4am Wake-Up Call
She's so much better!
After about two weeks of beta
blockers, and some "ups and downs" with her breathing,
Brooklyn is returning to normal life. Her heart has slowed
down, and her energy has definitely picked up. We are so
grateful to God for the prayers of so many, and for the
goodness of our God, who heard those prayers.
In the words of Paul,
are less than the least of all the Lord's people ,yet His
grace was given to us…
(taken from Ephesians 3:8)
Many of you have written letters
of encouragement and prayer. Many of you have called to
pray with us on the phone. What would we do without you?
You are a blessing to us!
Our African brothers and sisters
have been praying…those from Liberia who are so poor they
can barely feed their families. They have no electricity,
no "comforts" that we take for granted. But they
have praying rights! God counts them as completely worthy,
and these African believers have boldly approached His eternal
throne on our behalf! We are humbled, and so grateful!
I cried yesterday as another
letter arrived, after we had told our African friends the
news of Brooklyn's improving health (and I quote):
am little bit impress about your daughter doing much more
I am going to forward two major prayer requests to my prayer
partners, and they are:
to pray for Jonah and the issue of you getting job.
We will continue to remember the Lovelace family in prayers
night and day…
The prayers of His saints!
God hears them. Night and day.
1 at 4am, I awoke with a start. It was dark and heavy in
the room. I could hear the whispers in my head. I even recognized
You see, several years
ago, when we were unemployed, the enemy began waking me
at night. How do I know it was the enemy? I woke up to thoughts
You know why it's
taking so long for Ken to find a job? Because you're worthless!
Both of you!
You're not going to
be able to pay your bills. It's hopeless! You're going to
lose your house! Then what will you do? No one is going
to want to help you out with all those kids!
You just THINK God
has a plan for you, but it isn't true. You are on your own.
How do I know these thoughts
were from the enemy? Because the Father would never say
is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.
The Father would never
say to anyone: It's hopeless. You are worthless. You
are on your own.
This goes against who
He is. He loves you. Do you believe it? He has a plan for
your life and your circumstances are never hopeless!
This wake-up call in
the middle of the night was no different than before. It
was brutal. Why was the enemy waking me at the beginning
of November? Because Satan wasn't wasting any time. This
month -- November -- is the last month we will have income.
Ken's severance pay ends soon and he's not yet been able
to find another job. What will we do? I don't know.
But God has a plan. The
saints of God are praying (like many of you, and our brothers
and sisters in Africa) and God has a plan.
In those early morning
hours, just a few mornings ago, I thought about what Satan
had done before, several years ago. He would not torment
me again! Because you see, when this first happened, God
showed me what to do. He taught me how to use a slingshot.
He taught me how to fight.
Remember when Jesus was
in the wilderness? Satan tormented Him and tried to break
Him. How did Jesus respond? He fought back with the Word
of God. I want to be like Jesus!
I also want to be like
young David -- gathering my verses from the Living Water
-- placing them in my sling and casting them at the enemy.
After all, Satan may come at me with sword, spear, and javelin
-- flinging fear and depression and feelings of hopelessness
my way -- but I will come against him in the name of the
Lord Almighty, the God of the armies of Israel, whom he
has defied! (taken from I Samuel 17:45)
So this time, when I
got my 4am wake-up call, I reached for the sword of the
Spirit, which is the Word of God. Here are the
stones I gathered from the Living Water:
Therefore do not
worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself.
Each day has enough trouble of its own.
"For I know
the plans I have for you," declares the Lord, "plans
to prosper you
and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future."
So do not fear,
for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God.
I will strengthen you and help you;
I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.
I was young and
now I am old, yet I have never seen the righteous forsaken
or their children begging bread.
Then I addressed the
enemy out loud, telling him of God's promises to me -- to
all of His children. And I told him to leave me alone, in
the name of Jesus! Satan didn't like it! He's powerless
against the Word, you know. He runs at the name of Jesus!
As suddenly as he came, he was gone.
then, to God. Resist the devil,
and he will flee from you.
Now I keep those stones
(or index cards) by my bed…just in case Satan tries his
foolishness again. I'm ready!
You too are a warrior,
did you know? Satan knows which of your buttons to push.
He would seek to steer you away from the Father and His
love and His peace. He wants to destroy you! But you can
What's bothering you?
What do you worry about? Are you depressed, fearful? Hopeless?
Learn to fight! Ask other
believers to pray for you. You pray too! Pick up the sword
of the Spirit, which is the Word of God! Find verses for
ammunition -- verses which truly describe your situation,
verses that are promises from a Living God. Know that you
have power through Christ!
Then, fight! Resist the
devil. Cast verses at Him in the name of Jesus! Satan cannot
argue with Truth and the prayers of the saints weaken him,
robbing him of evil power. He will flee!
Time to wake up!
David said to the Philistine,
"You come against me with sword and spear and javelin,
but I come against you in the name of the Lord Almighty,
the God of the armies of Israel,
whom you have defied.
This day the Lord will deliver you into my hands!
All those gathered here will know that it is not by sword
or spear that the Lord saves;
for the battle is the Lord's…!
I Samuel 17
Finally, be strong in the Lord
and in His mighty power.
Put on the full armor of God so that you can stand against
the devil's schemes…
"Wake up, O sleeper, rise
from the dead, and Christ will shine on you."
Be very careful, then, how you live-not as unwise but as
making the most of every opportunity,
because the days are evil.
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