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Jun 13, 2011

Encouragement for Iron Girls (The Bible Study Group)

A word of encouragement for Iron Girls ~

In the past two and a half years I’ve experienced harsh, savage, difficult, dangerous, painful, fierce, grievous, and hard to deal with days. All of those descriptions define the word “perilous” - the word Paul uses to describe the “last days" (2 Timothy 3). Perilous times picture a society with plenty of vices and few virtues.

How about you? Had any “hard to deal with,” difficult or perhaps even dangerous days of your own lately?

In perilous times, we women of God have to get strong, stay sharp and remain aware of the schemes of the devil. I’ll be blunt. He hates us. He targets us and does not play fair. He’ll even kick you when you’re already down.

Getting in God’s Word - studying, memorizing and meditating on it, helps us build spiritual muscle, keep our edge and be on guard.

We do not want to be of the sort of women who are made captive due to their gullibility, loaded down with sins and led away by various lusts, always learning and never able to come to the knowledge of truth. (2 Timothy 3:6-7)

We are women who are strong and courageous, protecting our households through prayer, standing in the gap for those who are in need, serving one another through grace with humility.
We are women who know the Truth and believe we are set free in the knowledge. We do not shrink back in our faith but push forward with every ounce of strength.
We are not perfect and sometimes we grow weary.
But the good news is we don’t have to be perfect because we are loved perfectly and perfect love casts out fear. And when we are weary, we don’t need to worry that our lives will come undone. For in our weakness, His strength is made known.
That same strength was made known to a group (including women) facing perilous times. Hebrews 11 writes that the faithful “out of weakness were made strong…” (Hebrews 11:34).

As you plan your week and live out these next days, don’t neglect your Power Source. Plug into God’s Word. 

Go in strength and carry on!


  1. Yes and Amen...just yesterday my reading in Joshua the words "be strong and courageous" jumped from the page as God spoke them over and over again to Joshua before they entered in to possess the land.

    Thanks for your timely words, I am reminded that I was shrinking back during our latest hurdle. Thank you, as I stand up and find strength in His Word.

  2. Thank you, I totally need to remember that and abide in Him always.

  3. Powerful and true words, Mel! God has shown Himself very strong through you over these last several years.

    Much love~

  4. Your words, His Word, is the shield we need. Thank you for posting this so directly, without sugar or stutter. Amen, girl!