Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Woe's and Armor

It's been almost a week since I stared at this screen waiting for just the right words to come. I try not to read back over any old posts, but at the end of last week, I was looking for something in particular. That is when it hit me. It seems like all I have posted other than tips are "woe is me" words. Yikes! Apologies to the masses. Well, all 16 of you. :-)

Indulge me for a moment if you will. If you are a regular reader, you know that my family is going through a season of change. Better yet... a season of uncertainty. Today marks the 4 week countdown to having to be out of our home. Hubby's job and the closing on the sale of our home are 4 weeks from tomorrow. We DO NOT believe in coincidences and know that it has all been orchestrated by God. We know without a doubt what a HUGE blessing it is to be able to sell a home right now. And, to close on the last day of a job? NO COINCIDENCE.

So, where do we go from here? That is something that God has not yet revealed. We would appreciate your prayers as we begin to pack up our belongings. Prayers that we will never waiver in our faith that God will provide. Prayers that we as a family will allow His peace and comfort to be felt at every turn. And that His plan will be revealed very soon. Thank you so much to those of you who will join us in these prayers!!!!

Before closing, I decided that I would share with you the ways that satan has been on the attack. We were making a quick trip to Dallas to celebrate a niece that graduated from high school the night before. Only one hour away from our destination, our truck broke down on the interstate. Not a comfy place to be when the Texas temps are soaring for this time of year. Fortunately there were huge shade trees across the feeder road where we waited for almost an hour to be towed.

We piled into the rescue truck with the lovely scent of old dirty sweat (of one) and newly acquired sweat of four. Not pleasant to say the least. After about a 15 minute ride, we rounded the corner to feast our eyes on something out of "Deliverance". No, I am not kidding one iota. It was a sea of broken down vehicles. The "shop" as you might call it, had employees crawling out of the woodwork like cockroaches looking for food. The food they spied were my 2 beautiful teens. It was CREEPY AND DISTURBING. If I were a betting woman, I would almost bet there were more teeth in my 2 girls' mouthes than in the sum of all of theirs.

The good news was that hubby's truck could easily be fixed and that it shouldn't take more than an hour and a half. "Bubba" had to go get a burger first. Seriously. So, the girls and I looked for shade to stand under and to get out of the line of sight. The only shade to be found (other than under the trees with the 5 "Deliverance" dogs in a pen) was across the street. We retreated to the shade and soon realized it was like being on stage. The girls were easily ogled from there and even began to get honks and waves from passersby. If it wasn't so comical, I would have been vomiting. VIOLENTLY.

Fortunately, Hubby had called the father-in-law and he had driven the hour to retrieve us. We left with him in the comfort of the air-conditioned car in search of food. Upon returning, Hubby's truck was fixed and we were on the road to civilization. And none too soon.

The night went well and we enjoyed celebrating the niece's accomplishment and being with extended family. The next day, we experienced downtown Dallas through the eyes of our girls. Hubby and I used to work there but many things have changed. I will post on our findings and pics tomorrow. We had a good time.

The next attack came upon returning home. My debit card was denied when I went to pick up our beloved fur babies. After being embarrassed and VERY UNHAPPY at the vet, Hubby found out that someone had stolen my card # and put almost $700 dollars on it! In Virginia at Waly world. They didn't just use my #, they actually made a fake card that was able to be swiped. GRRRRR. Hubby is at the bank this a.m. getting it taken care of. At least the company was suspicious and deactivated the card so that these hoodlums (I am restraining myself...) couldn't do any more damage to us.

Needless to say, satan sees that we are vulnerable right now and is doing his best to break us. But he is mistaken. We are strapping on the armor of God and WILL NOT let him win!

Finally, be strong in the Lord and in His mighty power. Put on the full armor of God so that you can take your stand against the devil's schemes.   ~Ephesians 6:10-11


carissa @ lowercase letters said...

oh sue, i'm so sorry. it seems like when it rains it's always a downpour. and why do cars have to break down when you're out of town?! ugh! so frustrating. and the whole debit card thing is so scary! i'm praying today that the Lord will encourage you as only He can. and may He bring you through these trials with grace to bring you to a place of hopefulness in what's to come! hugs to you!

carissa @ lowercase letters said...

i called you sue again. what's wrong with me! oh yes, i've lost my mind... that's right!

partialemptynester said...

You sweet precious, Sunny Sue! You certainly don't come across as whiny over your posts, you come across as an overcomer, willing to learn from others...I love that! God has put you on my heart several times since we've "met", and I've enjoyed praying for you then reading later what God has done for you and your sweet family! Please, keep the posts coming...I only write when the words hit, no rhyme or reason, so don't feel pressure to write, although I do miss ya when you're not on! Btw, hope you enjoyed Big D, did you happen to go by the stadium ruins?

partialemptynester said...

Carissa's comment came in at the same time and as I read it, I realized how funny it's been to me to realize that your name is Kellie and not Sue...lol!! When I first started blogging, I didn't realize I would feel so close to my blogbuddies, so it never occurred to me to use my real name...now I think it's so funny that I have some kind of weird "code name", like we are all on cb's or something, lol!!!!

Traci Michele said...

I saw that you stopped by Ordinary Inspirations! Thanks :-) I'm now your newest follower.

elizabeth said...

Hi Sue! That same thing happened to my hubby where they skimmed his debit card number and made a card for themselves and emptied our bank account. Made us switch over to the good old Dave Ramsey cash system.
Wow, what you all are going through makes me ashamed of my complaining about living in the middle of a remodeling job!
I am so excited to have you as a new follower and look forward to getting to know you better!

Ginger said...

Hi! Found you at Elizabeth's blog. As a mom to two soon-to-be teens, I can totally relate to your creepy car experience. Yuck! The debit thing--how frustrating! I want you to know that your faith and trust in the Lord shine through your posts, even if the news was bad. I'll be visiting again! :)