Saturday, December 17, 2011

The beauty within Women!

What does being feminine mean to you? Is it something negative or great? Do you imagine some silent girl who never causes a disturbance or do you see someone who is comfortable in herself, yet still graceful in her approach to life. I began pondering this myself after a guy commented on how attractive feminism is to guys. It all started with the comment of how guys like girls who wear skirts. My first response was to inform them of how hard it would be to wear a skirt all of the time. Being men, I figured they needed to understand the hardship we ladies have.... :) Anyway though as it continued they discussion it was obvious that they did not expect us to wear skirts all the time or have a baby on our hip constantly. They simply saw feminism as beautiful. I wondered why. I mean that is so opposite our culture. Our culture says women are to fight for their rights, stand strong, never back down, do everything better than a man, and all in all show who is boss. Is this feminism? In my mind, no. I have discussed submission on here before. They kind of go together. Here is the thing... God made us a certain way and no matter how hard we try to change it His way is going to work better no matter what. His way is beautiful and perfect. I choose to rest in that. With that said, what does God's idea of a feminine woman look like? What do you think? I really began to pray about this and look into God's word and see what it says. There are some obviously strong verses about how women are suppose to dress and act. I considered those and I also considered being culturally relevant. Since then I have realized that there is a balance. Such as the skirt comment. No, guys do not expect girls to wear skirts all the time, but they do find it attractive. Are we to be silent and never share our opinion? No. We shouldn’t be loud and always have to have the final say though either. There are lines that can be pushed, but the bottom line is that God made women to be a man’s helpmeet and a man was not made to cook, clean, birth babies, or care for people with tenderness. Yes, they can do those things (except for the birthing of course!) and women can do the same exact things that men can. Is this natural though? Is it beautiful? Is it empowering? No. I firmly believe it is not. Yes, I can check my oil, take my trash out, pump my own gas and many other things just like a guy. I'm here to tell you though that if a guy offers to do it I will let him. I do not have to prove I'm better than him.

So why am I saying this? I want to encourage you to embrace your feminism. Enjoy being a woman! If you enjoy fishing, hunting, sports and other things like that go for it! Enjoy life. Do not neglect or degrade the gift you have of being a lady though. Get dressed up sometime. Take pride in cooking and taking care of the men in your life. Women seek to find what their "Purpose in life" is while all the time it is right before them. We are to support the men in our lives whether it be dad, husband, etc. Now again, do not get me wrong... We women are strong and we can succeed in whatever we set our mind to! I'm convinced that God gave us women secret powers that only women have! We can do 9,000 at one time and do each one of them well. That has to be a super power. :) In our battle to succeed though we cannot lose sight that God created us as females to be feminine. It was His perfect and holy design. Let's do our best to not mess that up!



Abby said...

Beautiful thoughts Jen! Meekness is strength under control... not a little mousy woman, but a woman who knows wisdom and strength and upholds it in a becoming and graceful tone.

This is the message along with many others of Silk and Purple the new ministry I am a part of. Here is our blog
we would love for you to read it and pass it on. Maybe post a link here on your blog? We need help spreading the word!

May the Lord bless your message and bless you!

Sierra said...

Thank you so much for this post Jen. I have been rethinking the whole, strong-woman and slave-to-cooking, and child-caring-woman. I believe you posted a bit on this a little while ago and that really made me rethink it. So now, I really do not agree with any of those terms. I can be strong by being gentle and I love kids. I'm on speaking terms with cooking :P I do want to be feminine and I really agree with all you said. Although i do have a small problem with the skirts that I have now and quite prefer jeans...I will try to find some I like. And I can do dresses :) Thanks so much! Sierra
Keep Growing Beautiful♥ (Cause You Are!)

Katherine said...

Excellent post! I agree, and am so glad to find other young women who share this perspective. :) Thank you for sharing and may He continue to bless and guide you. :)


Abby K. said...

Thank you to Love Unawakened for leaving so many nice comments on my blog: Letters From My Hand.

I appreciate it!