Dear Baby,

Mommy is in a flurry today.  A flurry of activity as well as some butterflies in my stomach.  Lord willing, we will see your sweet face tomorrow and smother you with your first kisses.  We will look over every inch of your skin, count fingers and toes, and adore your little baby wrinkles.  We will try to decide if you look like Mommy or Daddy or a little bit of both.  We will find out if you're a boy or a girl!  We will see you, and in you we will see the work of our wonderful Creator.  We will marvel at you, our Little Miracle, and thank Jesus for our third precious gift.  We will shed tears and pray for wisdom and guidance as we shepherd you throughout your life to love and know Him.  We can't wait to meet you.


You've Come a Long Way, Baby! - Chapter 3

Voices of the True Woman Movement
Hi Ladies,
This is the fourth post in the True Woman Series.  You can find the introduction here, chapter 1 here, and chapter 2 here.

A few weeks ago, a friend of mine posted a quote on Facebook that had such a ring of truth that it stuck with me.  I'm including it here because it describes the essence of chapter 3 well.

"[Feminism] is mixed up with a muddled idea that women are free when they serve their employers but slaves when they help their husbands." --G.K. Chesterton, The Collected Works of G.K. Chesterton, vol. 4, p. 440

Chapter 3 is about the history and impact of feminism on our culture.  Women have certainly come a long way in the past 50 years.  "But a long way isn't necessarily a good way or the right way," says Mary Kassian.  So much concerning values, gender roles, and responsibilities has been compromised and lost in a relatively short amount of time.  

One of the areas that makes my heart ache is when I see so many women valuing personal fulfillment over their sense of responsibility to family.  But perhaps even more saddening is when women embrace their role to serve their families yet find no fulfillment in it.  And yet, haven't we all been there?  Sometimes even daily?

The answer isn't found by looking inside ourselves.  Whenever I look there, I see unfulfilled needs and I experience "the grass is always greener" syndrome.  I'm tempted to whine and complain and be ungrateful for the blessings in my life.  Sometimes it's hard to even consider them blessings at all!

But when we look to Jesus, He supplies all of our needs.  He gives us the strength to endure and to delight in the tasks He sets before us (yes, even things that we loathe doing and feel utterly unequipped for!).  We learn true servanthood by looking to Jesus... the God of the universe who humbled Himself and became nothing, who loves the unlovable, and who spared nothing - not even His own life - in perfect love, obedience, and sacrifice.

If you'd like to hear Mary Kassian speak about the impact of feminism on our culture, the following video series on YouTube is well worth your time.  Depending on your views, it might rile some of you up a little (or a lot!).  I personally think it's kind of fun to rile things up a bit every once in a while.

I'd love to hear your thoughts and reactions if you do watch it.

Back for a Visit

Hello Everyone -

Catherine keeps telling me two things about this blog - you don't post enough (or barely at all) AND you're waaay too serious.... Well - here's something I came across from 22 Words. The Calvin and Hobbes search engine! (wait a little for the comics to load) Chock full of childhood wisdom.

Love this link too. Also from 22-Words.