Psalm 118, a Hymn of Thanksgiving

It’s good.  Really good.

You should read it gentle reader.

A few years ago I read a blog about “Life Verses” and I didn’t understand what that really meant.  This wonderful writer was talking about how her pastor talked about “life verses” and how they could positively impact our lives.  Those verses from the Bible which speak to our heart of hearts.

Then, funny enough… I looked around my house and there were life verses everywhere.

In my foyer, I have John 3:16

For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him might not perish but might have eternal life.

In my living room, I have 1 Corinthians 13:4

Love is patient, love is kind.  It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud

These words, these vows…my husband and I spoke over each other years ago…for which I did not remember until I viewed my wedding video again after 14 years.  Sigh.

In the basement, I have Psalm 118:24

This is the day the Lord has made; let us rejoice in it and be glad.

Something I have told my husband and children for years without thinking about it.  It was just habit to do so.

Oh dear and gentle reader…I do have life verses.  Amazing.  Who’da thunk it, right?

Do you have a life verse?  I bet if you look hard enough…it’s there.

Blessings be on you today, gentle reader.  Blessings be!

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Spiritual Warfare

I posted recently on Facebook asking for agreement in prayer from my Prayer Warrior friends.  My 10-year-old daughter seems to be suffering from a depression of spirit.  We are constantly building her up, only to have her back slide and fold into herself.  Let me tell you, gentle reader…it is very tiring.

Last night, realization came upon me and my husband.  We are not just dealing with a hormonal child…we are also dealing with a depressive spirit.  By no means do I mean the clinical definition of depression.  I mean there seems to be like an atmospheric depression that follows her around (think Charlie Brown).  Her spirit is literally depressed.  We have seen this in other children and it is my belief that this spirit has attached itself to our daughter.

When I wrote the post on FB I explained that I wanted others to come into agreement (the Lord says whenever two or more come together in His name and in agreement, He will be there) with us that this spirit would leave her alone and by doing so, would bring about peace to our family.  My Prayer Warrior friends are AMAZING!!!!  Right away, they agreed with me…letting me know they were praying for us. 

One person though, who is a social worker…suggested that we go into counseling because depression is a physical issue and while they thought that prayer was “nice” that they believed that counseling and medications would benefit my child more.  :::Slaps self in forehead:::  I should not be surprised, right?  But, oh gentle reader…I am!  He offered best wishes to my family, but no prayer.

How can you explain to someone there is such a thing as “Spiritual Warfare”?  I do not believe he has a personal relationship with our Lord, Jesus Christ.  I think he thinks Christians are an oddity, easily analyzed and picked apart because of our faith.  Tsk, tsk, brother. 

I am wondering if I should take this instance and teach him about our Lord and Savior.  My life has been a lot better since accepting God’s love and knowing that Christ fulfilled the Law, so that I may know Grace.  Christ lived the perfect life…and was willing to die for ME!!!!  How crazy, how amazing…how overwhelming!?!?!?!?!  That gift is HUGE!!!!  Thank You and praise You, Jesus!

I digress.  Back to my daughter.  So, last night, I did happen to see a depressive shadow hanging out on the wall where no shadow should have been.  It was there waiting for my daughter as she left my bedroom for the second time complaining of an upset stomach.  I have been praying to the Holy Spirit for the different gifts, and I praise Him that I now know I have been given the gift of discernment.  What a gift to have.  (See: 1 Corinthians 12, 13, 14 for Gifts of the Holy Spirit)  Thank You Holy Spirit and thank You Jesus!  I can now fight this spirit with all the power of our Lord Jesus Christ.  We will bind the spirit and make it leave my daughter.  She has already been anointed and will be so again tonight.  I am going to go and bless her room in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ and continue to do so until I know the spirit is gone.

There is a spiritual realm out there folks.  It can harm you and attack you as you walk in your journey with Christ.  But, rest assured…my God is an AWESOME GOD!  We are children of the Most High God and through Him, ALL things are possible!  This spirit will not get the best of my family…and it will not have my daughter!

Blessings Be, friends!