Battles…

Battles…

The enemy fears you to be around other people who will encourage you in your walk with God…where your faith and strength will grow in Him. Satan and his minions are very cunning. They will try to mask the spiritual warfare with the fight against flesh…and divide us against each other.
Last week I got in a disagreement with a person…Sitting in the corner of my room, racking my brain as to what I did wrong and how did this touchy verbal battle began…trying to point out what the offender did wrong and the offender not knowing why. We did not understand each other…until now, when I put pen to paper and asked God to help me work it out. You see, it wasn’t a battle against each other but what the enemy has devised before the disagreement began. The enemy was working on tender points of my past and instead of reminding him of my forgiveness, I wallowed in “self.” I focused on the wrongs of myself instead of God and His forgiveness. I can only imagine how the enemy touched my offender’s mind and heart. 

  

 Put on the full armor of God today (Eph. 6) and ask God to reveal to you the war raging behind what we think is a fleshly battle…

 

“For we don’t wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces in heavenly places.” Ephesians 6:12 

Valley👉Hill👉Mountain

Valley👉Hill👉Mountain

In Valleys, In Hills, In Glorious Mountains

By: Nicole K.

The battles you are fighting are never small
For you must practice climbing hills before mountains so tall
From far away the high cliffs look scary and steep
But as you take the first step, you realize you are no longer weak
Now, it seems more possible to accomplish what you once desired
Facing your fear; walking away from the eternal fire
Strengthen your legs as you follow Him
By starting in the valley and hills that lead to the mountain
Do not feel the failure when you trip and fall
For the One who is with you can and will heal all
The high cliffs are just the beginning of earth’s end
There is yet a greater journey just around the bend
Where sorrow and tears will flow no more
As we stand in front of heaven’s open doors
So, let us start this adventure that is ahead
And follow the One who died for us and freely bled

Artichoke Poem

Artichoke Poem

Artichoke

by: Nicole K.

I once was an artichoke, keeping my petals tight and firm
But then the heat of the day made my green shield waver and squirm
Thankfully the Gardner came to my aid
Watering my roots as I began to fade
Then something happened I did not expect
The Gardner picked me from my bush and I began to fret
My prickly petals were trimmed of their spikes
And I was put into boiling water…losing my strength; my might
I fought as hard as I could but the hot water surrounded me
Causing my petals and heart to become tender as I thought they would never be
I was plucked from the heat, exhausted and weak
Too tired to put up a fight…my future looked very bleak
The Gardner then pulled my petals away
Leaving my heart for all to see on display
Now, I understand what it means to let my petals go
And have a tender heart for everyone to see and everyone to know
It took being refined by heat
And the Garndner’s hands that trimmed me so neat
Yes, there are times when I yearn for my petals to be near
But with my Gardner by my side, I have nothing to fear