Don't Give Up the Fight

Monday, January 31, 2011
Gosh, I've cried over John Q on HBO.  I keep crying over a movie.  Sheesh.

Anyway, it's Monday once again and it's going to be my first post for Covenant Marriage. You might be asking why I keep posting devotionals about this issue.  Well, the truth is, I simply want to encourage other standers out there to stand firm in God's promises to them.  No matter what the enemy throws at them, God's Word stands true.  So fellow standers, stand strong and courageous!

Here's a devotional written by Anne, a fellow stander from Colorado.

"When Sanballat heard that we were rebuilding the wall, he became angry and was greatly incensed. He ridiculed the Jews...'What are those feeble Jews doing? Will they restore their wall? ...Will they finish in a day? Can they bring the stones back to life from those heaps of rubble--burned as they are?" (Nehemiah 4:1-3)
A remnant of Jews had returned to Jerusalem, and Nehemiah had returned to oversee the rebuilding of the city walls. Sanballat, who is like the satan of our story, was in violent opposition! He was not a Jew, not a worshiper of God and he did NOT want that city rebuilt!

Isn't that so like our enemy, the devil, who hates our God and all that our God loves, including us and our marriages? He will oppose your stand for your marriage at every turn. He will ridicule your attempt to bring the dead stones of your marriage back to life, and he will accuse you of feebleness which, indeed, we often feel.

We often face discouragement as the world mocks what we're doing or puts all the obstacles before us and says, "What they are building--if even a fox climbing up on it would break down their wall of stones!" (Nehemiah 4:3b)

But the people responded to their enemy with prayer: "Hear us, our God, for we are despised. Turn their insults back on their own heads..." (Nehemiah 4:4)  Like them, we need to cry out to our God in prayer. "Answer me when I call to you, my righteous God. Give me relief from my distress; have mercy on me and hear my prayer." (Psalm 4:1)
It is so important for us to remember that when difficulties arise, when things seem dark and impossible, these events are not our cue to become discouraged; they are our cue to pray! Let's encourage each other so that the attacks of the enemy don't drive us away from our stand, but drive us to our knees.
"So we rebuilt the wall till all of it reached half its height, for the people worked with all their heart." (Nehemiah 4:6)
Are we working wholeheartedly? It's hard, I know. We feel discouraged. Sometimes bad things seem to keep happening and sometimes nothing is happening at all! It's hard to persevere. We can't tell on this side of the mountain whether the wall has reached "half its height," but we can trust that as we persevere in prayer and obedience, God is working in many unseen ways. And the enemy doesn't like it!
"But when Sanballat, Tobiah, the Arabs, the Ammonites...heard that the repairs to Jerusalem's walls had gone ahead and that the gaps were being closed, they were very angry. They all plotted together to come and fight against Jerusalem and stir up trouble against it." (Nehemiah 4:7-8)
Is the enemy trying to "stir up trouble" for you? Maybe he is making finances hard, or causing difficulty with your children or in-laws. Maybe he is trying to tempt you to despair or various other sins. What should you do? 
"But we prayed to our God and posted a guard day and night to meet this threat." (Nehemiah 4:9)
What did the Israelites do? They prayed to their God, and they set up additional defenses. We need to pray and we may need additional defenses. Is there a spiritually-minded friend who will pray with you for your marriage? Are you in the Word of God, setting aside specific times for prayer and listening to His Spirit? Are you defending yourself and your family from things that are not of Him, closing up those gaps in the wall?

Nehemiah 4:13 talks about Nehemiah putting people at some of "the exposed places" on the wall to further defend those weak areas. We can ask God to show us weaknesses in our faith, lifestyle, or family life where the enemy might try to enter in.

Most of all, we must remember who is fighting for us, and keep our eyes on Christ!
"...Don't be afraid of them. Remember the Lord, who is great and awesome, and fight for your families, your sons and your daughters, your wives and your homes." (Nehemiah 4:14)
This is our battle cry! We are to remember our Lord who is great and awesome and fight for our families. No looking to the right or to the left. No turning back. Eyes on our commander and King, our dear Savior and Lord, fighting for His kingdom and glory!

TSMSS - Desert Song

Saturday, January 29, 2011

I know some of you are going through some tough times.  Maybe, you feel the pain in your heart, but the pain is just too much to bear that you couldn't express it anymore in words.  Maybe some of you have "enemies" who wanted to see you suffer and give up and they probably are earnestly waiting to comment, "See, I told you so, he/she won't last."  Or maybe, some think and feel that their "water has already run dry". We all have different mountains in front of us, different monsters facing us and different "enemies" who wanted to see our doom.  But let me encourage you with these verses ---
"'No weapon forged against you will prevail, and you will refute every tongue that accuses you. This is the heritage of the servants of the LORD, and this is their vindication from me,' declares the LORD." Isaiah 54:17
"For the LORD your God is the one who goes with you to fight for you against your enemies to give you victory." Deuteronomy 20:4
"...If God is for us, who can be against us?" Romans 8:31
The people of God will emerge as VICTORS whether the world likes it or not!

Here's a song that we can declare out loud while our Almighty God fights for us.

For more great music, link up with Amy over at Signs, Miracles and Wonders.

Thankful Thursday

Thursday, January 27, 2011
It's exactly 3:30 p.m. on my watch and I'm sitting on my bed feeling blah.  Again?!  Yup, again.  This feeling is getting very old.  I wonder, why do I get this feeling often?  Am I bored with what I do?  No, in fact I love what I'm doing.  So what's the deal? 

After hours of trying to come up with a hunky-dory answer, I figured that I'm not just too busy enough and I worry too much.  For more than 15 years, I've been so used to working like a horse and being such a worry wart (I'm still a work in progress), now that I have more time to myself (if only I'd master the art of time management), I feel like what on Earth am I doing sitting on my bed at 3:30 p.m. when I should be out meeting people and doing presentations?  I tend to worry about inconsequential stuff that eats up my peace. Unfortunately, that I mastered.

The thing is my work is done for today.

Anyway, it's Thursday.  Time to list my thankfuls.  Let's see...

Hmm... I can only think of one thing --- I thank the Lord that He provided me with what I needed for today. 

Which brings to my mind this verse, "Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own."  Matthew 6:34

So true!

What are you thankful for this week?

For more Thankful Thursday, visit Lynn over at Spiritually Unequal Marriage.

TSMSS - Peter Piper

Saturday, January 15, 2011

How time flies.  It's already mid January, wow!

Anyhoo, today is one lazy Saturday afternoon.  I kind of like the weather today.  It's raining outside.  I did some cleaning here and there.  Had my laundry picked up.  Took a quick shower then I brewed some ginger tea.  I can't believe I cried over Marley and Me.  Geez... 

I have this Saturday all to myself and I'm loving it!  No thoughts of work, no pressure.  Just peace and quiet.  This is one of those days that I love saying under my breath... I love you, Lord.

This music expresses how I feel right this very moment.  It's a music from my childhood. A music I associate with joy, freedom, hope and completeness.

For more great music, link up with Amy over at Signs, Miracles and Wonders.

Happy New Year!

Saturday, January 1, 2011
2010 is over... Welcome 2011!

Last year was a very good year for me.  God had really blessed me and I am truly grateful. This 2011, I am very expectant of more good things to come.  I believe that this year is going to be a better year.  Never mind what the statistics or the news say.  My God says that for those who fully obey Him, He will set high above all the nations on earth (Deuteronomy 28:1-14).  Aren't you excited?  

God changed so many things in my life.  Some very painful, but I'm glad He did. He said He plans to prosper me and not to harm me.  And what better way to do that, but to remove garbage in my life.  Sometimes those garbage were so attached to us that when removed, we tend to be resistant and that's when it becomes painful. I know some of you can relate to what I'm talking about.  But you know, the good news is, our God knows what is BEST for us and when we leave to Him our mess, He will make something beautiful out of it.  

Today is also the day my sister celebrates her 34th birthday so
HAPPY BIRTHDAY, SIS!  (1-1-11 --- how cool is that!)

 Taken at New Year's Eve with my friend, Zenda.

Here's wishing all of you A Blessed and Prosperous 2011!

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