As contemporary women, we have many responsibilities and tasks. We are single, married, divorced, or widowed. We are students, educators, volunteers, or retirees. We are employees or employers. We may be homemakers, wives, parents, and grandparents. We could be caregivers of our aging parents or our spouses with health challenges. Some of us are raising our grandchildren.
We take care of husbands, kids, houses, cars, cats, and dogs. We cook, shop, handle the budget, pay bills, and conduct household maintenance and upkeep. Many women do all of this while also working outside the home full-time or part-time.
We wear many hats, yet underneath all of this doing, being, and accomplishing, we are daughters of God, called to guard our hearts, fulfill the purpose of God, and fulfill our purpose as His ambassadors, His representatives. That is the core of who we are.
How about you? Think about your own situation. Ask yourself some questions you may never have asked before.
- Does God want me to take responsibility for individuals in my life who aren’t taking responsibility for themselves?
- Does God want me to pull out my checkbook every time my adult child gets into a financial bind?
- Does God want me to endure fear and pain under physical, verbal, or emotional abuse?
- Does God want me to put my health at risk by assuming responsibilities that aren’t really mine, simply because I’ve not been able to say no?
(Excerpt from Setting Boundaries® for Women, Six Steps to Saying No, Taking Control, and Finding Peace by Allison Bottke, Harvest House Publishers, © 2013. All rights reserved. Pages 47-48)
Dear Blog visitors, what do you think God expects from women?