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Author Kelly Balarie has dedicated her open, honest, and transparent new book to the everyday warrior woman . . . “the one crying out in pain, the one shaving her head due to cancer, the one with a marriage hanging by a thread, the one suffering through an onslaught of mean words, the one trying to lift her head again, the one who calls herself a “bad mom,” the one pleading for a lost loved one, the one whose past beats her up, the one who goes to church yet still feels lonely, the one who’s done things horribly wrong. It is to you and to me—regular women fighting the good fight.”
I highly recommend this book, which is chock-full of 12 powerful warrior mind-sets, overflowing with helpful strategies like these:
Jesus used parables to help people imagine what His point was. Bible-centered imagination paints a picture of something new. It shows you the potential of what could be. Don’t fear it; use it for godly growth. Use your “heart brain.” Imagine how you will feel as a result of kicking a heart-hurting habit to the curb. Use the blessings of God’s Fruit of the Spirit (Gal. 5:22–23) as a carrot incentive to act differently. And please note: even more than what you’ve imagined, God can do. Imagine God smiling down on you as you trust Him with the scary things of your day. See yourself leaning on Him when you feel you can’t stand. Praise His name and feel Him smiling back at you through your suffering. Imagine who God has created you to be and what He has created you to do. Imagine how you feel as you let go of all that has held you back. When you set up God to rule over your life: no doubt, your heart can’t help but rule over your head.
Add the word “but” to your negative outlooks. Example: I am tired today, but God will renew my strength. Repeat in your mind, God’s love will go forth from me, as I relate to [insert the person you’re standing before]. Note: this doesn’t mean you soak in all their problems, issues, and fears; it means you love from the place of the already-saturated fullness, the complete love of Jesus within you.
Lord Jesus, bless Kelly and the launch of #BattleReadyBook indeed. Do something so big that it will be obvious it is from You. Increase her influence and opportunities to make a difference for You. Give her a continual awareness of Your Presence and Direction as she makes decisions. Protect her physically, spiritually, mentally, and relationally, and keep her from falling into satan’s traps. In Jesus’ name we pray, amen.