Wednesday, March 23, 2011

For the Ladies

I would highly recommend the book Captivating for anyone who hasn't read it yet!  It has a ton of truth about women that often remains uncovered.  Below is a passage that came through the daily reading e-mail from the authors who wrote the book. 

This addresses something God has been working on with me through out my life and holds a lot of truth from what I've seen and heard from other ladies.  I hope it encourages you to be honest with God and trust Him with your heart!  Don't let this passage be the end, but let it cultivate an deep conversation with God if you find yourself feeling these things.  God is our hope.  In Him is the fulfillment to our hearts desires!

"I know I am not alone in this nagging sense of failing to measure up, a feeling of not being good enough as a woman.  Every woman I've ever met feels it-something deeper than just the sense of failing at what she does.  An underlying, gut feeling of failing at who she is. I am not enough, and I am too much at the same time.  Not pretty enough, not thin enough, not kind enough, not gracious enough, not disciplined enough.  But too emotional, too needy, too sensitive, too strong, too opinionated, too messy.  The result is Shame, the universal companion of women.  It haunts us, nipping at our heels, feeding on our deepest fear that we will end up abandoned and alone. 
"After all, if we were better women-whatever that means-life wouldn't be so hard. Right? We wouldn't have so many struggles; there would be less sorrow in our hearts. Why is it so hard to create meaningful friendships and sustain them? Why do our days seem so unimportant, filled not with romance and adventure but with duties and demands? We feel unseen, even by those who are closest to us. We feel unsought-that no one has the passion or the courage to pursue us, to get past our messiness to find the woman deep inside. And we feel uncertain-uncertain what it even means to be a woman; uncertain what it truly means to be feminine; uncertain if we are or ever will be. 
"Aware of our deep failings, we pour contempt on our own hearts for wanting more. Oh, we long for intimacy and for adventure; we long to be the Beauty of some great story. But the desires set deep in our hearts seem like a luxury, granted only to those women who get their acts together. The message to the rest of us-whether from a driven culture or a driven church-is: Try harder."
(Captivating , 6-7)