Know your enemy

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The devil! There is none more charming and ruthless than you yet I choose not to believe your lies. Your smooth talking and coaxing will never convince me from staying true to the God I serve. When I realized it was my mind that you wanted I declared war on you to never give in to your ways. They say your greatest trick was convincing people that you are not real. That even if you existed, you were the stereotypical caricature with the red face, horns and pitchfork. You were reduced to a simple cartoon but I have grown deeper in the word to know your subtle tricks. No longer am I a victim of your perverse ways but I am now an heir to the throne of God. You may have come to plunder my spirit with your lies, deceipt and murderous ways but even in my lowest of lows my God has lifted me up from the depths of despair.

EPHESIANS 6:12 RSV

“For we are not contending/wrestling against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against the powers, against the world rulers of this present darkness, against the spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places.”

I finally know my enemy and with Jesus by my side I will defeat Satan with every fiber of my being.

…Let me formally introduce myself!

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Hi. My name is Rachel Ochieng. My husband, Steve has posted a few times on the blog but I think it’s time for me to take over!

No, but seriously. It’s been hectic and I just hope you have been encouraged by those words.

Since the fall of last year I’ve been working as a counselling intern at a nearby counselling center. My experience there over the last few months has been invaluable even though there were nights I came home with tons of paper work to complete but all in all it’s been great.

I consider it a privilege to have worked with some amazing people especially my clients who do their best to cope even under the most stressful and difficult times. There are times my heart would just go out to them and I wish I could give them a hug but policy dictates no touching so I have to do my best to stay composed and professional.

Before I understood what it meant to have depression and anxiety, I was the type of person to dismiss it and say, “Get over it!” I didn’t consider it as a “real problem” and that people just couldn’t handle a dose of real life. However, like most things in the world, you begin to see and experience the reasons why some people are driven into depression and I slowly began to empathize with their condition. If I think about it most of us, without realizing it are just one step away from losing their minds, but for the Grace of God. But I digress.

While some of my clients are just in need of medication to help with their depression, other take the bold step to find other means of coping and eventually overcoming their depression and one method I used with them was to help them find something to be grateful for in life. These clients, for the first time would see their lives from a positive perspective and find instances to encourage themselves and focus their energy on better things. There is power in finding something to be grateful for in life. It’s a chance to take your life back. Solomon wrote in Proverbs 17:22 that,

“A merry heart doeth good like medicine…”

I help my clients see that it is a process. It’s not something that will happen overnight but they are taking the right steps towards full recovery.

This is to encourage someone out there today to dare to be grateful for the little things. God bless you, and hope you have an awesome night.

Rachel aka Sosasmama.