It has been a crazy week! I mean, I can’t mention most of the things that have happened them on here, because most of the things that have happened to me, have happened to someone else. And man, if the enemy is going to come at me, he doesn’t do things to me, he does things to those I love, because he knows that is how to get me . Attack those I love, and do it in such a way that I can’t do anything about it. Oh, nothing will make me stir more than not being able to help those I love. Things that would normally not bother me at all, will drive me over the edge. And I have to be really careful not to take anyone with me over that cliff.
It is in those times, that I know, rest. Take good care of myself. Make sure I am in my bible.
Here’s the thing, the enemy comes at me, or you, there isn’t any excuse to act anything but like Jesus. Now, that’s a lot easier said than done. I mean, really, have you ever heard the story of Jesus? I mean, that’s not just that easy.
But that doesn’t matter. Easy or not. My job is to be obedient to Him, and to His Word.
Yesterday, I found myself posting things on facebook about a local pharmacy that wasn’t going well. I was so annoyed. I had 5 days of trying to get a prescription and 3 calls to the doctor, 3 calls to the pharmacy. And by the time Friday came, 2 really really yucky things that happened to me, another thing that happened that has put me in a terrible situation, one that I am not happy about but it is totally correctable (and I’m sure it will be corrected, quite sure). By the time my prescription stuff got resolved, I had just about had enough for the week. And then… add the Downriver Cruise to the mix, and you’ve got Margie, about to lose her mind. I mean, I’m spinning.
Have you ever heard the saying “sometimes God calms the storm, and sometimes He calms His child”?
Well, about to post my third negative thing for the day yesterday, things that in the eternal scheme of things don’t even matter. And all of a sudden, I heard my dad… “slow down toots”. I don’t know if you’re dad has ever just put his hand on your leg, and said, “it’s ok”.
Now, when my dad said that to me as a child, I knew, it was going to be ok. I remember I was a funeral, for someone who didn’t love or believe in Jesus and during the funeral, officient said John 14 and ended at verse 5. And said that Jesus has prepared a way to heaven. And that we can go to heaven because we are good, and have a good heart, and left out… verse 6. I remember, I almost lost my mind, that isn’t what the bible said. My dad, my dad, who knows me probably better than anyone else, just put his hand on my hand, and said “it’s ok”. Somehow my dad calmed me, even though I knew that wasn’t true. But my dad, who loves me in a very large way, said it will be ok.
Well, yesterday, I could hear my dad, “slow down toots” and he wasn’t anywhere near me. So I went home, and had some time with My Father. I opened my bible, did my study, and heard the Voice of God like I’ve heard my earthly dad “it’s ok, just stay close”.
And so here I am. Staying close.
It doesn’t matter what happens around me, it doesn’t matter comes my way, my job is to stay close. And so… no matter what happens… Everyday, I will put on my armor (Crazy how this was my second lesson in the bible!!)
I have a whole bunch of people praying for me (please join in prayer as I go on three mission trips this summer), I am in the word, and doing studies, and rallying around friends who love Jesus.
I will not give up or give in to show the love of Jesus.
Eph 6:10-20 10 Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. 11 Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. 12 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. 13 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. 14 Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, 15 and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. 16 In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. 17 Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.
18 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. 19 Pray also for me, that whenever I speak, words may be given me so that I will fearlessly make known the mystery of the gospel, 20 for which I am an ambassador in chains. Pray that I may declare it fearlessly, as I should.