EXCERPTS FROM WARRING WOMEN OF THE WORD>
GALS GONE BAD
Date: September 1, 2004
Gals Gone Bad
Older women must train the younger women to live quietly,
to love their husbands and their children, and to be
sensible and clean minded, spending their time in their own
homes, being kind and obedient to their husbands so that
the Christian faith can't be spoken against by those who
know them. Titus 2:3 5
Society is paying for failure to teach girls self
respect. Adolescence is a difficult transitional stage with
the budding body raging with hormonal change. During this
phase there is a distorted image, questioning the new
self's beauty, purpose and competence. The desire is for
self expression and independence from parental influence.
Rebellion is knocking on her door.
A young teen body sometimes feels super energized,
talking on the phone for hours. One minute quarreling with
siblings as small child, while demanding her rights as an
independent person. Other times she seems sullen, poutey
and so drained she drags herself out of bed. The monthly
period is her regular visitor like a recurring nightmare.
If not aware of the beautiful blessing of her God given and
life giving femininity, she will assume it a shameful and
disgusting curse. Suddenly she's the main attraction of the
boys, which is a huge addictive rush, or worse, needing and
not getting her share, reinforcing her insecurities. Peer
pressure is at its peak. She aches for acceptance,
popularity and being perceived as the cool one. She takes
chances she will regret later without counting the cost.
She reads teen glamour magazines in an effort to mimic the
model's false image or else hides her femininity in baggy
jeans and layers of loose sweaters in an effort to be one
of the guys.
Media promotes worldly sensuality without restraint. She
sees the lustful attention guys give promiscuous older
teens and aches inside because daddy didn't reaffirm her
value as a precious child of God. Worse yet, she suffered
molestation before she was mature enough to realize she did
nothing wrong and had a right to say, "NO:' She needs to
know her value and identity in Christ. In Him awaits her
forgiveness, restoration and validation.
A twelve year old girl in Mark chapter rive is seen to
God important. She was critically ill. Her father had gone
to fetch Jesus from a huge crowd. While convincing Jesus to
come, word arrived she had died. Jesus went to her bed. In
spite of the people's doubts, He took her hand and brought
her back to life! Are you a female who feels dead inside as
a result of criticism, abuse, molestation, abandonment or
rejection? Is your self-steem so low you look under the
sole of your shoe to find it? Do you flaunt your sexuality?
Are you critical of yourself and others or constantly
comparing yourself to them? Does what people think
constantly haunt your decision making process?
Abba Daddy. Please heal the wounds, wiping them with the
precious blood of Jesus. Heal my hurts and restore me. I
confess _____ treated me unfairly. I was violated. When
they beat You and crucified You, You took my wounds, grief
and sorrows so that I may be healed. Allow me to see myself
through Your eyes of love and become an expression of what
I fid there. Thank You for healing and restoring me. Amen.
Copyright 2003 by Lura Hoyle