prepared for the battlefield
Do you ever feel like youre walking across a battlefield? That for whatever reason, all of a sudden, a bunch of arrows start shooting your way? I have. Im not sure why but it seems as if trouble never comes single handedly. Its always ready to come at you from every direction. Its like those arrows have just been waiting until they were all in sync so they could shoot off at the same time!

Have you heard the expression 'Satan loves to get you while youre down?' This is the only reasoning I have for why it seems that multiple arrows are aimed at us all at once instead of one here, and one there, in small doses and spread out sessions which we can handle. No, Satan loves to hit us all at once so were vulnerable, stressed, and overwhelmed. So were weaker and less immune to his attacks.

At the moment i guess im in one of those battlefields .It became apparent not that far into it that this is going to be ‚‚¬‚Å one of those times‚‚¬ where Id be hit from multiple directions and that it would challenge my character. After letting all my anger and feelings out, I've decided that I am going to call a spade a spade. Im not going to pretend that Im not being challenged or attacked. Instead, Ive decided to face these arrows head on. For maybe the first time in my life, I have decided to 'suck it up' and muster all the faith, courage, and strength that God would lend me. I have decided that I am going to be proactive and walk through this minefield with the faith that I will come out on the other side. Yes, I might get hurt along the way. Yes, I might be uncomfortable or scared but Im not going to run away. I am going to stand up straight and tall and walk through.

The interesting thing is that I feel stronger after i have made this decision. Its not that i want to enter into the battle - I dread it. But it is simply that I have made the choice to see what God has in mind for me on the other side. I KNOW He has something in mind for me on the other side of it! My desire to get there is stronger than my desire to stay back. I know Gods hand is reaching out to me asking me to trust Him and let Him take over. I know that I might bend, but I wont break because it is His very intention that I reach the other side of this battlefield. He doesntt intend for me to perish in it. And just knowing that has helped a great deal.

Our battles are very personal. Ive learned that. The battles that I wage and walk through are not the same battles someone else would go through. For they are intended for my benefit alone. They are intended to scrape away my pride, bolster my courage, strip my fear, and restore my soul. They may be meant by Satan to harm me, but God is using them for my good. And I love that He does that. I dont want them to go to waste! I want to learn what I can from them so that I dont have to wage that same war again.

As for Satan, I want him to understand that my battle gear is close by my side now. I can reach for it quickly (if Im not already wearing it) and that Im ready to wield it. I dont want to be an 'easy pick' for him. I want him to start thinking twice before he engages me or my family in a battle. I want him to be dismayed, frustrated, and fearful because he chose to attack me. I want to grow into a mighty warrior with a gentle spirit and a faith that cant be dented.

I hate battle fields. There is so much loss there. But Im learning that sometimes that loss is needed to have any kind of a great gain. If I want to move forward in my faith, I need to lose some things too. I may be stubborn about it at times, but hopefully, Im slowly learning one battle at a time. May this last battle show me enough to never have to wage this particular war again.

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Kirk M+

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,

K Reynolds+

Oh Shani!

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)


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