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Sep 8

Good morning, Father.
Thank you for your kindness and patience and mercy, Lord. I feel very subdued and pretty down on myself today, and I ask you to protect me while I am thus vulnerable to the enemy’s attacks. Help me to hold up the shield of faith before me, Lord, and help me to believe in your love. I feel very crumbly this morning, like I just want to lay down somewhere and cry. I don’t understand these emotions, Lord. But I do not need to. I will just do my work and try to pace myself and keep coming to you for support. Help me to keep reminding myself that you are Faithful, and I am not just Garbage People. You have a plan for me. Thank you for humbling me, pruning things out of my life, so I don’t cling to them and miss your real blessings. Thank you, Shepherd.

 
Ephesians 6:11-18 ERV

Wear the full armor of God. Wear God’s armor so that you can fight against the devil’s clever tricks.
Our fight is not against people on earth. We are fighting against the rulers and authorities and the powers of this world’s darkness. We are fighting against the spiritual powers of evil in the heavenly places.
That is why you need to get God’s full armor. Then on the day of evil, you will be able to stand strong. And when you have finished the whole fight, you will still be standing.
So stand strong with the belt of truth tied around your waist, and on your chest wear the protection of right living.
On your feet wear the Good News of peace to help you stand strong.
And also use the shield of faith with which you can stop all the burning arrows that come from the Evil One.
Accept God’s salvation as your helmet. And take the sword of the Spirit–that sword is the teaching of God.
Pray in the Spirit at all times. Pray with all kinds of prayers, and ask for everything you need. To do this you must always be ready. Never give up. Always pray for all of God’s people.

 
Lord, I thank you for humbling me, even if it hurts. I thank you for your chastising and correction. These places feel raw and vulnerable right now, Lord. Help me to accept your healing balm, your loving touch, your provision and care. Help me to accept your armor and to wear it proudly, even today when it feels much too big for me, like I am just some puny runt trying on Daddy’s clothes. Thank you, Shepherd.

 

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