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A Father’s Example + Sketchy Tacos {Guest Post}

Friends, I am super excited about the special guest post I have today and the message she has to share with you about how her father was so influential in her understand about God, the Father. Meg’s social media sites are listed below. You should connect with her and make sure to check out her book, Sketchy Tacos! I started it already, and it is a really fun read!

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A Child’s First Glimpse of God

Growing up, I thought my dad hung the moon. Twice a week, he would kick our tails on game night. In the summer, he would chase us around with a hose, making rainbows in the hot sun. He would tickle my sister and I until we couldn’t breath. He was the master mouse-catcher and spider-killer. He could fix almost anything. He fought fires.

He was the bravest, strongest man I knew, and he still has the biggest heart of anyone I’ve ever met.

Those memories sparkle in my mind. Still what had the biggest impact?

Every night he sat at the head of the table and said grace. He sang my sister and I to sleep with hymns, and he led family devotions. He not only taught us about God, but he tried to model Him in every way.

So when the Sunday School teacher told us God was a kind and loving father, I had no trouble picturing that.

My dad isn’t perfect. There were days when he got frustrated or angry or discouraged. Perfection isn’t possible. However, he did his best, and that’s what I remember.

I was so incredibly blessed. I’ve known too many people who struggle with their understanding of God because of their relationship with their parents. Strife or inattention made them believe God doesn’t care. Unattainable goals set by parents made them believe they could never be good enough to obtain God’s love.

Parents are a child’s first glimpse of God. A parent’s actions and attitudes will affect how a child views God for years to come.

Be a light for your kids, pointing the way straight to God. Shower them with unconditional love. Discipline them not out of anger, but with a desire to guide them to the right path. Be there for them through thick and thin. Ask yourself, “How am I demonstrating God’s love today?”

About Meg:

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Meg D. Gonzalez is a tea-sipping, adventure-seeking, pug-loving kind of girl. She’s crazy for God and wants to share His love with awesome young women around the globe.

Check out Meg D. Gonzalez’s new teen travel novel, Sketchy Tacos. Explore the relationship between mother and daughter through teenage artist Mila Gulick’s eyes while she struggles to find herself and her faith in vibrant, fun-filled Mexico.

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Meg would love to connect! You can email her at meg (at) megdgonzalez.com or connect with her on FacebookTwitter, or Instagram. To get the first two chapters of Sketchy Tacos and instant access to the adventurers’ and writers’ resource libraries, visit megdgonzalez.com/sketchy-tacos-exclusive-access/!

Wednesday Devotional: Power of Positivity

Oh, the power of positivity! We see these posts everywhere, right? Especially with it being the new year, I see “New Year, New You: Be Positive This Year” everywhere I look. Even still, and it is February.

The problem with the Power of Positivity way of thinking is that it leads to a Health and Wealth thought of Christianity. To be completely sincere, prosperity and positivity are not what Christianity is all about at it’s core. Just because you think you should be the most successful person on the face of the planet does not mean you will be. Read the book of Job for crying out loud! Honestly, you cannot create anything by just thinking it. Moreover, we cannot do anything outside of God.

You may be thinking, “Lady, are you crazy? Your verse for the day is Philippians 4:8.” Okay, I might be crazy, but that topic of discussion is for another time. Just hear what I have to say before you throw your virtual stones! First, let’s take a look at the verse.

The Scripture:

“Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, about these things.”

Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.
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What It Says About The Power of Positivity:

It sounds like I am telling you to use the power of positivity, doesn’t it? Well, not really because I am telling you to use what is true. Not necessarily what is positive because something can be positive without being true! I can tell myself I can fit into that size 7 shoe because they are the cutest ones I have ever seen, but that doesn’t make it true! Being true means it is real and authentic. Reality tells me I will not fit in a size 7 shoe because my foot is too big and my toes would be too cramped to walk! We studied truth several weeks ago and came to the conclusion the Bible is true. Therefore, we must think about what the Bible tells us because it is true, and our positivity will follow from our confidence in knowing the truth of the Bible.

Furthermore, I am saying we, as Christians, should think about what is honorable and just. It means we should live by bringing acknowledgment back to God in a way in which it is guided with truth and rightness according to the Scriptures. We should also be thinking pure thoughts, lovely thoughts and commendable thoughts, and we should be thinking thoughts which come from God, delightful thoughts and thoughts worthy of God’s presence. It’s not about positivity because it’s about being in God’s presence and being so caught up in worshipping Him, we don’t even need to think positively because we automatically do it.

Now this idea takes some action on our part. I know, I know, I am going to talk about it again! Nonetheless, I have to talk about how we can accomplish this task!

How? I’m so glad you asked!

  • Put away past sinful behaviors. Get away from reading the dirty jokes, obsessing over money, pornography, violent television, gossip, boasting or whatever it is causing you to sin.
  • Feed the Holy Spirit. Read the Bible. Pray. Listen to sermons. Sing worship songs. Memorize scripture. Spend time with other Christians. Read Christian books.

So let us, as Christians, stop looking to the power of positivity and start look at the power of God in order for positivity to seep from our pores.

Our Prayer:

God, thank You for always being true. Forgive me for not living with an urgency to bring You glory. Create in me a pure heart, O God. May I honor You with my life. Help me to live according to Your Word and not this world. Help me to have thoughts which gratify you and help me to run from thoughts which do not. In Jesus’ Name, Amen. 

A Question:

What do you need to do to let positivity from God shine through in your life?

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See you next week!

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Mom Crush Monday: Self-Confidence Through Motherhood {Guest Post}

Happy Monday! I continue to be blown away by my Mom Crush Monday guest posts and today is no different! I am loving today’s post by Emily, who is sharing about how motherhood gave her self-confidence she never knew it could. As always, please tell her how much you loved her post in the comments and follow along with us on Instagram using the hashtag #momcrushmonday and #followthedyers , and make sure to stop by back next Monday to read from another awesome mom blogger too!

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Gaining Self-Confidence Through Motherhood

Awkward, socially anxious, filled with self doubt… just a few of the ways
I felt about myself well into adulthood.

I unwittingly spent hours worrying whether my shirt matched my shoes
well enough. I would wonder when, WHEN, would that email I sent get a
reply? Had I insulted the recipient in any way? Were my questions too
insipid to merit answers?

Pregnancy fed into my worry-prone personality. I had a whole host of new
things to stress about… my health, the baby’s health, what to buy to
prepare for his or her arrival, how I would handle returning to work, etc.

After I gave birth to my son, I was filled with all of the typical (and
probably some extra) new parent worries. I had no experience with babies –
I didn’t know what was normal, and I didn’t want to do anything wrong. I
tried to breastfeed and was challenged because my son wouldn’t latch to
drink my milk. Nothing felt right.

As the days turned into weeks, I slowly got the hang of mothering. My
son’s weight slowly but steadily crept up the growth chart. He smiled for
the first time. I felt comfortable taking him out with me alone without
my husband. We muddled on.

One afternoon, already a year into my son’s life, I left the house with my
son and headed to the bus stop. I walked along purposefully and all of a
sudden the most unexpected of thoughts hit me. I felt good. I felt
self-confident. Yes, I was tired and stretched thin between motherhood and
work. I’d hardly put any thought into my appearance before leaving the
house. I didn’t know what I would cook for dinner, but I felt happy.

With all the worry that motherhood brought me, I did not expect to gain
self-confidence as a mom. It took me time to realize it, but giving birth
and nurturing a child into toddlerhood made me feel proud, and it made me
feel strong.

As a mom, I discovered I was capable of so much more than I thought. I
realized that all the little things I used to stress about just don’t
matter. I might still be prone to anxiety, self doubt, or worry, but I can
see now there is so much more to life than dwelling on those feelings.

Gaining Self-Confidence Through Motherhood
Emily

About Emily

Emily is a mom to a very active 1.5 year old boy. She is a regular at the
neighborhood playground. She and her husband are from the USA, but
currently live in Hong Kong for work. Struggling through the early days of
motherhood while trying to breastfeed spurred her to launch her website,
FreshMilkMama, in hopes of supporting other women who find breastfeeding a
challenge.

Follow her journey and find breastfeeding and postpartum health
tips on Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest.

Wednesday Devotional: Flaming Darts Have Nothing on Faith

Again, I apologize for missing last Wednesday. Today, I am back and ready to conquer Ephesians 6:16. Get caught up on the past weeks as this is week 4 of us looking into Ephesians 6-The Armor of God. To easily get caught up, click through these links to quickly access the past posts: Ephesians 6:10-11, Ephesians 6:14 and Ephesians 6:15. Now, let’s look at how God is our shield of faith when Satan is consistently throwing flaming darts at us.

Now, we all know that Satan exists, right? However, I think we too often forget that he is looming around in the world literally trying to destroy our lives. I mean, how many of us actually think about this concept on a daily basis? I know I don’t. It’s scary to think about it, so I choose to not think about it! I mean yes, I think about it when things are going really bad, but I don’t think about it all the time. Even though we are not always thinking about it, Satan is always there. He is always trying to bring us down and always trying to bring God down.

The Scripture:

Ephesians 6:16 says, “In all circumstances take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming darts of the evils one…”

IN ALL CIRCUMSTANCES TAKE UP THE SHIELD OF FAITH, WITH WHICH YOU CAN EXTINGUISH ALL THE FLAMING DARTS OF THE EVIL ONE...
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What It Tells Us About Flaming Darts:

Ummm…flaming darts? That sounds pretty serious! What are these flaming darts the Bible is talking about it? They can be any sort of sin-our pride or doubt in God. Maybe it is an intense pressure to deny God daily or a pornography addiction.

Ephesians 6:16 tells us we should pick up our shield of faith to deflect the flaming darts heading rapidly in our direction. Faith means we trust God. Therefore, our shield is to trust in God.

So we use our “shield of faith” to protect us. Isn’t that what a shield does? You put it out in front of you to protect you from the flaming darts coming in your direction. So we have to put our faith in God knowing God will protect us from the enemy’s attacks. So we must remember that God, Himself, will protect us. He will be our shield.

I know I keep making this comment over and over again, but it is so true: we cannot sit idly by and expect God to do all the work. We must take action in this battle against the enemy. We have to do our part, our daily part, of constantly putting our faith in God and know He will protect us from the enemy.

Let’s put this in perspective for a moment. Here is a good way to figure out if you are living a life completely trusting in God’s faith: In the midst of a trial, do you immediately go to the worst case scenario or do you look at the trial and realize it will all work out in the end? Let me take it a step further, can you rejoice in the midst of your trials? If you can rejoice and have certainty whatever you are going through will work out for the glory of God, then you are living in complete faith with God being your shield.

Now, don’t be discouraged. Even I cannot say I choose the right answer in this scenario. I worry, and I know it is something I need to work on in order to be living fully in faith with God.

Yes, it is scary when I think about Satan continually coming at me with flaming arrows. Nonetheless, I have to remember I am not in this battle alone. We have brothers and sisters standing beside us in this battle, and most importantly, we have God, who is our shield. Like many soldiers will tell you, there is a deep bond that develops among those who fight together. We develop a strong bond with other Christians as we fight this battle together, and we develop a stronger bond in faith with God as we fight this battle with Him as our shield. Through the battles, we come to know things about others and God that we would have never come to know otherwise. God allows Satan to come at us with his fiery flames because in the end it draws us closer to God.

Our Prayer:

God, thank You for being my Protector. Forgive me for forgetting to trust You in the daily battle I face against Satan. Help me to always trust You will protect me. Give me peace in the trials I face. I love You. In Jesus’ Name, Amen. 

A Question:

How can you begin to work on allowing God to be your shield of faith today?

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Mom Crush Monday: Empty Nest {Guest Post}

First off, I want to apologize for not getting a Wednesday Devotional up this past week. We were on our 2 day voyage back to Thailand from the States, so I wasn’t able to get one up. If you aren’t already, you should really check out my other series “Wednesday Devotional”. Check out my latest post here. Anyway, I am glad to have you joining us today for Mom Crush Monday! The guest post today is so good, just like all the past ones! Her story was very touching, and I hope you like it just as much as I do! Sara is talking about something I fear will come too quickly-the empty nest. Show her some love in the comments and follow along on Instagram with the hashtag #momcrushmonday every Monday! To read other awesome mom bloggers, make sure to come back here every Monday!

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The Empty Nest

It felt like my heart was being crushed. That is how the emptiness first arrived.

Tears I never expected poured out.

I’ve always heard of the empty nest syndrome and choked it up to moms who can’t separate their identity from their child’s.

Here I am, crying my heart out. Feeling as though my child was yanked out of my heart.

I, for the first time in my son’s life, was not in control of where he slept, whom he spent his time with or even that he ate properly.

The empty nest syndrome can be likened unto grieving.

Before dropping my son off at the airport, I was numb. I knew the change was coming and disagreed with his choice. I let him go anyway.

Once we said goodbye and he boarded the plane, my heart sank. It was a physical pain akin to having an elephant (I think) standing on top of your chest.

I disconnected from life, spent a lot of time sleeping, comforting myself with carbohydrates and crying.   

It may have been harder on me because my son moved over 2,000 miles away, just turned 18, and graduated high school.

It may have been harder on me because I let my son go knowing full well that the decision he just made might be a bad one. One he will regret. One that can possibly harm him.

Parenting is being responsible for another’s life, but, also, allowing that other life to slowly and eventually transform into a “separate but together” relationship.

You find that parenting isn’t just about guiding, but also about letting go. It is painful.

One year later my son returned home – broken, hurt, embarrassed and much wiser.

Am I happy about the fact that I was “right”? NO, no, no However, I’ve learned that even though something seems overwhelming, impossible and tragic, I (and my son) can get through it.

I didn’t die and neither did he and, believe me, there were times this overpowered any rational thought in my mind.

Children are a gift and a huge responsibility.

No matter how old they are, you, as their mother, will grieve. Learning how is the key to traveling this road we call motherhood.

Have you experienced a situational loss in your child’s relationship? How did you get through it?

The Empty Nest
Sara

About Sara

Sara Duggan is a mom of 2 boys, 21 and 16, traveling the road of motherhood, growing pains and all. She’s a virtual assistant to business bloggers and writes about productivity and taming to-do lists.

Read her blog, follow her on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter and make sure to show her some love on each of these social media channels!

Mom Crush Monday: Why I Take Medication {Guest Post}

It’s Monday, friends, which means it Mom Crush Monday. Today, Kaitlyn shares a mom story that is dear to my heart about why she takes medication for her postpartum depression and anxiety. I know there are many mamas who struggle with this same issue, and so, friends, I ask you to please read! Also, keep up with us on Instagram and follow the hashtag #momcrushmonday and #followthedyers every Monday to check out the awesome mom bloggers showing up right here on the blog!

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Why I Take Medication

Anxiety.

Fear.

Dread.

Anger.

Self-loathing.

These are all things I felt when I became a new mama to my beautiful baby boy in January of 2016. This was not like what I heard motherhood was supposed to be like. Why didn’t I feel joy in taking care of this tiny human? Why didn’t I feel a bond with him like every mama talks about? Worst of all, why did I feel like I was the worst mom on the planet?

Little did I know, I was suffering from postpartum depression and anxiety. This made it extremely difficult for me to think clearly and to even begin to comprehend that motherhood is the best thing in the world, which I fully believe now.

The reason I now know that is because I started taking medication to help with the depression and anxiety, and I am not ashamed of it. I need the medication so that I don’t start to have scary thoughts of hurting myself and my baby again. I use the medication so that I feel hope for the future. I must take the medication so that I don’t get scary angry. I need the medication so that I can be a good wife and mama, and believe that I am.

There is a stigma in our society that if you take medication for mental health issues, you are in the wrong. That is so not true! You are facing the reality that you can’t do it on your own. For that, you are stronger than you will ever know.

Stop trying to be wonder-mama or wonder-dada. It is okay to ask for help. It is okay to admit when it is too much. I am so grateful that I did, or I would probably not still be here to watch my baby boy grow.

 Kaitlyn

Why I Take Medication
Kaitlyn and Her Sweet Family

About Kaitlyn

Kaitlyn Brough is a novice mama to a beautiful baby boy. She has come to realize in the last year that there is no such thing as a mama that has it all together. She loves the show “Parenthood” and spends her days snuggling her baby boy and husband. She is running a half marathon in June. She spent 5 days in the hospital earlier this year after the struggle with PPD became too much. She has made it her mission to help every mama realize that they are not alone in their fight against their mind. This is her sole purpose in launching her blog at the end of 2016.

Make sure to check out her blog, My Postpartum Life, and show her some love! Also, follow her on Facebook and Instagram to see more of her story!

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Wednesday Devotional: Shoes Are Made For Walking

We have been in Ephesians for the last 2 weeks talking about the armor of God and the tools God gives us to stand against Satan. Review the last 2 weeks of Wednesday Devotionals here and here, and then jump into this week’s Wednesday Devotional. In order to stand firmly against Satan, one must have shoes on her feet, so we are going to talk about boots and high heels today! Woo hoo! Come on ladies, who doesn’t like to talk about shoes…and men too because I know I do!

The Scripture:

Ephesians 6:15 “…and, as shoes for your feet, having put on the readiness given by the gospel of peace.” 

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What It Tells Us About Our Shoes:

We will start by figuring out the purpose of footgear. First of all, they make us cute, stylish and hip; am I right? Some shoes are more comfortable than others, but they are actually intended to make our feet comfortable. In the same way, they are made to protect our feet from stepping on things and sometimes from even dropping items on top of them. Some give us traction to help us run or to not slip and fall. Footwear has many different purposes nowadays. However, think about this fact: we wear shoes so we can take steps without being fearful of our feet getting hurt. Have you ever stopped to think about it this way? I don’t usually think about it this way.

This idea is exactly what these Scriptures are telling us. Shoes allow you to be ready to take the Gospel forward. When you put them on your feet, you aren’t afraid to go out and share the Gospel with others. We must have something on our feet to be ready to go out, and so, we must always have our shoes ready to be prepared to share the Gospel with everyone we meet.

Our Prayer:

God, thank You for giving us the Gospel and calling me to share it among the nations. Forgive me for standing still and not always moving when and how You ask me to do so. Help me to move as You call me to in the future. Give me the faith and fearlessness to always be moving forward and sharing Your Gospel. In Jesus’ Name, Amen. 

A Question:

After reading this post, what steps do you need to take to aid you in strapping on your gladiator shoes to prepare for battle and share the Gospel?

STAND, THEREFORE, HAVING FASTENED ON THE BELT OF TRUTH, AND HAVING PUT ON THE BREASTPLATE OF RIGHTEOUSNESS, AND, AS SHOES FOR YOUR FEET, HAVING PUT ON THE READINESS GIVEN BY THE GOSPEL OF PEACE.
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Mom Crush Monday: When He’s Sleeping {Guest Post}

It’s Mom Crush Monday! So glad you are joining us today! How many out there love to watch your child when he is sleeping? I know I do! They are just the cutest! Anyway, today, an awesome blogger mama is sharing sentiments toward her sweet, sleeping son. Please show Klara some love in the comments and by checking out her blog. Also, don’t forget to follow along with us on Instagram and make sure to the hashtag #momcrushmonday for a shoutout to your favorite mom friend!

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When He’s Sleeping

My son is precious. He is sweet, loving, cheerful and just the right amount of cheeky; everything a little boy should be. My son laughs from his belly, and he runs to me when he’s hurt. He plays with the utmost focus, and he carries his favourite toys in circles around our home. My son is crazy about his Dad, and he’s obsessed with dogs and cats. He strums the ukulele and bashes the piano with the kind of grim determination only a toddler can muster. My boy wraps towels and clothes over his neck like a scarf, and he claps his little hands when we drive.

Everything he does is perfect to me.

When he is sleeping, that’s when I come undone. Something unfurls in my heart and makes me want to hold him, protect him, keep him tiny and innocent, bundled tightly against my chest, for the rest of my life.

There is just something about the sweetness of a sleeping boy.

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Maybe it’s the way his lashes, longer than mine by far, brush his cheek. The little sighs that he utters when I place my hand on his back, checking him before I go to bed at night. The blissful roll of his eyes as he stirs and then settles again. Maybe it’s the way his golden hair, overdue for a cut, splays around him like a glorious halo. His pink lips parting in anticipation as I brush a wayward pacifier against them. His little bum pointing skyward, his face, chest and knees pressing down onto his mattress. It’s intoxicating, all of it, and someone needs to find a way to bottle this goodness!

On the hard nights when he wakes and needs me, I cannot begrudge him, because then I get to hold him, feeling him snuggling in and moulding himself to me. I get his face nuzzling into my neck, his warm breath grazing my skin. I get his wriggling little body relaxing against mine as precious sleep takes over once more.

Yes, I’m so tired. Yes, my bed is calling my name. However, my boisterous boy is still and snuggly, and he’s all mine.

When he’s sleeping, he’s not growing before my eyes, he’s not hitting developmental milestones, he’s not walking or talking or mastering skills. At the same time, all those wonderful things pause. When he’s sleeping, for one more night, he’s my baby.

When He's Sleeping
Klara

About Klara

Klara is a wife and mum from Perth in Western Australia. She blogs and works part-time in her church’s finance department. She has one son, Jackson, who is a 15-month-old ball of joyful, boisterous energy – and is a lot of fun! When she’s not parenting, crunching numbers or blogging, Klara loves scrapbooking, crochet, playing piano and writing a novel that she will probably never get around to finishing.

Make sure to check out Klara’s blog, Her Happy Heart and show her some love there! Be sure to follow her on Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest too!

Wednesday Devotional: Truth & Righteousness

Happy Hump Day and welcome to today’s Wednesday Devotional! Today, we will follow up where we left off in last week’s Wednesday Devotional. I would love for you to read it if you didn’t get a chance to last week. Anyway, last week we talked about standing firm and getting our strength from the Lord. The scripture this week gives us some practical ways of how we can do it. Let’s dive into the scriptures to see what it says about wearing the belt of truth and the breastplate of righteousness.

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The Scripture:

Ephesians 6:14: “Stand therefore, having fastened on the belt of truth, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness…” 

STAND, THEREFORE, HAVING FASTENED ON THE BELT OF TRUTH, AND HAVING PUT ON THE BREASTPLATE OF RIGHTEOUSNESS...
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What It Tells Us About Truth and Righteousness:

First off, let’s start by developing an image in our brain about what a Roman soldier looked like in Biblical times. In your mind, what did an ancient Roman solider in his full armor look like? Check out some examples on my Pinterest. Also, you can check this one out if you need a quick visual.

The first thing Paul talks about here is putting on the belt of truth. Roman soldiers wore a belt, almost like a girdle to protect the lower part of their stomach, their private area and their thighs. Think of it as a sort of leather skirt made for protecting against the enemy stabbing them with their swords. It also had to go on in order to secure all the other pieces of armor in their proper place. Their armor was heavy, so this belt acted as an aid to hold everything else in place. It was one of the first pieces of armor the Roman soldier would put on before heading into battle.

Let’s take a closer look. What is the belt of truth?

Truth is a verifiable fact or principle. If we look back into ancient history, including historical documents outside of the Bible, we will find verifiable facts about the Bible and who it depicts this Jesus man to be. Jesus is not just a Man of the Bible, but a true historical figure, where facts back up the Man the Bible tell us about. History shows us Jesus was a sinless man. Therefore, His profession to be God was proven by the facts. Jesus died on the cross. History proves this fact. Many people were there to see His death and see Him buried in a tomb. Soldiers were put outside of His tomb to make sure no one got in or out. He appeared to hundreds of people after He rose again. Jesus is the truth, and since Jesus is God, we can conclude God is truth too! Likewise, since the Bible is God’s inspired Word and God is truth, we can also agree the Bible is truth too!

So now we understand what the belt of truth is, let’s put it on and stand (as we talked about in last week’s Wednesday Devotional) against Satan and his schemes by knowing the Gospel and having a relationship with God. We need to let our actions reflect the truth because it is at the core of us. Where is the core? In the center. Where is a belt worn? In the center. Let the Gospel be the center of your life and act as if it is in the core of your being.

Next the scripture says to “put on the breastplate of righteousness”. Again, visualize how a breastplate would look on an ancient Roman soldier. A breastplate covered the soldier from his neck down to his belt, both in the front and in the back. Not only did it come all the way down to the belt, it rested on the belt to provide some relief of the heaviness, which characterized it. It protected the soldiers vital organs. In ancient Biblical times, emotions were thought to be held in ones innards. Have you ever heard of having butterflies in your stomach? Well, this thought is how that saying came about.

Next, what is righteousness?

Righteousness means being just. Another way to put it is righteousness is holiness. We already established the truthfulness of the Bible, Jesus and God already and we understand history confirms the righteousness of these things, now we must have faith the Bible, Jesus and God are all righteous too. Furthermore, the Bible tells us Jesus died for us in order to give us His righteousness. Therefore, we are righteous, or holy, just like Jesus is if we believe Jesus is God!

We must start living like we are holy in the same way Jesus is holy. Will we mess up? Of course we will, but thank God for grace and forgiveness because as soon as we mess up, we are forgiven and made holy again. Just like I said in last week’s Wednesday Devotional, we have ownership in the matter too. We must live obedient to the Bible and the life God has called us to live. We need to ask for forgiveness and repent. It is essential for us to try every day, every hour, every minute to be holy.

So, in conclusion, put on the belt of truth and live like you believe it. Put on the breastplate of righteousness and live like you are Jesus!

Our Prayer: 

God, thank You for being truth and for being just. Forgive me for choosing to stray away from the truth and not living close to You in holiness. Create in me a desire to constantly seek Your Word and grow in knowledge of the truth You have given me. Help me to always seek holiness instead of sin. In addition, put people in my life who will help me grow closer to You. I love you, God. In Jesus’ Name, Amen. 

A Question:

What do you need to do to live more in God’s truth and holiness?

Truth and Righteousness
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