Monday, August 24, 2009

The Beauty of Motherhood

Some of you might remember Cameron from The Widow's Might well....
The Heidrick family is now a family of three!
Caden Michael Heidrick at nearly 3 days old.

The Rise and Fall and Rise of Motherhood in America

Only a woman can carry in her body an eternal being which bears the very image of God. Only she is the recipient of the miracle of life. Only a woman can conceive and nurture this life using her own flesh and blood, and then deliver a living soul into the world. God has bestowed upon her alone a genuine miracle — the creation of life, and the fusing of an eternal soul with mortal flesh. This fact alone establishes the glory of motherhood.

Despite the most creative plans of humanist scientists and lawmakers to redefine the sexes, no man will ever conceive and give birth to a child. The fruitful womb is a holy gift given by God to women alone. This is one reason why the office of wife and mother is the highest calling to which a woman can aspire.

This is the reason why nations that fear the Lord esteem and protect mothers. They glory in the distinctions between men and women, and attempt to build cultures in which motherhood is honored and protected... read the rest here.

He gave Andrea the big snuggle.

The War on Motherhood

America’s glory was her women. de Tocqueville believed this when he wrote:

As for myself, I do not hesitate to avow that although the women of the United States are confined within the narrow circle of domestic life, and their situation is in some respects one of extreme dependence, I have nowhere seen woman occupying a loftier position; and if I were asked, now that I am drawing to the close of this work, in which I have spoken of so many important things done by the Americans, to what the singular prosperity and growing strength of that people ought mainly to be attributed, I should reply: To the superiority of their women.

But this birthright would be exchanged during the last century for a mess of pottage. Perhaps the greatest legacy of the 20th century has been the war on motherhood and biblical patriarchy. Feminists, Marxists, and liberal theologians have made it their aim to target the institution of the family and divest it from its biblical structure and priorities. The results are androgyny, a radical decline in birthrate, abortion, fatherless families, and social confusion.

Incredibly, the biggest story of the 20th century never made headline news [i]. Somehow we missed it. It was the mass exodus of women from the home, and the consequent decline of motherhood. For the first time in recorded history of the West, more mothers left their homes than stayed in them. By leaving the home, the experience and reality of childhood, family life and femininity were fundamentally redefined, and the results have been so bad that if this one trend is not reversed, our grandchildren may live in a world where the both the true culture of Christian family life and the historic definition of marriage are the stuff of fairy the rest here.

Daddy's hand


How America’s Conscience Was Seared Toward Motherhood

But motherhood is not easily defeated. It was here from the beginning and it has always carried the Church and civilization forward. Motherhood not only perpetuates civilization, it defines it.

At first Jamestown was a bachelor society struggling for survival. But she became a civilization when the women arrived. Plymouth, on the other hand, began as a civilization-families of faith committed to fruitfulness and multiplication for the glory of God, an impossibility without motherhood.

Motherhood is not easily defeated because God has placed reminders of its importance in the very bodies of the women He created. To defeat motherhood, the enemies of the biblical family must do more than make it a social inconvenience, they must teach women to despise themselves by viewing their own wombs as the enemy of self-fulfillment. This means minimizing the glorious gift of life which is only given to womankind. It means redefining what it means to be a woman... read the rest here.

Recommended Resources:
Beauty of Motherhood Collection
The Blessed Motherhood Collection
Practical Motherhood Collection


Daddy's Girl said...

Blessings to the Heidrick Family!

We didn't know Cameron was married...

The little guy is so cute!! :D

John said...

I wonder if I could get your thoughts on my reactions to reading the article referenced in this post.

It seems that the author, whoever he or she is, shows an inconsistency in addressing women and men. The bulk of the article is about the glories of motherhood and then how women as mothers have been under violent attack. Then, in the paragraph beginning, "But women are not the only ones with seared consciences. Men have them too..." the author shows how men, and not just women, are to blame for the denigration of motherhood.

The inconsistency is that the author never actually did show how women have been at all to blame for these problems, just that they have been under violent assault by society for the past many years. This seems to be a subtle way of blaming men for the problems in our society, all the while giving the appearance of being evenhanded in placing the blame. It is as though the author is saying, "Women have been maligned, denigrated, abused, dishonored, and mistreated through no fault of their own. But we must not place the blame upon women alone. Men are to blame also, and here is how...etc., etc." But the author never did even seemed to place the blame on women alone. In fact he never placed any blame on women at all.

This is not the first place I have seen this technique used, but often see it used by preachers who seem too afraid to correct women when the need arises. Consequently, I think that women rarely are faced with their shortcomings which contribute to problems in our society, and men are usually given a double-dose.

I'd be interested to know your thoughts.

Miss Kelly and Miss Andrea said...

Thank you for your comment. It's our view that playing the blame game doesn't fix anything, only reformation starting with personal reformation.

You might consider another read through of the article as we don't share your perspective (that the article is weighted heavily one way) and we see within the article answers to your objections.

If you have concerns about the intentions of the author, please consider contacting the ministry site with your questions. You may be able to address the author with your concerns and help your brother if he be in error.

We are not open to speculating the author's intentions.

In Christ~

John said...

Thanks for the feedback.

Deborah said...

Civilization = families is a very current notion . . . in the oil fields.

Watford City, in the heart of the most productive North Dakota oil county has intentionally and successfully sought families to settle.

They would particularly like new comers to farm :) While earlier boom towns had 12:1 men: women ratios, Watford City learned "from those mistakes" and has a 5:1 mix.

Many land holders will not put land on the open market, but will sell to families.