Thursday, April 12, 2018

Living Counter Cultural: Femininity

Popular culture has a decidedly feminist bent.
 Recent movies, tv shows and prominent women
 are displaying heroins as 
superior cutthroats. 
 Current cultural trends are directly opposing anything close to Biblical standards.
I hope you realize this and are not one of the many frogs sitting placidly in a pot set to boil. 
 The darkness of sin and evil are sweeping across our nation
at a frightening and sickening pace.
A thinking woman must wonder;  what can I possibly do about it?
You can be a city set on a hill...
just by being who God created you to be.
In this day and age, trying to uphold a biblical standard of femininity will indeed 
set you apart.
When was the last time you saw a woman who looked lovely?
How about watched a mother tenderly communicating to a child?
Have you recently noticed a young girl dressed in  a sweet and wholesome way?
I am sure it wasn't in Walmart.  
Sadly, these are not things we see evident in our society today.

Being a woman created by God is such a privilege.
The gift of our femininity is something we can give both to ourselves and those around us.
I believe that our society is hungering to be transformed by the
 and grace
 of Biblical femininity.....they just don't know it, 
and are looking for everything else to satisfy this thirst.

What better antidote to a violent and pain filled culture
 than warm
 and gentle
feminine strength?

What better cure for poverty and filth
than a love of beauty and a confidence
in one's ability to make things lovely?

What better hope for the future than a
nurturing mother's heart that is
 more concerned for the next generation
than its own selfish desires?

All these qualities:
gentle strength,
love of beauty,
care and nurturing,
 are part of the essence of femininity.

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As Emily Barnes says so aptly in her book, The Heart of Loveliness: 
 "To me a godly woman is one who possesses inner peace and tranquility; 
 she doesn't have to prove herself to anyone.  
She is strong, and yet she does not use her strength to control or dominate people,
 neither does she depend on recognition from others.
  Hers is an inner contentment and satisfaction based not on accomplishments, position, or authority,
but on a deep awareness of God's eternal and personal love for her. 
 That kind of inner peace, strength confidence and tranquility comes from depending on God; 
 drawing on His wisdom and strength,
 learning to be like Him."  

When this happens in our lives, 
we gradually grow free of anxious competitiveness and aggressiveness.
  We no longer need to prove our worth and value
 because we now how much we are worth in God's sight... 
and then, we are free to reach out in love to others.

"Your beauty should not come from outward adornments such as braided hair and the wearing of gold jewelry or fine clothes, instead, it should be that of your inner self, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is of great worth in God's sight."
1 Peter 3:3,4 

As we set forth to cultivate femininity in our homes, 
let us think not only of ourselves, but of the darkness of the nation creeping in around us.
We are, in part, the answer..
for as we shine forth God's truth, acted out in our lives,
 we will be like a city set on a hill.  
For darkness does not take away light, but only deepens as the light grows dim. 
 Stand strong, therefore, Biblical women,
 and let your light shine.

1 comment:

  1. Love this! Shining our light is the only way for some people to see light! I adored Emilie Barnes and her books are still treasure!


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Living Counter Cultural: Femininity

Popular culture has a decidedly feminist bent.  Recent movies, tv shows and prominent women  are displaying heroins as   to...