Womanhood is difficult. I experienced as a single woman the pressures of school and work and dating. There was loneliness and anxiety as I moved away from friends and family for several years. There were questions about when I would get married and have children, because that is the pressure and expectation for women. Some cultures even define a woman’s worth by this, and these women often do not have a choice.
“For you created my inmost being;Psalm 139:13-16
you knit me together in my mother’s womb.
I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
your works are wonderful,
I know that full well.
My frame was not hidden from you
when I was made in the secret place,
when I was woven together in the depths of the earth.
Your eyes saw my unformed body;
all the days ordained for me were written in your book
before one of them came to be.”
Pressures and expectations
When I got married and became a mother, the pressures and expectations just multiplied. Judgement on how I would feed my child, if I would sleep train my child and everything else under the sun soon came crashing upon me. It’s easy to get overwhelmed and tired. As a mom, it feels like there’s an
endless to do list and kids are always managing to undo a completed task. And let’s not forget the toll that stress, hormones and babies have on our bodies. Media, culture and sometimes our loved ones can point out that we have not lost the baby weight. We may begin to feel unlovable.
You are wonderful
Women have been seen as “less than” for centuries. In John 4, Jesus speaks to the Samaritan woman at the well. Jesus goes against the culture and pours “living water” into her dry soul. He goes against custom and speaks to a lowly, sinful Samaritan. She has worth because she is a child of God. She is loved and adored by Jesus. As are we. In Psalm 139, we learn that God knew us in our mother’s womb and we are wonderfully made. If God thinks we are wonderful, then do not lot anyone make you feel otherwise. You are beautiful and precious.
If God thinks we are wonderful, then do not let anyone make you feel otherwise.
You might feel invisible, but God KNOWS YOU. God SEES YOU. God created each of us for a purpose. Let us live for God. As we find our identity in Him, we find our real value.
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