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I Slew a Giant

Go be a Giant Slayer!

Take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit which is the word of God. (Ephesians 6:12-18)


I Slew a Giant


I slew a Giant

First thing this morning

With eyes as big as saucers

His head was GINORMOUS


Catching a ride

Inside the house

Silently lurking

Quiet like a church mouse


Startled I was

When he looked up at me

My initial reaction; shock

Oh how can this be


I slew a giant

My early morning task

Before first cup of coffee

I grabbed a weapon before you ask


Saying very loudly


Yes this hideous giant

Now in my eyes view


Taking a fighting stance

He was as shocked as I but one must die

He was hiding on the feeder

Waiting on victims to drop by


Waiting in close range

Hoping to slay

My innocent tiny birds

Oh no you don’t, not today


But I slew a giant

Yes I took off his head

Now my little hummers

Have nothing to dread


What if we said

To the enemy of our soul


I’d like to let you to KNOW


I have weapons in my arsenal

A sword and shield

The truth and shoes

Belt with instructions a faithful guild


Coming together in the unity of the faith

In the Name of Jesus our Lord

We can slay our giants

With a double edged sword!


Copyright © laurette laster August 2019


This morning, as part of my usual routine, I started my coffee and then went out to scatter bird seed for my soon coming visitors.

When coming in the house, I grabbed one of my hummingbird feeders to give them fresh sugar water.


While washing the feeder something grabbed my attention. I caught a glimpse of this giant in my sink, just as he was turning and looking at me I saw him also. We locked eyes. I was startled, but what I did next really spoke to me.

It all happened so quickly. Looking back was the afterthought that sparked the poem. Using eleven stanzas I describe what happened in a mere two or three seconds.

As we locked eyes I said loudly, How Dare You! How Dare You! I then grabbed a plastic glass and began to crush him.


A praying mantises head is shaped like a sledge hammer or a mallet, and yes his eyes were as big as saucers. (Remember I was the eye witness of the entire encounter).

Well at least before I was wide awake that how it seemed.

What startled me was my reaction. I very loudly said, “How dare you, How Dare You.” I was immediately outraged that he was after my hummers and now in my sink.

I now believe grabbing the feeder and bringing it inside to clean it, at the time I did, was divine timing. God knew the danger lurking about to the hummers. I believe I brought the feeder in and captured a predator, killing him and protecting my birds.

In my spirit I started hearing, “I slew a giant”. Did I slay a giant? Am I a giant slayer?

What is a giant? What determines the definition of a giant? Is it determined by size? Is it determined by a unanimous vote and agreement? Is it determined by venom or toxins?

Is it determined by color, mixture, or location, or breed?

A giant is whatever has the ability to capture, conquer, and destroy or kill our self or those we are responsible to, and responsible for.


I was not afraid that the mantis would kill me. He is not my giant, but he is a giant and a very real predator to my hummingbirds.


Mantis closest relatives are cockroaches and the termite.


How fitting, cockroaches often are attracted to filth but can live by eating the glue from cardboard boxes.

We all know termites eat wood, destroying structures, thus weakening our support system and covering. Termites come from underneath, the places we can’t see in to. But we have wisdom and the counsel of others (guild) to help us prepare and give us instructions on how to protect our dwellings. We have our bibles and the incorruptible seed of God, as believers.


Isn’t this interesting? I found this quite didactic. What a lesson this morning, I just had to share it with you my fellow giant slayers.

Pay attention to what The Lord is speaking to you. He speaks to each of us using very practical situations.


Go slay your giants and someone else’s also. As leaders and shepherds we are responsible for those God has put in our care.

For we know the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but they are mighty in God pulling down strongholds.

(For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;)  (2 Corinthians 10:4 KJV)

The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds. (2 Corinthians 10:4 NIV)


God bless you and keep you and make His face shine upon you and be gracious to you. The Lord lift His countenance upon you and give Shalom.


Until next time, thank you for listening with me. Laurette