July 2014 Letter–Dear Women

July 2014 Letter–Dear Women,

I have never really been a feminist. Or maybe I don’t really know what a feminist is. I do believe in equality of worth between men and women, and I do believe that our female voices should be listened to, and I am all about raising the awareness of the despicable plight of so many of our sisters on the other side of the world. So maybe I am a feminist…. but I do not believe in equality of sexes in everything, because men are men and women are women, and I know that our physical strength is not equal to men’s and that’s fine with me, and women think differently than men, and I love being a woman and being treated like a woman. I have no problem with being feminine and enjoying it. So maybe I am not a feminist… or maybe I don’t know what I am talking about.

But I do know that I am in awe of you, my sisters all around the world. I have seen you walk tall in the midst of darkness. I have seen you trust God with such grace. I have seen you work your fingers to the bones–literally–so that your little ones could eat. And I have seen you holding on to truth when it cost you your very life. I have watched you go from being invisible to being a force that must be reckoned with.

Women of the world, you are strong, beautiful, and courageous. I have watched you working through your fears if necessary in order to nurture, feed, grow those entrusted to you, whether they are people or ideas. You make me want to be a better mother as I watch you mothering, whether you birthed a child of your own or not–nurturing, giving, leading by example, serving, sacrificing. Your legacy inspires me to be more.

Women of the world, You are noble. You are gorgeous. You challenge me to do it afraid. Do it shaking. Do it with no feelings. Sticking with truth, regardless of cost.

Women of the world, you encourage me to trust Him more and more. To bid him to call me upon the waters. To climb unclimbable mountains in His name. To love unlovable ones in His name. To be all He called me to be.

And you might think that no one sees.That you are anonymous.

You are not. Your lives scream to me. Your lives breathe into me.

Thank you for all you are to me, Women of the world.

Barbara

Cultivating Thankfulness with Ann Voskamp

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Sometimes, I link up with any or all of these wonderful writers: Hearts 4 Home, SDG, Hearts Reflected, WLW, EOA, Things I can’t say, Growing Home, Play Dates with God, Monday Musings, Hear it on Sunday,Inspire Me Monday, Tell me a Story, The Better Mom, a Mama’s Story, Into the Word, In and Around Mondays,OYHT, Gratituesday,Titus2Tuesdays, Extraordinay, Lessons from Ivy, Denise in Bloom, Sweet Blessings, Faith Filled Friday, Finding Joy, WholeHearted Home, Mom’s the Word, Reclaiming a Redeemed Life

 

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12 comments

  1. When Jesus calls a Christian into service He does NOT consider gender, but he does look for a willing and an obedient heart. I understand your thoughts and the word feminist has a different meaning for those who seek to place women above men. We as women need to be a feminine person. Thank you for sharing your lovely post with us here at “Tell Me a Story.” http://letmetelluastory.blogspot.com/

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  2. Hi Barbara! I saw your post over on A Little R&R. I loved your letter. I don’t consider myself to be a feminist either, yet I care very much about being all God has called me to be as a woman. You are right – women are so beautiful and strong. I am thankful that we matter to God. Beautiful words!

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  3. I love this! And I am so with you on this – I am not sure if I am a feminist or not. And honestly, I do not care one way or the other what I would be called. But I do love learning from women all around me. I am grateful for those who motivate me & inspire me each & every day to be all I was created to be in & through Christ. Blessings!

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  4. This was a great letter to women. Women are all awe-inspiring in one way or another! I’m glad I had the opportunity to stop by from Wake up Wednesday and read this! 🙂

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  5. A beautiful letter to women, Barbara. I agree, I love learning from other women. God has placed many in my life that continually inspire me by their strength and courage. Blessings to you. Thank you for sharing with TWW.

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  6. What a lovely tribute to our gender, Barbara. I can’t imagine a world without the influence and contributions of women. Bless you for thanking and acknowledging our sisters around the world. I’m sure there are many unrecognized heroes.

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  7. Barbara,
    I’ve missed your words. These blessed me. I’ve never described myself as a feminist partly because I don’t like to get caught up in labels. That said, this, ” I have watched you go from being invisible to being a force that must be reckoned with.Women of the world, you are strong, beautiful, and courageous…” was a powerful call to action and a reminder that we are strong, through Him.
    Glad I found you at Lisha’s. Peace and good to you in Jesus’ name,
    Amen

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  8. To be upheld with such grace…let us all be mindful of your words Barbara. Pulling them out when the call to bravery goes forth. Bless you for leading the way with this love letter to women.

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