Encircling My People

Encircling My People

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I feel like a lioness rounding up her cubs after an attack, encircling them physically (by treading a path around & around) and spiritually (by calling out their names one-by-one to the Lord on high).

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We live in a broken world, and as I age (50 this year!) it’s becoming more and more evident. The enemy is alive and well. (But so is Jesus!) I recently read this phrase in Acts, “There was a plot afoot among the Gentiles and Jews . . . ” (Acts 14:5 NIV). Sounds like the beginning of a Sherlock Holmes book. “There was a plot afoot . . . ” I kind of chuckled and had to read it again. But the truth is, there is a plot afoot. Our enemy is making plans to destroy us and our testimony. And he will use whatever means possible. Our marriages. Our families. Our health. Our relationships. Our finances. Our addictions. The list is endless.

My mama antennae are up — not just for my biological (and adopted) children, but for my spiritual children as well. I am encircling my people – the ladies I have come to love and will defend. I am thinking of the ladies in our small church family, but there are others. The ones I’ve laughed with and cried with. Celebrated and mourned alongside. I am saying to the enemy, “These are my people–God’s people. You can’t have them.” I am praying fervently to God on their behalf. I am believing and trusting in His faithfulness and promises.

The enemy is trying to crush us as a church, as families, as witnesses. But we have the power. We have hope. We have the One who defeats. So this is my heart-cry: Let’s ban together. Let’s love each other and pray for each other. Let’s be there for each other because we need each other. Let’s be on our knees asking God on high to redeem and heal and forgive. To love and penetrate our hearts. Because we know Who wins and we have hope.

” . . . 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. Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider him who endured such opposition from sinful men, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.” (Hebrews 12:1-3)

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Run on the Right Path

Fear motivates, and I run. What from?

A ghost? A memory? A potential confrontation?

A hard situation? . . .

People?

Instead of staying, I run. Instead of facing, I hide.

My desire: stop running from something. My choice: run to Someone.

When running from something, my head turns back. My eyes gaze on potential danger. My feet falter.

When running to God, my head stays forward. My eyes focus on Him. My feet uphold. The threat of peril disappears & safety abounds.

The environment persists. The situation continues. The potential confrontation lingers. But much has changed. Trust motivates. Truth triumphs. God prevails.

I am free to persevere through the trial as He leads or follow Him down a different road.

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Can I clearly see the resolution? Not always. But the path is unobstructed. As long as I follow Him, my feet are secure and the answer is in His hands.

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Corners are less menacing.

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The unknown feels adventurous.

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God’s guidance reassures—a friendly Presence.

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And, while tomorrow’s answers may be a mystery, the ultimate destination remains the same—Paradise.

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When faced with difficult situations, do you run from them or face them head on? What would it look like if you chose to run to God instead of running from something?