This is a battle cry. The following words have been inspired by the #BattleReadyBook written by Kelly Balarie. I am here. It may not be fancy. It may not wet your eyes with brilliant “me too” glory. You may think I need to repent by the time that I’m finished. And maybe I will. But what if I spilled my guts anyway? I mean what if I just poured out my story, exactly as it wants to fall out of me. What would that look like? Would you want to see all of that? Well, I hope so. Because here we go.
I’m here anyway. That’s where it starts for me.
I’ve heard so many stories that sound better than mine. These women seem braver and realer, and whatever the something else is that could be better than me. You name it, I think it. Do you feel that tension? Do you recognize that pull toward the something ugly and competitive that lives deep inside me? It’s called insecurity. And the being here in this vast mass of anointed from heaven, stamped-by-God voices that are sure to surround me presses into me, face to face and butt up against that ugly inside me. Hard. It’s all around me. The reflections of my own inadequacies are everywhere I look.
That is, when I’m all on my own.
He changes the script.
So in spite of all that, I’m here. I’m showing up and connecting. I’m building others up, whether I see the benefits or not. Which I totally do! There’s a blessing in store for me to support someone else. There always is. The blessing is mine for the sharing of God’s wealth. That’s how it works. Can you believe that? It’s true.
Whether I deserve it or not, I want it. Whatever God has for me. Because it’s there for the taking. It’s there for the receiving. I don’t want to miss what He has for me anymore. That’s what I was doing before when I counted myself out, before I even stepped out. Why not try something different now? Why not come out to play with everyone else- win or lose- cause I can’t lose? I get to put my voice out there, within the mix of the masses. I can let it out, for whatever it is. It can count!
This is me showing up, and reaching out. For whatever God has. All of it. For myself and the others that I get to champion. What an honor! I’m taking hold of the victory that was won for me at cavalry. We are. This battle belongs to the Lord Almighty. He’s the King of kings and the Lord of lords. I’m on the winning team!
My enemy may try to get in my head. He talks a big game. But that’s cause he’s scared. I do not battle all alone. I march out with an army. This enemy has discounted me for far too long. This showing up is me- and ALL my Battle Ready sisters- rising up! Together. We are a mighty army. A force to be reckoned with. It’s time that our enemy fear US.
We’ve got business to do!
What I’m doing here, these declarations about what God has for me- and not just everyone else- this isn’t natural for me. I have to push back against the voices that tell me nobody cares what I have to say, that I’m too this or too that. This is me, pushing back. WITH all of you. It’s us! WE are the push back that the enemy fears. Just showing up is how that happens.
Good stuff is for others, but it’s for me too. And I don’t know if you know this, my friends. But the same is true for you.
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