Warrior Moms, You’re Raising Arrows (Link to Free Warrior Mom Printable!)

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Mama, you are a warrior! As you sharpen and prepare each arrow in your care, remember the great responsibility before you, and most of all, that you are not alone. We're cheering you on at the blog today AND with a free printable!

It’s straight from God's Word —

“Like arrows in the hands of a warrior are children born in one’s youth.” (Psalm 127:4)

Children are from the Lord.

They’re arrows. And we’re the warriors.

These arrows we carve, shape, and balance are going to journey far beyond our reach. They’re what God is going to use tomorrow.

By God’s grace, they’ll be part of the Church on the offense, against whom the gates of hell won’t be able to stand. They can storm the enemy’s stronghold, rescue those bound in darkness, bring the light and freedom of Jesus to those in sin’s chains.

This is God’s call on our children, as the nations rage.

And this shaping and — one day soon — the aiming is the call on you and me.

As the opposition mounts, the need for warrior moms grows. The need for women who won’t buy into materialism and worldly values… the need for wives who will respect and honor their husbands… the need for moms who will give up personal ease to train their children in God’s ways.


Warrior moms remember they’re in a battle. They’re aware that their sisters called by the name of Christ oceans away face unspeakable trials. And they’re wise to the strategies Satan implements in their own culture, community, and home. Warrior moms aren’t lulled to sleep by lives of comfort. They shake off the enemy’s sleeping powder, prying their eyes open so they don’t step in a land mine. They’ve got to guard themselves against temptation, weariness, and the pitfalls that are claiming their friends on every side. They know they’re needed, so they die to self.

And they prepare each arrow.

It’s not about the arrow’s beauty. The color it’s painted, the name-brand insignia it sports.

It’s about straightening what’s crooked. Sanding the rough spots. Sharpening the point. Adjusting the feathers. Dedicating time to target practice. It’s making sure this arrow understands its purpose, the reason it will someday be set free in flight.

We aren’t the Creator of our arrows, let’s not be disillusioned there. Our arrows aren’t for our trophy cabinets. Not for display. Not for our glory. And not to remain in our quivers forever.

Our children are with us for a season. A season in which minutes are an eternity, and years are the blink of an eye. So let’s not waste the time.

Warrior Moms, our responsibility is great. Life is busy and full of externals and to-do lists and practices and play groups and laundry. But remember. These things are nothing without Jesus. If your kids don’t see you loving Him, talking with Him, depending on His Word, seeking His wisdom, how will they learn to fly straight? If they don’t know we’re in a battle, how will they be motivated to fight the enemy? If they don’t know their Maker, how will they have hope and courage for their mission?

You responded by the tens of thousands to a post about doing great things for God. Sisters, your hearts are beautiful… God is stirring women across the U.S. and across the world to courageous faith and service through motherhood. Know that you are not alone. There is truly an army of us. An army of warriors… Weak? Yes. Frightened? Yes. Sinful? Imperfect? Struggling? Yes.

But the message from Christ is the same for us as those who went before us:

    “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.”

 

By His grace, we’ll do this. We’ll do this in enemy territory, while the world rages and crumbles. Because “the one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world.”


Click here for your free Warrior Mom printable! May these eight Scriptures breathe fresh inspiration into your soul as you shape your arrows.


Blessings,

Jennifer

Jennifer Ebenhack

Jennifer’s eight eventful years in Haiti produced a gift of brokenness through which she has discovered the depths of God’s healing grace. She passes that grace on to others through her blog, life coaching, and her ebook Take Courage: Choosing faith on my journey of fear. She is currently writing a memoir of her family’s nine-year adoption process and gripping experiences in Haiti.