This article is dedicated to my incredible mother and grandmothers who spent or have spent their lives encouraging me and motivating me to follow my dreams. Without their love and their wisdom my life would look very different.
Every year on March 8th Women and Men come together to celebrate the amazing achievements of women. The day itself is considered a focal point for the movement of women’s rights. The day is so important and celebrated throughout the world by people of many nationalities and races.
From my perspective, I am proud to be a woman. I am happy and I am slowly growing more and more into my identity. In truth, this has not always been the case.
Like many other women, I have recieved some harsh comments and experienced some hard situations specifically because of my gender. This is not right and it is not fair: in fact, it proves that we live in a sinful and injust world.
As I said earlier, it’s not all bad – women are still incredible and together we can build each other up in love and strength.
I remember one dark time in my life when I trully felt terrible. I felt so insecure and very alone. I felt unworthy of love and I believed that I was not enough. Truth be told, I know now that I was not alone: many women have felt, or currently feel this way. I remember walking through this dark time trying to hold onto any hope or uplifting comment that I could find.
A friend of mine had sensed that something was wrong. One day she came to me with a small box and a card. I remember her saying : “Open this when I leave.” I opened the small box to find two golden heart shaped earrings.
I bought you these earrings because they are beautiful, like you. I also bought you these earrings to remind you of something, firstly these earrings are made of Gold. I actually believe that God sees your worth as more than gold. Secondly, these earrings are hearts – Sarah, don’t forget that you are always in God’s heart: he sees you as his daughter.– My Friend
Let me clarify a point. Many women struggle with their appearance: their weight, their beauty, their clothes size and more. I am also well aware that there are far more struggles that women face on a daily basis.
The point of sharing this story is to remind you that even the smallest act of encouragement can really bless someone. One simple act of love can lift someone’s eyes from dark moments into hopefulness.
This International Women’s day and this year please try to support other women. Please push yourself to practice encouragement and love one another. We are stronger if we are united.
For everyone who reads this article, I will pray that today you recieve a firm realisation of just how worthwhile and valuable you are. You are loved and treasured and I love you!