Recently, I spoke my personal truth of Facebook in celebration of my upcoming birthday (August 28th).
I will be 52 years old. "Hallelujah" and "Amen".
Still not sure what exactly compelled me to do so except a push from God, but I needed it. We as women, particularly Christian women, are expected to be modest and reserved in how we celebrate ourselves. Having lived for half a century, I guess I'm over it. I want to to celebrate my victories and my scars, my wounds and my wins.
So, take me as I am. God does.
For those of you who don't follow me or @mygodnme on Facebook (and why not?), the post from a few days ago is below.
Female or male, I hope you gain some insight into how to love the godly woman in your life.
Especially if that woman is you.
In 13 days... (long post)
This morning, the topic for EmpowerU was "Embracing Your Vessel". During the discussion, I couldn't help but look back on how I saw myself in my early twenties. I was a new mom, a wife... but never really saw myself as a WOMAN - a vessel of beauty and strength and resilience and love. Now, I might have hesitated back then to even speak this truth because of how others might respond, but in 13 DAYS I will be 52 years old. I have earned every year. I have made huge mistakes. I have cried silent tears that only God could see and yet, I have loved more than I ever though possible. So forgive me if I don't let your judgement drown out my joy.
I am a vessel of BEAUTY. I am a vessel of STRENGTH. I am a vessel of RESILIENCE. I am a vessel of LOVE.
For all He's done for me how dare I dismiss His love within me.
In my 20's, I looked like LOVE when I got married and when I divorced.
In my 30's, I looked LOVE when family broke my heart and God healed it.
In my 40's, I looked like LOVE when I was rejected and when I was favored.
And in my 50's, I look like LOVE because I recognize more than ever how much I am loved and can love.
Am I arrogant? No. I'm just a grown woman speaking my truth. Looking like love doesn't mean you're perfect. It means you're courageous enough to share the love of God inside of you no matter what.
To my young women...you are a vessel - a gift of love from God to the world not to be manipulated, used or abused. Become secure in who and whose you are now. It is a lifetime gift.
To my older sistas, I celebrate this season with you. We may not be where we want to be but we have overcome! Raise up your head, rise to the occasion, and go get what's yours! You are a vessel of life and love. It's time to flow.
And to my brothas... beauty is fleeting. Appreciate the strength, the resilience, the spirit that flows through your woman. Remind her that she looks like love to you, and always try to look like love to her.
God, take me where you want me to go. I'm ready to flow.
If you know someone who needs this, feel free to share.
Take Care. Be safe. Look like LOVE.
WRITER | MENTOR | TEACHER
LOVER OF CHOCOLATE |
PURPOSED TO EMPOWER |
30+ YEARS IN MINISTRY LEADERSHIP |
PREACHER OF THE GOSPEL
Phillipa also the Founder of ilooklikeLOVE, Inc., a 501(c)(3) Non-Profit Organization providing diaper assistance to families in need and opportunities for mothers to empower themselves.
Look for her upcoming book,
GOD n You: Finding Your Place in Forever.