Raising my daughters in the world today is tricky. Not because they don’t have every opportunity afforded to them by this great nation, but because the world is changing…it’s not the same place I grew up in. We tell all of our children that they can be whatever they want to be when they grow up. That whatever goal or dream they feel God has put on their heart to do, can be theirs if they work hard and apply themselves. I’m not sure if I’m just living in some sort of strange mom-bubble, or if people have literally lost their minds and made up a bunch of random “facts” causing mass hysteria among women in this country….but I have not seen any woman in the United States of America treated as a second class citizen for simply being female! In fact, I feel like women have the upper hand in many careers, and pursuits in life, simply because they are women.
My husband attempted to get into pharmaceutical sales years ago. He made it to the last round of interviews with half a dozen companies, and never was offered a job. You know why? It always came down to him, and a woman, and pharmaceutical companies want women selling their drugs. But it’s okay…. I really didn’t want to be married to a “drug dealer” anyways.
I’ve encountered women doctors, lawyers, teachers, accountants, financial advisers, business owners, realtors, athletes, etc. They were all “allowed” to go to college, pursue a career of their choice, and earn decent wages for themselves. They were not told they couldn’t do it, or they weren’t allowed. They followed their dreams, worked hard, and met or surpassed their goals. Period.
I will raise my daughters to be strong women. Women who know their value comes from the God who created them. And women who know that the world is open to them…they can be whatever they choose to be. I’m going to raise them to respect life, all lives, including the unborn. My daughters will know first and foremost that they are children of God, and secondly women. And they will also learn to embrace womanhood for all that it is. The good, the bad and the ugly. I want them to grow up to be kindhearted, modest, intelligent, respectful, genuine, loving and nurturing. The Bible lays out what a woman should be. And all of those qualities I just listed are implied in Proverbs 31.
Being a woman is a tremendous gift. The mere fact that we can grow another human being inside our bodies and then feed that baby with nothing other than our bodies is purely miraculous. Instead of shouting out profanities while wearing a vulgar hat to protest the president…the country…men…..we should maybe turn our focus to the things that really matter. The ones who truly need to be heard. Women in countries who have no rights…who’s bodies are mutilated, mangled, abused, raped, violated and murdered, for simply being women.
May God bless this great nation. May His people multiply here, and His morality be our own. To the marchers across this nation…I am a woman – you are NOT marching for me!
Proverbs 31: 10-31 ESV – The Woman Who Fears the Lord
10 An excellent wife who can find?
She is far more precious than jewels.
11 The heart of her husband trusts in her,
and he will have no lack of gain.
12 She does him good, and not harm,
all the days of her life.
13 She seeks wool and flax,
and works with willing hands.
14 She is like the ships of the merchant;
she brings her food from afar.
15 She rises while it is yet night
and provides food for her household
and portions for her maidens.
16 She considers a field and buys it;
with the fruit of her hands she plants a vineyard.
17 She dresses herself with strength
and makes her arms strong.
18 She perceives that her merchandise is profitable.
Her lamp does not go out at night.
19 She puts her hands to the distaff,
and her hands hold the spindle.
20 She opens her hand to the poor
and reaches out her hands to the needy.
21 She is not afraid of snow for her household,
for all her household are clothed in scarlet.
22 She makes bed coverings for herself;
her clothing is fine linen and purple.
23 Her husband is known in the gates
when he sits among the elders of the land.
24 She makes linen garments and sells them;
she delivers sashes to the merchant.
25 Strength and dignity are her clothing,
and she laughs at the time to come.
26 She opens her mouth with wisdom,
and the teaching of kindness is on her tongue.
27 She looks well to the ways of her household
and does not eat the bread of idleness.
28 Her children rise up and call her blessed;
her husband also, and he praises her:
29 “Many women have done excellently,
but you surpass them all.”
30 Charm is deceitful, and beauty is vain,
but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised.
31 Give her of the fruit of her hands,
and let her works praise her in the gates.