Thursday, June 15, 2006

The heart of a woman

Capivating: Chapter one.

"There is something fierce in the heart of a woman." That resonated with me.
"God has set within you a femininity that is powerful and tender, fierce and alluring." What a beautiful mix! It's harmonious!

When I was in college I was buying into all the feminist garbage. By nature I do not have a domestic bone in my body - so it was easy to get wrapped up in this. I sure didn't need to be laundering someone else's socks, washing someone else's dishes!!! For love?!?! I knew what "love" was, the emotion, it was fleeting, temperamental and deceiving - so SELF-acculization, that's the goal! Be all you can be!

But I was also seeing that this mind set has destructive tendency - particularity in the home. It became clear to me that a HOME couldn't work unless there was someone there to tend to it. Then it hit me! John 15: 13 Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends" Greater love I couldn't have than to lay down my life (my self-acculization, life possibilities, potentials, possible careers) for another - a husband, children! That is a verse about marrage, people!

"How sad, what a loss" society might say, but Jesus said "whoever loses his life for my sake will find it."(Matt 10:39)

It was then that STRENGTH and BEAUTY started to co-exist for me and the mystery of woman.

I am Mystery!
How cool is that! (guffaw!)

It makes me ANGRY when I hear jokes or asides that make woman sound like a bad thing. You know what I mean?!

Yet even with our strength, to be with someone and not have to be strong, instead be taken care of, romanced, treasured . . . *sigh*

The king is enthralled by your beauty Ps 45:11
The KING is ENTHRALLED by our beauty!

-and this is just the beginning-


Rebekah said...

Awesome! I love what God placed on your heart through this first chapter. Thank you for sharing!

Paula said...

Great post on Chapter 1. I love how you applied the "laying down your life" scripture to acts of service, like being a wife and mother. I also love that we are a mystery.

aggiejenn said...

Sounds a lot like my story! I'm just learning about servanthood in marriage and's much different than my preconceived notions about these things. Thanks for sharing your thoughts today! (I found you through "Chaotic Home"--love your look!)

Heather said...

Great post. ;)

Virginia (Jenny) said...

I am totally with you on that. Even more heartbreaking for me is when I hear wives making fun of their husbands just to get a laugh with their friends. In 7 years of marriage, I have never said a negative comment about my husband to anyone. Only the positive. Unfortunately, everyone then thinks our marriage is perfect and I just laugh when they say that! :) God is the glue that holds us together. Not by my own might. I know that if God designed marriage, then I know that God designed for me to be able to stay in love with him also.

Yellow Mama said...

My daughter used to have issues with the strength and beauty part of her personality. When I was praying for her, the Lord gave me her Biblical

Nice look to your blog!

janice said...

I love Chaotic's new design for you!!It looks great!

So great to hear about the book- I wanted to do that study -but this month is just crazy.

sarahgrace said...

Great post, Michelle! I love your raw response to it, and what you had to say really resonated with me.

Camy Tang said...

I love how you use that verse! That really spoke to me.

Mom Nancy said...

What a great interpretation of the chapter! Isn't this going to be a fun study?

Sarah's In the Midst of It said...

Michelle, that first quote, that was my favorite! I love the combo of fierce and tender! (And who doesn't want to be alluring??) This is a great take on the first chapter; I can't wait to read more of your thoughts on it next week!

BooMama said...

Michelle - you have such a transparent heart for Him. Love that. Thanks for sharing what you learned during this first week....

Nancy said...

I love your enthusiasm and am so glad we are doing this study together. I can't wait to hear more from you.

Danielle said...

Great post! It's amazing to me to read about all of the different parts of the book that have spoken loudly to each one of us. Thanks for sharing!

Midlife Moments said...

Great Post! It amazes me how we all pick out different aspects from the same chapter!

I am so going to enjoy this book!