Day 45

When I was in 7th grade Doc Martin shoes were totally in.  So of course, I really wanted a pair.  I wanted to be totally in.  I remember getting a knock off pair, but they didn’t have that stupid yellow string so everyone could tell they weren’t real Doc Martins.

My older sister Stefanie had a real pair and every once in a while I would get to borrow them.  I would cram my feet into them (she has much smaller feet than I do) and wear them very painfully but also very proudly to school.. no one knew they weren’t really mine.. except my best friend, but my secret was safe with her.

God’s got some pretty amazing stuff in his closet that we get to borrow.

Isaiah 59:17 For He put on righteousness as a breastplate, and a helmet of salvation on His head; He put on the garments of vengeance for clothing, And was clad with zeal as a cloak.

God was getting ready to go to battle for his children here.  He knew we couldn’t save ourselves, He had to save us, and so He put on His armor and went to war.. and He won.

The armor Paul tells us to put on in Ephesians 6 isn’t just referred to as the armor of God because it is from God, it was actually HIS armor!  He’s letting us borrow it.  Isn’t that awesome?

And speaking of awesome..  If we are dressed like God and fight like God then how can the devil tell the difference?  Just like the kids at school assumed I was cool enough to own a pair of yellow-stringed shoes, if we put on God’s armor and are speaking God’s word, the devil will assume God’s the one inside.  And he doesn’t like messing with God.

I’m so thankful and honored that God wants me to use HIS armor.

  1. Belt of truth
  2. Breastplate of righteousness
  3. Gospel shoes of peace
  4. Shield of faith
  5. Helmet of salvation
  6. Sword of the spirit
  7. By the end of 7th grade I had my own pair of Doc Martins.  My mom let me cash in a savings bond I won in a coloring contest in 4th grade.
  8. I’ve matured since 7th grade..  I’m not too concerned about fitting in anymore.
  9. Gus thought it was cool when I was explaining to him that God lets us borrow His armor.
  10. Me and the kids had a great Bible time today.
  11. I played the song “I Am Free to Run” for Gus for the first time. He loved pretending to break chains off every time he sang “I am free.”  I have a feeling we will be singing that one for the next few weeks.
  12. Got to teach Gus about Elijah and the giving widow.  God touched his heart about giving.
  13. I asked Gus to ask God what toy he could give and who he could give it to.  He had a very great answer.  I was shocked, but so glad God spoke to him.
  14. Beau actually let Gus hug her this morning.
  15. “Jake Saves Bucky” Disney channel movie night!
  16. Gus got teary eyed when Jake the pirate lost his pirate ship.  His heart is still so sweet and innocent.
  17. Had a fun afternoon making special pirate snacks for the movie.  Blue jello with orange slice pirate ships floating on top and banana and kiwi palm trees.
  18. Nice, relaxing bath.
  19. Beau lifts her hands to worship every time “Because Of My Love” starts.
  20. Beau never caught whatever little cold Gus had.
  21. The album my husband helped write and produce was charting at #386 on iTunes.
  22. Pushing Gus on the swing today and he said, “I like to swing because it gets me closer to Jesus.”
  23. The Halloween decorations at Kroger really give Beau the heebie jeebies.
  24. Got to finally hang out with Josh tonight!!
  25. Josh folded laundry for me while I took my bath.
  26. Getting to bed at a decent hour!
  27. The little video I got of Beau saying her cute words.  I’ve watched it about 30 times.  I love her!!
  28. Listening to Beau answer her little toy laptop.  She’s one smart little cookie.

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