Empower: make (someone) stronger and more confident, especially in controlling their life and claiming their rights.
Hey, I’m all about helping someone feel stronger and more confident. Don’t get me wrong. I’m only a little confused on how getting naked, or close to naked allows a woman to feel more confident. We have come to a place in society where confidence comes from showing our skin. Now, I’m not talking about going to the beach and covering up head to toe. I’m not even talking about modesty. Modesty is different for each of us depending on how we grew up and what culture we live in. I don’t really have a problem with a bikini. Heck, if my stomach didn’t look like I carried all five of my boys at once in it, I may actually wear one. I don’t have a problem with shorts or even tank tops, as long as you aren’t showing your lady parts, or your breasts. Moving from the coldest northern part of the country to the hot, humid, and did I say humid part of the south, I have learned to dress accordingly.
I sweat, a lot! I don’t glisten or perspire. I sweat like a trucker who chose that overly greasy, spicy meal at his last stop and there’s no rest stop for another hour. Yeah, I said it. Wow, this was not supposed to be where I was going with this, but I will still proceed and figure out where exactly I was. Oh, yes, empowerment. Man, I feel so much more confident being so open about my bodily perspiration! Oh, man, please stop Trista! Now I know what my husband feels like when I don’t know what to say in public so I let whatever words begin to fill my mouth come out.
Moving on….why do women have to get naked to feel confident? Why do I need to show myself in my underwear to empower myself? Why would me showing my naked body help you feel more confident? What has happened to society?! How about instead of comparing ourselves to the sports illustrated model, or the girl who just bared her body on her Instagram, we learn to love ourselves as we are. Do we need to take care of our body?Absolutely! Do we need to watch what we eat and how much we eat? Absolutely! Do we need to get naked to prove how much we love ourselves? NO!!!
This is literally a spiritual battle we are in ladies. This has nothing to do with equality of women and men. Feminism has become all about bringing men down and stomping on them afterward. In my marriage, my husband and I are equal. We both bring good qualities to the table as well as our issues. I also submit to my husband. Submission has become a dirty word today. It has been twisted and turned into this terrible definition. In my personal opinion, Jezebel is one of the spiritual driving forces behind feminism and the women’s empowerment movements of today. Jezebel was always using her seducing powers to control and manipulate. Jezebel was the Old Testament version of women’s empowerment. She learned to control men and make them feel less of men. She made men her eunuchs. Isn’t that what feminism wants today?
I am all about women becoming more confident and feeling more beautiful. I love makeup and fashion. If I had the money today, I would be scheduling my surgery to fix my stomach, but it doesn’t mean that I am not confident. I am confident and I am submitted to my husband. I am the woman who understands that taking my clothes off doesn’t make me feel empowered. I am the woman who understands that the enemy is among us and this fight is not against flesh and blood, but against principalities and powers of darkness.
Men, don’t be afraid of today’s woman. A Godly woman will stand strong with you. A Godly woman will submit to you. A Godly woman will fight with you and fight for you. Men, be confident in who God made you to be. Godly women love a confident man. Godly women love a Godly man. Don’t allow society to change what God has intended for men and women to be.
Proverbs 9:10-12 New King James Version (NKJV)
10 “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom,
And the knowledge of the Holy One is understanding.
11 For by me your days will be multiplied,
And years of life will be added to you.
12 If you are wise, you are wise for yourself,
And if you scoff, you will bear it alone.”