Women Serving in the Military or Protection Services
In August of 1998, I reported for duty to the Pensacola Naval Air Station for Officer Candidate School. I had joined the Navy after graduating Missouri Southern State University with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology. My heart was ready, but my nerves were in full bloom and my mind had a million questions. Can I do this? What am I doing? Sister, if God has commissioned you for the military or armed forces, police or any service protection force, government position or security, then He will strengthen you for all situations through the blood of Christ.
I served only two years in the military due to a honorable, medical discharge for vertigo and migraines. The few years I served brought me into a deeper respect for those who defend, give their own life for this country and protect our freedom we take for granted. For the woman called to serve, for the mother who tearfully leaves her family for duty, for the wife whose husband walks the borders, for the sister who prays for her brother, for the daughter who holds her daddy’s clothes at night to fall asleep and the mother who clings to her baby girl before she deploys, each of these women need prayer. Not only do they need prayer, but encouragement, love, and help from their sisters in Christ, but to know God is in complete control.
Deborah was called to lead. The Lord thy God called this woman to be a judge over the house of Israel. She had the heart, the love for her people, and the wisdom to follow God. He saw her potential. As a young girl, the Lord saw her for who she was going to be, lavishing the gifts and talents, gently molding and shaping Deborah for the challenging task at hand. This woman was called to leadership, not only for judging and settling disputes, but as a military leader who Israel’s armed forces followed.
Before we move forward, I want to reveal my heart. This woman is rare. Deborah is not the norm. The majority of the military is men, the majority of those called to protect and serve are men, as were the judges in The Old Testament mostly men; only one was a woman. These women are few and far between. Very few women, whom God has molded and shaped for this type of service, are walking this Earth.
If you are one of these women and are called to serve, then God has placed a special gift and talent in your heart. I understand the physical, mental, psychological, and spiritual task at hand. You are the minority, overcoming obstacles and physical dangers. Not many women are trusted with the physical strength, but also the mental ability for dangerous situations. My prayer is God protects you, those closest to you or who are under your authority, giving you the clarity of mind to prepare for battle, remembering all training situations.
You have a difficult job, in which most women do not understand. Enduring the harsh, rigorous training, the round the clock protection, eyes looking to you for leadership or help, Christian, you are a strong woman. I have had the privilege of knowing women who are intelligence officers, operations officers, field officers, enforcement officers and military helicopter pilots. God has given you the mind and body to endure harsh treatment for readiness, the mental ability to understand the job’s not a 9am to 5pm kind of occupation, and the heart ready to help and protect those in need.
Deborah had this heart for her people. She loved God’s chosen and diligently judged His people. Deborah had the confidence of our Lord, the trust of God to give the Word He commanded, but also the assurance she could lead battle. I pray my sister, your reputation precedes you as a hard worker, gaining the trust of your fellow servicemen, encouraging others as you lead and protect. Deborah was hand picked for this time in Israel’s history, as you are hand picked for the job you are serving for. God trusts you with the lives of His people. He has the confidence in you to perform for Him with the assurance you can lead as well.
Not only did Deborah lead in the fore front, but God prepared another woman to lead in the background. Jael was a tentmaker, but when it was time for battle she was ready. While Deborah and Barak lead Israel to victory, the enemy Sisera ran for his life right into the tent of Jael. Giving this wounded solider a skin of warm milk, this crafty woman opened her tent, filled Sisera’s belly and gently laid him to sleep. No sooner was he slumbering, when she grabbed a tent peg and hammer, killing Israel’s arch enemy. Deborah proclaimed the Word of God to Barak as “I will go with you. But because of the way you are going about this, the honor will not be yours, for the Lord will hand Sisera over to a woman.” (Judges 4:9)
My strong sister in Christ, I pray you honor those who so tirelessly serve with you, but I also pray you honor those at home waiting for you. I know the spirit has to be strong for this job, but I also know when home, God will give you the spirit of a gentle mother, a loving wife and respectful daughter. Remember, there is a time and a place for a hard, tough exterior. My prayer to the Lord was, “Father, when I write, pray in the spirit or am faced with a giant, give me the heart of a warrior. But when I am home with my children, give me the gentle heart of a mother. When I am home with Tommy, give me the spirit of a woman who loves and respects her husband.” You can be all things, all situations, and attitudes when needed. If you are having a challenge turning off that “warrior spirit” when you are needed to be as Christ, “for my yoke is easy, light and gentle not hard, harsh and pressing”, pray to God he will help you adjust, giving you the time needed to turn off the job in your mind and turn on the job at home.
For those of you at home, crying out to the Father for the safety and protection of those loved in uniform, I pray prayers of peace to Jehovah Shalom. I pray the spirit of the Living God gives you insight, understanding, love, counsel, and guidance as how to handle waiting and longing to see the one you love. This is a challenging life, but the hand of unity can and will be upon you, gracing you to be all things in Christ, giving you the strength that surpasses understanding. God be with you!
Pray the Prayer for our Military on our Prayer for Every Circumstance Page. You can find the full teaching under our Resource Page, One a Day; 30 Days of Prayer with the Women of the Bible, Book 1