All of the contributors have agreed to the following purpose statement:
The true woman of the new millennium seeks to honor the Lord Jesus Christ with her heart, soul, mind, and strength and to love her neighbor as herself. She is gifted by God with amazing and unique gifts and she is empowered by the Holy Spirit to use those gifts for His glory alone. As this true woman commits herself to the Word of God, she eschews the man-made stereotypes given to her in the past and delights in God’s distinctive calling on her life in her home, in the church, and in the world.
When I posted this purpose statement on my blog, one of my readers was curious as to the meaning of the part that I’ve bolded above. Rather than answer it on my blog alone, I thought it might be a good way for some/all of the TW contributors to “introduce” themselves a bit. By explaining why we believe this is true, the readers here can get to know us a little better.
So I guess that means I’ll start! But I’m only going to be brief and get the ball rolling instead of trying to thoroughly answer the question.
Everyone, both inside and outside of Christianity, has their idea of what a “godly” woman looks like. This has always been true. There has been the feminist, the sanctified soccer mom, the Victorian angel, the June Cleaver, the homeschooling and bake your own bread jumper wearing supermom, etc. Some Christians go so far as to make binding doctrine out of their view so that anyone who doesn’t live up to their (man-made) doctrine, obviously is less of a Christian.
Well, I personally eschew (avoid, shun) those ideas. Only through the leading of the Holy Spirit and through the written Word of God can I truly find out who God has intended me to be. I’m not interested in living any particular stereotype, whether Christian or not. Yes, there are small parts of all of those ideas listed above that I probably subscribe to on some level. But overall, I’m interested in being wise and discerning, making the best choices for my family whether they are popular in the church (or the culture) or not.
I refuse to be reduced to a label and a set of descriptive expectations when Christ has set me free for so much more than I can possibly imagine. While it might seem “safer” and that I am more “in control” of “doing everything right” if I “become” one of the stereotypical women so often lauded by others, I would much rather walk a thrilling and sometimes completely unexpected walk with God through the power of the Holy Spirit.
Why would I want to settle for anything less?