During my divorce, I felt anything but powerful. I felt weak and sad and confused and discouraged. I worried that because my kids and friends saw me cry they would see me as weak. I also worried that all of that advice I gave other people about faith and trust in God went temporarily underground when I was in the middle of my own personal catastrophe.
But I’ve learned something important though my divorce. Strong women do cry! Women with deep, strong emotions do fall apart occasionally. We feel deeply. We grieve deeply. We expect a lot of ourselves, and we worry when we fall apart. But when I looked at women I admired, they all had difficulties worth crying about and situations that were devastating and hard. But they were over-comers. Strong women grow stronger through struggles … even though the hard stuff they face sometimes demand some sobbing and screaming to get through.
The secret is, they keep going. They always get back up. They keep believing and achieving great things in spite of the obstacles. That’s why it’s good having strong Power Women to look up to for encouragement.
I had amazing women to look up to in my own family. My mother came from very, very difficult circumstances. Her father died when she was a teen and her mother had lots of physical issues, so my mom was in a position of helping make money for the family by picking cotton and filling in for her mom with her siblings. They always had enough to eat and that was a blessing, but her main source of strength was her spiritual confidence.
I also had a grandmother who lived through the depression and the dust bowl in a sod house on the plains of the Midwest. The book Pioneer Women tells a bit about all of the obstacles these strong women had to overcome. That side of the family also had a vibrant spiritual base that enabled them to keep on keeping on.
In choosing your own Power Woman, you can choose from anywhere. There are real-life strong women in every family and in every country’s heritage. Strong female role models are in movies, in books, or even in stories we watch on television. There are power women in your community. Maybe it’s a neighbor or a friend from church.
Whomever you choose to be your role model, you can mentally ask yourself, what is it I admire about her? How can I find courage for my own life from her story? In the comment section, let us know who you choose as your Personal Power Woman and why.