As a Christian author and speaker, married to a great guy, and we have a miracle daughter, life is good, but one thing hangs on the hinges of my mind...WHERE'S MY PICKET FENCE? Come join me, post by post, while I discover the Carpenter's picket fence.
“Do these boots match?” My middle school
daughter asked just before it was time to walk out the door.
Good question, because a girl has to have
the right boots on to complete her ensemble.
She asked this
question after trying on more than one outfit.A girl not only has to look
just right, but feel just right. Everyone around her, can give a compliment
about the way a girl looks, but if she doesn’t feel right in what she is wearing…forget
it…compliment’s are worthless.
Also a favorite pair of jeans one day, may
feel like you’re wearing someone else’s jeans another day.
I've learned not to get rid of her clothes
very quick like, because she will ask me where I put the shirt or pair of pants she hated
a few days prior, but now they are suddenly her favorites again.
I go through the same thing. One day, I
needed to get dressed to have some pictures taken...
Finally…after trying on one thing after another...something not only felt right, but
covered up what I wanted covered, and I liked what I saw in the mirror.
Now my husband…he usually does pretty
well, but sometimes he needs my assistance, he has a pair of shoes that he
thinks goes with anything, and can be worn at anytime…NOT!
But…when he hops on his motorcycle…he has
to have the right boots on...
...jacket, AND pants, too. Not, just to complete his ensemble, but to keep dry when it rains and to have some sort of protection.
Me...I love clothes, I have lots of favorites, and I
like to have a good pair of boots, well more than one pair of boots. It is so fun to put on a shirt that feels
just right, and has some personality.
The clothes a person wears hangs in their
closets or are folded in their dresser drawers. Sometimes a person dresses
fancy, sometimes athletic, or casual, and sometimes just plain comfortable –
like I am right now while sitting here writing this blog – a person usually
wears whatever fits the call for the day. Each day we pick out an outfit to
In the Bible Paul wrote a letter to the
believers in Ephesus and told them a way to dress that doesn’t change every
day. The clothing he instructed the believer to wear was not outer garments,
but rather spiritual garments.
Being guarded by Roman soldiers he used
their attire to explain how a believer should dress spiritually. Though, these
things are not technically visible to the human eye, they are visible in the
way we respond to things during our day.
Ephesians 6:10-18 New International
The Armor of God
10 Finally, be strong
in the Lordand
in his mighty power.11 Put on the full armor of God,so that you can
take your stand against the devil’s schemes.12 For our struggle
is not against flesh and blood,but against the
rulers, against the authorities,against the
powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the
heavenly realms.13 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.14 Stand firm then, with the belt of truth
buckled around your waist,with
the breastplate of righteousness in place,15 and with your feet
fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace.16 In addition to all
this, take up the shield of faith,with which you can
extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one.17 Take the helmet of
the sword of the Spirit,which
is the word of God.
18 And pray in the
Spiriton all occasionswith all kinds of
prayers and requests.With
this in mind, be alert and always keep on prayingfor all the Lord’s
During this last summer we visited a small, very
charismatic church. The preacher came up to the podium and her voice rang out
with strength and power from deep within her. It took her awhile to move her
message along, because she kept reiterating what she had previously spoken, but
before we left, she made it clear, we need to put the full armor of God on…not
just part of it.
We wouldn’t walk out of the house half-dressed,
would we? We wouldn’t go without our shoes, shirt, or pants when we go to work, or to the store
6:10-18The Message (MSG)
Fight to the Finish
10-12 And that about wraps it
up. God is strong, and he wants you strong. So take everything the Master has
set out for you, well-made weapons of the best materials. And put them to use
so you will be able to stand up to everything the Devil throws your way. This
is no afternoon athletic contest that we’ll walk away from and forget about in
a couple of hours. This is for keeps, a life-or-death fight to the finish
against the Devil and all his angels.
13-18 Be prepared. You’re up
against far more than you can handle on your own. Take all the help you can
get, every weapon God has issued, so that when it’s all over but the shouting
you’ll still be on your feet. Truth, righteousness, peace, faith, and salvation
are more than words. Learn how to apply them. You’ll need them throughout your
life. God’s Word is an indispensable weapon.
In the same way, prayer is essential in this ongoing warfare. Pray hard and
long. Pray for your brothers and sisters. Keep your eyes open. Keep each
other’s spirits up so that no one falls behind or drops out. Believe in your salvation through Jesus Christ, walk in righteousness, truth, and
peace. Pick up the Bible and listen to what the Lord has to say to you.
And pray…pray for yourself and one another.
9 And this is my prayer: that your lovemay
abound more and more in knowledge and depth of insight,10 so
that you may be able to discern what is best and may be pure and blameless for
the day of Christ,11 filled with the fruit of righteousnessthat
comes through Jesus Christ—to the glory and praise of God.