Do you all remember the child’s poem, “What are little girls made of, made of?” I remember it. After the initial question, it goes on to say that “sugar and spice and all things nice” is what we’re made of, made of.
From time to time, I think about that poem, wanting to change it to “What are women made of, made of?” Here’s my take on three kinds of women: women who are whole; women who are spiritually abused; and women who are cruel. See what you think.
What are whole women made of, made of?
A heart to love and a mind to give
A firm hand to bless
A quick wit to share
A prayer to live
What are wounded women made of, made of?
A heart that hurts and a mind shut down
A hand withdrawn
A bitterness to hide
A spirit that is bruised
Believe me, I know that men as well as women are sometimes the abuser in churches, maybe even more often that women. Nevertheless, as I write this blog, I’m focusing on women. When women intentionally abuse, they can be spectacularly cruel. So here’s my next question:
What are cruel women made of, made of?
A heart that hardens and a mind that curses
A hand that manipulates
A hidden agenda that guides
A spirit that has shrunk
After the abuse that such women mete out, how can we become whole again? How can we “bounce back?” Perhaps a better question is how can we find healing so as to move forward (not back)? Finding that healing is the pilgrimage that I’ve been on for years. Finding that healing is what this website is about. Every blog I write and every online course that I develop is about one aspect or another of our finding our healing.
So, what would women who have found healing from abuse be made of, made of?
What are healed women made of, made of?
A heart that serves and a mind filled with peace
A hand that heals
A wisdom to share
A spirit grown deep
My mission is to empower women who have been spiritually abused by someone in their church, to discover their own path through healing, toward unleashing their Ultimate Creative Potential in Christ. There is so very much to unpack in that statement. I’ve devoted the rest of my life to that unpacking, not only for my sake, but for all who have experienced such wounds.
I’ll leave you today with this quote from I Thessalonians 5:23. St. Paul writes, “May God himself, the God of peace, sanctify you through and through. May your whole spirit, soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.”
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