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---Bonnie, Women's Editor

Susan DiMickele


Susan DiMickele has been a trial lawyer for fourteen years and a mother for eight of those years. While she strives to be at the top of her profession, her greatest accomplishment and challenge is partnering with husband Doug to raise Nicolas, Anna, and Abigail—to know and love God. She lives in Columbus, Ohio with her family.


 

Who Needs Superwoman?

 

As a wife, lawyer, and mother of three young children, I’ve wrestled deeply with the Superwoman complex. Yes, I’ve been accused of trying to do it all. Like most mothers, I can’t say no, so I’m known to over commit in just about every area of my life, running around in circles trying to achieve some unattainable level of perfection. Sometimes, I even get in a groove and tell myself, I can do this. Like Superwoman, I don’t need anybody’s help.

But just when I think I have everything under control, I inadvertently skip carpool duty, miss a deadline at work, or forget my own mother’s birthday. Most days, I fall far short of being Superwoman. Yet God uses these moments of weakness to remind me that He is in charge -- not me -- and He reminds me that the kind of women He uses usually bear no resemblance to Superwoman.

Just when we feel like we’re ready to quit -- that we can never be Superwoman -- we know that we’re right where God wants us. It’s only then that we whole-heartedly admit that we can’t do it on our own. It’s often in those moments of weakness that we fully surrender to be the kind of women that God can use. Sometimes, it’s hard to admit we need some help -- that we’re not self-sufficient, not in control. But in letting go of Superwoman, God turns us into His vessels. He can do it through us. His strength. His power. His determination. In surrendering to Christ, He provides us with life that Superwoman herself could only dream of.

Who in her right mind would want to be Superwoman? I’d rather have Jesus.

Favorite verse – Colossians 3:23

"Whatever you do,  work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men. "


 

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