Happy Wednesday! Today, I want to introduce a new friend of mine. Michelle Moore is one of the rockin’ women I met at She Speaks this past weekend (a post on that coming soon!!) and she is currently hosting a blog tour this month over at her site. She shared part of my story there earlier this week, so it’s her turn to now continue her tour on over here at my place. So I’d love if you would welcome Michelle! <insert cheers and clapping>
Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground. Ephesians 6:13
We, women, can take a long time getting ready in the morning. We have our showers which involves shaving and washing our hair. Then there is the process of drying our hair and if you have that thick, wavy hair that is very long, like me, you might as well stand under the dryers at the car wash! Then there is the makeup which is an art. The lipstick, eyeliner, foundation… my boys are fascinated watching me “put my face on” for the day.
Then if you didn’t have your clothes laid out the night before, you stand there pondering your choices, or lack of. What mood am I in…yellow, pink, or blue? Let’s not forget the shoes that will complement our outfit. Then we add the frosting on the cake- accessories! Lord knows I love me some earrings, big ones too! I am a Texan so the bigger the better in hair and earrings. Then we announce it is time to go and leave while our husbands gasp for air from the hairspray filling the entire back part of the house and the children who have nearly completely undone themselves by the time we’re ready to walk out the door.
We are ready to face the world…or are we? Perhaps I might have exaggerated the process of getting ready, but I do not want to neglect the vital importance of putting on the most important thing… the Armor of God. No amount of makeup, hairspray or jewelry will ever replace the confidence we get from knowing we are prayed up and equipped spiritually to handle whatever comes our way.
This is something I have learned to pray on every single day of my life! I reached a point in my life about three years ago and faced a very dark personal crisis. I have a history of battling depression and anxiety that stems from my childhood and circumstances beyond my control. I battled suicidal thoughts and lost all reason, desire and hope for my future. BUT, this is when the sweet Holy Spirit stepped in. God refused to let me believe I was a lost cause and so did my family.
In my journey of self-discovery through God’s word, I, instead, discovered who God was and who He said I was. When my vision began to align with His vision, the chains that held me down were broke off…little by little. By no means was this an overnight thing. Even to today I am being shown things in my life that need to be removed or corrected but with the love from a God that knows me inside and out. He saw every tear I cried, every sleepless night, He held my hand through every darkest night and I know He will never let me go.
The study of Ephesians 6 saved my life! I know God has led me down this road to point others to His light. With this perspective, I am able to overcome for myself, for my children and women all over the world that struggle with the debilitating condition of depression and anxiety. I invite you to go on this journey with me and together we can learn how to arm ourselves!
(Author Bio: Michelle Moore is described as real, engaging and practical. She is the author of Arm Yourself: Equipping Ourselves with the Armor of God which she self-published in the fall of 2014. She is also the creator of the blog, My Heart’s Song, which is endorsed by Family Christian Store and posts a weekly devotion, as well as offering books, concerts, movies and music reviews and giveaways. She has a passion for women in helping them to navigate through the negative stigma of mental illness. Michelle is also a down to earth speaker that is able to break down biblical principles and relate them to the modern day woman.)
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