Why Girls with Swords are Stronger than Girls with Spatulas

By: Kristen Clark

Imagine that a huge lion is charging at you and all you have to defend yourself is a tiny, flimsy, plastic spatula. Who’s going to win? Yeah…that’d be 1-0 Lion.

The crazy thing is, as Christian girls, that’s often how we fight the battles of sin and temptation in our lives. Temptation comes roaring at us like a lion (1 Peter 5:8), and all we do is wave a little spatula in it’s face. Then we wonder why we’re not victorious!  

Girls – it’s time we put down our spatulas and pick up our Swords.

Hebrews 4:12a says, “For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword…”

Just like a real sword, God’s Word offers the same protection, defense, and power in our lives.

There’s only one catch. In order for this sword to work well, we have to know how to use it.

Honestly, I have the same problem that you probably have too. You don’t know how to use your Sword very well. You want to! But you just haven’t taken the time to learn how to “wield” it.

As I’ve thought about this year and what I most want to accomplish, my deepest desire is this: that I would be a woman who knows how to use my Sword well.

I’m honestly tired of fighting with a spatula. I’m tired of being incompetent when it comes to using the power of God’s Word in my life. I’m tired of losing battles because I wasn’t prepared to fight them.

It’s time to throw the spatulas away forever.

It’s time for us, as modern Christian girls, to know our Bibles well. Why? Because God’s Word is living and active and has the power to change our lives.

The Bible isn’t just another religious book; it’s a book about God Himself. It’s a book that tells us the truth about who God is and who we are. As author Jen Wilkin says, “The Bible is a book that boldly and clearly reveals who God is on every page. From beginning to end, the Bible is a book about God.”

The more we read the Bible, the more we’ll get to know God. And the more we learn about our perfect God, the more we’ll see our own sin and darkness. And the more we see our own sin and darkness, the more we are driven to Him as the source for our victory.

Using our Swords in everyday life is the key to victory.

Here’s one example of how the power of God’s Word could work in your everyday life:

Imagine you just got off the phone after having a rough conversation with your best friend. She said some rude things to you and you’re not sure how to handle it. All you want to do is turn on your music full blast and shove Cheetos in your mouth to drown out your anger.

However, things are different this time.

You’ve been studying God’s Word and you’re no longer fighting these battles with a spatula. You open up your Bible (i.e. you Sword) and turn to a familiar passage in Ephesians that you studied this week:

“I therefore, a prisoner for the Lord, urge you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace” (Ephesians 4:1-3).

God’s Word reminds you of how you should respond to your friend (humility, gentleness, patience, etc.), and why you should respond that way (walk in a manner worthy of the calling). God’s Word changes your thinking, which redirects your emotions, and you handle this situation in a God honoring way.  

That is the power of the Sword in action.

Or how about this scenario:

You’re lying in your bed one night scrolling through your phone when you suddenly feel extremely tempted to look up inappropriate sexual images. In the past, this was always a losing battle for you.

However, things are different this time.

You’ve been studying God’s Word and you’re no longer fighting these battles with a spatula. You quickly put your phone down and open up your Bible to Psalm 51:10 (a verse you recently memorized).

“Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me.”

You repeat this verse over and over in your mind, praying it to God.

You cry out to God and ask Him to give you the strength to overcome your sexual temptation. Through God’s power, you end up conquering this temptation by using your Sword.

That is the power of the Sword in action.

Here’s one more scenario:

You’re checking out at the grocery when the rack of magazines catches your eye. You stare at the “perfect” woman featured on the front and instantly begin comparing yourself to her. In the past, you would have left the store feeling depressed and ugly.

But things are different this time.

You’ve been studying God’s Word and you’re no longer fighting these battles with a spatula. You remember reading something in Psalm 139 that was really encouraging. You pull out your bible (via the app on your phone), and scroll through Psalm 139.

When you reach verses 13 and 14 you’re reminded of this powerful truth:

“For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.”

You’re instantly reminded of the fact that God handcrafted you to look just the way you do, and He says you’re fearfully and wonderfully made. You’re reminded that your worth and value doesn’t come from looking “perfect,” but from your identity as a child of God. Instead of leaving the store depressed, you leave the store thanking God for creating you for His glory.

Those are just a few real life examples of how the power of the Sword works in everyday life.

I want to challenge you to the same challenge I gave myself for this year: that you would be a woman who knows how to use your Sword well.

If you spend time getting to know God (through His word) on a personal level this year, you will be a changed girl by December. You will be a girl with the power of God on your side.

Instead of living our lives in defeat, it’s high time we picked up our Swords and lived victoriously in Christ’s strength.

“…in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us” (Romans 8:37).

For practical tips on how to get into God’s Word, check out these other helpful posts:

5 Easy Ways to Read Your Bible This Week

How to Study Your Bible and Love it!

5 Tips to Help You Strengthen Your Bible Time

I pray this is the year that we become girls who know how to use our Swords well. Girls who are ready for the battle. Girls who are more than conquerors through Christ.

I’d love to hear from you below.

  • On a scale of 1 – 10 (1 being a spatula and 10 being the Sword), where are you when it comes to fighting your battles?
  • In what ways do you personally want to know God’s Word better this year?

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  • Melissa

    I would say on a 1-10 that I am a a 4 or 5 and I want to personally know God’s word better this year by being able to memorize scripture and know of the stories in the bible to be able to share those with others.

  • Liana

    I would like to think I am at a 6? I would like to know God’s word better by being able to recall specific scriptures during specific moments of weakness or temptation, just like your examples. I know main concepts and other scriptures and can curb my behavior and heart, but not always.

  • Clara

    The key to all of what you just wrote is basically MEMORIZATION, and spending time in God’s word. Thank you for reminding us how important this is, and encouraging us to use our sword!

  • Anna

    I’d say I’m a 4 or 5. This year I want to know God’s word better so that when I’m struggling with temptations I can be victorious.

  • Tiana

    On a scale of 1-10, I’m about a 5. Sometimes I turn to God’s Word for help fighting my battles, and sometimes I turn to friends or music to escape the pain.

  • Lenka

    Thank you, Kristen, that was really encouraging! I’ve been scrolling a lot through your blog recently, and i gotta say I’m lovin what I’m seein:)

  • Elizabeth

    On a scale of 1-10, I am 5-6. I am trying hard to turn to Gods word but a sometimes I turn to else to get away from the pain. I am trying hard to memorize the bible so I have it at all times. Thanks for this *Amazing* post! I look forward to every post!

  • Annie

    Thanks for the encouragement girls. I’ve been working on memorizing Scripture and I can say that it helps so much. The other night I woke up in the early hours of the morning worried about something and immediately without even thinking about it recalled Proverbs 3:5-6. This was such a comfort. God is good!

  • Macy

    Swords are great… I would know. But spatulas are better for when you get lonely.

  • Jessica

    Do spatulas have anything at all to do with the point you’re trying to make? Or did you just say the first thing that came to mind when you thought about the word “women”?

    Please don’t procreate.

    All the real women.

  • Joanna

    Thank you so much for all the examples you gave. That was really helpful.

  • Emmy

    Thanks for this post, Kristen! Knowing God’s Word better, and especially learning to wield it well to fight my battles is definitely a priority for me this year too. I’m probably around a 5– I have quite a bit of Scripture memorized and I’ve been studying my Bible pretty consistently lately, and for some circumstances I go back to the Bible for advice and apply what I’ve read and know is true…but other times I respond in my flesh lose the battle. So I definitely need some training!

  • Andrea Paul

    I’m probably a 5. I REALLY want to know my Bible better this year which is why I’m gonna read the whole thing. And this blog post really encouraged me, and got me thinking. Thanks! Love you girls!

    • Kelly

      I can totally relate. I too am going to read the whole bible this year! I will be praying for your journey. 🙂

      • Andrea Paul

        Aww. Thanks! I’ll be praying for you as well! ❤

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