“All the World’s A Stage”

I love a good play.

Not the kind your children do in the backyard, but the kind with heroines, white horses, and sword fights. The kind with over-sized velvety-like curtains that draw back as an unsuspecting crowd holds its breath with anticipation.

It’s a place where imagination interrupts reality for a couple of hours. A place that houses a stage that seems to explode with dramatic plots, knee-jerking themes, and whimsical characters.

Only at night as I sleep, those kinds of fairytale scenarios aren’t what play out on the center stage of my mind.

I try so hard during the day to be an over-comer. One who covers her ears as she protects herself from whispers of insecurities and thunderous claps of not-good-enoughs.

Oh yes, I thought I’d go there today.

But at night…

I lay may shield of faith by the bed. I place my sword on the nightstand. I leave my belt of Truth on the floor (see Eph. 6:15-18). And the adversary drills potholes into my fairytale dreams over night, a time when I’m most vulnerable. He fills them with images of mistakes I’ve made, condemnation I’ve tucked away, fears I haven’t overcome. They twirl around on the center stage of my mind. They seem so real.  They penetrate my heart.

In case you were wondering, this happened just last night.

I woke up. My mind erupted with themes Satan showcased overnight. Trust issues. Self-esteem challenges.  

Does this happen to you?

I must admit, this night I handled things differently. I recited Colossians 3:11 over and over, “Christ is all that matters.” My past doesn’t matter. My life realities don’t matter. My “I’m-nobody-special” thoughts don’t matter.

What does matter is Christ and his Calvary love for me.

A love that doesn’t have trust issues.

A love that doesn’t get snagged in the seams of my mistakes.

A love that shields the pain.

So my sweet friends, if you to struggle with insecurity clanking and tinkering around in your dreams at night, start small. When you wake up, recite a verse, pick up that sword that’s on the nightstand. Allow God to chain that ugly right up to the bedpost and set you free.  

Let’s make a pact. Let’s be determined to allow the message of Christ fill our hearts and nothing else.

Sweet Dreams!!

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11 Responses

08.26.11

I love putting on the garments but you know I have found myself at times when I am going through something I forget at least one of the garments to put on…and then I will start asking why, when and how..and then I realized that I forgot to put the whole Armor on…I guess I expected it to work with only a few things on but that is not how you go into battle..one must be fully dressed…right?

Thanks for the posting sis…
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08.26.11

Beautifully and honestly written, Kelli! We may think we have it all together during the day, but at night . . . The enemy comes with his attacks when we are most vulnerable. No matter the time of day or night, when the attacks come, we must pick up our sword. Great encouragement today!
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Oh girl, you hit my heart with this one today! There are SO many great parts to this post, but I really love: “A love that doesn’t have trust issues. A love that doesn’t get snagged in the seams of my mistakes. A love that shields the pain.” I’m so glad that your strength of faith has you reaching for and reciting scripture in the face of all that negativity – don’t let the enemy do that to you! Much love and sweet dreams to you, friend 🙂

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08.26.11

I struggle at night big time! I have to pray the name of Jesus often just to get my mind to shut off, so it’s a deal for me… I am determined to let Christ be the only one who fills my heart, I’m with you!!!
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08.26.11

Wow Kelli! This hit the spot for me. The enemy sure knows when to go for the throat on us girls. Thank you for reminding me to put on that armour!

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08.26.11

I have a friend who says she sleeps with her armor on!
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Interesting article , I’m going to spend more time reading about this topic

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Interesting article , I am going to spend more time researching this subject

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Awesome blog, I’m going to spend more time reading about this subject

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08.26.11

Hi there :)What’s up? :p I’m happy that you are still around “the internet” 😛 Did you had problems with Google during the last update? Just checked your rankings and it seems like you are doing a good job 🙂 Hope you will maintain the quality, just don’t forget about your friends 😉 Bye! 🙂

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Good day :)How are things going? I’m happy that you are still around “the internet” 😛 Did you had problems with Google during the last update? Just checked your rankings and it seems like you are doing a good job 🙂 If there will be any problems be sure to get back to me, always loved your style Bye-Bye :*

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