Tomboy? Outsider? Feminist?
God Loves Us All
By Jo Russell

Tomboy. It’s a word not everyone loves. But God does.

While living in Sentinel, Arizona, population 17, my 9-year-old twins soon discovered that the only playmate in the community was an 8-year-old girl. While Marie’s mother struggled to keep her feminine, my boys dragged her off to do fort-building, fake shoot-outs, and pretend four-wheel-drive camping trips.

Their influence was evident when Marie asked her mother for six guns for her birthday. She got pierced earrings. She wanted a grenade. She got a tea set. She wanted a camp stove. She got brass doll furniture.

One day Marie returned from town with a loom and weaving set for making potholders.

She started to work right away and brought over the finished project to the boys.

“Handcuffs,” she said proudly. “I made them just for you.”

Tomboy? I’ve been accused of being one myself. After a shop class

with women students outnumbering men three to one, I bought myself a compound miter

saw for Christmas. It’s been fun!

Easy and quick as they are, labels just stick to the surface.

God doesn’t use them. Instead, he wants us to unfold with unique

qualities, talents, and abilities. They make each one of us one of a kind.

What encouraging words of acceptance between us and God, “For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made” [Psalm 139:13-`14 NIV.] Add to that the power of God’s promise in Jeremiah 1:5 “Before you were born, I set you apart; I appoint you as a……”

With a glimpse of what you see of your life so far, you can fill it in….Or leave the blanks to God and let him surprise you! Tomboys! Outsiders! Activists! It’s all good!

[Jo Russell is a Christian teacher, speaker, author of many articles, contributor to several anthologies, and Which Button Do You Push to Get God to Come Out? A Humorous Devotional for Women, Intermedia Publishing  2011. For more chuckles and to hear a speech, enjoy excerpts of her book and tips, check her entire website options and weekly blog on]



About Jo Russell

Jo’s humor, inspirational stories, articles and devotionals have spanned more than 40 years, with several national writing contest awards for humor. She's a contributing author in Chicken Soup for the Soul—Shaping the New You and Heavenly Humor for the Dieter’s Soul.

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