Its crunch time baby!
I’m getting down to the wire preparing for the SheSpeaks conference in NC in one month.
Eeek! Did you hear that? ONE month.
My book proposal runs through my head in just about every waking moment. Sometimes even in my less than waking moments.
I love the fact that God called me to write. Even when the more formal side of it scares me to death. God put this desire in me at an early age. I have the passion and am working on improving my skills daily.
Satan hates that I’m taking ground for the Kingdom.
He has been on the prowl lately and I feel his fierce, cruel breath on me daily.
The Bible warns us exactly of this. In 1 Peter 5:8 we are warned to “Stay alert! Watch out for your great enemy, the devil. He prowls around like a roaring lion, looking for someone to devour.”
Matthew Henry’s commentary says “He is a roaring lion, hungry, fierce, strong, and cruel. The fierce and greedy pursuer of souls.”
Satan is after our faith. He knows if he can make us turn away from it he can ruin our souls. He works tirelessly at this by bringing persecutions against us.
These persecutions can be very tricky at times and just seem part of daily living if we’re not being watchful. The enemy doesn’t want us to notice his tactics. Just slip in unnoticed and do his dirty work.
One of the enemy’s arrows I’ve been dealing with lately are insecurities in my God given dream. My head swirls with the voices of doubt. It could be easy to give in and just back off what God has called me to do.
The thing is… I have already tasted the sweetness of obedience. I’m not going back! My heart is freer now then it’s ever been and I don’t want to give that up.
Satan’s latest tactics include less than subtle attacks on my health. God working through me must be making him pretty nervous I’m guessing.
In 1 Peter 5:9 we are encouraged to “Stand firm against him, and be strong in your faith. Remember that your family of believers all over the world is going through the same kind of suffering you are.”
I’m surrounded by people praying me up right now. My family, friends and my new “family” of friends going to the She Speaks conference. We share our struggles and remind each other regularly to be on the alert and stand firm against the enemy’s attacks.
I would truly appreciate your prayers over the next month and beyond as I prepare, attend and go to work following the conference.
God is good and I’m expecting to see Him move!
Hi Laura! Visiting today from the #RaRalinkup…thanks for the reminder to be on the alert against Satan's attacks! I struggle with those same doubts about my call to write, and sometimes they're not so subtle. Isn't it great when God reminds us that we're not alone? Thanks for the encouragement today, and I'll see you at SheSpeaks! 🙂
Lots of truth here!! Keep pressing on and doing what God has called you to do! Your words remind me of ones I wrote after my first She Speaks back in '09 and shared again earlier this year when I was wrestling with doubt and insecurities. Praying for you and looking forward to meeting you!
How exciting for your dreams long entwined in your heart to be unfolding. A time to soak up and drink in deeply. I've wanted to go to this conference for a long time. Enjoy.
I feel that same way as you..yep you are definitely not alone. I love that you wrote about it and that you recognized it and you reminded us that Satan is attacking in sleek little ways. Lord please protect Laura as she takes these steps.
I'm so excited to meet so many sisters in Christ at She Speaks. Thanks so much for stopping by!
Thanks Summer. I'm going to try and soak it all in without drowning. 🙂 Thanks for stopping by.
Thank you for the prayer Sheryl. It's so good to know others can completely relate. Thanks for stopping by.
So glad you stopped by and shared your earlier post. You're spot on when you said, "When the devil tries to move in, he can change our actions and alter our attitudes. He can take faith and replace it with fear. His roar of lies can cause you to miss God’s whispers of truth." So glad God is in this battle with me and I just need to keep remembering to put His armor on.
Thank you for sharing your struggles and praising the victory that you know you have in Jesus in the midst of it all.
I found your comment, "The thing is… I have already tasted the sweetness of obedience. I’m not going back! My heart is freer now then it’s ever been and I don’t want to give that up." very insightful! I never thought of it that way, but indeed obedience is sweet and freeing!
Thanks for encouraging me to obey my Heavenly Father in all areas of my life. 🙂
Thanks so much for your encouragement! I really appreciate it. God bless!