A generation of fighters! + {Giveaway}

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When we lived in Texas we had a pool. Just about everyone in Texas has a pool, because the summers there are so hot. One day, I was sitting in our faded lawn chair looking up at the bright, blue sky. The humidity seemed to be at an all-time high and I felt like I was suffocating. Suffocating not only from the heat, but I felt I couldn’t breathe from all the darkness that surrounded me because of bad choices I made. I wanted my life to be over. I wanted all the pain to just end, to stop. If I were gone, everyone would be happier. My girls would never have to know about my mistakes and my husband could move on and find another woman that would surely never hurt him the way I had.

Looking back I see those were very selfish thoughts, but at the time I was in a dark hole. I couldn’t see a way out.

I wanted to give up. It seemed the easy way out.

We have a stalker.

I was weak, an easy target for the enemy. We’re living in a time like no other. I see so many standing strong in their faith and rising up in this dark and callous world. It ignites a passion within me to join in and not sit on the sidelines. Only problem is, there is someone out there who hates you and who hates me.

Stay alert! Watch out for your great enemy, the devil. He prowls around like a roaring lion, looking for someone to devour. 1 Peter 5:8

You see that? He’s creeping and stalking us. He’s waiting for just the right moment to pounce.

This is why we have to be alert. We have to flip the switch on Satan. We have to get up, for when we are down we can’t be alert, don’t you see?

A generation of fighters.

I love what Lisa Bevere says in her book, Lioness Arising:

Women:  it’s time to…
AWAKEN…
God did not save you to tame you.
AWAKEN…
to a life of fierce passion.
AWAKEN…
To dangerous prayer, stunning power, and teamed purpose.
AWAKEN…
Your response could very well change your world.”

God did not save you to tame you!

God did not save you to tame you.- Lisa Bevere #fiercelyhis Click To Tweet

I read Lisa’s book several years ago and it resonated with my soul so much and God began igniting a passion within me to encourage and inspire other women.

We have two choices. We can either lay down and give up or we can get up and say NO to Satan and his evil tactics! Because he’s real and he’s out to destroy us!

You can’t have me!
You can’t have my family!
You can’t have my joy!
You can’t have my peace!
You can’t have______!

During that dark time in my life, I had to learn to rely on God. I had to fight to know Him. I had to fight to save my marriage and my family. I distinctly remember wanting to just give up. I would lay in bed and drown myself in sorrow. I’m so thankful for my mom.

One day she said to me, “Shannon you need to get up. You need to get up and take care of your family.”

A flip switched inside of me that day. I realized that I could either lay there and drown myself which would indirectly result in hurting my family, or I could get up.

Get up and fight.

We have two choices: either lay down or get up and fight. #fierclyHis Click To Tweet

So that’s what I did. I got up. I partnered with God. I started reading scripture. I started dissecting each word and each promise. I wrote scripture on sticky notes and placed them on my bathroom mirror.

We are called to be strong and courageous.

God is building up a generation of fighters! #fiercelyhis #fierce #sheisfierce #fight

“Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid. Do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will go with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:9

There are several STRONG, fierce women in the Bible whose stories I simply adore. Women who serve as role models to this generation of fighters.

Esther

“All the king’s officials and the people of the royal provinces know that for any man or woman who approaches the king in the inner court without being summoned the king has but one law: that they be put to death unless the king extends the gold scepter to them and spares their lives. But thirty days have passed since I was called to go to the king.” Esther 4:11

She fought for her people. She fought for them so much that she risked her own life. She boldly went before the King without being summoned. She did this knowing that he might kill her yet she did it anyway. She did it because she was a fighter. She was a fighter and it ultimately saved her people from death.

Esther was a fighter.

Abigail

Otherwise, as surely as the Lord, the God of Israel, lives, who has kept me from harming you, if you had not come quickly to meet me, not one male belonging to Nabal would have been left alive by daybreak.” 1 Samuel 25:34

Abigail was the wife of a wicked man named Nabal. David had made plans to fight Nabal and when Abigail heard about it she packed food with her and went to find David and beg that he spare her family’s life. When she found him she immediately bowed down before him in ultimate humility. David was shocked. His anger turned to compassion. There are so many things we can learn from Abigail. She wasn’t proud. She was humble. Yet she was so strong. Her husband was a jerk. She didn’t have to do anything but she did because she loved her family.

What happened? David spared her family’s life.

Abigail was a fighter.

The woman with an issue of blood

And a woman was there who had been subject to bleeding for twelve years, but no one could heal her. She came up behind him and touched the edge of his cloak, and immediately her bleeding stopped. Luke 8:43-44

Can I camp right here just a minute? I love this lady! I don’t know why we don’t know her name because she certainly was a somebody! I can’t imagine what she went through. She suffered with a disease that made her bleed for 12 years. She was anemic and weak. Not to mention, she was ceremonially unclean so because of her illness, everyone she touched would be unclean too, which is why she couldn’t be in public.

Can you imagine? Put yourself in her shoes! How do you feel?

She knew that Jesus was coming so she decided to get up. She got up and went out to where he was. She just wanted to touch him. She touched the hem of His garment. For that one moment in time, God had sent his son to her. And with just one touch she was healed.

This woman was a fighter.

There are so many examples of strong women in the bible, but I just really love these three. Maybe because I can relate to each one of them.

Can’t you relate?

 

So, I have this dream.

The dream includes a generation of women who fight. They are warriors. They don’t back down. They go through hard times but KNOW HOW TO FIGHT. They aren’t afraid to pursue their God-given gifts.

Women who say, “not today Satan!

Women who rise up THROUGH their circumstances.

God is building up a generation of fighters! #fiercelyhis #fierce #sheisfierce #fight

A generation of fighters.

Something happens when women unite to fight with fierce passion for the things of God.
I want to be there.
I want to be right there.

Do you?

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Guess what? We’re giving some away!  You can win this amazing FIERCE tee-shirt!

God is building up a generation of fighters! #fiercelyhis #fierce #sheisfierce #fight

 

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  1. Love this powerful post, Shannon! Your story plus the stories of fierce Bible women is a jolt of inspiration this morning!

  2. What a powerful post, Shannon! I love the stories of these three women. And your daughter is so rocking that t-shirt! Praise Him, fiercely!

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