Thursday, June 30, 2011

In A Battle

If God is for us, who can be against us?  I wanted to share an experience I had that I think others can relate to.  As I've shared in past posts, I've been going through a long financial trial as our business has struggled since 2008.  Other trials have peppered my life at the same time and while its been difficult, I can honestly say I was able to see a purpose and also see God working good out of it, and in spite of it. 

I guess what I didn't realize is the toll it was taking emotionally.  Spiritually I was doing fine, but the slow drip, drip, drip, of constant pressure was making its mark.  There was one more "drip" on Tuesday and it overflowed my emotional basin!  I couldn't seem to get a grip on my emotions and I felt like I had fallen in a deep pit and I couldn't get out!  I felt overwhelmed, and hopeless, and helpless.  I knew the enemy was behind it, and I put on the helmet of salvation, the breastplate of righteousness, the belt of truth, and the shoes of the gospel of peace; I took up the shield of faith and the sword of the Spirit and I tried to stand---but I couldn't.

Then it dawned on me that if I was in a battle I needed more troops to fight with me, so I put out a prayer request.  I also prayed and asked the Lord to send me someone who could encourage me and help me get back on my spiritual feet.  The difference was almost instantaneous.  My phone rang and a precious friend offered to leave work and come be with me.  Another emailed me that she wanted to come over, give me a hug, and leave!  By email and text I started to receive scripture and encouragement, and compassion and love. 

My sweet daughter-in-law, who wasn't even aware of what was going on, "decided" to swing by the house after an appointment (that "decision" was made by God for sure!) and we talked and laughed over iced tea for three hours!  Meanwhile, the phone in our home-based business stopped ringing so we weren't interrupted.  My husband was out on an appointment that lasted the entire day.  By the time she left I was a different person.  It wasn't just her visit, it was everything.  It was feeling cherished.  It was knowing Jesus saw my need and heard my prayer and answered in the most tangible way. 

My situation didn't change a bit, but I did.  It was such a beautiful example of what the Body of Christ, the unity of Believers, is all about.  But there's more, and I'll share it in my next post.  In the meantime, if you're feeling overwhelmed by life, don't try to face it alone.  Jesus sent the disciples out two by two for a reason.  Reach out to your friends and be lifted.

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

I Have Chosen

I Have Chosen:
The best over the acceptable, the right over the popular, the true over the questionable, the light over the shadowed, the extraordinary over the mediocre, the eternal over the momentary, the pure over the tainted, Jesus over all!
Ron Lessin

What a powerful declaration! I can't add anything to it except to turn it into a prayer to start my day.  By the power of God's Spirit within me, may I chose as wisely today.