Tuesday, February 4, 2014


By Angeline M Duran Santiago

Looking outside through the kitchen window, the snow is still hugging the trees, making them look as if polar bears are stranded on each one. The ground looks like clouds bringing down heaven and the beauty of it all makes me smile. Moving quickly in the kitchen preparing breakfast, lunch and snack for my son, I realize silence in his bedroom. He is not getting ready for school and my heart begins the familiar drum beat, as if I just entered the jungle and I'm lost.

Frustration stands next to me as I try to get my son ready for school. Without reason or explanation he is feeling sick. Is he faking it or is it real? You would have thought keeping him home yesterday would have helped, but no, he went to bed with a headache and it has refused to go. I check his sugar, confirming he might be coming down with something, give him insulin, cover him with blankets, give him something for the headache and resign to the only thing I know to do next. I pray. The snow scene melts before me and I change from Mickey Mouse pajamas to warrior fatigues.

This scene stirs and challenges my heart and I know that all I can do is pray and believe for God's healing hand upon my son. This war against my son, my children, and my family doesn't end. The weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strongholds.(2 Corinthians 10:4 KJV) Retreat? Surrender? Pray. Push through. Believe. Stand on God's Word. With my fuzzy, tiger print slippers, I begin to pace the bedroom and pray for healing. I won't lie. I am tired. Wouldn't you be fed up? Doesn't this whole war against us for choosing Christ seem to get old already? Then words speak to my heart calming every worry. 
The Lord will fight for you, you need only be still. (Exodus 14:14 NIV)

So, this morning I will not see my circumstances as a reason to sulk. No. Once more, this morning I must take a stand against the strategies and plans of the enemy that will not rest concerning my family and my life. 

I don't know your situation this morning, but maybe you're one more mom, dad, or grandparent with a cup of coffee in one hand, and a sword cutting away at the enemy's plan. Maybe you have to call in and miss work because your child is ill and you don't have child care. Don't just stay home to watch your child battle it out. Pray. Take this time to put on the whole armor of God according to Ephesians 6.

My advice to you, Pray. Get into God's word and find the promises of God for your specific situation. Stand against the enemy and fear not. You are not alone.



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