It had been one of those mornings so frigid I expected to pry open the front door to see penguins tobogganing down my icy street. But I didn’t see any.

Was this truly the kind of morning you could throw up a glass of water and have it come down as ice crystals? I didn’t want to know. Determined to walk for exercise and fun, I turned the thermometer around without looking at it and wrapped myself in a quilted coat, layered garments, scarf and hat, thick wool socks and insulated boots. But once outside, I gasped! Why was I still freezing?

“Exercise is the answer! Once I get moving, I’ll be warmer!” I thought. But as I kept walking, my legs got colder.

I studied my socks. The tops had hunkered down while my leggings had compressed until they could have doubled as elastic bandages. Skin exposed to double-digit below zero temperatures takes better preparation than I had done.

Getting properly outfitted for the cold is much like being completely outfitted with God’s armor in Ephesians 6:11. In a Christian warrior’s outfit, each piece also makes a difference between life and death.
The perfect Christian warrior’s ensemble includes:
o the belt of truth
o the breastplate of righteousness
o the shield of faith

o the helmet of salvation
o the sword of the Spirit,
o and feet fitted with the gospel of peace.
With this outfit, there isn’t any skin showing.

Paul concludes in Ephesians 6:13, “Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand.” [NIV]

Do you have any skin showing in your Christian ensemble?

[Jo Russell is a Christian teacher, speaker, author of many articles, contributor to several anthologies, and Which Button Do You Push to Get God to Come Out? A Humorous Devotional for Women, Intermedia Publishing, 2011. For more chuckles, keep checking her weekly blog on]