What does it mean to be a strong woman? For some reason I was thinking about this as I drove home from work tonight. When I think of a strong woman, I do not think of overbearing, loud, demanding, proud, or even "independent" as today's society is so eager to strive for. I think of the little old lady that comes into my office with wrinkles painting her face who reaches over to give her husband a kiss after 50 plus years together.
I think of a gentle, quiet countenance that serves her family every day with a smile instead of a frown. I think of a willingness to help her husband be the man he was created to be, by simply allowing him to be the head of the home, or just letting him know you support and respect his decisions. I think of a home that is clean and in order, where you know there is peace, because this woman works hard every day for it.
A strong woman puts others first at times, especially her family. She does not let her emotions control her, but takes time to think rationally before acting.
A strong woman is quick to forgive even if she does not want to. She realizes it is okay to be vulnerable and show weakness at times. She is the first one to say "I'm sorry," even when it is hard to admit being wrong.
A strong woman is strong not because of what she says but what she does. Instead of saying hurtful things about others, she holds her tongue. She looks to always build up others, and never tear them down. She does not try and find approval or affirmation from others, but is secure in who she is already. If no one sees all the dishes she washes and toilets she scrubs, and loads of laundry she folds, she does not pity herself, because thankfulness and joy seeps out of her every being. She is not afraid to get her hands dirty.
And when she is so tired that she can barely keep her eyes open, she is still looking to serve and help others. Her husband knows that she is by his side and is being productive and fruitful with her time.
A strong woman is one of a kind, a rare treasure.