This week, I am attending the She Speaks Conference in North Carolina. I am so excited to be attending this event for the first time. First I am excited because it is part of my #ONEWORD for the year, which is… Advance. A part of my word “Advance,” I will be meeting with a few publishers while I am at She Speaks, so your prayers are greatly appreciated. Second, I am so looking forward to meeting some of you, my blogging friends, face to face. YAY!!!
**Update: As soon as I tried to post this message the server with all my content when down and was down for 3+ days. Bad enough right? But then I head to a writing retreat with a group of blogging friends and the wifi – mysteriously goes out!?!? Can’t even get connected with me cell phone.
Ok God, what’s up?
Oh, it’s a Spiritual attack? OK going into Warfare mode!
I fully believe the message in this post is powerful and will give us a Kingdom perspective. Remember, Our battle is not against flesh and blood!
For those of you who have been praying for me … She Speaks was absolutely the best! I had very successful and promising appointments with two publishers. For now, I pray and trust God in what will come of them. Keep praying with and for me.
There has been a lot of chaos and craziness happening in our nation and around the world the last few weeks. I’m sure you have noticed it too. Right?
As I sit down to write a post that is to go live, in a less than 3 hours, my mind keeps wandering back to a post I wrote just about a year ago called Flaming Arrows.
It seems that everywhere I turn, people are under physical, mental, and spiritual attack. My friends, my family, members of our church, whole groups of people… the list goes on. One just has to turn on the TV to see some of these attacks.
Just this week, I have talked and ministered to people struggling with cancer. People struggling with depression. People dealing with relationship issues, addiction issues, rejection, hate, and intolerance issues. This list goes on and on…
More and more, it seems, God continually needs to reminds me that our fight is not against flesh and blood. Yet, it is sometimes hard to remember that, especially when it’s the flesh and blood people who are the ones “doing the stuff” to cause such hurt and pain to others.
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 saints (Ephesians 6:10 – 18)
I’ve decided to listen to the prompting of the Lord, and because of my travels, I am going to reuse the post from before. I pray that it ministers to you and blesses you this week. Let us all remember:
July 30, 2015
The arrow was flying fast and straight. It should have hit the mark – dead center, but at the last moment a gust of wind knocked it slightly off course. It missed the bull’s-eye completely; in fact, it didn’t even hit the target at all. The archer bellowed loudly, unable to contain his fury. There was no possible way that he could have missed. He had sized up the target, measured, planned, and studied everything that could possibly go wrong.
What had happened to foil his well-laid plan?
How could he tell his commander that he had failed to hit the mark?
He hadn’t even come close. Shoulders slumped and bent in defeat, he turned to walk away when something caught his attention. His eyes swung back to the target, perhaps he hadn’t missed after all….
The wind had stopped, and a light misty rain had begun. Standing in the middle of the field, unharmed, was the target raising her hands. She was dancing and singing praise to her God.
She seemed like such an easy mark. He had been targeting her for weeks, filling her mind with doubt, causing discouragement, and foiling her plans. She seemed so defeated and helpless that ….. (click here to continue reading)
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