Tuesday, March 8, 2011

I'm So Glad I'm a Woman!

Today is International Women's Day..in fact, it is the 100th Anniversary of this special day (although I must admit it is the first year I have heard of this holiday).  It is a day celebrating the economic, political and social achievements of women past, present and future all around the world!  (Or so I found out today online).

Although I had not heard of this holiday before today, I'm so glad we have a day to celebrate women and the advances women have made over the years.  May we continue to see doors open for women around the globe & may women walk through those doors with grace, confidence, and faith!

One of my most favorite hobbies is to snap pictures of women in remarkable situations - their faces inspire me...

So, to celebrate, I thought I would share a few pics of amazing women - some I know...some I've only met once...each with a story.

Some Have Stories That Will Make You Cry - Although Their Faces are Filled with Joy

This is my sister living out joy as she meets Madison for the first time.
And this picture of my friends never ceases to make me laugh too!
I'm so thankful for the women who have gone before us - Like my Mema
Some women have blazed trails that we don't even realize - Like Eva from Czech & my mom from Texas - both ladies have worked endless hours alongside their husbands in planting churches and loving people
And I love women who live out their passions - even those passions that go unseen at times...like Terri's passion for prayer...
And my precious friend Dita who has a love for the people of her city (seen here as she overlooks Hradec Kralove in prayer)
And I love the pictures of women who I will truly never know...because like all women their eyes give away what they are thinking
And I can't wait to see what the next generation of young women will achieve!  Beautiful women from Czech Republic... 
And Brave Young Women from Belgium...
Girls who live from the heart in India...
And lovely, crazy girls from good old Lubbock...I can't wait to see what they do




And really...I still see myself as a girl as well.  Although at the age of 32 perhaps I'm starting to learn a thing or two - either way, I want to cheer women on to do and be and embrace all that God has!  There are things to be done, girls!  There are places to go, people to hug, truth to be shared, and laughter...lots of laughter to experience.  May you...may I...may we all go for it!

Even if your path is surrounded by the boys...
(This is me at the NYC marathon a few years ago)
Keep running - and run your race well

And in those seasons when  you feel as though you are merely on the sidelines...do your best to cheer other women on.  Perhaps start today - pick up the phone or write an email or mail an actual card.  I dare you!  Encourage a fellow sister on her journey today.

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MadeInRed said...
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Jenn Possible said...

LOVE this post! And happy belated Women's Day! I got to celebrate with some of my favorite girls, and a group from Poland....and the girls toasted each other. (apparently it's a much bigger deal in Europe...and it's so sad it's not as celebrated over here...I've only heard about it in the last year or so)

Here's to World Changing Women! May we never stop running our races and fulfilling our dreams!

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