Yep. You read that right. Buckle up because this is going to be a bumpy post. If you’re looking solely for a feel good post then R-U-N. I planned to do this post all last week, but clearly, I didn’t. The devil hasn’t been tapping on our door, knocking on our door, or even ringing the doorbell. He has been beating on our door. He’s been trying to kick the darn door down. This is real life, people. We are all dealing with real problems. This life is not easy. We live in a dark world. Now, I know that all of that sounds kind of gloomy. Go ahead, and cue the tiny violin playing. I’m kidding. That’s not me. I’m writing this post like my other recent bold post because I want the devil to flee. (Side note: Presley’s dress can be purchased HERE & a similar one to Sailor’s dress HERE)
James 4:7″Submit therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.”
After pouring my heart into my post about being wrecked by God, I felt such joy. I knew that sharing so openly is what I’ve been called to do for such a time as this, but that didn’t mean that I didn’t wonder how the post would go over. I thought, ‘Lord, if I could just touch one person, it would be worth it’. He delivered. I received multiple messages about how that post was timely for their life at that moment, and I think I coined the phrase “buy the dang socks”. If you haven’t read it, you can right >> HERE. I’m not here to brag about what I’ve done. I assure you that it’s not as much as some, but it’s not about comparison. I don’t care how many shells Sally sells by the seashore. Good for Sally. I care about my calling. Back to the point… shortly after posting, the devil started gently tapping at our door. Ha! I’m kidding. This is when the loud pounding began. Let me give you a little backstory.
This year I have been given the gift of boldness about my faith. I asked for it… Literally, I asked the Lord to use me this year like He never has before. I would share it before, but not as openly. Now, it’s so natural for me to bring Jesus into all of my conversations. I’ve had friends and strangers experience this. Shoot. Often times, I leave conversations and wonder if I scared them away. Is that my goal? Heck to the no. My goal is to leave it all on the table. My goal is to never look back and wonder if I could’ve done more, said more, invited more, etc. I want people to experience how good my God is, how just, how loving. Time after time, the Lord has given me opportunities. Time after time, He has given me the words. Then that sneaky snake of a devil would start knocking. Something would happen. I feel like I’ve been living on the emotional edge all year, but maybe the Lord wants to keep me on my toes, so I can be sensitive to the calling. (Side note: you can snag the girls’ bows or similar ones HERE)
I hope I’m not scaring you away for doing more. I want to encourage you. In the valley, fight the fight.
7 TOOLS TO FIGHT THE ENEMY
1. LISTEN – The Lord is NOT looking to yell His message at you. He’s a gentle (and just) God, but He wants you to be quiet. Spend time talking to Him, but also give Him silence… Start small – 2 minutes of full silence.2. PUT ON YOUR ARMOR – How in the world can you go to battle without armor? Memorize scripture. One verse at a time. Write them down. Whatever works for you. I’ll share some at the bottom.Ephesions 6:10-183. SPEAK LIFE – Take off your ‘Woah is me winter coat, & put on your I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength combat boots.’ There is a time & place for your complaints, but then change your tone. Words of faith, people. If you want to move mountains, start speaking to them. My dad, mom, husband, wife, child, grandparent, etc WILL be healed.I AM going to get that promotion.My back pain IS going to go away.Our marriage WILL be restored.Matthew 17:20 – He replied, “Because you have so little faith. Truly I tell you, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.”4. EXUDE JOY – Boo hoo. Life is hard. I have nothing to be happy about. Y’all, make a list of all the good. I have food to eat. I woke up today. I can see. I have a family who supports me. I have friends who love me. Simple right? Everyone has things to be thankful for. Spread joy. Smile in the dark. I don’t know about you, but the joy of the Lord is my STRENGTH. The Bible says we have not because we ask not. “Jesus, give me a joyful spirit today” 5. WORSHIP – I’ve had times where I feel completely drained. My energy is down, and worshipping sounds difficult. Find a Jesus loving song. Put it on repeat. You’ll have to put in more effort to not worship along. My current battle fighting faves are linked below:“Surrounded”“Take Courage”“Oceans”6. DO NOT GIVE UP – I’m telling you, the fight is worth it. I’m not just saying that, I’m living it. I’ve had some big valleys. I hope to give an update and be able to share God’s goodness in a few weeks. The valleys are not always short. They are not always long. Keep going. You will climb the mountain. God is still good.7. WAIT – That’s a hard one, huh? It doesn’t mean don’t do anything. It means that the Lord doesn’t work according to your time table. I don’t get it, but I know it. He has a reason. Breathe. Get up. Pick up your sword of Truth. Keep fighting. Keep believing. STOP comparing. Be patient. The victory is yours.
I wouldn’t be writing this if it didn’t speak to me. I wish I could share all of my valleys openly in this moment. You’ll understand if I can share later why I needed to wait. My outlook is always one of positivity, but that doesn’t mean that I don’t go through struggles, or face bad days. It just means that I know where my HOPE is found, and I have learned how to fight.
Deuteronomy 31:6 “Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the LORD your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.”Psalm 34:17-18 “The righteous cry out, and the LORD hears them; he delivers them from all their troubles. The LORD is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.”1 John 4:4 “You are from God, little children, and have overcome them; because greater is He who is in you than he who is in the world.”Isaiah 54:17 “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.”
Get yourself some people who will love you and pray for you without having to always share every ugly detail. On Sunday, a friend sent me the quote below from her church sermon. Listen HERE“Maybe you have been asking God to change your situation when He wants to use the situation to change you.”Another friend sent me THIS song.And another friend fasted with me this week. And well, my parents… their faith is strong & they continually encourage me through it.
(Side note: similar rain jackets can be purchased HERE, sweatshirts HERE, Sailor’s shoes HERE, Presley’s jeans HERE, & Presley’s shoes HERE)Next post, we’ll keep it light again. Hope this gave you something to chew on.