Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, looking for someone to devour. I Peter. 5:8 NIV
I have a tendency to think I have to face life alone. Peter tells us our adversary, the devil, “prowls around like a roaring lion, looking for someone to devour.” When I try to face life without help, encouragement, or someone to talk to, I find I’m setting myself up for the enemy to devour me. He’s on the prowl looking for prey and being alone makes me an easy target. I hear his tummy growling now.
He is a subtle enemy, one who works by using the power of suggestion – planting a negative thought or lie in my mind. He works at taking joy away, for he loves to plan the ever-popular event called the “pity-party.” The enemy even provides the cake, balloons, confetti, and when allowed, he will remove all clocks in sight so my stay lasts a long time.
But when I surround myself with others who encourage me…friends who can and will shed thelight of truth on the lies I’ve believed – those who love and pray for me, the enemy won’t be able to hold me in his grasp.
Lately I have allowed myself to roam alone and the enemy quickly comes upon me with lies and suggestions, attempting to take my joy away. To keep me from accepting the invitation to the pity-party, I reached out to two dear friends who I know support me and love me. They have become my bookends. Both of them, in their own way, help me to see what God has been doing in my life, the blessings He has so richly given me, and the future He has for me. They help me see and embrace God’s truths – not lies from the enemy. Yes, they are my bookends, one on each side.
Today I put the enemy on notice and said, “I am not alone and you cannot overpower me, because I have my bookends.”
Are you walking this journey called life alone? Don’t let the voices and the lies of the enemy take away your joy. Get your bookends! These will be your sturdy friends who will hold you up as you add chapter after chapter to your book of life.
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Beth Fortune has a passion for God’s Word and a desire to encourage others through writing and speaking. She is an award winning writer published in Chicken Soup for the Soul, and Faith and Family: A Devotion Pathway for Families anthologies. She published in Thriving Family magazine, and In Touch magazine. Beth is a CLASS graduate and a graduate of the Christian Communicators. She is an active member of the Greenville Chapter of Word Weavers and has years of experience serving in women’s ministries and teaching Bible studies. With a degree in Horticulture from Clemson University, Beth gives gardening talks to community and church groups, as well as schools. Her real passion however, is sharing God’s truths and encouraging women. Beth’s hobbies include indoor rowing, gardening, reading, and spending time with her family. She and her husband live in Mauldin, SC, where they’re finding their way as empty nesters. You can visit her website at www.bethfortune.org.