by Sandy Kirby Quandt
Due to the copious amounts of rainfall our area of Texas experienced the past month, with more predicted to come with the current disturbance in the Gulf, we have an overabundance of mosquitoes. Sigh.
I have no proof to back it up, but I believe those pesky blood-sucking insects snuck onto Noah’s Ark on the back of some unsuspecting creature. I certainly do not want to think their survival from the flood was intentional.
Folks around here are used to mosquitoes, but not in these proportions and these sizes. Seriously. I know … the saying, goes, “All things are bigger in Texas”, but that does not need to include mosquitoes.
Pilot went to the store to buy citronella plants since ours died in the winter freeze. We should have acted sooner. The stores are all out. He bought yard spray and set to work spraying, in hopes some of the pests will die before the next deluge.
He placed bucket-sized citronella candles near the front door and lit the citronella tiki lamps in the back.
He even bought a mosquito zapper for me to use inside. He said they have several of them in his office, and they work.
Being inside is not a guarantee you won’t get bit. These things sneak inside no matter how fast you close the door, or pat yourself down before entering. Pie saw the fly swatter on the kitchen counter when he visited yesterday and said, “Fly swatter?” then swatted at a mosquito and understood.
You don’t have to live in a mosquito-infested area to understand how annoying being surrounded by something intent on attacking, biting, sucking the life out of you, and keeping you on edge can be.
If you are alive in this world, you understand because more than likely you’ve been attack, bitten, had the joy of life suck out of you, and kept on edge by the constant buzz around you at least once.
Just as Pilot put up a barrier around our house to protect us, each of us needs to put a barrier around our lives to protect against unwanted attacks. We need to put on the Armor of God. As Paul stated in Ephesians, our battle is not against flesh and blood. It is against the spiritual forces of evil.
Any hints on how to defeat mosquitoes?
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That is why you need to put on God’s full armor. Then on the day of evil you will be able to stand strong. And when you have finished the whole fight, you will still be standing. So stand strong, with the belt of truth tied around your waist and the protection of right living on your chest. On your feet wear the Good News of peace to help you stand strong. And also use the shield of faith with which you can stop all the burning arrows of the Evil One. Accept God’s salvation as your helmet, and take the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. Pray in the Spirit at all times with all kinds of prayers, asking for everything you need. To do this you must always be ready and never give up. Always pray for all God’s people. Ephesians 6:13-18 (NCV)
I wish you well.
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