I Heard A Knock…

These days it seems as though the enemy is running at full strength, attacking everyone any way he can. For the past week I’ve struggled with my writing in both the blog and my text devotionals. I’ve been tired and every time I promised myself that I would go to bed earlier the opposite happened. It took me a moment to realize where my problem lay and it started with the enemy knocking on my door and me unwisely opening the door. How you might ask? It all began…

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Start ~ Dawn of A New Day

From my sister’s yard.

Here it is the start of a new day. Yesterday’s problems have passed and today’s slate is…wait full? How is this so? It’s a new day and you haven’t even left your bed yet. You just opened your eyes and already your slate is full? How can this be? How indeed. Why did you wake to the morning remembering yesterday’s worries? After all they belong to yesterday, today is a new day. A new dawn. A fresh start, yet your slate is already filled with worries, regrets, stress and you haven’t even gotten out of bed!

Let me hear Your lovingkindness in the morning, for I trust in You. Teach me the way in which I should walk, for I lift up my soul to You.

Psalm 143:8 AMP

And so

Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me.

Psalm 51:10

Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past.

Isaiah 43:18 NIV

Meditate on God’s truths before you start your day. If there are any residual worries of yesterday, you can know that the enemy is messing with your mind and trying to start out your day in chaos. Don’t let him succeed in taking territory from you that isn’t his to take. Take back that territory and don’t let him steal from you what belongs to you. There is a reason we are told to forget the former things and not dwell on the past, it’s already gone and there isn’t anything we can do about it. We can only look at what is in front of us for today and take care of those things.

Now it’s time to get out of bed and start your day. God bless! ❤

The Train Leading to Nowhere

You hop on the train, find your seat, and now it’s time to relax and enjoy the ride. You have no idea where you are headed and for the moment you really don’t care. You can get off the train at any number of stops and when you are good and ready that’s exactly what you plan to do; but for now you just want to ride and forget about the hectic day you just had. As you begin to relax you close your eyes for a moment sighing heavily as the train rumbles beneath you. You sense someone has taken a seat next to you and you hope they don’t plan on striking up a conversation. After the day you had, conversation is the last thing on your mind. For the moment it seems as though your wish for silence is granted.

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The Cake…

Years ago when my son was a baby we would go over to his Nana & Ghin Ghin’s house after church for lunch. Nana was famous for her pound cakes so years later when Ghin Ghin finally shared the recipe, I felt honored that he would pass her recipe down to me. It was handwritten on a sheet of notebook paper in his own shaky handwriting and it was mine. A funny thing happened with my first attempt at making this cake. I was so focused on following the instructions exactly as they were written that I didn’t pay attention until after the cake was in the oven and I was cleaning up that I discovered two ingredients had been left out. Surprisingly it still turned out fairly decent.

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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! 💓