“Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour.” 1Peter 5:8 ESV

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As fall settled in, my sweet man took me to buy some pumpkins and mums to decorate with and pansies to plant. The bunnies quickly made a buffet out of the pansies, making for another trip on another day.

Wanting a bit of fall inside, I brought two of my pumpkins in to decorate with really cute accessories.

Within a short amount of time, the smallest pumpkin, began to rot. “She” (named Frankie by my grandchildren)  was really cute with funky eyes, a heart shaped nose, pink lips, and red high heels. But the thing about these cute little pumpkin “dress ups”,  you have to pierce the pumpkin. Poke holes in it. Puncture it with the cute accessories.

And once you puncture a pumpkin’s skin, decay begins.

Seems in no time at all I began to notice a little softening around the stem. Quickly the softening turned to full throttle rot, with gnats flying around. And soon my cute little pumpkin, had melted into an ugly heap. Yuck.

I picked up the pieces and washed them. Scooped up the rot and tossed it into the field.

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Life pokes holes into our faith. The hard things pierce our soul. Punctures the heart. And before you know it, rot seeps in.

The Webster dictionary defines rot like this: to undergo decomposition;  decay, to deteriorate, become weak; to become morally corrupt or offensive.

Wow! Hits a little close to home, doesn’t it?

When we take our eyes off Jesus, the wind and waves of life overpower us and holes are poked into our faith. We become weak.

When we step outside The Truth, decay soon sets in.  And friends, it does not take long for us to deteriorate. To decompose. To rot.

“…Your advisory, the devil, prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.” 1Peter 5:8b ESV

Before you know it the “gnats” of sin and doubt are buzzing all around us. Satan ready to pounce. To devour.

And we slip farther and farther away from God.

“We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure.” Hebrews 6:19A NIV

Jesus.

Jesus, our hope. Our security.

Jesus to plug the holes, stop the rot and the decay. Jesus to clean us up. Cover us with grace.

We need to be strong and immovable(1 Corinthians 15:58). Immerse ourselves in His Word.

Fixing our thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable.(Philippians 4:8 NLT)

“Let your roots grow down into him, and let your lives be built on him. Then your faith will grow strong in the truth you were taught, and you will overflow with thankfulness.” Colossians 2:7 NLT

And finally. This…

“Therefore, put on every piece of God’s armor so you will be able to resist the enemy in the time of evil. Then after the battle you will still be standing firm. Stand your ground, putting on the belt of truth and the body armor of God’s righteousness. For shoes, put on the peace that comes from the Good News so that you will be fully prepared. In addition to all of these, hold up the shield of faith to stop the fiery arrows of the devil. Put on salvation as your helmet, and take the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.” Ephesians 6:13-17 NLT

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 We picked up another pumpkin. Pierced the hard shell, poked the holes. “Frankie” stood again, bringing smiles and cheers from the grandchildren.

Life lessons were taught and learned.

Restoration. The Almighty. Jesus.

“If you return to the Almighty, you will be restored~so clean up your life.” Job 22:23 NLT

Graced by God

Tammy Mashburn