Thursday, December 3, 2009

I am Woman

Now this series will be pretty specific to one gender. However I do think it will be beneficial for the other gender to participate, as maybe just possibly there could be some light shed for them to get a tiny little peek into our world…as I know I have benefited in reading about the other gender.

There is a beginning to everything. A beginning to this series. A beginning to the world. A beginning to your life. A beginning to your relationship with your Creator. And just sometimes we need to go back to a ‘beginning’ to get a clear perspective on who He created us to be.

You see the Creator had purpose in creating women. We were created on purpose for a purpose. Women were created in the image of God. And when I truly let that soak into to my mind and heart. I start to understand that women are a ‘part’ of the image, not complete without men. You see we all were created in the image of God, and each one of us is unique in design and make up, so each one of us reveals one of the many awesome qualities of our Creator. When we allow ourselves to truly think on this, we will open up the ability to see ourselves and others how our God sees us. In reading in Genesis 2 we know that God made women and we learn just how He did it. However I really want us to see this verse:

Then the LORD God made a woman from the rib he had taken out of the man, and he brought her to the man. Genesis 2:22 (emphasis mine)

Its in those first seven words that I find comfort in finding the purposeful and intentional God, the Creator who doesn’t just happen to do anything, but rather He does it with His mind set to it!

To spend time here on this is to set a true solid foundation. Please go back and read that bolded part a few times.

Then the LORD God made a woman.

It was in the design and make-up of this woman that something was different, something was unique, something set it her apart from the man that was already there. Something that God needed to reveal, something He needed to share. This uniqueness is called woman. It’s the whole package! It’s the mind, the heart, the soul, the hormones, the feelings, the emotions, the tears, the laughter, the need for friendships, the need for communication, the stronger desire for chocolate, the passion that can be felt when walking into a shoe department. Okay maybe some of those things are just unique to certain women…hehe!

Now go back and re-read the bolded part, and add your name in the blank.

Then the LORD God made ________________.

Oh Girlfriends I know if we truly start here in this foundation, we will be grounding ourselves in a most important truth.

God created us on purpose. It wasn’t by accident. You are needed. I am needed. We are needed. God is intentional about all He does.

"You are the only you God made... God made you and broke the mold. " (Max Lucado, Cure for the Common Life)

From on hormone filled self to another, I struggle at really holding tight to that sometimes. I have asked many questions with tears streaming down my face.

Why the hormones? Why the heart that cares so deeply? Why the attachment? Why the fear? Why the doubts? Why the pride? Why the comparing?

The ‘why’s’ just happen to be covering up His beautiful design. The one He is waiting to reveal. Oh, there is such purpose in asking the questions. For when we truly seek an answer, He then reveals Himself in such a way as to take away and replace.

Our first stop in this series of What Happens When Women Say No, is to say NO to whatever it is that has kept us back from truly accepting ourselves as women. That’s what we are! Now I don’t think everyone struggles with this. I do believe there are women who are very accepting of who God created them to be. I am very thankful that He has placed some of those women in my life as beautiful Godly and spiritual role models.

However as I stop to think about this, I do truly desire to be 100% content about who I am and who He created me to be.

A woman.

I am not a man. I am not made to think, behave, act, work, or live like a man!

And you girlfriend are a woman.

We were created in the image of a God who loves us and adores us to pieces.

Lets stand firm on that foundation. A foundation He created in the beginning. Our beginning.

May we allow that beginning to lead us to a more beautiful grace and loved filled intimate relationship with Him!

May we seek to know who we are, where we came from, why we were created and then living in that every moment!

Because Girlfriends that is Living Life on Purpose!


Kimberly said...

Thanks so much for this, Nichole. I need to be reminded that not only did He make women on purpose, with all of our attributes that make us so different from men...purposefully different and needed attributes...but He also made me on purpose!!!

He wants me to rest in who He made me to be. I can be confident that there is indeed purpose for this chocolate lovin', often hormonal, easily weepy, hard-headed gal! :)

You spread joy, friend!

Kay said...

I'm glad to say that I am very comfortable with the fact that God made me a woman, unique from man and with a very unique purpose. I do sometimes struggle with my little idiosyncrasies and wonder what in the world God was thinking! But, alas, He knows what He is doing.

Thank you for beginning my day with these wonderfully assuring thoughts.

Runner Mom said...

Love this!! Lots to think about in this scripture as you shared. We are intentionally made "good" as GOd said...hormones and all!

Love you!

~*~KIMBERLY~*~ said...

Ummm... Wow!

I love this. Praise the Lord... I am Woman, made in God's image.

Sue J. said...

I know you're only focusing on this first part, but I can't help but think to the reasoning why God made woman. There was something missing! Man was missing a suitable partner. The world--which, at the time, included a man, animals and other physical properties and elements--that world God created, was lacking something.

God knew what it was, and He blessed woman--you and me--with it.

Does God create anything else after woman? Well....He tells us, man and woman, to go forward in the creation department--part of His blessing, again, for us and for Him. But, I'm not sure if the Bible goes on to talk about God creating anything else after woman. (He directs the work of people and continues to control the physical elements, but creation with the intent He had for woman?...)

I think that says a lot about us! Thanks for stopping us in the tracks of His Word to see, once again, how He speaks to us!

Irritable Mother said...

Thanks for this, Nichole.
At least once a month *ahem* I question why God loves me. Why He would care for a hormonal, emotion-ridden mess like me.
But He does.
He created me, and He loves me.
And I'm going to hold on to that Truth.

Love you!

Lori said...

Oh, I just praise you dear Father for creating me with a specific purpose in mind. That beautiful Mercy Me, song comes to mind:
"You put me here for a reason
You have a mission for me
You knew my name and You called it
Long before I learned to breathe
...How can I further Your kingdom..."

Embracing each moment today and thanking Him that He made me just exactly the way I am!
Lori - AZ

Lindsey @ A New Life said...

I love this series-- something I have been working through the last year or so, and am excited to see how God moves through this.

Thank you for the reminder that we are uniquely made for a divine purpose! Even on the days we feel like a mess :-)

From the Heart said...

Beautiful series. Wish I had realized this a very long time ago.
I pray that I have met His reasons for creating me. As I look back over the years I truly feel that He was my guiding hand.