In Honor of the Women’s March in Washington: Women Who Have Inspired Me

Approximately 200,000 women are expected to descend on the nation’s capital today, in order to march against what they see as our new president’s misogyny.

And of course, to protest the really important stuff, like the possibility that he might make them pay for their own birth control, or he might put restrictions on abortion.

Some will be wearing funny, pink knitted hats, made to look like cat ears. They’re calling them “pu**y hats.”
See how clever they are?

Certainly, the march isn’t for all women. It’s just for the women with the right views. For example, if you’re a woman who believes in the sanctity of life, then you’re not the kind of woman they want to have out there in the streets with them. After all, the very essence of womanhood rests in the right to be irresponsible with your body, then to have the evidence of that suctioned out, torn limb-from-limb, and disposed of.

There will be some high powered, inspirational female fighters down in the trenches today, no doubt.
Gloria Steinem, Cher, Lena Dunham (who, by the way, is a true inspiration for incestuous child molesters everywhere), and Katy Perry, among others, will all stand in unity for… something.

On Twitter today, ahead of the march, #WomenWhoHaveInspiredMe is trending.

What a wonderful idea for a hashtag!

In the spirit of the day, I would like to add my own list of women who have inspired me (no pu**y hat required).

Golda Meir. She was the fourth elected Prime Minister of Israel. During the Yom Kippur War in 1973, with Syrian forces gathering along the Golan Heights, she reached out to America’s President Nixon for help with the battle, going over the head of Nixon’s Secretary of State, Henry Kissinger, who feared interfering in that particular skirmish would anger the Russians. Her willingness to reach out, on behalf of her people, likely saved Israel from annihilation.
She is also quoted as saying, “Whether women are better than men, I cannot say – but I can say they are certainly no worse.”

That’s an equality frame of mind from a strong female leader.

Joyce Blease. You don’t know her, and I’m sorry. She’s the wife of my senior pastor, serving the congregation of Northview Harvest Ministries church. For more than 40 years, the Blease family has pastored this small North Carolina community. They grew a country church of about 70 members to somewhere in the hundreds. The last 12 years I’ve been a member of Northview, and more times than I can recall, I’ve met with Sister Blease to consult on matters of deep, spiritual need.

She is a “church mother,” providing tireless support and comfort to the congregation. She is filled with the presence of the Holy Spirit, so much so that when she walks in a room, without saying a word, people feel it.

Gracious, patient, caring, and present – she bears not just the burdens of her own family, but of every family who sit as a part of her congregation.

That’s dedication. She makes me want to be a better Christian.

Mama. My mama is about to be 74 years old, and she still works a full, 12-hour work day as a nurse, just as she has since she was 19 years old. All my life has been watching Mama go to work, come home, care for the house and her four children, sometimes under very stressful conditions.

Mama rarely complains. She’s one of those “can do” kinds of people, who looks at every problem as just a starting point for getting things done.

She instilled in me work ethic, a sense of charity, and more than anything, she has supported me, in everything I have tried, willing to be my one cheerleader when the whole world has seemed set against me.

There are actually more women in this world who have inspired me, but the common theme with all of them has nothing to do with a freedom to commit infanticide, or with getting free stuff from the government.

Every woman I have drawn inspiration from has displayed strength when necessary, grace under pressure, a loving and charitable heart for people, and a strong sense of personal responsibility.

Those are the women who inspire me.

Those are the women we should be celebrating, today.

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