Chapel Girls And Waffles

Written by: Melissa Lefevers

It is bittersweet for our team to have to say farewell to this beautiful girl! Melissa has been a truly devoted member of our team for two years and her passion for Jesus has been inspiring. Since making a move to a new state and starting a new ministry journey, Melissa has decided to step down from her role here at We are His Daughters and prioritize her new ministry role! While we are so sad to see Melissa leave us, we are pumped for those of you who will experience her tangible passion for Christ as she loves on you and serves Jesus the way He has called her to at this time! We love you, Melissa and we wish you well!

I would love if we could sit across from each other over coffee and chat. I might ask you if you like to read as much as I do. I love fiction and getting pulled into a story.

I do love reading my Bible as well. I love seeing the stories unfold and the truth that it speaks into my life. One of my top five books to read is Acts. I love the church and I love to see where it all began. My heart beats for discipleship and how to grow the local church. I love digging in deep with people and watching their relationship with Christ grow. The book of Acts is filled with church building, the conversion of Saul to Paul, and the Holy Spirit being poured out on believers.

One of my favorite verse in all of Acts is found in chapter 2:42-47

42 They joined with the other believers in regular attendance at the apostles’ teaching sessions and at the Communion services[a] and prayer meetings.
43 A deep sense of awe was on them all, and the apostles did many miracles.
44 And all the believers met together constantly and shared everything with each other, 45 selling their possessions and dividing with those in need. 46 They worshiped together regularly at the Temple each day, met in small groups in homes for Communion, and shared their meals with great joy and thankfulness, 47 praising God. The whole city was favorable to them, and each day God added to them all who were being saved.

The believers loved Jesus and met together regularly. The met in each others homes, ate together, did life together, and they shared all they had with one another. These actions of harmony and living life together caused others to see that there was something different about them and they wanted it. They wanted this Jesus they served and numbers were added to the kingdom of God daily! WOW!

I’ve seen this work first hand. True discipleship comes from doing life with people. Sometimes I think we get caught in an idea that discipleship is doing Bible studies with people. Don’t hear me wrong that is great and does create meaningful friendships and deeper relationships with Jesus. However, I don’t think it stops with the Bible Study. Discipleship is talking Jesus, eating together, spending time together and sharing Jesus with others.

Let me put it this way. There are four very special girls that taught me what true discipleship is, along with a diverse crew young adults. For two and a half years I met every other week with a four high school girls. My youngest decided they should be called the Chapel Girls. My chapel girls and I went through numerous Bible studies but more than anything life. We talked week after week about struggles, parents, siblings, school, boyfriends, and everything in between. We still talk even though I live 500 miles away! We have a deep relationship together and guess what because we did life together many are being added to the kingdom. How? Because each one of these girls are still leading in church, have a small group, and now living life with others.

We also had a group of young that would come over quiet often to do nothing but eat waffles and play heads up. Yes, we had waffle night! We ate, talked, laughed, played games and formed deep relationships. Through this simple waffle night we have walked through career decisions, marriage, family issues, faith talks and so much more. We may live 500 miles away now but we still talk with our waffle nights friends regularly. Because of this simple act of getting together the kingdom is growing. How? Because there is a youth minister now in this group, a worship leader and people actively leading in their church.

Now my husband and I have the privilege of being in a new place and starting new ways of meeting. It still seems to be over coffee and food and I can not wait to see where these students and young adults will go in their faith.

I am not sharing all of this to get a pat on my back. No, I’m sharing because you to can add to the kingdom daily. Open your home and your heart. Pour your life into others. Take a chance and share your struggles and victories so others will share theirs. Through a simple meeting over coffee every other week God’s Kingdom is growing. Through some waffle mix and eggs God’s Kingdom is growing. It is not as hard as we make it.

So go get some Chapel Girls and create a waffle night (or taco night) and watch how God can use it to cause His Kingdom to Grow.

Boldly

Written by: Melissa Lefevers

Today was another field trip day. I have shared how these days are not my favorite usually before, but today was different. This field trip was to a local farm and its was close. No trying to find my way alone, and my sweet baby wanted to be with just me.

We had to get to the farm before the kids and wait for them to arrive on the bus. The weather was perfect and the sun was shining so bright. The grass at the farm was so green and there were so many little calves in the pasture. I walked up to the fence and stared at those cute calves while I waited. A couple of them noticed I was standing there so I tried calling them over. They all looked at me but none would come. Then way out in the pasture, stopped eating, looked up and came right at me.

She moved with determination and purpose and came right to me. I wanted to pet her so I waited for her. She came close then started sniffing me out. She smelled my leg and then before I knew it I got a nice nibble right on the toe of my shoe! I jerked my foot back and she stepped away. I held my hand back out and she came right back. I scratched her right behind her ears and she just stayed there enjoying it for a little while.

I wondered why the others wouldn’t come over. After all I’m sure they don’t get a scratch behind their ears everyday. I thought and wondered and then my mind went to us. I know its funny how I can look at a pasture full of cows and then think about people. I did though. I thought about how often we miss out on things because we are to scared to go get them.

That one cow came boldly to see what I had to offer her. She came, checked it out and enjoyed a nice little scratch behind her ears. While the others stared and wondered she experienced. I wonder how often we just sit back and wait and watch God work and do things for others and never get to experience it because we are to scared or worried.

The Bible tells us in Hebrews 4:16 Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.

We can approach the throne of grace with confidence. We can approach boldly to receive. We do not have to just wonder. We do not have to just wish. We do not have to wait and see what will happen. We can boldly go to Christ and receive.

Christ died, rose, and now is at the right hand of the Father interceding for you and I. He is with you when you receive him as your Savior and he longs for you to run to him boldly with everything. He wants to hear your struggles and your victories. He wants to hear you sins and heal you. He wants you to come to Him and receive.

If you don’t have a personal relationship with Him, he’s waiting. Waiting for you to boldly come to him and receive salvation. To receive the hope of a future and relationship with him on this earth and in eternity.

He is waiting for us to come boldly and be a part of all he is doing. He does not want us to sit on the sideline but come to him and receive. Let us all approach the throne room of grace with boldness and receive.

Holy Week — The Cross

Written by: Melissa Lefevers

It is spring break for us here and we made a trip out of it to visit family. My Mom has cute Easter decorations up and we are even having family Easter a little early while we are in town. There will be eggs dyed and an epic Easter egg hunt later. For those native to south Louisiana there is even crawfish to be consumed. Which, might I add is very exciting for me since I can not get those anymore in my new home in north Georgia.

As I sit and drink my coffee i see my Daddy’s Sunday School book on the end table and I stare at the cover. It has a beautiful picture of a cross on a hillside. The picture is beautiful and in my mind I start singing one phrase to a song.

“The Cross has the final word.” ( song by Cody Carnes)

Over and over in my head is sing this one phrase. I start to think about that phrase. The Cross has the final word, and really wonder what that means for me, for us as Christians. Jesus came to give us hope. He came to give us a future. He came to show us mercy and grace. He came to give us life and give it to us more abundantly.

The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full. John 10:10

Yes, the Cross has the final word because Jesus has come to give us life not death. He came so that even in our sin we can have forgiveness.

But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Romans 5:8

Yes, the Cross has the final word. God loves us so much that even though we mess up all the time he still sent us Jesus. He sent his One and Only Son to live on this earth to die a cruel and horrible death so that we may live. So that we may live and have access to the Father through the son.

Yes, the Cross has the final word because through the horrific events of Jesus’ crucifixion we have life. Yes, the Cross has the final word in our lives. No matter what is happening in our lives Jesus is in it all. He has already defeated death through the cross and it is finished.

“Where, O death, is your victory?
  Where, O death, is your sting?”
The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law.  But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. 1 Corinthians 15:55-57

It is done. It is finished. We all have victory in Jesus! This Easter I am choosing to celebrate the life I have because the Cross has the final word. Through the Cross I have freedom in my relationship with Jesus. Through the Cross we have access to the father. Through the Cross I have power to live out this life victoriously through the Son. Through the Cross we are free from the chains of sin. Through the Cross no matter what comes our way Jesus and Only Jesus has the final word.

Yes, the Cross truly has the final word!

Know Him

Written by: Melissa Lefevers

If I were to ask you why you should read your Bible what would you tell me? Would you say because you’re supposed to? Why do you feel like you are supposed to? Maybe because everyone told you that you had to your entire life.

What if I told you that you didn’t have to but that you should want to, it should be a desire not an obligation? Does this change anything for you?

Yes, you should study your Bible. Yes, you should read your Bible but the desire to should far out weigh the have to. So, what is the why? Why should we read and study our Bible?

Let’s think about it together. Give me just a couple of moments of free thinking to answer that question.

What happens when you meet someone new? You want to get to know them and you want to spend time with them. You want to be around them. You want to ask them questions and get to know them. You realize that the more time you spend with them the more you find out about them.

It’s the same way with Jesus. In order to get to know him we need to spend time with him. You don’t spend time with your friends because you feel like you have to. You spend time with them because you want to.

All we have to do is look at Jesus and see that he himself new this to be true. Even the very son of God spent time alone with God.

Mark 1:35 ASV Early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left [the house], and went out to a secluded place, and was praying there.

Luke 5:16 NASB But Jesus Himself would often slip away to the wilderness and pray.

If Jesus did this don’t you think it is important that we do it as well.

Reading and Studying our Bible not only keeps us connected to God but when we spend time with God daily, learn about him, get to know him better and MEMORIZE his words we can stand when it feels like all we can do is fall.

WE HAVE ALL WE NEED TO STAND AND LIVE VICTORIOUSLY!

2 Corinthians 10:3-5 NIV For though we live in the world, we do not wage war as the world does. 4 The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds. 5 We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.

Psalm 119:105-112The Message (MSG)
By your words I can see where I’m going;
    they throw a beam of light on my dark path.
I’ve committed myself and I’ll never turn back
    from living by your righteous order.
Everything’s falling apart on me, God;
    put me together again with your Word.
Festoon me with your finest sayings, God;
    teach me your holy rules.
My life is as close as my own hands,
    but I don’t forget what you have revealed.
The wicked do their best to throw me off track,
    but I don’t swerve an inch from your course.
I inherited your book on living; it’s mine forever—
    what a gift! And how happy it makes me!
I concentrate on doing exactly what you say—
    I always have and always will.

Let us not ever forget that the Bible is not dead but it ALIVE!! Just like JESUS.

Hebrews 4:12 New Life Version (NLV)
12 God’s Word is living and powerful. It is sharper than a sword that cuts both ways. It cuts straight into where the soul and spirit meet and it divides them. It cuts into the joints and bones. It tells what the heart is thinking about and what it wants to do.

Ok Last little bit of info. To me this is so cool.

John 1:1-5 HCS Holman Christian Standard
In the beginning was the Word,[a]
and the Word was with God,
and the Word was God.

He was with God in the beginning.

All things were created through Him,
and apart from Him not one thing was created
that has been created.

The word WORD is capitalized which gives it importance. In these verses the WORD is Jesus.

So you see we have all we need to live this life right here in the word because HE IS THE WORD. The verses I gave you above show you that you have the power to live this crazy Christian life VICTORIOUSLY!! Not just survive it but live it VICTORIOUSLY!

We have been given life through Jesus and the Word. Let us take the time daily to get to know our Savior and truly live for Him. Let us take our have to and turn it into a want to. Take a moment today and get to know Jesus just a little more.

Renewed Joy

Written by: Melissa Lefevers

Do you ever feel like life gets a little bit like a routine? You get up, get ready for work, if you have kids you get them off to school. You head to work, work hard at your job. Head home for endless chores, and getting dinner ready. Through in the weekly after school activities for you children, family events, church, and anything else that may come up. It can seem like the same thing day in and day out. Slowly somehow there is no joy in it anymore.

Maybe thats not you at all. Maybe you are dealing with a parent being ill, or maybe even you yourself are ill. Maybe your days are filled with taking care of someone else or someone taking care of you. Everyday is the same thing, brings the same steady routine. Slowly no joy at all.

Just maybe your in a situation like most of us here in North Georgia were the flu virus, stomach bug, and strep throat is running rampant in the schools. Every time the phone rings I pray its not the school informing me one of my children is sick. We have been sick with various bugs for at least two months and this girl needs a break. No joy in this at all.

Truth be told I often need a break from the everyday as well. The daily routine and hum of life. For me the steady hum of things can cause me to lose my joy just as much as the uproar of a sick home. I know it sounds crazy but it just becomes to familiar.

It becomes to mundane and I tend to lose my joy for what I am doing. Have you ever been there? Gotten tired because of all the work or even tired because maybe all the work goes unnoticed? I have.

My son and I were watching Netflix the other day, ( Yes, he was home with the flu. It is my life lately) and something hit me in the movie he was watching. It was about a Junior Hockey Team that was headed to the Olympics. They started playing sloppy and fighting with each other. A young boy from the city challenged them to a game of street hockey. They went and as they played for fun they all got there joy back. They remembered why they started playing in the first place.

All I could think was thats it!! That’s how you get your joy back. When life gets down, remember why you do it. When life gets hard remember the one who hold you. When life gets messy remember the first time you trusted Jesus as your Savior. I immediately thought of the words penned by David in Psalm 51: 10-12.

Create in me a pure heart, O God,
    and renew a steadfast spirit within me.
Do not cast me from your presence
    or take your Holy Spirit from me. 
Restore to me the joy of your salvation
    and grant me a willing spirit, to sustain me.

We need to go back. Take our minds and go back to the start. Then ask God to renew and restore. Ask God to pour out his spirit again and watch how our joy is restored. Remember all the good, lovely, wonderful things. Remember why you have joy in the first place.

You can do it sweet friends. I can do it. All we need is to remember and the joy that was there from the beginning will be renewed. Will you try it today? Will you go back and ask God to restore to you your joy? You will be so glad you did.

Truly Believe

Written by: Melissa Lefevers

Do you believe? That is a big question It could mean so many things. You could say yes I believe in Jesus. You may say yes, I believe my husband is the hottest man alive. You might say yes I believe my kids are the greatest.

What if I took that question another step and asked you: Do you believe Jesus is all that he says he is? Do you believe He will do what he says he will do? Do you believe all you are promised in the Bible?

That is a much different set of question. You would, I am sure of it, automatically say “of course!”
However, I wonder deep down if you would admit that at times you have doubted and wondered if this Christian life is all it is cracked up to be.

I wonder if you thought that what is going on in your life is just a little to much? I wonder if you have thought that maybe God forgot what he promised you? I wonder if you have ever thought, “God but why?” I know that I have at least said all of those things at least once. If not many more times than that.

I started thinking about believing, you know really believing. I was in the throws of planning and dreaming and God whispered, ‘Why do you doubt?” I didn’t have an answer except for maybe fear. Fear of letting my heart dream big and being crushed. Fear of stepping out and getting ridiculed. Fear of what if this situation doesn’t turn out good. The answer for me a lot of times in why do I not truly believe is because of fear.

We doubt when we can not see. We get fearful when we can not see. We don’t have to though. Over and over in the Bible we are told that if we would just believe and ask we would receive.

We will receive peace if we need it.

Philippians 4:6-7 Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.  And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

We will receive mercy and grace when we need it.

Hebrews 4:16 Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.

We will receive all we need all we need to do is ask.

John 15:7-8 If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. This is to my Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples.

We have all we need all we must do is ask. Remain in Jesus, rooted in His word and truly believe that he can and will do what he says. Truly believe that he can and will do it. Truly believe even when the world tells you not to. Truly believe because he says you have everything in me. Truly believe when you doubt. Truly believe because Jesus is everything. Truly believe because he is faithful.

We do not have to be fearful of the unknown and the things we can not see. We can be confident in our answer of Yes, we believe. We truly have all we need to believe in Him.

Now, Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful. Hebrews 10:23

He is faithful. Believe.

Don’t Quit

Written by: Melissa Lefevers

Ever felt done? You know ready to throw in the towel? Quit?

I think we all have at one time or another. We have wanted to not push through a tough situation. Maybe even quit doing the laundry because what is the point it is ALWAYS there!!

Sometimes we get tired of doing good. We treat others nicely when they don’t even care. We continually give more of ourselves than we think is possible and get nothing in return.
We volunteer at church with no thanks. No-one in our home notices all we do for them.

We work at our jobs with no promotion even when it was promised. Life gets messy and hard and we keep giving and giving and giving. Storms and trails come and it hurts. We fight the good fight and sometimes we don’t fare well.

I know I have felt all of these things before. If I am honest with you sometimes in ministry I feel like throwing in the towel. I teach and pray and try and hope that students will get it.

What is the it? Jesus is more than a religion thing. Jesus is everything! Yes, very often through the years students have gotten it. They have given their all to Jesus and still do today. But, honestly the days are long, hours never ending and sometimes life in ministry is just crazy. Sometimes it seems it would just be easier to give up.

Then like the most beautiful sunset you have ever seen, God shows up. He shows up in ways that prove he is so faithful. He shows up in whispers and a beautiful birds song in the spring. Yet, I have to be looking for it. I need to have eyes that are fixed on Jesus and not myself to see that he is working in it all.

Yes, he truly works all things together for my good, and through out the years I have learned for others good too. If I quit I wouldn’t see all that was meant to be. If I would give up I wouldn’t get the joy of seeing what perseverance gains.

Maybe for you it isn’t your job. Maybe your loved ones are sick and you need a miracle. Maybe your children are caught up in a mess and you need a miracle. Maybe you are just deep in the throughs of preschool life and you need someone to see all you do. Maybe you are in financial trouble and you need a miracle. Maybe your just in a rut and you need to see Jesus in everything and in a new way.

Sweet friends DO.NOT.GIVE.UP.

Keep pushing forward and let the words of James bring encouragement and peace to your soul.

James 1:12The Message (MSG)
12 Anyone who meets a testing challenge head-on and manages to stick it out is mighty fortunate. For such persons loyally in love with God, the reward is life and more life.
Do you see the promise. Life and more life. Let us not give up but meet our challenges head on and stick it out. Let us love God with all we are and really live!!

Expectant

Written by: Melissa Lefevers

It’s been a week since the Kari Jobe concert. We were expectant for God to show up in a mighty way. We were grateful for the break and the time to get away with God.

In Ministry you pour so much out, that it is awesome to get poured into. It is actually more than important it is necessary. We were so excited to relax and enjoy. Having been to one or two, ok maybe three, concerts of Kari Jobe’s we knew it is no concert, but a time of worship. So with our hearts fully prepared and ready we went.

We were not disappointed at all because the Spirit showed up, and showed up in power. Yes, the Holy Spirit is always with you but His presence that night was tangible. It was so thick I felt like I could touch him. He spoke straight to my heart in worship and I let everything go and focused only on worshipping the One and Only God.

It was beautiful and everything was wonderful. My husband and I rode home talking, processing, laughing. It was a great night and he asked me a question. “What if everyone went to church every week expecting what we expected tonight? Expecting God to show up and speak, expecting him to heal their hearts, pray for each other and just flat-out show up.”

I thought about it a moment and said to him, “I do.”

He said to me, “Every time?”

I had to think about that because if I was honest with myself the answer would be no. Not every single time but most of the time. Sometimes I allow the work of the ministry to be just that work. I get caught up in what needs to be done that I forget. Forget to hope, pray and expect him to show up and show out.

I sat and thought some more and wondered what would happen if we did. My husband and I chatted about it some more and we left that concert changed. Challenging each other to always be expectant of God to show up and show out for His glory.

What would happen if we treated every single church service, quiet time, visit with friends and talk with our children as a moment where God can change things? Everything would change. We would see Jesus in everything.

What if when we went to church and the worship seemed a little off we didn’t complain? Instead we chose to sing the words of the song and meant every single word. We were expectant of God to show up in our worship even though the band seemed a little out of tune. Our hearts would change and we would see Jesus not man.

What if we went to church and instead of thinking this sermon does not pertain to me we believed scripture.
The Bible says:

Isaiah 55:11 so is my word that goes out from my mouth:It will not return to me empty,
but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it.

If we kept that in mind and went expecting God to speak anyway we would see Jesus not man. We would hear what he has to say to us and we would be expected of someones life to change because they saw Jesus.

What if we went into every situation expectant of God to intervene and show up? It would truly change everything. We would live filled to the overflowing of the Holy Spirit and we would truly understand that the Lord can and will accomplish what he wants. We would truly be looking for it and be apart of something miraculous.

Let us be a people who are expectant not looking to be entertained. Let us be a people who are expectant and hopeful. Let us be a people who know the power of God and have not just let it pass us by. Let us be a people who are expectant. I truly believe God wants to show us something we just have to be ready and open to see Him. Be expectant today and everyday.

Sweet Momma

Written by: Melissa Lefevers

Mother. Mom. Momma. Mommy.

From the time I was a little girl all I ever wanted was to be a mom. I wanted someone to call me Momma and get a ton of snuggles, quality time playing together, and all the good stuff.

Then it happened. I met my sweet husband, we were married two years and then came our first child. She was beautiful, red headed, tiny and squishy and all my heart could have wanted. Then it really happend! Motherhood. Endless nights, bottles to be made, and washed. Trying to figure out which cry means what and the endless diapers. Oh and did I mention she did not (still doesn’t) like to sleep. Then along came number two. A little boy! Oh he was perfect too but he had colic and chronic ear infections from the time he was six weeks old. Then number three. Another redhead yall! She takes the cake! Yes because she was everywhere (still is) and is fiercely strong willed.

Why do I tell you all this? Why should you even care? Because I think we could be such a support for one another.

Moms of preschoolers can I tell you its ok. I know its hard and the days and nights are long and some days you have nothing left to give. I’ve been there! I know its hard and some nights you feel like you said “No, Stop that, don’t touch, get down, don’t do that to your brother, 1….2….. don’t make me get to 3” all day long and you wonder if they will ever get it. You may feel invisible by everyone because of the job your doing with your little ones. It’s ok because I promise God sees you. He sees you.

Moms of adolescents can I say I feel you!! This is my life right now. My oldest is almost entering middle school and my baby is in first grade. The sweet boy in the middle looks more and more grown up everyday. This is a fun stage because there is less “work” but there is so much more “work.” Now we have real conversations and real problems and it is getting hard. Some days I feel they are going to need more money for counseling than college! I am not sure if I am navigating this preteen thing right and if I am helping them in any way. And Yes, some days I still feel like “No and stop it” are all I say and still feel no-one sees the work I put it. God sees me and I must trust and believe that.

Moms of teenagers, Bless you! These are my favorite kids of course but all the preparation and hard work you have been putting in for over a decade is about to be put to test. What will they do? Where will they go? Who are they dating? Why are they friends with them? The mental stress alone can be lonely. He sees you too. God sees your hard work and he knows.

Moms of adults, oh boy. It’s all happened and maybe the outcome is how you imagined or not at all. Now you have extra sons and daughters and sweet grand babies. This, I am told by my own sweet Momma, just means more time praying for those that God has given you. More time worried, more time asking questions, but sweet time that you can enjoy. Can I tell you that God still sees what you are doing. He still hears your prayers and He still sees that you are investing in your children He has given you.

Moms, let us be an encouragement to one another and not make each other feel ashamed. Let us not get caught up in our way of parenting is right, let us be ever mindful of how hard it is to be a Mom. Let us be ever mindful of those time we have felt alone. Let us take action and reach out to each other to build each other up.

Ephesians 4:29  Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen.

Reach out today and tell a mom what a great job she is doing. Moms with older kids grab a sweet girl with babies and tell them its ok. Moms with adult children grab that momma of adolescents and teenagers and tell her she will survive!! We need each other. Let us build each other up and watch how a mighty generation can change things for Jesus. Moms I praying for you!!

Put Your Boots On

Written by: Melissa Lefevers

My husband and I have this movie we love—it’s called Second Hand Lions. It’s a film about a young boy who goes to live with his much older great Uncles. These two Uncles had a very adventurous life and as they got older were trying to settle into just that—being older. They still had adventures and their greatest one ended up being raising Walter.

In the opening seen of the movie Walter (all grown up) gets a phone call that his Uncles have been in a plane accident. At the close of the movie Walter heads to the farm and sees that his Uncle’s, who in their 90’s now, tried to fly an airplane through their barn. The policemen looks at Walter and says, “At least they went out with their boots on.” Walter smiles and the movie closes.

My husband loves that quote. To him, going out with your boots on means you lived. It means you didn’t just survive, it means you lived. It means no matter what came your way you put your boots on and you faced it. It means you got up in the morning ready to face the day and gave it all you had.

It’s time we all put our boots on. Why do I say this? Because I know that we face daily battles. Battles of the mind, battles with people, and battles of life in general. I know this because for me and my sweet man it has been constant.

The war has been real and it has been an all out attack from the enemy. I promise you it has come in many shapes and forms. It has come in doubts, fears, frustrations, and arguments. I know what spiritual warfare is and I know what it looks like, yet I still fall to it. I know that the enemy can’t have me because I belong to Jesus but I know he wants to do everything he can to devour me.

1 Peter 5:8 Be serious! Be alert! Your adversary the Devil is prowling around like a roaring lion, looking for anyone he can devour.

So, this morning in the middle of a discussion about something that was happening my husband said “How can we fix this?’ I said I believe the answer lies with us putting our boots on. Yes, putting our boots on and getting ready to fight. Not fight each other, not get mad about the situation, not get mad at others—but we need to be reminded of who this real enemy is. Satan.

We cannot forget that. When we are doing what God has for us and when we live our life out loud for Jesus the enemy is coming and he is going to do all he can to destroy us. He wants us so wrapped up in our situations that we miss out entirely on what God is doing in our lives. Satan is the enemy— not the situation. Satan is the enemy— not your family. Satan is the enemy. Whatever spiritual battle you are fighting remember who the real enemy is.

Now let us put our boots on. Let us pick up our armor, put it on, get our swords and fight.

Ephesians 6:11 Put on the full armor of God so that you can stand against the tactics of the Devil.