By Amy Andrews
I don’t normally give much thought to what I wear each morning, put something on before nagging and helping my 3 young children get dressed. Covid changed what we wore in our household and how we thought about the importance of what type of clothes we were wearing and the identity it gives us. Gone was the familiar routine of school uniform and work clothes, and these strange things arrived in our house which were only ever seen hanging up to dry or in a pillowcase bag, no one wore them at home! What are these the children asked? Why aren’t you wearing your work clothes anymore? The school and preschool uniforms on the airer replaced by scrubs were a small but stark reminder that everything had changed.
As a GP and a Mummy life became a whirlwind of change, chaos and uncertainty, our microcosm of life and routines as we knew it changed overnight, as did everyone’s. Juggling work, looking after toddlers, home schooling, no grandparent help, husband working from home, how to get shopping when only one adult can go and you are both either working or looking after children, small things we all took for granted became so much harder overnight. Through it all it gave me a chance to realise what a massive opportunity it was to fill our home with Gods love and teach our children about him when we were spending so much more time together. A few songs really became anthems in our house to get us though, dancing about together, singing along and hearing the kids singing and praising Jesus each day was amazing and a huge encouragement.
So I thought I would share 2 of these with you, young or old the truths in these songs are wonderful and I hope they will inspire and encourage you that what ever life throws at us God has already clothed us with all we need. If we remember that he has saved us and is our treasure then we can serve the Lord and let him steer our lives.
So what are you wearing today? Scrubs, school uniform, pyjamas, jeans it doesn’t matter, what matters is that we remember to put on our armour of God to be lights in the world of Gods peace, truth, righteousness, gospel and salvation.
Who is driving? Whether the ship of your life is in calm of stormy seas right now, remember to hand over the helm and trust your life to captain Jesus as he will guide and support no matter how big the storm.
Ephesians 6:10-18 The Whole Armour of God
Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might. Put on the whole armour of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil. For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places. Therefore take up the whole armour of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand firm. Stand therefore, having fastened on the belt of truth, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness, and, as shoes for your feet, having put on the readiness given by the gospel of peace. In all circumstances take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming darts of the evil one; and take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God, praying at all times in the Spirit, with all prayer and supplication. To that end keep alert with all perseverance, making supplication for all the saints.