Thursday, June 13, 2019

When You Feel Like a Target




There are times where I feel like Satan is just really after me and my family.

I feel like we’re a target.

Ever feel that way?

You have thing after thing go wrong…. Your emotions are raw…. And it’s not even just spiritual. I’ve felt sometimes that he’s even after my PHYSICAL blood. I have near-misses and moments during these times, where I’m shedding physical blood - even if it’s only drops.

And we feel this way, because it’s true.

Satan is indeed after us. He’s after our families.

I know at times, I want to shrink back and disappear. I don’t want the devil to even know I exist.

But I’m learning that I’m much safer sealed in God’s protection and blood; fighting as His warrior - than I am hiding in lukewarm apathy.

Satan will come after us one way or another. Do you not think he sees your potential even when you don’t?

I can pretend all I want that I’m not in a spiritual battle. But I am.

I can feel weak, unworthy, emotional, and so incapable of handling all that is thrown at me. But it doesn’t change the fact that it will… indeed… get thrown at me.

These times draw me ever closer to the One who IS capable. To the One who IS worthy and strong. To the One who CAN protect me, grow me, strengthen me, and teach me.

They draw me in to the One who CAN hide me and shelter me with His ever-loving hands.

And that’s the only place I really want to be in.

So, when my family feels like a target - I am learning to draw my sword. Sometimes I do it in weariness. Sometimes, I do it in tears. But I draw it. And I call satan out for who he is. I let him know I KNOW what’s going on. And he may get my emotions on some days, he may get my physical blood at times - but he will NEVER get me. And he will not get my family.

Because I’m a fighter.

Are you?

Thursday, June 6, 2019

Value Other People's Time





One of the biggest ways we can show someone we value them, is to value their time.

When we show up late… we are saying we don’t value the time of someone who has to sit and wait for us.

When we fail to tell someone of a change in plans, we are also expressing, that we don’t value their time. For maybe they continue to show up to the original location? Maybe they rearranged their schedule just to be somewhere at that predestined time?

You don’t know. 

We don’t often know what someone else does with their time, unless they tell us. And when we assume that something is not a problem, or that they they should be able to arrive, BE AT, or take the time for something - we are misleading ourselves.

Time is a valuable commodity.

And TAKING time from someone else’s day, or life - is careless.

People invest TIME into planning events. So you may think it’s “no big deal” that you can’t make it or don’t end up wanting to go… but it might matter a lot to the person who planned the event.

People invest TIME into their jobs. So when you fail to cancel an appointment, it may cost them money. For if they’d known you wouldn’t be there? They would have been able to schedule someone else. Instead, you not only stole their time, but you stole them income.

Time.

It’s not just OUR time. Our time often affects those around us, by how we conduct ourselves, and follow-through with our word.

And its says a huge amount about our character and the kind of people we are.

Think about how you invest your time. How you show others you value them, by taking advantage of THEIR time.  And try to change your habits. Try to change your patterns.

I know that none of us want any of our time stolen or taken away.  So don’t take it away from anyone else, either. 

Be where you say you will be, WHEN you say you will be there. Or give plenty of notice of a change in circumstances.

And learn how to feel good about living a life of integrity and showing value not just to others… but to yourself.. in keeping your word.