Journal of Joy ~ The Lady with the Sword ~ September 1996
During the 1.5 hour-long commute home one evening in September of 1996, my coworker shared that he was making swords for a special project at the private school where we worked. “Would you make me one?” I inquired. He seemed surprised by my request and quickly calculated that there would be enough materials and agreed that he would. A few weeks later a wood sword was delivered to my office door by one of the students.
Over the next few months, delightfully I decorated and after many different colors of paint, various designs, ribbons, and jewels I was at peace that it was finally finished. The numbers, symbols and colors of the stones and ribbons have the same meanings as the Glory Rings. At home, my sword hung-out with the Prophetic Glory Rings. One evening while I was worshiping, the Holy Spirit asked me to worship with the sword during one of my favorite songs: We Will Ride. The Scripture reference for the song is Psalm 149:6, "Let the high praises of God be in their mouth, and a two-edged sword in their hand." Then I realized that it had been HIS plan all along and I was just now being informed. To say the least my eyes were opened wide. I wielded my new sword and completely enjoyed dancing and worshiping before GOD, my FATHER, in this extraordinary new way (Hebrews 4:11-12). This was just between GOD and me, no one else knew and I truly preferred it that way.
In January of 1997, a friend from years past telephoned me after receiving a rough draft copy of Have Glory Ring will Travel! After a lengthy conversation and the realization that our Christian walks had taken similar directions our friendship was easily rekindled even though we lived in different cities in Oregon. This was just like finding a lost treasure. Kay invited me to a retreat in Canby, Oregon being held in April, later that same year. I could not even remember the last Christian Women’s retreat that I had attended, had not seen my friend in eight years and had absolutely no idea where Canby was located. Sounded like a fun adventure.
Ten days before the retreat, my sister, Susan Kay, died of ovarian cancer following a painful two-year battle. Utterly emotionally, spiritually, and physically exhausted and broken, I questioned if I was really in a place to attend a women’s retreat? With the Holy Spirit’s direction and encouragement, I loaded the car. While I was packing the car, the Holy Spirit directed me to take the Rivers of Joy Glory Ring and the Glory Sword. Without a trace of emotion, I placed them in the trunk alongside the suitcases.
Canby is nestled in the lush green Northwest to the east of Portland, Oregon. The retreat was being held at a conference center built near the banks of a river. Upon arriving, I walked along the riverbank and drank in peace and comfort for my aching heart.
Kay, my friend who walks in a timeless beauty, arrived a little while later and explained that the first night would include worship and a guest speaker. Noticing my empty hand, she asked, “Where is your Glory Ring?”
Reluctantly, I went to the car to retrieve the worship instrument from the trunk. It was like taking treasure out of a hidden cave. Somehow, I just didn’t have the motivation or inspiration to worship.
At this time, in my life, worship was exceedingly private to me, only one or two others had even seen my Glory Rings, let alone witnessed me using them. The Holy Spirit whispered, “Take the Sword.” My first thought was, “outside, it is still daylight . . . in front of people . . . it has always been just between you and me . . .are you sure?” In obedience, my hand picked up the sword and the Glory Ring and I returned to the gathering of women (2 Corinthians 10:5-6). Being the center of attention has never really been a desire, hope or goal in my life. Usually my personality is more introverted, and I prefer being private, especially in certain areas of my life and worship was definitely one of those areas.
As a guest at the conference, I was referred to as The Lady with the Sword since Kay was the only person I knew. And yes, I was the only one there with a sword. The Holy Spirit performed His ministry within me and through me, as I was obedient to His requests. One testimony that truly blessed me is about a woman attending the retreat. One of the pastors at the retreat asked to borrow my sword during worship. He went to this woman, whom he had never met, as the Holy Spirit had directed him, with the purpose of knighting her for Jesus. She shared with him that before coming to the retreat she had a dream that someone at the upcoming retreat would be bringing a sword and knighther for Jesus. Being knighted for Jesus is like being anointed and/or commissioned to serve Jesus Christ. This was a priceless accolade!
The weekend was filled with friendship, sleepless nights, endless catching-up, wonderful worship, exuberant praise, intercession and heartfelt ministry. For me, among other things, it was a learning experience I will never forget; learning that one of the many results of obedience in worship is emotional healing.
A sister in the LORD shared the following regarding worshiping with the sword. The Holy Spirit imparted to her, what was in my spirit, yet I had not been able to find the words to express.
“Use the sword to separate the works of the evil one from my people. As you wield the instrument a mighty gash is inflicted into the fabric of his handiwork. Demons flee, Angels shout and mankind cries tears of JOY. What was made with wood and paint in the earth’s realm is made with pure gold and precious jewels in Heaven’s realm.” Darlyne Blythe
The sword is symbolic of participating in warfare against the powers of darkness and taking back what the enemy has stolen. The prophet of the LORD writes in Isaiah 59:19, “When the enemy shall come in, like a flood the spirit of the LORD shall lift up a standard against him.” The Sword of the LORD is a chosen anointed standard to lift against the enemy.