In an era of female empowerment, #metoo and men transitioning to ‘women’ more boldly than ever before, there is an overwhelming amount of static when it comes to conversations about what makes a woman who she is.
Add to that thousands of years of slavery, oppression and warmongering and it’s clear that the incredibly valuable and unique role of women in the world has been, at the very least, drastically misunderstood.
Here’s the thing: It isn’t just men who don’t understand what a woman is and should be in light of God’s intentional design. Many, many times women don’t understand either.
In God’s reality, women are equal to men in every way (Gal. 3:28-29). But being equal does not mean being the same.
Men and women are different and no surgery, pill or behavioral modifications can change that fundamental truth. God created and structured a man’s heart and mind and soul to work differently than a woman’s and those differences were meant to complement each other, not condemn, to strengthen, not suppress.
But, alas, thousands of years of the fallen human condition has brought us where we are today! Men are not devoid of “feminine” characteristics nor are women devoid of classically “male” characteristics, because both men and women reflect the multi-faceted image of God; and celebrating the strengths of one should not entail the criticism of the other’s weakness, but certainly men and women express themselves differently!
All that to say--in a broken world that seeks to blur the lines between genders (or even deny them outright!), it is easy to feel minimized as a woman, but you are empowered by God to be who He called you to be!
You might need a quick refresher course on just how wonderfully He has made you, what He has gifted you with and how to operate in your role as a woman of light in the darkness of the world, so here are seven lovely characteristics God gave to women:
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