St. Michael the Archangel
Defend us in battle.
Be our safeguard against the wickedness
and the snares of the devil.
May God rebuke him we humbly pray,
May God rebuke him we humbly pray,
and do thou, O Prince of the Heavenly Host,
by the power of God, thrust into hell Satan,
and all the evil spirits,
who prowl about the world
seeking to ruin of souls.
The picture above is a hand painted picture of St. Michael, painted by an artist in Peru and hand delivered to me to place in my home. It is in my entry way of my home along with other religious paintings and pictures as holy reminders to all that enter my home.
I have a St. Michael prayer card on the dash of my car by my speedometer. By placing this prayer card in my car, I remind myself daily as I enter and exit my car to pray this prayer. I also have this card on my computer at work, in my prayer journal and of course, the prayer is in my head. I ask for assistance daily from St. Michael to protect me and my loved ones.
The devil is sly, cunning, and conniving! I will take all the help I can get each day to ward off any of his attempts to ruin my soul. My flesh is weak and often times I allow the temptation to filter in my life.
Lately, I am struggling with fear and worry. First, I have been worrying about my son and his rehab of his most current shoulder injury and surgery. I really don't know why I am worrying so much because it seems that my son is openly embracing the many changes that have occurred in his life. Maybe, it is my mother instinct to dust them off, bandage them up and continue to protect them as they move along their way and when I can't do this, this facilitates worry. He is 'all grown up' and I am most blessed that God has allowed me to watch him grow up...I still worry.
Secondly, my granddaughter just 'graduated' from preschool. What a celebration it was to see her walk across the stage and know that she is going to enter Kindergarten. But, in the midst of knowing that she is going into kindergarten, it also means that five years have passed and I am now 5 years older, as is she, and the clock is ticking fast.... We are all getting older....... I should be most blessed that God has allowed me to see her graduate, but my mind wonders about getting old and it scares me.
Lastly, with the most recent event of my husband losing his job, I fear the unknown and I am quite frankly scared to death. I have experienced this before and it put many trials on my marriage and in my efforts to continue to have faith. We both have to work. We live simply at best, rarely going on vacation, rarely having extras, just enough to be comfortable and to provide for our daily needs. Thank you God. But, the fear of the unknown has crept inside my head and I worry and do not sleep at night. I am tired of worry.
resistant in what God has placed before me today. I am resistant to what God expects me to do, which is to place total trust in Him. I am resistant to think that He is going to help us. I am resistant in knowing that He thinks this is best for us. I am resistant in loving Him right now because life is not as I had imagined, life is hard, life is not fair and I wish God would make it just a little bit easier for my family.
I AM RESISTANT in just 'letting go' and accepting the gifts he has for me today.
The resistance is the Devil's work. The resistance is my weakness.
I have allowed the devil to beat me down with doubt.
I pray, but I must increase my prayer, because the devil is coming at me with a vengeance.
I must put on my full armor of God.
I must resist him, not God.
Put on the full armor of God, so that you will be able to stand firm against the schemes of the devil. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places. Therefore, take up the full armor of God, so that you will be able to resist in the evil day, and having done everything, to stand firm.
St. Michael, I implore your help to defend me in the battle.... TO RESIST!