to experience loss, deceit, and shame
and keep your heart pure all the same.
to uproot bitterness before it spreads-
and in labor and toil till sweat is shed.
to escape in riches man's tempting greed
to trust one man and let him lead
to raise a child in the way he should go
to give to watch another grow.
to make, and plant, and build, and teach
to give and welcome those called to reach.
to speak with boldness, a truth that dwells
with a heart of grace, and love that compels
to offer grace when it's been abused
to forgive again when it's been refused.
to hold the power to destroy man's strength
yet use it to empower, to go the length
to be secure in whose she is
despite the lies others hurl and hiss
to battle in prayer when no one sees
to battle for souls down on her knees.
to wait patiently for season pass
to remain rooted like the trees
and in the storm that scares the mass
she holds an inner peace.
to love and loss and love again
and refrain from losing zeal
to fail, to hurt, to give in to sin
to repent and learn to heal.
to conquer giants in Jesus' name
to serve by washing feet
to lower herself to Him proclaim
for her Lover she'll one day meet.
to search the Word and all it says
and live a life that shows
to learn to love and offer life
without flaunting what she knows.
to dwell in the House where glory's shower
early to rise and reside
to be a woman of gentle and power
is to be a Warrior Bride.
Dedicated to three beautiful women I am blessed to know.
and Nicky Pilkerton
inspired by Scripture and "If" by Rupyard Kipling.