She is… 4

Prov31.25This month for Kin women I have been working on the theme womanhood through a photo series called ‘she is…’.We have so many names, titles, expectations and adjectives that society places upon our lives.

But really who are we?

Really who are you?

She is fat. She is a gossip. She is a b**ch. She is outrageous. She is too much. She is shy.

Lately I have been contemplating on who I really am.

Who am I? Without any titles, without any accolades, without anything to distract me from the true essence of my womanhood.

I’ve been contemplating;

who defines who I am?, who I allow to speak words over my life? and I have been drawn back in the midst of this contemplation to a chapter of the Bible, that focuses solely on womankind.

Proverb 31.

This  chapter of proverbs was in vogue a few years back, but often it evokes fear and intimidation when it is whisphered;

A wonder woman, a princess warrior…

How could I be all that?

There are many parts of the proverb that have been really affecting and impacting my everyday. I am drawn back to the grounded-ness of the woman I am reading and reflecting upon, rather than a superhero princess-ified warrior chick.

I am reading between the lines a common house wife, a partner, a mother, a hard-worker, a gardener, a crocheter, a designer, a chef.

She is…common.

She is…

you and I.

I long to be more grounded like the woman I see described, getting about and making a difference in my families everyday, living a life that adds up behind closed doors. Making a difference in my part of the garden.

I don’t know about you, but the longer I have waited, the harder I have worked, the more tears I have shed, the sweeter the victory.

Proverbs 31 is so much more than a princess-ified, waiting in the castle, warrior chick. She is a hard working, multitasking, woman of integrity and strength.

A lot more like a farmers wife to me.

I am not sure that Disney would want to make a common housewife its latest cult status heroine however?

But she is a hero to me.

All my love


About Amanda

Amanda Viviers has published ten books and is a presenter on radio across New Zealand and Australia. She is also the co-founder of Kinwomen; a network created to inspire women to start conversations that matter. Head of Narrative for Compassion Australia, she is driven by a passion for social justice, she loves supporting projects for women in developing countries. Teaching women to live creative lives, beyond the circumstances, is something she pursues daily. Wife of Charl and Mum of Maximus and Liberty, she lives a creative life, longing to see people live inspired. Pinterest/ Twitter/ @Mandaviviers Instagram: @amandaviviers Facebook: @amandaviviersperth

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