IT IS GOOD TO BE A WOMAN
Lately, and more than ever, I have been so grateful to be a woman, and to embrace God's good design of ME.
In a world where we women are encouraged to compete with men, and to prove ourselves other than, I truly believe that
IT IS GOOD TO BE THE WOMEN THAT GOD HAS DESIGNED US TO BE.
There are many different beliefs when it comes to what true Biblical womanhood is but it is important to hold on steadfastly to who God says we are in Him. Solid, and grounded in its objective God breathed Truth. There are no shades within it.
Some believe that womanhood can truly be found by climbing the corporate ladder or advancing a career and dream. Some think the total opposite; believing rather that our womanhood is defined by the number of children one can naturally give birth to. Others say that womanhood and femininity is defined by the neatness of a home, and the taste of several home cooked cuisines, while others define womanhood by the outward appearance. It can all get a little confusing and overwhelming!
Certainly, I believe that womanhood can encompass all of the above however as women, it is very easy to find ourselves chasing an elusive identity and dream which ends in disappointment.
God made women to be different from men intentionally, and we must celebrate this, for our design, purpose and makeup is unique to us, and intended to bring forth life, order, creativity and togetherness- no matter what life circumstance we find ourselves in.
I haven't always felt like this.
There has existed within me at one time a fierce battle in my journey of trying to understand my worth and value as compared to men but I love how Elisabeth Elliot puts it:
It was God who made us different, and He did it on purpose. Recent scientific research is illuminating, and as has happened before, corroborates ancient truth which mankind has always recognised. God created male and female, the male to call forth, to lead, initiate, and rule, and the female to respond, follow, adapt, submit.
Even if we held to a different theory of origin, the physical structure of the female would tell us that woman was made to receive, to bear, to be acted upon, to complement, to nourish.
For some, this can sound extremely offensive but it needn't be. God created it to be just so, and if it is good in His eyes, it ought to be good in ours.
This pattern is mirrored for us so perfectly within the Godhead itself. The Father, Son and Holy Spirit all demonstrate different roles. Not one is better than the other, but the order is required.
I think as women (especially in the world that we live in today), the overwhelming message to be just as equal to men has led us on a path of distortion and distraction. In our quest to achieve and prove this, something has been lost along the way- the beauty of a woman that only she can bring forth in her environment.
If equality is the issue, we have already been granted this by God. God sees us as the same; as one spirit in Him. (Galatians 3:28 There is neither Jew, nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, nor is there male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus).
A man's strength is different and is NEEDED. Likewise, a woman's strength is different and also NEEDED.
In an ideal world, both differences and similarities would be celebrated and worked with, but as we live in a sinful world, they are rather ridiculed, patronised, oppressed, exploited and seen in a negative light.
But we are not called to this. Though we live in a sinful world with our male counterparts, God still gives us the opportunity to celebrate how He has made us. It is our work to turn away from the words and attitudes that are discordant to this, to embrace His model and His way.
IT IS GOOD TO BE A WOMAN.
From our curves, our unique feminine features, our intellect, ability to bring forth life and fruit, our unique sense of intuition, wisdom and so much more, there is much for us to rejoice in.
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