Women are Warriors.

Women are Warriors.

Women are warriors. We fight for our children. We battle for our marriages. We fight for our health. We battle for the concerns of our heart.  But when we get weary in waging war, what can spur us on?

FRIENDS.

“And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another and all the more as you see the Day approaching.” Hebrews 10:24-25 NIV

I received a text from a dear friend at about 9 o’clock at night in the middle of the week. Five words were all it took. I. Need. To. Get. Out. I understood her exactly and felt the same. Winter. Chicagoland. Snow Days. 4 or more kids. Need I say more. It was clear what our next step was. A girl’s night!

I’m so glad she reached out and said something. I needed to get out to hang out too!

FOES.

“The thief (Satan) comes only to steal, kill, and destroy; I have come that they may have life and have it to the full.” John 10:10

When I recall there is someone trying to destroy my home and my children, watch how fast I get my mama bear on! The reminder of his desired ruin is all it takes for me to rear up! And our real enemy is not what is right in front of us but rather the unseen powers of darkness at work in our world.

My son was recalling a nightmare with great detail. It not only scared him but the sequence of events ushered in harm to another family member. All the sudden as I was listening, things got more personal and I got more prayerful. It reminded me to be intentional about praying for the protection of my children as they sleep. For their minds to filled with the things of God rather than be a field day for Satan’s schemes.

This reminder got me off the bench and back in the battle.

FAITH.

“But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us. We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed.” 2 Corinthians 4:7-9

In our battles, we are going to retreat. In our fights, we are going to fall back. But it doesn’t mean we have to surrender the entire war. We can regroup and then flank the other side. (Please forgive me if I’m using war terms incorrectly…but you get my drift, right?)

With several hundred other college students, I was strolling through the Quad one snowy day when I all out fell. The screaming-with-arms- flailing kind of slip on the ice. But did I stay down? Not a chance. I laughed at myself (I’m sure joined by several others) and got back up. Bruised but not beaten.

Our faith in a God that is greater than what we are facing and in the victory he offers can inspire us even on the harshest battle fields.  The beauty is that when we overcome even when we are outnumbered, the glory goes to our God. The very One giving us the grace and power to fight on!

May we reach out to a Friend, recall our Foe, and remember the foundation of our Faith to spur us on our vital battles. We are Women. We are a warriors. Let’s wage on!

About Erin Nicole Thompson

Erin Nicole Thompson is a fun-loving and authentic momma to 4 littles, wife of a ruggedly handsome Pastor, and as she likes to think, the CEO of her home operations. She delights in worship, cooking with good music, the sweet faces of her sleeping children, adult conversations, and some quiet time at Starbucks. She loves to serve alongside, encourage, and equip young and seasoned women. Erin is grateful to be part of what God is doing at The Chapel, a multi-campus church in Northern Chicago-land where her husband, Dave, pastors the Lake Zurich Campus. Presently, she lives to dream and follow God as he writes her story.

  • Cyndi Tilley

    Well said Erin, we are warriors for our families, but we can’t forget to take care of ourselves if we want to remain strong for them.