There are times during motherhood when we are digging in the trenches. It happens during several phases of life, but the feeling that accompanies remains the same: defeat. We feel like we're preparing for battle daily, but often with little to shield us from the pain, frustration, guilt, and desperation.
I've realized there’s only one true source to provide shelter from the assaults Satan can throw our way… adorning the armor of God.
We each have our own personal battlefield: grocery stores filled with screaming tantrums, sticky floors and scattered messes that leave us feeling desolate and incompetent, even the bedroom of a teenager with walls echoing “I hate you” and “You are the meanest mother ever.” Wherever we are when the devil seeks to destroy our faith and steal our joy… there’s refuge and redemption when we drop our guard, pick up our cross, and cover ourselves with the means of protection coming only from the Lord.
Ephesians 6:13 (NIV) says, “Therefore put on the armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand.”
God has a formula for the armor He intends for us to use, so we may walk into our respective battlefields with confidence in His faithfulness and guidance. Ephesians goes on to tell us God has made readily available the belt of truth, breastplate of righteousness, readiness from the gospel of peace, shield of faith, helmet of salvation, and sword of the spirit, being the word of God (6:14-17).
We often look at our circumstances, feeling overwhelmed, underprepared, and void of victory. But our victory comes from the Lord and our ability to use every piece of the armor He’s given us. He instills a sense of resiliency and perseverance in our hearts when we focus on Him and not the battle or the enemy. We must prepare ourselves daily by consuming ourselves with His word and His truth.
We can also move forward in the battle against doubt and tribulation when we welcome reminders of God’s salvation for our souls. He wants to lead us to a life victorious over our burdens, shame, and self-doubt by showering us with His love and the mercy He gave through the sacrifice of Jesus dying for our transgressions. Let the words of salvation ring as our fight song: Buried with Christ, risen to walk in new life with Him.New life. New strength. New courage. New redemption for every battle we face, small and large.
So, whatever struggle you’re facing that threatens your faith and joy in the Lord, look to Him, cover yourself in the shield of His mercy, and march forward with confidence that He is charging alongside you; no true leader sends His people out to fight without crawling beside them through the trenches. He’s given us all we need to come out victorious and with ability to serve those around us with the same grace and compassion He so easily gives.
Word of the Day
I have told you these things so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble, but take heart. I have overcome the world. (John 16:33)
Let us not be fearful or doubtful of the struggles we face, but confident in Your faithfulness and ability to provide the tools necessary to overcome obstacles of frustration, pride, inadequacy, doubt, or pain. May we suit up in the armor You've provided with love and endearment. Remind us that Your grace extends as protection and purpose in our journey each day. May we look to You for leadership, wisdom, and redemption. With gratefulness and perseverance, Amen
Author: Candace Koon