Just a moment here...and pondering how following God means being criticized by others and not understood, at times. Still, we follow Him. I have been there before and it hurt really bad the first time. Now, I am older and I saw how God provided and cared for me the first time, so it doesn't hurt as bad this time. Do I want to defend myself and explain? Yes! But I won't. That's God job to look after me.
My life verse is Psalms 27:14, "Wait on the Lord. Take heart and be courageous, YES, Wait on the Lord."
As I new believer at 20 years of age, I did not realize how that verse would come to mean many things to me later in my life. But it has been something I have held tightly to, over and over again.
If you are going to follow God you will have to have the courage to be different, and at times feel lonely. But you are not alone. No matter what it costs....follow Him and believe. Wait on Him. Be courageous. Don't give up. Don't become discouraged.
With breathless anticipation....I wait!