The point of this post is not to externally process even more, but rather to get your feedback.
First, because I was very humbled when my friend and I sat down and realized that even two different perspectives are a limitation, because femininity includes all women, and all women are, in fact, very different. (Shocking, I know.)
Second, because I know the people that read this blog are brilliant (obviously, since you read my posts) and I respect your opinions.
Quick nutshell of the class: (If any LT-ers who signed up for the class are reading this... it may be a spoiler.)
The overarching purpose is to restore dignity to femininity, to sift through our perceptions of it and maybe ferret out a few of the negative ones that are based out of our culture rather than the Bible. My friend and I have no expectation to conquer the entire topic OR, once the four-week workshop is over, except all the people taking it to have arrived at what it means to be a woman of God and in God in the fullest sense.
The teachers are young and the female heart way too deep a matter to take care of all that.
What I'm hoping to get your help with, is your thoughts, opinions, experiences, etc. on our first week's topic.
Beauty as a female Christ-follower.
Questions we'll be asking the girls:
- What word or picture first comes to mind when you hear the word "beauty?"
- What emotion first comes to mind?
- Why is it so important for us to hammer this topic out, anyway?
Questions my friend and I have been asking ourselves:
- Is outward beauty biblical?
- What does a "gentle & quiet spirit" really mean? (I Peter 3.1-7) ** I looked up the greek, and as far as my not-able-to-understand-biblical-greek mind can tell, it may literally mean, "a spirit that withholds unnecessary strength that may harm and is tranquil or peaceful."**
- What's the balance between immodesty for attention & hiding your physical femininity out of fear or pride?
- Queen Esther was able to save her people, not completely but in part, because of her physical beauty... right?
- How can we seriously, really, I mean REALLY, stop comparing ourselves to other women?
Okay... that's all the rough bits for now. We each have our own stories with this topic, and maybe I'll get around to posting mine later this week, but for now, I'd love your thoughts! If you'd rather not post them, feel free to email me.
p.s. I'd love the male perspective, as well.