Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Battle Cry

Listing my own great expectations yesterday made me realize I'm in the wrong fight. We're not supposed to fight to keep up appearances; we're supposed to fight to keep the faith.

Faith is a good fight, but one that's not for the faint of heart. The battle is against pride, lust, envy, and, um ... me. It's a fight for holiness, righteousness and integrity. It turns out that even after all these years of practice, obedience still doesn't come easy. To be victorious we must surrender.

It's not about the appearance of perfection or even the seeing of our imperfections.  What matters is the seeing of things unseen. That's faith that can make us perfect and complete, lacking in nothing. That's the housewife I want to be, not the desperate one.  My To-Do List being accomplished has nothing to do with this kind of completion.

So for now, I make war:  on the lies, the world, the flesh, and the devil.  The enemies right now are the pursuit of perfection, unrealistic expectations, competition, and comparisons.

There are enemies.
This is war.
And we are soldiers.

Peace? Well, that will surpass all understanding and guard our hearts and minds in Christ Jesus while we go into battle and fight the good fight of faith. (Philippians 4:7)    So what are we waiting for? Let's lace up our boots, tramp the battlefield, and reclaim some territory to the glory of God.


Sharing the work in progress that I am at Emily's.





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To read the whole series:

A Desperate Housewife
Battle Cry
Marching Orders
What's Better
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