😎🐫🎤 Christ’s peace be with you. Are you thankful? Can you still praise God in this time of solitude? Will you celebrate even if you don’t gather with friends and family this Thanksgiving? We are a blended family and for our Thanksgiving gathering this year, for the first time ever we were going to have my parents and all five of our children, their spouses, and our grandchildren all together at one time. Being that they would be coming from three different states, this was going to be the first time for some of the grandchildren to meet. Needless to say, I was rather bummed last Thursday when we cancelled our gathering.
Yesterday afternoon I received a call from my husband informing me that our garage had been broken into and thousands of dollars worth of tools and equipment gone that quick. Yes, we have an emergency fund and insurance, but who wants to deal with the hassle of it all and you never remember all of the tools you had until you go to use something one day and realize you didn’t account for it in the claim. Yes, this is not the first time my home/garage has been broken into.
Distractions like these can very quickly turn our focus to a negative, “Why is the world hating on me.” attitude. This type of attitude can lead us down paths that draw us away from who and who’s we truly are. And this attitude shift may find you trying to be someone you aren’t. To paraphrase one of the devotionals I read this past week…You will never succeed at being who you truly are, if you’re trying to be someone else. You/I can’t allow these lame attacks from Satan’s band of demons take hold and control us. You/I need to rise up and flick that little demon off our shoulder. These annoying, frustrating shots that Satan hits us with may dent our armor a bit, but if we don’t put on our armor and let his shots pierce into our souls and get the better of us, that’s when he wins.
Thinking on these events, I’m reminded that not having our family gathering and having these things taken away from us (that took years to accumulate) is such a small sacrifice compared to the sacrifice Jesus made for me and you. Count your blessings and be thankful for ALL that you have. Focus and act as who you are, not as Satan wants you to be. When all is said and done the Lord is our creator. Just like those thieves stealing our tools, Satan is trying to steal us away from God. Put on your full armor and stand firm in the Lord. Bless others and be blessed.
#ChrisTomlin – Who You Are to Me featuring Lady A