Stand firm…and Pray

God knows and he sends what we need when we need it. 
Ms. Julie, I know has been praying for me over these past few weeks since our last conversation.  I told her of the tiny green plans shooting up through my heart and she has been praying, because I know that’s what she does, so when I “ran” into her at church the other night and we spoke in our God-code, I told her that I was reading Annie Downs’ new book, “Let’s All Be Brave” and said I needed it. I said the words, “be strong and very courageous” three times, just like the God to Joshua and then she reminded me:
Stand.
Stand.
Stand.
“Yep, right there in Ephesians 6, Rachel, in the context of putting on the full armor of God.”
I smiled because this woman is God’s heart for me.  She is a mom and she understands, and she is a woman of God and desires the best for her children, too.
My heart melted a little because I make a point to pray that full armor every morning over Little A, friends and family and here we are reminded:
Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand.  Stand firm then, with the belt truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace.  In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one.  Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. (Eph. 6:13-17)
And we must not forget this:
And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests.  With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people. (18)
Let getting dressed in all of this armor not be the end.  Stand firm and pray.

Want to share any ways God’s helping you to stand firm right now?

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