Who am I: a wife, a mother . . .
I am a wife.
I am a mother.
I am a daughter.
I am a sister.
I am an aunt.
I am a niece.
I am a cousin.
I am a friend.
I am many many things
Each one of these titles add up to make a whole - they are who I am as a person. I am not just "me" (whatever that might mean), I am far more than just that. We are the product of all our roles and it is these many roles that shape each one of us and makes us all different.
We are women of many hats.
We wear many different hats as women. Each hat requires something different from us and impacts how we interact in our world with other people. Each has its own set of expectations and obligations. Each represents a piece of our divided self, with our many identities, which is often sliced up neatly like a Thanksgiving pie. We may be friend, daughter, girlfriend, sister, mother, wife, grandmother, counselor, career woman, pastor’s wife, student, coach, homemaker. With the endless possibilities of the many hats we wear, the Mad Hatter has got nothing on some of us! (source)
We should wear our hats proudly and not be ashamed to be known as a mother or wife, a sister or daughter. We should wear each of these roles as if wearing a crown - just as the woman in Proverbs 31 does.
What we aren't though is superwomen trying to juggle the entire world on our shoulders!
God never asks us to be superwomen, in fact He asks us to focus only on a handful of things: our relationship with Christ, wife, mother, homemaker first and foremost. However, a friend, a sister, an aunt are all very important too.
That is who I am.
And I wear these roles proudly in a world that has decided that these are politically incorrect.
That they admonish the young women to love their husbands, to love their children, to be discreet, chaste, homemakers, good, obedient to their own husbands, that the word of God may not be blasphemed.
(Titus 2: 4-5)