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In my household lately we have had much discussion about our thought life. We have taken much of our current sermon series about habits and thoughts to heart.  Our thoughts control our actions: what we say, how we say it.  It completely impacts everything we do!
A few Saturdays ago the Chets Women prayer team went to gather for prayer and shoot archery. This was absolutely not coincidence and it’s timing was actually perfect. Many women arrived to shoot their arrow straight at the enemy. We shot arrows and prayed prayers to impact the thoughts and habits of our families, church and children.  There was prayer for healing, marriages, children, discouragement, and for God’s vision.  How powerful is that!?
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Just as these women gathered to pray and shoot their arrows physically it was confirmation that daily we must tackle our thought life and shoot our arrows spiritually.
Psalm 144 was our guide that day to our spiritual warfare. It’s how we approached tackling our thoughts and habits.

Psalm 144

A psalm of David.

Praise the Lord, who is my rock.
    He trains my hands for war
    and gives my fingers skill for battle.
He is my loving ally and my fortress,
    my tower of safety, my rescuer.
He is my shield, and I take refuge in him.
    He makes the nations[a] submit to me.

Lord, what are human beings that you should notice them,
    mere mortals that you should think about them?
For they are like a breath of air;
    their days are like a passing shadow.

Open the heavens, Lord, and come down.
    Touch the mountains so they billow smoke.
Hurl your lightning bolts and scatter your enemies!
    Shoot your arrows and confuse them!
Reach down from heaven and rescue me;
    rescue me from deep waters,
    from the power of my enemies.
Their mouths are full of lies;
    they swear to tell the truth, but they lie instead.

I will sing a new song to you, O God!
    I will sing your praises with a ten-stringed harp.
10 For you grant victory to kings!
    You rescued your servant David from the fatal sword.
11 Save me!
    Rescue me from the power of my enemies.
Their mouths are full of lies;
    they swear to tell the truth, but they lie instead.

12 May our sons flourish in their youth
    like well-nurtured plants.
May our daughters be like graceful pillars,
    carved to beautify a palace.
13 May our barns be filled
    with crops of every kind.
May the flocks in our fields multiply by the thousands,
    even tens of thousands,
14     and may our oxen be loaded down with produce.
May there be no enemy breaking through our walls,
    no going into captivity,
    no cries of alarm in our town squares.
15 Yes, joyful are those who live like this!
    Joyful indeed are those whose God is the Lord.

(Source: BibleGateway.com)

How powerful is it that the Lord trains our hands for war?  He is our shield in whom we take refuge. He shoots His arrow to scatter the enemy. We will sing a new song to the Lord.
This passage alone can help us transform our thought life and create new habits. Psalm 144 teaches us to put our Trust in the Lord, tells us how to overcome our enemy, shares how to prepare for battle, and demonstrates how to celebrate our victories.
If the enemy tells you something negative…grab your arrow.
If you have doubts…grab your arrow.
If you think something can’t be done…grab your arrow.
If you need healing…grab your arrow.
I have learned at the start of this year that it’s not ever too late to form new spiritual habits. Your new habits begin with your thoughts. Your thoughts lead to positive habits, and your habits CAN and WILL shoot the arrow straight at the enemy. It will keep you steadfast and strong in the Lord!
So keep your heart and mind focused on Him and your arrow will land on the target.
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It’s not too late to join one of our women’s prayer gatherings.  On Tuesday mornings, moms are invited to join together with other moms as we pray for our school-age children and their schools.  Our Wednesday Night Prayer Gatherings are simply ladies gathering to pray.  We will be taking aim on our families, marriages, parenting, workplaces, and more.  Finally, starting Saturday mornings is our Praying Fit – open to all who would love to walk and pray.  Check chetscreek.com/women for more information.

{This post was written by Elizabeth Hendry. Elizabeth and her husband Jerry have been married 23 years. They have a beautiful daughter named Kaylee. Their entire family serves in some form of praise and worship at Chets and they have dubbed themselves the singing “Von Trapp” family! Elizabeth loves being a mom and wife and you will find her on the Soccer field and in a pedicure chair as often as possible!}