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Activated March 2009

Women - March 2009

It's time to pay tribute to all the wonderful women around us as we celebrate the 100th anniversary of the international women's movement on March 8. Happy Women's Day!

01-03-2009
A Tribute to Women
A Tribute to Women

Overworked and underappreciated. It’s sad whenever that can be said of anyone, but even sadder when it describes people who deserve extra appreciation for sacrificially giving of themselves day after day. I’m thinking at the moment of one group in particular—women.

It’s a complicated and demanding business, being a woman these days. Women make up a large percentage of the workforce and account for more of the average family’s earnings than they used to. More women worldwide are leaders in the political and professional sectors than ever before. At the same time, women are expected to continue to fill their traditional...

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01-03-2009
Gender Equality
Gender Equality

When talking about equal opportunity or equal rights for men and women, the real question that is often on our minds, whether we readily admit it or not, is, “Who is in charge?” Competition, pride, jealousy, and discontent haunt many people’s lives today. What a relief it would be if in every workplace and in our personal lives we could simply recognize one another’s talents, skills, and strengths, and without regard for gender do the best we can to make sure each person is in the position where he or she will be happy and challenged and able to accomplish...

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01-03-2009
Romance, Romance!
Romance, Romance!

After twenty years of marriage and rarely spending so much as a night without my husband Bruce, circumstances had kept us apart for over a year. Our two teenage sons and I were doing Christian volunteer work here in the beautiful Philippine Islands, while he was in our home country of Canada, fundraising for our work here and helping our older sons get settled into new jobs and lives. It was one of those do-what-you’ve-got-to-do situations, but I missed Bruce’s company and emotional support. So did the younger boys.

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01-03-2009
The List
The List

At a couple’s golden marriage anniversary celebration, the wife told guests the secret of her happy 50-year marriage. “On my wedding day, I decided to make a list of ten of my husband’s faults, which for the sake of our marriage I would overlook.”

As the guests were leaving, a young woman whose own marriage had recently been rocky asked the grandmotherly woman what some of her husband’s faults had been that she had seen fit to overlook.

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01-03-2009
Bible Heroines
Bible Heroines

In the Israel of Bible times, men’s and women’s roles were clearly defined, with the women’s sphere traditionally being the household and everything pertaining to it, including the care of the children, the oversight of the servants, and often the managing of the family’s finances. But throughout the Bible, God didn’t limit Himself by gender when choosing who to use to accomplish His will, speak His words, or lead His people. In some cases, the tasks God gave women would have appeared daunting even to most men, but that didn’t prevent these bold and full-of-faith women from answering His call.

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01-03-2009
Success in Marriage
Success in Marriage

Lasting, genuine love is based on a more enduring foundation than mere fleshly gratification. It must be an unselfish desire to protect and to help and to make someone else happy.

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As my mother used to tell me, don’t marry the girl you can live with—marry the girl you can’t live without!

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01-03-2009
Love, As Seen Through the Eyes of Children
Love, As Seen Through the Eyes of Children

A group of social scientists asked this question to a group of children: “What does love mean?” The answers they got were broader and deeper than anyone could have imagined. See what you think.

 

“When my grandmother got arthritis, she couldn’t bend over and paint her toenails anymore. So my grandfather does it for her all the time, even when his hands got arthritis too. That’s love.”

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01-03-2009
Gender Differences
Gender Differences

Question: My boyfriend and I normally get along great, but sometimes one of us becomes frustrated when the other one reacts differently than we expect or would like. How can we avoid those situations that put a strain on our relationship?

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01-03-2009
Are Women Weaker?
Are Women Weaker?

Traditionally, women have been considered to be ‘the weaker sex,’ and it’s true that they are generally weaker physically, yet it is their qualities of love, concern, compassion, sensitivity, intuition, and understanding that strengthen relationships and add balance and stability to our world.

—Paul Williams

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01-03-2009
In Praise of Women
In Praise of Women

This description of a virtuous woman, found in Proverbs chapter 31 and written nearly 3,000 years ago, bears some remarkable resemblances to many women today. The author was advising men on what to look for in a wife, so his praises are in that context, but the obvious implication is that these qualities are also to be found in single women.

Some of the specific activities that he mentions have disappeared with the times—spinning thread and weaving by hand (verses 13 and 19), for example—and today many women spend more time in the workplace than the home, but this passage bears...

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01-03-2009
Appreciation
Appreciation

Jesus taught “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.”1 There are many ways to put this Golden Rule into practice; appreciation is one.

Think for a moment about your family, friends, colleagues, and acquaintances. Doesn’t it make your day when one of them says or does something to show they appreciate you?

Everyone benefits from appreciation. Here’s an exercise to strengthen your appreciation skills.

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01-03-2009
Why Men and Women Need Each Other
Why Men and Women Need Each Other

Companionship

Genesis 2:18: And the Lord God said, “It is not good that man should be alone; I will make him a helper comparable to him.”

 

Unity

Genesis 2:24: Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and they shall become one flesh.

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01-03-2009
My Love for You Is Complete
My Love for You Is Complete

Have you ever thought about the word “love” and all it encompasses? There are many different kinds of love—many facets of love.

There is the unconditional love that a mother feels for her children, and the love and respect that children feel for their parents.

There is the kinship love that brothers and sisters feel for each other, or the friendship love that you feel for your best friend.

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