Friday, September 15, 2006

Captivating, chapter 11

Captain’s Log, Stardate 09.15.2006

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Warrior Princesses:

I liked the title of this chapter, but when I started reading it, I was confused about what she meant.

The chapter started off describing women who went to war or fought battles, taking on the roles of men. But then the chapter went into how we fight as women, and talking about fighting our spiritual enemy, Satan.

Okay, that’s fine. But what did that have to do with the physical warrior women at the start of the chapter? All Christians must fight Satan as our enemy. Spiritual warfare isn’t anything unique to women.

I’m wondering if she’s addressing women who feel they aren’t qualified or equipped to battle spiritual warfare? Who feel they’re too weak or helpless?

In my Bible studies, I always thought the passages on spiritual warfare were addressed to both men and women, and I’d never thought there might be women who don’t battle spiritual warfare, but maybe that’s what she’s talking about?

Then Stasi talked about her bout with depression and taking anti-depressants. I realize some churches don’t like the use of those medicines. I think they’re fine—I was a neuro-psychology major in college and understand the chemical imbalances in the brain.

However, the chapter seemed to veer off-course for a little bit to talk about how depression is terrible and anti-depressants are not bad.

“Another common enemy that often is at work in women’s relationships is a spirit of accusation.” I can relate to this. I have experienced it, and I see it often enough.

Is firmness in spiritual warfare the only way a woman is a warrior? In combination with the chapters on beauty, mothering and nurturing, it seems to give that message, although I don’t think that was the authors’ intentions.

TMI:

Writing:
It is around 2 am right now and I’m trying to get my Marketing Info sheet done. I was working on it earlier this evening but THE POWER WENT OUT AGAIN!!!!!!!!!!! We were in the dark for almost 4 hours, during which I could have finished my Marketing Info sheet. Instead, I made cards.

Update: I’m done! It’s about . . . oh, 4 am. But it’s in my Senior Editor’s e-mail Inbox at 6 am her time, so I’m in good shape.

Cheryl might still send me "something dead" just to be a brat.

Today, I posted a query letter post at my Story Sensei blog.

Diet: I really need discipline. I didn’t exercise yesterday, too! This is pathetic. I think my calorie count was about 1600 so that’s not too bad, but STILL.

On a different note, I am trying to stay at home as much as possible between now and the ACFW conference to try to NOT catch any bugs before then. But I have to go to youth group on Saturday night, so I don’t even know why I bother. Those kids are germ incubators.

Hey all you moms, any advice to stay healthy besides washing my hands often?

11 comments :

  1. Hiya Camy,

    Well, a mom I am not *g*, but I keep a lot of vitamin supplements handy and they seem to help me stay healthy (or to get better quickly if I catch a bug). I keep Airborne tablets handy, and also Emergen-C vitatmin packets (powders that mix into water for a fizzy drink). I also take regular vitamins (multi, vitamin C, B complex)...but if I'm feeling rundown I'll cut out my regular B and take some Emergen-C or something. Also use a TON of hand sanitizer...and rest all you can.

    Congrats on finishing your marketing sheet! Exciting!!

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  2. Hey, I was just gonna say all of the above! Vitamin C especially, it works for our family every time we're exposed to "junk"...
    Have a great time at the conference! Can't wait to hear about it!

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  3. My family stays healthy most of the time. I make them take vitamins. I look at the label to get the one with the most nutrition in it. Some products aren't worth taking.

    I make them drink water and eat fruit. I give them juices that have 100% or more Vitamin C. I buy V8, Splash, etc (always reading labels).

    I don't let them have an enormous amount of soft drinks (maybe two in a week) because water is what the body needs.

    I make them go to bed at a decent hour. Of course, I don't hold myself to that instruction - I like the quiet at night when everyone is sleeping. They let me sleep late on the weekends. =D

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  4. Okay, I know it sounds all goody-goody Christian, but when I need to stay healthy amidst all the germs, I pray. Riding the T to work here in greater Boston is like hopping into a germ incubator twice a day, with people actually sneezing ON you. So gross! So I'd just sit there and thank God that HE keeps me healthy, and throw in a little "no weapon formed against me shall prosper" for good measure. It worked AMAZINGLY well.

    Maybe being a Warrior Princess includes defending ourselves against germs??? :)

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  5. Hi, Camy!
    Glad to see you know what to do when the power goes out: Make cards! :-)

    Hugs, Sharon
    (your fellow rubber-stamping junkie)

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  6. Camy, I cant wait to be done posting on this book. I've read the last two chapters, just need to write the post. This chapter wasnt really a favorite. She went all over the place I thought!

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  7. Indeed, all over the place! But I came away feeling full of purpose from this chapter - like I posted on my blog, I had some suplemental information. Consider the following: the spiritual world is more "real" than the physical since the physical is diminishing, and temarary, and the spiritual world isn't. So to be mighty in the spiritual realm - to me - adds to my physical world strenth. I'm "supernatural" if you will. :-)

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  8. Okay- advice on keeping the colds away: drink lots and lots of water, I hear Airborne works really well, there is also an herbal pill you can take called Cold Snap (you can get it at your local Health Food Store), Zicam works pretty well if you've started to get a cold already, and taking Echinacea works if you take a ton of it. ... hope that helps- besides washing your hands like crazy!

    As for Chapter 11- yeah, I have to say...I wasn't quite sure how spiritual warfare was connected with the physical aspect of being a warrior either, but it was pretty important to touch on none-the-less. I don't think she meant to isolate men from the whole spiritual warfare issue; I jus think that since it is a book for women, that is who her comments are directed toward.

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  9. Cute card! Great way to use the time with the power out. Why does the power keep going out???

    Glad to keep getting the Captivating updates. Still glad you're reading it and not me!

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  10. Oooh Camy, I read this too late; it's Sunday. But I agree that Airborne works great! I'll be caring for kids this week and next during a training session for a group of MOMS. Believe me, I'll be suckin' down Airborne before I leave the house!

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  11. Lots of great advice on staying healthy...but number one for me is getting enough sleep. Hate to admit that my body just can't handle all the late nights the way it used to!

    Can't believe I forgot to get Espresso with Esther from you at our photo shoot!

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