- 06th July 2016
- Laurel Meyer
Have you ever wondered: “Which is more important: how others see me, or how I see them?” Women in particular will often do whatever it takes to improve our appearance—we want to “look good to others.” But do we spend enough time considering the question: “How do I look at others?”
Emotions are part of how God beautifully designed us in His image. Like Him, we experience joy, sorrow, anger and love. Our emotions are purposeful, compelling us to action when something needs doing. Sometimes, feelings even intuitively indicate that something is not right before our mind notices.
The other day I saw a bumper sticker that said, “Thank God My Mother Chose Life!” That immediately made me think of my own dear mother. When she was 44 years old she became pregnant with me. Already having four boys, she had always wanted a girl as well. My mother said she always knew she would have a girl someday.
Wanting to be helpful to others is a wonderful characteristic. When God created the first woman, He designed her to be a “helper” (Genesis 2:18). But, being a profitable helper takes some humility, insight, communication and wisdom.
A country song tells the story of a young man asking his grandfather about some old photographs. The grandfather explains to his grandson the stories of the photographs; surviving the Great Depression, going to war and finally marrying the woman he loved. A line from the song goes, “A picture’s worth a thousand words, but you can’t see what those shades of gray...
One day the ladies in our church group decided to get together for a luncheon, and to make it special I made invitations and designed a theme for the gathering just for fun. I have always worked with children, and am doing so now, and after raising four children of my own we have always enjoyed a variety of children’s picture books. One of my favorites was the...
As Christian women today, where do we look for our examples and inspirations? Certainly, there can be no better source for such guidance than our Bible. Consider, with me, the example of one remarkable Christian woman whose actions spoke louder than her words.
Once my sisters and I were visiting our parents with our families, pooling all of their grandchildren together, ages 18 months to six years. At the time, that made for seven children in all: six boys and only one girl, my niece Kyrstin. As all seven played, the six boys were teaming up, pretending to fight off some terrible, imaginary monster.