I am a woman of many roles just like you. I am a mother, daughter, wife, friend, teacher, program director, and more. None of these roles truly define me and they don’t tell you who I really am. They are titles… and you only really know me when I share my stories within those titles; stories of huge failures and several successes. You only truly know who I am when I tell these stories with complete authenticity and vulnerability. Now that is scary! So why do it?
Sure, I could share a juicy story, shocking is some ways, shameful in others, successful too and strong. I have been thinking about writing a blog about my “crazy” life for a while now, but what is the purpose?
I was at a women’s conference not long ago and a lovely lady spoke from the podium asking for church volunteers to be mentors for the young women in the church. I perked right up. I had been a teacher mentor for many years and loved it. I was excited. However, as I learned more about the requirements of being a role model and mentor to help young mothers and wives in their daily struggles, I became concerned. How could I advise or support young wives about how to do things a better way? The leader said we would be asked to share our history with the mentees. How could I, of all women, encourage others to persevere when their marriage hits a rough patch? Could someone with my story (divorced more than once) be more of a hindrance than a help in this area? I fought this inner battle for several days before I decided not to pursue this avenue of service. I wondered at the intensity of my reaction. I had not had an identity shakeup like this for a long time. I thought of women who were divorced for any number of reasons, some out of their control, or women who had gone down other paths that caused them and those they loved pain. Where do those of us who had already experienced big problems in our lives fit in? Why do we sometimes let our mistakes rear their ugly heads and try to scream at us about who we are. What is the remedy for this kind of shame-building angst? Suddenly, I had purpose for telling my crazy story.
Therefore, I want to share a life that was once very deep in a miry pit (mostly of my own making) and not only how I climbed out, but also about some of the exciting (sometimes zany) adventures of success and failures I have experienced along the way. I want to express how I learned who God says I am and how I am discovering how to live daily in the fact that God says I am forgiven, chosen, changed, and loved among many other wonderful truths. This is the definition of my life that helps guide me from stepping into more pitfalls and leads me, strengthens me, and comforts me as I maneuver the roles the Lord has given me.
This is why I want to share this blog with other women. It is for women who struggle with failure, who hurt, or mentally beat themselves up, women who want to walk through the roles in their lives with more joy, more peace, more confidence, and do it according to God’s Word. Therefore, I will be publishing a weekly blog and a companion mini Bible study related to the blog subject. Please use search bar to see the study for this blog. My only request is that if you like it, you would hit like. If you feel it is worth sharing, you would share. I am so excited about this new journey, new role, this new adventure, and I am thankful to have you join me.
For companion study, search “Who Does God Say I Am?”