Our Identity Revealed – Women’s Session with Sarah Swafford

Sarah began by talking about how challenging it is to be woman in today’s world. She also discussed how as women, we often fake it and are not honest about what is going on in our heads. We are quick to say “I’m fine” and we are not always real about the negative thoughts that we are having.

She then discussed the “Three Cs” that impact our lives the most- control, confusion, and competition.

We desire to be control of our own lives instead of letting God have control. Though we desire to have control, we need to trust in the plans that God has for us.

We are often confused about who we want to be and what it means to be a woman in today’s world. Sarah discussed how it is important for us to realize that though all struggles are all different, we are are struggling to find ourselves. When we are confused, we need to cling to the truth and see ourselves for all God has created us to be. But we need to be able to love and accept ourselves before we can become all God has created us to be.

We are competitive, we often are jealous of others and want what we can’t have. It is important for us to remember that the images we see daily through social media and Instagram are not real so there is no point in competing with that. Rather than worrying about competing with others, we are encouraged to find our tribe- a group of friends who are available with whom we can be held accountable and vulnerable.

Sarah ended with encouraging us to forget our flaws and flaunt our assets. She also echoed the words of Saint Catherine of Siena, “Be who you were meant to be and you will set the world on fire.”

Written by Audrey Masek
Audrey recently graduated from Truman State University with a Masters Degree in Elementary Education and is a Kindergarten Teacher. Audrey has been apart of the social media team for Steubenville Mid-America for the past 6 years. In her free time Audrey enjoys spending time with friends and family.