The last two years, I felt a need to address how people view women and Gods purpose for them. There is a lot to say in this so I’ll try to sum it up as best as I can. God has indeed created a beautiful calling for women to be nurturers and caretakers of our home. I know first hand that it is a great honor to be able to be a homemaker. I know I have enjoyed taking care of my family, the chores and having the ability to work from home. I even know that people have made fun of or judged homemakers harshly for the way they choose to live…which doesn’t bother me in the slightest because I’m secure in the decisions I’ve made. However, it bothers me when I hear the phrase “a woman should be home, taking care of the littles, or that’s where you should be” spoken to me. Whenever I hear this phrase, I always have a check in my spirit. I know for myself I love being a stay at home mom and would choose this over anything else but I also know some moms/women do not share the same sentiments as I do. Some women dream of being a police woman, a manager, a writer or CEO. Some moms have the ability or the desire to homemake while some moms want/need to work. I don’t feel that homemaking is the only thing women are supposed to do in life. I don’t even think it’s biblical..as I have seen God use women to glorify God in powerful ways other than just being a homemaker.
Another thing that rubs the wrong way is when people just use women, abuse them, and take credit for their work.. God did not create women to be the door mat to a mans success. They actually share equal responsibility through different ways. From being a stay at home mom to being a CEO, a woman plays a high role in society. We have the privilege to help create new life and nurture our children but we also have dreams and desires that God has given us too. Not only that but God has placed woman throughout the Bible in many powerful ways. He even has placed them in authority. For example:
•Deborah was a judge, which was a high honor. People weren’t just picked or thrown into this position with carelessness. She accomplished great things because of this position of authority. One of them being that she prophesied that Sisera was to die at the hand of a woman (Jael) (Judges 4 & 5) and it happened!
•He used Queen Esther to save the Jewish people. I mean that was a big deal back then. You couldn’t just walk into the court room unannounced… I also think God used her because a mans word would have gone on deaf ears. (Book of Esther)
•Anna, an 84 year old widow, was a phrophet in the temple when Jesus was about 13 (Luke 2: 36-38)
•Priscilla and Aquila where used in Gods ministry and they also owned businesses (acts 18: 1-28
He even used women to spread the good news like the Samaritan woman at the well (John 4:4-26), and the women at the tomb (Luke 24). He met them where they where at and it doesn’t stop with them. Ruth, Tamar, Rahab, Moses sister Miriam, and even the woman who found Mose in a basket are just a few more examples of God using women in a place of authority.
Furthermore, God doesn’t just place people or women in positions for no reason (Jeremiah 29:11) God always has a purpose. I believe God has big plans for women and I think we have been given the time to reshape our mentality on how we treat women. I think we have to start looking at it the way God looks at it and If God has called you to be in a certain place then no one else’s opinions matter. You do it for the glory of God!
I can tell you Motherhood wasn’t something I was always interested in. When I was younger, I believed that I HAD to work to be someone of importance. When I did become a mom, I didn’t realize how much I would LOVE being home with them and taking in the rewarding task of motherhood. I tried to work while being a mom but nothing satisfied my desire to be home nurturing them. Motherhood has been a gift I didn’t know I needed until I became a mom. However, people have told me that’s my purpose so I feel guilty at times when I try to do anything other than motherhood. A mom or woman shouldn’t be shamed or be made to feel guilty for being obedient to the Lord. I know both places have their pros and cons and sacrifices…and a woman should not be thought less of especially if they are being obedient to the Lord. If God has called you to the place you are then nothing else matters. You are not lesser than because you are a stay at home mom or higher because you are single working as a CEO. When in doubt follow and listen to Jesus and He will never lead you astray.
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