Spiritual Warfare does bring growth !!!
Hello Friends ,
Have you noticed that I have been missing ? I must apologize to you for doing so. I knew when God told me to write about this topic that satan would take off and attack.. I truly hate to admit this to you but in order for me to conclude this topic it is necessary.
The past 5 months or so I have with my family been going through some very difficult times.. without going into many details all I can say is that while I knew what was happening in my life I attempted to fix things myself. What a mess !! I was trying so hard to not allow satan to win and sadly it appeared for a time he was doing just that.
It was right after Thanksgiving that I began sharing this situation with someone from my past. God in His infinite wisdom drew us together over hundreds of miles via Face Book of all places . :) As I was sharing , it hit me like a ton of bricks..." Colleen, what is wrong with you " ? I asked . I knew that I was right smack in the middle of a spiritual war. So, now I opened my eyes and said " ENOUGH " !! And here I am about 5 weeks later sharing with you . It reminded me that of course no warfare comes to us that God Himself does not allow.
Why, you may ask , For growth . We cannot grow in life if everything is perfect.. no problems. First of all we would have no need of Jesus.. and then there would be no need for special people in our lives to help in times of needs.
Warfare comes in many areas of our lives...it can be a serious health issues , loss of a job , financial burdens .. losing a loved one.. Losing a loved one..does not always mean in death. We can lose them to wrong choices they may make. Or it could be lies , jealousy, the list goes on. I learned that God does not limit loss to death . I also learned that it is alright if people do not want to be part of our lives. Not everyone will always like us. And there is nothing wrong with this. People are in our lives for a season.
God sent to me a person who I have not seen or spoken to since I was a teen..(and that, my friends has been awhile). I had no clue that I could lose someone in my life and feel at peace about it. And I tell you that for me it is God's peace that I desire most of all. Anyway, through this person who is a fellow child of God's..I was reminded that we grow when we step back and look at our part in life. I was reminded that life does go on but if allowed life and its trials can destroy us . How we deal with a warfare attack depends on where we are with God.. it depends on whether or not we can and will accept changes in our life. It depends on our faith in God. He never ever leaves us...we may walk away for a time but He never does .
I read something today that goes along with this study ..We are NOT RUNNING THIS RACE ALONE !!! We are connected. With people He sends our way. I am so glad that God saw me struggling and allowed me to go through these past 5 months because today I can tell you all that I am stronger for it. I am thrilled about life . I am loving what God has put in front of me. I have accepted that all of this has led me to you all once again..My special on line friends. You were a vital reason that I was able to get back here...I care so much about you .
Now, my challenge for you ( which I have taken on as well ) . 2012 is here and I have been hearing from many of you that you ( and myself) are claiming a drama free year.. a year of surrounding ourselves with positive people, I challenge you to think of 2 people that you believe God has put in your life...let these 2 people be the ones that when spiritual warfare comes and as a child of the King we all will from time to time face it... let these 2 folks be the ones that you will call upon when the attack begins. Seek them out for encouragement. Go to them and let them help you to get back to where you need to be. And on the other side of this coin reach out and offer to be the same to another. Be the one they go to for encouragement.
I believe in the power of ENCOURAGEMENT !!!! it is a beautiful thing. Let this new year be the year that wherever we are we hear someone encouraging another. Thank you each one for your patience in my absence. I will be doing some new studies on positive thinking . I also am working on getting a recipe section going for you out there who cook. There will be some new things on this website so pray for us and join as in 2012 as we seek God's will . Please do share our site with others . It is our prayer that people will find solace through this site.
I also ask that you all will join me in a new and better prayer plan for the year. When you have a prayer need please send it via our e-mail address...let Bob and I know what is on your hearts and watch as GOD answers them. " Pray one for another " . We would love to hear from you this year.
May God fill your heart with peace and encouragement..
Until Next Time,
In His Service ,