Have you ever opened the front door on a cold winter day, taken three steps to the car, then suddenly found yourself lying on your back in the middle of the driveway wincing in pain, holding your back? What just happened? One minute your walking like a well coordinated able-bodied adult, the next minute your falling like a toddler who is just learning to walk. You lost your footing. You hit a patch of ice and slipped. Our footing is our anchor to stability. When we slip we lose balance and begin to, I believe the technical term is “flail around” trying to regain our step. This happens in our relationships too. We seem to be moving forward then we are hurting, lying on our backs wondering why we can’t move emotionally, hurt by the ones we love the most. We lost our relational footing. Ephesians reveals the secret to standing firm or having confidence in the time of battle: Truth and Righteousness. The belt of truth and the breastplate of right behavior keep us confident and engaged in the battle. Think about how difficult it is to walk with your pants at your ankles. This week we will see how the habits of truth telling and righteous living can keep our relationships sure and steady even on patches of ice. We will look at one family that fell apart because of lies and unrighteous behavior and a mother who preferred to just “wait it out” rather then deal with the truth.