Criminal Minds

Circumstances, thoughts and a tweet converged for me this morning.

The Circumstance:  As I returned the garage door opener to its usual place in the "pocket" on the car door after backing out of the driveway, I remembered a warning I'd heard recently on the radio.  Apparently criminals are on the prowl, stealing garage door openers, writing down addresses, and returning to use them to rob residences while owners are away.  (I'm still not real clear on how this actually works.  I guess I'd make a poor criminal.)

The Tweet:   "Joy and hope are never separate. I have never met a hopeful person who was depressed or a joyful person who had lost hope." (Henri Nouwen)

The Thought:   The enemy of our souls IS a thief--prowling and conspiring to steal our hope and our joy.  The enemy of our souls has been very active!  According to an article cited on the Drudge Report, more people die of suicide than car accidents these days!  People are losing HOPE!  Jesus said, "The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy."  (John 10:10)   The warning needs to be taken seriously and appropriate measures engaged to thwart his success!

I believe the radio warning was a part of a commercial (so I'm not sure how much of the scenario was true).  One of the ways they suggested thwarting the robbery was to install an alarm/security system and mount its label in an obvious place to discourage the would-be-thief--along with locking your car doors, of course.

The Holy Spirit of God residing in me is my "security system"!   Jesus came to give  me abundant life, joy and hope,  I speak His Name, and as the lyrics to Your Great Name say:

Every fear has no place at the sound of Your Great Name
The enemy he has to leave at the sound of Your Great Name....JESUS...

Thank God for Jesus, the Ultimate Defense against the criminal mind.
Let us speak this Name to our world!


  1. You and I have the same security system which is a great blessing.

  2. Love the Nouwen quote and the lyrics to this great song. We keep getting this same call nearly every week about break-ins occurring in our neighborhood and our need for a security system from this certain company. There have been no break-ins around here though. Just a scam and lie, as is everything the enemy says to us.

  3. Discernment and being careful is a must for now days...and to pray protection around ourselves, homes and loved one's. I do not think I am smart enough to be a criminal in this day and age. LOL

  4. What a great post Rebecca. That's one thing I don't have to worry about, garage doors. We don't have any! Don't know why but our doors were removed years before we bought the house!
    Love Di ♥

  5. True security is found (you're right) in Him...salvation, physical protection, rock-solid confidence in who we are. He's got it covered. :)

    Rhonda Schrock

  6. Amen Rebecca, Thank you for your post today. Isn't it wonderful to know that we have a Saviour and that His very name has power over everything. At the name of Jesus, every knee shall bow...

    Praise God

    Love Jeaniexx

  7. AMAN! God is our only security in this world and as long as HE guards our souls, than we're safe and therefore, we don't need to buy any kind of devices for His security...the rest is only material my computer. I love your post honey, it's so inspiring and I was so needing to hear this. Thank you for your kind visit, I love it when you do, dear Rebecca.

  8. Amen Rebecca,
    This is a great post, and every word so true!
    Our hope is in you Lord! The best security system ever!

    But we still need to be on guard for the enemy of our soul,
    as he is indeed prowling around seeking to destroy, with his various wiles and schemes, and sometimes it takes us a bit to catch onto some new tactic he is using, but the Lord has given us armour to put on in Ephesians 6, and we need to be diligent to do that particularly if we sense the
    enemy is after us..................Greater is He that is in us, than He who is in the world.

    Have a great day,
    Blessings, Nellie

  9. After my uncle's car was broken into, he never locked the door. He said he'd rather let them have what was in it than have his car door and window vandalized. About a my dad forgot he put his window part way down while waiting for my mother. He went to meet her for lunch and when he came back--no packages. And one package was for me! How many times do we think we are on guard but later see we weren't on "high alert!"


Writing a Song a Week #3

Writing a Song a Week #3
♪ I wait for the Lord; my soul waits and in his word I hope. My soul waits for the Lord more than watchmen for the morning ♪ (Psalm 130:5-6)