Pester & Taunt

by Mary Beth on March 31, 2021

Pester: to annoy, badger, demand.

Taunt: to scoff, ridicule, deride.

 Lent is a season of mercy, often blowing into our lives like the forceful winds and cold rain storms of March and April.

Lent season like Springtime, offers an opportunity for spiritual renewal to engage with geniune faith and repentance. A season for listening. A season for biblical understanding and wisdom. A season to remember Jesus, to savor His presence.

Yet we often face subtle opposition without and acute struggles within, as we press on to know the Lord.

From Scripture we know

Nehemiah had circumstances filled with ridicule,

constant scoffing, and he was badgered by enemies

in his calling and work for the Lord.

He remained loyal in prayer and wise

in his astute leadership to the Judeans.

The Judeans had returned from exile

to reestablish their community.

Within his leadership,

Nehemiah held a commitment of steadfast prayer,

and strategic leadership skills to remain faithful.

 Jesus faced evil taunts, pestering and mockery from Satan,

despite ongoing opposition he faithfully

surrendered to the call of God.

As Christians, we too will face similar opposition

of being mocked, taunted and pestered

especially as we follow God’s call to make disciples of all nations.

Likewise, we are not unfamiliar with opposition,

be it subtle or blatant.

In our devotion to Jesus Christ,

walking with other believers or encouraging

our family and friends,

 we will and do face opposition in the world,

against ourselves and with others.

As Nehemiah was confronted with mockery, taunting and ridicule,

he continued to be faithful to his calling

trusting the providential hand of God

in constant prayer and practical wisdom.

Satan aims to tempt us towards

compromise and complacency

in our obedience to God’s will, His timing and ways.

Our minds, souls and hearts are tempted to short-circuit,

to live our lives for pure pleasure and self-gratification.

All to aim and separate us from our heavenly Father,

by disloyalty, distrust, disobedience, etc.

 Until the Lord sheds light into our darkness,

we often don’t see opposition with spiritual eyes.

In the moments of vulnerability,

we need to stand firm against the ongoing whispers

and resist the temptation to compromise with darkness.

Light reveals darkness in its aim to taunt, pester or to mock.


“For our struggle is not against flesh and blood,

but against the rulers,

against the authorities,

against the powers of this dark world

and against the spiritual forces of evil

in the heavenly realms.”  Ephesians 6:12

{ 59 comments… read them below or add one }

Douglas Mabra May 22, 2013 at 2:23 PM

I just want to tell you that I’m very new to blogging and seriously savored your page. Probably I’m want to bookmark your blog . You actually have very good well written articles. Kudos for sharing with us your web-site.

Reply May 22, 2013 at 7:27 AM

You can definitely see your enthusiasm within the work you write.
The arena hopes for more passionate writers such as you who aren’t afraid to say how they believe. All the time go after your heart.


modcloth Coupon May 21, 2013 at 7:47 PM

Can I just say what a relief to find someone who actually knows what theyre talking about on the internet. You definitely know how to bring an issue to light and make it important. More people need to read this and understand this side of the story. I cant believe youre not more popular because you definitely have the gift.


füssen May 14, 2013 at 1:43 AM

I’ve read some good stuff here. Definitely worth bookmarking for revisiting. I surprise how much effort you put to create such a fantastic informative site.


kliknij tu May 10, 2013 at 3:41 PM

Hello. remarkable job. I did not imagine this. This is a fantastic story. Thanks! kliknij tu


gerçek seo May 10, 2013 at 6:39 AM

You have brought up a very wonderful details , thanks for the post.


! May 10, 2013 at 2:00 AM

Hmm it looks like your website ate my first comment (it was super long) so I guess I’ll just sum it up what I had written and say, I’m thoroughly enjoying your blog. I too am an aspiring blog writer but I’m still new to the whole thing. Do you have any tips for newbie blog writers? I’d really appreciate it.


lida ihua May 8, 2013 at 1:38 PM

Appreciate it for helping out, superb info .


instant cccam May 6, 2013 at 8:41 AM

This is very interesting, You’re a very skilled blogger. I’ve joined your feed and look forward
to seeking more of your fantastic post. Also, I’ve shared your website in my social networks!


Mary May 6, 2013 at 3:08 PM

Hi and welcome to Thanks for your encouragement and for sharing with others!

Be blessed,


Johnnie Soladine May 2, 2013 at 3:48 PM

bookmarked!!, I love your web site!


Mary May 3, 2013 at 11:10 AM

Welcome! Thanks for your visit to May you have more of His presence and be blessed!


Ali Worchester May 2, 2013 at 2:33 PM

An outstanding share! I have just forwarded this onto a colleague who had been conducting a little research on this. And he actually ordered me dinner simply because I stumbled upon it for him… lol. So let me reword this…. Thanks for the meal!! But yeah, thanks for spending some time to discuss this topic here on your web site.


Mary May 3, 2013 at 11:12 AM

Welcome! Glad to hear you’re both able to be encouraged to have more of His presence through
Be blessed!


Rhoda Doker May 2, 2013 at 12:58 PM

Excellent blog post. I certainly love this site. Continue the good work!


Mary May 3, 2013 at 11:13 AM

Welcome Rhonda to! Thanks for your visit and kind words, may you have more of His presence and rich embrace of steadfast love.



Ashli Hawman May 2, 2013 at 12:08 PM

Hi, I do believe this is an excellent site. I stumbledupon it 😉 I will return yet again since i have book marked it. Money and freedom is the greatest way to change, may you be rich and continue to guide other people.


Mary May 3, 2013 at 11:15 AM

Welcome to Glad you stumbledupon it! May you be encouraged to press and have more of His presence!


Frida Rattner May 2, 2013 at 11:47 AM

Hello! I could have sworn I’ve visited this web site before but after going through some of the articles I realized it’s new to me. Anyhow, I’m certainly delighted I discovered it and I’ll be book-marking it and checking back frequently!


Mary May 3, 2013 at 11:16 AM

Hello! Welcome to and for your kindness in encouragement, support and delight. Be blessed by more of His presence!


Willetta Maddaloni April 30, 2013 at 2:21 AM

This is a wonderful article with well-scripted, engaging content that is definitely full of original and sensible views. Much of your respective informative content is in line with my way of considering.Alice from franchise


Mary May 3, 2013 at 11:18 AM

Hi, welcome to! Thank you for your kind words of support, encouragement and generosity. It truly encourages the novice writer in me! 🙂

Be blessed by more of His presence!


Marc Ravencraft April 27, 2013 at 12:46 PM

I just want to mention I’m very new to blogging and site-building and truly loved you’re web-site. Most likely I’m planning to bookmark your website . You really come with incredible well written articles. Thank you for sharing your blog site.


Mary April 29, 2013 at 4:16 PM

Hi! Thanks for visiting and for your kind words of encouragement. May the Lord take the few loaves of bread and fish to glorify His presence!
Welcome anytime,


Jenette Stoecker April 26, 2013 at 5:45 PM

Hello! I just wanted to ask if you ever have any issues with hackers? My last blog (wordpress) was hacked and I ended up losing several weeks of hard work due to no back up. Do you have any methods to prevent hackers? Jenette Stoecker,brzeziny,toaleta,przenosna,lodz,s,5506/


Mary April 29, 2013 at 4:20 PM

Hi Jenette,
Yes, unfortunately I did have hackers consistently, so I hired another tech individual to help harden security on the blog.
Please visit again and be blessed!


Sammie Berson April 25, 2013 at 1:36 PM

Valuable info. Lucky me I found your web site by accident, and I am shocked why this accident didn’t happened earlier! I bookmarked it. Sammie Berson,i,ogrod/iberys,tarasy,drewniane,warszawa,s,4563/


Mary April 29, 2013 at 4:26 PM

Great, welcome to!



kliknij tu April 25, 2013 at 1:46 AM

Spot on with this write-up, I really assume this website needs far more consideration. I’ll most likely be again to learn far more, thanks for that info. kliknij tu,i,komputery/zakladanie,ogrodow,warszawa,s,13639/


Ariel Pahnke April 25, 2013 at 12:48 AM

Fantastic website you have here but I was wondering if you knew of any community forums that cover the same topics talked about here? I’d really love to be a part of community where I can get comments from other experienced people that share the same interest. If you have any recommendations, please let me know. Appreciate it! Ariel Pahnke,blogi,fora/gabinet,lekarski,terapia,malzenska,warszawa,s,935/


Annamae Edouard April 24, 2013 at 6:17 PM

I found your blog site on google and examine a few of your early posts. Continue to maintain up the excellent operate. I just extra up your RSS feed to my MSN News Reader. In search of forward to reading more from you afterward!… Annamae Edouard,szkolenia,bhp,bialystok,s,1479/


Mary April 29, 2013 at 4:33 PM

Thanks Annamae!

Great to have your visit on and to receive your encouragement. May you have more of His presence! Mary


pompy wodne April 24, 2013 at 3:38 PM

Its like you learn my thoughts! You appear to grasp so much approximately this, like you wrote the ebook in it or something. I feel that you can do with a few % to drive the message home a little bit, but instead of that, this is magnificent blog. A great read. I’ll certainly be back. pompy wodne,ko,pl,s,6455/


Mary April 29, 2013 at 4:38 PM

Thanks for visiting May you have more of His presence! Mary


Johnson Daneker April 21, 2013 at 9:20 PM

You are so awesome! I do not suppose I’ve truly read through a single thing like that before. So good to find someone with some original thoughts on this issue. Seriously.. thank you for starting this up. This site is something that is needed on the web, someone with a bit of originality!


Mary April 22, 2013 at 2:58 PM

Thank you for visiting with your reply and kind thoughts! Enjoy the writing for more of His presence!


wertykulator elektryczny April 20, 2013 at 9:28 PM

Thanks for ones marvelous posting! I seriously enjoyed reading it, you could be a great author.I will always bookmark your blog and will eventually come back from now on. I want to encourage you continue your great job, have a nice weekend! wertykulator elektryczny,wertykulatoryal,ko,pl,s,7336/


Mary April 21, 2013 at 7:20 PM

Thank you for visiting and for your kind words of encouragement! I’m thankful to God for this new adventure with writing especially in the area of poetry.

May you be blessed!


podkaszarka spalinowa April 20, 2013 at 1:08 PM

Greetings from Ohio! I’m bored at work so I decided to browse your website on my iphone during lunch break. I really like the information you present here and can’t wait to take a look when I get home. I’m amazed at how fast your blog loaded on my phone .. I’m not even using WIFI, just 3G .. Anyhow, amazing blog! podkaszarka spalinowa,s,5097/


Mary April 21, 2013 at 7:24 PM

Greetings Ohio! 🙂

Thanks for visiting and for your fun encouragement! Hope throughout the weekend, you were continually blessed with your search on God is faithful to use the few loaves of bread that is humbly offered, especially in the area of poetry!

Grace and peace,


Alden Hauch April 20, 2013 at 1:00 PM

I love your blog.. very nice colors & theme. Did you create this website yourself or did you hire someone to do it for you? Plz reply as I’m looking to construct my own blog and would like to find out where u got this from. appreciate it


Mary April 21, 2013 at 7:29 PM

Thank you for visiting and for the sweet encouragement. I did design the wp theme but since this was my first blog, I had help setting it up and organizing it. I’m still on a learning curve, so I sought local help just to understand all that goes into working the site. My humble advice from what I’ve learned so far, is that you begin with a simple blog that is free online and find someone local that has the time and flexibility to be able to help you.


Sunshine Ferraiolo April 18, 2013 at 2:34 PM

Simply want to say your article is as amazing. The clearness to your publish is simply excellent and i could suppose you are an expert in this subject. Fine together with your permission allow me to seize your RSS feed to keep up to date with coming near near post. Thank you one million and please carry on the enjoyable work. Sunshine Ferraiolo,blogi,fora/gabinet,lekarski,psychoterapia,par,warszawa,s,937/


Sparkle Hollyfield April 18, 2013 at 4:55 AM

Someone essentially help to make seriously articles I would state. This is the very first time I frequented your web page and thus far? I surprised with the research you made to make this particular publish incredible. Fantastic job! Sparkle Hollyfield,i,ogrod/iberys,zielen,we,wnetrzach,warszawa,s,3785/


Vaughn Sambor April 17, 2013 at 1:57 AM

Pretty great post. I simply stumbled upon your weblog and wished to say that I’ve truly loved surfing around your weblog posts. After all I will be subscribing in your feed and I’m hoping you write once more very soon! Vaughn Sambor,i,uroda/gabinet,stomatologiczny,szczecin,s,4470/


Ruben Saines April 15, 2013 at 5:45 PM

Once I originally commented I clicked the -Notify me when new comments are added- checkbox and now every time a comment is added I get 4 emails with the same comment. Is there any method you may remove me from that service? Thanks! Ruben Saines,i,uroda/kardiolog,katowice,s,1408/


Mary April 16, 2013 at 3:25 PM

Thanks for joining and signing up for current posts. Is it possible for you to uncheck the box to receive a notice when comments are made? This should be different than joining the blog.



Darryl Nania April 15, 2013 at 2:53 PM

great points altogether, you simply gained a brand new reader. What would you recommend in regards to your post that you made some days ago? Any positive? Darryl Nania,i,ogrod/iberys,zakladanie,ogrodow,warszawa,s,3229/


Jason Raju April 15, 2013 at 6:34 AM

I adore your wp theme, wherever would you download it through? Jason Raju,internetowa,s,3040/


Mary April 15, 2013 at 9:45 AM

Thank you for the kind words, the wp theme I’m thankful to God for helping me to design and create it!


Vaughn Sambor April 14, 2013 at 10:17 PM

Hey! Someone in my Facebook group shared this site with us so I came to look it over. I’m definitely loving the information. I’m book-marking and will be tweeting this to my followers! Exceptional blog and terrific style and design. Vaughn Sambor,blogi,fora/home,page,s,1005/


Mary April 15, 2013 at 9:48 AM

Hi! Thank you for your kind feedback and encouragement, appreciate the chance to connect with you!


Mary April 16, 2013 at 3:36 PM

Thank you for your visit @ with kind words of encouragement! You’ve been gracious and kind, I welcome the chance to further interaction and feedback from you and your friends.



Darryl Nania April 14, 2013 at 4:12 AM

truly fantastic issues right here, just many thanks Darryl Nania,blogi,fora/www,s,974/


Mary April 16, 2013 at 3:45 PM

Thanks Darryl for visiting and for your kind feedback! What issues did you find encouraging? Welcome your visits and feedback!

Pressing on,


narzêdzia rêczne tychy April 12, 2013 at 4:37 AM

Of course, what a fantastic blog and instructive posts, I definitely will bookmark your site.All the Best!


strona internetowa April 8, 2013 at 2:26 PM

hey, this can be a really fascinating post


kursy bhp radom March 30, 2013 at 8:18 AM

It’s a shame you don’t have a donate button! I’d without a doubt donate to this outstanding blog! I guess for now i’ll settle for book-marking and adding your RSS feed to my Google account. I look forward to new updates and will share this blog with my Facebook group. Chat soon!


Judy Calfee March 14, 2013 at 8:18 AM

Thanks for this reminder to stand firm during constant opposition. Very insightful and encouraging!


Leave a Comment

Previous post:

Next post: