the battle

And, because I always have something else to say……

This battle truly isn’t against flesh and blood. These people you see on a day to day basis are led by something so much greater than they are. On a greater level, we can’t (and don’t) control ourselves, we are controlled by what lives inside of you. The goals of who lives inside of you are automatically and subconsciously yours goals, as well. Overtime, you become more like the one you follow. When the Spirit of the Lord is ruling within you, as a human being you will make some grand mistakes, but there’s something inside of you that crave what is right and what is good. But, when you are filled with the evil one, his goals to kill, steal, and destroy are carried out through you. You are blinded by deceit and covered in darkness so you don’t see what you’re doing, where you’re going, or the outcomes of your actions.

There’s a very good reason God told the Israelites in Exodus to be still and allow Him to fight their battles. I’m not a Jew and I’m not living in the wilderness being led to conquer all of this land, but I am a child God battling those on the other side of the line. God told us that in this life we will struggle, that it isn’t a cake walk, but he also said that he is with us.

We can’t win on our own. I would never, EVER want to go against darkness by myself. Or even with a friend. We’d both lose. Terribly. I’d be distracted by my favorite things and fall into all the honey covered piles of sh*t because I’m being led somewhere random and deceived along the way.

Be sure what side of the line you’re standing on and why. There are times we are on the right side but get muddy in doing the work of God, but even in being muddy, we are covered. There are times we have to be bold and stand up for what is right. To be strong and courageous as we’re told over and over again.

Psalms 3:3 
But you Lord are a shield around me, my glory, The One who lifts my head high.

If you listen to Israel Houghton, you probably sang the first part of that verse!  I always end up singing “you, Lord, are a shield around me, everywhere, everywhere that I go!” from Everywhere That I Go when I read that chapter of Psalms. lol.     Great song declaring God’s promises to His children!

Y’all be easy…. thanks for listening to my heart. This really is my safe place, my space to let it all out. You’re gracious to keep reading and filling my inbox with your good. A million thanks will never quite do it.

Post jams: Champion by Tye Tribbett, Whom Shall I Fear (God of Angel Armies) by Chris Tomlin

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… being a grown up

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One of my second graders came into class this morning reporting that “being a grown up is tough….” Lol. That little guy had no idea what he just said.

Like a lot of the positions we find ourselves in, we made conscious decisions to “become”. We took steps, made sacrifices, & decided “I will be….” Unfortunately “being a grown up” isn’t something we choose to become. We can’t avoid it. There is no loophole.

Thankfully, despite all of the …… JUNK we have to endure in our adulthood, we have a Savior, a hope, that will sustain us and keep us through it all.

He promises us that He will never leave us. He’s so faithful to us. And, he’s faithful to us because of His son.
1 Corinthians 1:9
God is faithful, by whom you were called into the fellowship of his Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.

I know when I feel life is getting too tough, it’s sometimes because I’m focusing on me. On what I want and working to get it on my time.

I’m not focused on God. I forget that my life isn’t about me and that the experiences I have are opportunities to either depend on God or praise Him – that they’re ultimately for His glory. Although, we are to worship & praise Him through it all, that God of ours can provide for & keep us in such a way that will give us even more of a reason to worship him! The not so fun, tough “grown up” experiences are the ones that put us in perfect place to trust & depend on Him!

It’s there we find the peace & joy He provides no matter what we face. This is where our faith is built, where we build our endurance & perseverance muscle.

It’s where we learn to hope in Him because of our increased faith. Hebrews 11:1
Faith is the confidence that what we hope for will actually happen; it is the assurance of what we cannot see.

The things we cannot see are our dreams, our goals, plans…… Our future.
That place that can be scary or exciting.

I know that the future doesn’t always seem so bright. It can feel like our tomorrow will be darker and harder than our today. And, sometimes it is.
But, through it all, if you depend on our God and trust Him with all you’ve got; He has something wonderful for you.

…. here’s to trusting the goodness of the one who beautifully clothes the lillies of the field & feeds every bird. He has their back, certainly He has ours.

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… the anchor

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God promises Abraham descendants who will be great and powerful. He swore by His own name. Knowing that He couldn’t lie. Then, used this as an example that gives us the encouragement to hope.

And, THAT hope – the hope that we will receive what God has promised us is what keeps us from wandering and from giving up before His words have become true.

It’s tough to wait. But, I’m so grateful that my hope has tethered me, has anchored me to The Lord. An anchor that cannot be taken up or loosened by the waves and stormy seas.

When I feel as if I’m beginning to sink or as if I’m losing the battle of the waves – I can see that The Lord’s promises do come to fruition.

I see that there’s no need to doubt God because of the circumstances and they’re effect on my emotions. I guard my heart and guide it to my God instead of allowing it to dictate my decisions.

I choose to trust God. I choose to wait on Him. I choose to keep looking towards the future.

Because “today” isn’t always a good indicator of what’s in store for tomorrow.

… here’s to hope.

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