I find the armor of God fascinating. We want to treat Ephesians 6 and the armor as things only certain people use or we use every once in awhile. People who fight literal demons, they need the armor, not me. In January my family joined our church and a lot of people in a 21 day Daniel fast. My daughters children’s pastor asked the kids to say the Lord’s prayer and to put on the armor of God daily. We did this every day with my girlie for 21 days and then continued it since then. I began to meditate on the armor and what it means to me. I am a caregiver. Both parents have a form of dementia. My dad has Alzheimer and it is progressing. It can be exhausting. I was talking with my sister about daily trying to walk in peace and the Lord dropped into my spirit an image of hospital booties, the kind a nurse or surgeon would put on. They would just slip on top of my shoes. Oh, so I put on the shoes of peace no matter what I am doing or dealing with. Sometimes I am dealing with the medical type of issues, sometimes I am trying to calm situations down, sometimes I am having to run after him or my 4 year old, sometimes I am cooking, sometimes I am cleaning. Whatever I am doing I must put on the shoes or booties of peace. A lot of days I have to fight for peace. See how I brought that around? We have to fight to have the armor of God on daily in every situation. This is our fight, to on purpose, put on the armor. Every day we have to fight to put on the breast plate of righteousness or to live right on purpose. Every day we have to fight to put on and keep on, the belt of truth, not to listen to lies. Every day we have to pick up the sword of the Spirit which is the Word of God. We have to fight to keep reading it and not be sidetracked by work, social media, TV, friends or whatever tries to trip us up and get us not to get into the Word. Every day we have to choose to take up the shield of faith, to have faith in God and in His Word no matter what is thrown at us, spears of sickness, spears of lack and all the other things that we think about and have to fight against. We have to trust the helmet of salvation to protect our minds and to get us to eternity. We have to fight to have peace. How do we fight to have peace? Isaiah 26:3 (NKJV) says “You will keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on You, because he trusts in You”. That is a fight to keep our minds on Jesus Christ and to trust in Him in the middle of our crazy, distraction filled days. But He says if you do this, then He will keep you in peace. I don’t have to say, “ok, Genelle be peaceful now” and boom, I am at peace. No that doesn’t work, I have to keep putting my mind on Jesus. I have to think about Him and His goodness, I have to talk to Him, or play worship music. Another way to fight to have peace is to as 1 Corinthians 14:4 says “edify yourself”. People talk about you need to have “me time” when you care for so many, but I say I need more Holy Spirit time. “He who speaks in a tongue edifies himself” 1 Corinthians 14:4a. Edify means to lift up. It comes from a Latin word which means to erect a house. Think about it, if you edify yourself it is like you are building your house, you are making yourself stronger. I try to spend quiet time with worship music and do stretches, I even buy essential oils that help create calm but nothing can cause peace, like the presence of God. It is time for us to fight to keep peace in our homes, jobs, relationships. What type of shoes are you wearing, tennis shoes because you are so busy running here or there, or boxing boots because you are in a battle all the time? Don’t forget to put on your peace booties, just pull them right on top of your stilettos and in every situation and let the Lord keep you in perfect peace.