Yes, I’m speaking to you: women of all ages, shapes, sizes, and shades. Complex creatures made beautifully in the image and likeness of God.
Are you that young woman in her teens striving to be unique while the whole world measures you against magazine covers, Kardashian selfies, and hip hop videos? Or perhaps you’re that twenty-something navigating the cutthroat college and career scene for the first time in her life, realizing that there is still a ceiling to breakthrough no matter how many elections Hillary wins. Or maybe you’ve already entered your third and fourth decade, and you’re spending your days and nights being flung like a ping pong ball between the responsibilities of marriage, career, and family.
Whatever your stage of life, I started this little blog for you, sisters. For us! Because from our earliest days on earth, we, women, face some unique challenges in this big old world. Look at the stats:
“7 in 10 girls believe they are not good enough or do not measure up in some way, including their looks, performance in school and relationships with family and friends.”– Real Girls, Real Pressure: National Report on the State of Self- Esteem, Dove Self-Esteem Fund
“74% of girls say they are under pressure to please everyone.” (Girls Inc, The Supergirl Dilemma)
“1 in 4 girls today fall into a clinical diagnosis – depression, eating disorders, cutting, and other mental/emotional disorders. On top of these, many more report being constantly anxious, sleep deprived, and under significant pressure.” (The Triple Bind, Steven Hinshaw)
Sisters, many of us are carrying around an invisible bag filled with these kind of emotional wounds every single day.
And make no mistake, it’s definitely a female thing. Why else would the prolific songwriter, Erykah Badu, have written in one of her hit songs, “Bag lady you gone hurt your back dragging all them bags like that.” The vocalist was warning us that we can’t continue to carry the weight of the past into the future.
Hebrews 12 says it this way, “…let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us.” Carrying all that baggage leaves no energy to press on toward the new blessings and new understandings…and even the new people…God wants to bring into our lives.
We’ve got to let go of somethings and maybe some people in order to achieve something new. Something greater.
So this blog is a platform…a place for females of faith to come and host a spiritual tag sale. Time to get rid of our bags, ladies. Time to deepen our faith. Time to move on to bigger, and better things together!
St. Kelly Wade