by Carmie Sanchez

Image by Gretta Coates

Image by Gretta Coates

I Am A Woman

by Christiana Moss

My willingness to carry life is a revenge-
the antidote,
the great rebuttal of every murder,
every abortion,
and every genocide.
I sustain humanity-
deep inside of me life grows;
I am death’s opposition.
I have pushed back the hand of darkness today
I have caused there to be a weakening tremor among the ranks
of those set on earths destruction.
Today, a vibration that calls angels to attention echoed throughout time;
our laughter threatened hell today.
I dine with the greats of God’s army-
I make their meals,
I tie their shoes.
Today, I walk with greatness, and when they were tired,
I carried them.
I’ve poured myself out for the cause today.
It’s finally quiet, but life stirs inside of me-
gaining strength.
The pulse of life sends a constant reminder to both good and evil
that I’ve yielded myself to Heaven and now carry its dream.
No angel has ever had such a privilege, nor any man.
I’m humbled by the honor;
I am great with destiny-
I birth the freedom fighters.
In the great war, I am the leader of the underground resistance.
I smile at the disguise of my troops, surrounded by a host of warriors.
Destiny swirling-invisible yet tangible and the anointing to alter history.
Our footsteps make our land for conquest;
we move undetected throughout the common places.
Today, I was the barrier between evil and innocence.
I was a gatekeeper, watching over the hope of mankind, and no intruder trespassed.
There’s not an hour in the day or night when I turn from my post.
The fierceness of my love is unmatched on the earth,
and because I smile instead of frown, the world will know the power of grace.
Hope has feet; it will run to the corners of the earth because I stood up against destruction
I am a woman
I am a mother.
I’m the keeper and sustainer of life here on earth.
Heaven stands in honor of my mission.
No one else can carry my call.
I’m the daughter of Eve, and Eve has been redeemed.
I am the opposition of death;
I am a woman.

In today’s culture, women are lifted up as a group of people to be honored and respected. And well we should be. But not for the reasons the world offers. The world seeks to validate women by making us the victims. It is a self-seeking validation. One that says, “I have risen above. I have fought my battles. I deserve my rights, my success. I have done this for myself and it is myself that I will glorify.” Women take to the streets and to media to proclaim their message of empowerment and equality. However, it is a false empowerment. There is nothing as empowering as being the woman that God intends for us to be.

We do have power as women. We wield a great weapon that can be used for good or for evil in this world. The old saying, “The hand that rocks the cradle rules the world” has probably never been more true than it is now. Our power lies in the service we give to our families and our children. The very fact that we have the ability to carry life within us is the epitome of empowerment for a woman. Give birth one time, and you will completely and fully understand the miracle and weight of what you have done, what women for thousands of years have done.

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Every time we pour ourselves out for a person, we are pouring ourselves out for the greatest cause. We are touching heaven’s doorstep with our actions. When we love unconditionally, we are unmatched on the earth. We can all be “mothers” though we do not have children of our own. We can push back the hand of darkness simply by yielding ourselves to heaven. This is true validation.

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But this message is not just for mothers. All women have a nurturing spirit in them. Whether you are single or married, there are people all around you who need nurturing. Every child you come in contact with, every elderly person in a nursing home, and every person in between is longing for love and kindness. Every time we pour ourselves out for a person, we are pouring ourselves out for the greatest cause. We are touching heaven’s doorstep with our actions. When we love unconditionally, we are unmatched on the earth. We can all be “mothers” though we do not have children of our own. We can push back the hand of darkness simply by yielding ourselves to heaven. This is true validation. The world cannot understand this. To them, humility does not equal power. But we know something different. And if we know this but do not live it, how will we show the world what it truly means to say, “I am a woman”?

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