I remember when AJ took this picture. AJ and I took some time to celebrate her graduation and my birthday by going to the state of Washington for over a week. We fell in love with its various forms of beauty in nature. In this particular picture, we had visited the peninsula and were on the beaches by the rain forest. I can remember recognizing the strong winds and the storm rolling in, but feeling safe in its midst. For it’s our Father and Creator we serve. He would never hurt His people. Though the storms are a fact of life, we remain safe in His presence, in His will.
I know, it’s been a while. I would like to liken it to a regrouping of sorts.
Last year was a challenging year, and we needed to grow as a family and know that Who we serve is much bigger than the bumps and bruises we receive in life. There were times that I thought to put my thoughts into words as we continued on in our journey; however, there was some solidifying in Whose we were before that took place. As well, for it to be effective for the glory of Yahweh our Father in Heaven.
Some have asked how our son, Tal, and our daughter, AJ, were doing since last year’s trials. They are doing well and thriving. They have some battle scars, but He has been faithful to strengthen their inner man and use them and each of us for His glory. As a family we felt very strongly about not putting a label of an anniversary on the defeats that the enemy has encountered with Yahweh, on our behalf. We saw no need to magnify him and the acts that he and his kingdom have brought against us in any way. Yahweh has been faithful to walk us through many trials in life, but in our own form of Psalm 107, we recount them only to praise His deliverance and healing. We refuse to look at the days and trials as a form of pity or regret. We seek to declare what Yahweh has done and continues to do in our lives for He is the One deserving to be glorified, for His mercies and faithful deliverance of His people.
Psalm 107: 1-2 “Give thanks to Yahweh for He is good and His loving-commitment is everlasting. Let the redeemed of Yahweh say so, for He has redeemed us from the hand of the adversary.”
I share the following story for the purpose of upbuilding and encouraging His people.
Yesterday was another trial that our faithful Father delivered our family from yet again. My hero husband was involved in a bizarre wreck in his city in which the woman seemed to willingly and knowingly want to hurt him in his police vehicle with her vehicle fashioned as the weapon of choice. As her car spun in doughnuts in an intersection, she took aim at him and in the third and last hit he took, he recalled witnessing her eyes and body language to be coming straight for him with great purpose of hurting him. But, Yahweh delivered him and protected him from great harm.
We were reminded yet again that we are in a war. It’s not just physical, it’s spiritual. The enemy and his kingdom knows who are the Father’s children. When we choose to step out in boldness and faith against the enemy and his kingdom, when we choose to confront a trial in the face of fear, He is faithful to deliver us.
After yesterday’s incident, we came together as a family and prayed. We praised Yahweh for His faithfulness and reminded our children all that He has brought us through. Tal drew this picture (on the left) and he placed it on daddy’s dresser. It was yet another confirmation that even though we don’t have control over situations, He does. Even though life has its ups and downs, He is faithful to watch over us and deliver us from all evil.
There are so many wrongs playing out in this world. We don’t need to search very far. It’s playing out on the news, in our workplaces, in our schools, in our families, etc. We have never witnessed the amount of fear that has overcome the family of God more than we have living in this country, in this day and age. For the believer who reads this, we exhort you to remember that you are in a war:
Ephesians 6:10-18 “Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might.11 Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. 12 For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places. 13 Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. Stand therefore, having girded your waist with truth, having put on the breastplate of righteousness, 15 and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace; 16 above all, taking the shield of faith with which you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one.17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God; 18 praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints—”
When you choose to stand for Him, to stand for truth, you have chosen to be a marked threat to the enemy and his kingdom. These “incidents” and “trials” are not happenstances or coincidences. They are to discourage you and weaken your faith in Him. The enemy and his kingdom would love nothing more than to have you chalk it up to, “It’s life!” But, our Savior, Yahshua, did not die so that you can live a defeated life, but that you live an abundant one! (John 10:10). Our Father has already awarded us the victory in Him, but we must still be willing to go into battle. We must be willing to soldier on with Him at the forefront.
We have a choice daily. We get to choose life and death, the blessing or the curse. We get to choose whose kingdom we are going to uphold in our thoughts and through our vessels, our bodies. Yahweh asks that we choose life and live because in Him is true life.
Do not fear, beloved ones. It is with great excitement that we declare that we know there is a war against us. But, it’s because we have chosen who our Master is and our Master is faithful to deliver us each time even if we walk away with some bumps and bruises. No soldier has ever fought in a war without having some battle scars or wounds. We are on the winning team every time because we are His. HalleluYah!
Soldier on, mighty soldier!
You are dearly loved and powerfully used in Him,
Laurie for the PopTribe