Saturday, April 3, 2010
It's Tough Being a Woman
The store shelves are filled with books, magazines, and movies that reinforce a warped world view. They make you unhappy with monogamy and even unhappier with yourself in ways you cannot fix." Beth Moore
I am almost finished my bible study on the book of Esther. It's called Esther: it's tough being a woman. I LOVED it.
However, I have had to be disciplined to do it. I know that it would have been easy for me to say, "this just doesn't work in to my schedule".
This year the time of the class changed from 7 pm to 6 pm. Amanda's dance class changed from 5:30 to 6:30. I see this as a test from God. Much of it was seeking the material on my own. I missed many video sessions. But I did not give up.
There is one more video, this Thursday. As I review emails last night, I notice that Daniel has bowling with the cub scouts which means I have to take Amanda to dance. I will miss the final video. Oh well. God knew I would.
"I have to accept that I was not called to an easy life. I was called to a purposeful life. At strategic times of internal war I stop and ask myself, "What if this is a critical moment? What if this very thing, this very decision, is the most important piece of the puzzle comprising my purpose?" Beth Moore
Each week there has been a different message. The love of woman has been on my heart for a while now. I know that this study was purposely put in my life at this time. It was up to me to be a good disciple and stick with it.
Beth Moore is a wonderful teacher. Actually, wonderful doesn't really describe how much I love doing her studies. If you ever get an opportunity to take one, take it!
Here are some of the thoughts we discussed:
It's tough being a woman in an another woman's shadow.
It's tough being a woman in a world where beauty is a treatment.
It tough being a woman in a mean world.
It's tough begin a woman in the tight fist of fear.
It's tough being a woman who can balance passion with patience.
It's tough being a woman who feels responsible for the "how".
"You cannot amputate your history from the fulfillment of your destiny." - When I am in Jesus, my past is something He takes hold of and makes it into a destiny. That's called redemption! Beth Moore