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Doing my best to puncture the balloon that Ladies Ministries try to inflate

I had heard of you by the hearing of the ear, but now my eye sees you; therefore I despise myself, and repent in dust and ashes. ~Job

To possess dignity is to be worthy of respect. Worthy of high esteem. Absorb this: you are worthy of respect. ~Beth Moore

“Woe to me!” I cried. “I am ruined! For I am a man of unclean lips, and I live among a people of unclean lips, and my eyes have seen the King, the Lord Almighty.” ~Isaiah

Be kind to yourself. Be compassionate to yourself. Be loving to yourself. Be patient with yourself. Have the courage to be yourself. ~Christine Caine

But when Simon Peter saw it, he fell down at Jesus’ knees, saying, “Depart from me, for I am a sinful man, O Lord.” ~ Simon Peter

Who you are is more important than what you are called to do. ~Priscilla Shirer

Man was created to glorify God. (Isaiah 43:7). Our inherited sin nature makes it impossible to do that without His redemptive work in our heart. It’s important to see ourselves as we are (were). Ladies, yes, it’s good to have “self-esteem” to the extent that we know who we are. We’re sinners, saved by grace alone. Women’s Ministries these days over-emphasize that we are women of valor, courage, of worth, esteem, and bravery. We’re princesses, running around sunlit meadows in wedding dresses dripping pearls.

Or we are as Isaiah, Job, and Peter saw themselves when they saw God: as worms in the dust, sinning with the pigs and needing to rely totally on the Father for any scrap of righteousness we might possess.

Praise the Lord He came, died for sin, was buried and resurrected. He glorified the Father and His reward will be…us. The Father will give Him a Bride, redeemed and washed. It is all about the Trinity and His work. It is not about us, our worth, our esteem, dignity, or “who we are.”

O Lord, depart from me, I am a sinful woman. Yet He lifted me from the muck and mire and gave me His righteousness, robes, Spirit, and future. From that moment, when I search inside myself to see my worth, esteem, or dignity, what I see is His.


Christian writer and Georgia teacher's aide who loves Jesus, a quiet life, art, beauty, and children.

6 thoughts on “Doing my best to puncture the balloon that Ladies Ministries try to inflate

  1. Your best is inspiring! You got me thinking…I see these ministries as the many-headed Hydra from Greek mythology. It seems that when you contend against one, another one comes out with a “bible study”, book, tweet or some other means of communicating their false teachings that need to be refuted. Thank God for you ladies who are the vanguard! May God raise up more of you, and more of us in the trenches of our local churches who are also welding the Sword of the Spirit against untruth. Let us pray that our motivations will always be godly while we fight this battle.

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    1. Many headed Hydra, good one! It’s a vivid metaphor. Thanks so much for the good word about Godly motivations. And thank you for your readership and comments! And the battle goes on. I value the verses which promise rest. Rest from the battle will be so blessed!

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  2. Self-esteem is an ugly offspring of modern psychology. The more churches embrace psychology, the further we get from Biblical doctrine. Thank you for exposing self-esteem for the dastardly lie it really is!

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    1. Thank you DebbieLynne, for your kind comment and readership. I agree, self-esteem movement is ugly. I was teaching first grade in the early 1980s up north when the movement came in full force. We were required to adopt several successive social programs designed to enhance children’s self-esteem. I wasn’t saved then, but even though my blinded mind, it all seemed so wrong. Not everyone is a winner, Not everyone comes first. Not all behavior is OK. Sigh. Of course, it’s a lot worse there now

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