Violent Women Take It By Force!
He was tiny, he was beautiful and he was her’s! Nine months she had carried this precious bundle and now he was finally here. Daily he grew, she nurtured him and delighted in the changes he was making. But, each night, as she went to sleep, she pondered and wept over the surely imminent demise of this sweet, small miracle at her breast.
“Oh Lord, hear the cry of your daughter! Save the life of my son. Lord, what this man is doing is evil in Your sight – help me be strong Lord, that not only may the life of my son be saved, but the evil plans of this man be destroyed!” As she slept, the Holy Spirit, gently began weaving a dream…a dream of weaving and pitch…and a hope was born. The hope of a redeemer! This mother, in a basket of reeds and pitch took the Kingdom by force!
Dear Sisters, as I was pondering on how next to impart to you the things that Father worked in my heart, Jeff was telling me how he had been meditating on this verse: “… the kingdom of heaven has suffered violence, and the violent take it by force.” As he was speaking, I realized, that’s what we’re doing.
By choosing to put relationships first, before other things in our lives, we are indeed taking the Kingdom by force. Do not underestimate the power of love, of Christ-likeness, poured out on our families.
Having said that, please also keep in mind, that when you choose to step outside the hoops and walk in relationship, what you are doing is directly in the face of the plan the enemy has for the world. This means you will be in direct warfare. Do not expect this to be an easy transition. The enemy delights in keeping us racing, with eyes only on the hoops before us. When that changes, he will fight you. Be prepared.
Here are a few things I’ve found that helped me when I was going through this process. Be honest about where you are. If you are sucking wind, tell someone. Just getting it out into the light makes a huge difference. Soak and bathe yourself in the Word. Ask the Holy Spirit to direct you to specific Scripture that will minister to your soul. Allow for the weariness of battle. Do NOT (I’m jumping up and down here, Ladies D.O. N.O.T.!) be surprised when you’re utterly exhausted and there is no apparent reason for it. YOU ARE IN A BATTLE FOR THE HEARTS OF YOUR CHILDREN!
My dear Sister, be strong, remember who you go into battle for, share and carry the burden, with and of other Sisters, and take the Kingdom by force, beloved! In His strength, our weakness is made great!