Humbled and honored to have the incredible opportunity to feature my sister in the lord, and awesome woman of God, Kelly Balarie, who is known to many, as a “Cheerleader of Faith and A Fighter of Fear”. It’s an honor to share Kelly’s newest book with you, Battle Ready, which so far has been a huge blessing in my life. She speaks from personal experience and digs deep into God’s Word to uncover the lies that women believe about themselves that are not true. I feel like Kelly has peeped into my mind and heart because the very things she highlights in Battle Ready have ministered to my soul and spirit. Kelly’s God inspired message is changing women’s lives across the world, and helping ladies get #battleready, armed, and fully equipped to defeat the enemy and to live a victorious life.
To be Battle Ready is to face opposition that can look like disagreements, health concerns, financial trauma, rude comments, emotional issues, memory loss, regret, loss of dreams, and long waits. It is to face these things, yet to still stand firm.
How? You may wonder how this is really possible.
Let me give you some background. Not long ago, my son screamed bloody murder outside. I didn’t know what all 6-years of him was so upset about. I ran outside to see the horrific problem.
A rat wedged itself into my garage. Body half-in and half-out, fortunately he was dead. But, what I realized was: if we have holes open to the enemy, he will enter them.
Where do you have holes?
Where do you need to close up pain, wounds or unforgiveness. The enemy will always attack unhealed areas of hurt. He knows, if he hits you were you are already experiencing pain he can really make you doubt God’s goodness.
But, God is good. Period.
God is not good and he sometimes comes through.
God is not good and he maybe will show up.
God is not good and he sometimes gives you what you need.
He is good. Period. Done and sentence complete.
Where do you need to Battle Ready your thoughts, perceptions and attitudes with the truth: God is good. Period. Done. Sentence complete.
Where do you need to let the goodness of the Lord work into the ugliness of the pain you are still carrying around with you? Hasn’t the enemy gotten into your heart, mind and thoughts for far too long.
Close the hole. When we close the holes of hurt, then the traumas, the battles and the hardships of life don’t weigh so heavily on us. To close the hole is to give the old wound to Jesus. It is to let the cross carry the burden now of the weight that burdened you for far too long. It is to ask Jesus for forgiveness for all the (____, ____, or ____) that you did as you carried this around with you for so long.
Close the hold and give it to Jesus now. Why? Life is too short to live on anything else but the purposes and causes of the Lord Jesus Christ. Plus His every way, provides a way, shows you the truth and brings you to life.
Jesus is always your best answer. Thinking like Christ is also your best answer. Do you know how to think like Jesus? Do you know how to train your thoughts in a way that no holes are left open? There are strategies, biblical tips and wisdom that will help you do this very thing. I hope you join me in reading the book Battle Ready, I believe it will change your life.
“The best time to be strengthened against the Enemy’s tactics of doubt, disappointment, and devastation is before he makes his first move toward us. We all desperately need the biblical guidance and preparation found in Battle Ready!”
Lysa TerKeurst, New York Times bestselling author and president of Proverbs 31 Ministries
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