Sunday, January 3, 2016

31 Days: Introduction

Nearly six months ago, I wrote this post, 'What Have We Done to Our Men?' When I crawled in bed that night after writing, I laid there for quite awhile with my mind going around and around on the subject. “Why do we ridicule the men?” I wondered. “What is it that has caused this ‘throwing the men under the bus and raising women up’ mentality?” “What did God have in mind when He created women, actually? What are we missing?” That’s when I heard the words, “There’s your next 31 Days topic.” I shuddered.

But you can’t very well argue with the Lord, especially when you have promised to listen. And you can’t very well ignore His voice when everywhere you turn in the next several weeks this subject of women is constantly thrown in front of your face. I’d told Him if He wanted me to write on the subject, He would have to bring understanding, so what did I expect?

But why, I wondered, do I always have to write about the touchiest subjects? Why couldn’t I write about… oh, I don’t know… ‘31 Tips For Mothers’? or ‘31 Meal Ideas’? or anything that isn’t controversial, for pity’s sake??

One day a thought startled me and I confronted Chris, “Why is it that I always have to write about your pet subjects?!” He just grinned. “No, seriously. Almost every 31 Days of writing project has been on your pet subjects, that’s not even fair!” He just kept grinning, and said that was the Lord’s deal, not his.

I feel deceived. I did not agree in the marriage vows to be my husband’s mouth piece. Did I?

I actually know full well why God taps me on the shoulder for these subjects. It is because they are areas in my life that I am not sure what I really believe and He wants me to dig and process and understand and He knows the only way to get me to do that is to say “Write” and so He comes tapping.

So, here we are. In the month of January I am going to try to share with you what God is teaching me about the woman He created. I haven't decided on a title, as such, but I'm taking Proverbs 31:30 as my theme verse, "Favour is deceitful, and beauty is vain: but a woman that feareth the Lord, she shall be praised."

Please keep in mind as we go along, I don’t pretend to know it all; I have only begun to scratch the surface. I would love to have your input, so please feel free to share your thoughts!

1 comment:

  1. Bethany, I'm with you on this. Almost a year ago, my eyes were opened when I heard myself lightly referring to a man's fault in front of him and another person. I felt sick about it, and asked for forgiveness. Now that I'm more aware, I am surprised how often I hear derogatory joking about men, and every time I feel the same sick thud inside. Blessings as you write!

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