Thursday, November 8, 2007

Waging War

"You knew this would happen."

The Coach had pity on his face.

He saw my bleary, bloodshot eyes and could tell by the way I moved about the kitchen that I was exhausted and yes, at a mere 6:30 a.m., I'd already had it.

I stopped for a moment. Wondering where this was going.

I'd been up half the night with kids. Various kids. Lost track of how many different kids. I know the baby cried several times. At one point I fed him half a bottle. I know someone was sleeping on the floor because I almost stepped on her every time I went to check on someone else. After that it's all a blur.

"What do you mean?"

I felt sure he had a point, but honestly, there were pb & j's to make.

"We should never doubt that we are in spiritual warfare. It's a fight."

A fight.

So maybe the fact that we set out this week to rise early, exercise our bodies, spend time with the Lord, drink more water (and don't get me started on my Diet Dr. Pepper that I haven't seen in days!), and go to bed earlier - has something to do with this?

"For our battle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the world powers of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavens."


Somehow I don't think I've had enough sleep to battle with all of that.

Fortunately the passage continues:
"THIS is why you must take up the full armor of God, so that you may be able to resist in the evil day, and having prepared everything, to take your stand."

Good thing it's not up to me.

I wouldn't make it.


CrazyDaisy said...

Hey girl ~ I am right in the middle of the war also. I am pretty exhausted myself. It is always so encouraging to know that our loving Father has given us what we need to do battle. As Beth would say, "Faith fights through the thing to the reward on the other side". I need to fight with my faith and take up His armor and be prepared to take a stand. Do brownies count towards armor?

Lori Leigh said...

Thanks for sharing! It is so encouraging to know others who are taking up the good fight and putting on the armor and not getting much sleep because of young children......... and wanting to eat brownies........and blaming it on the Brady bunch.........

Lorita Bonita said...

I am, how you say, loving your blog. You have such, how you say, insight and such passion for God and your espouso. Gracias for keeping us encouraged.

Mrs. Ben said...

Mrs. Troop - You are an inspiration to us all. I truly admire you and look forward to reading you blog every day. Thank you. Thank you for blogging. You have made the internet a better place.

Beth Moore said...

My dear Mrs. Troop, I typically do not leave comments on blogs, because I am so famous and my comments are so highly sought after, but after reading your blog I felt it was time that I leave a comment because you have such a heart for God and it is evident in your words that you not only are witty and brilliant but that you also have a deep respect for your dear friend Lori whom you talk so highly of. And any friend of Lori's is a friend of mine. Maybe the three of us could get together for lunch sometime. Have your people call my people and we will work something out.

Martha said...

I would be interested in your pot roast recipe. And also any suggestions for side items. I am showcasing crock pot cooking on my show next week and have heard you are a superb cook. Would you mind sharing step by step pictures and instructions? That would be splendid.