Saturday, August 2, 2008

Submit & Resist

In this season of preparation for the school year, a few moms gathered together last night to pray. It was an amazing time of submitting ourselves and our families to the Lord. The prayers were sincere and heartfelt. The concerns genuine and the transparency obvious. I knew we would have an amazing night. How? I felt horrible all day. My neck was so irritated it fed into a magnormous migraine that I couldn't shake.

I prayed about what to do. I knew I needed Toradol (a strong NSAID) to calm down my neck. I searched and we didn't have any oral Toradol. We only had a vial for IM Toradol (injection).
I prayed some more and felt the Lord prompt me to call The Captain.
He actually answered his phone. In the middle of the day.
Turns out he had a strange little pocket of time in his morning schedule.
Really?

Yes.
Could you come home and give me shot of Toradol?

Yes.
Really?

Yes.

So The Captain came home and gave me a shot in the squishiest of my parts and headed back to work. I slept a little longer but soon I was feeling much better.
It was then I realized the last time the home school moms got together I felt sick.
Hmmm, and last summer when we got together to pray regularly I always felt horrible.
Interesting.
I've been a part of too many prayer meetings and bible studies to ever cancel due to my own illness.
I've come away one too many times feeling blessed and suddenly very healthy.

Why do I share all this with you? Well, if you are doing anything that is impacting the kingdom of God, especially with your children, expect some prowling by the roaring lion, our adversary, as he tries to devour. (see 1 Peter 5:8)

But as James 4:7 reminds us, "Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you."

It's true. You might feel horrible, your kids might suddenly get fever, your plumbing may spring a leak right before you walk out that door to get to that bible study, prayer meeting or worship service. Yes of course there is a time to stay home and take care of business. But there is also a time to just dig your "spiritual" heels in and go anyway. Over and over I've witnessed the sudden recovery of health for both moms and children after the study, etc... is over. Every time I have submitted myself to God, resisted the devil, he does flee. For a time anyway. He always comes back. It's a part of his job description I guess. But it does get easier to recognize when it's him which makes it easier to be feisty and go anyway!

The point of our little story today: Expect some resistance when what you and your family are doing impacts the kingdom. But never forget that, "Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is He that is in you, than he that is in the world." 1 John 4:4

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