Bombarded, But Held in His Hand 

There are times that you are on the right track and things are going as you believe they should and then BAM!  You weren’t expecting that call about a problem. You weren’t expecting the issue with your kids or spouse. Or you have these expectations that aren’t met on a consistent basis.  What then?

What is the plan here Lord?

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“I am.”

I understand that Lord. What do I do?

“Trust. Trust that I am working all things for good for those that love Me and are called according to My purpose.”

How can I help when people are aching so?

“Peace be still.”  “You know that you can trust Me. I will never leave you or forsake you.”

Yeah God, but I am being bombarded and so are so many that I love!

“Well, I never said it would be easy. You know the world will hate you because they hate Me.  Just focus on being strong in the Lord and in His mighty power.  Put on the full armor of God, so that you can make your stand against the devil’s schemes.  For your struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this world’s darkness, and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.” 

So, I need to be constantly in prayer and aware of the battle. Got it!

“Get ready my child.  Protect yourself and your family. Pray for your friends. Take up the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you will be able to stand your ground, and having done everything, to stand. Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness arrayed, and with your feet fitted with the readiness of 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. And take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. Pray in the Spirit at all times, with every kind of prayer and petition. To this end, stay alert with all perseverance in your prayers for all the saints.” 

Trust. Be Still. Pray. Put on Your armor. Pray. Be alert. Pray

That is our path broken down I suppose.  So here today Lord, I will be still and trust You.  I will pray and use Your armor.  I am on full alert and will stay in prayer until you release me.  Give me strength. (“My love, I will provide all of your needs according to My riches in glory. I will give My angels charge over you.”)

Thank you Lord,

I love you,

Tara

And another one bites the dust.

Sadly, another one of our guineas perished.  It is so hot and the poor little guy died. Even with water and shelter, it is sooooooo hot.

Farm life is not for the faint of heart. Life isn’t for the faint of heart!

Before this event, we had a young black lab puppy show up.

Angel, sweet guard dog that she is, does not like interlopers.  She had a few choice doggie actions for that pup. She was like a lion on that poor thing and wisely, the pup ran off.  

It made me question my parenting skills. Am I paying attention to what is going on in my life and the life of my family?

Am I that concerned for my family that I will do anything to protect them from harm? Do I take a stand against TV shows or friends that hamper their walk with the Lord? Do I guard them like Angel does us? I don’t have to bite people mind you, but do I guard my family as she does? I would like to say yes! Absolutely! In reality, I am not perfect and I get tired and a bit lazy at times of the fighting and just relax my guard just enough to let in an “interloper”. We are the only people that can take care of our families!

I Peter 5:8 and Philippians 4:7 Talk about being on guard and guarding your heart. We also have to guard our families until it is time for them to stand on their own two feet.  

Be strong in the Lord and the power of His might. (Ephesians 6)  Put on that armor and gird yourself for battle.  There is a fight for your children and mine. What are we going to do about it?  

Don’t let another one bite the dust in the world in which we live.  Be alert. Be aware. Let’s guard our families.