Hey Divas, Fall devotionals are over, and this is just a quick reminder here that I’ll be ending submissions for Christmas 2020 on October 30th. You can send your submissions straight to me at email@example.com Every year, we celebrate Christmas here at Devotional Diva with …
Editor’s Note: This is a guest story by long-time contributor Agnes Amos-Coleman. We are so happy to have our friend back!
I know the battle to be true because I have just recently experienced a satanic attack on my faith, with thoughts in my mind questioning whether I am truly saved and going to heaven and whether God really hears my prayers or am I just speaking empty words. These thoughts came as I struggled to keep a positive outlook on life’s situations, circumstances and events.
My friends, the thoughts and voices you hear may be different from mine, but believe me, the battle for our souls comes whether we have been in the Christian faith one day or 50 years. But the Truth of God’s Word is unchanging if we trust Him to fight the battle for us, as promised, “Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.” (Psalm 23:4)
When the battle for our soul rages, we must:
· Remember that God can be trusted – He will help us because we are His children and because He promised to walk through the darkest valley with us. I don’t understand how God does His work, nevertheless, this assurance continues to get me through the daily challenges of life.
· Discern the voices we hear – Our gauge for discernment is the Word of Truth (the Bible). We know that God does not condemn us, but Satan does. With this knowledge, we demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ (2 Corinthians 10:5).
· Read our Bible and Pray every day – This reminds me of a song we sang in my household as little children, and we still sing it to our children to date. The word of the song says, “Read your Bible and Pray every day if you want to grow”. Simple words of wisdom, my friends, but true!
Christ follower, may the power of the Spirit of the living God destroy every battle Satan is waging over our body, soul and spirit, in Jesus Name. Amen. If you are currently not a Christ follower, come and experience the love Jesus has for you today.
All Glory to God!
About The Author: Agnes is a leader with proven business acumen in a variety of industries. She holds an executive MBA from the University of Hull, United Kingdom, and is also a Certified Meeting Planner (CMP). She is the author of Transforming Business with Godly Governance: Nine Characteristics for Workplace Success; God Cares for Me in Every Season: Godly Insights for Singleness, Marriage and Divorce; The Provisions of God: Insights from a Cat Named Mascot, and Weekly Insights for the Workplace: A Devotional for Christian Professionals
Editor’s Note: This is a guest story by Tiffany Wright. Find links to follow Tiffany below! Philippians 1:27 NIV says “Whatever happens, conduct yourselves in a manner worthy of the Gospel of Christ. Then, whether I come and see you or only hear about you …
I hope you’ve been enjoying our first “fall” stories. I wanted to hop in here with a short one of my own. If you follow my Instagram or Facebook, you know I’m kinda going through a lot. But, I’m okay. That’s what I keep saying. To myself, to others. I’m okay.
It’s mostly military life – and I know it seems like I’m always giving military life updates and craziness surrounding that. But there’s more to this I swear!
We are moving later this month back to San Diego! I’m super excited, but at the moment we are having trouble finding somewhere to live, and it’s a long story that involves us still owning a San Diego home, COVID and short term rentals. It’s a privileged kind of stress so I hate to complain about it. I honestly feel like going back to San Diego is a gift from god but not being able to move back into my home right away is just sad for me. I prayed so long and hard for that very thing and it is inches away. But, finding a short term rental that will work for us will be a blessing, and we will be okay.
My husband is currently on a mini deployment as I’m calling it, literally right up until we move. And as the little joke goes in military circles, everything breaks on deployment. And it did. Sure enough on the two hottest days of the year (in a row) we lost power. During that whole debacle I was scrolling Instagram and saw the best Bible verse:
Be still and know that I am god.
It instantly calmed me down! We were okay.
It has been hard being apart from my husband again, like we were so much when we were stationed in Italy. It hurts my heart for my kids to go through this. We will have more little mini deployments coming up soon too. It’s hard to know that this isn’t even something that has an ending. It’s going to go on for months with hello’s and goodbyes, and I hate it. But that’s our season of military life. It’s okay.
I also have a growing breast lump and thankfully was able to get it checked out before we leave Washington. It’s another thing that is okay! I need to keep an eye on it, but like me, for now it is okay.
Am I doing great through all this? No, I’m pretty stressed. It’s a lot. But I’m okay. I’ve worked hard to make everything okay. I go on walks with my friends and enjoy special moments and activities with my daughter. I talk to friends and family when I need to vent. I email my husband on the ship like diary entries to tell him about mundane stuff just to make my life feel more normal. I’m not suffering or wallowing in my stress like maybe I would have done years ago. I’m doing my best to be okay, and I truly do feel okay. And I’m not ashamed I don’t feel better than that.
Most mornings, I wake up with a start. I look around my room and remember where I am. And then I tell myself, “everything’s okay.”
I know this isn’t normal. And I am undergoing treatment for my anxiety and nightmares. But it’s my reality after living for three years under what I can only describe as a personal hell.
I think I’ve been frank about how hard living in Italy was, but I haven’t shared how it’s still affecting me. And mind you, it wasn’t just living overseas, with only a few other American families nearby. It was the constant “hello-goodbye” that was our ship’s movements. Constant worry about being alone again, and the safety of my husband.
It scarred me, and I’m not afraid to admit and talk about it. If you think this is just a normal military life thing, I chose this, and/or you want to use this to tear me down, please just leave this post. I’m sorry it’s not inspiring to you! But this is real life and I know I’m not the only one struggling. (Sometimes I get messages like that, just a disclaimer)
Additionally, I feel a little weird about posting this right now – I am a privileged white woman. But everyone deals with their own anxiety, and I hope this can help someone today.
I’m not ashamed to say I’ve had a reintegration this past year after living overseas in a tough command. It was the two of those things combined. I had minimal time with my husband at home, I was raising a toddler alone, and also pregnant part of the time, and communicating and driving overseas was difficult. Difficult like someone tried to carjack me, and I feared for our lives. It’s actually common in southern Italy, and criminals target Americans.
I couldn’t even talk about that for a long time. I still don’t really want to. It was very very scary.
I’m finally not afraid to share some of this. Because I know with my sharing, I’m going to help others going through the same things.
God took care of us during these times, but I haven’t been the same.
I was so exhausted the entire time and the year after. Now I can see how tired I was. We didn’t do as much travel around Virginia as we wanted to during the 7 months we lived there. My husband was tired too! We had to recover.
He was gone all the time. On and off. One time for 11 months! Sometimes only for a few weeks, then being home for two, and leaving again. It is an emotional toll (not to mention what it was like for little O). And being on the ship so much was hard for my husband! It’s like working nonstop…in a box.
Being home alone so much was like working nonstop for me too. I had no break (until my mother in law, bless her, came to help when I was very pregnant). Maybe some moms don’t experience this, but it was a lot of pressure for me to be constantly “on call” for months.
Sometimes we didn’t know when he would have to leave or when he would be back, too.
This was constant stress.
Chronic stress is a cause of fatigue!
Our family is still healing. I am still healing. I don’t regret our military life or want to quit, but I sure wish it won’t be that hard in the future. I hope my nightmares and subsequent waking up panicked will stop. I’m getting the help I need, and God has really taken care of me with this last year of rest.
I have slowed down a bit on DevotionalDiva, but it’s been worth it. I hope you’re still getting enough encouragement!
On that note, I’m opening up submissions for fall and Christmas starting now! I’m combining these submission periods to give me a headstart, since we are…moving back to San Diego this fall!!! (I am so happy!)
Fall submissions can be about anything! Submit now while it’s open and check out our Become a diva page!
Our Christmas theme this year is “Anything Goes!”
That means any type of story or devotional — it must only be Christmas themed. God always delivers a theme to me for Diva Christmas, and I felt a more open-ended perspective would be nice. For more information on submissions, check out that Become a Diva page!
I’ll announce closing submissions when they are full.