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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!

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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Erica Layne: In Defense of the Small Life

March 20, 2017 | Author:

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 involve exploring a field of wildflowers or the rows of neatly planted squash growing two blocks down.

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Mercatornet: The Death of Unconditional Love

March 10, 2017 | Author:

Like unsuspecting characters in an Agatha Christie novel, we are all witnesses to the commission of a murder still in progress, carried out in slow motion. It is happening so slowly, and its ongoing occurrence is so protracted, so pervasive, and so familiar that we haven’t sensed the magnitude of the violence being done or the loss we’re incurring.

The victim is unconditional love. All of us are witnesses. Most of us are guilty.

Unconditional love is a mighty barrier that stands between each of us and evil encroaching in our minds and relationships. It makes us impervious to temptations to harm those we ought to love, whether family, neighbors, or strangers. When unconditional love is missing, self-centeredness expands and sin rushes in to fill the void, and it is often sin of the very worst kind.

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What does it mean to be a godly wife?

March 8, 2017 | Author:

To be a godly wife, we must first consider what the word godly means. In 1 Timothy 2:2, Paul uses the word in conjunction with being “peaceful,” “quiet,” and “dignified.” The Bible says the Spirit, who is in every believer, produces visible and invisible acts of godliness, “love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, and faithfulness” (Galatians 5:22). The decisive definition of godliness would be “Christlikeness.” Godliness involves a genuine striving to imitate Christ, to be like Him in thought and action as the apostle Paul strived to be (1 Corinthians 11:1). These characteristics of a godly disposition apply to every believer, whether male or female. Fortunately, the Bible gives more specific qualifications as to what a godly woman—particularly, a godly wife—looks like.

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Lilies of the Field Online Clothing Store and Give-Away!

February 18, 2017 | Author:

Grand Opening! Lilies of the Field is a new online clothing store celebrating their grand opening with a giveaway you won’t want to miss!

Busy women of all ages will appreciate this lifestyle inspired store, especially those who need to be reminded to put themselves at the top of their “To Do List.” Lilies of the Field knows that by putting you first, you’ll be able to take better care of friends and family and hopefully live a happier, more fulfilling life.

What about style? Fashionable, frugal, and feminine, Lilies of the Field has you in mind.

They are both budget and time friendly too! Most items are priced below $20 and are shipped free! No more running around town, sorting through thrift racks of outdated clothing to find a few rare treasures. Lilies of the Field has done it all for you!

Now you can shop from home and enjoy notifications when new stock arrives in the store! Just follow the Lilies of the Field Facebook page to receive notifications. And while you’re there, don’t forget to enter to win a $15 gift certificate! Add your friends and earn store credit too!

Botkin Sisters: Should I Keep Preparing for Marriage?

February 16, 2017 | Author:

“I thought marriage was coming, and soon. I thought I gave up the worldly approach to womanhood in exchange for a beautiful biblical picture that included husband, children, a home to be a homemaker in. And something went wrong. I gave up the world’s picture in exchange for nothing. I have nothing to show for it. I’ve spent 8 years in a holding pattern. I pushed off education, training, work, so nothing would be in the way of my getting married. Now I’m wondering if marriage is ever coming at all. Should I keep waiting and preparing, or should I go back to my previous plan?”

This is not only one girl’s question – this is the heart-cry of many young women today. Whether we swore off higher learning and work to engage in full-time waiting for Prince Charming; chose a college based on which one was most likely to provide an MRS degree; were so distracted by boys that we couldn’t focus on a single productive thing through our whole teens and twenties; or simply let the possibility of marriage coming any day now eat up our mental CPU and distract us from moving full-speed-ahead into anything else, most of us eventually realize this is not jibing with a productive, practical Christian life, and that it’s time to choose between our current track and a different one.

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Get Your Kids off the Educational Conveyor Belt

February 9, 2017 | Author:

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[Editor’s Note: This is an old article but it raises applicable principles of education. Education is discipleship. An educational model that is devoid of life experience, whether it’s wilderness oriented or something else, is a more than truncated, it’s debilitating. ]

Government plans to introduce national tests for seven-year-olds shows just how far our exam obsession has come. Our kids now face constant assessment as politicians attempt to measure the success of schools. Children have become tiny cogs in a box-ticking government machine. Education has lost its way.

This matters to me a great deal, especially since becoming a father to Ludo, five, and Iona, four. I don’t want my children to feel the same sense of failure I did growing up because they’re not good at passing tests. Let’s be honest, some people are better suited to exams than others in the same way that some of us are more sporty or arty.

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Unbroken Faith Ministries: Utter Heartbreak – A Response to “Fifty Shades Darker”

February 8, 2017 | Author:

If you are a blood-bought child of Christ, you must live in the fear of God when sexual sins lay crouching at the door. Only those who truly fear God will conquer such temptations.

There are times to be heartbroken.

The release of another Fifty Shades film is definitely such a time. The tidal wave of vile filth that has wreaked havoc on our culture over the last six years through author E.L. James’s bestselling books of sexual perversion is now about to foment new unspeakable horrors as the second salvo in this tale of sadistic abuse — Fifty Shades Darker — hits theaters this Valentine’s Day weekend.

Five years ago when Fifty Shades of Grey, the book, became a runaway bestseller, I began writing an angst-filled article about this destructive phenomenon. But I couldn’t bring myself to finish it at the time, being mindful of Paul’s words to the Ephesians: “For it is a shame even to speak of those things which are done of [wicked men] in secret” (Eph. 5:12). In all candor, the content was so defiling that I did not want to draw any more attention to it.

Yet while parts of this fictional story itself happen “in secret,” there’s nothing secret at all about its widely-publicized, wicked plotline that has seduced millions. It was for this reason that I, with great sadness, published an article two years ago when the first Fifty Shades film was released. Significantly, the film adaptation of book one became a box-office sensation in 2015, grossing $571 million worldwide,1 and when Universal Studios released the first official trailer for Fifty Shades Darker last September 15, it gained an astounding 114 million views within 24 hours, breaking the all-time record set by Star Wars: The Force Awakens.2

It is regrettably no exaggeration to state that the Fifty Shades books and films have exploded into the public consciousness like few other cultural trends of the past decade. And now that the second installment of this fantasy novel word-porn has been adapted into a full-throttle visual assault for voyeuristic movie-goers, it behooves us to carefully consider what’s at stake once again.

The bad news is — as bad as the first book and film were — this second act of the trilogy is more insidious than the last.

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Schwartz: Why Did They March?

January 30, 2017 | Author:

A number of friends contacted me with frustration lately, because they discovered that a number of women from their churches participated, in person, at one of the many Women’s Marches around the country. What’s more, these same women were distressed because a good number of the women who marched expressed sadness about the outcome of the 2016 presidential election.

Why were my friends upset? My guess is that they assumed that the other women in their church thought as they did regarding various “women’s issues,” such as abortion and feminism, and were shocked to see their church friends reacting much like the mainstream media when their candidate lost the election. As the expression goes, “When you assume…

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Education After Homeschool

January 10, 2017 | Author:

TGC: Boundaries, Commitment, & Choices

December 30, 2016 | Author:

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[Editor’s note: The author mentions men getting caught up in loving limitless choices, becoming experience junkies. This applies equally to women. Feminism pressures women to be non-committal, to wait, to go out in the world and experience life first before settling down for marriage. Our culture’s over abundance of lifestyle marketing makes endless adventures very alluring.]

Taking too long to choose a song is annoying but not really that big a deal. The problem comes with the larger issues in life, especially relationships. Being a millennial myself and working with them every week, I see this problem all the time. Inability to choose inevitably leads to inability to have the real community we were created for.

Though there are likely more, at least four street-level reasons stand out to me for why we’re scared to limit our freedom and choice by committing to actual community.

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Hard Work is the Fruit of Grace

December 30, 2016 | Author:

Rushdoony: The Failure of Men

December 28, 2016 | Author:

Early in the modern era (only in the nineteenth century in the United States), men abandoned the family and its responsibilities to their wives, and religion was similarly relegated to women as their concern. Men chose irresponsibility, and the double standard became a way of life. Of course, men insisted on all the Biblical authority given to a man while denying its responsibilities, forgetting that all human authority in Scripture is conditional upon obedience to God. No absolute authority is given to man in any sphere, and all authority has service to God and man as its purpose, not self-promotion or aggrandizement.

The women’s liberation movement is simply the attempt by women to claim the responsibilities, which today constitute male rights, for themselves. The purpose of the children’s liberation movement is to claim like privileges of irresponsibility for children.

Logically, men who cannot govern themselves will not be able to govern successfully their families, vocations, or nations. The most famous American president of the twentieth century could not handle his money nor his own affairs, but he sought to rule the world. More than a few presidents have been like him. Of another man, twice a candidate for president, his ex-wife wrote a poem to the effect that men who cannot rule their nanny, wife, children, or nurse, are prone to seek to rule the universe! Not surprisingly, our worldwide cultural crisis is rooted in the failure of men. The remarkable fact of our era is not that we have had an at times aggressive women’s liberation movements but that the vast majority of women have patiently endured the willful immaturity of men.

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