flaming arrows! ack!

Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand.  Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace.  In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish ALL the flaming arrows of the evil one.  Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.  And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the saints.
Ephesians 6:13-18

after writing yesterday about peaceful feet, i sure had a frustrating day.  nothing out of the ordinary really happened but i just seemed on edge.  my patience ran out quickly and the kids seemed to be driving me nuts.  during naptime i had a chance to breathe and reflect.  

so often i forget that there is an enemy.  don’t get me wrong, i know that he is there…i just don’t think about the fact that he doesn’t stop shooting those dang arrows.  the days that i’m feeling on top of things are the days that i get attacked the most because my guard is down.  
so often i get caught up with the details and strategies of life and i think that i need to know everything.  that isn’t what this verse says though.  it merely encourages you to pick up the shield and hold on tight.  doing this will extinguish a few…no, some…NO, ALL of the flaming arrows of the evil one.  that’s pretty stinkin’ cool.  why don’t i do that?
God, i want my faith to glorify you.  everyday as i am battling through life, remind me of the truth and love that forms that shield of faith.  let me be an example to the people around me as i seek you.  amen!

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