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Sword and shield

My daughter told me about this anime show where the guy can only hold a shield when he’s fighting. Apparently, if he picked up any other kind of weapon in battle, he could die. The gal in the show became his sword. The song based in the show says, “you be the shield and I’ll be your sword.”

Yeah. Did you see the correlation to the married couple? I spent a bit of time while we were driving pondering who would be the sword and who would be the shield in the marriage…would the man be the sword because he’s fighting for his family’s survival or the woman because she’s fighting to keep the family together? But the alternate could be true. Truth is, we all battle with the spiritual forces.

And then it came to me.

We EACH must alternately be the sword and the shield while trading responsibilities. Sometimes, we must be on our knees praying as the shield while the other is at battle and sometimes we are the ones at battle and the other is praying as the shield.

The great picture here is as we are alternating between the shield and the sword, we need to understand that each role is equally important and both are our jobs.

Lastly, can you picture how much more effective we would be in our battles if we were both protecting our marriages by reading our Bibles and talking to God constantly, praying for our spouse and the battles they are fighting each day. We don’t know the specific battles our spouses will face forcing the day but God does. Therefore, today, I will choose to be the shield for my husband and, not only that, I will choose to be the shield for my children as well..

Chrissy Bernal: Everyone can make a Difference

Special guest Chrissy Bernal, author, creative Communications & Marketing, Homeschool Mom of unique twins, Special Needs Parent, Marine mom, Speaker, Empowerment Enthusiast Consultant Recorded live on Saturday June 10

Chrissy Bernal joins Melissa to discuss the notion of using your challenges to inspire change and everyone can make a difference. Chrissy was on both shows and each show took on a different flavor. Listen to the replay by clicking on the picture below: In this Episode:

It’s about transitioning your thinking It’s about finding what makes you unique and using that as a platform. Learn to see where God is shaping your journey organically. What happens when you pay attention to your experiences?

About Chrissy Chrissy is an Author, Writer, former Homeschool Mom of unique twins, Special Needs Parent, Marine mom, Speaker, Empowerment Enthusiast, and Creative Communications & Marketing Consultant. Her children’s book “Sienna’s Locket” is available on Amazon or Barnes & Noble. She appeared on shows such as 20/20, Inside Edition, and Anderson Cooper and graduated with a BA in Mass Communications/Journalism from the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor. Chrissy believes that each of us has something unique and we should focus positively on that. Chrissy’s vision is too inspire and educate people to see their uniqueness, with this do great things and see their greatness as well as use their challenges to inspire change For more on Chrissy www.chrissybernal.com

 

Why read Choose Your Viking?

Many times when we read books, we have no idea what was running thru the author’s minds when they wrote it.

However, today, I decided to record a little more about what Choose Your Viking is about. 

Click here to watch the video now. 

Let me tell you a story…

Mary was sitting next to me on the plane. She was in her early 20s and excited about her destination. She began to share with me about her life. As she is sharing, she mentioned, “My boyfriend isn’t with me. He’s working in a factory and can’t see living in another country other than his own….” She continues as her voice takes on a more serious tone. She almost whispers, “I’m really not sure he’s “the one.” He just … Isn’t what I pictured.” Her voice trailed off as she absorbed what she had just said aloud.
Mary is just one of the reasons Choose Your Viking became a book. As I continued to speak with her, it became evident that even young girls who have grown up overseas have a tendency to set their expectations of a future husband so high, they never actually fully commit to a relationship.

She obviously had feelings for him and, as we spoke more throughout the 4 hour flight, I began to see her heart strings being tugged as she realized she missed him. 

I had been contemplating writing the book for years but it was at that moment, I kicked myself. I not only didn’t have the book to give her, I didn’t have the posture as a published author to share my heart completely. I hadn’t honed my message for clarity.

I continue to hone my message so that the message is clear and now I know that if I run into another Mary, I’ll not only have the book but I’ll have a strong message to share.

You may know a Mary who is struggling to find her way. If you do, I ask you to consider purchasing a book for her today. Today is the final day of this sale.  The eBook is on sale for just $2.99 and the paperback book is on sale for just $5.99. The price will go up again tomorrow to $9.99 for the eBook and $12.99 for the paperback. The links are below:

EBook: http://www.bit.ly/VikingNotPC

Paperback: http://www.bit.ly/chooseyourviking

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