My Grandmother was a strong woman and she took every opportunity she could to empower me through spoken words. This particular day was no exception.
“One day you are going to make a very good nurse.”
Those words were the sweet reward she gave me for nursing a wound on her leg until it was healed. Words that has led me to a 29 year career in nursing, thus far.
Even at the early age of six she saw my potential and, though the journey was often difficult, I am glad I did not give up fighting to accomplish.
But guess what?
Someone else knew my potential and had plans for my life that far exceeded anything my Grandma or I saw. For him, it wasn’t just about WHAT I was created to do but WHO I was created to be. And he had a plan that was meant to be, in spite of my life experiences, good or bad. God saw me, knew me and yet, created me for his divine purpose.
WHAT ARE YOU FIGHTING FOR?
On most days, consciously or subconsciously, we are all fighting for or toward something.
Most mornings our mind becomes preoccupied with our to-do list, hoping by the end of the day, most if not all, is accomplished. Getting the kids off to school, getting the laundry done, keeping our dental and doctor’s appointments and, even having the meals prepared.
In some instances, it is the corporate woman heading off to work and she is up against deadlines. The presentation she spent countless hours on must impress or she can kiss that promotion goodbye. This is something she has wanted and strived after for a so long.
Maybe it’s the young woman who feels the need to compare herself to the newest member of the choir. Suddenly her clothes doesn’t look or feel right. Now insecurity is leading her to become obsessed with her appearance as she concludes her looks doesn’t measure up.
No matter where we look, life drives us as women to accomplish, to obtain, or to be recognized or accepted. Yet there is so much more to us as women, more to who we are now and are meant to be.
How about YOU?
What are you fighting for?
'Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart; I appointed you as a prophet to the nations.' Jeremiah 1:5Click To Tweet
“Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart; I appointed you as a prophet to the nations.”
ARE YOU FIGHTING TO BE HER?
Are you in anyway fighting to live with purposeful intention, aiming to be a better person than you were yesterday. Driven by the desire to be obedient to the call of God and allowing his power to be displayed in your life.
Fighting to show that God is bigger than any mistakes you’ve ever made or any pain you have had to endure. Courageously pushing past fear and shame to share your story so others can be encouraged and find hope.
Are you by chance fighting to be HER?
The one fighting to show society that your true worth and value is not hidden in your body shape or size. Acknowledging that your true identity is in Christ. Striving to walk in beauty and grace, with a keen knowledge of who you are and whose you are. Finding your confidence in the unchanging love of the Father who knows you by name.
Are you fighting to be her?!!
THE WHISPER OF THE ENEMY
I’m fighting to be her.
The problem is it’s not easy fighting to be her. Simply because the enemy loves to bury his lies in our heart and he bombards our thinking with those lies every day. He taunts us with feelings of guilt and shame, with feelings of failure and inadequacy.
Nothing thrills him more than when he derails us women off God’s intended path for our life. He takes great pleasure in his mission to rob us of our true destiny and identity simply because he knows the potential we have in Christ. He knows, all too well, his lies can deter us from who we can and should be.
So tell me, what lies has the enemy been whispering in your ears? Let me guess…..
You are too old, perhaps too young.
You are not pretty enough.
You are not smart enough, not educated enough.
Too fat, too tall, too short.
Not courageous enough.
You are too flawed, failed too many times, made too many mistakes, just too darn messed up.
Believe me, I know. He’s used many of those lies on me too.
“I will praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.” Psalm 139:14
HOW DO I GO ABOUT FIGHTING TO BE HER
Have you noticed that when Satan came after Adam and Eve in the Garden, his major weapon was a mouth-full of lies. He twisted and manipulated God’s words to serve his own purpose. Well, his tactic hasn’t changed much over time.
Still today, one of his most powerful weapon against God’s children are lies. As long as he can keep us listening to, and believing his lies about us, he has the power to define who we are. He knows we are empowered by truth.
That is why it is so important for us to know the truth of God’s word.
“The unfolding of your words gives light; it gives understanding to the simple.” Psalm 119:130
The word of God is truth above our thoughts and feelings and it counteracts the lies of the enemy.The word of God is truth above our thoughts and feelings and it counteracts the lies of the enemy.Click To Tweet
HE REVEALS HIS POWER IN OUR FIGHT
Still you may be thinking “I don’t feel that God could possibly use me for anything much.” Yes, we tend to think that way when we view our value and worth through the eyes of the world. Through the scars on our heart or the failures of our past and not through the eyes of God.
But he looks at us through eyes of love and has saved you and me for his purpose and pleasure. He has the amazing ability to weave even the not so good things about us into his plan for us. Re-creating us for good works.
“BUT I HAVE RAISED YOU UP FOR THIS VERY PURPOSE, THAT I MIGHT SHOW YOU MY POWER AND THAT MY NAME MIGHT BE PROCLAIMED IN ALL THE EARTH.” Exodus 9:16
So rise up sweet sisters. We have such great potential in Christ! To walk in our purpose is not only liberating but empowering. There is a peace and comfort in knowing and residing in God’s love for us and there is no greater joy than walking in our God-given purpose.
And that, I believe, is worth fighting for.
So come on dear friends, let us journey together by faith in full confidence of who and whose we are. God bless you!