Monday, January 28, 2008

My Body, Soul, and Mind Guard

My kids love to practice their independence. They push boundaries. They don't want help if they think they can do it themselves. Part of my role is to protect them, to keep watch over them, to guard them. Sure there's a balance to overprotectedness (care vs. worry/fear). They simply need special care at this stage of their life.

I need special care too. I find myself with my kids' mentality when it comes to God's protection. Sometimes I don't know I'm in danger. The fact is, I'm ALWAYS in danger. Like my kids, I like my independence. I push boundaries. I don't want help because I think I can do it on my own.

The Bible says the Lord will strengthen and protect me from evil (But the Lord is faithful, and He will strengthen and protect you from the evil one. - 2 Thessalonians 3:3). The question is do I live my life like I understand and believe this as real truth - that I don't have the strength or the ability to provide protection for myself?

Do I write this because I'm done something or am hiding something? No. But I'm not perfect. Never will be. That's why I need God in my life. I simply was reminded lately that I should submit myself to God's strength and protection. I can't survive without it.

God, thank You for being there to protect me and guard me. Thank You for your faithfulness to me in the past, present, and in the coming years. I have a need for Your protection from the Evil One. Satan is out there to get me. To see me stumble. To make me fall. Thank You for helping me Lord. You are always there for me. Thank You for your strength...I need it. I'll submit to Your ways instead of finding ways on my own. Thanks for sticking with me.

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