Today's Blessing

Consider these ducks on the lake – at first glance they appear to be floating aimlessly, however, underneath the water those little feet are moving a mile a minute. Sweet mom, I know you are probably moving as fast as these little feet; your pace somedays at a break-neck speed. Whatever your responsibilities today, God is with you. He will never leave you no matter what…

I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. (Matthew28:20, KJV)

Dressed for Battle

DRESSED FOR BATTLE

If you watch the news for more than 1 minute, you know there are many battles being fought in the world today.

We have all seen the eyes of a soldier in combat, dressed for battle. Their resolve is fixed; they have done their preparation and will fight the enemy. Whatever that takes. Whatever that means. Whatever that involves.

I’ll never forget the picture I saw of a soldiers casket, draped in his countries flag, while his dog forlorn and silent, lay beside his master’s body.

Gut wrenching.

War is ugly. It plays for keeps.

Jesus has told us ahead of time, before He comes – there will be wars.

“And you will hear of wars and rumours of wars, see that you are not troubled; for all these things must come to pass …” Matthew 24:6

 Oftentimes our lives feel like we are at war as well. Our attacker is unseen. He gathers evil forces against us, attempt to invade our families, hurls accusations, yes, we are fighting a battle too. An invisible one.

“For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places”.  Ephesians 6:12

The first time I pondered “spiritual hosts of wickedness”,  I thought of the word hosts, which means a multitude of wicked forces …

I then understood why we need Jesus – our Saviour, as our Commander and Chief, the Leader of our battle, the One who has already conquered our foe.

“Put on the whole armour of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil”. Ephesians 6:11

 The apostle Paul explains how to be “dressed for battle” it’s called the Armour of God. This protection must be important as he reminds us to “put it on daily”.

This is how I understand it, simply:

Stand strong, full of truth and live right. Walk in peace. Know what you believe and stay full of faith. This will disarm the evil one. Believe God will save you. Read God’s Word. Use it as a sword in battle. Pray always (Ephesians 6:10-18)

Today’s Prayer:

“Dear Heavenly Father, I have a few battles that I am fighting, ones from without and ones within. I often wonder – do I have what it takes to make it, to keep soldiering on? I am drawing near to you Lord, and you said if I do, you would come close to me. Give me tenacity and courage to be dressed for battle; putting on the Armour of God daily and standing firm against the evil one”.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

summer fun

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So Great A Price I watched with fascination a documentary on lions. In particular, a pride of starving lions. They had encircled quite a group of elephants and were staring down their supper – their babies …  baby elephants. The grown elephants growled, roared and kicked up clouds of dust. In an attempt to ward […]

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  Corrie ten Boom on Forgiveness Not forgiving someone is like having an open wound and never going for stitches. It is breaking your leg and not setting the bones or “having your appendices burst” and hoping the poison will not kill you. To forgive isn’t easy. However, not forgiving will prove to be much […]

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  Keep Life Simple So many of us are wanting a simpler life style … and so many of us don’t know how to achieve simplicity. While talking with an older friend one day, she said, “If I had my life to live again, I would have kept life simple”. Curious as to what she […]

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  Pearls and Pigs There is a parable in the Bible referring to pearls and pigs. Its simple meaning is this, watch what you say. Your words are “your pearl”. We have all done this. You offer “your pearl” to someone, only to have your words misunderstood, misconstrued and the whole situation turns from bad to […]

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Christmas Suddenlies!  “And “suddenly” there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying: Glory to God in the highest and on earth peace, goodwill toward men”. Luke 2: 13,14 “SUDDENLY”! I love the suddenlies. My uncle affirms, “He’s the “God of the suddenlies”. “Suddenly” on that first Christmas night […]

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I was reading this morning about character, and concluded, you can never rise above your character. Your behaviour and disposition is who you really are. Often we think, “I acted so poorly, that just wasn’t like me,” when in actually fact, it was. Hard to face the truth at times, however, there is help! To […]

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The destroyer is like a roaring lion, prowling around, circling your wagon, as it were. His ultimate hope is to steal your faith in God. He wants you to think that God doesn’t care about you and you’ve made too many mistakes in life, to go forward in victory. He’s actually quite vicious in his […]

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The Highlighting Miracle When my daughter was in grade 12, she visited a home for orphans in Kenya. She was chatting with them about school in North America and when she took out her books to keep caught up with her schooling, they were fascinated with her Highlighters. “What an idea” they thought. “Sure must […]

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Forgetting the Past and Looking Ahead “Forgetting things behind you” Philippians 3:13 The writer of this truth was the apostle Paul. He sure needed to forget what was behind him. Perhaps you know his story from reading the New Testament. Paul was a dreadful persecutor of those who believed in Jesus. He hauled believers off to […]

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It had been a busy day and I kept moving from morning to night, actually, with a new baby in the house, I was moving in the middle of the night as well. It was bedtime for my other two and I had just tucked them in. Completely exhausted with my third child now asleep […]

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The other day I heard someone say, “This is just God’s intermission.” Made me stop and ponder. God’s intermission? There has never been a time in history were the whole world has shut down. Think about it? From the tiniest island to the biggest land mass – we are all in the same boat, as […]

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As a young child, whenever my parents were hit with a calamity, they went to God’s word and asked Him, “Lord, what are You saying about this situation? because, they knew, the Bible had an answer for everything. This practice was so successful in their lives, that I have carried this custom over into my […]

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  It had been a busy day and I kept moving from morning to night, actually, with a new baby in the house, I was moving in the middle of the night as well.  It was bedtime for my other two and I had just tucked them in. Completely exhausted with my third child now asleep […]

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Dear Mom, This year is almost in the history books and what’s done is done. The good news is: you can start fresh tomorrow and to ensure change, commit to forgetting the past – both good and bad. The good has a tenacity to make us proud, and the bad, well, that can keep us […]

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The Night Everything Changed As darkness fell, nothing was out-of-the-ordinary. The shepherds were in the fields with their sheep, possibly reclining with their back against a rock (uncomfortable!) – watching, like every other night. Can you imagine their surprise, when right before their slumbering eyes an angel appeared? And I wonder why to them? During […]

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This day shouts, “start over” the old is gone and the new has come. The apostle Paul in the Bible certainly understood the concept of “the old is gone and the new has begun”. He needed a “do-over”. Read his story and you are quickly aware of his early beginnings. He was full of anger, […]

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cottage life

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Dear Mom, Life is full of delays of one sort or another. Be it a late start, crying babies, a red light or the dreaded irritation, the slowest line at the grocery store – something is always forcing us to slow down. Jesus says to us – rest awhile. As a busy mom, it’s almost […]

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Lake Louise

Dear Mom, While it is excellent to have a wise mentor or friend, God extends a friendship to you that is beyond compare. He listens intently, cares completely and knows what you should do in every circumstance. He has all wisdom, keeps your secrets and gives full support to your successes. There is no one […]

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Summer Rest

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Shepherd - Psalm 23

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  Dear Mom, There is a story in the Bible concerning a leader facing an impossible situation. Baffled as to how to conquer his battles, he prayed and God showed him what to do. Perhaps today sweet mom, you too are bewildered about the best way to handle your child or what to do about […]

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We had hoped this day would never come, however, when we heard the sound of the horn, we knew it was time to go. King Nebuchadnezzar had constructed a statue of himself and everyone, unbelievably, was to bow to his image. There was no way we were going to bend, or bow as was the […]

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babies

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cottage life

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