Watch and pray

Matthew 26:41 KJV

41 Watch and pray, that ye enter not into temptation: the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.

1 Peter 5:8 KJV

8 Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:

One of my biggest mistakes is forgetting, even momentarily, that a genuine enemy is trying to destroy me. Our downfall doesn’t happen all at once. The little, minuscule things in our days seem harmless at first but end up doing detrimental damage to us. But God didn’t leave us defenseless. We have weapons to fight off the enemy’s attacks.  

God gave us His armor to use. When we pray, God can put a hedge of protection around us. He can open our eyes to the enemy’s devices. And He can show us how to defeat the enemy. 

Sweet friends, some things are happening in our world that I never believed I would live to see. We don’t know what is happening around us. God has opened my eyes to things I didn’t want to see. Now that I have seen them, I can’t just put my head in the sand and pretend it didn’t happen. 

Each of us has our weaknesses. To defeat us, the enemy tries to make us weaker. We can’t fight this spiritual battle if we focus on our flesh and what it wants. Every day I need to do the things that strengthen me spiritually, mentally, and physically. 

Giving in to the pain only makes us weaker. I remember when my doctor told me that if I didn’t get out of bed, I would eventually reach the point where I couldn’t anymore. At the time, I didn’t realize my actions were harming me instead of helping me. 

I am learning to take it all to my Lord and ask for His wisdom and guidance. I’ve spent so much time thinking I knew something about it all and caused myself tremendous pain by ignoring the whispers of my heart.

Sometimes we just need to honestly audit our lives and see where we are spiritually, mentally, physically, financially, and socially. 

  • How do you spend your time and money? 
  • Who do you talk to? 
  • What are you thinking? 
  • How are your relationships with your loved ones and God? 
  • How do you feel each day? 
  • How is your energy?
  • How is your sleep?
  • What do you eat?

I wish I had paid more attention to my life before it all came crashing down on me. At one point, I felt as if I was so deep in my depression that I would never be able to climb back out. If you looked at my wheel of life, all areas were in the danger zone. But I was the one who dug the hole of depression for myself. My habits were horrible, and my thoughts were nothing but doom and gloom. 

Being there, at the bottom, with no foreseeable way out, changed me. It taught me to fight for the kind of life I want to live. And to watch and pray every day. 

Now I am very mindful of it all. I know the little things stack upon each other and create my life. I know if God guides me, the enemy will not be able to defeat me. So I ask God to show me what to do daily and give me my orders. Then, I trust that He will help me with it all. 

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Have a beautiful day!

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