Thank you to all the wonderful women who tagged me in the #womenempoweringwomen campaign. I don’t post face selfies, but that doesn’t mean I’m not empowered. 😜🤣 I loved this definition on empowerment, “a multi-dimensional social process that helps people take control of their own lives...it...fosters power in people...by acting on issues they define as important.” What looks like empowerment to one person might look different to another. For some, it’s the lone woman standing in an office full of men, telling her male boss off, being the first female astronaut to walk on Mars, or posing naked in yoga pics 🤷🏻♀️. For me, it’s my daughter standing up to her young friends and telling them that their profanity makes her feel uncomfortable, and to ask them not to swear around her, because a wholesome environment is important to her. It’s the teenager, wearing a knee-length dress with sleeves to the prom, unashamed, even though it’s not fashionable or trendy, because modesty is important to her. The young woman at a party who says no when offered alcohol because living a code of health is important to her.
It’s the lady at a girls night who speaks up when all of her girlfriends are gossiping about a mutual friend, because gossip hurts and kindness is important to her.
It’s the girl who speaks out against pornography. The girl who walks out of a movie that makes her feel uncomfortable. The woman who stands for the sanctity of young life whose infant skin has yet to touch the open air.
The woman who tells her boyfriend no, because she believes that intimacy belongs within the bonds of marriage, and chastity is important to her.
And if she wants to become a mom, well gosh darn it, be the best stay-at-home mom in the world because no role is more important!
It’s the yogini who states her unpopular beliefs, facing the fear of criticism from those who disagree with her— because these issues are important to her.
Fear is silencing; don’t be a silencer. Listen and empower others. “For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.
Be not thou therefore ashamed of the testimony of our Lord...”
2 Timothy 1:8