In her Bible study book on Esther, Beth Moore makes a statement which, though I can’t remember the exact quote, the idea has stuck with me for years. It’s something along the lines of this: “We are not fragile flowers. We are the Warrior Princesses of God.”
What does she mean by this? Well, I don’t want to give the whole story away (plus, Beth tells it better!), but basically, Beth points out that in Proverbs 31:10, the Hebrew word translated “virtuous or excellent wife” is chayil, which also means army, strength, or valiant. (Check out the full Hebrew definition here!)
See what this means?
Yes, we are feminine, and that role naturally encompasses qualities such as gentleness, nurturing, and beauty. It means we desire security and the men in our lives to be protectors and leaders for us.
But it does not mean we are fragile.
No, sister – God has created you to be a Warrior Princess in His Kingdom. To be strong and courageous (Joshua 1:9). To stand firm against the schemes of darkness (Ephesians 6:13). To resist the devil (James 4:7), and take every thought captive to the obedience of Christ (2 Corinthians 10:5). To do hard things (Matthew 7:14), work hard (Colossians 3:23), be a blessing to your husband (Proverbs 31:11-12), and raise those babies to know Jesus (Proverbs 22:6). These are hardly tasks for a fragile flower.
And this is in you, isn’t it – a longing in your heart? Your desire for purpose and to be part of a bigger story, your thirst for adventure (we’ll get to that post) – echoing in all of that is your soul’s longing to become the warrior you were meant to be. To be like the brave heroines in your favorite stories. To make a difference in the world and in the Kingdom of God. To use your passions and your feminine strength for good. God calls you and me to be chayil women – excellent and virtuous, yes, but also strong, brave warriors.
Because the enemy is real, the battle is the Lord’s, and He needs His Warrior Princesses ready and willing to do our part. Are you?