I was reading in Ephesians this morning and came upon this...
For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places.
While I agree with it in principle, this morning I felt it missed the mark! Some days I do feel my battle is against flesh and blood...my own!!! Some days I have a bad attitude, I know it and I don't really even care. Some days I am my own worst enemy!!
Today was one of the days I just felt blah! I do have something weighing heavy on my heart, but I know from past experiences that I can be weighed down and not have a sour attitude. Bad thing about today was that I wasn't sure I cared enough to pull myself up and out of my pit! Ever felt like that?
But, since I tell my children that they can do what's right even when they don't feel like it, I decided I better get to work!. I read my Bible for a while and then I asked the Lord to help me with my attitude! I asked Him to help me employ Phil. 4:8 & 9...
8 Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, dwell on these things. 9 The things you have learned and received and heard and seen in me, practice these things, and the God of peace will be with you.
After I was done reading and praying I decided the final step to removing myself from the pit was to get in a little garden therapy! I pulled some weeds and asked Papa to pull the weeds He saw in my life...the weed of "control" and how I act when I feel out of control! I watered my plant babies and asked Papa to shower me with His peace and his encouragement! I walked about my garden and observed the beautiful flowers that at one time had been dormant, but were now in full bloom.
I asked Papa to allow the same thing to happen for me!!!
I needed to read this today. Love you.ReplyDelete
Lovely word picture, Barb. It's so hard some days to do what needs to be done (our attitudes included!) when we don't feel like doing the right thing. But God is good. He is always good and He is always faithful.ReplyDelete
Hugs to you friend! (((Barb))) Its hard to get past our own sins sometimes isn't it?! Love you!ReplyDelete
This was good for me to read today. I happened upon your blog and was glad I did!ReplyDelete
Thank you for sharing your "glimpes" with us.