"God allowed me to be blessed so that I can be a blessing to hurting families and other hurting adolescents." - Marcia
March is Women's History Month. The United States has observed it annually since 1987. The purpose of Women's Month is to remember the contributions of notable and ordinary women in our culture and society. History helps us learn who we are. Recognizing the achievement of women has a huge impact on girls and young women. A lot of women have endured hardships in their life. Whether it results from personal or professional experiences, the ability to overcome any obstacle can lead to greater strength or a collapse of faith. Every family has problems. Faith is often passed down through generations. Faithful parents try to raise their children to keep the faith. Grandparents often play a key role in the forming of faith because of the wisdom they gained throughout their life.
Unfortunately, Marcia was abandoned at birth by her mother, a high school dropout because of drug addiction and was raised by her grandmother. Marcia's mother and grandmother endured abuse, neglect, and addiction throughout their lives. As a child growing up, Marcia didn't have a close relationship with her grandmother. Whenever Marcia's mother came around, she was often high on drugs. Marcia would hear stories about her mother and felt embarrassed. Writing a poem and talking to herself was often the solution to help Marcia overcome any problems. Receiving professional help was not an option for her or popular among families in her community. Marcia started drinking by the time she was in high school, and by college, she was experimenting with drugs. Resentment was the primary reason for her behavior during this period in her life. Eventually she asked God for grace and mercy and He blessed her life with positive people. Tragedy prepared her to be a pioneer and blessing to others. Marcia was persistent not to let her past control her destiny and went on to receive her Ph.D.
Words to Live By:
"Rather, clothe yourselves with the Lord Jesus Christ, and do not think about how to gratify the desires of the flesh" Romans 13:14 (NIV).
"Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new" 2 Corinthians 5:17 (KJV).
"So submit yourselves to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you" James 4:7 (Revised Edition, NABRE).
Inspiring Lessons From Women of the Bible:
Eve: Grace and Temptation Genesis 2:22; 2:23; 2:8; 3:4-6; 3:13; 3:16; 3:21; Genesis 3:23-24; 4:1-2; 1Timothy 2:14
Mary: Obedience and Trust Luke 1:26; 1:27; 1:36; 3:31; Mark 3:31-32; Luke 1:30-33; 1:38; 1:42-45; 2:4-7; John 2:1-5; John 19:25-27; Acts 1:12-14
Ruth: Obedience and Loyalty Book of Ruth; Matthew 1:5-6
Esther: Courage, Wisdom, and Creativity Book of Esther
Elizabeth: Unexpected Blessings Luke 1:5-7; 1:11-17; 1:24; 1:39; 1:41-45; Matthew 11:11
Rachel: Beauty does not necessarily result in contentment Genesis 29:5-10; 29:28; 30:22-24; 35:16-20; 30:1; 31:19; 30:22-24; 35:18
Hagar: Prejudice, injustice, abuse, and despair Genesis 16:1; 16:15; 16:3-4; 15:4-5; 16:10; 16:15; 16:6-7; 21:14; 21:20-21
Mary Magdalene: Mercy, Loyalty, and Generosity Luke 8:2-3; Matthew 27:55-61; John 20:1-2; John 20:13; John 20:16-18; Mark 16:1-10; Matthew 28:10
Martha: Serving John 11:1; Luke 10:38; Luke 10:39; John 11:21-27; Luke 10:38-42; John 12:1-2
Rebekah: Trust, Assertiveness, Purity, Holiness, and Patience Genesis 24:14; 25:23; 25:21; 25:28 Genesis 22:23: 25:20-28; 26:7-8, 29:12; 35; 27:5-15, 42-46; 28:5; 35:8; 49:31; Romans 9:10
Sarah: Faith Genesis chapters 11 through 25; Isaiah 51:2; Romans 4:19, 9:9; Hebrews 11:11; 1 Peter 3:6
Bathsheba: Wisdom and Protection Samuel 11:1-3, 12:24; 1 Kings 1:11-31, 2:13-19; 1 Chronicles 3:5; Psalm 51:1
Rahab: Survival Joshua 2:1-21; 6:17, 22, 23, 25; Matthew 1:5; Hebrews 11:31; James 2:25
Jochebed: Pray without ceasing Exodus 6:20, and Numbers 26:59
Miriam: Justice Exodus 2
Tamar: Hypocrisy Genesis 38
Deborah: Encouragement, Motivation, and Inspiration Judges 4