Welcome to our 4 part Advent Series. We will be sharing articles written by members from our Brave Worship Community. Each will have a different view and perspective on the weeks ahead. We invite you to join the discussion and share your traditions and knowings of this blessed season! This week will be an overview of the history of the advent wreath by Amanda Blankenship.
"So since we find ourselves fashioned into all these excellent formed and marvelously functioning parts in Christ's body, let's just go ahead and be what we were made to be, without enviously or pridefully comparing ourselves with each other, or trying to be something we aren't."
Truth is, our standards and expectations of ourselves can be unrealistic. If we compare our current situation to our dream Pinterest board, or a perfectly curated Instagram feed, it can feel really discouraging. How do we deal with the pressure that we (even unknowingly) put on ourselves?
We can't fight for equality and hashtag #girlpower on all our photos and use Deborah and Esther as our "girls in ministry" mascots then kill one another once we get onto the battlefield because we're afraid someone is going to get more attention than us.
We need to let women be women AND men be men. Let’s stop rebuking men for doing things instinctive to their nature like trying to provide for us and protect us. Let’s stop saying, “I don’t need a man to (fill-in the blank).” Let’s stop suppressing our feelings (emotions), bc we don’t wanna look weak. Because the truth is...we need each other. We really do…