I had no time to retreat.
I couldn’t even flinch.
There I sat, legs crossed, head down, and eyes shut when 2 bullets ripped through my chest.
The pair exploded in my heart, radiating disaster throughout my body, all the way up to my mind.
Yet, it wasn’t that that took me down.
It was the third bullet that made me bleed.
The fourth bullet that made me cry.
The fifth bullet that made me crippled.
The sixth that made me ponder life’s end.
I camouflaged the injuries in the daylight.
But in the dark hours, their ugliness was allowed to breathe.
I inhaled their fumes and exhaled total misery.
I had been blindsided.
Forgotten the fact that I was in a war.
The bullets are lies.
The shooter is the accuser.
I’m the soldier who had on none of her armor.
Jesus gives us spiritual weapons that are designed to block and fend off satan’s attacks.
Our trust and confidence in Him covers us.
The eternal hope of salvation keeps us encouraged.
We fight off the devil’s lies with God’s Word.
I left 2012, bruised and on crutches.
I enter into 2013, bruised and on crutches.
But now I’m wearing my helmet.
I’m holding a shield.
And I’m carrying a sword.
Ready for war.
“A final word: Be strong in the Lord and in His mighty power. Put on all of God’s armor so that you will be able to stand firm against all strategies of the devil. For we are not fighting against flesh-and-blood enemies, but against evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world, against mighty powers in this dark world, and against evil spirits in the heavenly places. Therefore, put on every piece of God’s armor so you will be able to resist the enemy in the time of evil. Then after the battle you will still be standing firm. Stand your ground, putting on the belt of truth and the body armor of God’s righteousness. For shoes, put on the peace that comes from the Good News so that you will be fully prepared. In addition to all of these, hold up the shield of faith to stop the fiery arrows of the devil.Put on salvation as your helmet, and take the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. Pray in the Spirit at all times and on every occasion. Stay alert and be persistent in your prayers for all believers everywhere.”