Raise Awareness. End Stigma. Point to Hope.
I have been richly blessed by the Women's Ministry of C3 Church, known as Daughters. Towards the close of the 2019 Women's Conference we were encouraged to speak life to each other, as the Holy Spirit led. Some gave a word of knowledge and others prophesied. The woman who held my hand prophesied to me: the sum of her announcement being, persist.
I left that day and strolled into the STRAND (a favorite pastime of mine), where it was not long before my eyes caught a blue canvas tote with the words, "Nevertheless She Persisted", emblazoned on it. I purchased it, deciding to carry an artifact to remind me of the word I'd received. It was not until several weeks later that I realized the phrase I proudly carried on my bag had been captured by a larger story: the story of the feminist movement and specifically the outcry of women against the public chastisement of Senator Elizabeth Warren by Senate Majority Leader, Mitch McConnell.
As I investigated this larger story, I couldn't help but being struck by how different the cry of Biblical womanhood is from the cry of the feminist movement. Biblical womanhood is not ignorant of, nor apathetic to the reality of systemically protected discrepancies in the valuing and treatment of women. It is knowledgeable. It is concerned. It is engaged. But, it is all these things that the feminist movement is, from a God angle.
It is knowledgeable from a human or natural vantage point, but the knowledge that it relies on (that fashions its concerns and directs its engagement) is that which is from God. Knowledge about who God is, who we are and our God sanctioned and designed dignity and purpose in the earth.
Biblical womanhood is not reactionary-not moving out because it is provoked. Biblical womanhood is purpose driven and Holy Spirit directed: moving confidently, not in the strength of its roar or to claw for a power it idolized as it sat on the sidelines of history but, in the love and power of the Father.
Biblical womanhood is the picture of women already free, valued and loved, who are compelled by the love of their Father to invite others into the lived reality of true freedom, value and love. In the flesh, she prays, studies, organizes, speaks out, is silent, votes, runs for office, raises her kids, loves her husband and lays her life down in a myriad of other ways. She lays her life down in confidence because she has placed her trust in Him. She is confident because of His sufficiency.
Confident in the face of assaults on her worth because she knows that God loved her so much that He gave His life for her on a cross. (John 3:16). She knows that she is fearfully and wonderfully made. (Psalm 139:14).
Confident in the face of the accusations of her past because she knows that no weapon formed against her can ever prosper, as her righteousness [right standing with God] is established by God. (Isaiah 54:17). She knows that there is no condemnation for her in Jesus Christ. (Romans 8:1).
Confident in the face of opposition because she knows that greater is Christ in her, than he who is in the world. (1 John 4:4). She knows that the battle is not hers, but the LORD’s. (2 Chronicles 20:15).
Confident in the face of rejection because she knows that never will He leave nor forsake her. (Hebrews 13:5). She knows that when her mother and father forsake her, He will lift her up. (Psalm 27:10).
Confident in the face of calamity because she knows that all things He will work together for her good. (Romans 8:28).
Confident in the face of the threat of lack because she knows that the LORD is her shepherd, she shall lack nothing. (Psalm 23:1).
Confident in the face of her weaknesses because she knows that when she is weak, then she is strong in Jesus Christ. (2 Corinthians 12:9-11).
Confident in the face of the unknown because she knows that He knows the end from the beginning and will take her to a good and expected end. (Jeremiah 29:11).
Confident in the face of the taunt of time because she knows that He will restore the years that the cankerworm has eaten. (Joel 2:25).
Confident in the face of the lie of purposelessness because she knows that all her days have been numbered and that she has been made in Christ Jesus for good works He has prepared in advance. (Psalm 139:16 and Ephesians 2:10).
Confident in the face of temptation and sin because she knows that no temptation is unique to her and that the Spirit that raised Jesus lives in her to make her victorious over the power of sin. (1 Corinthians 10:13 and 2 Timothy 1:7).
Confident in the face of death and the grave because she knows that He shall receive her unto Himself and that the dead in Christ shall be raised to life! (1 Thessalonians 4:16-17).
The Voice We Listen To
Jeanette Bailey is a believer in Jesus Christ, who believes that health, wellness, healing and wholeness is obtainable with a Christ-centered and evidence based medically sound approach. Her life's mission is to help individuals, families and communities
Carolyn Sinclair McCall is the Founder and President of EarthBasic, a growing ministry, seeking to support women and children in cultivating loving, sustainable and Christ-centered responses to their self-care needs. She is thrilled at the call to extend the Be-held Community to include Be-Held Peace of Mind: a monthly publication providing Christ- centered mental health resources that raise awareness about mental health issues, end stigma around mental illness and point persons to hope in Jesus Christ.