Erica Layne: In Defense of the Small Life

We know the name of every pet in our neighborhood. (The bunnies down the street are practically celebrities around here.) The local grocery clerks notice when our kids get haircuts. The UPS guy, whom my kids revere on a Santa Claus level, talks to them by name every time we see him. Our best afternoons involve lightsabers, Tinkerbelle dresses, Netflix, and our front lawn. And our very best afternoons … Continue reading Erica Layne: In Defense of the Small Life

The History of Feminism

From Visionary Womanhood: There isn’t a woman alive today who has not been impacted and affected by the philosophy of feminism.  Feminism began as a small movement of radical extremists sharing their viewpoint on what they believe is true feminism.  Their view has become the norm in our culture today and has worked its way into our homes and churches. Feminism is not just about … Continue reading The History of Feminism

Devoted to The Lord

1 Corinthians 7:34-35:
“An unmarried woman or virgin is concerned about the Lord’s affairs:
Her aim is to be devoted to the Lord in both body and spirit.
But a married woman is concerned about the things of this world –
how she can please her husband.
I am saying this for your own good, not to restrict you,
but that you may live in a right way in undivided devotion to the Lord.”

Dear Christian Woman,

We have been called to undivided devotion to the Lord Jesus Christ. He has purified us from our sin and worldliness and set us apart to His holy purposes, are you walking in daily devotion to Him?

Perhaps the best way to start this discussion is by taking a few moments to consider what “undivided devotion” is. Simply put, it is a focused commitment and sacrificial giving of ourselves to someone or something. We fix our eyes on the goal and do not let them wander or waver. When the going gets tough, we are committed to giving whatever it takes to accomplish that goal. In this passage, the apostle Paul expects unmarried women to be making the Lord Jesus Christ their goal. Is He yours? Continue reading “Devoted to The Lord”

Growth with a Purpose: Why Policymakers Should Grow the Family, Not Just GDP

Robert W. Patterson of The Family in America has a fantastic, thought-provoking article up about how we cannot grow the economy without restoring marriage and the family first. Families produce wealth and grow nations. [W]hat does it mean to “grow” the economy? The growth that the typical American family wants to see is the kind that gives the economy a human or family purpose. It … Continue reading Growth with a Purpose: Why Policymakers Should Grow the Family, Not Just GDP

Excellent articles on the importance of the family

Mercatornet has been on a roll this week with fabulous pieces on the family as society’s foundation. First, there’s Sergio Belardinelli’s presentation about the influence of the home, recently given at the third annual conference of the Home Renaissance Foundation in London: The great challenges we face – from bioethics to biopolitics, from problems of population to those of immigration, from the crisis in traditional … Continue reading Excellent articles on the importance of the family

Sewing Love: The Full Report!

I’ve just gotten the photos from our friend in Alabama who helped pull off this huge surprise for the Crawford and Lee ladies–the families who lost everything in the tornadoes that tore through Alabama in April. Once again, a huge, huge thank-you to everyone who sent physical donations. Such an abundance of sewing notions, fabrics, patterns, and gift cards came in! And thank you to all who donated to the fund-raiser to help rebuild the sewing rooms for these dear ladies. Thanks to BabyLock and Rita Farro of The Sewing Expo for the donation of the beautiful new sewing machines, and a huge debt of thanks is owed to Catherine and Shawn of The Sewing Machine Mart in Birmingham, who stored all the donations and coordinated the big unveiling. Thanks much to LAF writer Diane Shiffer, who organized and cataloged all the donations for the two families. This was definitely a group effort, and we are so thankful to everyone who took part.

Read on for the full details of this sweet day! Continue reading “Sewing Love: The Full Report!”

Please Don’t Say This To Me

It’s meant as a compliment.

I know that. I really, truly know that. I know that, having blogged as much as I did, having written a book, being the daughter of a prominent pastor, and just being an older girl, I’m going to get things like that.

And yet, whenever someone looks at me and says, “I just want you to tell me everything your parents did with you so that I know how I can have kids exactly like you -“

I am horrified.  Continue reading “Please Don’t Say This To Me”

4 Moms practice hospitality, and YOU are invited!

Kim over at Life in a Shoe has an excellent post about practicing hospitality: This week the 4 Moms are talking about having guests for dinner.  Not in a cannibalistic way – which would be forbidden in the Bible – but in a hospitality way, which is actually commanded in the Bible. Show hospitality to one another without grumbling. ~I Peter 4:9 Do not neglect … Continue reading 4 Moms practice hospitality, and YOU are invited!

A letter from Sherry Lee

Just as Kelly Crawford wrote words of encouragement after the tornado destroyed their home, Sherry Lee has written a lovely post on her blog about how they are doing: Words simply cannot express how full of gratitude our hearts are right now. We have been sustained by our loving Heavenly Father’s mighty hand and overwhelmed by the outpouring of love, prayers, and acts of kindness … Continue reading A letter from Sherry Lee