Mom’s “Minute Devo”–Monday, April 22nd

Surrounded…this is how I fight my battles

The lyrics below are from an anthem written by Elyssa Smith from UpperRoom, Dallas, Texas, a 24 hour prayer and praise house. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vx6mfAgHDsY

            “There’s a table that you prepared for me in the presence of my enemies. It’s your body and your blood you shed for me, this how I fight my battles…

And I believe you overcome and I will lift my song of praise for all you’ve done. 

This is how I fight my battles, this is how I fight my battles, this is how I fight my battles, this is how I…

In the valley, I know you that you’re with me, and surly, your goodness and your mercy follows me, so my weapons are praise and thanksgiving, this is how I fight my battles, and I believe…

And I believe you overcome and I will lift my song of praise for all you’ve done.

This is how I fight my battles, this is how I fight my battles, this is how I fight my battles, this is how I…

It may look like I’m surrounded but I’m surrounded by you! It may look like I’m surrounded but I’m surrounded by you! It may look like I’m surrounded but I’m surrounded by you!

My victory’s in Jesus Name, my Victory’s in Jesus Name, MY VICTORY’S IN JESUS NAME! My victory’s in the THIRD DAY!

Now my heart is bursting at the seams with praise inside of me…

And praise will be my song, and I will not contain it, I will not contain this love. And praise will be my song, I will not contain it, I will not contain this love.”

This song has been playing over and over in my mind and heart, especially after some battles I’ve been fighting, or rather God’s been fighting for me! 

It brought to mind 2 Kings 6, when Elisha prayed for God to open his servant’s eyes:

15When the servant of the man of God got up and went out early in the morning, an army with horses and chariots had surrounded the city. So he asked Elisha, “Oh, my master, what are we to do?” 16“Do not be afraid,”Elisha answered, “for those who arewith us are more than those who arewith them.” 17Then Elisha prayed, “O LORD, please open his eyes that he may see.” And the LORD opened the eyes of the young man, and he saw that the hills were full of horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha.…

Other references speak similarly:

Romans 8:31: What then shall we say in response to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?
Exodus 14:13: But Moses told the people, “Do not be afraid. Stand firm and you will see the LORD’s salvation, which He will accomplish for you today; for the Egyptians you see today, you will never see again.

About two weeks ago, our youngest who attends Valor, ended up at Providence ER, needing an appendectomy, according to all the diagnoses. Yet, it turned out to be a very large ovarian cyst, causing tremendous pain! It was right on top of the ovary, potentially causing great damage requiring emergency surgery. She missed school and had more ultra sounds and CT scans. 

I asked for Prayer!!  On our 8th Grade Group-Me, on our Lifegroup message, from an Intercessor group, and other friends. 

She was suffering. Simultaneously, my father in Fort Worth, who is in stage 5 kidney failure took a turn for the worse. (I did not teach this year and have been traveling back and forth to help him in any way I can. He was given 6 months to a year to live last July.) Dad had been throwing up all week while Eliana was in pain. We finally went to see him on that Saturday evening. By Sunday afternoon, my daughter was doing the same, from a severe headache, all related to the cyst. It was a rough trip back to Waco for my husband and daughters. I stayed with Dad.

Eliana began calling me, crying because she was in such pain…her head, her side…vomiting. I tried to comfort her, telling her not to cry if possible, that it would make her head hurt worse. Having suffered from migraines many times, with all the horrible symptoms, I understood what she was going through!

Finally, at 10 pm Sunday evening, Dad said, “Go home, just go home. We know what’s wrong with me, I’m dying! Go home and help Eliana.” So I left my sick father to come back to Waco to help my sick child.

I needed God to fight for me, but I need to Praise Him! I’ve had the privilege of walking through this with my daughter and with my father. I need to Praise Him! 

It’s not over. It’s still tough. I’m trusting God, he’s got this battle, because

 I’m SURROUNDED by Him! 

And Praise will be my song…


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