The Warrior Way

There are a few things that I have read recently, that have really stood out as powerful reminders. Each one pointed to who God is, and how He sees me. I did not realize that my sense of self had likely become skewed, but based on the response of my heart to each of them, I am guessing the weight of the past week had taken its toll.

“For the Lord takes delight in His people; He crowns the humble with salvation.” – (Psalm 149:4) The very idea that He delights in me, is both beautiful, and beyond me. Additionally, imagining Christ giving me an actual crown to cover my head with the sweet safety of His salvation, is astounding. Though I was not a child that cared about dress up and tiaras, in fact, I much preferred neighborhood football games and climbing trees, there is something growing in me that absolutely adores the image of not only being His delightful daughter, but also being adorned in some sort of fanciful family attire.

Warrior princess. I love the image. On a fellow blogging friend’s post this past week (forgive me, for I cannot recall which one), she called us warrior princesses. As one who has always felt like I had to be tough, the pairing of tough with one who is precious and vulnerable, is a bit of a mind shift, yet seriously stunning. God does see us this way. We are His daughters (and sons), in whom He delights, yet He empowers each of us with His Holy Spirit, so that we are equipped to be warriors to walk in His way. Divine duality orchestrated by our amazing Daddy God.

Finally, “Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be men (people) of courage, be strong. Do everything in love.” – (I Corinthians 16:13-14) This verse is our charge, warrior princes and princesses. We are to be ever aware, stand firm in our faith; have courage and strength in Him. And above all, do everything in love.

We each bear a crown,crown

adorned in His Name;

worth more than fortune,

far more than all fame.

In it is glory,

our eternity;

our place and our purpose,

given dignity.

Here, strength is granted,

to His humble child;

each seen as precious,

such beauty beguiled.

Rise up warriors,

He calls us His own;

may we all go forth,

let His love be known.

Dear Heavenly Father, thank You that You are master artist, able to craft us into warrior princes and princesses. You created us to be strong in You, yet see us as precious and part of Your own royal family. Thank You for loving us beyond what we can even begin to comprehend, and help us to gain new glimpses of insight each day. Forgive us for allowing the weight of the world to skew our perception of who You have created us to be, and help us to see ourselves through Your eyes. May we be courageous and firm in our faith, yet ever vigilant, being on guard, so we will be aware of anything that would come against us. More than that, help us to allow Your love to flavor everything that we say and do. When we speak, may it be in love. As we serve, may love be our motivation. Let Your love be what others see in each of us. May many come into a saving knowledge of You, so they too may be robed in Your righteousness and receive the crown of salvation. Be glorified through our love. Amen.

© Shannon Elizabeth Moreno and Revelations in Writing, May 2011 – present.