Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Outfit & Thoughts || What's With Being a Woman?



   Greetings, readers! I have a double feature blog post today, with a fun new outfit and some thoughts on a current, yet age-old issue. To save on time, I will explain about the outfit here. It features four darling new items - the skirt is gifted from a co-worker, tights from Mom for my birthday, and boot cuffs and booties purchased using a Target birthday gift-card from my co-workers. P.S, these shoes are a new favorite pair. :)




   Womanhood and women's rights are a hot topic right now. As Christians, it is crucial to look at this controversial issue from a Biblical worldview. We the women of God are not to be weak, timid pieces of property. Instead, we are to to be strong, kind, and faithful to our Maker. Women have a different role than men, but are of equal worth to God. Embracing our Creator's design for us is truly the bravest statement on womanhood we can make.

   The woman portrayed in Proverbs 31 is often used as an example of Biblical womanhood. She can give us valuable insight into what a godly female is. To begin with, her husband trusts her, and she does him good (11-12). She works with her hands in delight (13) - she is not lazy. She makes wise investments (16) and has her own business (24). She takes care of her household (21,27). She dresses in beauty (22). She is clothed in strength and dignity (25). Her speech is full of wisdom and kindness (26). Rather than being a selfish bon-bon eater, this woman uses her brain, honors her husband, works hard and speaks well. Verse 30 tells us that being a woman who fears the Lord is praiseworthy, opposed to vain beauty.

   In the New Testament, we see more passages outlining Christian womanhood. One example is 1 Peter 3:3-6* which says, "Your adornment must not be merely external—braiding the hair, and wearing gold jewelry, or putting on dresses; but let it be the hidden person of the heart, with the imperishable quality of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is precious in the sight of God. For in this way in former times the holy women also, who hoped in God, used to adorn themselves, being submissive to their own husbands; just as Sarah obeyed Abraham, calling him lord, and you have become her children if you do what is right without being frightened by any fear."


   God does not advocate the abuse, objectification, trafficking or belittling of women. Anyone who uses the Bible to excuse such behavior is wrong. Instead, the Word tells men to love and cherish their wives (Ephesians 5:25,28,29). In his letter, Paul instructs Timothy to treat the older women as mothers and the younger women as sisters, in all purity (1 Timothy 5:2). Though women are not to teach or have authority over men (1 Timothy 2:12), this does not make us less human or less valuable than men. The two genders have different roles before God but were equally created by Him (Genesis 5:2) and equal as sinners redeemed by the blood of Christ (Galatians 3:28).

   Before we are tempted to join the band-wagon of the world, let us stop and consider the ways of our Lord. As 1 Peter 3 told us, we are not to be afraid of doing what is right. The Biblical woman is not a timid doormat, but a courageous ambassador of Christ to the world. She uses the gifts and intelligence God has given her without being brash or rude. May you and I be brave enough to obey our Lord and show the world what a real woman is, pointing them to who the real Savior is.


So Jesus was saying to those Jews who had believed Him, “If you continue in My word, then you are truly disciples of Mine;  and you will know the truth, and the truth will make you free.”
John 8:31-32 *


* scripture quotations are from NASB

16 comments:

  1. Dear Paige...what an excellent post this was! So very well written! "Embracing our Creator's design for us is truly the bravest statement on womanhood we can make." This stood out to me especially, my friend...how I wish all women could read this!
    Thank you for sharing your heart on a very tender topic, your words are true and gracious...
    Also...I love your outfit which is so feminine and oh! Those boots are simply gorgeous!
    Hugs and love to you!

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    1. Thanks sweet lady! I hope the Lord uses my blog as an encouragement to others...Writing these posts also motivates me! Hugs to you as well!

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  2. Great thoughts! I love how you emphasize a Godly strength and courage. It's a chaotic time to be a girl hahah but I'm proud to strive for Biblical womanhood, rather than the "worlds" idea of what a woman should be and what she should stand for.

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    1. Thanks so much Lauren! You are right. :) Sometimes it's hard to remember what true womanhood is about, so we (me) need to remind ourselves, haha!

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  3. Hello, what a cute outfit! Love how it all goes so great together. Totally adore your boots and boot toppers so stylish and feminine. I do like your scripture topic. Nice approach and explanation was very well written. I do agree with your point of view. Thanks for sharing:) Stephanie

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    1. Thanks a bunch Stephanie! I am enjoying my new clothes. :) I'm glad you appreciated the thoughts I shared. Hope you are having a great week!

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  4. I love this outfit. Thanks for sharing.
    Marilyn

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    1. Thanks muchly and you are welcome! :)

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  5. I love your outfit! Those boots are adorable!
    Thank you for that encouragement! I've been thinking a lot lately about what it means to be a a woman after God's own heart, and all my favorite bloggers have been addressing this issue and giving me much to think and pray about. Thank you for your insight.

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    1. Thanks a bunch Rebekah! :)
      Oh I am so glad that you were encouraged and gained more food for your thoughts!

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  6. Paige,

    What a beautiful skirt + ensemble! Also, I love the beautiful red accents of the berries on the sidewalk in the photos. I hope you have been enjoying the rest of this winter.

    Thank you for sharing these Scriptures referencing the value of women in the eyes of God. I think the only thing I might add as a disclaimer/explanation is that women are not to teach or have authority over men in the context of the church. Obviously, we should not be submissive to all men but to the leaders God has placed in our lives, namely our husbands and the leaders in our respective churches.

    Thanks for this refreshing, truth-saturated perspective! :)

    Dani xoxo
    a vapor in the wind

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    1. Thank you Dani! :D
      I'm glad that you enjoyed the post! Thank you for the disclaimer. Yes, the submission is specifically for our spiritual leaders. :)

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  7. Some really good thoughts! Thank you for speaking out!

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    1. Thanks Andra for your encouraging comment! :)

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  8. Love your outfit, especially the mididress and the frilly socks! You have sime wise thoughts about the topic women!

    Sugarcandycandy.blogspot.com

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    1. Thank you Monique! I'm glad you enjoyed the post. : )

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