This article is the talk I gave at the 2023 Women’s Catholic Conference in Buffalo New Work
Let’s start a revival! We are living in a time that needs a radical army of laid down lovers.
A generation of us who are so full of passion and intimacy that we are not afraid to run into the darkness to bring in the lost bride.
We, each of us, received an invitation to come today and we answered it with our yes.
Some of you are here after great difficulty and may have even had everything go wrong just to get here today. Raise your hand if that is you?
Some of you woke up thinking about skipping it, am I right? even though you paid for it and even though you have a friend or family member that expected you to be here. Come on now….
How do I know this? Because I understand the battle my sisters. Let me just tell you I know the battle is real and it is EVERY DAY!!!
Have any of you seen the meme that says that when Satan hears your feet hit the floor when you get out of bed in the morning, he says to himself Oh hell, she’s up. Well, lately I have felt like my meme would be “Oh hell…(rubbing hands together…she’s up).
So whatever you went through today, whether it was an internal battle or spiritual battle or literally battled obstacles that seemed to try and block you from coming today, we all persevered and won those battles and are here today, Alleluia!
I want to take a minute to just breathe in the receptivity of this room and give my gratitude to all of you for being here.
In the 26 years I have traveled around the world speaking, my most favorite part has always been meeting you. When you come and speak to me and share with me your personal journeys and your personal struggles, I am always so blessed. It has taught me that I am less alone than the enemy would like me to believe.
It is not often that we get to be surrounded by other women who don’t know us, yet authentically care about our well being and especially care about making this a safe space for us to be vulnerable so I just want to thank you all and remind you all that we are all on the same journey to know, love and serve God and I a honored to be here today.
Have any of you seen the movie “Mean Girls”? Well, Conferences such as this are the very opposite of the expression “You Can’t Sit With Us” so for all of the amazing women who battled to give us this amazing day, you can sit with me anytime and anywhere.
So let me share with you a little about who I am. I am 52 years old. I have been married for 30 years and I have 8 children and 1 granddaughter and a grandson on the way. I started writing and speaking in 1997 and over the past 25 years I have traveled to three countries as well as 30 to 40 states where I have been blessed with the opportunity to share the faith and bring healing retreats to tens of thousands of men, women and families. But who I am is a lover of souls, I talk too much, I love a good German beer, I make mistakes multiple times before I learn my lesson and I am always up for an adventure or challenge. I came from a divorced family, my mother was a hippie and my father a Vietnam vet, both alcoholics, and by the time I was 14 I had been abused by 4 men and I was living in foster care. I have spent the last 13 years studying, practicing and being trained in inner healing ministry and without it I would not be standing here today. In fact, last month I went on one of the best healing retreats I have ever been on, it was a Grief to Grace Healing Retreat for those seeking healing from Trauma and or abuse last month because I am and always will be a work in progress. I have pamphlets at my table if you are interested.
I only have a few short minutes with all of you and I have spent the last several months praying about what to share with you in the time we have together so I’m breaking with the normal way I present, which is off the cuff and usually less scripted but because I don’t want to miss anything and I’ve written some points down.
One thing I was very clear about from the very first day I received the invitation was that I wanted to share with you, three things we all need to live a life of holiness and joy. Not surprisingly, those three things also describe who God. Those 3 things are
He is Truth. He is Life and He is Love.
So Let’s start with #1 TRUTH.
In John 8 vs 32 it says “You will know the truth and the truth will set you free.”
But Free from what? John Chapter 4 vs 18 says;
“The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the broken-hearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the bling, to set at liberty them that are bruised”
Regardless of how many retreats I have done or theological courses I have been educated in, I have always been aware of how poor I have felt, how broken hearted I have felt and how captive I have felt.
How many of you feel poor and I don’t just mean financially poor, I mean poor in spirit?
Well then, God has sent me today to speak to you.
How many of you feel you are broken-hearted?
MMM, Amen sisters, I too am broken hearted and the Holy Spirit wants you to know He is here today to heal our hearts.
Is there anyone here that feels they are captives desiring to be seen, freed and delivered from something?
Is there anyone here that desires to be healed and liberated from either a physical or emotional wound?
I believe our prayers will be answered today in a powerful way if we are open and want these truths for ourselves. But God will not kick in our doors, he will not force anything on it, so we have to demonstrate with our free will that we want the healing. If you want any of these promises from God say Amen right now, AMEN!!!
Ok let’s invite the Holy Spirit to be with us right now.
I want to invite the Holy Spirit to be with us in this sacred and protected space to show up for each of us in an individual and personal way so close ypur eyes and while I invite the holy spirit, ask him what truth he wants you to receive today
One thing that is true is that each of us has a story to share, just like Esther did!
Just like Esther, Each of us are unique and unrepeatable persons chosen by God, called into existence at this exact time in salvation history.
Just like Esther, so too does God have a plan for our lives.
For anyone that may be hearing the enemy whisper that does not include you, just remind the devil that God knew what he was getting when he made you, you are no surprise to God. He knew what he was going to get and he made each of us anyway.
I want to stop here for a moment because I want to give you an encounter with the Truth that God has a plan for our lives because the Father of lies, our enemy, the evil one, the devil, wants to steal that truth from us.
He wants us to believe we are not enough and not worthy, he wants us to doubt we have any divine purpose and he definitely wants us to believe that God does not speak to us or through us and that you were not created with any divine purpose or divine gifting. In the name of Jesus I renounce those lies and I declare the truth that you were called out of all the potential people God could have created, you are chosen and this calling is revealed in the very Holy Spirit inspired name that you were given at birth.
About a month ago I asked three people who were on the planning committee for this Women’s conference to volunteer to come up on this stage to allow me to show you all how God has infused meaning into every person at the moment of their creation and this truth is revealed through our very names. Through the operational gifts of the HOly Spirit, I can show you how alive our God is and how each of us are also called in a unique and spectacular way.
So I would like to invite Sarah, Analise and Grace to the stage. (Remember to give them a free book)
Demonstration Name and Favorite Movie discernment.
MOVIE: HOME ALONE 2
SCENE: When Kevin gives the Pigeon Lady a turtle dove 🕊
Everyone seeks you out for advice or for a word of insight when they are hurting or struggling.
Although you have a lot of people who would refer to you as their friend, those that you allow into the most secret places of your heart and mind, are few if any.
You understand and are able to easily relate to and connect with people who are hurting .
You do it in such a loving and affirming way that this is the reason people seek you out.
I’m also guessing you’re funny. You’re the kind of person that laughs with your whole body and other people laugh that way when they’re with you.
I’m discerning that you have the gift of encouragement or even hospitality. You have the heart of a mother and will be the spiritual mother of 1000’s.
2. Analise: Oath of God, Gracious Promise
MOVIE: It’s a wonderful life
the scene where he is about to leave for the honeymoon but gives out the money instead.
You are someone that finds joy and pleasure in the smallest of things . For you, your friends and your family are the most important thing in your life but in a deeper and more intimate way.
You have had to make a sacrifice in life that has been difficult and is part of a cross you carry.
You’re someone that puts others before yourself yet you bear suffering in the place of family.
Perhaps you’ve been misunderstood or unappreciated but you are someone that does not break promises.
I would guess that others would refer to you as someone they can always count on, that you are beautiful and always have been mature for your age.
You are a deep thinker and deep feeler but may not always be comfortable showing your emotions to others because you feel them so deeply.
3. Grace/patient and full of grace, courteous, polite, thoughtful, considerate, refined, elegant
MOVIE: LORD OF THE RINGS RETURN OF THE KING
SCENE: The last battle. The “For Frodo” scene.
I am discerning, a very strong and steadfast church militant gifting like that of Joan of Arc.
Perhaps you understand the spiritual warfare that so many are under, and so desire to help set captives free perhaps it is that you desire to fight against injustice.
I am guessing you’re an excellent speaker. that you have the gift of articulation. Others would describe you as thoughtful, considerate, and patient.
I am guessing you receive compliments, but sometimes don’t believe them, or even are extremely hard on yourself. That you expect more from yourself and others do. That you have a heart of a martyr.
Some of the ways the enemy would come against you would be to use fear. I’m also getting a strong sense that he whispers to you lies about who you are and what you’re capable of, but I may just tell you it’s because he is scared of you.
I’m also discerning that you’re an artist… I saw a ballet dancer in my mind. I saw her hands doing motions like a ballet dancer and saw a wooden carved swans neck.
So this was not magic, I am not a medium or a psychic, this was a demonstration in the operational gifts of the Holy Spirit for ministry.
Paul taught, “We have different gifts, according to the grace given us… let [us] use [them] in proportion to [our] faith,” Romans 12:6.
The spiritual gifts are found in three separate passages in the New Testament (Romans 12; 1 Corinthians 12-14; and Ephesians 4).
Operational/Ministry Gifts (1 Corinthians 12:8-10, 1 Corinthians 12:27-31): Wisdom, Knowledge, Faith, Healing, Miracles, Prophecy, Helps, Administration, Leadership, Discernment of Spirits, Speaking in Tongues, and Interpreting Tongues.
These are the tools that the Holy Spirit utilizes for the ongoing ministry and building up of the church.
For any of you that would like me to pray with you or look up your name and use the operational gifts of the Holy Spirit that God has commissioned me with, the conference team has generously set aside a room for me to offer that to you. (DETAILS)
It has been a struggle to believe I was chosen, that what makes me who I am is something that God actually desired and called into being for all eternity simply because he wanted me.
What made that hard to believe was all of the years of abuse, neglect and trauma and the lies I believed as a result.
I do not know what may be preventing you to receiving that you too have been chosen and that you too have a unique and unrepeatable purpose but I am guessing there may be a lie that you have come to believe in place of the truth and that in that lie, there has been a vow that you may have made to protect yourself.
For years, I had issues with anger which made me think I was an angry person. Anger was merely a symptom , a distress call if you will, it was the revealing of an unhealed place inside of myself screaming to be seen and heard because as Dr. Phil famously said, you cannot change what you won’t acknowledge.
The first lie I believed when I was abused as a 3 year old child was that to be vulnerable meant to be weak. The enemy proposed a lie which became a lifelong belief or truth of mine. It became my truth.
The lie was that being vulnerable meant weakness.
The vow I made is that I would not be little, I would be a fighter, I could not count on anyone to save me and I would not be anything that I perceived as weak.
This lie created more and more problems the older I got. I argued with everyone. I was like Matt Damon in the movie Good Will Hunting. Matt Damon tells Robin Williams that when his step-father would beat him he made him choose between a switch, a belt and wrench and Robin asks him, “Which one did you chose?” Matt answers “The Wrench ” Robin asks why the Wrench? Matt’s answer is because F him that’s why. In my anger, I saw strength and I became my own protector.
I laugh when I see that scene because that is the embodiment of my strong will that even to this day I have to work on to rightly order.
I am not saying strong wills are bad, on the contrary I am learning to love that about myself. However, living life like To-monika-Tonka-OH-WA-Chi the strong woman character from the movie “Dances with wolves” with Kevin Costner, (which of course means “Stands with a fist) created more problems for me than it solved.
On one hand, this strong will and fighting spirit within me saved me despite all of the years of trauma while On the other hand, I have this deep unhealed wound that lies beneath it all, which was rooted in the core wound of powerlessness.
Its that expression, Hurt people hurt people. We often wound others in the ways we are wounded. Before we are going to have any chance in bringing Jesus to our hearts and families much less to ine another, we must first address the places we are bleeding out and embrace that healing for ourselves.
God our Father created each of us for our own sake. The Father of Lies wants to separate us from that truth, which separates us from one another, it separates us from ourselves and it separates us God.
PULL OUT THE CHART.
I want you to look through this chart and see the interconnectedness of how our sin or our shortcomings are a result of a deep wound within us and it is the thing we turn to rather than God that traps us in the cycle of pain and disconnection.
I have created this chart to help others connect the dots as many of us may know the lies we believe but don’t know what vows to renounce, or why nothing we are doing and any amount of prayer is not helping.
I want you to look through this chart and see the interconnectedness of how our sin or our shortcomings are a result of a deep wound within us and it is the thing we turn to rather than God that traps us in the cycle of pain and disconnection.
The Truth is we need to ask forgiveness for the false idols we worship, mine was control, we need to renounce the vows and judgments about others and invite the Holy Spirit into the woundedness to be healed.
There is entire teachings I could offer in healing ministry and on retreats to better explain all of this but we have only a short amount of time today so I have brought you a chart I created that will enable you to prayerfully start asking yourself what are my lies? what idols do I need to renounce and what wounds are lying unhealed underneath it all.
I do discuss it in more length in my book but this chart will get you started. Spend some time with it, invite the Holy Spirit in to speak to your heart on where He desires to set you free.
On the other side of the chart/The second sheet you will find a list of Truths that when spoken out loud are claimed by your own declaration but will also reveal to you where the Father of lies may be hiding. We are going to declare these truths right now and I want you to Pay attention to any words or sentences that create an emotional reaction, especially any lie that feels like true or any truth that feels like a lie. This is how you will know where you are being called by the Holy Spirit to be set free.
ANNOUNCEMENT OF TRUTHS (From Healing The Whole Person Workbook, John Paul II healing Center/Dr. Bob Schuchts healing ministry)
In the name of Jesus Christ, I renounce the lie that I am unloved and unlovable. I renounce the lie that I am not wanted, not desired and not good enough. In Jesus’s name, I announce the truth that by virtue of my baptism I am a beloved son or daughter of the father. I announce the truth that he loves me so much that Jesus gave his life for me, and that there is no greater love possible. I announce the truth that I am loved and valued, wanted and desired, and that I am precious in the fathers eyes.
In the name of Jesus Christ, I renounce the lie that I am alone, that no one understands me or cares for me. I renounce the lie that I am unprotected and that God has abandoned me. In Jesus’s name, I announce the truth that Jesus himself promised me. I will never leave you nor for sake you Hebrews 13; 5 I will be with you till the end of time Matthew 28. I announce the truth that I am connected and understand and deeply cared for. I announce the truth in Holy Communion I am united with Christ and the communion of saints. They are always with me so I am never alone.
In the name of Jesus Christ, I renounce the lie that if I trust I will be hurt, disappointed or die. In the name of Jesus I renounce all fear, anxiety, mistrust and distress. I renounce the lie that I am not safe and not protected. And I announce the truth that God is my rock, my fortress, my deliverer and my protector psalms 23, 27, 91. I announce the truth that God’s perfect love cast out all fear 1 John four; 18. I announce the truth that I am safe and secure.
In the name of Jesus Christ I renounce the lies that I am bad, dirty, ugly, stupid, worthless, perverted and in Jesus name I announce the truth that Jesus died for my sins and that I am forgiven, washed, cleansed, justified and accepted 1 Corinthian 6. I announce the truth that Jesus did not come to condemn me but to save me John 3:17 through 21, Romans eight; one, John eight; 10 through 11. I announce the truth that in the sacrament of reconciliation I am forgiven and set free. I announce the truth that I am pure and worthy, not because of what I have done, but because of what Jesus has done for me.
In the name of Jesus Christ, I renounce the lie that I am powerless, weak, unable to change, not capable, that I am stuck, trapped, then I don’t know what to do. In Jesus’s name I announce the truth that Jesus promised that his grace is perfect in my weakness so that when I am weak, then I am strong to Corinthian’s 12;8-10. I announce the truth that I can do all things through Christ to strengthen to me Philippians 4; 13. I announce the truth, that where the Holy Spirit is there is freedom to Corinthian’s three; 17. Therefore I accept the truth that I am enpowered by Christ and liberated by the Holy Spirit. I announce the truth that through confirmation I am anointed with the power of the Holy Spirit Who lives and dwells in me.
In the name of Jesus Christ, I renounce the lie that nothing ever changes and I will never have what I want. I renounce the lie that my life is meaningless and that I have nothing to live for. In Jesus’s name I announce the truth that my hope is steadfast in Christ and that he makes all things new John 21; five. I announce the truth that because my hope is in Christ and will not be disappointed. Romans five; five. I announce the truth that I am being transformed from glory to glory into the image of Christ second Corinthians 3; 18. And that God is at work and me and what he begins he will bring to completion Phillipiansone; six. Therefore I am filled with hope in the good things to come.
In the name of Jesus Christ, I renounce the lie that everything is confusing, then I don’t understand anything and that it is up to me to figure things out on my own. In Jesus’ name I know the truth is that I have the mind of Christ first Corinthians 2; 16 and that the Holy Spirit reveals whatever I need to know when I need to know it first Corinthian’s one; seven. I announce the truth that the Lord gives wisdom and understanding to anyone who asks. I announce the truth that God has given his church to lead me into all truth. I announce the truth that I have understanding and enlightenment from the Lord.
Make a note next to what stood out and then later, when you have time, take it to prayer and ask Jesus to show you what lie you believe and where you first believed the lie. For some of you, it may go back a long way. When you find it, renounce it in the name of Jesus and ask for the Holy Spirit to continue His Healing work in your heart.
The Truth shall set you free
I noticed while reading through the story of Esther that the people in the story are morally ambiguous yet are still integral to God’s plan. What I mean by that is there’s a lot of drinking and anger and sex and murder, violations of the Torah, the eating of impure foods, the marrying of a Jew to a gentile and so on, which is really good news for you and me.
Notice in the story that Esther is put forward to us NOT as a moral example of actions and behaviors in how she lived her life BUT the story is one giving us as a model of trust and hope that when things get really bad, God will not abandon us.
The state of the world today scares many of us and the story tells us several things about who God is and how He acts in our lives and the world.
First of all, he can, does and DESIRES to work in and through each of us. In the story of Esther it is not just her courage, it was not coincidence but it was many persons acting as instruments from which God poured himself out of to save the Jewish people.
Ironically, God was not mentioned in the book of Esther and in doing so the author seems to invite us to consider that even when God seems absent in our lives, when we may feel we are exiled, or when we have fallen back into sinful habits or that it does not mean that God is done with us or that He will abandon us, just like He did not abandon The people in the book of Esther.
In fact, The Book of Esther is an invitation for us to see that God can and does work in and through the messes that we are and have created.
Each of us is a work in progress and the story of Esther reminds us that no matter how bad things get, God is committed to redeeming us and through us, the world.
Christ desires to be carried in the tabernacle of you, to those in your life, your city, your neighbors, your work, your shopping line, whatever your circle of influence is, that is where He is calling you be. We have all been called to cooperate, much like Mary was, to enter into God’s plan of redemption. Co-redeemers, that is what we are called to do…cooperate in his plan to redeem. Let me show you.
Life has a weird way of shaping us. Caryl Houselander’s book “The Reed of God” gives us 3 forms that act as an analogy of how life shapes us, some of those shapes are painful to endure but the form becomes the perfect vessel from which the Holy Spirit desires to fill us, to dwell in us and then pour Himself out into the world. So think about which of the three vessels resembles you.
The first is a bird’s nest.
The Second is a Chalice
and the third is a reed.
The bird’s nest is an analogy of those whose life was formed in love.
Like a mothers breast that forms the shape of a nest that is lined with soft feathers, some people are blessed to have childhoods that allowed them to grow up in this kind of loving and nurturing environment and those of you that resemble this form are capable of receiving and retaining special intimacies with God that allow you bring truth, life and love to the world in a way others can not.
The Chalice analogy is that of gold which is hewn from mud and rock and then has to be separated from the dirt through a cleansing process.
It is then put through fire and heat which consumes it entirely making it a new substance.
This liquid Gold is then poured into a mold to create an entirely new shape and even then it still has to endure pounding and shaping to become the vessel it will be.
A chalice is formed in just this way and when filled it carries the blood of Christ to us. When those of you whose life resembles this process were formed, you understand sacrifice and transformation in ways others can not. God desires to fill you with truth, life and love in a way that can be carried to a world that is thirsty for and desperate for love.
The reed is the final analogy. A reed is a weed that usually grows in marshes or ditches. It is cut and stripped and then finally hallowed out by a sharp knife and emptied of its soft insides.
Once hallowed out, holes are cut into the sides, notching it, breaking it in many places. Through this process of separation, hollowing out, cutting and breaking the tough outer skin, it is transformed into a vessel that a pipers breath can blow through and when her fingers hold down the broken places, a lyrical song transforms the weed into a musical instrument.
My vessel is the Reed. When I allowed the Holy Spirit to fill me, He transformed what was once harsh and painful and ugly in many places into something beautiful and he now sings through me to you.
The point I am making is that your life has formed you in a particular way and perhaps you are the perfect vessel from which He desires to fill and be shared with others.
The enemy cannot read our minds or know God’s plan but our names reveal our calling as does our form or vessel so it is up to us to remember that the battle is not with one another.
In the movie series “The Hunger Games” they needed to remember this same truth.
The battle is not with one another, it is not with our partners or our neighbor or that female boss that got you fired or even that woman in Band Booster Club who has driven you out of your position that we loved on the board.
Our battle is against principalities and powers.
Our life stories are unique and my prayer is that you embrace it, allow it to be transformed and that you share your story with others.
We need you and we need your story. We need you to pray for courage like Esther to trust and hope and allow God to fill you up to overflowing so that He can pour out of you into the lives of people you will encounter.
#3. LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE
Which leaves us with our final topic, which is perhaps the most important because God is love. In the catechism of the Catholic Church 221 it says:
God is love. “God’s very being is love. By sending his only son, the spirit of love, in the fullness of time, God has revealed his innermost secret. God himself is an external exchange of love, father, son, and Holy Spirit, and he has destined us to share in that exchange.
Why is this important? First of all because you cannot give what you do not have for yourself. We must step into the external exchange of love.
1 Corinthians 13:1 “If I could speak all the languages of earth and of angels, but didn’t love others, I would only be a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal.”
We can have all of the truth and knowledge or even the best of intentions but without love we can actually drive people away, hurt them so badly that they turn away from the true lover of their souls, who is Jesus.
The world needs a radical army of laid down lovers willing to see the good in every person especially in the lost and the broken because those who do not know love hide in darkness.
We, who are lovers of all that is true, good and beautiful are being called to be courageous by running into the dark carrying HIS LOVE in our vessels of clay, we are being called to be living tabernacles, the hands and feet bringing love to a very hurting world.
That is what a revival of love looks like. It looks like you and me opening ourselves and asking Him for more. Standing in the gap to receive Him in our form, through our stories and the shape it created us to be and to birth his truth, life and love into our lives.
Love is not a mission or a program or a feeling or even an action or act of the will.
Love is a living entity, He is alive as the 3rd person of the holy trinity and we are all being given an invitation to open and receive HIM in what I believe is an unprecedented time in history. We are on the cusp of something big but you know what?
The thing is…we must first encounter and receive love personally before we can be the face of love to others. What I would hope for today, is that we, as Church, open ourselves to be filled so that we can offer our excess to others as a free, total, gift of self because that is what it means to love.
So let’s open ourselves right now to receive Him. Let’s ask for the Holy Spirit to conceive divine life within us right now so that we can birth truth, life and love in our lives, right now today in a new and powerful way. Right now close your eyes and ask The Holy Spirit what He desires for you to receive.
prayer written by Cardinal Mercier.
O Holy Spirit, beloved of my soul, I adore You.
Enlighten me, guide me, strengthen me, console me.
Tell me what I should do; give me Your orders.
I promise to submit myself to all that You desire of me
and to accept all that You permit to happen to me.
Let me only know Your Will.
Love desires to see the one in front of us. Love means stopping for the one and making a connection. Every person that looks upon your face is asking themselves “Can you look past my pain and addiction and love me anyway? Can you see beyond the masks I wear to who I really am? Will you love me even when I disappoint and hurt you?”
I realize that stopping to see the “one” may be a bit frightening for us because “seeing” might compel us to become involved and that involvement would surely entail risk. Risk might mean personal cost but perhaps this is why so many people wear masks, hiding their pain, their fear and the broken places where they feel they will be rejected or abandoned but I believe we are in a time of revival.
I believe that if we pray for courage like Esther, that God will heal us and transform us. I believe the Holy Spirit in union with Mary is calling up an army of radical laid down lovers for Jesus Christ and I believe this because I have already signed up.
Let me tell you how you too can sign up if you feel called into the battle that is such a time of this…for souls, or families and for the church, your yes is all that is needed.
Your boot camp should begin with Marian consecration. I recommend 33 days to morning glory either by yourself or with a small group of women. Your consecration feast day will reveal where in the battle Mary is calling you. If you deal with shame and feelings of unworthiness do the Consoling the Heart of Jesus study with a small group of women or on your own.
I have been hearing the song “What am I living For” by Katy Perry playing in my ears for the past several months as I prepared for this conference so I am going to end with some of the lyrics.
I can feel this light that’s inside of me.
It’s growing fast into a bolt of lightening.
I know one spark will shock the world.
So I pray for favor like Esther
I need God’s strength to handle the pressure.
I know there will be sacrifice but that’s the price
It’s never easy to be chosen, never easy to be called standing on the frontlines when the bombs start to fall. And I can see the heavens, but I still hear the flames calling out my name.
I can see the writing on the wall.
I can’t ignore this war.
At the end of it all
Who am I living for?
The Truth is that you and I were born into such a time of this.. just as Queen Esther was born into the time and place of God’s divine plan for the world. So too are you and I called into the world, at such a time as this. I know who I am living for and the truth continues to set me free to embrace the greatness of my story so that I can bring His truth, life and love to others. Who will join me? I think your standing ovation means that you are ready! Let’s roll ladies!
Katy Perry Song