Monthly Archives: September 2019

It’s Who You Know.

Have you ever had someone ask you for a favor because you have the connection they needed?  Or maybe you were the one asking the favor to get access to the connection.

For instance, I may have a connection to someone in the Human Resources department at my company and someone asks me to put in a good word for them as they apply for a particular job.

It could be something simple like needing to know who to call to rent the local civic center or who to ask for tips on putting tile in your bathroom.

We are constantly looking for someone who has a connection to help us through life.  (And I’m not talking about the “Lori Loughlin style” or immoral connections!  🙂  )

It is always a privilege to pray for others.  Today I had a request from a very special friend to pray for something that I don’t get asked to pray for often.  It is a very important event in her family’s life that is going to cause them to have to relive heartache.  I don’t get to talk to her much anymore as life is busy but that friendship will last forever.  I was so honored that she text me to pray for them today.

I’m not any closer to God than she is but she asked me to use my connection with the Heavenly Father to bring a petition on behalf of their family.  I couldn’t get to my knees fast enough.  It is a privilege that we have in our lives, in this country, to be able to worship God.  No matter what happens, no one can take prayer away from us.

If it’s physically not allowed where we are, no problem.  We can have the conversation silently in our heart, our spirit, with the One who created every last thing in this entire universe.

Yes, it is who you know.  And I am beyond honored to say I know the most important person in the world.  Jesus.  I hope you have that connection, too.  But if you ever need to ask me to connect the two of you, just let me know.  It would be my honor.


Smash the Rival With Your Helmet!

The Helmet Controversy.

In organized athletics, there are rules around what kind of helmets are acceptable.  With so many concussions over the years, standards have certainly increased.  Regulations are in place for helmets used in professional to youth sports.

Some athletes want to keep their own helmets from the past instead of upgrading to a newly regulated, safer helmet.  It’s caused some controversy.

You may ask, “why do they need to be regulated”?  The answer:  to protect the person from harming their physical body and their brain.

In the Christian world, we need to be wearing our own helmets.  The helmet of salvation.

When the Rival comes after us to harm our mind and our thoughts, we need to be protected.  When worry sets in and our minds look ahead at what could happen or we start thinking unchristian-like thoughts, we need to be ready to combat that with thoughts of the Spirit and to take our thoughts captive and turn them over to the Lord.   We take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.  II Corinthians 10:5(b).

Continuing with our series of protecting ourselves against the Rival, we look at the scriptures in Ephesians 6:17 where Paul tells us to take the helmet of salvation to put on as a part of our armor of God to protect ourselves against the devil and to be able to stand firm in our salvation.

The Rival wants to take us down but like the regulated helmets in the NFL, our helmet of salvation will protect us from his evil schemes.

My mind is protected.  My helmet is on.  Salvation WILL win this battle.  Bring it on, Rival.  We’re smashing you with our strong helmet!

Taking the Rival Down with Faith!

Day 2 – Find the Rival.  Bring him down!

How do you bring down a rival?  By being stronger, smarter and more prepared.

Putting on the Armor of God, found in Ephesians 6:10-20, is a great way to combat the rival.

But Satan, our rival is strong and sneaky.  He is locked and loaded with flaming arrows ready to send our way at any given time.  He waits until we have our guard down, aims and fires.

I did a little research on what a shield could have been made of in Bible times.

According to, a Roman shield of Bible times was as large as a door and could cover the warrior entirely.  Because it was so large, a number of opponents could gather together and actually form an enclosure around themselves that was helpful to protect against arrows that were launched at them.

Shields were often made of wood and covered in leather and soaked with water because when the leather on the shield was wet, it could extinguish flaming, fiery arrows.

Shields were obviously very important to soldiers and provided great protection.  In Roman culture, shields were often painted with identifying marks.  When a Christian today takes up the shield of faith, we paint our own identifying mark as a soldier who marches in God’s army.

Faith is being sure of what you hope for and certain of what you do not see (Hebrews 11:1).  It means we trust in the Lord to handle our situations even when we don’t know what’s on the other side.  ESPECIALLY when we don’t know what’s on the other side.  Faith is an action word.  You do it, without knowing what’s on the other side.

Having faith is the protective shield between us and the Rival.  When we believe God and trust Him to do what’s best without knowing the outcome, we are holding that shield of faith.

Bring it on Rival, cause your flamin’ arrows are goin’ down!


Who’s The Rival?

It’s only a commercial.  But it’s a powerful one.

At least to me.

It stars Houston Texan’s Defensive End, JJ Watt.  It’s a Gatorade® commercial.  In it, JJ says “Find a rival.  Someone committed to taking you down.”

He’s talking to athletes and encouraging them to work hard to beat the rival.  To do everything in their power to win this battle of competition.

I say, Satan is our rival.

Satan is committed to taking us down.  We have to work hard to win this battle.  We have to stay committed.  We need to grit our teeth and stay the course.  We need to do the work to be prepared for battle.

In Ephesians 6:10-20, Paul talks about the Armor of God.  These verses are the secret to fighting the rival; to staying on course; to doing the work to be ready for battle.

We need the Sword of the Spirit which is God’s word.  We need to be reading the Bible every single day.  We need to do more than just a verse here or there.  We need to be studying it.  We need to find out how to use this valuable book of instructions so that we can get stronger than our rival.  So we can be prepared to fight AND WIN this battle against the devil.

Each day this week, we will look at one more piece of armor to fight this rival.

JJ Watt says “That rival that wants to take you down is gonna make you raise your game even higher.”

Our rival, Satan, wants to take us down.  But that should make us raise our game even higher.  That should make us dig into God’s word even deeper.  He won’t win this battle.  We are using God’s Word to get stronger and stronger.

Rival….you’re going down!