My homework this weekend was to do something fun for me.
No should be doing
But fun and relaxing for me…….
Be self-controlled and alert. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.
The devil found me right before I was walking out the door for a time of fellowship with other women. I went with a tear stained face and forced my mind beyond the things I could not control.
People will say things and make accusations that are not true. The devil will always try to stop you from doing the things that are going to make you stronger. He doesn’t want you to rise from the ashes and the further down you have been the more dangerous you are to him. I’m refusing to allow the enemy to keep me in hiding.
I’m choosing to live my life and not hide. I’m exploring new things not just for me but for my children because they learn by example.
So today I’m clinging to theses scriptures
If anyone does attack you, it will not be my doing;whoever attacks you will surrender to you. See it is I (God) who created the blacksmith who fans the coals into flame and forges a weapon fit for its work. And it is I (God) who have created the destroyer to work havoc; no weapon forged against you will prevail, and you will refute every tongue that accuses you. This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord and this is their vindication from me declares the Lord.
I alone cannot stand but with God I can move mountains. The enemy can come knocking at my door carrying with him shackles and chains seeking to steal my freedom but I have a choice. I can surrender to the enemy or choose to stand with a Savior that loves me more than I can comprehend. I will trust him to keep his promises in
I will lead the blind by ways they have not known , along unfamiliar paths I will guide them; I will turn the darkness into light before them and make the rough places smooth. These are the things I will do; I will not forsake them.
The enemy is intent on chasing me off the path God has for me and I can change where I run. I can’t change where I swim and I already do my best to swim at different times. As far as where I bike I don’t have a clue so when the warm weather comes and I pull it out I’m taking off and trusting God down unfamiliar paths. I’m not sure if I’ll tackle a triathlon but I’m willing to explore new things with my children trusting that God has my back.
I could run away and try to hide from people. I could stop going places that bring me life because some people don’t want to see me. But that is not my problem. Sadly it reveals more about them than it does me. I have nothing to hide and if others could see beyond their own chains that bind them they would see me for who I am and not as an enemy but as a friend.
So my assignment was to do something fun for me this weekend and the enemy has been waging war with me up to this point. Now I will stand in victory and resume my life. I will get dressed and go down to my favorite little coffee shop; there I will sit down at the puzzle table and talk to the people that join me. Then I will plan to make fun things happen in my future. I will choose to get up Monday morning and swim so I can continue to grow stronger. I will remember 2Tim 1:7 that God has not given me a timid spirit but one of Power Love and of sound mind.
And lastly I will remember you….. as a reader I pray that you find encouragement and not judgement in the things that you read here. That if your here as a friend God would use the things you learn about me to grow your compassion for others. If your here as my enemy I still pray for you that God would open your eyes to see the truth and reveal the shackles in your own life that have created the illusion that I am some how an enemy. I pray that you find peace in the situations that your are seeking to run or hide from through Ps 85:10 Mercy and truth meet together, righteousness and peace kiss each other. I have pondered this verse and explored other versions to truly understand its meaning and have concluded that when we discover the truth about a situation and can look at circumstances through God’s unfailing steadfast love showing mercy we will find righteousness and have peace about anything. That my friend is my prayer for you.