Ephesians 6:10-18<>10-12. “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.” Please read the other verses your selves, they are really good.
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><>I woke up this morning again wishing in some ways, in my groggy state, that this was just a bad dream. I think we all will have that feeling during this process. That split second of hope as you start to open your eyes and lift your head from the pillow, the hope that it all just went away, all just vanished magically, and everything is back to normal, back within the reaches of our short arms of control. I walked down stairs still with some of that groggy hope yet by the time I had passed by our newly stocked medicine cabinet that we assembled last night and had entered the kitchen to see our pile of drying medicine droppers the illusion had vanished. That is what that groggy state really was though, just an illusion.
There is a great scene in another of my favorite movies, Instinct with Anthony Hopkins, where he tell takes control from the physiatrist, Cubbin Downing Jr., and asks him what he has lost. “Control” Cubbin response? “No, try again”, shouts Anthony Hopkins character, another few more failed Reponses bring the tension up and Cubbins character in to a life or death situation in the hands of Anthony Hopkins character. Anthony Hopkins character asks him one more time, “last chance, what did I take from you?... write it!!!” Slowly Cubbin pens out the following… “My ILLUSIONS”. And with that Anthony Hopkins pats him on the back, and lets him go from him life or death predicament.<>That’s what I feel like, when I wake up, it’s not so much that I’ve lost my normal life, or even my> control of it, I never had that in the first place. It is more that I have lost my illusions, and thank God for that. We are in a battle, there is a bigger story going on here, and the forces of Mordor, the fantasy world that it may be, still rings true in our lives. So today we put on the full armor of God and expect big things in our lives. I hope this is true for your life today also.<>
Abby is doing good, a good day yesterday except for the tired & whiney attitude, but that is to be expected. We are going down to the Dr. office, Childhood Hematology & Oncology Associates (CHOA) in