Author: Lisa Bevere
Genre: Christian, Non-fiction
How I came about the book?
It was one of the several books I got as a gift back in TFSA days.
I heard about Lisa Bevere for the first time from the amazing CoachE, our mentor at the TFSA. She gushed so much about her that I knew without a doubt that I’d get blessed reading one of her books.
Who a lioness is:
A lioness is more than a companion to the lion. She has something which is fierce, wild, and at the same time beautiful.
She rises to gather strength, greet/groom others, hunt, move the young to safety, confront the enemies that threaten the pride and walk alongside her king.
A lioness is at ease with strength and at rest with power. She lives in the light and hunts in the dark.
A lioness knows her beauty is revealed in her strength. It is captured in what her body can actually do, not merely in how it looks. Her attractiveness is undeniable, because her power is unquestionable.
She’s not overwhelmed by the need to lose weight; she focuses on the need to gain strength.
On embracing our stretch and engaging our strength:
We will reach no further without a stretch. The ability to stretch produces flexibility. It is time to enlarge the way we see and interact with life.
The lioness knows she must stretch, before she attempts a pounce. Your strength is not to be feared, it is to be embraced.
We are called to be both virtuous and capable. We need to be capable of whatever is necessary.
Our call to spiritual warfare:
There’s nothing more dangerous than being in the presence of lions wide awake.
We are truly frightening to our enemy and he has done everything in his power to contain us. He knows he cannot get close enough to capture and chain us if we are fully awake and mobile. To counter, he sedates us so that we might not do the things God has called us to do. But we must wake up, rise up, remember who we are, and confront the evil in this world with light- Lisa Bevere.
When you are awake to what God is doing, then you will know what you are to do!
Our mandate as women:
We are not some group of straggling, struggling, fatherless refugees who are overcome by sin and wondering if there is a God. We are the collective body of Christ, and as such we are destined for triumph, victory, and signs and wonders.
God encourages daughters young and old to bring our solutions to the world’s problems. The world is yet to see what it looks like when Christian women, individually and collectively, are fully awake and dangerous.
Ask God to fill your mind with the idea of a lioness in whatever shape, form, or container he wants to use to inspire you.
The world needs you, lovely lioness sister, not to merely wake up, but to give expression to your God-given, fierce side.
When you are awakened, you can’t help but respond. Don’t confuse being awakened with being upset.
God does not reveal himself as limitless in order to limit us. God did not save us to tame us.
Confusion happens when our focus is on avoiding bad rather than on doing good. Evil is overcome with good. Evil is not displaced by rules or by hiding from it.
God is not looking for people who act like Christians. He wants us to be Christians! The word Christian means “anointed or Christlike one.” Jesus did not go around “being good”; he went around “doing good”.
In light of this charge, God does not need a band of domesticated daughters who spend their days baking and behaving well. Nothing wrong with baking, but if that is all we do, God won’t use us to change history.
Jesus’ concern for us is holiness and not hygiene.
On becoming pillars of strength and raising others up:
God uses hardship as a catalyst for making his people pure, precious, and sustainable.
Just as physical activity decreases rather than increase muscle strength, so spiritual busyness does not build spiritual strength. It distracts and drains us from God’s work.
Allow the weight of God’s Word and the tempering and training of the Holy Spirit to quicken and develop the weak or injured areas of your life.
Shift your focus from how you look in your clothing to who you are in your spirit.
None of us will truly find fulfillment until we realize our place as one who lends strength to many.
Our strength is for service and not status.
Turning back or waiting for others slows you down, but only at first. The deliberate extension of goodness, generosity, and wisdom always wins out in the end.
Sometimes those who falter simply need a glance back from a sister who is already safely there. The look back is enough to communicate, “Hey, sister! I am out here, and not only is it all clear … it is all good!
We would be wise to learn the truth: taking less now does not mean having less in our future.
If you forget your fierce and fearless nature, then all who look to you for protection and guidance will be at risk.
On mutual gender responsibility and service:
Healthy lions and lionesses know they need one another. They would never dream of doing life without one another. In their world one strength is no less important than the other.
Consider this: the prefix sub means “under,” and mission is an assignment. Put them together, and we can draw a conclusion that submission means “under the same assignment or mission.”
God wants us all—male and female—to tell everyone what he is doing!
Lionesses understand they are under the same mission as the lion. What is their mission? Their mission is to establish a generation of lions with legacy and strength.
Gender alone does not qualify a man to lead, just as gender alone should not disqualify a woman. Virtue qualifies both male and female. In the lion world, there is no gender confusion. Lions are not trying to be lionesses, and lionesses are not trying to be lions.
Neither gender copies or competes for the role of the other. Both are comfortable in their skin and celebrate the unique strengths of their respective gender.
Healthy lions and lionesses know they need one another. They would never dream of doing life without one another. In their world one strength is no less important than the other. The lion protects; the lioness provides.
Dear lioness sister, men are not our problem. This issue runs much deeper. Satan is our enemy and a deceiver who strips both genders of their dignity.
On accepting others and the folly of competition:
The lioness greeting and grooming is symbolic of how we show acceptance and belonging to one another.
No one can rush a sunset or delay the sun’s rise, so lionesses are patient and intentional.
Prowess cannot be forced or faked, but it can and should be developed. If you have it, you own it.
Prowess is what makes the lioness powerful. She’s not frightened by her strength. On the contrary, it comforts her.
Lionesses hunt together, without competition and without breaking rank. No woman’s portion or contribution is more significant than another’s.
Individuality is not born through comparison, copying, or competition.
No one invites you to their world in order for you to pretend to be someone else. They want you.
God is inviting us to be part of the hunt, we are not called to live in isolation. Boundaries are important, but God is safe to invite in.
On following God’s leading:
Darkness complicates and confuses what is simple and obvious by light. Not only does our God want us to live in the light; he wants us to live light.
Where there is light, there is revelation.
God longs to have a people who will turn the world’s attention to him.
Sometimes it is okay not to know it all but to simply believe that there is a much grander drama going on behind the scenes than we can fathom.
As God’s light increases, there will be a divine prophetic awakening. God will give us eyes to see what he is doing, ears to hear what he is saying, and the boldness to speak his Word with authority.
When we are filled with God’s light, we will truly extract the lost from darkness.
People have the same needs everywhere, but not all people have the same resources.
Let us be faithful stewards and multiply our prosperity well. You are blessed to bless others. Countless places need the blessing you can bring.
“You have been preparing your whole life for this moment. You are well able to do this and do it well. You will do this in an attractive, godly, irresistibly wise way.” This is the attitude we should have when God calls us to do something extraordinary.
God wants you to live in a place of amazement and wonder, not in a domain of rules and duty. Allow his voice to stir something profoundly untamed and deeply wild within you!
In order for you to be effective, you must be settled in the reality that God is right there with you. This postures you not to fear, no matter what others say or do.
There are voices from your past—voices of family, voices of disappointment, and voices of fear—that intermittently yell and whisper, “Turn aside! Turn back. You might fail. You might get hurt.” These voices urge you to protect yourself.
The devil is neither a true sheep nor a true lion. He’s a wolf who sometimes pretends to roar as a lion and sometimes clothes himself in sheep skin.
Jesus is both a true lion and also the lamb upon the throne.
We were created to hear the voice of the creator. A God-whisper is sacred and worthy of our attention. Everything out loud starts with a whisper. Whispers are the dialect of mysteries and foretelling.
Sometimes those who sought to listen no longer have the ears to hear because God sounded different from what they were expecting.
When God whispers, it’s in our best interest to record it, the method we use doesn’t matter.
Don’t ask others to tell you what only you can hear. God is willing to speak to all who are quiet to hear.
Seasons of quiet listening are uncomfortable but it is a process we must go through if we’ll find ourselves connected to God.
Being connected with others who have heard the whisper is amazing, empowering and freeing.
What we hear in a whisper must be spoken out in kindness, clarity, strength and anointing.
A roar is not a super loud shout, it is a fearless proclamation.
We are not the lion, but it has fallen to us to give voice to our Lion’s roar. Jesus alone is the Christ and the Lion of Judah. We are his followers who echo his roar.
The lion roars to proclaim and protect its territory, which terrifies invaders and sets boundaries in place.
This was such a captivating (but long) read, and especially a timely reminder that as a woman, I carry so much within me.
I’m not ordinary, I have divine assets to deliver solution to specific challenges in my generation.
Now that we are awake, we must pray that God will multiply our efforts as we magnify his light.
Prayer is our most powerful reason for gathering. We will need heaven’s protection, wisdom, and strategies to wage this war.
“We roar to call in the lost. Our sound will guide the young and wandering safely home.
We shake the air to check the movements of trespassers, enemies, and thieves.
Together we raise the roar to protect our young from death and destruction. We will not face the darkness in silence.”
Every daughter of God who wants to gain an insight into what only God can do through her.
Thank you for reading!