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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!

Brenda Martin – Homeschooling Mom of 11 Helps Transform Family Economy With Plexus

August 27, 2015 | Author:

We’ve been studying out business opportunities here with the idea in mind that women who stay-at-home, or who are looking to find a way to come home, have options and opportunities they can trust.

And of course, there are many industrious Proverbs 31 women among us. We enjoy inspiring others by sharing your wares and your businesses and we set up our Pinterest page to function like a marketplace to help facilitate women flourish economically, along with expanding our viewership with other new social media.

You’ve been on our mind and so recently when one of our contributing authors and friend, Jen McBride contacted us about taking a look at Plexus we were already of the mind to do so. I am glad we did. In the short bit of time we have had to do some research, we’ve found so many positives that before we get into the details, we want to show you one very inspiring short documentary, newly released, about the Martin Family and how Brenda Martin, mother of 11, used Plexus to transform and bolster the family economy. You’ll be amazed at what she was able to accomplish, both economically and for her health. We just can’t wait any longer to share this with you. Here’s a sneak peek at why we’re so encouraged.

So the unofficial word is we intend to endorse Plexus. In fact, Beautiful Womanhood (LAF) has made an affiliate connection with Plexus representative Kelly Reins through Jen McBride, both of whom would love to help anyone interested in learning more, supporting their health, and creating some income. Email us for more information and we’ll get you connected. Or Request more information here.

We hope you love this sneak preview of what is possible with a Plexus business, even in the very full hands of a homeschooling stay-at-home wife!

National Review – Manliness: An Unsung Trait of the Train Heroes

August 27, 2015 | Author:

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There’s one more thing to be said of the heroes on the train. They were men. So-called “traditional masculinity” is a major target of feminists on college campuses and elsewhere. That, they teach, is what creates the “rape culture.” The Obama administration has joined in (naturally). A government website urges that colleges “Promote an understanding of the ways in which traditional masculinity contributes to sexual assault and other forms of men’s violence against women.”

In Aurora, Colorado in 2012, when a crazed gunman opened fire on a crowded movie theater, no fewer than three young men covered their girlfriends with their own bodies and lost their lives in the process. That, and not the loutish behavior of some frat boys, is true “traditional masculinity” — or better, manliness.

Men have been defamed and devalued in our society for decades. Their high spirits are punished in schools. Their natural protectiveness has been scorned as sexism. The passengers on that French train are surely grateful that some manliness remains indominatable.

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Mohler: Ashley Madison and the Death of Monogamy

August 27, 2015 | Author:

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[I]n the larger secular culture, the big question is whether adultery really matters or not. Marriage and monogamy have been subverted from an array of cultural forces. Moral revolutionaries declared war on monogamy, declaring it to be unrealistic, patriarchal, repressive, and antiquated. Popular culture and entertainment glorified virtually any experiment in sexual gratification and often portrayed adultery as the victory of personal autonomy and freedom. States dropped adultery from the law books, stating that “morals legislation” was doomed. Evolutionary anthropologists explained adultery as a natural and expected phenomenon.

The mainstream media seems to know that the Ashley Madison hacking story is big news, but the main concern seems to be more about embarrassment than shamefulness.

Then again, even as the larger culture tries to convince itself that it has proudly outgrown monogamy, the furor and grief over the Ashley Madison revelations point to the underlying reality that even those supposedly liberated from conventional sexual morality really do know that adultery is wrong. Nevertheless, severed from any substantial moral grounding, they are not exactly sure why adultery is wrong, or how wrong they should understand adultery to be.

“Life is short,” said Ashley Madison. “Have an affair.” The Sexual Revolution continues, aided and abetted by modern technology. And with that revolution comes hurt and pain beyond calculation, but our sex-obsessed culture proudly denies the obvious, and moves on.

Life is indeed short, and so is the Seventh Commandment: “You shall not commit adultery.”

Read the rest here

Recommended Resources
Noble Savages: Exposing the Worldview of Pornography and Their War Against Christian Civilization
The Cure of Souls: Recovering the Biblical Doctrine of Confession
To Be As God: A Study of Modern Thought Since The Marquis de Sade

MercatorNet: The Joys of Parenting

August 27, 2015 | Author:

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hayleesherwood Compfight CC

There are some great conclusions here. One, it’s feminism making women unhappy not children. We can’t have it all. In our arrogance and pride we’ve bought into the idea that we can fill both a man and woman’s roles, sometimes even at the same time, sometimes through delaying our calling and life work of motherhood until we’ve made our way without men.

The reference to ‘production mentality’ of a capitalist society is an assumption I think in error. Socialism makes all into workplace worker bees. Capitalism liberates through entrepreneurship respecting many business models, including cottage industry or home-based productivity which doesn’t divide the family but builds it along with connectivity, which is now missing, in local communities.

And lastly, who doesn’t want to kiss those cheeks?

By Shannon Roberts

[I]t is also true that mothers now seem to find themselves more isolated from family and other mothers.  This is in part because many mothers head back to work pretty quickly, meaning there is no longer a network of women and families around as much during the day to offer support, companionship and an arm to hold your baby once in a while. Children are unable to run free around the neighbourhood, being intermittently looked after by other mothers at home, as our grandmothers seem to remember was the case in their day.  Career competes with child-rearing much more than it ever has in the past for women, leaving many feeling conflicted about sacrifices they are making by giving up work and torn in many directions. We have likely been told we can ‘do anything’ career wise at school, and rarely if ever advised that we should also consider the one day reality of children.  It can come as a shock to new mums to suddenly be submerged in the earthy reality of natural biology, nappies and feeding and a little being that doesn’t subscribe to schedules or plans.

Read the rest here

Recommended Resources
Book Review: Start Your Family
Queen of the Home
Three Decades of Fertility: Ten Ordinary Women Surrender to the Creator and Embrace Life
Shepherding a Child’s Heart

#StandWithChrist

August 26, 2015 | Author:

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‪#‎StandWithChrist‬ For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord. Rom. 6:23‪#‎IdontNeedFeminism‬ ‪#‎INeedChrist‬ ‪#‎SexualLiberationKills‬ ‪#‎DefundPP‬ Feminism is their god. Murder is the price paid for acceptance with this god. ‪#‎ChristPaidthePrice‬

Mommy Trenches: To the Lady Ashamed of Being Pregnant with Her Fourth

August 25, 2015 | Author:

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STICK FIGURE FAMILY $7.49

I met you in the elevator on my way back from the pediatrician’s office. It was just me and Wren, and you looked at her fondly in her stroller. When the elevator doors opened, you very kindly held the doors open for me. As I clumsily maneuvered the stroller past you, I accidentally ran over your foot. “Don’t worry about it,” you assured me over my profuse apologies. “I have three children myself,” you revealed to me. My eyes traveled to your big belly. There was an awkward pause as I wondered if I could assume you were pregnant. “And I’m expecting my fourth,” you admitted. “Congratulations!,” I told you. “That is wonderful!” I saw the relief spread across your face. “Thank you!” you said, and I could tell you meant it. “You have no idea how many people offer their condolences when they find out this is my fourth. Or they ask me if this was planned.” “How rude of them,” I replied. “All children are a blessing.”

As we parted ways, I felt an immense sorrow for what our society has become. When did having a large family become equivalent to a tragic event?

Read the rest here

Recommended Resources
Book Review: Start Your Family
Queen of the Home
Three Decades of Fertility: Ten Ordinary Women Surrender to the Creator and Embrace Life
Shepherding a Child’s Heart

The oh-so-clever Mifold! You’ve got to see this! No more car seat struggles.

August 25, 2015 | Author:

10x Smaller & Just as Safe. The most advanced, compact and portable booster seat ever invented. (more…)

Fire Breathing Christian- Picketing the Gates of Hell: The Good, the bad, and the ugly.

August 22, 2015 | Author:

© 2015 Scott Alan Buss – All Rights Reserved.

© 2015 Scott Alan Buss – All Rights Reserved.

My family was blessed to join over thirty other members from Christ the King Church in today’s Nashville contribution to the nationwide protest of Planned Parenthood. The overall size of the crowd at our location has been reported in in the 500-600 range (which was reported by local “news professionals” as “dozens and dozens” rather than “hundreds and hundreds”, of course).

There’s much to share about what’s happened leading up to this point, what happened today, and what we ought to strive with all our might to see happen in the future in light of the great opportunity that we’ve been given. While we’ve covered the All-American “legal” child sacrifice concept in detail in the past and plan to do much more along those lines in the future, including diving into what exactly we should be doing with our time, talent and treasure to most effectively fight on this particular front of the culture war (hint: The Gospel), in the meantime I thought it might be helpful and encouraging to share some initial thoughts on the good, the bad, the ugly, and the ridiculous from today’s event.

First, The Good

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The Womb is a Place of Blessing

August 20, 2015 | Author:


Happiness, one emotion on a broad spectrum of possibilities. If we are truly pro-life, then we must be pro physical life, pro spiritual life, pro intellectual life. We must be for human flourishing in every way. As Christians we oppose the trampling of the weak, in whatever capacity they are weak among us. We oppose the evolutionary philosophy of the strong surviving by means of cowardice, by avoiding responsibility and the true challenges of life for the seeming short term gain by ruthless behavior. Too many children have known anguish at such a young age. Too many children have known terror before they had words to express what they were going through. The womb has become the lion’s den, when it’s purpose according to God’s design is to be a place of blessing and fruitfulness. May every child find it a place to rejoice.

If You Bite & Devour One Another – By Alexander Strauch

August 19, 2015 | Author:

And excerpt from a really great book:

Control the Tongue

Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up…And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God. Ephesians 4:29-30

Conflict ignites fiery passions within the human soul. It can make the head throb, the blood boil, and the adrenaline rush. What is worse, conflict can turn the mouth into a weapon of mass destruction. Our words can become the primary weapon with which we “bit and devour one another” and damage relationships in the family of God. So no matter what the conflict, words matter and they matter a lot.

I am convinced that most conflicts could be resolved with minimal damage to individual people and to the church if we brought our anger and our tongue1 under the Holy Spirit’s control. In fact, handling conflict biblically requires that we control our anger and our tongue. The unholy war of words that is part of many disputes between God’s people stands in opposition to the clear teaching of Scripture:

Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for the building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear. And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. (Eph. 4:29-30)

The Holy Spirit is sensitive to anything that damages or divides the people of God whom he has unified in Christ as one body and “sealed for the day of redemption.”2 Therefore, the Spirit care deeply about how we speak to one another in the body of Christ. The possibility of grieving the Holy Spirit of God by what we say ought to be strong motivation for us to Carefully choose our words and how we speak them.

Our success in controlling our anger and speech is a clear measure of our desire to walk by the Spirit and to manage conflict in a Christlike manner. (Gal. 5:16)

Get your copy of If You Bite & Devour One Another here.

Chad Ashby: Brothers and Sisters, Unwed Pregnancy Is Not a Sin

August 19, 2015 | Author:

Photo: hugrakka/Flickr

Photo: hugrakka/Flickr

There is a glaring hole in our fight against abortion. It is found in our churches among the quiet pre-service whispers as she walks by. It is heard at Sunday dinner as her name bounces back and forth across the table among interjections like, “But she comes from such a good family!” It is seen in the averted eyes and not-so-subtle head wags. “Wait you haven’t heard? She’s pregnant!

If you’ve experienced an unwed pregnancy in your church, your family, or your circle of acquaintances—who hasn’t?—you know the typical reaction. It’s a mixture of disappointment, condemnation, and pity. But there are places across the country where this is not the response to the girl who shamefully mumbles, “I think I’m pregnant.” They are called pregnancy resource centers (PRCs). The women and men who serve in these safe-havens have comprehended something our churches haven’t yet: unwed pregnancy is not a sin.

When a young woman walks into a local PRC, and she makes the painful admission that she’s pregnant by her boyfriend, and she’s afraid what her family will say, and she’s pretty sure her dad is going to kick her out of the house, and she’s worried her college dreams are shot, the response she finds from her counselor is surprising. It’s Christian love, understanding, and joy. Perhaps for the first time since she [found out she was pregnant], she’s found someone who actually celebrates her pregnancy as a gift from God and does not judge her for carrying a tiny baby inside.

Read the rest here

Recommended Resources
Love or Die: Christ’s Wake-Up Call to the Church
If You Bite & Devour One Another
Christian Love (Puritan Paperbacks)
Glorious Freedom: The Excellency of the Gospel Above the Law (Puritan Paperbacks)

LifeNews: 7th Shocking Video Catches Planned Parenthood Harvesting Brain of Aborted Baby Who Was Still Alive

August 19, 2015 | Author:

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The organization that has released six videos exposing the scandal of Planned Parenthood selling aborted babies and their body parts has released a new undercover video today with another shocking discovery. This latest video catches the nation’s biggest abortion business harvesting the brain of an aborted baby who was still alive.

The video (SHOWN BELOW) features Holly O’Donnell, a licensed phlebotomist who unsuspectingly took a job as a “procurement technician” at the fetal tissue company and biotech start-up StemExpress in late 2012. That’s the company that acts as a middleman and purchases the body parts of aborted babies from Planned Parenthood to sell to research universities and other places. StemExpress was partnered with Planned Parenthood up until last week, when it quietly announced it ended its relationship with the abortion corporation.

Read the rest here (NOT FOR YOUNG AUDIENCES)

Recommended Resources
Blood Money: Getting Rich Off a Woman’s Right to Choose
Unplanned: The Dramatic True Story of a Former Planned Parenthood Leader’s Eye-Opening Journey across the Life Line (Focus on the Family Books)
The Heidi Group
Grand Illusions: The Legacy of Planned Parenthood
Won by Love: Norma McCorvey, Jane Roe of Roe V. Wade, Speaks Out for the Unborn As She Shares Her New Conviction for Life

Our Ministry of Mentoring

August 17, 2015 | Author:

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The Open University, Compfight CC

By Natalie Klein

“Mom, look! I got a letter from Allison!” Eyes wide, I careened to a stop against the kitchen counter, clutching my prize. The envelope was torn to pieces in my haste to open the treasure, but the card within I opened with care. At fourteen, receiving a letter from my mentor and friend gave cause for great rejoicing. I was thrilled that my summer Bible study leader took the time to correspond with me from Moody Bible Institute where she was preparing to go with her fiancé as missionaries to South America.

The cheery card made me chuckle, but when I began to read Allison’s letter my laughter stilled as I hurried to get my Bible. I still have all of the letters from our year of correspondence, but even without looking I can clearly remember the words Allison wrote in closing: “Philippians 1:9-11 is my prayer for you. May you continue to grow in the grace and knowledge of God.” (more…)

Federalist: How An Infertile Couple Experiences The Planned Parenthood Videos

August 17, 2015 | Author:

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Jon Lester, Compfight, CC

My husband and I just celebrated our thirteenth wedding anniversary. We are happy in our marriage—he’s a patient pastor, and I’m a restless writer—but I would be lying if I said that our life together weren’t punctuated with a persistent, quiet kind of grief.

You see, we have never been blessed with the gift of children. No precious child has ever been born or adopted into our little family, and we pine and pray for that miraculous day when our lonely party of two might grow to three or four or more.

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Life News: Pro-Lifers Will Protest at Planned Parenthood in 180 Cities in 43 States

August 17, 2015 | Author:

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After it was caught selling aborted babies and body parts from aborted babies, the Planned Parenthood has faced national outrage from Americans across the country — some of whom are speaking up against the abortion business for the first time.

Next, on August 22, simultaneous rallies will be held at local Planned Parenthood facilities nationwide. So far, pro-life advocates in 180 cities in 43 states have committed to protesting at Planned Parenthood abortion and abortion referral clinics to speak up against it aborted of unborn babies and selling their body parts.

Monica Miller of Citizens for a Pro-Life Society, one of the protest event sponsors, says the level of outrage directed towards Planned Parenthood after this body parts scandal is bigger than she’s ever seen.

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