Why do we privileged, smart, gifted Christian women still have self-doubt? It is because we have not had a clear picture in our minds of who we are. We have not known the powerful, equal yet opposite importance of our lives. The assurance of the importance of your “being” comes from knowing who you are. You are a spirit, soul and body designed by your Creator. All three parts of you come together as “you”—a woman unique, powerful, and gifted.

I had a nagging restlessness before I learned from Scripture that, as a woman, I had a place to fill that no one else could. So conscious was I of others and their abilities that I neglected to recognize my own. After years of trying to figure out what the Bible said to me (and all women) I began to comprehend. I came to see that I am special. You, me and every person created in the image of God is indeed special, gifted and with a destiny. It will take going to the right place, studying the Bible. As you do the thrill of just being you will slowly, quietly come to your mind, soul and heart.

Psalm 139:14 gives you permission to give thanks to God for the person you are: “I will praise You for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvelous are Your works: and that my soul knows right well.”

As I began to quietly develop confidence, my depression lifted and the sadness finally began to fade. Back then, I did not understand that, like the Virtuous Woman in Proverbs, I was free to think what I thought, discover and grow. She had an entire lifetime to accomplish it, of course, but she did it—and had it all! She fulfilled her promise, her personal potential and assured her own happiness as she “built her house”.

This alerted me: I should go and do the same.

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