Today’s Strong Woman is Shannon Maddox, my first blogging friend. Shannon, aka “Auntie,” is a writer, artist, and musician whose 9 to 5 …well actually 5 to 9… job is as a Member Care Specialist at her local YMCA. Her blog, The Iron Diva (www.iron-diva.blogspot.com), chronicles her ongoing quest for total health (and anything else that may be swilling around in her grey matter). She resides in Weaver, Alabama.
The Weapons of My Warfare
Thanks to my sister-in-blog, Annie, for the opportunity to share.
When I looked up the word strength in the dictionary, among every definition was a common theme—power. Power conjures up the image of a superhero with superpowers.
Most people would understand my power if I were a wife, a mom, or a CEO. But don’t be fooled, I have mighty weapons they in themselves don’t seem like very much, but they bring strength and courage to others.
The First Weapon: A Crochet Hook
Picture in your mind a young lady pregnant for the first time with a child who wasn’t planned. Then picture a 30-something career woman who feels she doesn’t have time for a baby right now. Then picture a 40-something divorce’ pregnant with her fourth child. Her husband cheated on her, and she really doesn’t want any reminders of him to deal with. Now, bring her to a pro-life crisis pregnancy center. Not only does she get kind, loving words, but real help. The first gift she receives is a pair of baby booties. Why? She needs to know that there is a real little person with feet growing in her womb. Not tissue, not a cluster of cells, and not a mistake to be erased, but a real person to love. The baby booties give her power to carry her child to term and care for the child or lovingly give him up for adoption. I’ve made hundreds of pairs of booties for our local center and plan to make 100’s more.
My crochet hook also brings comfort and strength to deployed or wounded soldiers, joy and strength to the elderly in nursing homes, and loving strength to children fighting illness.
The Second Weapon: A Paint Brush
Nehemiah 8:10 says “…for the joy of the LORD is your strength.” Recreating the beauty of the world on a canvas or paper not only brings me joy, but shares that joy with all who will look. Art critics are notorious for saying that a piece should “say” something. The main “statement” of my art is “Feel the joyous strength.” If I can’t relay that message, anything else I try to say will be lost.
My paintbrush brings joyous strength to all who view it on my blog or social media pages, those who purchase or receive it as a gift, and to my local senior citizens center. I am on the lookout for ways that my paintbrush can bring even more strength to those who need it.
The Third Weapon: A Keyboard or Pen
I hold true to the old adage “The pen is mightier than the sword” though sometimes my “pen” is a computer keyboard. Words have power. Proverbs describes words as having the ability to build or tear down. The Bible also says that words reveal the true nature of the heart. I try to use my words to build up the good and tear down the evil. Others have found strength through the words of my blog or essays I’ve written. Some found strength to keep fighting for their health, while others have taken up the “pen” themselves to pass on their own version of strength.
For those who only see one kind of power, my weapons may seem flimsy and not up to the task. For those who truly understand that power and strength come in multiple forms, my weapons are mighty indeed.