Today was a slingshot my eye mask at the ceiling fan day. Who cares that the elastic wrapped around it and seems to be tangled there for infinity, because today is demo-day at the Duewel’s. Demo, as in ripping into some undone projects and tackling a few needed reno’s around the house. My blog, for instance is getting a makeover. I mean, have you noticed the blog competition out there? Blog beauty has increased by the bazillions?
Also, I’m totally thrilled to be working with Mandy Roberson Media for my renovations. I’m even more excited about the spectacularness and ease in which you’ll be able to order the book, Fix-Her-Upper. You’ll click on a really cool slider! That’s it. And can I just say, God is blessing over and above all expectations of the Fix-Her-Upper project. We have a mass of pre-orders. Since this is really difficult to do without crinkly pages in hand, we know it’s all God. And you, of course. Thank you! It means so much that you place confidence in Rhonda Rhea and I and the big God we serve. I have to say, Rhonda is the best co-author anyone could rave about. Team work makes the dream work! God is good.
Although aesthetics are pleasant and Pinterest worthy—I’m intent on giving you something of value to carry in your toolbag throughout the day. Whether it’s a challenging thought or an inspirational insight, I hope you seek, see, and celebrate God this very day. And if I can help you do this with encouragement and a smile—I am simply living a dream! I would also love it if you would share this dream with a friend. My blog post shared on Twitter or Facebook might perk someone’s day.
Because it’s excellent and worthy to encourage one another to love and good deeds. To pray in the pain and fight in the fear. Together. In fact, let’s make fear-fighting our focus of the day. Why? Because I am a wimp.
I’ll just say it. Give me a happy ending for Bambie, or give me another version of a baby deer and bunny thumping and safe mamas. My kids all preach the same: “That’s not real life, moooom.” Why? Why do my kids have to be so adultish sometimes? There are those incidences though—in our lives, in our marriage, in our faith—that we have to fight! And not just fight. We have to battle and go to the mat (not that I’ve ever gone to an actual mat, but doesn’t it sound valiant).
I’ve discussed sin fighting with my accountability partner. Somehow—and like something out of sci-fi—the sin I battled ten years ago and thought was down for the count, comes back to life to trip me up with a new kind of steroid power. Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us. Hebrews 12:1. Sin is impossible to ignore and relentless in pursuit. It only grows to weigh us down. So, wimp or no wimp—we have to fight. How can we run weightless with clenched fists and open hearts? By remembering the truth: God’s got this. And placing faith in our future: God wins. There is, my friends, a happy ending!
When I was a kid (boy that makes me sound old), but when I was young…er, I was trapped by two boys who held me captive on a tire swing. This sounds less than terrifying, I know. But after being teased, taunted, and slammed against the trunk of a tree for a child’s account of forever—I knew I had to either wait it out, or jump. I jumped. Once my body hit the dust and I felt the dirt sticking to my tears like glue, I rallied with a guttural, “Huh-uh!” All I can say is, “Boys do to run like girls. Ya-huh.”
It’s difficult to remember, when we swing in a hole of aloneness, that Jesus is the warrior beside us. And we will not be tormented by the enemy. We are not held captive—but free to sprint and drop weightless to the ground. We can untangle sin and chase the enemy. Why? Because we are God’s child. Also, we are really good at battling…almost too good…like superpower good. And here’s why:
Because Christ fought sin and we won. For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 6: 23
Because we can fight in faith and rest in grace. We can approach the battle with confidence. In your majesty ride forth victoriously in the cause of truth, humility and justice; let your right hand achieve awesome deeds. Let your sharp arrow pierce the hearts of the king’s enemies; let the nation fall beneath your feet. Your throne, O God, will last for ever and ever; a scepter of justice will be the scepter of your kingdom. Psalm 45:4-6 Beautiful. Majestic. Bold. We are sufficient to stand in the shadow of His prize fight. And win!
Because Jesus fights for us. You are from God and have overcome them, for he is in you is greater than he who is in the world. 1 John 4:4. And intercedes for us. Christ Jesus who died—more than that, who was raised to life—is at the right hand of God and intercedes for us. Romans 8:34
Because we have the superpower we need. But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you…Acts 1:8
Because God has already given us the gift of grace to win. For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing: it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast. Ephesians 2:8-9
And because the enemy runs like a girl. “Yah-huh!” And the devil, who deceived them, was thrown into the lake of burning sulfur, where the beast and the false prophet had been thrown. They will be tormented day and night for ever and ever. Revelation 20:10…
And also, simply because God is the one writing our story, there’s this: Thee Happy Ending!
I am hoping you feel refreshed as you battle today in a grace-filled way. As you sweat and step to the mat. Thank you for allowing me the chance to dab your forehead, fluff your day, and challenge you with a new kind of cheer. You got this, lovelies!
“For sin shall no longer be your master, because you are not under law, but under grace.” Romans 6:14.