Sunday, February 15, 2009

Femininity

"Indeed, I have the most affectionate and jealous regard for every right that inheres in my dower of American womanhood. I claim and enjoy the right to be as cultured, as learned, as useful, and—if you please—as ornamental in society and at home as my individual limitations will permit. I have no wrongs, no grievances, no crying need to usurp lines of work that will break down the barriers God has set between men and women. I am not in rebellion against legal statutes, nor the canons of well-established decency and refinement in feminine usage, and, finally, I am so inordinately proud of being a well-born Southern woman, with a full complement of honorable great-grandfathers and blue-blooded, stainless great-grandmothers that I have neither pretext nor inclination to revolt against mankind."


Augusta Jane Evans, Devota

2 comments:

swimthedeepend said...

Not only would the early Church be comprised of believing Jews in Jerusalem, but the Gospel would also bring in some people from “all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.” (Acts 1:8) And it would not be limited by gender, either. The Holy Spirit used Luke, in writing the Book of Acts, to point out in numerous places the inclusion of women in the foundational days of the Church.

There were women praying with the disciples and Mary in Acts 1:14. These same women were filled with the Holy Ghost on the day of Pentecost. (Acts 2:4) Multitudes of women were saved after the fear of the Lord motivated the Church. (Acts 5:14) It was the needs of the widows that the Lord used to bring about the ordination of the first deacons. (Acts 6:1-3). There were women who were courageous in the face of persecution. (Acts 8:3) Samaritan women started being saved and baptized. (Acts 8:12) God used Peter to raise a lady disciple named Tabitha from the dead. (Acts 9:40) Mary the mother of John, surnamed Mark, graciously opened her home for a prayer meeting. (Acts 12:12) A girl named Rhoda was there, and answered the door when Peter knocked. (Acts 12:13-14) Timothy, the Apostle Paul’s right-hand man, had the advantage of a Godly mother and grandmother. (Acts 16:1; II Timothy 1:5) A woman named Lydia was the first convert in Macedonia, and also generously opened her house to the Lord. (Acts 16:14-15) The Apostle Paul commanded a demon to come out of a young girl in Acts 16:18. Many notable women were saved in Thessalonica and Berea. (Acts 17:4; 12) This is only to mention a few. Thank the Lord for His grace toward men and women, boys and girls – all races and nationalities.

luvvom said...

Yep! God saves women too! What does that have to do with this post?