Battlefield – Are You Prepared?

Before entering any battle you want to know as much about the enemy as you can so that you can develop the best battle plan possible for taking down the enemy. Sometimes an unexpected blip on the radar interferes and you have to change your plans. However, there may be a time when you don’t have enough information to plan ahead and you have to go with what you have; which could be a little bit or nothing at all and you find yourself improvising as you go along.

Ephesians 6:10-11 (see above) tells us to be “Be strong and to put on the full armor of God.”

Be strong in the Lord and in the strength of His might. – The Bible is the only book we need to do battle. It gives us instruction and strategy on how to beat the enemy. Stories of ordinary people like you and me and how they were able to accomplish extraordinary feats for God.

While writing this post, I found myself struggling wondering why it wasn’t coming together. Having been here before, you would think I would remember the answer. It wasn’t anything I was doing wrong, but everything I was doing right. I was being obedient to what God put on my heart to do and the enemy wasn’t happy that I’m sharing what God would have me to share.

Be strong in the Lord – We are to be strong in the Lord and in the strength of His might. His power. How? By studying this amazing book, the Bible, filled with knowledge, instruction, teaching and love. His love woven throughout the pages of the Bible. Stories of ordinary people, who failed but went on to do extraordinary things for God. There a different types of battlefields, the ones between men, in the heavenly realm, between man vs. spiritual. By studying His Word and through prayer, we learn how to be strong in Him and in His power. We learn how to put on the full armor of God.

The full armor of God – Imagine you are preparing for battle. You put on your gear and check it making sure your ready for battle. Belt of truth around the waist, check. Kevlar vest – the breastplate of righteousness, check. Boots – preparation of the gospel of peace, check. You test your shield of faith making sure it’s in good order, no cracks, sturdy and strong, check. You check your sword – not just a sword but the sword of the Spirit, check. Your helmet – the helmet of salvation, check. You have every thing you need as you pray fervently at all times alert to the attack you know is coming.

The enemy will attack, that’s a given. Sometimes you may not know how and it’s during those times that you have to really press in with prayer and continually making sure your armor is in good order. One small crack is all it takes for the enemy to mount a surprise attack. Are you prepared? During these unsettling days remember, this too shall pass, and as you press in seeking God, He will see you through this. Stay safe and be wise. God bless! 💓

God's Country~In The Beginning…

You’ve heard the saying “God’s Country”. It can be anywhere. But you know it when you see it. When I think about God’s country, I tend to think about the mountains and how beautiful they are in the spring and fall. I remember living in the Carolina mountains for a season and it was both heaven and hell. The beauty and majesty all around was a sight indeed to behold and I could see why it would be called God’s country. I would soon learn that in the midst of the beauty there was a hell. I didn’t see it coming; it was so subtle that it when it finally registered I couldn’t believe I missed it.

You see, the enemy will insert himself into every situation that he can. He will turn beauty into ashes. Trample all over that gorgeous scenery just to get inside your head. To let you know he can get to you anytime he wants. The enemy wants you to think there is no hope. He wants you to know despair, to fear the unknown. If he can make you believe that the unknown is a terrifying place then he can control you like a puppet.

But here’s the thing…

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Faith In the Midst of Chaos

It’s all over the news COVID-19, it’s reached pandemic level and you hear more and more about all the frightening details and possible outcomes. Businesses are closing earlier than normal, schools are closing their doors choosing to have the students stay home and take online classes in the hope of slowing down the spread of the virus.

Paper products, disinfectants, sanitizers, water, bread, even milk is becoming harder to find. I went shopping over the weekend and noticed the empty shelves where paper products once filled those empty places. I thought to myself how thankful I was that I had purchased those items the week before because we were almost out. People are afraid and hoarding stuff for fear of running out in case of being quarantined. Why? CHAOS, the enemy’s favorite past time. He picked a doozy this time around.

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Social Media

Recently I saw where a friend of mine posted to her Facebook account how she had gone on a social media fast and how detoxifying it was for the soul and she gained more time in her day. As I read her post, and the responses she received, I thought about how much time people really do spend on Facebook, Twitter, and other social media platforms. Here she took a step back from social media and I found myself diving into the world of social media not knowing a thing. I’ve heard and read that you should post daily, or post often in order to draw people to your social media platform. When I first sat down to write – a few days ago – I found myself procrastinating and frustrated with myself. I started thinking, is this really something I’m supposed to be doing? Did I make a mistake? As those thoughts floated around in my mind I realized the enemy was attacking me from the failure front and I was actually letting him get away with it! The nerve! The enemy had his nerve whispering all those lies in my ear when I already knew that if God was for me then who can be against me?

What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?

Romans 8:31 NKJV

As you may have noticed I don’t blog every day. Recently, I added Facebook & Twitter to my social media platform and I’m thinking I must be nuts. Now I share my blog and daily devotionals to the new platforms and I have to tell you that’s a big scary world out there when you’re learning your way. 😅 Me + social media? No. But social media and what the Lord puts on my heart to share with you? Definitely. How much time do you spend with social media? Better question, how much time do you spend in fellowship with the Lord? I don’t spend as much time in fellowship with Him as I’d like but I’m working on changing that.

In today’s society, with the invention of the internet and social media, we are accustomed to the I want it now syndrome. Taking a moment out of the instantaneous world to breathe and behold the glory of God is something we all should do.

Imagine you are on a cliff looking over your life. Everything is a blur and rushing by so fast you can barely make out the pieces of your life. You’re on the fast track to nowhere and why? Because you can’t see what’s before you. You’ve been moving at the speed of got to have it now that you haven’t been able to see what is in front of you.

Yet you do not know what your life will be like tomorrow. You are just a vapor that appears for a little while and then vanishes away.

James 4: 14 NASB

Now imagine you’re on that same cliff looking over your life, but this time through God’s eyes. Things begin to slow down and the vision that once was rushing by in a blur begins to come into focus. You see things that you didn’t notice before. You see victories both small and large in your life, things you had been too busy to remember. You see failures and disappointment in your life but with a difference. Instead of seeing failure and disappointment, you see stepping stones bringing you closer to the Lord as He takes those failures and disappointments and turns them into something good and positive. And you realize Someone has always been there watching over you even when you thought you were alone facing the unknown. Set aside time today to fast your social media and spend it with the Lord instead. God bless!

Celebrate the Little Things

Ah, just paid off one of those pesky little bills. 😀 Woo Hoo! Around this time of year hospitals will sometimes run discounts if you pay your bill in full. And when you have several, paying off one no matter how small or large it is, is something to celebrate. So here I am doing a happy dance and praising the Lord, thanking Him that we were able to pay off one of the bills.

Yep, celebrate the little things. My enemy didn’t like that so much.

My enemy decided he didn’t like my happy dance. He decided to attack our finances. I decided he wasn’t going to steal my joy. Funny how things work out sometimes. Since our dog is terrified of storms we often have to sedate her to calm her down. Two days in a row of thunderstorms wasn’t ideal and I was allowed to take her to work with me since I work at our church and she’s really good about obeying. Its drizzling out, I’m trying to put a dog, lunch, dog supplies, my purse and bag in the car, and I still have to get her bed. I get this poor baby in the car along with the stuff and run back inside for her bed. Get her in the bed, hop in the car, turn the key and nothing. All I get is a clicking noise. I’m thinking, seriously? So I try again. Nothing. I call my handy dandy mechanic husband – no not really, he doesn’t work on cars – but I did call him.

Thankfully where he works is only about ten minutes away from home. Okay, I’ll take the dog inside the house and we’ll wait for him to come home. Nope not happening. She refused to get out of the car. My husband comes home and at first we can’t get the car jumped off and I’m praying, please let it be something simple like needing a battery. Finally, it starts and we head to the store in hopes of it just needing a battery. Yes! A new battery and I’m good to go. A battery that cost enough money that it almost countered the celebratory happy dance earlier in the week. But I chose to celebrate the small things and praised the Lord instead that it was a battery and not something more.

Giving thanks always for all things to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Ephesians 5:20

Instead of letting the enemy steal your joy, be thankful in all things even when it seems like life throws you a curve. Choose to praise the Lord and instead of the enemy stealing your joy, you can steal his by not giving in to his attempts to steal from you. God bless!