Have you ever thought that the "Armour of God" sort of applied more to men? That it was sort of a general principle suited more for the conquering gender?
Well, I did. I knew it had good principles and was sort of adapted to my life but not totally.
Well, I was wrong! God opened this whole new perspective on this fantastic truth, and just how it pertains exactly to a mom! It is so very helpful, every day we moms battle, for our souls and the souls of our kids. And if you are anything like me, you very often feel completely unprepared and exposed. At the end of the day you wonder if more ground was lost than gained. And you pour your heart out to God asking Him for help to make it another day.
Here is your help!
The Helmet of Salvation: Remembering who you are in Christ
When you gave God your heart and soul, two became one. Him! Everytime you feel you "can't", or your strength is gone, remember He is in you. His strength became your strength, His power became your power. You can do ALL things through Christ who strengthens you! (Phil 4:13) If you have faith nothing is impossible for you! (Matt 17:20) It truly is a beautiful thing! Have you ever watched figure skating? A figure skater is beautiful, but watch a couple twirl and fly in perfect harmony and they seem as one, to me that is miraculous! She flies and leaps, perfectly trusting he will catch her and hold her. If she doubted for even one second, their timing would be off and disaster. Every one of their movements are as one, even the way they angle their bodies as they turn. That is how our relationship with God should be, a beautiful dance of faith and trust and perfect love. No doubt, no fear, just the freedom to accomplish impossible things, because He will always catch you and hold you tight.
The Shield Of Faith: Strengthening your trust in God for when the way seems dark.
Your shield is what protects you from all the doubts and lies the enemy throws at you. Every lie telling you, "You are never going to measure up", "You can't win", "You are going to mess up your kids", "You are going to let everyone down". Every flaming arrow causing you to doubt a promise of God, your shield is the weapon you have to defend yourself. Quote the promises of God, remember all the times He held you, He carried you. Use His word as a light when the way seems dark. Trust! Don't let the lies get past your shield.
The Belt of Truth: Knowing the truth, so you don't believe the lies.
This belt holds most of your armour in place. The tighter the belt the tighter in place the armour is kept. God's word is truth, His words are more powerful than a two edged sword. (Hebrews 4:12) Memorize His word, the more verses you have memorized the more Scripture will "pop" into your head in those moments when we don't know what to do. When we are struggling with descisions or having to correct a child, again! Knowing those truths will make it easier to know when something that NOT the truth tries to take root in your heart.
The Breastplate of Righteousness: Protecting your heart, what you feel, what you believe.
Moms live by their heart, at least I know I do! What I feel often plays a big part in my descisions, my actions and my attitude. This breastplate protects one of your most vitals parts. How you raise your kids, how you start and end each day, all based on your heart. This breastplate God has given us protects that. its putting your heart into His hands, every single day! Knowing that He will protect us, knowing and believing that everything is for our good. (Romans 8:28) Every morning you get up and put your heart in His hands, leaving all things to Him, trusting Him to work it all out and believing that your faith in Him will produce good things (even if the burnt food, sticky carpet stain and unique haircut of your toddler by her sister, tries to tell you otherwise!).
The Sword of The Spirit: