Monday, January 23, 2017
Will the Real Women's Movement Please Stand Up?!
There have been lots of changes in our household! Two of my daughters are now going to the Catholic school connected to our parish. They were previously homeschooled. The Lord often calls us to persevere through hard circumstances but when he is in it, there is usually an underlying peace and joy. If something feels like drudgery and against the current, I think we need to question and re-evaluate whether we are in God's will. That is ultimately what caused my husband to leave his insurance job and for us to end up in Indiana. That is also what led me to start sending my kids to school instead of homeschooling. It has been a big transition but I think it will be really good for them. I also feel a weight lifted off my shoulders! I am still homeschooling one of my daughters who has some learning difficulties and I feel good about that. She benefits more from one on one interaction than she would in a classroom setting.
On another topic, the women's march this past weekend got me thinking and remembering. About 7 years ago, the Lord started speaking to me about a women's movement that he was going to raise up. I do not believe this feminist, pro-abortion women's movement is it. Why do I think this? Well, because it seems to be vulgar, self-serving, self-promoting, exclusive and does not allow pro-life women to be a part of it.
Then I got to thinking and praying about what a true women's movement, led by the Holy Spirit would look like. I believe it would be just the opposite. The devil must sense something is about to spring up. He loves to copy and counterfeit. Everything that God has, Satan has a counterfeit for. There is even a counterfeit for all the fruits and gifts of the Holy Spirit.
There is false love, peace, joy, etc... True love is sacrificial, just look at the cross for an example! True love is also rooted in truth. True peace surpasses all understanding! True joy isn't just a feeling of happiness but a euphoria that comes from being in the will of God despite external circumstances!
A true women's movement led by the Holy Spirit would not be self-serving, 'my body, my choice' but would be concerned about and respect the rights and dignity of all women from womb to the tomb. A true women's movement would be concerned about human rights abuses, human trafficking, pornography because it objectifies women, and sex-selection abortions that has killed millions of baby girls around the world, especially in China and India. I believe a true women's movement would also celebrate the beauty and femininity of women as God created them!
Okay, off my soap box but praying that the real women's movement will rise up and show the world what real women and sacrificial, Christ-like love looks like!
*Edited to add - I just would like to clarify that I do not think women who participated in the Women's March are evil. I know some really good women with good hearts that went to the march. Their intentions were pure and reasonable. I also admire the courageous pro-life groups who went even though they were spat upon, charged and pushed to the ground. I think it is good that they were a presence there. My take on the March however is it fell short and missed the mark, and did not represent all women.
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In fairness, I think we ARE up. We are on our feet everyday, mostly moving, not standing still, serving those in our lives; sometimes in the home, sometimes in AND out. We are busy doing God's work, but it IS being done. It will never make the headlines, never be captured on camera, but we ARE here. This movement will speak for generations to come, in slow but steady firmness; a witness that speaks for itself. In a fallen world that will never reward us for being faithful or acting with humility, that we can still witness, day in- day out, is still very authentic.ReplyDelete
Hi Lisa, I do agree with the commentor before me, but also believe it wouldn't hurt for us to band a little closer together. There are groups coming together. For one is the New Wave Feminists that were denied permission to join the women's march. I'm sure there are others.ReplyDelete
Yes, from what I can tell, I'm excited about "New Wave Feminists"!I know there are others starting to rise up as well.Very cool!ReplyDelete
Still thinking about what you said and it occurred to me that there is no, as far as I know, Catholic woman's group; something akin to the Knights of Columbus. I wonder why that is?Delete
Hmmm...good point Becky! Might the Lord be stirring something in your heart to start ;)! I think a woman's version of Knights of Columbus is a wonderful idea!Delete
I did a little more research and found that there is a female version of the KofC. It's the CDA: Catholic Daughters of America. Apparently, it's not very well-known. They have approx. 66,000 members. Here's their website, if you are interested. http://www.catholicdaughters.org/Delete
Cool! I'll check them out.Delete
Okay, so I finally found my journal from 7 years ago when the Lord began speaking to me about a women's movement. The word he gave me was: just as a woman brought Jesus into the world the first time, it will be women who usher in the 2nd coming. We can probably look to Mary as an example of what it should look like.ReplyDelete
Wow! Makes sense, though. I was still thinking about this and it occurred to me that with the issues involved--abortion, marriage, assisted suicide, human traffiking, etc.--this is really our fight.Delete