When I was a little girl, I was captivated by stories of heroism—especially ones where the heroine was still young—like little Lucy in Narnia who bravely followed King Aslan into battle. I related to her willingness to valiantly serve her king. But her fierce courage was even more inspiring to me because she was a good and gentle warrior. Perhaps every woman holds similar little girl dreams within her heart— of victorious battles for truth, love and justice—dreams that are really but a dim reflection of the Great Story that lies ahead.
The bride on the cover of Fierce Women: The Power of a Soft Warrior portrays this kind of woman. She expresses the passion and strength of the Fierce Woman entering marriage. Her raised arms communicate determination and praise for her God, while the bowed head conveys her softness and humble submission to His plan. She lingers in holy moments before entering the Sanctuary—pausing to pray rather than rushing in. She’s standing at the entrance of an old church, preparing her heart before closed doors that will soon open to a new adventure . . . a young woman, returning to the ancient paths . . . a soft warrior preparing for what lies ahead.
Whether or not you realize it, you are in a battle and God has placed strengths within you to be used in powerful ways. When you enter the marriage relationship, you are entering the sacred metaphor God designed to explain Himself to a watching world. Marriage is the great mystery, the glorious platform God created to display His love relationship with His bride. This is why marriage is a flashpoint for Satan’s attacks; he seeks to destroy the beauty and effectiveness of God’s model. In light of this, we must strive for the Great Story to be seen in our marriages.
I hope you’ll read the book. If you do, please take moments to pause, ponder and pray. The Lord of Battles desires to meet with you as you take a journey through these pages in order to receive insight and instruction for serving Him as a soft warrior—the Fierce Woman who is empowered by the Spirit and softened by His grace.
Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might. Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil. For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places. Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand firm. Stand therefore, having fastened on the belt of truth, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness, and, as shoes for your feet, having put on the readiness given by the gospel of peace. In all circumstances take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming darts of the evil one; and take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God, praying at all times in the Spirit, with all prayer and supplication. (Ephesians 6:10–18)