Wednesday, February 19, 2014

I Want To Be A Battle Axe

You may ask, why in the world would I want to be a battle axe?  I know the term “battle axe” is used negatively towards the wife. It indicates that the woman is fierce with strong opinions.  This morning in my Bible reading, as I read Jeremiah 51, I decided that I want to be a battle axe!

Every man is brutish by his knowledge; every founder is confounded by the graven image: for his molten image is falsehood, and there is no breath in them. They are vanity, the work of errors: in the time of their visitation they shall perish. The portion of Jacob is not like them; for he is the former of all things: and Israel is the rod of his inheritance: the LORD of hosts is his name. Thou art my battle axe and weapons of war: for with thee will I break in pieces the nations, and with thee will I destroy kingdoms;  And with thee will I break in pieces the horse and his rider; and with thee will I break in pieces the chariot and his rider;  With thee also will I break in pieces man and woman; and with thee will I break in pieces old and young; and with thee will I break in pieces the young man and the maid;  I will also break in pieces with thee the shepherd and his flock; and with thee will I break in pieces the husbandman and his yoke of oxen; and with thee will I break in pieces captains and rulers. And I will render unto Babylon and to all the inhabitants of Chaldea all their evil that they have done in Zion in your sight, saith the LORD.”  Jeremiah 51:17-24

The Lord is telling the portion of Judah that they are His battle axe and 11 times He says, “With thee will I" destroy, break in pieces, and render to all the inhabitants of Chaldea of all their evil.  As I read that I thought of how we are the bride and Christ is the groom, and maybe it’s a stretch – but I thought of how we, as the bride, can, as we’re used of God, destroy evil in this world.  Not by waging war, but by soul winning, by giving the Gospel to a lost and dying world by fulfilling the Great Commission.  God wants for us to do His will.  He said over and over, “with thee will I” accomplish My plan and purpose- my righteousness.

I also thought about how that, as a wife that is a battle axe, I can help my husband.  As a pastor his goal is to be used of God to make a difference in this world, reach the lost, help Christians to grow in grace so that they too can reach the lost – and as his wife I can either help him or deter him.  Every wife is either an asset or a liability to her husband.  As a battle axe, with you, he can conquer the world by fulfilling the role God has for him.

 I want to be a fierce woman that is a warrior when it comes to helping my husband – that is what I was made to do!  I am of the strong opinion that my husband can be used of God to fulfill the vision God has given him! I was made to be a help meet for him so that he can bring glory to God.  The best way I can do that is by being “with him.”  “And the LORD God said, It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him an help meet for him.” Genesis 2:18

So, ladies, are you with me?  Who wants to be a battle axe for the Lord so that it can be said of you, “with thee will I”? 

I hope that many of you will determine to be a battle axe!  Have a wonderful day!

Saturday, February 1, 2014

Sometimes, You Care Too Much To Care!

Last night I was at the grocery store with my daughter picking up dessert.  We had been to the Homecoming where one of my granddaughters, Miss Jaclynn, was one of the princesses; she represented the kindergarten class.  We enjoyed the evening and had promised the kids that we would get a treat after the ceremony – so we were at Safeway picking up good old-fashioned apple pie and of course vanilla ice cream

As we were shopping, I received a phone call from one of my sons.  When I answered the phone all I could hear was crying, inconsolable crying.  At first I thought that it was a “pocket dialed” call, but then I realized that the crying voice was trying to say something.  I continued to say, “Hello” louder, and louder!  I couldn't discern if the crying voice was one of the grand kids or my daughter-in-law…so panic set in!  I immediately feared that something so terrible had happened to one of the kids or my son – so I began to grow more and more concerned…and it was very evident to those around me as my voice grew louder and louder still!  Finally, my son got on the phone and said, “Jaydon, I think Grammie is starting to panic there, I better talk to her.”   Whew! And Praise the Lord! Apparently, our grandson was having a hard time and just wanted to talk to Grammie and Papa so he could feel better. 

As all this was happening I really didn't care how loud I was, and I didn't notice anyone around me, and I really didn't care if they did – it wasn't a thought in my mind at all!  My daughter however was the unfortunate soul that did see and notice everyone staring at her mother…oops! During this whole episode I gave it no thought.  I wasn't embarrassed, and if people looked at me I didn't notice.  My very sweet and loving daughter said nothing about it – that is until we got outside.

When we stepped out of the store she laughingly said, “Mom, do you know how loud you were talking? Here let me show you.  No, wait, I’ll wait till we get in the car because I don’t want to draw attention out here in the parking lot as everyone would hear me!”   When we got in the car, she began to detail how everyone looked at me, the level and tone of my panicked voice, and of course she then embellished the story for my husband's sake by saying how she tried to elude me…but in the end, as I thought about it, I realized that if it were to happen again I would probably do the same thing because honestly –I just didn't care about what those people thought; I care so much more about what could have happened to my family!  I did care that my daughter had to be seen with me during my moment of "panic."  We laughed as she described how the people across the bakery by the deli counter all stopped their conversations to watch me crescendo "hello" with heightened fear!

The truth is when we are enveloped in what we are passionate about; we don’t let minor details of how people look at us, or what they might be thinking deter our passion.  Oh that we would be that way about serving the Lord and reaching the lost!  I am not saying that we should go to grocery stores and yell so that people stare at us like we’re weird on purpose, but, I do think we shouldn't let people’s opinions quiet us from giving out the Gospel or stop us from doing what God wants us to do.  Sometimes we need to be zealous – about good things and we should care so much that we don't care about what people might think.

But it is good to be zealously affected always in a good thing…”  Galatians 4:18

Have a wonderful day!