Gird Yourselves

Last weekend, my husband and I attended a Weekend to Remember Conference in Incline Village, Tahoe. We’ve attended this conference before, but when the opportunity arose to do so again, we decided it was the perfect time—when our lives seem to be exceedingly busy. It might seem that adding another event to an already full calendar wouldn’t be considered the “perfect time” but we see it as a proactive approach—girding ourselves for battle.

It’s just a season has become our mantra lately. A season of change. A season of challenge. A season that, unless we take precaution, can put a chink in our marriage. The conference was a time of immense connection and a reminder that, aside from our relationship with Jesus Christ, our relationship with each other is the priority. And there’s no doubt that as we draw closer to each other, the enemy seeks to find any avenue to “steal, kill and destroy” (John 10:10).

Ephesians 6:11 says, “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.” It’s easy to get so caught up in the busyness of life that we open ourselves up for attack. And if you’re “busyness” is in some way glorifying God, then what better reason does Satan need to wheedle his sorry self into your life?

I remember years ago telling my mom that my life was going so well, I was waiting for the other shoe to drop—and then it did. I was bombarded with months of physical, emotional and spiritual onslaught. It was the longest, most traumatic season I’ve ever experienced. And I was not prepared.

Rather than resting in an easy season, I now know how important it is to take the opportunity to grow in relationship with Jesus Christ—to build up the armor of God—so that when difficulty strikes, I have spiritual protection and am prepared to weather the storm. It doesn’t minimize the problem, but it gives me a better insight into the God-view instead of floundering in the world-view.

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