Sometimes you feel like a nut . . .
sometimes you don't.
This intro is brought to you to introduce my nieces and their candy names. Just because I don't want to call them by their initials anymore. And because I am moving some of their special stories over to this blog, I thought I should introduce you to them . . . officially!
I think their names are appropriate because Almond Joy is kind of nutty sometimes, and Mounds is sweet and not as nutty. Still fun, but I just think their names fit. We love them both so much. Who wouldn't, right?
We spent some time with them during the summer not too long ago, and we took them to the Exploritorium of Lexington and had lots of fun. Then we went to the movies and then Santa decided they needed a toy. So he asked AJ if she wanted to go to the mall and build a bear. She asked what was it for? He said, "Well do you have a birthday coming up?"
She said, "Not for a long time. There's 'Gotcha Day' but it's still a few months from now too."
Santa said, "What if we just get a toy for no reason?"
She started squealing . . . "Oh my gosh! You are driving me crazy! Hey Mounds, did you hear we are going to get a toy for no apparently reason!"
My sister and her youngest daughter, "Mounds".
I was talking to my sister one night on the phone and she said, "Just one "Mounds" story before I let you go." I love these stories, so I want to write them down so I don't forget.
The Armor of God
10Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. 11Put on the full armor of God so that you can take your stand against the devil's schemes. 12For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. 13Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. 14Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, 15and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. 16In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. 17Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. 18And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the saints. Ephesians 6:10-18
At Bible School this year the theme at my sister's church was "The Armor of God" and each night they would learn about a different piece of the armor. The teachers would ask the kids what piece of armor they were going to put on each night. Well, "Mounds" told her teacher that she was going to put on "the breast plate of a righteous mess". (*smiles*)
How sweet is that?
How sweet is that?
The next night it was the next piece of armor, the helmet or the sword, but always paired up with "a righteous mess".
I laughed, I always love to hear these kid stories, they fill my heart up to the top.
I started thinking today about writing a blog post about this and thought to myself we are all pretty much "a righteous mess". Isn't that how God teaches us sometimes, through the words of a child? We try to be righteous, but without the armor of God we are not going to be able to handle it. So each of us being a righteous mess need to be reminded to put on the whole armor of God, so we can stand firm.
I know I am a righteous mess, how about you?