Guest Posts, Kelly Balarie

Thoughts: The Blessing of Being Battle Ready

@JeanneTakenaka +Jeanne Takenaka

Years ago, the Lord challenged me to guard my thoughts, to think on what is true, and to learn what that looks like in the lives of believers. I love that Kelly Balarie has just come out with a book, Battle Ready, that covers this in depth and with transparency. She shares practical tips on how to keep our thoughts aligned with God’s word so we are Battle Ready when life’s trials come.

Kelly is guest-posting on my site today. In the comments, I’d love to hear how you keep your mind Battle Ready!


TITLE: The Blessing of Being Battle Ready

By: Kelly Balarie

I was in the waiting room for the MRI. All that was going through my mind was thoughts of, This is horrible. I am never going to survive. I am not going to be able to walk. There is no way out of this. I will be scared to death in that loud machine. I hate needles and they’ll put one in me.

All I could see there was me. It was me and my problems. Me and my trauma. Me and all the horrible pain that was ahead of me.

Add this to the fact that I was a new mom. My kid had been up screaming all night long. I had been pacing the hallway with him. I had been the one trying to hug him all day long as he screamed his head off. I think he had acid reflux. 

I also had a mole that needed to be taken off my chest. We didn’t know if it was cancerous. The doctor gauged my chest. The scar still remains.

Did anyone ever tell you that we have an enemy that roams around like a sneaky, conniving villain in the night, searching out ways to steal, kill and destroy?

He’s likely come after you. 

But, may I tell you? Battle Ready women, built up in the Lord, strong in their mind – those who renew their thoughts – know something that others don’t.

They know: It doesn’t matter what the enemy does; It matters what Jesus did.

You see, above our problems, our mayhem, our issues, our dents and dings of life, is a victorious King who reigns and rules. He sees everything. He knows our every tear. He sees our every way. He is a help in a time of trouble. He is our refuge and our strength. He is our way and our life.

He is Overcomer. He is Victorious. He is equipping us with all we need to fight the good fight today. We are not crushed, ruined or abandoned, we are raised up with Christ Jesus in the heavenlies. 

Jesus brings resurrection life no matter what situation we’re in. Battle Ready women are not driven by their wide-ranging emotions but by heartfelt dedication to God’s truth, His promises and His purposes. This changes everything.

Rather than seeing the issue, they see the Provider. Rather than seeing the MRI, they begin to see the other woman in the room that they can minister to. This happened to me. I lifted my head there and got to know a woman with bone cancer. She was in so much pain. I prayed for her before she went into her MRI. I told her about Jesus.

Battle Ready women do the awesome and amazing work of God. They let not their issues hold them back. They’re all in. They go for it.

Are you Battle Ready? Are you ready to let peace, passion, life and freedom take over? 

Come join me. 

About Battle Ready: Train Your Mind to Conquer Challenges, Defeat Doubt & Live Victoriously

“The best time to be strengthened against the Enemy’s tactics of doubt, disappointment, and devastation is before he makes his first move toward us. We all desperately need the biblical guidance and preparation found in Battle Ready!”

Lysa TerKeurstNew York Times bestselling author and president of Proverbs 31 Ministries

Battle Ready is a hands-on scriptural plan that teaches you twelve easy-to-implement, confidence-building mind-sets designed to transform your thoughts and, therefore, your life. You’ll gain practical wisdom, like how to:

· make new habits stick in just five steps
· disarm the seven most common attacks that plague women
· exchange self-limiting thoughts for purpose-driven, love-releasing thoughts
· implement thirty-second mind-lifters that deliver peace
· create boundaries so you live life full of what matters

Buy Battle Ready here:

To get Battle Ready freebies – printables, devotional reminders, a customizable daily Battle Plan and the “Find Your Battle Style” quiz, visit:  

To order the companion Battle Ready Daily Prayer Journal that will help you practically change your thoughts, then your life, visit: 

Kelly Balarie, an author and national speaker, is on a mission to encourage others not to give up. Through times of extreme testing, Kelly believes there is hope for every woman, every battle and in every circumstance. She shares this hope on her blog, Purposeful Faith, and on many writing publications such as Relevant, Crosswalk, and Today’s Christian Woman. Kelly’s work has been featured on The Today Show, 700 Club Interactive, Moody Radio and other television and radio broadcasts. When Kelly is not writing, she is chilling at the beach with her husband, a latte, and 2-toddlers who rightfully demand she build them awesome castles.

Click to Tweet: Battle Ready women know something others don’t 

I’m linking up with #RaRaLinkup, #TellHisStory and Holley Gerth

24 thoughts on “Thoughts: The Blessing of Being Battle Ready”

  1. Great post!

    One thing that pancreatic cancer and,now, non-Hodgkins lymphoma have taught me is that my life isn’t about me, and this is the armour that gets me through each day.

    I can encourage my wife in her career, I can take care of our multitudinous dogs (we have a sanctuary for unwanted Pit Bulls), I can encourage my writing friends, and leave precious little in the day left for me…and those are the best days, the days when cancer is sent reeling with a “What hit me?” look on its face.

    It doesn’t win, and it can’t win, as long as we stand together.


    1. Andrew, you have learned some tough lessons through your illness, and one of the most beautiful things is how you have grown in compassion for others. You are one of the most encouraging people I know. Thank you for walking out this painful, horrific journey in a way that points others to Jesus. You are the victor indeed.


  2. This sounds like a great book! Thanks for sharing about it. I love the encouragement to focus not on our circumstances but on what Jesus has already done, and also to look for others around us that God wants us to bless. Remembering Jesus’ power and that he has already won the battle makes a big difference!


    1. Lesley, I’m with you. I need the encouragement and redirection of focus when circumstances loom large in my view. I need to be more intentional about looking around me more and finding those I can bless in the midst of my own difficult seasons. Loved your words here, friend.

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  3. Jeanne – I was on Kelly’s launch team too – and this is the exact post I chose too! I found Kelly’s book to be rather timely as I am pulling together my own launch team for my soon to be released book! Kelly has been an inspiration and help to me during this time. She endorsed my book and has challenged me to do some new things, like Facebook live. I am glad to have served on her team with you. we are neighbors today at #TellHisStory


    1. Debbie, Kelly is an amazing lady! I actually didn’t participate on her launch team, though I wanted to. I had too many commitments with my own project when her launch was happening. But, I had the chance to share her blog last week, so I took it! And I am so glad I did. I’m always happy to support an author who’s all about encouraging women. 🙂

      I’m so excited to hear about your book! I hope your launch is super successful and that God uses your words mightily!


    1. Thanks so much, friend. I’m happy to share Kelly’s book. 🙂 Thanks for your kind words about my picture. 🙂 Gotta love when you find one that looks decent, right? 😉


    1. I’m happy to share about good books. 🙂 I know what you mean about reading things when you have the time. I’m kind of in that same boat. 😉 I’m so glad you stopped by, Joanne!


  4. A friend recently reminded me that confusion does not come from God. The enemy that battles our minds can sure be sneaky, disguising in ways we may just think are ‘normal,’ like a little confusion. A much needed subject for a book to keep us in full armour!


    1. Yes, Lynn, such a good reminder! Confusion is not of our Father. We have to really guard against those voices that sound like our own, don’t we? Thanks for sharing your thoughts here!


    1. Jennifer, me too! There are seasons when I have to be super intentional about keeping my thoughts focused on God and His word, and keep my heart others’-focused, not just self-focused. I hope you have a great weekend!


  5. Beautiful, Jeanne and Kelly. Thank you. Yes, I try to be battle ready. It’s a tough one though. As I’m aging, every little thing that happens scares me senseless for a second. And then I give myself the talk … God knows what is going on with you. He sees it all. He’s in control. ❤ Just breathe.


    1. Shelli, my weeks fly past and I come back to my site and find I’ve missed precious comments like yours. I’m so sorry! I’ve gone through those times when I am easily scared. I love how you give yourself a talk, Shelli! Yours sounds similar to mine. 🙂 Thank you for sharing how you prepare your heart and mind!


  6. I am blessed by your words today, Kelly. I find the battle in my mind is worse than any other battle somedays. I know your book is already a blessing for many.

    Jeanne – I love seeing you here today. I am blessed you shared this with the #TellHisStory community.


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