Jun 13, 2008

Defeating a determined enemy

In the morning, Studly Man and I will be leading a team of 25 volunteers into our local juvenile prison.

We are strangely delighted by the horrendous week we've had. (We're delighted NOW... it took a few days to get that way.)

Let me explain.

Studly's sister is an amazing artisan. She left her job as a chemical engineer after adopting four amazing kids, and she has replaced her income by selling her art. (Those kids are seven, seven, six and five now - pray for her!!) She lives near Austin, and we're here in Dallas. There is a huge art festival here this weekend. Her husband is at another huge art festival in Santa Fe selling her art, so he couldn't travel with her and help her during the show here. That means that Studly's parental units had to drive five hours from Brownsville (FAR south Texas) up to Austin, pick up Sister and her wares, and drive four and a half more hours to Dallas to check in at Casa de Castro.

While I was at the grocery store last night at about 9:40, they arrived. Which was after we'd returned from my parents' 55th anniversary dinner/party thingy that I planned. Which was after I got home from the dentist. Which was after I broke a tooth by chewing my night guard in half. Which was after Studly spent three hours on his hands and knees or a ladder frantically trying to get blood (lots o' blood) off the walls, ceiling and just-professionally-cleaned-seven-days-ago carpet before his family arrived for the weekend. Which was after Shiloh sliced her tail and then wagged it briskly for say, oh, an hour or more while no one was home, slinging blood all.over.the.place. Which was after Studly delivered his brand spanking new project to his potential first buyer. Which was after a very long and sleepless night preparing for the delivery of said new project. Which was after a spat we had over who would unload the dishwasher. Which was after I spilled a half gallon of milk on the freshly mopped floor.

This was in a 24-hour-period.

There's SO much more for the previous 48 hours, but my fingers are tired. Use your imagination.

Why? WHY are we delighted that we had such a horrendous week? We've learned a simple truth.

satan (yes, not capitalized on purpose) doesn't waste his time attacking where God is not at work. Why would he? If there is no threat that God's kingdom will be added unto, glorified, honored or built up, satan will focus his efforts elsewhere.

God must have really big plans in store for this weekend....

We're rejoicing. We weren't earlier in the week because we'd had a momentary lapse of reason, but we are now.

Please remember our team and the kids we'll minister to in your prayers.


Suzanne said...

Isn't it great when God reminds you why these things happen and who we are fighting against! I'm with you on the lower case "s" too. :)

Thank you for what you're doing with the prison ministry. I work with special education (which includes disciplinary problems as well as kids with learning disabilities) in a middle school in the Dallas area. The first child I ever worked with was a 12 yr. old boy with a police monitoring device around his ankle and I was so blessed by being able to work with him.

So many of these kids have no one who cares about them. It's so wonderful that you and your husband take the time to love them and let them know about One who always has and always will care about them.

Paula (SweetPea) said...

Whew! I'm tired just reading about your whoahs. Praise God for your praising God. satan does try to attack us when we are thriving and striving for God.

Sheryl said...

Can't wait to hear about all that God did over the weekend. I'm sure it must have been great if satan was that scared of you!

Thanks again for your continued prayers and encouraging words.


Anonymous said...

Can't wait for an update! (both ministry and project)
Love you and Studly!
Ruby's Fairy Godmother!

DidiLyn said...

That was awesome. I appreciate so much your eternal perspective. This is why we need to give thanks for hard things, for trials as well as for blessings.