Fight Back: DIY [Do It Yourself] Faith Books, Battle Strategies Edition

Last week, I shared that I had been losing spiritual battles left and right… mostly because I was trying to escape. Not in the sense of looking for a way out — making a wise, well-timed tactical retreat. (1 Corinthians 10:13)

No, I was curling up in a ball in the middle of the battlefield — eyes shut tight, hands over my ears — trying hard to pretend there wasn’t any war. Dreaming I was someplace else, someplace safe and warm and happy. Only I kept getting hit with these fiery darts.

There came a point when I couldn’t pretend anymore. The pain was too excruciating. I had to admit I was hemorrhaging and get help.

I was reminded that since life itself is the warzone, I can’t really escape the fight. I’ve got to strap on my Sword — and the rest of my warrior princess armor — and fight back. Fight hard.

Wield the living, life-changing, powerful, eternal Truth to refute and resist the enemy’s lies.

The trouble is I keep forgetting. Forgetting I’m in a battle, forgetting there are weapons at my disposal, forgetting the Truth. So I made myself a battle strategy book!

If you were part of our summer Bible study — VBS for GrownUpGirls — you might remember this Fun Friday project. I called it a DIY[Do It Yourself] Faith Book. The idea is to take a dollar store photo album and fill it with Scriptures and quotes that speak to you. You can also put in prayer requests or pictures of people you’re praying for.

Then you slip it in your car or your purse or your desk drawer at work. And whenever you need a faith lift, there it is! Whenever you’re stuck waiting in line or with a few minutes to spare, you can work on memorizing your favorite verses or pray over those special needs.

We talked about making a Faith Book as a gift for a friend in the hospital or for your kids or grandkids.

This time I made one for myself… I filled it with verses and quotes on spiritual warfare. I added a few poems and hymn lyrics, excerpts from devotionals and Bible studies I’ve been reading (the stuff I underlined and copied in my journal). I also added a few images that inspire me, most of which you can find on my Women of Valor Pinterest Board…

DIY Faith Books Battle Strategy Edition

This time around, I decided to print everything on postcard paper from the office supply store — rather than copy it all by hand onto file cards — because it was cleaner and neater and prettier. And I’ll be honest: it did take several hours to do that.

But it doesn’t have to take hours. It can be super-easy, super-simple. And you don’t have to fill the whole album all at once. Just add things as you run across them!

Below are some of the battle verses I put in my book. I have a free printable download you might also find helpful — 52 Verses on Facing Fear.

“The Lord God is my Strength, my personal bravery, and my invincible army; He makes my feet like hinds’ feet and will make me to walk [not to stand still in terror, but to walk] and make spiritual progress upon my high places of trouble, suffering, or responsibility.” Habakkuk 3:19

“So shall they fear the name of the Lord… and His glory from the rising of the sun. When the enemy shall come in like a flood, the Spirit of the Lord shall lift up a standard against him.” Isaiah 59:19

“It was not by their sword that they won the land, nor did their arm bring them victory; it was Your right hand, Your arm, and the light of Your face, for You loved them. You are my King and my God… Through You we push back our enemies; through Your name we trample our foes.” Psalm 44:3-5

“The battle belongs to the Lord…” 2 Chronicles 20:15

“Through God we shall do valiantly: for He it is that shall tread down our enemies.” Psalm 108:13

“Be watchful. Stand firm in your faith. Be courageous. Be strong.” 1 Corinthians 16:12

“But you, Lord, are a shield around me, my glory, the One who lifts my head high.” Psalm 3:3

“He is a shield to all who look to Him for protection.” Psalm 18:30

“No weapon formed against you will prosper and you will refute every tongue that accuses you. This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord, and this is their vindication from me,” declares the Lord. Isaiah 54:17

“For though we live in the world, we do not wage war as the world does. The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds.We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.” 2 Corinthians 10:3-5

Have you tried making a DIY Faith Book? What do you (or would you) put in? Are there other battle strategies that have worked for you? I’d love to hear about them…

 

 

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20 thoughts on “Fight Back: DIY [Do It Yourself] Faith Books, Battle Strategies Edition

  1. I love this. I’m a doodler during sermons, and I really believe that helps the truths sink in. I imagine I’d feel the same way with a Faith Book. Sharing this one with my friends today. So good, Christin.

    • Thanks, sweet friend! I find I need constant reminders, so I can hang on to these powerful truths… I thought about getting them tattoed on me, but there’s not enough space! ;)

    • I’ve definitely had some ups and downs lately — but the good news is that there have been some real “ups” for sure, and that Jesus is meeting me in the “downs” and speaking sweet words to my heart that I treasure. Would love to catch up soon! xo

  2. Jennifer shared this with me. Thank you Christin! I so needed this today and I love the verses you share. I, too, just want to hide and wish away the battle, but that only hurts me and others. I have to fight! Satan really does try to steal, kill, and destroy. I have to remember that it is Satan I am fighting against even though sometimes it feels like people are the enemy. I’m going to start a DIY book today. And remember that Jesus fights for us! May God give us victory today. Will you pray for me too? I’m in some intense battles right now and it can get really dark and confusing.

    • Absolutely, Paula — I’m praying for you right now. What you shared is so important: we’ve got to remember who the real enemy is! This last year I read Francis Frangipane’s “The Stronghold of God” and it really encouraged my heart. Here are the excerpts I included in my battle strategy book:

      “If you’re going to be successful in the Lord’s work, you must find God’s hiding place from one of the most painful weapons in Satan’s arsenal: the critical tongue…

      “Jesus said we were to beware when all men speak well of us…

      “Especially as our time of fulfillment actually draws near, the devil seeks to abort the work of God within us. We face battles inside and out. In the dark hours of the night we question our motives and doubt our readiness… Externally we face the accusations of the people Satan uses to criticize our actions. We react wrongly to those whose attitudes Satan manipulates. We argue our case before them…

      “Yet, rarely do we find comfort seeking the approval of men, and what comfort we find is fleeting… For by divine decree, no one can truly supply us with the support we crave except the Lord Himself…

      “It is time to pray…

      It is while the new work of God is trembling forward that Satan seeks to bring his greatest assault. The form he takes against our new beginnings in Christ is accusation…

      “Even if the accuser has successfully hindered you in this regard, know this with certainty: Christ in you cannot die. He only awaits a new mixture of hope with faith and prayer with perseverance. The enemy you are fighting is not failure, ignorance, or lack of spirituality; your enemy is the accuser of the brethren.

      “If the weapon of the accuser is words, know also that our victory is God’s Word.”

      Francis Frangipane, Stronghold pgs 107,116, 118, 119, 120

      • Oh Christin & Paula,
        I am praying for you both right now that God continues to strengthen you during the battle.

        Paula, your words so reasonate with me. It is exactly what I have been facing…the need to remember where darkness originates, with Satan himself. He blinds people and uses them to hurt others. That is the situation that I find myself in. But God is greater and His light shines through the darkness, even if it’s just glimpses here and there. Thank you for your post.

        Christin, you have no idea how much I treasure the battle verses you included in your post. I will use many of them in my DIY faith book. This has been the toughest season, but God is working, of that I am certain. I will pray for you dear Sister in Christ. You are not alone! I so appreciate other Christians speaking truth and being so honest. This journey can be tough, but what a privilege it is to connect with people who are facing similar issues to mine and to encourage one another.

        A big AMEN to not pleading our case to others…been there, done that…God is our only judge and our support. He fights for us!

        Could you kindly please pray for me? Needing continued strength to persevere and love my enemies.

        God Bless.

        • Veronica, thank you so much for those prayers!!! I’m praying for you right now… may God give you an extra measure of His strength and His peace as you “entrust yourself to Him who judges justly.” (1 Peter 2:23)

          • Thank you Christin and Veronica,
            I reread all of this and it truly is so timely and encouraging. I am in some crazy intense battles daily. I know Satan is trying to shut me up and get me down and defeated. I left a very unhealthy church almost 2 and a half years ago, and then dealt with PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) which is a lot of fear and re-living events. That triggered my childhood memories of the war we lived through at home. Jesus captured me in a new way in July and God is healing me. There have been events recently with my family that has endangered our safety and I have to trust God to protect us as darkness is brought to light. I have to believe Truth because that holds us together. I am praying for you two too.
            Much love,
            Paula

  3. This is awesome! Thank you so much! I am working on my Faith Book now. I’m in the trenches of homeschooling & entertaining preschoolers. I have 4 ages 7, 5, 4 & 3, so things get overwhelming at times & I shut down. I would much rather rely on the Lord’s power & strength to make me thrive during those times. I think this will be a very effective tool!

    (I thought I’d give you a heads up that the second verse you listed as Isaiah 59:9 but it is Isaiah 59:19…..I was a little confused at first but thanks to Google I figured it out quickly :) Thanks again for this list of verses!

    • Oops — thanks for catching the typo! I used to be a preschool teacher and these days I work part-time with homeschool families, helping them with their language arts / creative writing curriculum — so I totally get why you’re feeling overwhelmed at times! It’s such a huge job, a huge responsibility … but also an awesome privilege. I’m praying right now that God will give you an extra measure of grace and peace and strength this week!

    • Hi Devira! What kind of poster are you looking for? I created this graphic myself (I purchased the stock photo, added the text and special effects), so it’s not available anywhere else. If you want to right-click and save and print it out for your journal or something, you certainly have my permission to do that. (It’s what I do!) If you’re looking for a wall-sized poster, I’d have to check out some sites that I could upload it to — they’d print it and sell it to you… Just let me know! Blessings, Christin

  4. Awesome empowering message you have here. And i can’t wait too read more !!! Thank You do Much !!
    To God Be the Glory Forevet & Ever Amen …. Praise the Lord for His perfect plan & perfect timing on every detail of our lives. God Bless & love always from another of God’s Princess Warriers..Lisa ❤