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Since 2002, LAF has refuted the follies of feminism and promoted a strong, intelligent, biblical view of womanhood. We love femininity and are delighted to share the beauties of the womanly virtues with women all over the world. New to LAF? Start here! Looking for older articles? Please visit the archives!

MercatorNet: Millennials are looking for parental guidance on love

June 14, 2017 | Author:

A new Harvard study about the dating habits of young adults, ages 18-25, reveals that most Millennials are looking for guidance on how to form loving relationships. The survey, which included over 2,000 young adults, found that about 70% of Millennials described wishing they had received more information from their parents about finding and keeping love.

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Mercatornet: Women Oppose Abortion Politics

May 27, 2017 | Author:

Contrary to impressions given in the media, by professional bodies such as the Royal college of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG) and by most Parliamentarians, an overwhelming majority of Britons actually want to make it harder for women to get abortions, a new poll reveals.

It is particularly striking how much support there is amongst women for lowering the time limit for abortion, which currently stands at 24 weeks. Of the 70% of women who want the limit lowered nearly six in ten are in favour of a limit of 16 weeks or fewer and 41% actually want it 12 weeks or less.

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Why women need other women in their lives

May 20, 2017 | Author:

[Editor’s note: Romance novels aside (because as with anything we can make it about ourselves or we can make it about serving God), the substance of this article points to what is possible in a solid christian community where women invest in one another in substantial ways. We should all be better at serving one another, in strengthening the body of Christ. ]

Years ago, I was at the beach with my family when I noticed a group of ladies nearby who appeared to be in their 50s. With a quick glance, I knew they were on a girls’ weekend…I loved watching these women enjoy each other’s company. Although they were older than me, and well past my season of life in having babies, I could imagine being in their shoes one day, basking in the glow of old friends who still made me feel young again.

…now that I’m in my 40s, I’m seeing how real divorce, death, cancer, unemployment and other major life problems are. I understand what they meant when they emphasized the importance of girlfriends, as my age group faces hardships we couldn’t imagine when we were young and carefree.

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Mercatornet: The Handmaid’s Tale: more sci-fi than believable dystopia

May 15, 2017 | Author:

The current Hulu remake of Margaret Atwood’s 1985 novel, The Handmaid’s Tale, is getting rave reviews. But I passed on it.

Handmaids projects a Christian theocracy — the Republic of Gilead — that has replaced American democracy, and consigned women to their most reductive biological roles as forced breeders in a mysteriously infertile society. I’m interested in artistic dystopias — the word always associated with Handmaids — but science fiction, the genre to which this story more correctly belongs, isn’t for me.

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Thank the Moms You Know With Gifts of Practical Help and Encouragement

May 12, 2017 | Author:

Thank the Moms You Know With Gifts of Practical Help and Encouragement

This Mother’s Day, we here at Western Conservatory are massively discounting our physical products to help move some of our inventory: 75% off all physical products*, from now until May 14th. To take advantage of this opportunity, we would like to suggest that you consider showing support to multiple moms you know this Mother’s Day, through a gift of practical help or encouragement — as well as stocking up on anything that would make your own job as a mom easier!

*Excludes It’s (Not That) Complicated and the Reclaiming Beauty Study Guide

With these discounts on, for as little as $25 you could get gifts for all these friends:
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Desiring God: Gospel Hope for Self-Haters

May 5, 2017 | Author:

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We all know really godly women who for example in God’s providence either never married or they married where unable to have children. They have always had to go through a process of grappling with that, grappling with identity, grappling with what it means to be a woman. Grappling with how does one find one’s way to the courage, and dignity, and purpose. We’ve all known women who really successfully ran that race and they have met the God who tho He,

You know the bible is very joyful at the birth of children, yet one of the prime metaphors in Isaiah 54 is the barren woman who spreads her tent. She has a huge family, she loves many many people, has many children.

One of the lovely characters in C.S. Lewis’s Great Divorce, [was] just an ordinary village woman. Every lonely child was her friend…and she cared. She’s a queen in the way that Lewis portrays her.

God makes a different kind of beauty, and a different kind of life, and a different kind of purpose.

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Unveiledwife: I Was Joking, But He Wasn’t

May 4, 2017 | Author:

My husband and I were laying in bed chatting about all we had experienced during the day. I love those late night catch-ups, especially when it feels like we haven’t seen each other enough. The topic of conversation came to our children. We are constantly wondering if we doing a good job raising them.

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Reggie Osborne: She Said Yes, Once

April 25, 2017 | Author:

I stood on a stage in the church I’d grown up in.  I can only vaguely remember my wedding, but I’ll never forget seeing Allison emerge from the hallway at the back of the sanctuary.  Beautiful.

Looking up at me through her veil, she smiled.  She has always been a shy person, so she should have been intimidated by all of those people looking at her.  But this wasn’t her shy smile – the tight-lipped, head-hung, eyebrows-raised smile that meant she was embarrassed.  No, this was a “nothing-else-in-the-world-matters-right-now” smile.

We all stared at her, a couple hundred people in a full sanctuary. But she stared down the aisle at me as if we were the only two people in the room.  I’ll never forget that moment.

Her hair was special.  I’d never seen it like that before.  She was wearing make-up, a small thing, but it stands out in my mind because she wears it so rarely.  I remember the veil.  I remember the dress.

We stood before the pastor, and we went through the motions of the service.  It feels sacrilege to says this, but they were just words at that point.  The promises had already been made.

Finally:  “You may kiss your bride.”

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Desiring God: Contentment in Trials, How God Prepared Us for a Brain Tumor

April 24, 2017 | Author:

Nate and Nancy Wilson

As God tests us, he wants us to test him, to see if he is as faithful as he promised.

I undertook the job of writing a book on the subject of contentment, something that I have wanted to do for a very long time. Having learned so much from the Puritans Jeremiah Burroughs and Thomas Watson on contentment, I wanted to assemble something simple for women, something to make contentment attainable and understandable and practical. I wanted the title to be Learning Contentment because it is definitely an ongoing study for me.

After many hours at the computer, I turned in the manuscript for my book the end of February. Two weeks later, my son Nate learned that he has a brain tumor. Though not cancerous, it is life-threatening. His brain surgery is scheduled for May 2, and my little book on contentment will be released on the same day.

Do I think this is a coincidence? Not even close. As I said, God will have no hypocrites.

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CCEF: Can’t Say No

April 16, 2017 | Author:

How would you help a woman who can’t seem to say “no”?

When someone in authority asks her to do an extra task, she says “yes,” even at the expense of her commitments to friends and family.

When a man pursues her sexually, she is overcome by what feels like a locked-in syndrome. She wants to refuse, but nothing comes out of her mouth. He might take her passivity as consent.

The biblical teachings on temptation and self-control are just begging to be put to work here. It looks like a simple matter of misplaced desires. She desires to please an authority figure more than she desires to learn wisdom about her use of time. And she must actually desire to be with a man more than she desires to say “no.”

But one thing is missing.

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Mercatornet: How one Nairobi woman saves young mothers from the pressure to abort

April 12, 2017 | Author:

Domitila Ayot is a humble heroine of the slums.

All Anne* wanted when she left her poor home in rural Kenya after finishing high school in 2014 was to make some money in Nairobi so she could go back, clear her fees, and redeem her certificate so she could apply for college.

But in late 2016, she hadn’t made enough money yet. She was still living in a low-income neighbourhood of Nairobi with her elder sister, who worked at a local restaurant to support her family, alcoholic husband included. Moreover, Anne was pregnant. The father of the child, a college student, threatened to abandon her if she didn’t abort. In short, life had put her in a corner, and she didn’t have too many choices.

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FEE: How the Market Is Already Repealing Obamacare

April 8, 2017 | Author:

There’s a common misconception that if you’re opposed to government services, programs and/or departments, then you’re opposed to building roads, education, people getting affordable health care and even people taking care of the sick and elderly. These misconceptions are becoming more apparent as the free market offers solutions and options using innovation and technology, as the government continues to fall in on itself.

Six months into the pregnancy, we received a letter explaining that due to the changes in the law, our policy would no longer cover maternity services. 

I continue to be amazed at the ingenuity of people and individuals working toward solutions in the marketplace, in spite of government. Over time government has assumed more and more control over medical decisions that individuals make everyday.  (more…)

Susan Caldwell: I have children thanks to IVF, but here’s why I would never, ever recommend it.

April 1, 2017 | Author:

ICSI sperm injection into oocyte Courtesy: RWJMS IVF Laboratory

You may have heard the recent news about IVF experts speaking out against the common practice of transferring multiple embryos to the uterus, published in the New York Times. The multiple-birth method has been normalized by clinics—hoping to enhance pregnancy rates to attract patients—but now experts are voicing concerns about a link between this practice and high health risks to the mother and child, often not made clear to infertile couples prior to the procedure. In particular, the practice frequently results in the birth of multiple infants; these babies are often born prematurely and spend significant time in intensive care. The risks stretch further, with an increased chance of physical and mental abnormalities, such as cerebral palsy.

These are real problems that I’m glad are getting more attention. But I can tell you this is just the tip of the iceberg in terms of how IVF fails women. I say this as someone who has used IVF to have children.

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Columnist: ‘It should be illegal’ to be a stay-at-home mom

March 24, 2017 | Author:

[Editor’s Note: Le Marquand shows feminism’s cards. It’s not about choice it’s about equality (i.e. socialism) Homeschooling and the free enterprise system are far better solutions for human flourishing and economic stability.]

[O]nce a child goes to school, she argued, opting out of the workforce should no longer be an option.

“Rather than wail about the supposed liberation in a woman’s right to choose to shun paid employment, we should make it a legal requirement that all parents of children of school-age or older are gainfully employed,” Le Marquand wrote.

She argued that “it’s time for a serious rethink of this kid-glove approach to women of child-bearing and child-rearing age:

Holding us less accountable when it comes to our employment responsibilities is not doing anyone any favours. Not children, not fathers, not bosses — and certainly not women.

Only when the female half of the population is expected to hold down a job and earn money to pay the bills in the same way that men are routinely expected to do will we see things change for the better for either gender.

“Only when it becomes the norm for all families to have both parents in paid employment, and sharing the stress of the work-home juggle, will we finally have a serious conversation about how to achieve a more balanced modern workplace,” she said.

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Desiring God: Moms Need Theology Too

March 21, 2017 | Author:

When you are drop-dead tired and your child is sick and your husband is out of town for work and you don’t think you can make it until he returns, it is your theology that tells you that God will provide you with the grace you need in the moment (1 Corinthians 10:13). It is your theology that reminds you that you can’t do life on your own and that, without Jesus, you can do nothing (John 15:5). It tells you that your rest and hope is found in Christ alone and that you can trust him to sustain you.

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