up your salvation the livelong day, never run out of good things to write or say. I come in the power of the Lord God, I post signs marking his right-of-way.

Psalm 71:12-16 The Message