Awakening the Heart of the Warrior

She is someone’s daughter, sister, and niece.  She is someone who needs a warrior.

It is said that in the United States every 30 seconds a young woman becomes a victim of sex trafficking, it is estimated that 100,000-300,000 minors are at risk every year.  The average age for entry into sexual exploitation is 12 years old.  Trafficked victims are forced into prostitution, escort services, pornography, strip clubs and more.  Prostituted women and children are forced to make hundreds of dollars each night to fill quotas set by their traffickers and pimps.

When a young woman is brought into the sex trade she is often forced to watch pornography and is often forced to participate in the making of pornographic materials such as movies and photographs.  “…Pornographers, like other pimps, learn how to exploit economic and psychological vulnerabilities to coerce them to get into and stay in the sex industry.  Other times they threaten or use alcohol and drugs to induce compliance…”

She is someone’s daughter, sister, niece who has often been manipulated because of her vulnerability, threatened by violence, controlled by the choice of her pimp or trafficker.  She is not there by choice.

To effectively fight sex trafficking and exploitation we need men of valor to awaken the warrior heart within themselves, within each man, the heart that was created by God to stand up and become protectors of the vulnerable.  She is someone who needs a warrior to value her life, to honor her with his actions, to stand and speak for her freedom.

A covenant warrior’s promise:

*Pledge to value all women, regardless of background and history
*Pledge to teach sons, nephews and those who look up to you how to value women and protect them
*Have accountability outlets (for internet, etc.) set up for men of all ages in your home
*Sow financially into organizations who are reaching out to victims, rescuing and restoring victims
*Find ways to bring public awareness to what is happening to the daughters of America.

They need warriors…they need you.  Take the pledge.

My Heart is Moved

endtraffickingThere are things we as the community can do to END the sex trafficking and exploitation of our fellow human beings.  1) SHOUT it from the rooftops…ok, maybe not so extreme, but find a way to bring awareness to those around you.  The more people doing something about this the better. 2) Do research and support local organizations who are fighting this injustice. 3) MOST importantly, don’t participate in anything where another human being is being exploited…this includes strip clubs.  Don’t believe those places are filled with victims?  Do your research.  Not all women in strip clubs are trafficked, but they are all exploited.  END SLAVERY.

Lose the Fear

Yes, this is a repost from last year, but I couldn’t help it, it’s a new day and it’s a new blog :)

Losing Fear

Losing fear has got to be one of the hardest things. It’s like breaking out of a
very familiar place into unfamiliar territory. You almost question whether it is
right because breaking out of it seems foreign. Sometimes it feels like it
chases you down. God’s word says He has not given us a spirit of fear but one of
love, power and a sound mind (2 Tim 1:7). God is love, not fear…so why is fear
the familiar place? We become accustomed to fear because it almost makes more
sense than faith…in fear we can imagine what may happen and “prepare” ourselves
for it…maybe so it hurts less? Faith requires trusting in something you cannot
see and not allowing your imagination to take over (because lets face it most of
the time our imaginations…well imagine the worst).
Fear of the unknown is a
big one, yet our imaginations fill in the blanks and cause more trouble than
trusting in God and His wonderful plans for us (Jer 29:11). We place our trust
in fear because we think whether conscious or not that it will protect us, we
see it, it is familiar…with fear we can imagine the worst…versus with faith we
hope for the best. We must learn to trust in God completely…even though it may
seem so foreign, because He has nothing bad in store. Why is it easier to trust
in fear and let our imaginations take over then just to say, “you know what I
don’t know what will happen, but I know God’s love is bigger than this issue and
God’s love for me ALWAYS comes through.”
99% of the time our fears never
come true, but God’s love ALWAYS comes through. So let’s trust in that, because
after all…perfect love casts out fear (1 John 4:18).
Lose the fear and gain
the faith. Remember all you need is the size of a mustard seed.
Faith moves
mountains…fear builds them. So….lose the fear.