Here at living in nobility, I've never tried to paint the world as all royal roses and peaceful palaces, or at least that's never been my intent. My hearts desire has been to paint the world through the perspective of God's heart toward husbands and wives because when the world has gone mad, his view is the only real source of peace if we want to maintain our palace.
In the last year, Dan and I have faced a challenging season as parents. It's one we never imagined facing. But let's be real, it's not easy raising children in the world we're in. In all honesty, history shows it's been hard from the beginning of time. The first married couple recorded in scripture had challenging children. The first sibling rivalry began just outside the Garden of Eden with Adam and Eve's two sons, Cain and Abel. Adam and Eve had already faced their major “bump in the road” moment when they disobeyed the one command given by God. Now their two sons were not getting along. Abel was more than able to please God with his offering, and Cain raised cane about it and took his brother's life. In the grief that must have followed, don't you wonder how the first couple survived?
The season we're facing is not about sibling rivalry but about the prodigal's journey home struggling on the razor's edge between living in the truth or believing a lie the world offers up on a silver platter. In the midst of the battle, there have been times that Dan and I have rolled up our sleeves and fought the enemy and other times when we've put on our gloves and clobbered each other. Why does that happen? Because it's easier to fight with what one can see and wound than the principalities of darkness we can't see with the naked eye. Too bad it's not as simple as ordering up “Solar Eclipse” glasses to peer through when the darkness comes.
Chaos comes in many forms. When it comes and the war torn castle ensues, what do we do as husband and wife? First we have to know who we are and what our identity really is in our Father or we lose our faith and cave to fear. Here are the things we've learned about keeping peace in the midst of pandemonium:
In the end, we can find peace in the palace when we stand on his promises wearing the full armor of our Father, the King. Remember when David defeated Goliath? He denied the armor the world had to offer and wore the only armor that fit his soul, the armor of his faith. The key to your winning in times of battle is to know who you are, know who your enemy is, and walk in complete faith in the one who has already won the war!
If you need inspiration to put on your armor, copy and paste this link in your browser and watch. It inspired us for battle:
Do you want to live in a war-torn castle or a peaceful palace? The decision is up to you. You are the child of a Great King and you have the power to change the world you live in!
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