Thursday, February 26, 2009


What a day....and it's only 10 a.m.

The devil messes with me quite regularly. Very subtly by putting doubt and fear and all of that junk in my head. He is a crafty fella but I'm learning to recognize it. Today he is messin' with me 'cuz I think he's scared.

This morning I get up and am happy and praying and so looking forward to the upcoming fast. I have some decisions to make as I am training to run the Dam to Dam (20k) in June and a fast would NOT be good for that training. How will I fast? Will I totally suspend my training? Lots of stuff to consider and pray about so I have been talkin' to the Big Guy about it. No answers yet, just talkin'.

I get in my car (LATE, btw) to head to work and put in my favorite CD....Jeremy Camp live somthin' or other. Jeremy and I are jammin' and I have my cruise SET. SET ON 59 in a 55. Ok....I know. Speed limit is 55 but.... The song "Empty Me" is playing (it should be playing right now as you read this - just turn your speakers up). It is AWESOME. God was helping me understand why He wants me to fast.

Anyway, next thing I know I AM GETTING PULLED OVER by a very grumpy State Trooper! For going 59! I was shocked. I asked him how fast I was going and told him I had my cruise set (which honestly I never do....I dislike the inability of "feeling" my car when I drive). He said I was going 59! He then proceeded around my car in what I assume was an inspection. THANKFULLY all my lights were in working order. He retreated to his car and came back with a Warning. THANK GOD. I have too many tickets....buts that's another post for another day. :0)

Off I go. WITH MY CRUISE NOW SET AT 55. Yes. I am crawling.

I finally get to the parking garage (really late now). I get in the back seat to grab my bag and I accidentally pulled out another bag of 10 Christ-inspired picture frames to drop off at church for one of our pastors hospital ministry. I think I can honestly HEAR the devil laughing as they crash to the ground. NOW....I'm STEAMING. Literally sweating I am so mad.

And in that very moment I realize what is happening. He is trying to steal my day. But the fat bastard can't have it! As I was walking to work (thanking God nothing broke) I was reciting in my head all the verses I can think of to let him know he is NOT gonna get me today.

It's been a long morning as there are many other little things he is putting before me. Part of the testing is making me realize I do have a strong desire to shoo him away and I am learning very quickly that I can with God's help. The devil knows now that my desire to seek God's face more closely will not be deterred by him and his antics!

"Whatever I have, wherever I am, I can make it through
anything in the One who makes me who I am."
~ Philippians 4:13 (The Message)

JC is my BFF!!!!


sharilyn said...

...and it is the enemy's tactic to throw us off course when he knows we are in the middle of a powerful God-time in our life...whenever God is moving, the enemy moves in to rob and to steal and to distract us from what our Lord is doing in us. be strong! and let all this enemy-hassle be a reminder that God is at work and the enemy knows it... stand firm, dear warrior! and laugh in the face of the evil one, for your God is mighty and present!!

Billy Coffey said...

Sharilyn's right. He only seems to show up when we're doing what we should be. All the more reason to fight back, and I'm glad you're doing just that.

Frisbies Forever said...

Yup. I agree. Sorry, kids get off the bus in seconds, no inspiring words, I am just proud of you! I think they covered it.

God's Not Finished With Us Yet... said...

I'm sorry you're going through those day. Beleive me I've been there, done that and fought back, but it wasn't easy all the time. Stay firm, resist the devil and he shall flee. You are God annointed and appointed for many things; so fighting the battle is part of building that character. But you can't cave in. The devil is expected to throw road bumps in front of you, but just cirlcl around them. You're not doing it alone. We all love and support you. Praise God when those frames fell you weren't cut or hurt by the glass! And look God was there by your side; you were graced by not getting a ticket, and you weren't hurt by the frames crashing. That in itself means the devil TRIED with just partial success with the frames breaking,but not with you getting hurt by it or getting a ticket. See he didn't win.

That's why it's so awesome to have Christian bloggers to lift you up when you are down. I know so many of you wonderful people have done that for me time and time before.

You go girl, and be the person God has called you to be. Remember it is "He that lives WITHIN me that is greater than the world."
Sarah Cecilia

Anonymous said...

Keep fighting the good fight! The devil can never win with God on your side. This reminds me of Jesus' battle with Satan and Satan's promises. Jesus' never flinched or gave in for He knew His Father was there unfailingly protecting Him. Stay strong and faithful. God will NEVER let you down!

Travis said...

I don't care what the devil tries to do to you, you're still okay in my book!