“…always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people…”

Boy, you guys, keeping a positive attitude is getting harder and harder. I need to stop doing so much online research. Google suspended its filters and so much of blocked information is now out there, for everyone to see. And it is not pretty. In fact, it is causing me to lose sleep. My shoulders are aching from carrying the stress. My dreams are not peaceful. There are some very sick people out there. And it frightens my soul.

I am worried for my elderly parents. My grandchildren. My kids. What will the world look like in August? I am not sure. Will we be broke as the country “re-sets” itself? Are we going back to the gold standard and abolishing the Fed? Are we going to have no income tax and the IRS be abolished? There are so many theories out there. I was up at 4am, tossing and turning, re-reading research in my head. I think that today, I need to take a break. I need to deep breathe. One of my sons suggested I use the frustration to deep clean and/or organize my house. Get into all the closets and organize. Clean until the house sparkles. Yeah. Gotta psyche up to do that. Maybe I need to get on Netflix and re-watch Marie Kono and choose the things that bring me joy! LOL!

Just seeing that meme makes me smile. She is so darn cute. And I have kept my dresser and pantry and linen closet in her style. Somewhat. Better than they were before! LOL! However, that was done in sunshine. There is no sun. We got 6″ of snow yesterday and more is due tomorrow. It is bleak and dark and cold. I am finding the love of white and snow and cold to be waning just a bit. This is the first year in the past 7 years that we have experienced this much snow. And up here, it never warms up enough to melt away…it just accumulates! Thaw should be an interesting mess with a puppy.

And I realized that I allowed evil to be the center of my thoughts. Evil intent and acts by others. I do not need those images in my mind. I can know of them, yes, but to dwell on them allows evil its day. And so we struggle against all these things. Yes, it is a daily struggle to maintain our focus on the joy of prayer and inner-reflection. It is LENT! That is when we all work closely with ourselves to become better people. And when we focus on God, the evil one sends his minions to distract us and keep us from that spiritual joy that they are jealous we have. So, I am digging in. I am becoming determined to be on God’s side in all things, even my temperament. Because believe me, we are in a battle. It is big. It is all around us. It is physical and spiritual.

“For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.” Ephesians 6:12

And because of that, I choose to put on the armor of God and to fight. I will not allow my sleep to be disrupted by these thoughts. I will turn away and turn to God and “He who saves.”

“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

 

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