It was an extraordinarily hard day today for no other reason than I allowed myself to get caught up in my limited perspective which is saturated with fear and worry. I went to bed feeling balanced and grounded. I enjoyed a restful night’s sleep (thank you, Kate C.) yet awoke feeling like I had stepped off the edge into a rapid free fall.
This is where I really need to stay on guard and recognize evil forces for what they are – a determined attempt to shatter me. While talking on the phone this morning with my dear friend Tonya I was reminded of so much I felt like I already knew, but clearly needed reminding! It turns out that it’s the times such as these that scripture REALLY comes in handy. How truly important it is to stay familiar with it – to read it, study it, meditate on it, memorize it, and PRACTICE it!! When you can throw a memorized verse from scripture out in your defense, that gives you great power over evil.
I also spoke with James Mummert this afternoon. There he was in all of his mere 24 years offering a much-older-(not necessarily wiser)-me such wisdom and spiritual insight; despite having just suffered their own grievous loss. He suggested that Satan is especially out to get us. As authors of blogs that have drawn in thousands of people we need to be particularly on guard. There are evil entities that can’t stand the fact that we are inspiring and blessing others by sharing our stories. Satan would love nothing more than for us to succumb to our circumstances instead of allowing God to use them for his glory. We have to recognize it for what it is and arm ourselves against it. We need to remember that good ALWAYS triumphs over evil and to stay strong in Christ!
In a state of desperation this morning I “threw myself down on Facebook’s floor” in front of the 2000+ members of the Praying for Nora group. Knowing the power of prayer, I cast aside any pride or desire for privacy. Yes, I was falling apart. But what better way to rally the troops than through social networking? Prayer was my only hope here. By early evening I felt the aching of fear and worry start to melt away. Thank you for lifting me up in your prayers and literally saving me from the clutches of hell. I definitely felt your prayers!
This sweet little girl has no idea about anything. The only thing she knows about is love (and milkies).
Satan will not outsmart us. For we are familiar with his evil schemes. (2 Corinthians 2:11 NLT)
Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good. (Romans 12:21 NIV)