"Keep a cool head. Stay alert. The Devil is poised to pounce, and would like nothing better than to catch you napping. Keep your guard up. You’re not the only ones plunged into these hard times. It’s the same with Christians all over the world. So keep a firm grip on the faith. The suffering won’t last forever. It won’t be long before this generous God who has great plans for us in Christ—eternal and glorious plans they are!—will have you put together and on your feet for good. He gets the last word; yes, he does." ( 1 Peter 5:8-11, The Message)
I am not positive, but it appears that I have run in to another brick wall. I know that it is frustrating to you, the reader, but unfortunately I am not comfortable sharing this obstacle with you. What I will tell you is this, when God is so obviously present and working within you every day, EXPECT Satan to do the same!!
Reread over that statement and pay close attention to it! It is truth. I am doing the very best to move on and make a better life for myself. Satan has thrown yet ANOTHER curve ball square at my head. After a while, I don't mind telling you, it hurts. What am I going to do about it? NOTHING. I am going to continue on my journey. Satan can stick his nasty foot in front of me and trip me. And I may fall to the ground. But I WILL get up. I will continue to push forward towards the goal I have set for myself.
And I will reach it.
"I’m glad in God, far happier than you would ever guess—happy that you’re again showing such strong concern for me. Not that you ever quit praying and thinking about me. You just had no chance to show it. Actually, I don’t have a sense of needing anything personally. I’ve learned by now to be quite content whatever my circumstances. I’m just as happy with little as with much, with much as with little. I’ve found the recipe for being happy whether full or hungry, hands full or hands empty. Whatever I have, wherever I am, I can make it through anything in the One who makes me who I am." ( Philippians 4:13, The Message)
Having said all of this to you, I must also share my thanks and gratitude to God. I certainly do not want this post to be devoted to Satan and his work. So, in the same breath, I want to publicly thank God for His provision, grace, MERCY, and love for me. He is very alive within me and He is allowing me to feel His Presence daily. It's such a battle, isn't it? I am sure you know where I am coming from. It happens to all of us. "So let's keep focused on that goal, those of us who want everything God has for us. If any of you have something else in mind, something less than total commitment, God will clear your blurred vision - you'll see it yet! Now that we're on the right track, let's stay on it." (Philippians 3:15-16, the Message)