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I am a parent and a spouse. I am a writer, a teacher, and a photographer wannabe.
I am a woman.
Depending on your beliefs, the last statement could either boost my credibility or diminish it. If you secretly believe that women are better than men, you will listen to what I have to say. If you secretly believe that men are superior, then you will dismiss my thoughts and opinions because I am “just a woman”.
I was fortunate to be raised by parents who didn’t think my female gender made me less than or better than anyone else. My dad was raised by a mother who engaged him at an intellectual level. My mom was raised by a father who valued her and her mind. In turn, they both taught me that I could do whatever I set my mind to, as long as I was following God’s leading.
What about those who were taught that men are superior? Will they have the boldness to pursue their dreams, their God-given potential? Will they melt away into the shadows of empty submission to boastful men?
What about those who were taught that they were superior to men? Will they have the humility to treat husbands, sons, and other men with kindness and respect? Will their pride thwart their relationship, their happiness?
Somewhere, in the middle of these two extremes lies the truth.
From this truth, we find freedom to be who He created us to be. Some women were created for domestic life. Others were created for high-power careers. The rest of us are somewhere in the middle. Womanhood doesn’t have to look uniform to be real. A woman who enjoys hunting is just as much a woman as the one who loves her kitchen.
If you or I cannot identify what it means to be a woman, then we will miss a huge part of our mission in life.
We will either let ourselves be walked upon and settle for second best. Or we will walk all over others in pursuit of our goals. I don’t want these disasters to happen to me or my daughters. I want to know my true calling. I want my daughters to find the same.
So I have been seeking. Hard. I have been searching God’s Word for answers. I have read opposing opinions about what God’s Word really means. I have wrestled with the various extremes. I have struggled with the parts of the truth that I don’t like. I have celebrated the parts of the truth that I do like.
These discoveries and more are part of a new Bible study coming out in the next few months as a partnership between Alaska Christian Women’s Ministry and CarolDunfee.com. This study will help you find your identity as a woman, as a Christian, as God’s child.
- You will learn how much your Creator values you.
- You will see the painful results of Eve’s curse. (They extend farther than I ever dreamed.)
- You will identify the tactics Satan has used against women.
- You will discover how to respond properly to the hostility that is thrown at our gender.
- You will learn victorious living through Jesus’ example.
Will you join us? Click the subscribe button below. You will receive updates so that you can learn online with other women what God has designed you to be. We will keep you updated on the the study’s release.
Jesus said, “If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples. Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” John 8:31b-32 NIV
This article was also posted on the website of Alaska Christian Women’s Ministry.