REALWomanhood: List 2 things you have learned about you as a woman from reading this chapter.
Written by Dr. Merle Ray on December 25, 2018
Lesson 1 – Pondering Questions
Introduction: REAL Women Don’t Cheat
Textbook: Spiritual Identity by Dr. Merle Ray
Please read the section and then answer the question. Post your answers below by the requested due date. Reply also to the comments posted by your Corporate Sisters.
Tanika Guidroz On September 11, 2020 at 9:35 pm
I have learned that I as a woman allow so many things dictate who I am and what I should be, look like, move, act, think, feel, etc as a woman. However, as I continue to walk closer with God and allow Him to show me who I truly am, I will be wiser and walk in who he called me to be. His beloved!!!!
Diana Williams On April 5, 2020 at 9:22 am
Repost – Lesson 1 Question 2 – I know longer have to ride the roller coaster performance trap to eradicate the spirit of compromise to be accepted by others. I MUST BE TRUE TO THE AUTHENTIC ME, the individual whom God has created me to be. I no longer have to conform to the culture around me. I do not have to perform for God’s acceptance. For, I am created in His image, and I have within me the ability to overcome every device of the enemy. My culture can no longer define who I am, and compromise is no longer an option, As, a child and early adulthood I allowed the culture around me to define who I was, and how I was expected to act. Here is a practical example – As a teen all of my associates smoked, so I attempted to do likewise. I hated it and felt guilty about doing it, but did it in a effort to be accepted and to fit in, When God had set me apart. In early adulthood, adultery was all around me, it was in the church, at work, and in the family, It was one of the traps which the enemy had laid before me, it was the culture that feed my lack of self-worth, low self-esteem, and the desire to be accepted, It was the apple which I bit along the pathway of my performance trap of acceptance, and of looking for love in all of the wrong places. I thank God for the spirit of conviction, freedom from condemnation, and the transformation of my mind,
Dr. Merle Ray On April 5, 2020 at 10:34 am
Hallelujah! Thank you, Father! Thank you, Diana, for your insights.
LaShawn Darthard On March 29, 2020 at 3:46 pm
The 2 things that I have learned about you as a woman from reading this chapter 1.) The more I spend time in the presence of God the more attractive I become. In the presence of Truth even the tiniest lie is exposed. The job of the Holy Spirit is to expose, reveal and remove that lie. I can be open and transparent with God and share every part of me. I can be the true me and bring and share all my hurts and pains-Matt 11:28. I was able to give him all of me. 2.) Stop believing the lies. Lies that is told on how to be this or that in order to be successful, accepted, worthy, straight, and significant. What is God saying directly to you. What is He saying through His Word?
Kimberly Thompson On March 29, 2020 at 3:02 pm
#1. I am God’s woman – I need to lay my head on Daddy God’s chest and let him heal my heart and soul issues so that I can become more exciting, approachable, desirable and fulfilled in Him, not in what society says I need, lies we have lived with and bought into for far too long.
#2. My self-worth is rooted in God and this is my secret weapon and my strength. I need to allow Holy Spirit to get in my head and my heart daily and seek the wisdom of God in all areas of my life. I also must have a strategy to gain victory, this comes from being in the presence of Father.
Jerrelyn Gaines On March 29, 2020 at 2:27 pm
My first takeaway I have learned about myself was one who was cheating on myself, is overcoming my woman issues like lies, religion, fatherless, idols, depression, brokenness, etc.
My second takeaway that I have learned about myself is that I don’t have to be a cross dressers expressing the female agenda in drag. I can share my God-given identity and have the right to share my love and views and God.
Deborah Stevens On March 29, 2020 at 1:47 pm
I walk in freedom because of my relationship with God. I know that I matter to Him. He is my source and my strength. In Him, I do not have to worry about self esteem. He does excellent work.
Christie Mangum On March 28, 2020 at 11:34 pm
I learned that I was cheating myself for a very log time thinking that I needed others to validate me and tell me my worth. I cheated myself by not accepting who I was in the rawest form because I defined who i was based on society,culture and comparing myself to others. The problem with this kind of mindset is that you dont know right off that you’re living a lie and neither body or mind are built to sustain it so you never relax nor are you at true peace; you never reach real fulfillment because you’re constantly working to keep up and cover up. I learned to let go of what i was afraid of which was people’s opinion. I could never come into the understanding of my true purpose living for people.
Dr. Merle Ray On March 29, 2020 at 1:13 pm
Teressa Simmons On March 28, 2020 at 9:00 pm
I am sexy and growing more so everyday. I am becoming more exciting, desirable, approachable and fulfilled as God’s woman. I used to have deep identity issues and the lively spirit within me was locked up on the inside. As the Holy Spirit led me on my journey of faith to healing and wholeness, He opened the door for His lively spirit within me to emerge. I embrace and love who I am becoming more and more everyday!
Deborah Stevens On March 29, 2020 at 1:49 pm
It is awesome to recognize the power of being in relationship with God.
Barbara Crater On March 28, 2020 at 1:26 pm
1. I I have learned the true value of my womanhood that is given m by God.
2. I can and will stop backing up from my womanhood that is “inspired by the Divine Creator”.
Jacqueline Williams On March 28, 2020 at 12:42 pm
These are my thoughts/reflections after reading Lesson One.
I am going to be free. I know that the Son has set me free yet I await the manifestation of that freedom. I refuse to lie to myself and say that I am walking in that freedom. If one look at my life they may think that I have it all together. I thank God for all my that I have accomplished and I know that one day all of it will work together for my good only because I love the Lord and I know He has called me. I do not want to settle for what gives a false sense of significance. I live an unfulfilled life. I know that there is greatness in me, I can feel it wanting to come out, but it is stuck. I remember working as a Chaplain in a hospital and one day I got tired of praying for sick people with no manifestation of healing (just keeping it real). I expressed those feelings to God, and them asked Him where was His power in the earth? About two months later God said to me, “You want to know where is my power in the earth?” He said “It’s in you!” I responded, “Ok, so then what’s up?” I am asking Holy Spirit to reveal to me the lies I have told myself or what others have told me about myself and God that have me stuck in what I now believe to be an identity crisis.
Thank you Dr. Merle! I am looking forward to taking this journey, though it may be painful, of getting out of this crisis and walking in my true spiritual identity. Lord have Mercy!
Dr. Merle Ray On March 29, 2020 at 1:27 pm
Jacqueline, Godly transformation is awesome! I’m looking forward to our journey. He’s ours for the asking and His liberty and love is breathtaking!
Destinee Montgomery On March 28, 2020 at 10:50 am
I learned that we let society define us, we’re so caught in the world views that we lose sight of the way God views us. Through God Word and experiencing His wider definition go womanhood, we should be able to get help or to able to help someone else who is unaware of society cheating them out of their identity,
Dr. Merle Ray On March 29, 2020 at 1:28 pm
Yes, yes, yes! Great job Destinee!
Sheronda Odums On March 28, 2020 at 8:51 am
1. I will not be robbed of my self identity.
2. God wants me to be more intimate with him.
Dr. Merle Ray On March 29, 2020 at 1:31 pm
brendab On March 27, 2020 at 6:52 pm
We must examine ourselves and make sure we are getting help, for ourselves and thus we will be able to help those that are hurting out there not just in the world but also and sometimes more often in the body of Christ, let’s get help in able to be help for someone else, and it all stems from being mature