I was thinking that today would be a good day to celebrate women and things they bring to the world.
I’ve heard and seen this quote many times and it never ceases to inspire me:
“Here is to strong women, may we know them, may we be be them, may we raise them.” – Author Unknown
May we know them…
Many women hate being women. It can be difficult on many levels, but it can also be wonderful. The bond women have with one another is something that, to me, makes all of the negatives fade away, because that bond is such a gift!
I have had the privilege to know many strong, incredible women in my life. They are some of the most foundational individuals who have made me into the woman I am today.
I have known women who have survived war, mental illness, parenting, marriage, deep pain over infertility, moves to foreign nations, and unthinkable pain.
I have known women who live their lives with compassion, humility, grace, gentility, strength, unshakable faith, and lots of laughs!
These women span from 20 to 90 and all of them have added to a part of me and have a piece of my heart that will always be theirs.
May we be therm.. .
I truly hope that at the age of 90 I can look back on life and see that I have been a women whose strength defied social norms, broke boxes, and above all, loved fiercely.
And here’s a little something to lighten the mood and add to the “be them” part! 🙂
May we raise them.
I’m a strong advocate for stay at home moms. There is something incredible about taking 20+ years from your life to raise little humans into adults who are positive additions to society and really fun to be around! Yes, going down to one salary means you will have to say no to many things, but it also gives you the time and space to say yes to so much more! Being a stay at home mom is also incredibly refining. It will bring out the worst in a women, it will make her face her insecurities, her struggles, her pain from her own childhood, and so much more. It will stretch her to continuously find her identity in Christ and not in motherhood or anything else. It will push her to her core and stretch her further than she ever thought possible. In the same way being a mom day in and day out will bring more laughs than she could ever imagine and she’ll wonder what you ever did without them.
If you are a single mom or single dad, make sure, as much as possible, have your children(ren) be raised by wonderful people.
Life is not in our control for the majority of the time, but some choices are ours to make. This is one of them.
May we raise them to be strong enough, to love deeply and to care with hearts that are compassionate and humble, fully surrendered to the power of Christ.
May we know them, may we be them, may we raise them… and may we point it out on other women as we journey through life together and encourage each other as we live this incredible gift of life! 🙂