Why I started this devotional?

During my school years, from about 6th grade to 12th grade, I struggled with a lot of different circumstances, emotions, decisions, and peer pressure. Although much of my experiences have led me to who I am now, I want to be able to encourage, help, and offer advice to you (or your daughters) as you travel through those formative years.

My weekly devotional (each Sunday) is meant to be an encouraging source for you as you experience heartbreak, school struggles, relationship issues, friendship misunderstandings, fallouts, insecurities, adversity, hurt and and the never ending drama of being a teenager (or adult). I want to emphasize God’s love and will in your life each and every week. If you don’t believe in God, please don’t let that stop you from taking in the weekly inspiration as you may relate to many of the stories being shared.

This devotional has been on my heart for quite awhile now so I’m extremely excited to get to share life with you through the lessons I’ve learned. Each week will include a message, verse, question, and action to keep at the forefront of your mind and get you through the week on an uplifted note.




A friend says something bad about you behind your back and now your feelings are hurt. Believe me, I’ve been here and it doesn’t feel good. Words can cut into the heart like a sword and why it is so important to think before we talk. The feeling of rejection or anger can fill up inside of us, and before we know it we are retaliating in a way that will create regret in our hearts later.

The best way to avoid the negativity from affecting your mood or confidence is to overpower the negativity with kindness. Most of the time, mean things are said out of jealousy or insecurity the person has in him or her self. See their words as a way they put up a shield and instead of seeking revenge, seek forgiveness.  If you don’t let words get to you then you will stand tall and it will be shown that you are stronger than any negativity that comes your way. This positive attitude may in return deflect the bad comments and the instigator will have nothing more to say. Many times those who seek strife feel empowered when the person gets angry and wants to retaliate.

Stay strong in the word of God, and no matter the situation when your heart is hurt due to others, take a minute and pray for them or for the strength to make it through. The peace He gives you will help you overcome all things.





Do I let negative comments affect my day? Have I said anything bad about someone recently?



Pray right now for the strength to deflect negativity and the ability to stay confident in who you are. If you have said something bad about someone, apologize to them today and ask for forgiveness.


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  • Lory Felipe

    Well said thank you for doing this. ????

  • Amy

    I agree, well said and thank you for sharing this good word with all of your readers! If you ask him to, God will change your heart and give you peace so you can endure the trials that inevitably come to all of us.

  • Meg

    Desiree, thank you for sharing this…I was wondering what version of the bible you use and where you found it. A while back you posted a picture with your bible and a highlighted verse from Corinthians 13. It was a version I had never read before and I really liked it. Thank you!

    • desireehartsock

      Hi Meg! Thanks for following. I typically use an NIV or NLT for the verses posted.

  • Leah

    Hi Desiree, I am Leah from Zambia. Thanks for sharing this good word. I think you are a beautiful soul. I liked you on bachelor and bachelorette because you were your true self. Always thought Chris was the perfect match for you (a match made by God himself) Wishing you both a happy long life.

    • desireehartsock

      Thank you so much Leah! I appreciate that and thanks for reading. I love that you’re from Zambia. Have a blessed weekend!