April 24, 2009


I am at war.

Not with anything in this world.  It is much scarier than that.

I have never personally fought in a war, but I know enough to understand the constant need to be on your guard.  How tense your body can be when anticipating an ambush.  The complete focus it takes to escape unscathed.  The incredible loyalty bubbling up within you that drives you day after day to be victorious.  

Tonight is C3.  A women's twice yearly event at our church that God has entrusted to me to lead.  There is a ton of planning and prayer that goes into an event like this, and most of the time, it's a lot of fun.  Until several days before the event and satan starts implementing every scheme he can think of to discourage, frustrate, irritate, and annoy me and my team.  

I remember the first time I read This Present Darkness.  It completely changed the way I prayed.  It made the reality of spiritual warfare very concrete for me.  As Christians, we do have an enemy.  There are many who don't like to talk about satan and his schemes - it seems too "out there".  That's like walking into a war and having no idea who you are fighting, what kind of weapons they use, or their plan of attack.  

I am just flat out tired of him.  I get so mad at myself when he is victorious in manipulating my thoughts.  I get mad when I allow him to use circumstances to frustrate and discourage me.  I am mad.

Let this post serve as a warning.  I already know Who is the ultimate Victor.  HE wins........every.single.time.

God gave me armor and it's up to me to put it on.  I can cry out all I want about feeling defeated, but if I choose to not put on the armor, I only have myself to blame.

Breastplate:  I will put on the breastplate of righteousness because it is what protects my heart.  The place where my security rests.

Belt:  I will put on the belt of truth because it will hold the breastplate in place.  The Truth will conquer all that threatens my security. 

Footwear:  I will put on footwear so I am ready to go where God leads me.  Anywhere, anytime, I am willing to be moved.

Shield:  I will hold up my shield of faith.  It is my unwavering belief that anything thrown at me meant for harm, will falter.  I will be protected.

Sword:  I will fight with the sword of the Spirit which is God's word.  Nothing will cut down my enemies like speaking the word of God.  I can claim His promises as my own and remind satan who is the true victor and Lord of my life.

Helmet:  I will put on the helmet of salvation.  It protects my mind from self-doubt in who I am as a child of God.  I belong to Him and Him alone!!



  1. Wow! As Christians, we should be ready to put on our gloves and duke it out with the one who threatens every day to lure us away from Christ. The devil has no power here! "GOD IS WHO HE SAYS HE IS. GOD CAN DO WHAT HE SAYS HE CAN DO. I AM WHO GOD SAYS I AM. I CAN DO ALL THINGS THROUGH CHRIST. GOD'S WORD IS ALIVE AND ACTIVE IN ME. I'M BELIEVING GOD!" Thank you, Keri, for starting my day off with the mindset to always fight for our Lord, because He is always fighting for us.

    **Glad the interview went well! God Bless!**

  2. Even though I will not be there tonight I will be in prayer that everything will go smoothly. Keep your eyes on Him and don't let them wander. That is when we start looking behind us. I love hearing a word from you!

  3. Are you sure you're not living my life? It's late now but I will pray for the aftermath of c3. If he can't get us on the way in he often tries to get us on the way out - coulda, shoulda, woulda. And yes - BRING IT ON - I pray he regrets the day he even messed with us. Should have let that one alone - please God let it be so!Glad the interview went awesome!

  4. Keri, I loved the tone of your email. I need to get angry more often! I hope your event blessed those in attendance!



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