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Spiritual Tar Pits

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Tar Pit BubbleSatan wants you down. Defeated. Giving yourself negative talk and expecting nothing but failure.

And I had such a day of that last week. I could go through the day and get all upset again, but it really isn’t worth it. Suffice it to say that from the time I was awakened, before my alarm by an … issue … my day flushed and I spent the rest of it spiraling in narrowing rings around the toilet of depression.

By the time I hit the evening, (And hit is an optimal word there.) I was antsy. Situations left unresolved, unexpected new … issues … cropping up every time I opened up my email. I have to tell you, like a threatened octopus, I felt myself pulling everything in.

Sweet hubby made me turn off my email. I just needed to let things go for a few days. And he was also right about something else. In the big picture of things, these little details don’t really matter. I know the evil one would love to destroy me, and he uses my weariness and little snipes here and there to pick me to pieces.

But snipes aren’t real. I know because my grandpa took my mom snipe hunting once when she was little. Poor thing. And these things that have picked on me all day weren’t real either. They weren’t things that would last. The slights and the frustrations generated out of minor issues shouldn’t affect me so much.

Good thing to remember. And the tornado dreams and restlessness that plagued me for the 24 hours made it very clear that I was not in the will of the Father. All of the ill-feelings stemmed from a decisions that I had been putting off. Once made, I had peace and clarity, though my circumstances hadn’t really changed all that much.

So my day started out in tar pits that I didn’t think I could escape. But it ended with a beauty and peace that I didn’t expect. To God be the glory!

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Author: Marji Laine

Marji is a homeschooling mom with teenage twins left in the nest. She spends her days transporting to and from volleyball, teaching writing classes at a local coop, and directing the children’s music program at her church. Raised in suburban Dallas, she got her first taste of writing through the stories of brilliant authors of their day, Mignon Eberhart and Phyllis A. Whitney, and through stage experience. After directing and acting in productions for decades, Marji started writing her own scripts. From that early beginning, she delved into creating scintillating suspense with a side of Texas sassy. She invites readers to unravel their inspiration, seeking a deeper knowledge of the Lord’s Great Mystery that invites us all.

9 thoughts on “Spiritual Tar Pits

  1. Love how you wrote about your struggles with the ultimate trickster. I’ll bet that when you reread this post you won’t even remember what you struggled with.

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    • You know, the little details have just fallen away. My decision still sticks with me because it is slowly processing through channels, but you’re right about the little foxes that were nipping at me.

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  2. What I know for sure: despite all the challenges put before us, God always wins. We already know how the story eventually will end: god always wins. Thanks for sharing your struggle. Seems a lot of us have had variations of this exact same challenge lately…Nice to know I wasn’t alone.

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  3. “Satan wants you down. Defeated. Giving yourself negative talk and expecting nothing but failure.” – It’s definitely an upward battle, but we already know we have the VICTORY!
    “Situations left unresolved, unexpected new … issues … cropping up every time I opened up my email. I have to tell you, like a threatened octopus, I felt myself pulling everything in.” – I beleive many of us have been here before, I am happy that you overcame the trial and that God blessed you with such a loving and understanding Husband who was not harsh (though sometime we might be to them). A good 1 Peter 3 husband!
    Thank you for the Post and God Bless – Lion 2 Lamb

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  4. Damn devil and his plan to undo us. You sound lucky to have such a wonderful husband and I love the photo of the ball in the tar.

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