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Cindy Dennis

Executive Director

We must stay vigilant

Where I’m from in Coastal Virginia, summers are wet and humid- perfect for canoeing and hanging out at the beach.

We love going hiking and hanging out, doing fishing and all sorts of water activities.

However, lots of other things like living in Coastal Virginia too-The pest control industry is a billion business here.

Bugs, fire ants, roaches, spiders-they all love the warm temperatures.

Me and my husband have to stay really vigilant during the summer months-leaving no trace in the home-cleaning out trash cans daily. bleaching all surfaces.

We put borders around our house with pest control spray on a weekly basis.

If any food is left out, the next day and entire ant colony has found it.

I spend hours making sure after each meal the kitchen is spotless. It’s always really embarrassing when a kid opens a cabinet and a moth flies out or they see a family of roaches.

It reminded me of stories in the Bible-where are we as believers have to stay vigilant against the evil schemes of the enemy.

There can’t be a break in our armor-there can’t be an area that we leave open for the enemy-because he will exploit it.

1 Peter 5:8 says; “Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.”

And Peter would know-he denied Jesus three times, fearing what people would say about him. Then he became infused by the Holy Spirit after Jesus returned to heaven and started spreading the gospel.

He was thrown in jail, faced beatings and met all sorts of people during his travels- that were trapped in multiple lifestyles.

Staying alert and discipline and all things, for me, I know my weakness is being a workaholic-therefore, I stay alert by putting my phone on “do not disturb” for certain hours and discipline myself to go to the gym or take a walk daily and listen to the Bible.

What is your tendency and weakness?

Everybody has one-could be an addiction, could be putting your trust in people, could be the desire to look a certain way or have some thing.

You must find your weakness and learn how to stay vigilant and guard against it.

-Christal Marshall


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