Woman in training

There have been a few amazing people in my life who helped me turn into the young lady that I am today.

Since I was just a little girl, my mama would take me out once a week for “lady’s lunch.” This was always the highlight of my week. I would put on my prettiest dresses and sometimes even my dress-up high heels. We would go and split a sandwich and be ladies. This tradition is how I learned to order my meals, be polite in public, and start learning the traits of a woman.

My Mimi & Papa were some of the most amazing and intelligent people I ever had the pleasure of knowing. My Papa’s nickname for me was “little lady.” He never referred to me as a little girl, never treated me like a baby…he treated me like I was a woman in training. I always felt so grown up when he would call me that. Mimi taught me to be classy since I was born. She only bought me things with ruffles and lace. The socks were okay, but once she started buying me bonnets I put my foot down. She always treated me like I was full of worth.

I grew up going to an amazing Christian girls’ summer camp. Mrs. Richmond, the woman who ran the camp, was one of the most amazing women of God I’ve ever known. There was just something different about her. She was full of light and talked about God with so much joy. When she baptized me, she asked me if I wanted to be “God’s girl.” I loved that. It seemed so genuine, so real. Calling myself God’s girl made it feel like a real relationship…not just someone that I read about in my bible. She really instilled in me the importance of being the woman that God created me for.

It’s a long, lifetime journey becoming the woman that God wants me to be. But I have been so blessed to have people in my life who reminded me of it. I am flawed and human. I’m not always nice, I’m not always gracious, and I’m far from perfect. However-I can feel myself slowly growing into the woman that God wanted me to be…and I’m so thankful to the people who have helped me along the way. Recently I have been studying what the bible says about being a woman of God. I hope to continue growing closer to what I’m made to be.

“I want the women to be in humility before God, not primping before a mirror or chasing the latest fashions. But doing something beautiful for God and becoming beautiful doing it.”- 1 Timothy 2:9-10

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