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Strong. Powerful. Leader. Brave. Confident. Ambitious. Assertive. Knowledgeable. Persistent.
When you read these words what type of woman comes to mind? Who do you picture? What does she do? How does she live? Where does she work? What does she wear?
Something like this perhaps?
Let me tell you a little bit about the woman I see.
The Most Powerful Women in the World
The woman I see is completely exhausted with dark circles under her eyes, but they are eyes full of hope, peace, and purpose. She is tired, sweaty, and her hair is rather disheveled. She didn’t have time to do her make-up this morning and her socks don’t even match.
She’s probably in bed, though she way be walking or swaying to manage the pain she is feeling. Every few minutes she has to close her eyes and breathe deep, sometimes crying out in fear, pain, or frustration. She may be tempted with thoughts of quitting, turning back, regret. Despite this she moves forward with determination.
I see a woman in labor. When I see the most powerful woman in the world. I see a mother.
I believe that the most important work we can ever do as women is within the walls of our own home. I believe there is nobility in motherhood, and it is never more apparent than in those few hours when a woman works so hard to bring a precious spirit into this mortal life.
Motherhood is an eternal partnership with God. For nine beautiful months a woman is able to be a full partner with God in the work of creation. She is creating life. It is only through her intense sacrifice that a new child is able to take its first breath.
Through the rest of her life a mother and her child are biologically connected. She will continue to sacrifice for that child until the day she dies.
It is through a woman’s pain and sacrifice that a new story is begun. In that moment she is able to taste just a small sliver of what Christ has given us, new life, as she provides a waiting spirit with a new life of its own.
I can not witness a birth without tears. In those few precious moments the boundary between our world and God’s is so thin. I can feel the presence of angels bearing up that woman and applauding her for the work she is doing. It is truly the work of salvation.
Birth is a sacred moment. It is life. It is hope. It is the promise of new beginnings. Nothing can compare with that moment when as a mother you first look into the eyes of that child that you gave birth to. From my first to my 9th the emotions only deepened and grew.
Are We Not All Mothers?
I also believe that every woman is a mother, whether she has given birth or not, if it is the role that she desires for herself.
Sometimes the bravest hearts are the ones who have not had their deepest desires met. The women who love so deeply, and desire so intensely, only to be told no. The women who still find that ability to love the children of others, even when that precious gift, for them, has been denied. The women who have sacrificed to bring a precious spirit to this world only to have that child removed from her life too soon.
Step-mothers, adoptive mothers, women who have lost their precious babies, aunts, best friends, mentors, these are the most powerful women in the world.
Some of them may wear a suit, leave every day and go to work. Others may never get dressed in the morning. It doesn’t matter. The effort they put into raising their children makes them the most powerful women in the world.
Life is a miracle and it happened, dear mothers, because we were willing to make the sacrifice. It is the most noble work in the world. You are strong, powerful, brave, confident, persistent, and absolutely amazing! YOU ARE ENOUGH!