“I can’t take this anymore!” How many times has your frustration level risen to the point that you truly believed you couldn’t handle one more thing?
How long has it been since you experienced a day filled with an onslaught of “urgent” phone calls, impossible deadlines, people tugging on every side?
Or perhaps you’re the young sleepless mom with a house-full of little mouths to feed, a constant din of noise, one too many diaper changes, and not enough uninterrupted time to get dressed in the mornings!
We all reach points of stress where it feels like--“I can’t do this!” Some of you read these blog posts, or may have recently signed the True Woman Manifesto, and feel overwhelmed with thoughts of “It is impossible for me to live this way--I can't be a True Woman!"
And the truth is--you're right--you can’t!
Let that reality soak in for a moment and allow yourself to heave a big sigh of relief!
No woman can live out these principles through good intentions and sheer willpower. She might attempt to, but that would only result in a disappointing crash and burn. As you embark on this journey toward biblical womanhood, it will be helpful to carry with you a few markers to use as reminders along the way.
First, by signing the manifesto, you are not claiming to have biblical womanhood “down pat.” Remember, the first paragraph states that this is “A personal . . . declaration of belief, consecration, and prayerful intent . . .” (emphasis mine). None of us have arrived yet. We are all on this pilgrimage toward godliness together–and we enter this sacred work prayerfully and dependent!
Secondly, remind yourself often of the purpose of this quest which is also found in the opening paragraph: “. . . that Christ may be exalted and the glory and redeeming love of God may be displayed throughout the whole earth.” Living out biblical womanhood is tied to our exaltation of Christ and filling the whole earth with God’s glory. Let that be your motivation and driving force when you have days you feel like throwing in the towel and giving up.
And finally, humbly surrender. Admit that you cannot live out the tenets of Scripture, or the principles of biblical womanhood, without the sanctifying work of grace and the power of the Spirit.
On those days when it feels impossible to treat your husband with respect, in moments when you are tempted to demean a fellow male employee, at times when you may struggle with your womanhood and all it involves--admit you need God’s grace. Turn to him for help. Surrender. Humble yourself.
God is opposed to the proud but gives grace to the humble (James 4:6).
Anyone else ready to wave the white flag?