I got up with a purpose today as I do every day. I forgot my shield as I got onto my church bus today. There is one person who likes to be so wholly to and over me I just have to smile at her.
The first set of words didn’t sound like an insult or underhanded, but after I thought about it – it was.
I said, “Good – Morning” as I was getting on the bus and apologized for not being outside, because I was playing a game.
Driver : (joking) Lisa aren’t you too old to be playing computer games? Me : (laughing) Nope. Lady : Well, did you read the Word today. Me : I do read the Word all the time. Lady : That’s not what I asked. Me : I’m good my God knows me and my faith.
She started talking about the book of Jeremiah and I believed I gave a low growl and then she said:
Lady: “Your pink shirt now matches your jacket.” Me : “I am always going to match my coat, because it’s pink.” (Pink is now my favorite color, which she doesn’t like, and thinks it’s childish).
On a side note, I wouldn’t have had the coat if a friend hadn’t had given it to me as a Birthday present. I am blessed to have a few good friends, because she knew I didn’t have a coat.
I tried to stop thinking about the ride to service once I got to my seat. I decided to set it free and move on. I have been wanting to move to the back of the bus to be out of voice range, but I tell myself I am Not going to let her get to me. It has been awhile, and the very day I let my guard down, she got me.
Once again my Pastor had a special message just for me. Well not really, but that’s how I felt. One has to know Who is within and be ready to win your battle.
“Be strong and courageous. Do not fear or be dismayed because of the king of Assyria, nor because of all the army that is with him; for the One with us is greater than the one with him. With him there is only an arm of flesh, but with us is the Lord our God to help us and to fight our battles.” And the people relied on the words of Hezekiah king of Judah.
2 Chronicles 32:7-8 AMP
And the Lord sent an angel who destroyed every brave warrior, commander, and officer in the camp of the king of Assyria. So the king returned to his own land in shame. And when he entered the house (temple) of his god, some of his own children killed him there with the sword.
2 Chronicles 32:21 AMP
I know if I fight outside of the Kingdom I will not win, but I know I am not alone. The Pastor wanted to pray for everyone who needed to build up that fire and I stepped away from my seat to do just that, but I heard “You already won,” and I stepped back closer to my seat. All I could do is praise Him, because I knew this. I know who I am and who lives on the inside of me.
I am going to end with one last thought and then I am going to relax for the rest of the day.
Finally, believers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable and worthy of respect, whatever is right and confirmed by God’s word, whatever is pure and wholesome, whatever is lovely and brings peace, whatever is admirable and of good repute; if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think continually on these things [center your mind on them, and implant them in your heart].
Philippians 4:8 AMP