Battles do indeed come in all shapes and sizes and for all different durations. Battles are like snowflakes in that they look similar but there are no two exactly alike. Even when we fight what seems like the same battle over and over again, there are subtle differences for the enemy is very adept at watching and taking note of what works and doesn't work.
I have been fighting battles for 40+ years. Some of them are knock down drag out affairs that drag on for YEARS and leave me broken and wounded--but victorious. Others come and go in a flash and the result is either a quick victory or a temporary defeat. Most battles fall in between.
God has indeed given us an armor with the most important element being the shield of faith. If the enemy can get us to drop our shield, we are toast. That is why even when the battle rages at its worst, we cling to that shield with all our heart and mind and never let go. Of course with our other hand we hang onto that sword of the Spirit so that we have a weapon to be victorious with.
I admire your conviction and willingness to openly share about not only your battles, but the decisions you have made regarding them. I will be standing with you in prayer that God grants you a season of rest so you can "lick your wounds", regain your strength and prepare for what certainly will be new battles to come.
Standing with you in faith and prayer,
Yes, the battles can be fierce but... we must face them and remember... you are NOT fighting them alone! It is through the battles that we truly learn what God will do!
Remember: NEVER GIVE UP!
That is why we never give up. Though our bodies are dying, our spirits are being renewed every day. For our present troubles are small and wont last very long. Yet they produce for us a glory that vastly outweighs them and will last forever! So we dont look at the troubles we can see now; rather, we fix our gaze on things that cannot be seen. For the things we see now will soon be gone, but the things we cannot see will last forever.
2 Cor. 4:16-18 (NLT)