The moment when your former Marine and Drill Sergeant friend helps coach elementary age flag football. His team is lined up ready to start the next play and he yells from the sideline, “Let me hear your battle cry!” The whole front line yells. The football is snapped and thrown. The receiver catches and runs it in for a touchdown! And the crowd goes wild!!
If you haven’t read my last blog, go back and check it out. 🙂 Part 2 will make more sense if you check out part 1. Anyway….
I mentioned before 2 Corinthians 10:3-5 and how we have and use God’s power to wage war on the world around us. The power that raised Christ from the dead, the power that healed the sick, the power that saved us all, lives in us. That power, His love and His Word are our weapons to fight the world around us.
That scripture has remained in my mind. It’s stuck and it won’t let go. It’s been on repeat since I read it a week ago. Normally when something like this happens, I think, process, write it out. Then, I’m able to move forward. Not this time. The longer it lingers, the more I’m wondering, “What am I missing? What is it, Lord, you are telling me?”
Ok. A moment of truth. Each time I write and post something, little doubts start to creep in. Will anybody read this? Will it mean and touch anyone? Am I writing what God wants me to write? That is Satan creeping in, tossing in thoughts of doubts. Ok, Molli. Practice what you preach. Am I in line with scripture? Am I open to what He is wanting me to share? Am I following through with what He has led me to do? Yes! Then, I’m good to go. See ya later Satan, you have no hold on me! (Enter my battle cry. RAHHHHH!)
Another moment of truth. Parenting is hard. Raising teenagers is hard. Being a single parent stinks!! Hormones, testosterone, estrogen; it’s flying around everywhere, all the time. You want to test your sanity, feel like you’re missing out on something? Come on over. Hang out with us for a few days. It won’t take long for you to duck and cover and race for the door! (btw, I love my children. Always have. Always will.) There is never a dull moment no matter the age of the children in the household.
One of the several things sinking into my heart and soul is that this life we live is a marathon, not a sprint. Our battle is on going as we press on. While there are moments of swords raised high, yelling our battle cry as we run to slay our dragons. There are times when we are on our knees, lifting our open hands and giving it all to Jesus. We open ourselves up more and more to His heart so we may follow His example. Is this easy? Uh, no. Yet, oh so worth it! It’s a journey of perseverance. Endurance develops strength, strength brings forth character, and character leads to our confident hope in Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior.
So, my friends, today I’m on my knees, arms lifted up, hands open wide to receive His love, power, strength, protection and wisdom. I am coming to Jesus praising Him and seeking Him out with an open heart and mind. I may not be running full force. But I am moving forward, I am moving towards Him knowing the war has already been won. I find peace in His promise that He will equip me and you and bring us through our battle. This battle won’t last forever. We will arrive on the other side stronger than before. He will go before us and prepare the way. We were created for time such as this.
Moment of truth my friends. How are you holding up in your battle? What weapons are you choosing to fight your battle? Are you depending upon yourself or our Heavenly Father? Are you willing to turn it over to Him and say, “It is well with my soul” and “Your will be done.” You are loved and cherished. He believes in you. I believe in you. You are and will always be victorious!
Thank you for sharing a moment with me. We are in this together in Him
(P.S. I have a new chef in the house! My daughter did an excellent job with the 4 meals she cooked for us. We have new recipes for our cookbook! Proud of you Sweet Pea!)