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Woman: What Makes a Woman

@JeanneTakenaka +Jeanne Takenaka

Our Five Minute Friday prompt this week is—WOMAN. This largely unedited “rough draft” form of writing stretches this perfectionist, in the best of ways. We write for five minutes on a given word. If you’re interested in learning more about 5-Minute Fridays, check out the Five Minute Friday website. Or, click on the link at the bottom of this post. As you read my simpler Friday posts, I hope you’ll join in the conversation!

WOMAN

A woman’s shoulders are stronger than they look. 

We bear the burdens of our families, our friends, our jobs. 

Our mouths, they speak. Usually words of life. But sometimes words we later regret. They offer words of life. Of empathy. Of wisdom and truth, as Jesus fills us. They learn when to stay silent. When it’s best not to speak the real thoughts that would hurt a listener. 

Our thoughts, they dwell. On those we love most in this world and on our Father. The Giver of all good things. 

Our hearts, they carry the weight and the secrets our husbands, our children, our families, our friends. We empathize. We cry. We hug. We laugh. We love. We ache. We leak happy tears . . . all because of how our hearts respond.

And we seek. Truth from our Father. The capacity to love as He does. We revere Him because, well, He made us.

Our hands, they serve. They prepare meals. They rub foreheads and scratch backs. They hold tight to steering wheels as we drive precious cargo from one place to another. 

And they clasp in prayer. 

And move with humility, doing the mundane, unseen, necessary things that help those we love.

Our feet, they walk. With children. With friends. On wooded paths. In grocery stores. They learn to walk with grace through life’s joys and disappointments as we learn to walk by Jesus’ side. Not racing in front of or lagging behind Him. 

A woman who walks with Jesus walks, talks, serves, feels as He does. 

When we walk with Him, we grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord. We learn how to live more like Him and reflect Him to those who people our world. 

God created us to reflect Him. He made us to be so much more than appears on the surface. He fills us and strengthens us to walk in the callings He gives us. 

What about you? What part of who you are best reflects God’s image in you? Who has been an impacting woman in your life?

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16 thoughts on “Woman: What Makes a Woman”

  1. Beautiful post, Jeanne. I like to think men and women are cut from the same cloth…or are at least similar at (rib) bone.

    To wit, when I could still get out, I’d occasionally break into “I Feel Pretty” in a public place, dancing and twirling as I sang…to Barb’s mortification.

    But darn it all, I DO feel pretty!

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    1. Andrew, it’s such a funny thing. we may be cut from the same cloth in some ways, but God has also made man and woman intrinsically different, no matter what the world wants to tell us. 🙂 We, each sex, reflects aspects of who He is, which is pretty amazing to me. 🙂

      I both imagine you singing “I Feel Pretty” in public, and Barb’s mortification. You made me smile, friend. I’m praying for you today.

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  2. I love this post! To answer your question, my great-aunt, Aunt Bell, who helped raise me and has been with Jesus for a lot of years now, and Susan Shipe of Hope Heart Home. I hope to be that woman to someone.

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    1. Shelby, it’s so nice to “meet” you! What a sweet blessing that your Aunt Bell was influential in your young life. That is a rare gift. And yes, Susan Shipe is pretty amazing, isn’t she? I imagine God is using you in ways you don’t even know. Thank you for stopping by my place!

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  3. Love this Jeanne! The facets of womanhood are many and so often complicated but simple at the same time! You have captured our essence so well! Thanks for sharing, Cindy

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