Unleash Your Inner Warrior
For everyone who has been born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world—our faith.
My dear warriors,
Today I want to share something with you. Something that may even be personal. I wanted to tell you why I write to you as warriors. When I address you as a warrior, I do not use this term lightly (as some may assume). When I write to you (as warrior), I am speaking to the nature that is within you. I am calling out the warrior spirit within you. My writing is in a sense a rallying war cry, a call to arms, a call to battle—a call to awaken the sleeping warrior within. I intend to speak confidence into you where perhaps no one ever has before. Why? Because the only reason I am alive today is because God spoke directly to the sleeping warrior in me a few years ago.
3 years ago, I was 90 pounds and my family wasn’t sure I was going to live. I had amassed an intense list of food allergies, was struggling with depression and of the few food options I had left, could barely get food into my stomach. I was a walking stick; my legs were so thin that when I pressed my knees together, my legs did not touch at any other point. All of my bones jutted out, and my face was hollow. Because of emotionally traumatic circumstances, I had lost the will to live. But in January 2013, God spoke directly to my heart and told me that He had made me a warrior. So I made it my New Year’s resolution to train, to lift weights and gain muscle, and to find some form of combat training and get healthy. I finally gained a little bit of fight in my spirit, and fought like hell to get through (and out of) hell. It was slow and grueling, but over the process of a year, I fought to gain 10 pounds. (It is easier for me to lose weight than to gain). I wanted to train. Krav Maga seemed appealing to me. Finally, February 2014, I got an email from a professor while I was going through my MBA, offering a free introductory Personal Protection (Martial Sciences) class. I immediately signed up. At probably 99 pounds, I went and I reveled as I was taught by warriors how to protect myself. It was several more months before I got to pick up and do a few more training sessions, but I had found my heart and soul.
Fast forward, I have now been doing calisthenics for nearly 2 years and have been training Martial Sciences weekly for a little under a year. In August alone, after spending the summer fasting, praying and training non-stop, I finally gained 12 pounds of muscle mass, and have been able to keep that up. I’m now a healthy, muscular (and proud) 112 pounds. I have never in my life worn anything bigger than a women's size 0 in pants (in fact, for a while there I was wearing 00's). Now I'm proud to be wearing size 2 tactical pants!
(And just because I can't simply share details like this without sharing pictures, here are pictures of my journey over the last few years!)
2013 vs. now, 2016, 90 lbs. vs 112 lbs.
My dear warrior, please recognize that within you, there is a mighty warrior waiting to be awakened from slumber. You are not simply intended to ‘get by’ in life, or ‘go with the flow’. As warriors, as Christians, we are meant to fight the good fight. So when I speak to you as a warrior, I am refusing to acknowledge whatever weakness by which you feel enslaved. I refuse to speak to you or judge you by your past or present mistakes, but I am speaking to the man or woman that God says you are. Do not see yourself as anything less than who He created you to be. When you define yourself (or someone else) by past mistakes, you become locked into that and trapped by your past. That is not how we’re meant to live. I call you warrior because I am speaking to something latent within you and calling it forth. I am speaking to who you are in Christ so that you can see for yourself who God created you to be. And then, I write each of my blogs to show you where you can or need to grow, and what you ought to leave behind. Let that roar you suppress within you come forth. Acknowledge the war cry, and recognize that you have a great and mighty call on your life, beyond what others may recognize about you.
Live in the battleground, beloved.
(P.S., Once you recognize that about yourself, why not train physically so that the outward reality matches your inward reality? And to those of you as thin as I was? I hope you will take this as an encouragement. Depression and absolute sickness can be overcome if you will partner with God and get the help you need from those who love and care about you. Have faith, and don't give up.)
©Michèle Aimée, 2016
About the Author
Michèle is a warrior with a passion for God, a deep love of writing, and a fire for combat training. As a warrior, she understands that when she is given orders, she must follow through.