As I sit here trying desperately to put my feelings into words, the title of this article continues to play through my mind: “A Woman’s Call to Arms”. What exactly does that mean, I ask myself? So, in my search for the translation, I open up my trusty Merriam Webster’s Dictionary. There it is in black and white. CALL- a verb meaning to speak in a loud voice, or a move made in poker. But as I continue to look for a deeper meaning, my eyes fall upon the last definition. This definition sets my heart beating faster. Yes! It is exactly what I am looking for.
CALL - a verb, meaning to rouse as if from slumber, into action. Equipped with this, I’m now flipping furiously through the pages to seek out the meaning of the other vital part of this statement. ARM… ARMING… ARMS! Noun, meaning - portable weapons. Well, here I have it. “A Call to Arms”- translated “To rouse as if from slumber into action, bearing portable weapons.” Okay, now what?
Well, I say to myself, what do I consider MY portable weapons? I mean yes, I am from Texas, so theoretically I should know about guns and such. But alas, I find myself lacking sorely in the art of firearms. Is it really an art? I guess those who are good at it consider it an art. But I digress… focus- portable weapons. I have always considered my faith in God a weapon of sorts. It strengthens me, makes me feel safe and protected. Yes, I would consider that a weapon, and it is certainly portable since I take it with me wherever I go. What else?
The Bible says that it is the “sword of the spirit” and a sword is definitely a weapon, although I don’t necessarily take it with me everywhere I go I do, however, have several verses memorized, so that makes it portable! Now I’m really getting excited! What else? When I became a Christian I was filled with the Holy Spirit, and surely He is a weapon. I mean who in their right mind would mess with the Spirit of God??? Definitely a weapon. Okay, now to put all my thoughts in order and see if I can come up with something significant, something that will spark a fire not only in me, but also in other women who feel as if they are losing the battle. Some truth. Something that will help us to regain control of our lives, and restore our sense of worth. Maybe something like this…
A Woman’s Call to Arms
For far too long, we have sat on our laurels and let the enemy steal from us. It started small enough, first with our joy, then our peace, finally our hope. Hope in the promises that had been made to us by an ever-faithful and Holy God, and that through our own apathy, were lost to us. When did we become so complacent as a gender? At what point did we as women decide it was easier to have “eyes that see not, and ears that hear not?” Choosing to ignore the distressful cries of our children and our spouses, and to look the other way, or claim ignorance from the battles they face daily. To utter the disturbing phrase “there are things I’d just rather not know” when it comes to conflicts both spiritual and in the natural that our families suffer through.
When did we calmly surrender our rights and our weapons to the enemy, forfeiting our freedoms that we, and our families are entitled to? I speak of freedoms like happy marriages, healthy children, financial stability, blessings and not curses, life and not death spoken over us. Freedoms like husbands who love their wives, and wives who respect their husbands, children who feel safe and content in their surroundings.
As much as we would like to play the “blame game”, it wasn’t the 60’s free love era, women’s lib, or even prayer being taken from our schools that has caused the decay of our families. It was us, Christian women, wives, and mothers, who sat idly by, forgetting who we are and what we are armed with, who allowed this to happen. As godly women, we have the capability to shape the world around us. Don’t believe me? Look through out history and especially in the Bible. From the beginning of time, women have, for the good and the bad, changed the world. So, not only do we have this capability, it is our *RESPONSIBILTY*.
We are called to use the weapons at our disposal to speak blessings and life, to “call those things as though they are”. Patrick Henry, in his infamous “Give Me Liberty or Give Me Death” speech made the following comments:
“This is no time for ceremony. I consider it as nothing less than a question of freedom or slavery. Should I keep my opinions to myself at such a time? If so, I consider it an act of disloyalty against the Majesty of Heaven. Shall we gather strength by doing nothing? We are not weak if we make use of those means by which God has placed in our power. The war has begun, why stand we idle?”
That is the question that I pose today. Why stand we idle when we have every weapon in Heaven at our disposal? Aren’t we to protect our treasures, and also take back that which has been stolen from us? If so, then let us arm ourselves today. Let’s anoint our houses; pray for and over our families. Let’s speak blessing over our spouses and favor over our children. Let’s seek out scriptures to quote over our circumstances, and saturate our homes with the presence of the Lord through prayer and praises. Let’s equip our families for the battle, refusing to allow rebellious attitudes to take root, instead let’s encourage our families to walk in the joy of the Lord, praying for their relationships and situations, covering them . Let our family members hear us praying for them or at least tell them that we are praying for them. Don’t allow Satan to gain any ground within our homes.
I challenge you, as I challenge myself, let’s awaken from our slumber, reclaim our weapons of warfare and march into the battle, knowing that there is a just and loving God waiting for us at the front line! For He is our Jehovah Nissi, our victory banner, and “Greater is He that is within us than he that is in the world.”