What a strange Monday.


Yesterday was.

Let’s see.  I took the kiddos to school.  Went out to breakfast with the parental units.  Took my dad to the airport.  (Mom is staying with us a few more days.  Hooray!)  I went by our office, ran a few other random errands, and headed back home.  But, when I walked into my house, I found my mom and my friend, Jennifer, locking the front door and debating their next move.

A disturbed neighborhood boy had a few moments earlier entered our house uninvited.  My mom yelled at him to leave.  He did, but immediately returned and tried to push the door back open.  Mom and Jen managed to shut the door and lock it.  That’s where I entered. 

When I saw the young man trying to open a bedroom window, I dialed 911.  This time, our 911 call would be legit.  Unlike this time.  When his efforts failed, he decided to try another window.  My big, bad yellow dog stared him down, and he turned away.  But not far away.  Only to our front porch.

Where he lied down.

Yes.  He decided to enjoy a warm, fall day on my porch steps.  After he realized I was not going to serve him up some lemonade, he went about his merry way, lurking in other neighbor’s windows.

Three police cars arrived, and one officer wrestled the poor fellow to the ground and put him in the back of his car.  My emotions vacillated between sadness for the young man and fear.  I was saddened that the boy was not being properly cared for. 

And, I was fearful to learn that he lived across the street from me.  And, my children.

Without delay, I surrendered those fearful thoughts to God.  I prayed that my Savior would capture every thought and every fear that was not from Him.  This doesn’t mean that I won’t be more aware of my surroundings.  I will.  But, I will trust in the One who says that He, “has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline.”  (2 Timothy 1:7)

So, when the enemy comes at you with fear, remind him of who you are.  A child of God.  Bought with a price.  Redeemed and forgiven.  Hidden with Christ in God.  Seated with Jesus Christ.  More than a conqueror. 

You are victorious.  Because, He has made you that way.  Can I get an Amen?

Don’t be afraid, for I am with you.  Don’t be discouraged, for I am your God.  I will strengthen you and help you.  I will hold you up with my victorious right hand.  Isaiah 41:10

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12 responses to “What a strange Monday.

  1. Wow, sounds like a part of a LifeTime Movie Script. Glad things are all good…

    Just curious, when you say “neighbor boy” how old is oops. was the neighbor boy!

  2. Dusty Takle

    No kidding, Scott! I believe he is 15. I’m pretty sure he is back home now. Needless to say, I won’t be leaving my front door open!

  3. Lynn Fulop

    Wow – Yes, here is an “Amen.” We can never be too careful. Interestingly, there is a difference between being vigilent vs. anxious. I used to beat myself up whenever I was anxious. I don’t anymore. Instead I see it as a wake-up call to pray. Then I turn it over (the anxiety) to God, and focus on being vigilant instead. God’s school always has a new curriculum to master! Blessings – Love, Lynn P.S. Tell mom I’m thinking about her, especially now!!

  4. wow!!! you had a day! that was some youtube material. should have been rolling the camera! you had barney, why 911? she is well trained! Glad things came out ok. I am sure you got an encouragement to move back to griffin ga. after that ordeal. Love ya!

  5. THAT was scary, I am glad everyone was ok! But the part where Pastor Mike said, an encouragement to move back to Grffin, Ga, were my first thoughts too! Isn’t that funny? Ha ha ha, for real!! (we will protect you, you wont’ need God’s angels! lol, jk! Praying for protection……that was something, huh? love you!

  6. Christie A.

    OH<<< That Barney is a real guard dog…. and, Let me tell you, it is hard to live somewhere with crazy ‘across the street’ neighbors. ;-O— Of course, you may be the only person that has prayed for that boy in years(or ever), and now all of us will pray for him. Amazing how what the enemy does to cause harm – God uses for good. Love ya, mean it.

  7. Dusty Takle

    Lynn Fulop, I’m definitely being a bit more vigilant!

    Mike, no doubt I was in good hands! And yes. I keep hearing echoes of “move back!”

    Lynn C, as ALWAYS, thank you for your prayers! You are awesome.

    Christie, I actually woke up at 5:30 AM and prayed for the kid. “What the enemy does to cause harm – God uses for good.” You are so right. Of course, you’re always smart like that 🙂

  8. Brenda

    He must not have seen your “Black Belt”!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  9. ooh, scary!
    You’ve got such a great outlook on things!
    (We missed you today!)

  10. Amy Hull Watson

    Well, I got just a few questions… ONE – Umm so was he HIGH? TWO- usually burglers run when they see someone calling the police… He just kept trying to break in…. Three- What the HECK?
    I would have beat him with my purse.. BAHHAAA…. I know how creeped out you must feel…. I will pray that the angels keep all of you surrounded and protected…. But I still want more details… I mean who does he think he is anyway messing with YOU???? You are a BLACK BELT..

  11. Amy Hull Watson

    P.S. I hope Christy is not referring to us Watson’s that used to live down the street… BAHHAAA.. J.K.
    We is some real good ole folk down a here…

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