In The Loop: Believest Thou Are Virtuous: Letting Go of Superwoman

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Who can find a virtuous woman? For her price is far above rubies.” 
(Proverbs 31:10)

Believest Thou Are Virtuous: Letting Go of Superwoman

Do you suffer from a strong woman syndrome? Do you feel like you have to be all things, to all people and look good doing it? Do you feel like the weight of the world is on your shoulders? For instance, are you:

• Heading up several church, occupational, and civic committees
• Putting your children in every sport and extra-curricular activity in the book
• Never stopping to rest or do anything for yourself
• Imitating the unreal images of women on TV who look like they have it all together
• Engaging in perfect wife tendencies (perfect cook, perfect appearance, perfect attitude, etc.)

The strong woman syndrome is striving for unrealistic and unsustainable perfectionism in order to exert control over every aspect of her life or other’s lives. It manifest itself as a Superwoman Complex.

We can recall moments of carrying the weight of the world on our shoulders. We not only tended to our own affairs, we carried the weight of our families' struggles, our friends’ issues, our church’s deficiencies, and our communities’ outcries on our backs. We tried to solve each and every problem that came our way without skipping a beat. But what we found was we became overworked and burnt out because we were trying to be superwomen, versus just being God's virtuous women.

The thing with Superwoman is she only shows up when there’s trouble. The Virtuous woman can be counted on through thick and thin. Superwoman is a flawless, physically attractive, one-woman show, who elevates herself more than the strength of the Lord. A Virtuous woman learns to say no appropriately so that she is doing less instead of more. A Virtuous woman accepts help and support and realizes that her worth comes from within, not in how good, fast, or beautifully she accomplishes her goals. A Virtuous woman elevates God, not herself!

Many of us look at everything that the virtuous woman accomplished in her lifetime in Proverbs 31 and start the comparison game. We assume that if we don’t cross off all of “her” accomplishments from “our” to-do lists then we’re not capable, strong, nor virtuous enough. We feel we’re not Superwomen. Thankfully, this is not how God wants us to live our lives.

If you’re tired of carrying around the burdens that belong to the Lord or if you’re tired of trying to meet everyone else’s expectations of you, then join us beginning November 3, 2014 and every Monday in November, as we dive into our Mini-Devotional series, Believest Thou Are Virtuous: Letting Go of Superwoman!

We don’t have to be superwomen. If we want to be super, let’s be super in our faith! (Matthew 15:28) Let’s prepare to drop our cascading capes that serve as a cover-up for being worn out and overwhelmed. Let’s take off the masks that say physical beauty is what makes a woman super.

Let’s LET GO of SUPERWOMAN and be the VIRTUOUS WOMAN loved by God!

We can't wait to get started! Please feel free to invite other women whom you feel may benefit from this study so we can all grow together in the Lord! J

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