Beth Moore said something years ago that she recently felt she needed to address on her blog.
She said something in the heat of the moment that didn’t make sense when she went back to look at it, and decided to take it back out and publicly clarify the issue.
I am glad she did.
Here is the excerpt from her post (link to the full article at the end of my post):
You’re woman enough even if some other girl did take your man.
You’re woman enough even if you’ve been ditched by a man for nobody but himself.
You’re woman enough even if you’ve been thrown out and rejected.
You’re woman enough even if you’ve never had a man.
You’re woman enough even if you’ve never put on a stitch of make-up or darkened the door of a nail salon.
You’re woman enough even if you couldn’t care less about what purse you pick up.
If you’ve lost both breasts to cancer and don’t have a hair on your head, you’re still 100% woman enough.
None of those things make you a woman. Your Creator makes you a woman.
It’s not just men who can make us feel like we don’t measure up. It’s other women. We’ve got enough voices in this world telling us that we’re not enough. God forbid that we who are called to serve women echo the charge. Let’s watch our mouths out there. I’m talking to myself first.
Hopscotch through the Scriptures and you’ll watch God get a hold of one woman after another who didn’t seem to be woman-enough in her world.
As it turned out…
Hagar was woman enough. (Genesis 16)
Sarai was woman enough. (Genesis 17:15-19)
Rahab was woman enough. (Joshua 2)
Ruth was woman enough. (Ruth 1-4)
Naomi was woman enough. (Ruth 1-4)
Hannah was woman enough. (1 Samuel 1)
Elizabeth was woman enough. (Luke 1:5-25)
Anna was woman enough. (Luke 2:36-38)
The Samaritan woman was woman enough.(John 4)
For crying out loud, Jesus even saw to it that the sinful woman in Luke 7 was woman enough. We’d assume Mary was woman enough from the start because she was handpicked by God but I’m asking you whether or not you think you’re woman enough. God handpicked you, too.
This is what makes a woman enough. And a man enough.
So God created man in His own image,
in the image of God He created him;
male and female He created them. (Genesis 1:27 ESV)
We are worthy of mutual honor and esteem because God granted such graces to humankind when He fashioned us in the palm of His hands.
You, and I, are woman enough.
If you are a man reading this, you are man enough.
God made us, which is where our value is to lie, not in what is done to or by us.
God chose us, knowing we were flawed, would be abandoned, would fail and would have deep pain.
He picks us, proud to add us to His family.
He restores us, pleased to help us become whole.
He loves us, delighted when we say yes to becoming His.
God is what makes us woman or man enough.
Its not anything we do on our own, but everything to do with God once He is in our lives.
Excerpt from Beth Moore’s post at: