In This World You Will Have Trouble

The enemy prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour.


Take heart, in this world you will have trouble. But I have overcome the world.

In Frank Peretti’s book, This Present Darkness, he illustrates the invisible world of demons that roam the earth, seeking to stir up trouble. Doubt. Disparity. Darkness. And many many more. They are real. Their purpose is to take us out, to keep us from living the life we were created by God to live. If they keep us stuck, they have succeeded.

These demons — doubt, despair, discouragement, fear, are not from The Lord. They are from the enemy. If we walk through life with our eyes closed or oblivious to their existence, we are just asking for disaster to happen. So what can we do? Remember, the game belongs to The Lord and in the end, HE WINS. Hallelujah. So, Never surrender to the enemy. Surrender only to The Lord. Surrender now. Surrender daily. Seek to know His will and do it! And do it now!

What can I do? you ask. Whatever you do, do it all for the glory of the Lord. Whatever. That means every little thing. The way you drive your car on the road to work. The way you wait patiently at the check out line at the store. Every little kindness you show to another. Compassion. Patience. Kindness. Be kind to one another, tender hearted, forgiving others as Jesus has forgiven you. Do all this for the glory of The Lord. Our hope is in the Lord.


Encourage One Another! Rejoice !


Celebrate life’s victories.

Big Sisters– encourage your little Sisters in the Faith. Beth Moore says so. We all have experiences with lessons learned that we can share to encourage others.

You could call it mentoring. You could just call it being a sister, a friend. I look to those who have walked these paths before me. What’s college like? How hard do you really have to study? Or, how do you plan a wedding? Can I do it my way? Or, what do you do when a baby keeps crying and won’t go to sleep at night? Or, how long does it hurt after your mother dies? I’ve asked all of those questions and more. And I have lots of life experiences that I could share with someone what I have learned. Moving. Marriage. Divorce. Infertility. Blended families. Remarriage. Transitions. Changes. I’ve heard that the best teacher is someone else’s experience. ( I do not want to reinvent the wheel. Just show me how to use it better.)

I have lots of experiences . I bet you do too. My life has had some twists and turns. It didn’t look like I thought it was supposed to look like. It still doesn’t. And it’s a good life; I am blessed.

What I really like is when I learn a life principle that I can apply to more situations and circumstances that continue to show up in my life. The life principles I proclaim are that: The Lord God is faithful. He’s got it — whatever it is– covered. Relax. Trust in Him. Listen to his voice. Read his word, his love letter in permanent ink written to You. Take heart. TRUST and OBEY. Wait on the Lord while you move forward in faith doing what He says. Step by step. Great is His Faithfulness. God is not finished yet, with me or my loved ones. It’s all part of the process to make me more like Jesus. All of it.

What is one life principle that you have learned? What was the circumstance that taught you this?