Welcome and Help Yourself to my book of Christian meditations FREE 12/16-12/18/12

Welcome to the Be True to Yourself blog! I hope that this will become a place where Christian women (actually, women and men of all faiths and no faith are welcome, but the content is likely to be most helpful and relevant to Christain women) can experience a supportive and empowering environment.

I find it deeply distressing that some within the Christian church continue to demean women, believe and teach that we are supposed to be submissive, and condone various kinds of abuse. Jesus himself certainly never taught or modeled that. Instead, he spoke respectfully to the Samaritan woman at Jacob’s well (see John 4:7-26), at a time when men normally did not speak to women in public and Jews did not interact with Samaritans. He challenged the men who wanted to stone the woman caught in adultery by saying “Let anyone among you who is without sin be the first to throw a stone at her.” (John 8). He was moved by the weeping of Lazarus’ sister Mary, cried some tears of his own, and spoke and acted compassionately even when Mary challenged him by saying, “Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died.” (John 11:32-35). His first post-resurrection appearance was to a woman, Mary Magdalene, and he told her to share the news: “go to my brothers and say to them, “I am ascending to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God” (John 20:11-18; see also Luke 24, in which the risen Jesus appears to a group of women including Mary Magdalene, and they proclaim the news not only to the eleven remaining disciples but “to all the rest.”). Obviously, Jesus didn’t have a problem with women preachers 🙂

Whatever you have been told and may have come to believe about yourself, the reality is that you are God’s beloved child. Whether you’re called to be a preacher, or teacher, or carpenter, or engineer, or doctor, or lawyer, or stay-at-home mom, or sales clerk, or truck driver, or writer, or artist, or anything else, know that you are precious in God’s sight and that God wants you to love yourself. Know also that your worth does not depend on what you do, but on who and Whose you are.

If you could use a reminder that God loves you and is with you even in your darkest days when you feel alone, forgotten, or unlovable, check out Timeless Truths for Troubled Times, my book of Christian meditations. I’m making the Kindle version available FREE, as my gift to you, from 12/16 – 12/18/12, so give yourself an early Christmas present…you’ll be glad you did!

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