The battle is real, isn’t it?

The battles of the heart…
The battles of the flesh…
The battles of circumstance…

Battles which force our hand to take up arms and fight.
Battles that have us on the run.
Battles that weigh heavy on the heart.
Battles that tempt a retreat into hiding.

But fear not… don’t lose hope… be not dismayed.

While we must show up to the battlefront wearing the full armor of God.  The Lord goes before us into battle and fights on our behalf.

Be thou encouraged….

By Lori A Alicea

Surrounded by the battle lines,
Entrapped from left to right.
These struggles we wage war against,
Which force our heart’s to fight.

Before us is a battle plan,
We take up shields and swords.
Take courage He will fight for you,
The battle is the Lords.


Stand firm your ground, in armor wear,
When struggles dare increase.
His belt of truth around your waist,
His ready feet of peace.

That breastplate of His righteousness,
In place, protects your heart.
Take up your shield of faith against,
Those lies, their arrows dart.


The helmet of salvation wear,
Assurance as we trod.
Our struggles tremble when we raise,
Our swords, the Word of God.


A warrior princess you are crowned,


A warrior prince are thee.
You fight with His authority,


Our struggles forced to flee.


We celebrate this battle win,
He is our victory.
We stood our ground, the armor wear,
He fights for you and me.


The struggles that we face are real,
Their lies, fight back with swords.
Oh tempt not to retreat, but stand,
The battle is the Lords.


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.
Ephesians 6:13-17

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Author Lori A Alicea and her beloved husband David of 28 years thank you for sharing a moment of your day with them at Apples of Gold Encouragement. It is their desire you experience their heart for family, love, encouragement and God through the words God has put on Lori’s heart to write. They are hopeful you discover a few treasures of encouragement, realizing we all share common threads in our lives. Be blessed in your day.

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