bulletproof

I have a confession…I am a coffee addict. Not a shocker for anyone who knows me.  I am also a flavored coffee creamer addict, too.  Until I heard of bulletproof coffee.  I began drinking my coffee this way after the New Year- you simply brew a cup of hot coffee and blend it in a blender with 1 tablespoon each of coconut oil and grass-fed butter.  I use the Kerrygold butter which they have at most local grocery stores.  If you haven’t already done this- you have to try it!  Why bulletproof coffee?  Because it is loaded with good, healthy fat and it keeps me going all morning!

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Speaking of bulletproof–  the Lord used a song recently to encourage me- “Titanium” by Sia.  It’s a beautiful song,  written about self-empowerment against criticism and negativity.  But I heard it a little bit differently. You see, Ephesians tells us this-

Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power.  Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.  Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. Ephesians 6:12-13

The battle that we are in is NOT against people, but against the enemy.  And the battle against good and evil is NOT one that I am equipped to fight in my own strength!  But He empowers us through His Spirit to withstand any attack from the enemy.  He equips and prepares us for anything satan throws our way- no matter what that may be-  criticism…discouragement…negativity…

But we have to be intentional about putting on His armor- making sure we are listening and  being obedient to Him, reading the Word, praying, and seeking His will in all areas of our lives. The Holy Spirit give us the strength and power to withstand any bullets the enemy fires our our way!

 Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place,  and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit,which is the word of God. And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests.With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people. Ephesians 6:14-18

He is my armor, my shield, my truth, my salvation…

He is my “Titanium”.

Pedestals

Every time I turn around
Another one’s falling to the ground
Giving in to pride and sin
like dominos they tumble
and we watch their lives crumble

We put them on pedestals
nowhere to go but
down, down, down
We see them on the TV screen
But everything’s not what it seems
behind the scenes
There’s nowhere to go but
down, down, down

Everybody needs some grace
Some help to find a better place
But even when we start again
Sometimes we all stumble
It reminds us to be humble

CHORUS

Every praise belongs to Him
Whose name is sung by seraphim
‘Cause we all know that He will win
It’s the ending to His story
And we give Him all the glory

We can put Him on the pedestal
He’ll never let us down, down, down
And in the midst of stormy seas
We know that He will hear our please
if to our knees
Each day we fall down, down, down

My daughters absolutely adored the show 19 Kids and Counting.  They couldn’t wait to watch Jill and Jessa get married- and waited on pins and needles to see if their new baby would be a boy or a girl.  My girls even got to go see Jessa Seewald speak at a ladies’ conference and it was like a dream come true for them. It was so refreshing for me to know that there was a family in the spotlight who were living out their faith in such a public way.  The news came out about Josh Duggar the week after the girls and I went to see Jessa speak.  As heartbroken as I was to talk about the situation with them- it turned out to be a positive thing. It opened doors for some very important conversations and also gave them a real life example that no one is perfect- and we can’t always believe the things we see and hear on TV. We all make and we all need God’s grace… and there is no such thing as a “perfect family”.

When we put people on pedestals, they are bound to fall down.

Don’t let people do that to you, put you on a pedestal like that. You all have a single Teacher, and you are all classmates.   Matthew 23:8 (Msg)