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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Imagine Getting This

Imagine your mother-in-law sending you this card…

Imagine getting this card in the mail from your mother-in-law. When my husband started his own business years ago (which we have since sold) my mom sent him this card. It wasn’t his birthday, it wasn’t Christmas so what was the occasion? As he opened the card I heard him laugh a deep belly laugh and I wondered what on earth did she send him? Read on…

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A Precious Gift ~Time

About a week ago, I posted a fun little puzzle about finding 30 books of the Bible. If you saw the post did you try and locate them? If so were you able to locate all of them? It was fun trying to find them all. Between my husband and myself we were able to locate all thirty books. The last one being just minutes before he left for the Men’s breakfast where they would be finding out how well the men did with locating the books in the puzzle. Not all of the men were able to find all of the books in the puzzle.

Now, some of the books of the Bible were easy to locate in the puzzle. Others not so easy. As you read the puzzle it gave you instructions along the way as to how you could find the hidden in plain sight books. It took a little bit of work to locate them all and finding that last one left me with a satisfying feeling of accomplishment.

As I thought about how only a small handful actually located all 30 books, the thing that hit me was TIME. It takes time to finish a puzzle. Whether its the kind you put together or one that is on paper, you have to invest time in it in order to complete it.

“Make Your face shine upon Your servant, and teach me Your statutes.”

Psalm 119:135

Just as it took time to find the 30 books of the Bible in the puzzle, it takes time for us to nurture our relationship with the Lord. Time spent studying God’s Word, time in prayer, time in fellowship. Teach me Your statutes. Something I need to work on is spending more time in His presence. That means reading my Bible, marking it up more, underlining things I want to know more about and researching the passages of my Bible. I also need to spend more time in prayer. Yep that’s right. The two most important ways of communicating with the Father, prayer and reading the Word. If I’m going to write about spending time in prayer and the Word, then I need to be more consistent with following through with it myself. Don’t get me wrong, I pray daily for family and friends but am I spending quality one on one time with the Lord? One thing that the enemy is good at stealing from us is time. It’s a simple yet powerful item that once he gains control of it, it isn’t easy to take back the control. But with perseverance, trusting in the Lord and getting in His presence, it is possible.

“as newborn babes, desire the pure milk of the word, that you may grow thereby, if indeed you have tasted that the Lord is gracious.”

1 Peter 2:2,3

Do you desire the pure milk of the word so you can grow? Or have you become stuck and unable to move forward? Your enemy will use whatever he can sink his fingers in that he can use against you to distract you. It’s time to press in, push forward, grab hold of Jesus’s coattails and not let go.

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