Heart & Home Articles

The Head and the Heart: Why Femininity is Not Arbitrary

We can all rally behind a resounding speech on embracing our feminine genius, but do these words hold weight? Or are we just celebrating a vague idea. Maybe it means nothing more than having female anatomy. Or maybe it has something to do with the color pink and pretty bows. Maybe it’s about careers. Or maybe it’s about motherhood. “Femininity looks different on everybody!” I remember one young woman explaining, “It’s just you expressing your uniqueness.”
This mentality might sound good, but it’s incredibly confusing because it adopts the world’s notion of truth, which is rather anti-truth or relativism. This is dangerous because it denies the fact that our words hold weight. They carry meaning. We have a duty to communicate the truth, which means we need to choose the right words.

Overcoming the Empowerment Delusion

An understanding of the female body leads one to the truth that women are designed to be mothers. Through the body a spiritual mystery is clearly hinted at.

Our bodily blueprint reveals our maternal and self-giving calling, but that reality is inconvenient.

Are we that afraid of who we are as women and what we are capable of?

Are we afraid to discover that our bodies might actually point to a higher truth?

In Transition

I am reminded of how a relationship with another person forces you to face yourself – dating and marriage, particularly. What is revealed isn’t always pretty. And here, once again, a person is shaking me out of my complacency, shattering my illusions about who I am and how this is all supposed to work. My baby is here, inside me, growing and changing and inviting me to change and grow.

Unabashed Joy: Chasing Smiles Even in the Midst of Sorrow

Do we really believe we are so unworthy of joy? Or that joy is something vapid and phony? It reminds me of Leo Tolstoy’s Anna Karenina, which has one of the most dismal openings I have ever encountered: “All happy families are alike; each unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.” These words compose one of the most famous introductions in literature. They assume a tone of wisdom and insight. Yet, they could not be more false