Monthly Archives: February 2011

Testing

My friend, Jen, mentioned that she was excited about blogging from her iPhone so I decided to give it a try too.

Let’s see if this works!

Three Words

My iPhone beeped. The signal that I had a text. I was lying in bed weighed down with grief. Grieved with physical, emotional and spiritual wounds. The war was raging within in my head.

The Enemy screams out:
Unwanted
Useless
Slow
Too much trouble
Not enough fun

None of us should be surprised when the Enemy attacks. It’s easy to get caught up in day-to-day life and forget that there is a spiritual war raging all the time. We (I) need to be sure we are wearing the full armor of God every day!

Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes.  For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand.

Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people. Ephesians 6:10-18

I fight back with the words He’s given, even as I cry because the Enemy’s words hurt. I have to take those thoughts captive in obedience to Christ.

The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds. We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.  2 Corinthians 10:4-5

Unwanted? No, I am wanted. He wanted me so much that He gave His only Son.

For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. John 3:16

If you belonged to the world, it would love you as its own. As it is, you do not belong to the world, but I have chosen you out of the world. That is why the world hates you. John 15:19

Useless? No, God used messed-up, imperfect people time and time again in the Bible. No matter what I’m going through or doing, I can still seek to glorify Him in it.

You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives. Genesis 50:20

God doesn’t beat me up for what I can’t do. He knows my heart and my struggles. He values the little things that I CAN do and His power shines through in spite of my weaknesses.

“The King will reply, ‘I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me.’Matthew 25:40

That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong. 2 Corinthians 12:10

Slow? My kids might not be young anymore, but I still think of God as gentle shepherd who reaches out with love and patience to those who “can’t keep up.”

He tends his flock like a shepherd: He gathers the lambs in his arms and carries them close to his heart; he gently leads those that have young. Isaiah 40:11

Too much trouble? Nah, God’s ways are not like this world. He says that the last shall be first and that those who are going through hard times are actually blessed.

“Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted. Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth. Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled. Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy. Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God. Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called sons of God. Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. “Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me. Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you. Matthew 5:3-12

Not enough fun? If a Holy, perfect God can rejoice over me with singing, I need to quit worrying what anyone else thinks!

The LORD your God is with you, he is mighty to save. He will take great delight in you, he will quiet you with his love, he will rejoice over you with singing.” Zephaniah 3:17

As I lay there doing battle within my head, thinking how hard it is to get my heart to line up with my head, my iPhone dinged. It was a text from our 9 year-old who was over at a friend’s for a birthday party. Even though he doesn’t totally understand the pain and depression of fibromyalgia, he certainly knew that I didn’t feel well when he left for the party.

And so, amidst a house full of friends and birthday party fun, he thought to check on me. His text simply said,

“How r you?”

Those three words were like a tangible hug from God, a reminder that I am loved by a 9 year-old boy that sees me at my absolute worst sometimes.

Being loved even when you are totally unworthy? That’s the stuff of God’s grace. I love how God meets us right where we are and how he used a text from a 9 year-old on a cold dreary Sunday.

Make sure you all have on the full armor of God today, Friends. Stand on His Truth, and keep your eyes open to those precious reminders of His grace. He loves you.

Reminds me of a beautiful hymn:

Oh, how He loves you and me,
Oh, how He loves you and me.
He gave His life, what more could He give;
Oh, how He loves you, Oh, how He loves me,
Oh, how He loves you and me.