Armor up!

Hey guys! Life is always crazy. It is always stressful. It feels like a new curveball is whirling at your head almost every moment of every day and there are times you are too tired to take a swing at it. 

 Been there and believe me, I’m still doing that. I have my days, a lot more consecutive right now because of my health issues, where I just don’t want to swing and give it my all. I’m tired of pushing through another day only to wake up and do it all over again. I’m tired of fighting pain and doubt. I would just like to have peace inside my head and inside my life but those are the times we need to recognize that’s when we are most weak. Those are the moments of opportunity Satan has been waiting for and will take advantage of by throwing any little extra thing you knew you couldn’t handle. It’s always those days when we say, “I did not need that to happen today!” that Satan targets and strikes. It’s that extra little thing that causes our mountain of stress to topple and crush our sanity beneath it. I’m sure you can easily relate. 

      In those times, we need to be prepared. Ephesians 6 talks about putting on the armor of God. A lot of the times we honestly don’t know what that looks like. Here’s one way I’ve been applying this verse to my life lately. My bad day just got worse and now I have thoughts of just giving up or hating everything in life because it all sucks right now in the moment. I feel the Holy Spirit convicting me, telling me I shouldn’t think that way but I’m just soooo tired! I started to remember to think positive things about my situation. I don’t like my job very much but the positive is it’s a job! I get paid every month for it! I also have health insurance through it to help with my issues I’m trying to figure out so I can get better! To be honest, my heart doesn’t want to admit those blessings because it wants to sulk in the negativity it surrounded itself with but we have to fight. As exhausted as we are on days like that, we have to conquer those negative, doubtful perspectives on life because life is a gift from God and we need to treat it as such. A lot of my days, I’m pushing through constant pain, horrible insecure thoughts but in those moments of weakness, I focus on putting on my armor. The Bible is our sword. We need to soak up verses for memory so that we can battle our enemy even when we are at our weakest. My church just finished going through Philippians 4:8-9 “…whatever things are lovely, pure, honorable,… think on these things…” Those verses have been catching me in my moments of negativity and doubt and helping me refocus my mind and heart on the blessings God has given me. I’m not meaning “positive thinking” fixes it. I’m saying we need to focus our hearts and minds on being grateful for the numerous blessings God gives us each and every day. Satan just wants to distract us and he will use things like insecurities or bad days to do the trick because if we are focused on the mess, that’s all we will see our life as. So guys, armor up! Glorify God in all you do! Count your blessings and be thankful for them! 

Be bold and shine.