2 Thessalonians 3:3-5  But the Lord is faithful, and he will strengthen you and protect you from the evil one. We have confidence in the Lord that you are doing and will continue to do the things we command. May the Lord direct your hearts into God’s love and Christ’s perseverance.

In Paul’s call to prayer he reinforces the character of God and that, as long as we are in the will of God, we can focus on His ability and continue in His work with all perseverance.

Yesterday, the enemy almost won the battle.  A day-long assault kept me from focusing on a single bit of work and throughout the day I descended, bit by bit until I was finally knee-deep in the mire of my discontented pit until I confessed my distress to a co-worker, who proceeded to remind me of who God says I am. She said, “this is a stronghold for you.” It’s a place I allow myself to go. Then she reminded me to FOCUS ON GOD, not the enemy’s lies. 

I’ve been praying for a change for some time. On January 1st, I didn’t see myself at the same company on December 31st, even thinking I should retire (but I’m way too young for that). I wanted an escape. I continued to pray for a fresh start and asked others to pray for me in this regard. In the last few weeks, God confirmed that I am to continue waiting and, for sure, not to retire – Answered prayer.

As I may have mentioned, earlier this year my job changed and my scope of duties narrowed significantly. More recently I was relocated to an area with only one other co-worker. Not the fresh start I expected. Nevertheless, a chance to shake off the past and move forward with a clean slate, and focus on the important – Answered prayer.

I’ve been blogging for several years, but left it alone for about a year, frustrated with the technology (more like my lack of understanding it), social media expectations, and pressure to grow a tribe. Lately, the Lord put me on this new road to write again with a new purpose. This is my fresh start – Answered prayer.

Back to the enemy’s assault. At the end of the day, I realized that I’m writing, I’m praying, I’m praising, and I’m trusting God to do something with this fresh start. The enemy doesn’t like that, but I know the Lord is faithful, and He will strengthen me and continue to protect me. 

I have my answered prayer. 


This is the October writing challenge from Five Minute Friday. The plan is to successfully post everyday. We write for five minutes (unedited and that’s a challenge) and stop. Visit FMF to see more posts. 

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