Be Alert and of Sober Mind

“Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. Resist him, standing firm in the faith, because you know that the family of believers throughout the world is undergoing the same kind of sufferings.” 1 Peter 5:8-9 NIV

This morning I drove with my family to the airport to drop off my husband and daughter. They headed out with our church to Uganda where they  will be doing some building projects and setting up medical clinics. We woke up early after a not so great night of sleep. My husband finished packing his carry on, while my daughter got ready to leave. I was in a brutal mood. Trying not to fight with anything that was under my skin (which was pretty much everything), I climbed in the car a bit melancholy.

I love that my amazing husband does the work that he does for our church’s Uganda Mission Project, but I struggle each year when it is time for a trip.  The struggling starts with fear. Will there be troubles with travel? Is my daughter safe? Etc. The list goes on. Often petty things set a collision course to heighten the emotion. Over this last week it was having two computers go down, a minor car accident, stomach issues and a couple of work problems.

I know a lot of people don’t believe in Satan or anything to do with spiritual warfare. My examples above would sound like coincidences to them. But I know spiritual warfare is real. This is how I know.

After arriving at the airport I was nervous – until we prayed. Release from the moody snares came when I surrendered them to God. Simple as that.

Driving back from the airport I was much more peaceful. I spent time with one of my favorite people, my son. He and his college roommate are at home with me. While my husband and daughter are enjoying serving with old friends in Uganda eating chapatti and posho (kind of like grits), we will be enjoying Ozark home cooking as we help keep up the blog being sent in from the trip (cumcuganda.blogspot.com) on the computers I just picked up from the Geek Squad. We will also be doing a lot of praying for the team in Uganda, as well as, the team at Thorntonville.

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