Real Women

In Practical Christian Living, Wholesome Healthby Dr. Michelle ZarrilloLeave a Comment

 
 

Where has femininity gone? Is it lost to feminism? I do not support disrespect, of anyone. So I find it great tragedy that the mark of being a woman of value is becoming based on our monthly cycles and personal grooming. Is this actually an issue being debated by women who claim to want equality? Equality not based on greatness? Is society this base?

Has no one read of the trials endured by the women who came before us?!? Our mothers before us raised children, kept house (with markedly less conveniences), wept over buried babies, husbands at war, hunger, cold, physical toil, earned incomes, cooked endless meals, washed mountains of dishes, battled loneliness, fought fear, left parents homes to places they did not know, and did so with grace. Should we not look to our mothers before us, who have weathered the storms and still stand? Our grandmothers raised children with husbands at war, volunteered, knew fear, worked inside and outside the home, made due with what they had and put on a bit of lipstick to keep up spirits; their courageous examples are living ensamples of potential excellence. We are surrounded by greatness and examples of strength. Women who have sacrificed much for others.

Do you recognize greatness? Great women are all outward focused. Listen, they say things like, “can I help?” “What can I do?” “Here, you come sit by me.” If you look, you will see their eyes looking into yours with a purity and clarity of someone who is not just pretending to care.

I don’t know what to think of the anger displayed by women who think a monthly cycle is a sign of greatness. Or that flaunting our body shape is taking a stand? Should it not be our struggle for being honorable, kind and loving that bind our hearts?

Can we not aim higher? I think of the hymn, “Higher Ground.”

My heart has no desire to stay
Where doubts arise and fears dismay;
Though some may dwell where those abound,
My prayer, my aim, is higher ground.

I am proud of the women before me. I am touched by their loving hearts and covered by their prayers. I am grateful for the examples of work and effort they put forth. I desire to be like those women. Women who are not trying to be bleeding men, but are content and embrace the fact they are women. We are not all alike, and difference is not a sin. Being feminine is not weakness. Ostentatious yelling about coarse greatness is not so great. Strength under control is greatness; learning to live peaceably with all men. Should we not honor the sacrifices they made? They are REAL women.

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