The full armour

A short while ago I was finding things were getting a bit on top of me, I was feeling a bit worn and weary.  I remember it clearly, I was in the car running some kind of errand, feeling tired, and I had a little chat with God about it.

Lord, I feel weary, I feel like I’m in a battle

God often talks back to me very clearly, this time was no different.  He said (Slightly paraphrased as I can’t remember exactly)

Errr, yes, yes you are…why would you think anything different?  Why would I give you my armour if you aren’t in a battle?

Well, that answered that question then.  We are in a battle, that’s why it’s hard some times.  Of course, we get to win it, because Jesus has already won the whole thing, but right in the here and now we’re fighting a battle, whether we recognise it or not.

In Ephesian 6 verses 11-13, Paul tells us to put on the full armour of God.  In fact it’s so important he tells us twice in quick succession!

There are two things I want to pick up on in that phrase: firstly, it’s the full armour.  It’s a Greek word, ‘panoplian’ , that comes from panoply, which means the full armour and weapons too, of a heavily-armed soldier.  This is not a few bits and bobs of half-hearted protection.  But the real deal, we’ve got everything covered, defensive AND offensive, full-on armoury of a professional soldier.  Hopefully I’ll get to a more full explanation of what’s in it another time.

The second thing is that it’s God’s armour.  Not a cheap imitation, not something that will break, tarnish or rust, the best armour, forged in the holy fire of God.

So, next time you feel a bit weary, that you’re in a battle and it’s hard, just check that you’re suited up in the best armour and kitted out with the best weaponry there is.  Then you’ll be able to stand against the devil’s schemes.


Vibrant Day

I recently took 3 of my 4 kids out to the park, it was fresh and cool, but very clear. The sky was an amazing pure blue. As the season was heading toward winter the sun hangs low in the sky all day, meaning you get a kind of ‘golden hour‘ light most of the time – most of the time it’s not grey or raining of course.

My current youngest (we are awaiting our 5th daughter) was happily climbing about on quite a high platform, giving a great perspective from below. The vibrant colour of her coat was a great complement to the vibrant blue sky. The yellow bars of the slide that she was attempting sets it off nicely.

Vibrant Day
Vibrant Day

She’s a cheeky thing. She has these looks that indicate mischief being on her mind. Although it looks like she is about to go down the slide, I’d often be there encouraging – and ready to take a photo – and then she would run off and giggle, definitely her own personality.

I again ‘developed’ this in the Adobe Lightroom Beta, which I’m enjoying more as it stops you fiddling with the image like you might in photoshop. Limiting what you can do (and yet making it easier) actually makes you think more about what you’re doing. I didn’t do a lot to this photo, bit of a vignette, slight increase in saturation and contrast. I very slightly increased the exposure on the left eye, just a subtle change really helped.

Must get more of my other kids…

Way too long

It has been way too long since I posted – but I do have an excuse, at least in part. I have a new job! As technical director of Customer Research Technology –

I will get back to posting regularly – because I love photography etc. and I enjoy my blog.

So, to keep us going here’s a random spikey picture!

Autumn thistle
Autumn thistle

I did wonder if it might be a burdock plant – but I’m pretty sure not having looked at some other images around the net.