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Saturday
Aug182012

We can do it!


Things in the good ole USA are not so good.  Actually, things are bad ya'll.  We are at war.  No, not literally, like World War II.  Hey, did you know that World War II (1939-1945) resulted in the deaths of over 72 million people, making it the deadliest conflict in human history. This kind of "attack" would certainly have been a motivator to rise up in fight.  In fact, women played a significant role in winning the war! Wow ladies - what difference could we make if we became today's Rosie the Riveter.  Don't know about World War II Rosie?

- The Rosie the Riveter memorial says this:   "You must tell your children, putting modesty aside, that without us, without women, there would have been no Spring in 1945."-
- The memorial commemorates and interprets the important contributions that women made to the war effort as increasing numbers of men joined the armed services. Over 6 million women from all backgrounds, and from all over the country, worked at industrial jobs that challenged traditional notions of women's capabilities and ensured American productivity that helped to win the war.
- The sight of women outfitted in overalls and wielding industrial tools became an icon that was popularized in the 1942 song, "Rosie the Riveter," providing a nickname for all women who worked in wartime industries. Across the nation women worked in defense industries and support services including shipyards, steel mills, foundries, lumber mills, warehouses, offices, hospitals and daycare centers. At the height of the war, women made up approximately 27% of the 100,000-strong Richmond Kaiser shipyard workforce. In other industries, women made up to 80% of the workers.
- Women were constantly being reminded that their husbands, sons, and brothers were in danger because they were not receiving the supplies they needed.
- Slogans such as "Victory is in Your Hands, We can do it!, and "Women the war needs you!" were all used to convince women that their country's need were more important than their individual comfort.

Ordinary women working together to do the extraordinary! This is a perfect example of women who arose helpers and mothers in America. Wow!  Awesome wartime mentality!  Our families and homes are certainly under attack,  It really isn't life as usual.  So, what happens when my individual comfort is more important than the needs of those around me - including my nation? What happens if I am not willing to rise up and fight for those around me?  Well, what would have happened during World War II without all the Rosie's?  Scary isn't it?  So, I have to ask myself - do I have a Rosie the Riveter mentality?  Am I willing to sacrifice? Do whatever it takes?  But, I sure can't win the war.  No, not by myself.  But...Together - we can do it!

As I did my Rosie research, I was amazed to find that over 6 million American women joined the World War II effort. They came from different backgrounds, had different skill sets, experiences and ways of contributing but they understood what was at stake and they were willing to do whatever they could individually do to win the war, save their families AND this country! I am fervently praying and asking God to raise up 6 million Christian women who have or will  join the spiritual war that is now raging.  Women who declare the Word of God is the final authority for faith and life, who live out those truths and who will not compromise the Word of God.  We can do it!  God has a clear standard for a community whose actions speak louder than words and shows others the value and benefit of living a life reconciled to God. Our godly behavior will impact lives and lives impacted for Christ will change society.

Shout it out! Spread the word! (Tweet, post, email, mail, call....) Join the war effort: looking for women from different backgrounds, different skill sets, experiences and ways of contributing but all declaring (shouting out) the Word of God is the final authority for faith and life and we will not compromise.

"Victory is in Your Hands, We can do it!, and "Women the war needs you!"