Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit which is the Word of God. Ephesians 6:13-17
A few years ago, when I lost my hair to chemo, I accumulated quite the collection of hats. No wigs. No scarves. Just hats. Lots of hats. Mornings became more hectic than my former hairstyling days because I was now forced to choose just the right hat to coordinate with my clothing, jewelry, and shoes in order to confidently sashay out the door. Many days, I found myself wanting to wear them all because they were just so stinking cute!
In life, we all wear many hats. Quite often, we find ourselves wearing them all at once. We each strive to be the best spouse, parent, child, co-worker, and friend. But in the midst of our attempts to be everything to everybody, we forget that we are, first and foremost, beloved children of God. And without fail, when we become so engulfed in balancing life’s overabundance of hats, we sometimes leave behind the most important and complimentary accessory of all. . .the full and mighty armor of God.
God freely offers us the very best accessory. . . His Word. He adorns our hearts, minds, and souls with His full armor of truth, righteousness, peace, faith, and salvation. And when we are totally and completely clothed in His armor and immersed in His Word, the many hats of daily living can be worn with confidence and ease!
Accessorize well, my friends.
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Guest writer Lisa Stewart Coleman, a not-so-recent graduate of Birmingham-Southern College, is beginning her 28th year as an elementary music educator. When cancer decided to invade her fairly uncomplicated life, she turned her attention to writing daily devotionals as a means of staying positive and staying focused on the everyday blessings that far outweighed the negative effects of the ugly disease and it’s harsh treatments. Recently, she has published a Lenten devotional book , “Today I Choose”, and is very happy to be nearing five years as a cancer survivor. Lisa has two grown children, and lives in Birmingham, Alabama, with her husband, Andrew.
Thank you for writing with us today Lisa ❤