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Moments for Mom January 2002


By Elisabeth Corcoran


I think women are absolutely incredible. I believe that God loves women and had a wonderful time creating each one of us. Once God made us and saw what He'd done, He was pleased, very pleased.

Just listen to all of the ways women were used by God throughout Scripture...the first miracle was at the request of Jesus' mother; the first declaration of Messiah-ship was to the woman at the well; Jesus actually spoke in public to Mary & Martha (which was huge back then); Mary Magdalene was the first to see Jesus after the resurrection; and He chose to let her tell the disciples of the resurrection.

Also, I asked a few of my friends to give me some of their favorite reasons for being a girl and here's what they said:

Having an excuse to change my mind as much as I want
Being born with the incredible skill of multi-tasking
Being able to discern and understand men better than they understand themselves Getting to participate in "girl talk"
Men open doors and pick up heavy stuff for us (most of the time)
I believe God has given females an extra sense of awareness and sensitivity to others: I like that and can use it to encourage others when they are in need.
I like being part of the gender considered to be the more responsible and committed. (This is one I didn't know!) In developing countries, groups giving small loans aiding poor families, only give to women. They have discovered from past experience, that women faithfully pay back their loans, men often do not. Go girls!
I personally like not having to "go out and earn a living" (though I think I'm "earning my keep" by being at home, no doubt!)
One of my friends said: I like being a girl so that I can do GIRLIE stuff. Like, arranging flowers and giving hugs to the people I love, even if we're in public, and trying to look pretty... BUT, being a tomboy if I wanna, too. Climbing hills and exploring streams, driving really fast around curves, and having spitting contests.

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And, my favorite reason of all - we are the privileged ones who get to give birth! Yay us! (Yes, ladies - it is a privilege!)

In processing all of this, I believe we should love being a woman. Do you? Do you sometimes struggle with seeing only your perceived limitations? Or can you catch a glimpse of the freedom that we have?


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© Elisabeth K. Corcoran
Elisabeth Corcoran is the author of "In Search of Calm: Renewal for a Mother's Heart (2005)" and "Calm in My Chaos: Encouragement for a Mom's Weary Soul (2001)". She is wife to Kevin, and mom to Sara, 11-&-1/2, and Jack, 10. Her passion is encouraging women and the Church, and applying her gifts to eradicating global poverty, as well as local and global AIDS, one small step at a time, which she hopes to fulfill through her writing and speaking, and her connection with Open Door Clinic in the Fox Valley area and her church's partnership in Bo, Sierra Leone. You can learn more about Elisabeth and her ministry at elisabethcorcoran.com.

 

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