What does it take to be a STRONG lady?

Women are universally known as the weaker gender. Physically, it’s evident. In general, we are shorter, smaller, and usually slower than men. However, it is no weak thing to be lady. Women, ladies especially, are strong creatures. In fact, we must be strong, for weak ladies will not survive in this world. They aren’t known as ladies. They are the other type of girl…
It takes a great amount of strength for a lady to stand up for what she believes in. Do you have good morals? Good! Keep them! But don’t ever think they won’t be challenged. For the rest of your life, other people will try to tear you down either out of jealousy, hatred, or strife. Malignant people hate to see other people succeed, especially good strong ladies. Girls that have standards lower than yours will always try to lower you to theirs, for they feel incompetent next to you. Ladies with high morals are set on pedestals. The girls standing underneath are forever trying to tear that pedestal down! Am I advocating that you ladies are better than the girls beneath? Absolutely not! For we are all sinners saved by God’s overwhelming grace, and by that grace we have thus been presented with a choice. It takes great strength to choose to be a lady, and take the ridicule that goes along with being one.
Applied strength is required to go against the “grain” of the world. In a recent poll, I asked people of all ages if they could think of one celebrity that they would say was a lady. Surprise, surprise: almost everyone said something along the lines of: not really, I don’t think so. Now isn’t it sad then that most of today’s young girls are fashioning themselves after celebrities! The system is so messed up. Think about famous women like Madonna, Rihanna, Katy Perry, Kate Hudson, Paris Hilton, Kim Kardashian, Lauren Conrad, Lady Gaga herself (how she thinks she can choose Lady as her title is beyond me) – all of these women are influencing the way girls think, dress, dance, eat, shop, date, sing, write, you name it and they influence it. These women date one man after another, or date both men and women (that’s another lecture all in itself), they dress with almost all of their body showing, they sing suggestive songs, make sex tapes, diet to the point of producing low self-esteem in every girl under the age of twenty, and make the party life look glamorous. It’s no easy thing to go against what’s shoved in our face in the media everyday. It’s hard not to wear mini skirts, mini shorts, and mini dresses when Elle Magazine names them the most fashionable items of 2009, and every celebrity is wearing them on every cover of every magazine! Young girls think: I want to look like them!! Celebrities have glamorized every aspect of our lives. It’s cool to have threesomes now, it’s great to have both male and female lovers. It’s ok to have an affair with a married person. It’s ok to diet 24/7. It’s ok to skimp o clothing. It’s ok to not wear underwear! Umm no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no and let me repeat NO! None of this is ok. None of it is of God. None of it is the behavior of a lady, and none of these actions are respected. Only strong ladies can go against the ways of the world and not fall victim to life’s snares. It’s takes amazing strength to not be enticed by the world. Remember no one considers these celebrities ladies.
We face battles everyday, and it is no easy task, but with His strength and guidance we can choose to be strong ladies in Christ. It is through this strength that we can win these battles. We can sit and listen all we want, but listening takes no strength. The strength comes in doing.

But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves. For if anyone is a hearer of the Word and not a doer, he is like a [wo]man who looks intently at [her] natural face in a mirror. For [she] looks at [herself] and goes away and at once forgets what [she] is like. But the one who looks into the perfect law, the law of liberty, and perseveres, being no hearer who forgets but a doer who acts [she] will be blessed in [her] doing. – James 1:22-25

Don’t read these things and forget. Take the courage. Be a strong lady!

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