Identity and Modern Womanhood

Mar 2, 2016

Happy Wednesday to you all! I hope your week is going well thus far. Today started a little sad for me, Nate left for tour yesterday, but he'll be back right before Spring Break, so that's a good thing. Also, school is so crazy, I'm able to find distraction and comfort at work. I know Nate loves being on tour, and he is living out his dream, so that makes it a little easier too.

Anyways, for the past few weeks I've been super burdened to talk about this subject, but I've had a hard time putting it on paper (or screen). Do things sometimes bother you, but you can't really put your finger on it? That's how I've been since seeing the previews for Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising, How to be Single, and The Boss. I wasn't mad about what I was seeing, I was sad.  During the course of these movie previews My heart broke as I watched our mainstream media send a very clear message: Gentleness and Modesty are equal to weakness or backwards thinking, and what you want is all that matters. There are all these preconceived ideas what modern women should be doing. I'm not so sure.

"If you don't decide who you are the world will do it for you." This is a saying I discuss in my high school Bible class. I think applies to all people of any age.What is the world turning us women into? Does strong womanhood and sense of self mean that you are entitled, that you have the right, to indulge your every whim even or especially at the expense of others? I think generally, the World's reply might be "yes" and it breaks my heart. I don't bring this up to condemn, I just want to challenge what modern womanhood looks like. Gentleness, Kindness, Modesty (not having to do with how much our little you wear), are not synonymous with weakness, or lameness. I couldn't think of  a smarter sounding word.

If we look to the Word, the entire book of Ecclesiastes shows that no excess of indulgence will ever truly fulfill us. We won't find who we are or who we want to be by serving ourselves only, we will only find loneliness. Ladies, there are Godly and courageous women all over our Bible. Being Gentle or Modest does not mean we sit quietly and just let the world go by. By no means!Look at Deborah in Judges! When the king is too cowardly to fight for the God of Israel in Battle, she suits up!  Esther, when she realizes her people are in danger of mass genocide, she goes to the king expecting to be killed, but having great faith that Lord the will see her through. Ruth, is a Moabite, but she is loyal, and sticks with Naomi to the very end, eventually marrying Boaz, the kinsman's redeemer and is the grandmother of King David. Mary is a teenage girl engaged to be married and the Lord gives her the Job of being the mother to the Jesus, the Man of Sorrows, knowing he is going to be the Savior but having no clue how it would all go down. Not to mention being pregnant with baby that's not Joseph's. Courageous, Gentle, Kind, Modest. Strong.

What do you think? Do you see this trend growing? Am I overly sensitive? Am I backwards? It's all food for thought, but I would love to hear what you think.

See you soon!


6 comments :

  1. Well thought out and very well written. don't be nervous to speak the truth. may not always be appreciated by the masses but its these ideas that must be heard. Thanks Rachel

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    1. Thank you so so so much pastor Steve!

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  2. You are not any of those things. You have an under standing of what and who God says women are. Oh, to have lived more of my life with that understanding, I may have done a better job with what my life has been with your decisions and consequences that come along with that not knowing. Not knowing how to be gentle our gracious or kind. Because those things are considered weakness. And it does break my heart also seeing girls and young women not knowing who they really are and not having that understanding. Oh how far they would go if they did! Lord help us as women who understand that help those that don't know yet!

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    1. Marjorie your words are so valuable! Thank you so much for sharing your thoughts and your heart! We so need to pray for the young women of generations before us!

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  3. Rachel, I'm so glad to find your blog. This is an issue that's been stirring in my spirit as well, although my response is often more "sassy," and I'm praying the Lord will give me clarity in how to speak His truth for our sisters, with humility and trust in Him. You spoke with gentleness and courage, humility and forthrightness, truth-in-love. Thank you!

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    1. Hi Angela! So sorry for the late response! I totally get the sass-problem, I'm right there with you sister! I'm praying with you! Thanks for your kind words! Welcome to Parrish The Thought :)

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