Whatever your day holds, whatever obstacles you face, as a woman, it is just plain hard sometimes. I wouldn’t want to be a guy either, for a whole other set of reasons, but being a woman by definition means we care more than we probably should, we take care of everyone else often at our own expense, and we usually have a list of reasons why what we did that day was not enough. I remember when Beth Moore decided to call her Esther study, It’s Tough Being a Woman. To be honest, I was a little disappointed. I thought surely it would be heroic and triumphant like “For Such a Time as This” or romantic, like “One Night With the King.” Arguably the best female hero of the Bible, Esther’s courage is hard to muster, especially for a woman. She wins the lives of her people as only a woman could, with God’s favor and her grace and beauty. Over the course of the ten week study, I finally realized It’s Tough Being a Woman might be a bigger theme than any of the proposed titles I could imagine.
At this point in my own life, being a middle-aged Godly woman is a huge challenge. To act consistently with grace and compassion, to be an example to younger women, to live victoriously with strength, and yet retain beauty and softness is a constant struggle. The balance has shifted. Being feminine is being weak. Being domestically inclined is seen as a wasted career. We all know these things and I don’t have the answers. I do see how God’s plan works for us to be who we were called to be and be genuine to that calling, whatever that calling looks like. All this thinking makes me tired, so I’ll just close with telling you I get to go somewhere fun tonight. Point of Grace and Selah will be in concert and guess who is going to be there? Me and two of my best music-loving friends! We girls need to stick together like that. Hope you get a Girls’ Night Out soon. You earned it!
This guy was the delight of the concert tonight. His name is Jason Catron. Well, Selah always has my heart, but we had four separate performers tonight. Besides Jason Catron and Selah, Point of Grace had the pianist from Avalon and he sang two amazing songs also. What an evening of worship. Here is a taste:
Beautiful post. Hope you enjoyed the concert last night.
It is tough being a woman, I think I will put out my Esther downloads and notes and go through some of the study this afternoon to refresh my brain.
I pray you have a blessed Sabbath.
His voice gives me the chills and is so calming…
I want to thank yu for being here, and saying the things that I need to hear, yes being a Women and a Godly Women sometimes are very hard… I have been a Christian for 4 years and I feel like I have grown so much, but I also see that I am still learning tons and i am greatful to you that I’m learning from you… I love the music it is great, i’m glad you had a great time at the concert…
I have not had mant girls night outs since I moved here to Kentucky, I think that is something that needs to be planned…
Thank you again…
I couldn’t agree more that it is tough to be a woman. Or maybe to be the woman that God would have us be.
The music is beautiful! I love Point of Grace and Selah. One of my favorite POG songs right now is “fearless heart.” That’s what I need.
I hope your day is blessed, my friend.
p.s. I want to hear this song so badly but don’t want to wake up my husband. I am sure after this amazing evening you will sleep like a baby. I pray you do!
You have such a beautiful way about you that is soft and gentle and you are the most compassionate woman I know! Annette, you are full of His fruit… Love, Joy, Peace, Patience, Kindness, Goodness, Faithful and self-control. I’m honored to be a woman walking beside you through this “tough” place!
Enjoy your concsrt tonight…you’ve earned you girls night out and I cant think of a better way to spend it than Praising our Heavenly Father with some sisters!