By Carol Doyel –
Today the world is celebrating “International Women’s Day,” which is wonderful. I have a heart for women and want to highlight and celebrate their lives and what women bring to this world. I personally am very grateful for being a woman. I see my life as a woman, especially here in America, as a blessing. Different than my husband’s world and life. Men, particularly white middle-class males seem to have lost the honor and respect they once had. Whereas, women in the last few decades have enjoyed significant change and advancement, albeit, we are still battling for equal rights and pay and in many countries around the world women are looked upon and treated terribly. But thankfully, we have a voice, support and the resources today more than ever to help free women who are enslaved, abused, and mistreated.
As women we have natural abilities and gifts that men do not. The most obvious is the ability to carry and birth a child. One of the greatest experiences and gifts bestowed to women. It has changed my life. If only I would have recognized this early in my adult life. Unfortunately, I was influenced by feministic views that diminished the role of motherhood. Today my view is very different…it has been a journey getting here, but I now see the gift of motherhood as one of the greatest gifts and opportunities that we have as women.
As mothers we have the power to change the world. If you are a mother with children who are grown, I’m sure you recognize the impact that your life has on your children. Our views, our decisions, and values that have formed our kids – for good and bad. Obviously, both parents, significant people in the lives of children, their environments and the culture in which they are raised – all play an important part in forming who they become, but none quite as much as the direct care takers or parents; particularly the mother in the early development stages of a child’s life.
We have all heard stories of single mothers who have raised kids who have become world changers. One woman that comes to mind is Ben Carson’s mother, depicted in the movie about his life “Gifted Hands: The Ben Carson Story”. A woman and mother of limited resources, single and struggling with depression. The victory was in her determination to raise her sons well. I’m certain her faith as a Christian woman and her values impacted her sons more than anything she could have done. Prayer and living a life that models God’s love, mercy and grace have the power to change the lives of our children, families, communities and the world!
Unfortunately, I did not learn this until late in motherhood when my kids were past the early development stages. But I know that the God I serve is a redeeming God and can restore, renew, and redeem the years that were lost as I pray for my family now; for my adult children and my grandchildren. The most powerful thing we can do to change the world is pray.
“Therefore, confess your sins to one another, and pray for one another, so that you may be healed. The effective prayer of a righteous man [woman] can accomplish much” (James 5:16, NAS).
So as the world celebrates International Women’s Day – to recognize the accomplishments, the rights of women and their economic success, I want to celebrate women who sacrifice their lives for their children, often giving up their own wants and even basic needs for their children in hope that their love, support and presence will help to mold their children who become world changes – confident, loving, and healthy people who understand the importance of family, God, and life.
Carol Doyel is Editor-in-Chief and Founder of LivingBetter50.com. She is a graduate of The Full Gospel Bible Institute and has a passion for women’s ministries, issues and lives. She and her husband of 28+ years have three grown kids and four grandchildren. They currently reside in southern CA. Her desire is to inspire women to live better physically, emotionally, financially, and spiritually.