God has made us all who we are. It is him who has planted dreams in our heart, given us vision and developed our abilities and talents. Doesn’t it make sense that we should ask him how to best use it all?
When we consult him how to best use HIS creation for HIS glory to serve others He will be faithful to lead us!
And for those of you believing you weren’t created for anything. Wondering if you have anything to bring to the world. Know that you know that you know He made you for something great! Let Him use you and be amazed!
Have you ever heard the saying, “ New year, new me?” Of course you have because as soon as that clock strikes midnight, that is the statement everyone wants to live by. Then a few months go by and the weight isn’t coming off fast enough or your new career path isn’t going how you thought it would. Life is funny that way you know? We tend to just give up if we aren’t getting the results we want right away. This is exactly what I experienced in 2018.
The beginning of the year started off great. We had just welcomed our second child into the world, we both had jobs that we enjoyed for the most part, money was steady, and it just seemed like the year was gonna be a good one. Then in May, it seemed like everything seemed to take a turn. My marriage was taking a hard hit, my husband was dealing with demons that I couldn’t quite help him with. Not long after that I made the decision to leave my job and then the depression started to set in.
You know that feeling when you get in the pit of your stomach, the one when you start trying to figure out how you got to such a low point. You find yourself sitting on the floor while your babies are napping, looking at them and thinking, “ I failed you.” Well I’m here to tell you, there is hope. There is hope for the girl out there who has given it her all, whether it was a relationship or a job and feels like she failed. You have it in you to pick yourself up and say “not today Satan.” It’s easier said than done, I know but God has done big things in my life before and I am going to keep trusting that big things are coming! So get up, kick off that hurt that is knocking you down right now and shower yourself in some hope.
You got this, there is a warrior inside all of us!
If you are familiar with the armor of God written about in Ephesians 6 you will recognize our faith being likened to a shield. I had not given this much thought until recently. During my morning reading the Lord caused it to stick out. I wanted to know WHY a shield?
A shield is often a heavy piece of metal used by members of the infantry to guard themselves from the weapons of the enemy. The soldier can use it to hold in front of him or her for the purpose of deflecting the weapons the enemy attacks us with in hopes of putting us out of commission.
The ancient Roman army utilized shields in this way. First, their shields were huge as you can see in the image. Almost as tall as them
When marching into battle the soldiers marched in lines. The front line held their shield in front of them while every line behind them held their shield over head. Take a look at the picture. As you can see the weapon, most likely darts/arrows had very few available points of entry and even those points could be quickly guarded.
There were also shield bearers whose job it was to hold the shield in front of a person while he lodged weapons against the enemy in battle.
Are you now asking how this monstrous piece of metal might in someway compare to our faith? Follow me if you will. Like ancient warriors carried the shield individually, we can do the same with our faith. We can hold it in front and on occasion move depending on which way the enemy is moving. We can deflect the arrows as long as we are quick enough and have the ability to see around us and where the darts are coming from. As you can imagine, it is difficult to guard all angles with just 1 shield just as it is difficult to guard all angles with just our own faith.
There are times we are called to fight and all we can do with ourselves is to fight. We are exhausted and in desperate need of a shield bearer or someone to hold the shield for us while we shoot the arrows. Likewise there are times the intensity of our battle cannot be fought alone and we sometimes drop our shield in the necessity of drawing our bow or just out of exhaustion from fighting so hard. Those are the times we need our brothers and sister’s in Christ to be our shield bearer.
Then there are times when the battle is just too big and the enemy is coming from every side so quickly we don’t even have the ability to keep up and it’s in those times we need shield from every member of the army to protect us on every single side. As you read that replace the word shield with faith. Sometimes the battle is merely that the enemy wants to distract us. Our faith is most often strong enough to deflect his pokes and prods. Then there are days when I am called to fight and I need the faith of someone close. Someone who is willing to pay attention with us and watch for the arrows and then moves and responds as necessary while we do battle. Then there are those times when our battle is huge, we may be utterly exhausted from fighting for a while and we need the protecting faith of others to shield us while we regain our strength or decide the next move. Whatever it is the Shield of faith works best when interacting with others who have also picked up their shield of faith.
The warriors in ancient armies banded together recognizing that their greatest strength was in shielding one another during battle.
Do not loose faith my sister’s. Neither should you attempt to fight your battles alone. Call on your sisters in Christ to rally around you in their faith like a shield. Two or more are always better than one!
Change is inevitable. The world and life in it are constantly moving, reshaping, refocusing … changing. So many of us view change as bad. We don’t like it and we sometimes fight against it with everything we’ve got. We neglect to remember there are just as many positive changes as negative and often positive outcomes develop as a result of what we view as the negative change.
For instance, as it was clear my marriage was failing I grew. I grew in the understanding of myself, I grew in faith, I grew in confidence. I grew! I have gained new friendships and even enjoyed some fun times I never would have had if I not been separated. I have even found my inner artist. The ending of the marriage was devastating. More because it feels not only like rejection but also failure and I hate to fail at anything, but none the less it was over. I could have buried myself in deep. I could have taken months even years to get over it. I could have spent the rest of my lifetime devastated. Instead, I spent countless hours asking God to show me what positive outcome would come out of a situation I could see nothing good in and He did just that. He unfolded and revealed things in me I had no idea were there. In addition He also developed a brave warrior spirit that is willing and ready now to fight for all He he has for me. He showed me a new boldness and where I would have layed down and let people walk on me in the past, I am no longer willing to take anyone’s S@*t! A brave new woman who is no longer willing to play the nice girl and allow others to inflict their own plan on her life. He took everything I thought would crush me and used it to build an alter that I would never ever ever forget the things He has done for me, through me and in me.
I’d be interested to hear, what experience have you had that at the time felt terrible and in the end turned out to be positive?
Happy St Patrick’s day! If you see me you will have to pinch me! I don’t wear green. I love a variety of shades of green however, green clothing makes my skin look green due to my olive complexion. So …. I don’t do green, not even on ST. P’s day
HOW ABOUT A GAME?Look at the picture below and count how many green items are visible? Leave your best guess in the comments
Did you know that St. Patrick was not a canonized saint? I had initially planned to write my own little diddy about the day and the history of it but truth be told I figured why reinvent the wheel? So if your interested in knowing more. I have provided a link to some great info. Hope you enjoy. https://www.christianitytoday.com/history/2008/august/real-st-patrick.html
Here’s to hoping you find a bucket full of gold at the end of the rainbow!
I will be the first to tell you I’ve been down this road before … and by road I mean, I’ve started a blog. Well, actually I’ve started a couple and just eventually stopped writing. I can honestly say with my past blogs I was indecisive in the story I felt called to tell. Today, I at least know the direction I am heading and so a new journey begins and as the scripture says … God is in me. I will not fail!
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