by Karen Lindwall-Bourg
You are God’s – A Woman of Valor!
I am God’s woman of valor. I wield my sword in battle!
You are God’s woman of valor. You wield your sword in battle!
Life changers! Game changers!
- Can you count on one hand the number of messages you’ve received that have actually changed your life and the way you live and work and minister to others? One hand – that’s about it for me, but OH MY!
- When was the last time you received that sort of message?
- What was that message?
- And have you passed it onto others?
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A Woman of Valor!
In the dead of winter, outside, freezing my tushy off, during a week-long “no devices allowed” retreat with about 30 women, I was introduced to living and working from a place of rest to the true meanings of the words God and man and woman in Hebrew and how they relate, and to another Hebrew word to describe a woman of virtue and valor – Chayil.
From that time forward to today, it seems the Lord places this word and these precepts in front of me over and over again. He uses some of the most amazing Christian women friends and entrepreneurs on the planet to teach me and draw me closer to Him.
GOD, Man, Woman of Valor
Man: I learned that the three Hebrew letters that make up the word “man“ indicate that he is vital, strong, a leader.
Woman: I learned that the three Hebrew letters that make up the word “woman“ indicate that she is wise, passionate, an authority.
Two of those letters in each of these words are exactly the same.
One of those letters in each of these words is unique!
The two unique letters in the Hebrew words for man and woman, are the first two letters in the Hebrew name for God – “Yahweh”. He is Wisdom and Strength.
When you take these two unique letters in the Hebrew words for man and woman, the first two letters in the Hebrew name for God, out of the name for man and out of the name for woman – when you remove yourself from the presence of God, you are left with danger and consuming destruction; fire!
Strength without wisdom and vitality leads to brutality and bullying.
Wisdom without strength leads to uselessness and dumbing.
We need God’s wisdom and strength!
CHAYIL – Woman of Valor!
At the same retreat, I was introduced to the Hebrew word CHAYIL. Used in several places in the Bible, the first place of familiarity for me was Proverbs 31! And honestly, I had always looked on this woman as a conglomeration of women, for surely one woman could not accomplish all that she did! I thought of her as demure and passive maybe. Instead, she was dynamic, intelligent, and active. She orchestrated, planned, and nurtured.
The word CHAYIL (I found about 46 synonyms; I’ll share my favorites) actually means
I could go on and on!
I don’t know about you, but I want some of that! I want someone to use all of those words to describe me!
A Woman of Valor Lives and Works from a Place of REST
I went to this retreat at the suggestion of one of my licensed professional counselor intern/associate. I was explaining to her that I needed to rest and hear from the Lord.
I look like a woman at rest and peace!
It seems that everywhere I go for an extended conference or seminar or retreat, at least one woman walks up to me and comments about how peaceful and restful I am and tells me that she came to the event with some anxiety and was at peace because I was at peace. I usually shoot up an arrow prayer, asking, “Lord, do I tell her the truth about me?!“
More often than not, I may look like a duck skimming smoothly across a still pond, but underneath, if I am truthful, there’s a webbed footed, frantic storm going on. Looks can be deceiving!
Now, until I write more about living and working from a place of His rest, and what that has looked like for me, let me refer you to Dr. Saundra Dalton Smith’s book Sacred Rest: Recover your life, renew your energy, restore your sanity.
You are God’s woman of valor. You wield your sword in battle!
- Do you want to be wise and passionate, a woman of authority? I do!
- Do you want to be a woman of virtue and valor, a CHAYIL woman? I do too!
- Do you want to live and work from a place of God’s rest? I do too, again!
Join me and women of the RHEMA and the National Association of Christian Women Entrepreneurs as we pray together on Monday mornings. Let us know how we can pray for you. Pray for us!
And learn along with us in this CHAYIL series!
That stands for Prayers and Pray-ers / Prayer Warriors!
Join us for Prayer every Monday morning at 9:30am – 10:00am CST.
Matthew 26:40-41 says, Then Jesus returned to the disciples and found them sleeping. “Were you not able to keep watch with Me for one hour?” He asked Peter. “Watch and pray so that you will not enter into temptation. For the spirit is willing, but the body is weak.”
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Karen started out in helping professions (Medical Technology, then Counseling) and quickly fell in love with the ins and outs of Entrepreneurship as she built her private practice and endeavors to 6-figures. She knows it can be lonely out here “on the entrepreneurial limb”! She knows what it takes to build community and to learn and network in an ever-changing field. She desires to pay-it-forward in a missional, working God’s way manner so others are blessed along the way!
She, along with husband Fred, is the Founder of RHEMA 3E Services @ https://rhema3eservices.com . Their greatest desire is to Encourage, Empower & Equip you to be who God has called you to be and do what He has called you to do in the fields of
- Biblical Counseling
- Kingdom Coaching
- Christian Writing & Publishing, and (Karen)
- Food Process Systems Consulting (Fred)
Karen is the President of the National Association of Christian Women Entrepreneurs ([email protected]https://facebook.com/groups/NACWEFreedom ) and her greatest desire is to help you build confidence in the Lord to be who He has called you to be and do what He has called you to do!
Let’s Cultivate #NACWEConfidence and #Godfidence in 2022!
DR. KAREN LINDWALL-BOURG is a PhD level counselor who has worked with grieving and traumatized families since 1995. When she opened her private practice and realized “if you build it, they will come“ isn’t true, she fell in love with the ways and workings of entrepreneurship! She is the founder of RHEMA 3E Services with her husband Fred enlightening, encouraging, and equipping Christian men and women to do what God has called them to do and to work His way!. She is the president of the National Association of Christian Women Entrepreneurs providing a like-minded community, educational and networking opportunities, and a missional focus for Christian women entrepreneurs across the globe.