Let the wise listen and add to their learning, and let the discerning get guidance. – Proverbs 1:5
As its founder, I’ve participated in several focus groups, surveys, and brainstorming sessions associated with the Women of Faith Conferences. Their objective? To identify and address areas where women felt they needed help becoming all God desires of them.
Perhaps the most common theme is that women need to “find their voices.” In other words, Christian women today must discover who they are in Jesus Christ, and express that in their lives in such a way that glorifies God.
One of the reasons so many women need this kind of help is that so many men pressure and push women to be silent—to neglect their voice. Sadly, many men secure their own position by stifling or ignoring the identity, and unique gifting of women. Consequently, many women sense that their role is perceived as insignificant; they feel that their voice isn’t recognized, valued, or welcomed.
It’s the challenge of every man to help the woman in his life find her voice, and then, be respectful and receptive when that voice speaks. Men, I challenge each of you: guard the voice God’s given to the woman in your life, whether it’s your wife, your daughter, your sister or your mother. Stop and listen to her.
– Steve Arterburn
Before God we are all equally wise–and equally foolish. It is a miracle that curiosity survives formal education. – Albert Einstein