Put on the whole amour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.
I love that show, Say Yes To The Dress! Friday nights…TLC… relaxing after a long work week! I’m not sure why I love it so much. My two oldest girls are already married but I know in my heart that someday my baby daughter will marry and also I am standing with a friend.
Saying yes to the dress can also be found in the book of Ephesians, chapter six. It is a different part of dressing yourself! It is so important to understand what God has for us and dressing yourself in the whole amour of God is one of them. Knowing what God’s word says is the key to knowing how to pray.
Do you ever have something happen in your family, church family or even in your community and past memories come back and flood you like a river? I can’t help to think on those memories when someone is getting married or having a child. Those type of memories stick with us all forever. That is what happened to me a few weeks ago when my quite little hometown had an unexpected visitor! Bad memories and good memories flooded my mind and I began to write this devotional.
I remember it well, a busy week to say the least at my bank. Money was going out of my drawer like water. People were leaving on vacation, buying food for cookouts and buying fireworks like they were going out of style! I felt like I had waited on every person in Jefferson County! My branch was running a Skelton crew that day. Employees were on vacation, someone went home sick and a poor judgment call let others leave early, leaving only two people at my branch. Yep, just me and my boss! Oh well I thought; it was only one more hour to closing. One more hour and I would be balancing my money drawer, walking out the door soon after, loving on my grandparents. Just one more hour!
My day started early on a very rainy morning. I was excited; my grandparents were coming to visit me and my husband from Kentucky. I was dragging; I had worked super hard all week long at the bank but I had worked even harder at my home. I had cleaned and scrubbed every night wanting everything to be perfect. No snooze button was pushed as my alarm clock blared out on the day before the 4th of July. I jumped out of bed and started my day.
I had gotten up earlier than normal but not nearly enough to inspect my house and not enough to fix my hideous hair! My mother in law had talked me into getting my hair cut short. Her advice to me was when young mothers have babies; they are too busy for long hair. I took her advice and cut it all off! I was in a real mess that day; to say the least I am no hairdresser. I was spending more time fixing and refixing my hair than I ever did! My morning was definitely hectic but things were starting to look up. I was finally finished, clean house, sorta decent hair and ready for work. I threw on my clothes, grabbed my umbrella and out the door I rushed.
As my pumps hit the concrete outside my apartment door something happened to me that would change my life forever. I had my very first vision from the Lord God Almighty. My hand was on my umbrella trying to open it when I looked up and saw a beautiful silver pitcher. Inside the pitcher was the blood of Jesus. It poured over my head touching every part of my body. I KNEW it was from God, I had no doubt but my mind was racing like a race horse, thinking on a thousand other things. I looked up to the rainy sky, said thank you Jesus, ran to my car and flew into work on two wheels!
I arrived at work and it was one of the busiest days ever. All day long it was the hustle and bustle but by 3:20 I finally entered the vault and the mad house had begun to calm down. I stuck my head out of the vault and that is when I spotted a solid black pickup truck backing into the front door of our branch; inside came a robber. He jumped over the counter. He was dressed in all black; a gun in one of his hands and the other held a black garbage bag; a full ski mask covered his face.
The vault was the first place he went as he demanded for me to hold his bag while he filled it up. The teller line was hit next getting all the money out of the next teller drawer because she had left work suddenly. My station was the next in line. The robber pulled and snatched my drawer only to find it was locked. The yelling started, the cussing began and I remember felling totally helpless.
With the gun held up in the air with one hand and the other jerking my drawer, the unimaginable happened. The person robbing me removed his mask right in front of my face! His eyes stared deep into mine and I felt at that very moment my life was over. I saw his face!!! That simply meant I would be able to describe him; that meant I would be able to testify! Only God knows the terror I felt that day, only God knows the fear I felt as he held the gun to my head. The robber instructed me to lay face down on the floor. I clearly remember laying there and turning my hands over so he would not get my wedding rings. I held my breath, whispered to Jesus that I loved HIM and waited for the robber to pull the trigger. My heart was pounding out of my chest when all of a sudden I heard the robber jump back over the counter and drive off!!!
In the 1980’s banks had red dye packs attached to the tellers bait money. The police found the banks money with red dye all over it in his home. In the end I did have to testify against him. Sadly the robber did the crime so he in return did the time. I pray going to prison turned his life around but most of all I pray he found Jesus!
God saved my life that faithful day. HIS grace covered my entire soul. I KNOW God’s angels were stationed around me and my bank. I KNOW the Lord covered me from head to toe in the blood of Jesus! I KNOW the favor of the Lord went before me and stopped the robber. I will praise HIS name forever for sparing my life and the life of my future child, GLORY!!!!
Prayer is a tool the Lord gave us to use. 1Peter 5:8 says the devil is as a roaring lion, walking about, seeking whom he may devour. The devil NEVER takes a day off!!! Always remember to cover you and your family in the blood of Jesus, bind the devil in Jesus name and always say…YES TO THE DRESS…put on the whole amour of God!
Much love and joy,
Pamela Britt Malone (instagram-pammiemalone)