Stay Alert

Veronica Keith 

A good little bit before we moved in, we saw a tiny little mouse in the attic. We never saw any signs of it anywhere else in the house. Even after we moved in, we looked for signs, but nothing.

A couple of weeks after we moved in we started smelling the weirdest, most off-putting smell and it was always near plumbing (bathroom, water heater, etc). We tried everything. Cleaned thoroughly, and flushed the lines thinking it might have been stagnant water because the water was on way before we moved in so we thought that could be it. Even thought it might be the treatment plant. To no avail…..

Yesterday morning I walked through the kitchen, right past the dishwasher barefoot. I was headed to the laundry room to start laundry and was DISTRACTED. Derek walked RIGHT BEHIND ME, following my steps. He saw faint movement and looked down. And there it was, the small rat snake. He picked it up and took it outside.

He came back in and said, “there was your smell”. Rat snakes put off an awful odor as part of a defense mechanism. He had been in our house for at least 2-3 weeks. Since he’s been out….no smell.

He came in looking for a mouse. That mouse was valuable to him. He wanted it and he came looking for it.

I asked Derek how he thought it got in. And his response got me thinking this morning. He said, “he could have slipped in when any of us left the door cracked just a bit”. As we were moving, or kids going in and out, maybe walking out to the grill. It was small and sneaky and very well could have slipped right past us and us not even know he got in.

So this morning the Holy Spirit said to me, “do you see what can happen when you’re distracted? How quickly the enemy can sneak in your door, and sliver right past you? If he thinks there is something valuable there, he is going to try to sneak in and take it”.

And that’s how it happens. We miss one church service that turns into 6 months, we have one drink that leads back into an old lifestyle, we send one text that leads to an affair, we tell one fib that turns into a trail of lies and deceit.

The signs were there. I smelled the smell. (anyone that knows me understands this). I knew there was an enemy in the camp. But I was too “busy” to continue to look. So I just cleaned around it to try to make it “better”.

If satan can’t have you, he’ll distract you. Once you are safe in the Father’s arms and your name is written down, he can’t have you, so he tries to distract you. He tries to interrupt your holy living, he tries to break up your family, he tries to corrupt your mind, and he tries to fill you full of bitterness and unforgiveness.

LISTEN TO ME: He tries to stop you from getting any other names in that book!!!!!!! He tries to stop you from witnessing. He tells you you can’t, he ruins your witness through lies.

Don’t leave the door cracked. Lock it down. Be on guard. Put that armor on first thing. Stay prayed up.

“The thief’s purpose is to steal and kill and destroy. I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.” John 10:10 NIV

“Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes.” Ephesians 6:10-11

“For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in heavenly places.” Ephesians 6:12 NKJV

“I have given you authority to trample on snakes and scorpions and to overcome all the power of the enemy; nothing will harm you. However, do not rejoice that the spirits submit to you, but rejoice that your names are written in heaven.” Luke 10:19-20 NIV

Democrats can’t ever come up with a decent leader. Not since Kennedy. Biden puts Illegals and China first. He doesn’t care that his hate for President Trump is destroying American citizens.

What a lot of people (democrats) don’t understand or refuse to…. Donald Trump is exactly what we needed then, and now. NOT a paid for corrupt politician, a business man. If his companies weren’t successful, they didn’t make money. Politics on the other hand…. Do favors for other counties and in return get favors that help the person, not our country. BIG DIFFERENCE. That’s why Congress didn’t like Trump. He was messing up their ability to get their kickbacks from all those countries. It’s sad. Hopefully Joe & Co. Won’t do too much damage. We shall wait and see.

Mike Rowe and The Poorly Educated

Whenever Mike Rowe speaks out about the lack of work ethics in the current generation, he gets accused of pushing “right-wing propaganda,” that tells us a lot about the left wing!

Jennifer H:
Unfortunately, he’s so right! We have gotten way too comfortable with being ‘lead’ to where government wants us to be, and not striving ourselves to where we want to go.

Laura F:
Unfortunately, that’s true! My daughter in HR sees this! It’s a shame! Lack of a work ethic and moral decay of society! Too many ‘handouts’ from government hasn’t helped! Handouts were supposed to be a ‘hand up’ not a generational ‘I take’ and ‘not give back’ policy!

The government handouts were sold to the American people as helping but the crafters of the legislation may have been less than honest even then when considering the manner in which they vilified and misrepresented the motives of the opposition.

Jeanne C:
I disagree, Sure there are a lot of lazy “entitled” young people, but the majority of the young people 18 to 30 that I know bust their butts every day to try to make ends meet in this sad time [of Bidenflation] when rent and living expenses, especially health insurance ,are so high that they cannot afford to live independently very comfortably. When I graduated college In the 70s I could afford a small apartment, feed myself ,and I had at least nominal insurance. I could afford my car and my car insurance. I was working at a health club at the time… In this day and age rent alone takes a huge portion of their paycheck. Car and car insurance outrageous. Health insurance, heck they can’t even afford it.

Cindy R:
Jeanne C, THANK YOU! The idea of being able to completely provide for yourself working at a health club is crazy to my generation. I had to live with 3 to 4 roommates at a time to get by after college. All these older folks say that we are lazy and entitled, but the same efforts that allowed you to live well in your time just don’t pay off the same way anymore. It’s sad.

JoAnn:
Cindy, That’s because in our time we didn’t have cell phones or the internet or eat fast food. So yes the money we made then went a long way. Today no matter how much we make it’s never enough.

Mary E:
JoAnn, I’m 64 and bring my lunch to work every day. All the under 30s in the office order Grub Hub or Door Dash every day. The other day one had a small pizza and Pepsi delivered for$25. The same pizza is $14 if you pick up about a mile away. Packing lunch is a couple of dollars. But that’s just too hard. So much money spent foolishly and wasted.