The War Zone

Hello ladies! I hope this beginning of spring finds you doing well and literally taking some time to smell the flowers (especially the lilacs!).

So today, my husband comes home and releases me to go have some me-time and I’m excited and ready… but nervous. So I went through some thoughts regarding this potty-training thing for my youngest child. Like, only let him be in the kitchen because it’s easier to clean in there than cleaning the carpet, ask him occasionally if he needs to go, and if it’s been a while, have him just sit on the toilet.  All these reminders and instructions (more to soothe my nerves), and Shane assures me he’s got this thing.

Fast-forward to just about an hour later. I come home to my three-year old in the carpeted living room walking like a cowboy with bow-legged legs meeting somebody for a shootout at the O.K. Corral. His hands and legs are spread out all funny and he sees me come in the door and says with great paranoia, “Mommy, I got poop all over!” (Okay, the break’s over!)

I don’t see or hear my husband anywhere, so I quickly usher my little poopy cowboy to the kitchen where I sit him on his toilet, clean his hands and legs with wipes. As I’m doing this my eight-year-old appears, crying those desperate tears that makes it hard to understand any words, and then I hear him say something about Palin, our five-year-old daughter, bleeding upstairs and it’s all his fault! What?! And where’s Shane?!

It was like walking into a war zone! So I head upstairs, after reminding Cade to stay put on the toilet, and as I’m ascending, I hear my husband, who is bandaging up our daughter, and Caleb say at the same time, “Watch your step! There’s poop (diarrhea) on the stairs!” Seriously! What happened while I was gone?? It was like somebody paid to have the circus relocated at my house!

You ever feel like this? Every way you turn in your life; spiritual, emotional, physical, financial seems like you’re surrounded by everything that wants to defeat you? To see you go down?

Well, isn’t God good?! Let me tell you what I just “happened” to read this morning. It was in 2 Kings, and it was a number of stories with Elisha, starting with chapter 5, but the one that got me was this one: In 2 Kings 6:8-17. Long-story-short, God was speaking to Elisha about the enemy’s war plans and foiling them completely. So their king sent a “strong force” to surround the city and capture Elisha because he wanted to kill him so they could conquer Israel.

Elisha’s servant got really nervous, saying, “O, my lord, what shall we do?” Do you know what Elisha said? What would you say?

He said, “Do not be afraid, those who are with us are more than those who are with them.” Then he prayed, “O Lord, open his eyes so he may see.” Then the Lord opened the servant’s eyes, and he looked and saw the hills full of horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha.

Ladies, when life strikes you hard, what do you see? I encourage you to ask God to open your eyes to His perspective so that you will be able to speak to your circumstance and not the other way around.

Just to finish the story, all ended well. We corralled the little guy back to the kitchen, got the daughter bandaged up, and helped Caleb come to peace with all the emotional trauma, and, we can laugh at the whole thing now!

God, thank you that You are for us and not against us!  And that Your plans are for our good, to give us a hope and future. I pray that when we feel “surrounded” that you will open our eyes to see that You totally have our enemy surrounded, and You have made us victorious! Thank you so much for this! We can trust You! In Jesus’ name, amen.

Karissa Nelson

Karissa has one of the most beautiful voices you will ever hear, but on top of that talent and gift God has given her, she is a mother to three beautiful children and a helpmate to her husband, Shane.  Together they raise their family and minister in Milton-Freewater, Oregon where Karissa grew up.  Her passion for worship and family surround her daily.  Isaiah 30:15, "This is what the Sovereign Lord, the Holy One of Israel, says: 'Is repentance and rest in your salvation, in quietness and trust is your strength'" (NIV).
Karissa has one of the most beautiful voices you will ever hear, but on top of that talent and gift God has given her, she is a mother to three beautiful children and a helpmate to her husband, Shane. Together they raise their family and minister in Milton-Freewater, Oregon where Karissa grew up. Her passion for worship and family surround her daily. Isaiah 30:15, “This is what the Sovereign Lord, the Holy One of Israel, says: ‘Is repentance and rest in your salvation, in quietness and trust is your strength'” (NIV).

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