I’ve used the term “warrior-mother” before and I like that word. I think it is accurate, and oddly ironic up against the culture’s drum beat of “I am woman, hear me roar”.
If we could pin point just one place where more erosion to our society has occurred, it is without a doubt the HOME. Broken marriages–the home. Troubled children–the home. Redefining of traditional family life–the home. Women broken and searching for their own worth–the home.
The home is a concentrated point of attack from an enemy who seeks to steal, kill and destroy.
In battle, a known point of attack would be heavily fortified and guarded. I find it no coincidence that “keeper” as in “teach them to be keepers at home” from Titus 2, is translated from a Greek word meaning “to guard”.
Sadly, our enemy has done a stellar job at offering all the right decoys, blinding us to the very NEED to defend home.
We are warriors in the greatest, spiritual sense. Fighting for our homes, our marriages, our children and our own integrity as women of God.
This isn’t about “well, good for you but I’m not made for that sort of thing…it’s not my calling”.
If we have homes, we are called. But we are not called to go at it alone! God has always called the weak and the incapable and then when they admitted, “I can’t do this!“, He replies, “I will go before you…my strength is made perfect in weakness”.
Part of the fighting will be against the battle that rages within us. We can’t give up. Here’s what we do:
- Prepare for the attacks, knowing they are an expected part of life, whatever form they may take.
- Stay mentally alert to the task. We guard, we fortify, we nurture, we restore, we prepare soldiers, we hold up the arms of our commander-in-chief…we do A LOT in a day. Throwing every ounce of energy into that is not wasted time. Anything less, and we won’t have enough resources to guard properly.
- Get up and do it again. Every single one of us has those days where the task feels too hard. Giving up is not an option. We divert the enemy. We change pace, change scenery, change tactics. Then we get on our knees and utilize the power God offers to us. We spend some time in God’s Word, meditate on truth and get ready to do it again the next day.
We ARE called. We are called to fight, defend, guard and build our homes. To build a legacy that will continue beyond us.
The question is, will we answer?
“His master said, ‘Well done, thou good and faithful servant’..”