Battleship

When I was a kid we used to play a game called battleship…

The object was to have strategically place your ships on your grid and then both players would try to sink the other player’s ships…

Life the last few days has seemed like this… I was thinking I had some “ships” in good places and then they got bombed… One right out of the water… a couple others are heading to drydock for repairs…

The last few days have been really hard… Add in my mental health issues well… Yah…

The thoughts of negativity try to stir up a hurricane of thoughts… it’s easy to get off course as a fog of doubt starts to come in… I lose my focus and direction… I can start to feel overwhelmed… My ship stops dead in the water…

And then I realized it’s not about my horizontal direction… It’s my vertical direction that really counts that’s what I need to focus on!

I may not know if I should go left or right, forwards or backwards… But I can always look up and seek the peace and have God’s Spirit lead me on the path I’m to take…

I needed to take the hurricane of thoughts that are bombarding me and used scripture… Phil 4:4-8 Rejoice in Lord always and again I say rejoice!
2 Cor 10:3-5 the weapons of warfare are fought with God’s weapons…

I spent some time with God in His word… while David is requesting protection physically, my battles are mental… where Satan loves to reside…  with this take – Psalm 31 takes on a spiritual arena…

Psalm 31:1–2 (NLT): O Lord, I have come to you for protection; don’t let me be disgraced.
Save me, for you do what is right.
Turn your ear to listen to me; rescue me quickly.
Be my rock of protection, a fortress where I will be safe. You are my rock and my fortress.
For the honour of your name, lead me out of this danger.
Pull me from the trap my enemies set for me, for I find protection in you alone.
I entrust my spirit into your hand.
Rescue me, Lord, for you are a faithful God.

From my from my devotions, I am in Deuteronomy – Moses talking to the Israelites just before the new generation starts claiming the promised land… he reminds them of all that God has done…

And I needed that – a reminder of how faithful God has been in my life…

Psalm 13:24 Be strong and take heart, all you who hope in the LORD.

There will always be days that blow up and make huge waves… causing fog around me… some bigger – some smaller…

This is where my spiritual first aid kit comes in hand…

Is it easy? No – do I feel like rejoicing? Ahh… no… but – I’ve learned… that if I start I will feel better… I can seek peace and battle the thoughts… and I know that I will be battling with hard for a few days… anxiety comes easynegativity builds quicklydepression descends and aims deep… the battle is on… but THE WAS IS NOT LOST…

Read Revelations… God wins!

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