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And, so, it begins...

Ask the LORD for rain in the season of spring rain. The LORD makes the rain clouds, and He will give them showers of rain and crops in the field for everyone. For the idols speak falsehood, and the diviners see illusions; they relate empty dreams and offer empty comfort. Therefore [the people] wander like sheep; they suffer affliction because there is no shepherd. My anger burns against the shepherds, so I will punish the leaders. For the LORD of Hosts has tended His flock, the house of Judah; He will make them like His majestic steed in battle. From them will come the cornerstone, from them the tent peg, from them the battle bow, from them every ruler. Together they will be like warriors in battle trampling down the mud of the streets. They will fight because the LORD is with them, and they will put horsemen to shame.      Zechariah 10:1-5

Already the stories of spiritual warfare have been heard from His flock preparing for mission work in Alaska next summer.  Expected it.  Not surprised by it.  Still, one never knows which direction it will go until we find ourselves in the middle of a battlefield...
Financially.
Materialistically.
Relationally.
Spiritually.
Emotionally.
Physically.
One is no more difficult than the other.  It always hits too close for comfort...that's how satan plays his game.  However, we can fight because our God is with us.  For His glory we endure such battles.  With His help and in His strength we make it through.  

Be strong and courageous; don't be terrified or afraid of them. For it is the LORD your God who goes with you; He will not leave you or forsake you.
Deuteronomy 31:6

The LORD is my rock, my fortress, and my deliverer, my God, my mountain where I seek refuge, my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.
Psalm 18:2

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