Armor of God: Prayer

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Did you know that there are actually seven pieces of the armor of God? If you did, you are one up on me. So far we have covered the belt of truth, breastplate of righteousness, shoes of peace, shield of faith, helmet of salvation and the sword of the spirit. Six pieces.  I never realized that there was one more weapon that was important to the soldier.
In Ephesians 6:18 it says, “Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit” I have never thought of prayer as being a part of the armor. I knew it was definitely a very powerful weapon that we have against Satan, but I never linked it to the armor. In Rick Renner’s book Dressed to Kill, he shares his belief that the Roman soldier’s lance is a perfect example of how prayer can be an effective and essential weapon in our lives. Continue reading

Armor of God – The Sword

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I have loved digging deeper into the Armor of God! I have learned so much as I have studied the purpose of each piece of the armor.  It is amazing how each part protects me and sets me up for success in the battles of life.

Today we will talk about the Sword of the Spirit-the Word of God. Several weeks ago we learned about the belt of truth, the written Word of God and how it is THE foundation for all the rest of the pieces. Today we will learn about how to put the Word of God into action, in a way that will become an offensive weapon that will mortally wound the enemy and defeat him forever.

Deadly Innovation

The Roman army adapted and improved its swords over time. The first one that they developed was called a gladius. It had a very long blade and was very impressive, but also very heavy. So heavy in fact that the soldier had to use two hands to swing it down to smash their opponent. Quickly the soldiers realized that this was not a very effective sword to use in battle. After many tries they ended up with a sword called a machaira. It was nineteen inches long and both sides of the blade were razor sharp. The tip of the sword hooked up, which made the point even sharper.  The soldier could cut into the enemy no matter what direction they swung and with a simple little twist the tip would tear through the insides of the enemy soldier, leaving them fatally wounded on the ground. (Sorry for the graphic description! :-p) Continue reading

Bible Truths For Your Kids

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Last week we talked about the most important piece of armor we can possess: the Belt of Truth.  We pointed out that our source of that Truth is the Word of God.  It is our job as parents to make sure that this belt is firmly in place for our kids, for life.  Today we thought we would share some Scriptures that can help us do just that.

As I was gathering these scriptures all into one document these two specific ones came to mind.

All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work. 2 Timothy 3:16-17

“And you must love The Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your strength. And you must commit yourselves wholeheartedly to these commands that I am  giving you today. Repeat them again and again to your children. Talk about them when you are at home and when you are on the road; when you are going to bed and when you are getting up.” Deuteronomy 6:5-7

Scripture is a gift given to us to equip us to do everything we need to do and are called to do. What better gift can we give our children, than to devote time frequently to getting the Word into their hearts? It is one thing to memorize scripture, but to explain it and show them how to apply it to their lives is a priceless investment. Continue reading

5 Minutes of Peace

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This past weekend I was at a baby shower for a dear friend. I was so excited to celebrate the birth of her first child!! Awhile ago, I was asked to give a short devotional during the shower and happily accepted. After thinking for awhile, I decided to share some things that I have learned over the years that I would love to pass on to a new mom.

There was one habit that I wished I would have established earlier on in my parenting because I know it would have saved me a lot of stress and worry. This one habit I wanted to encourage her to start now as she begins her parenting career. It really is a simple thing to do, but I think it is one of the hardest things for a mom to actually get done.

If I could only give one piece of advice to a new mom, this is what it would be: Take time to fill yourself up EVERY SINGLE DAY!! It can be just five minutes a day, but those five minutes will be your life line. It will be those few moments of focused time with God that will sustain you through the busy-ness of motherhood. Continue reading

Girls’ Devotionals

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As you have probably have gathered over the course of this last year, I am not a morning person. I try to stay in bed until the last possible moment. Since the snooze and I are best friends, I hardly ever allow enough time in the morning to do my quiet time before the day is off and running. This is something I hope to not pass on to my kids.

This school year the girls decided they wanted a schedule for what they are to do in the morning before school. I have no idea where they would come up with such an idea! 😉 In the schedule, we allowed for time for them to do their own devotional. They have loved that time, and I am excited that they are starting to form a great habit at such a young age. I pray they continue to enjoy this time with the Lord for the rest of their years.

Here are the girl’s current devotionals:

Rebekah (age 6) is going through Sheila Walsh’s “Shine Your Light Devotional.”

Hannah (age 8) is going through Elizabeth George’s “A Girl After God’s Own Heart: A tween Adventure with Jesus.”

I have really liked both of these and I feel they are perfect for where the girls are at. They can understand what they are reading and answer the questions on their own.

I am going through Joyce Meyer’s “The Confident Mom” It is excellent!!!! It isn’t technically a devotional but I am making it into one. It was so good that I could not put it down the first time I read it. I wished she would have written it earlier in my career as a mom, but I will gladly take her insight now. The other thing I love about this book, is that it is chock full of scriptures. There is no better thing to do during this season of life than to put the Word into your heart!

I would love to hear what you are reading as a devotional? Or if you do not like devos what book of the Bible are in studying? What devotionals have you liked for your kids? I know we will need another one for both the girls towards the middle of the school year. I am completely clueless on what is good for a boy, so moms of boys, what did your sons enjoy and learn from?

Word of Our Testimony

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A couple weeks ago our Pastor shared the following verse…

 Revelation 12:10-11 (NLT)

It has come at last-salvation and power and the Kingdom of our God and the authority of his Christ. For the accuser of our brothers and sisters has been thrown down to earth-the one who accuses them before our God day and night. And they have defeated him by the blood of the lamb and by their testimony. And they did not love their lives so much that they were afraid to die.

 This verse talks about three ways that we can overcome Satan, our accuser.

  1. By the Blood of the Lamb
  2. By the Word of our Testimony
  3. By our willingness to lay down our lives. Continue reading



I Love To Read

Fact 1) I have had a 30 minute commute for the last 8 years.

Fact 2) I love to read, but don’t have time.

About 2 years ago it finally dawned on me that I could take the weakness of Fact 1 and turn it into an advantage that solved Fact 2.  I started borrowing audiobooks from the library and listening to them on my commute.  So, because of that simple revelation I am able to read (ok, ‘listen to’) a lot of books.  For some reason I had never thought of it before…isn’t it funny how the answer can be so obvious AFTER you finally see it?!? Continue reading

The 8 Bibles Every Family Needs


OK, I purposely made the title a little extreme…you actually only need 1 Bible.  But that beings said, today we will describe 4 Bibles that have really helped us to teach the fundamental truths of the Bible to our kids and 4 Bibles that have helped us to go deeper ourselves. Continue reading

Truth Versus Lies

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Before our Valentine’s posts I was sharing what I have been learning about winning battles instead of being taken over by them. The more I search Scripture, the more I realize that there is a common root for almost all of the battles:  Lies.

The saying, “You can’t teach an old dog new tricks” is right. Satan really hasn’t learned any new tricks. Since the garden, he has tried to take us out by planting lies. John 8:44 tells us that “He has always hated the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he lies, it is consistent with his character; for he is a liar and the father of lies.” (NLT)

There are four steps we take to let lies in and allow them to slowly but surely take us out. Continue reading

Index For Life

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Last week my girl was sitting on the steps looking through her Bible.  She asked “How do I look something up if there are two words, like ‘Obey God’?”  I told her to look up the first word, or maybe to think of a similar word like ‘Obedience.’  Then I asked what she was doing, and she said she was looking in the Bible’s index for ideas about how to get along with her sister.  There are moments that really touch me, and that was one of them.  I love her honest, simple, open heart!

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