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One day the angels came to present themselves before the Lord, and Satan also came with them. The Lord said to Satan, “Where have you come from”?
Satan answered the Lord, “From roaming through the earth and going back and forth in it.” Then the Lord said to Satan, “Have you considered my servant Job? There is no one on earth like him; he is blameless and upright, a man who fears God and shuns evil.”
“Does Job fear God for nothing?” Satan replied. “Have you not put a hedge around him and his household and everything he has? You have blessed the work of his hands, so that his flocks and herds are spread throughout the land. But stretch out your hand and strike everything he has, and he will surely curse you to your face.”
The Lord sad to Satan, “Very well, then, everything he has is in your hands, but on the man himself do not lay a finger.”
Then Satan went out from the presence of the Lord.
How many times have we felt like someone had cut a hole through or even knocked down our hedge…or “fence”. We all know what a fence is. We even know what they are used for. But for kicks….I looked it up. According to Mr. “Webster” A fence is a barrier enclosing or bordering a field, yard, etc., used to prevent entrance….or mark a boundary…..raise a fence…defend; protect; guard.
Hmmmm, pretty clear what a fence is designed to do. We also know how we feel when it is damaged or missing, whether it is our property fence or….our heart fence. It is the “heart fence” that I am going to talk about. Once we discover the problem, we begin to search within us…sometimes the damaged or missing fence would be our own doing.
For farmers a fence is of utmost importance. It not only keeps out the unwanted trespasser or animal, but it will also hold for safekeeping what you have on the inside. You don’t want your crops stomped. You don’t want your livestock injured or even stolen. And you especially don’t want them “wandering away”.
Whether you have only 10 cattle or 10,000, keep the fence lines checked. If you have hundreds of head of cattle…and thousands of acres of land, this would have to be an ongoing task. Checking the fence lines would never end. Daily would you see to the security of your surroundings. The stability of the fence is a high priority.
Our prayer lives are the same. Our Christian walk is the same. Our fence line is prayer. We go to the Father not only on a daily basis, but a “continual basis”. I remember when I first started working at Holmes County High School….(more than 15 years ago). The precious, “soon to retire”, woman who was training me, had given the me the daunting task of balancing the school bank account. Can you feel my pain? As I worked through the numbers, I realized quickly that I had a problem. She was sitting in the same office with me, but working on something else and I began to “talk to the Lord, forgetting that she was there, I spoke to Him as if He were leaning over my shoulder looking at my column of numbers Himself! She looked up from her work and asked me, “did you say something to me?”
I looked at her in puzzlement, “oh, sorry no, I was talking to the Lord.” She kind of laughed and asked me if I did that often. I looked at her with all sincerity, “all day long”.
I had realized less than two years prior to that new job that I could no longer go about my every day life, as if it were only my life. For through several life altering and heart sobering circumstances, I knew that if I were to continue on in the manner I had been, very lackadaisical in my Christian walk, then I would never be what my Father intended or wanted me to be.
Looking back, I ask myself, did my fence get lowered and my circumstances change in order to “see what I was made of?”….or rather did my happy-go-lucky life of “hit and miss prayer time” cause the fence to fall into disrepair? Could be either. Could be both. At this point in my life, the answer is irrelevant. The result is significant. The outcome of each circumstance irrevocably changed me forever.
If that is what it took to get my full attention on Him…then I would have to say it was worth every tear shed, every night spent on the floor in anguished prayer. I have to do a continual check on my fence line. I don’t want something coming in my life that the Lord does not invite in through the gate….and guess Who my gatekeeper is? Of course. Jesus Christ.
I also realized over the years that some “tightening up” has been necessary. As a fence is neglected, it seems to lose it’s strength. the wires sag a bit. Erosion takes a toll on the fence posts, causing some to lean a bit. Time we spend in His Word pulls that wire of our fence tight, it restores the ground around each post. As we spend more time in His Word and in prayer on a daily basis, the fence posts seem to even cement themselves into the ground. But the fence line still must be checked daily.
The enemy is more cunning with each passing day. He knows each of my weaknesses. He knows where the weakest place in my fence is found. I must continually ask the Holy Spirit to stand guard, apply reinforcement wire, “barbed wire” even to keep out the enemy!
In knowing my weakness, I know what I have to do. For me, I have to spend less time in front of the TV, and more time in my Bible. The last thing I do at night is “quiet time with Him”. I have also had to spend less time “on the computer”. I rarely “shop” online. If I am on the computer, most likely I am reading blessings from other Christian Women bloggers, or I am working on my Laced with Grace post, or a new devotion to share with you, or praying for someone, or being blessed by the articles in the Christian Women Online Magazine (CWO) or working on the Youth Blog, Renewed Day by Day (sorry I have neglected that of late). I am trying to keep it under control. When I find myself spending too much time there…I simply stay away from it. Usually these days, I try and not turn it on at all on the weekends, unless I have a post that happens to fall on the weekend. I take a book and pencil with me everywhere though….for if the Lord gives me a thought for you—-which is always for me too….I am ready. I want to stand at the ready. Always willing to do what my Father requires. I keep my “work gloves” on….minding the fence.
This is my 100th post. When I first began this journey, I never dreamed I’d be here. I had no idea where my first little blog would take me. The day I set my blog account up, I did not post anything. I had it in my mind what I wanted to post, but didn’t have time. I had discovered it during lunch one day, March 6th to be precise. On March 7th, the enemy came in….seemingly with every force he had. When my sister Wanda called the office I could not even speak to her for the thickness of the tears in my throat. She called me back in less than five minutes. She asked me if she could pray for me. I hesitated briefly, but told her yes, please do. I was worried that the phone that had been ringing (all 6 lines) non stop since I had arrived would interrupt. I was concerned that a co-worker, or worse yet, one of the attorneys would come to my office and need me. I was hoping that a client would not come early, as my desk is at the reception area. But when my sister began to pray with the authority of the Holy Spirit inside her, all worries and concerns melted away. Wanda had no clue what I was facing that day. She had no idea the phone call I had on my way to work, nor the frustration I was feeling from the hectic mornings routine. But the Holy Spirit knew. He spoke through her and demanded all “confusion to cease”. She prayed peace right into my heart and day. The phone didn’t ring, no one came in nor did anyone approach my office during the entire phone call. I stood amazed at what God had just done.
What I think was that the enemy had a “gut feeling”, that through this blog business, I would be blessed. That my fence would be strengthened and that God would use me. I had no idea how God would use me, but I know that He has certainly used others that I have met in this realm of the Internet to bless my life, increase my faith and strengthen my walk with Him. If you have time, read my very first post. Especially the passage from one of my favorite authors that Wanda shared with me.
In closing, I share this awesome word from Isaiah 59:19 “So shall they fear the name of the LORD from the west, and his glory from the rising of the sun. When the enemy shall come in like a flood, the Spirit of the LORD shall lift up a standard against him.”
Sisters, as we stay in with God, should the enemy break through and flood our lives —-rest assured, our Father will lift up a “new fence” against him!
It has been my delight and privilege to meet each of you. Some of you have gotten to know me quite a bit. I love each of you and want you to know how you have blessed my life with your love for Jesus!
Go in God this week….check those fence lines!