Strong Woman, learning what it means to be one

What does it mean to be a strong woman?

Physically strong? Sure that is one definition.

Mentally strong? I think that is part of it.

I’ve been thinking about this a lot lately. Sept 10 2009 I got an e-mail from my uncle there was a lot of jabber in it but stuck at the end was this sentence:

“I paint some pictures and have one titled Strong Woman I would love for you have.”

 

This was about 2 years after my 1st past away only a few months after I was re-married and I was floored. He wanted to give me a painting titled ‘Strong Woman’ this is high praise from my artistic uncle. Honestly praise I didn’t know if I lived up to. I knew people viewed me as strong after losing Mark to a 3.5 year battle with cancer but I’m not sure I viewed myself that way.

Fast forward 5 years and I have 2 little girls of my own. I knew I wanted to teach them how to be strong women. Now here we sit almost 9 years later and I think I’m starting to understand what a strong woman is. Let’s start with the one I’m good at;

Physically strong, someone who takes care of their body like it is important. Because it is. If you want to live, love, take care of others, pursue your passion, do your job well….you need a strong healthy body.

Mentally strong, I don’t mean someone who never cries, in fact I mean the opposite I mean someone who will embrace their emotions, work through them (not ignore)  and keep going. Someone who will stick up for what they believe in even if its not popular.

Spiritually strong, Secure in faith, studying God’s word to know its true meaning and not just taking outside teachings as truth. A real lived out relationship with God, not just words.

This is how I want to teach my girls to be strong. I, of course, want to teach them so much more but this, this is a Strong Woman.

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