I Win and So Do You
This isn’t my typical kind of post, but I really feel like God wants me to write about this. And, well, that is the purpose of this blog, to write whatever God puts on my heart. Perhaps this will save a life!
I’ve been in quite a spiritual battle lately. I’m ashamed to admit what’s been going on because I consider myself a woman after God’s heart. I’ve been saved since I was a little girl. I read my Bible most days and if I’m not reading the Bible, I’m reading a great christian book or devotion. So, it sort of catches me off guard when I fall prey to Satan’s tactics. I know without a doubt that I am being attacked by the enemy.
So here’s what happened…
About a month ago, I started having pain in my left arm. And immediately, my mind started to go crazy. Even though I had no other symptoms, I started thinking that I was having a heart attack. And this set off another full blown round of anxiety for me. Anxiety is something that I’ve struggled with for years, but I didn’t realize exactly what it was until just a few years ago. It tends to be the worst in the winter when it’s harder to get out of the house and there’s not as much sunshine.
My arm pain comes and goes, but it’s been extremely difficult to get my mind back into alignment with the Word of God. Even though I realize this is all a spiritual attack, I’m telling you, Satan is giving it his all on my mind. I speak directly to him and tell him to flee from me in the name of Jesus. I thank God for my deliverance even though I haven’t seen it manifest yet. I don’t understand all this, but I do know two things for sure:
- God is using me! He is with me and that gives me comfort. By me going through this, I can be more relatable to others who have the same struggle. If you are struggling in any area of your life, know that God can use all of your hurt, pain, misunderstandings, and even your health, to speak life into someone else’s life when they need it.
- I win! Satan has already been defeated! I know this and I cling to it.
Through all of this anxiety, I just kept thinking to myself, “I need to check my blood pressure.” It’s just a nagging feeling that I couldn’t break free of. So one night, my husband went to the store with me and we used their machine to check it out. I was so shocked! I’ve always ran low, so this high number was a complete shock to me.
You can read the rest of this story in my last post. Click HERE to read.
Here’s how I win!
You know what Satan did by messing with me? He got his head stomped! He motivated me! He opened my eyes to something that needed to be changed. I didn’t realize just how sedentary my lifestyle was. I know that I’m a yo-yo type of dieter and let me tell you, I was way off track. I had recently stopped the famous keto diet and when I stopped, I completely fell off of the healthy wagon again. So, thank you Satan for making me see that I need to make some major lifestyle changes and stop this yo-yo way of life. Trust me, nothing motivates your more than a health scare.
I’m 5’2 and apx 135 pounds. On the outside, I appear really healthy. But I’m obviously not! But, I’ve made immediate, drastic changes and I know that I’m going to get through this without the need of medication. I’m now getting some cardio in everyday and I’ve cut out all the garbage that I was eating. I’m drinking a lot of water and watching my salt intake.
He brought me closer to God. When you’re a christian, the first thing you should do when you come under an attack of the enemy, is run to God. He already knows your need, but He’s just waiting for you to return to Him. When Satan messes with me, I began to dig deeper into God’s Word. I read Bible plans more. I have my friends pray with me more. I praise more! Satan looses! I win! God wins!
God is using me!
***I’m writing all of this to tell YOU that if you haven’t had your blood pressure checked in 6 months to a year, please go check it out.*** There’s a reason it’s called the “silent killer”. You normally don’t have other symptoms. And don’t think that just because it’s always been great, that it’s still great. Like I’ve said, I have always ran on the low side, so this took me by complete surprise. And don’t freak out (like I did) if it’s high, that only makes it worse. Take some deep breaths and then vow to take action!
God is using me in mighty ways and Satan is trying everything to stop me. I want to encourage you that whatever you are going through, God will turn it into good. Just don’t give up!
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Be blessed my friends!
I’m Amanda and a Christian homeschooling Mom to 4 awesome boys from ages 4 to 20.
I have an amazing, supportive husband, a passion for encouraging others in their faith, and helping new homeschoolers find their way through their journey.
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