Friday, April 20, 2018

Are We Really Liberated?

In this “liberated” twentieth century [and worse in the 21st], where both parents work, the average family life is filled with stress and unmet needs. We are no longer our own bosses. We are controlled by our jobs, and the child-care center. We may have that big new house; we may have designer clothes; glamorous vacations; money in the bank. In fact we may have everything, except the one thing money can never buy—time together.

Hope MacDonald, The Flip Side of Liberation: A Call to Traditional Values, pg.61

Thursday, April 19, 2018

Child Care?

It has been estimated that less than 15 percent of all working mothers are happy with the form of child care they have. They are desperately seeking a warm, loving, motherly type of person to care for their babies. They discover that most women who fit this description are home with their own children. (A woman is really looking for someone like herself.)

Hope MacDonald, The Flip Side of Liberation: A Call to Traditional Values, pg.56-57

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

The Call of Parents

Our call is to bring up children in a home where two parents love and care for one another, and where we treat each other with kindness, forgiveness, and love. The significance of this call stems from the eternal truth that God established the family, and he is the one who issues the call. He calls us daily to give, “courageous action and suffering love.” If the family is going to survive we must take this call seriously. 

There are several practical ways to respond to our high calling. One that must remain a top priority is to make sure we always keep the romance alive and growing in our marriage relationship. We must take time for giving and making love. If we do not love our partner as much as we would like to, we can ask God to put a greater love in our heart for him or her. … Along with keeping romance alive, and love growing, comes the equal necessity of having fun together as a family. …

The crowning touch of this call is learning the importance of become thankful people within our families. I believe an ungrateful attitude is responsible for much unhappiness in today’s homes. … Have we forgotten what it means to feel thankful toward each other today? Do we understand how important it is to genuinely appreciate one another and to treat each family member with gentle kindness and a thankful heart?

Hope MacDonald, The Flip Side of Liberation: A Call to Traditional Values, pg.42-43

Monday, April 16, 2018

Marriage Shares History

We used to fall in love and get married; now we sleep together, live together, and if things work out right, we draw up a marriage contract. Surely, these kind of marriages are found wanting. Such relationships can easily be severed with a simple handshake or a carefree good-bye.

God’s creative marriage offers so much more. It is the sharing of history together…his story and your story. This shared history unites us as few things in life can. No marriage contract, or live-in relationship, will ever equal the joy of shared history that springs from a lifetime commitment to each other.

Hope MacDonald, The Flip Side of Liberation: A Call to Traditional Values, pg.32-33

Sunday, April 15, 2018

Our Society Is Doomed

Money is the barometer of a society's virtue. When you see that trading is done, not by consent, but by compulsion--when you see that in order to produce you need to obtain permission from men who produce nothing--when you seen that money is flowing to those who deal, not in goods, but in favors--when you see that men get richer by graft and by pull than by work, and your laws don't protect you against them, but protect them against you--when you see corruption being rewarded and honesty becoming a self-sacrifice--you may know that your society is doomed.

Ayn Rand, Atlas Shrugged

Saturday, April 14, 2018

Man vs Woman

God took woman, nor from Adam’s head to be above him, nor his feet to be below him, but from his side that she might stand next to him.

Matthew Henry (1662-1714)

Friday, April 13, 2018

Marriage Fact

A marriage is not a joining of two worlds, but an abandoning of two worlds in order that one new one might be formed.

Mike Mason, The Mystery of Marriage, pg.91

Thursday, April 12, 2018

Why Read?

Reading without thinking is nothing. For a book is less important for what it says than for what it makes you think.

Louis L’Amour.

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Wall of Shame?

I wonder if an invisible wall of shame is being built around this nation in the name of liberation. Have we fallen for a counterfeit freedom that is locking us into a prison of hopeless depravity? Are we becoming a people ruled by the ever-changing winds of general consensus in which each person does what is right in his or her own eyes?

In this liberated age have we forgotten that freedom by itself is never free—is never enough? It must always be accompanied by responsibility. No society in history ever survived when its rights became separated from its responsibilities. Has our nation’s newly acquired lifestyle enticed us into a perverted sense of freedom so that now we are held fast in a prison of liberation?

Hope MacDonald, The Flip Side of Liberation: A Call to Traditional Values, pg.14

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Consequences of Actions

There’s a story told of a father whose son repeatedly caused trouble and chaos in the family. After each painful incident, he would come to his father, say, “I’m sorry, Dad,” and his father would forgive him. But the boy seemed cavalier about his sins. He acted as if he felt entitled to forgiveness, as if all one has to do is say, “I’m sorry,” and the incident is over as if it never happened. The young man seemed to have no awareness of the suffering his sin and rebellion caused his mother and father.

So the father said to the son, “Let’s go out to the garage. I want to show you something.” In the garage, the father took a hammer and nail, and he pounded the nail into the garage wall. Then he handed the hammer to his son and said, “Now, son, I want you to pull out the nail”

The son shrugged, used the claw end of the hammer, and pulled out the nail.

The father said, “That’s like forgiveness, isn’t it? When you do something wrong, it’s like pounding in a nail. Forgiveness is when you pull the nail out again.”

“Yeah,” the son said. “I can see that.”

“Fine,” said the father. “Now, I want you to take that hammer and pull out the nail hole.”

The startled young man said, “But I can’t make the hole go away!” And then his father’s meaning became clear. Forgiveness can erase the offense, but it cannot erase the consequences. Sin and folly always produce consequences that do not go away, even by forgiveness.

Ray C. Stedman, For Such A Time As This: Secrets of Strategic Living from the Book of Esther, pg.55-56.

Monday, April 9, 2018

Lend a Hand

I am only one,
But still I am one.
I cannot do everything,
But still I can do something;
And because I cannot do everything
I will not refuse to do the something that I can do.

Edward Everett Hale (1822-1909)

Sunday, April 8, 2018

Monogamy vs Polygamy

Monogamous marriage…fosters savings and economic output, and it reduces competition among men for women, thus reducing the pool of low-status, risk-oriented, unmarried men. And that, in turn, lowers multiple types of crime, abuse, and household conflict, enabling children to enjoy paternal attention and exhibit notably lower stress levels than in households displaying all manner of outsiders.

Monogamy also leads to greater equality. More men and women have the opportunity to meet, marry, save, and invest for the long term, instead of competing (and spending resources) for others’ available attention. This is why monogamous marriage systems preceded the emergence of democratic institutions and the rise of notions like human rights and equality between the sexes. … Monogamy, after all, is disciplined—by definition.