Swinging Bridge Magazine: March 2021

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CULTURE

FEMININITY Federie Louis, a sophomore Christian minis tries major, offers some insight into her view of women in the Bible, in the church and in our modern society. “I feel like we undervalue women. We under value what they bring to the table... We judge them for how they’re called to live their lives for the Lord and that’s not fair. Like women are not allowed to be homemakers because then they look weak, but they’re not allowed to have careers and be single because then they’ve lost all their femininity,” Louis said. “But no, that has nothing to do with anything. Me fulfilling my femininity is me fulfilling my relationship with the Lord and doing what He’s calling me to do.”

She draws our attention to several women in the Bible such as Jesus’ mother Mary, Deborah and even Rahab, pointing out how each played a different role in the Bible, yet fulfilled the calling God put in their lives. "The most important things that they could do was to be strategic women and help to gain that victory,” Louis said. “So I’m really hoping in the future, we can have a generation of women who are not afraid to just be themselves and to receive that confidence from the Lord to take their biblical womanhood back."

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his pandemic has been rough for most people. It feels like no one can get a break from all the chaos and yet, we continue to remain hopeful for when it ends.

You Are Not Alone BY JOY HAMMOND

"Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance.” James 1:2-4 We are not in this pandemic alone, but we are not facing it all together either. Some people are riding out the storm on yachts, others in paddle boats and some are holding onto driftwood for dear life. But what if you knew that Jesus was with us in the storm?

Like the two times that the disciples were caught in a storm. Naturally, they were terrified by the roaring winds and the violent waves. It was not until they focused their attention on Jesus that the storm became insignificant. There are many situations in life that we cannot control. But, what if there was a way to feel calm and secure during the storm? The situation is not as terrifying when you realize that you are not facing it alone.

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