What We Post
In today’s mobile society, many women find themselves without the fellowship and guidance of like-minded friends and older mentors. This is a place where we can seek each other out for conversation and encouragement.
We are looking for writing that is thoughtful and engaging. Whether practical or intellectual, articles should be approximately 500-2000 words long and should address the general topic of this blog (living our vocations as Lutheran women). By submitting, you are agreeing to give us the non-exclusive right to host your article on this site for the life of the blog.
If you are interested in writing for us, the best topic is one on which there is something you have been wanting to say. Something that might change the way another woman looks at things, or that might encourage another woman to hold fast to her beliefs, or that might educate another woman about something she should know. Sharing your questions and reflections can be just as helpful as providing answers.
You can send questions and submissions in the body of an e-mail to sister-daughter-mother-wife (at) googlegroups.com. Your submissions should include a brief, third-person biography (2-5 sentences) and a photograph of yourself (if you would prefer not to provide your picture, we can pick an image of a flower or some such thing to go along with your biography).
We are open to all kinds of topics, but here are some examples:
We are open to all kinds of topics, but here are some examples:
Living as a Single Woman
1. Choices and Careers
-Can the doctrine of vocation help women to select their college majors and careers?
-Does the perspective of Lutheranism influence a woman’s approach to academia in a way that is different from (a) secular peers and (b) other Christian outlooks?
-If a young woman hopes for a husband and children in the future, should that impact the college and career choices she makes? What is the purpose of college for someone who wants to be a stay-at-home mom?
- Should those with the opportunity get married young, or should they wait to first pursue education and/or career?
-What are temptations unique to the state of singleness? What are advantages and opportunities?
-What does it mean (and what does it look like) to live one’s faith in school or a workplace?
2. Considering Marriage
-What is the “Lutheran take” on Christian dating?
-How can someone prepare for marriage while also being content with her current place in life?
-How do you decide whether or not to marry someone? Do “soulmates” exist? What areas should couples discuss and agree on before marriage? What is wrong with marrying someone of another faith?
-What can/should a woman do if she desires marriage but doesn’t seem to have any prospects? What comfort is there for someone struggling with the cross of unwanted singleness?
-Is everyone called to marriage, or are there reasons (other than the lack of a marriage proposal) to remain single?
-How can singles (whether by choice or default) support and protect the institution of marriage?
Living as a Wife
1. Husband vs. wife
- What is the Lutheran understanding of the distinct roles of husband and wife? How does this understanding differ from that of popular culture? How might it differ from that of Fundamentalism or Evangelicalism?
-Is a focus on the general tendencies and traits of each gender helpful or unhelpful in thinking about marriage?
-What does healthy submission and/or respect in a marriage look like?
-What are concrete examples of ways that wives can strengthen (or avoid damaging) their marriage? Can you share a story of how your marriage weathered a tough time?
Family Life and Raising Children
1. How can you build a Christian, Lutheran culture in your home?
-How has your family celebrated the liturgical year?
-How can you encourage helpful cultural values in your children and create a feeling of shared culture?
-How does your family use the catechism in daily life, or otherwise catechize the children?
-How can you help your children maintain good relationships with their siblings? How much sibling conflict is normal/acceptable, and what can you do if there is too much?
-How culturally “different” should a Lutheran family look in comparison to mainstream culture? How do you choose and enforce family standards for entertainment, dress, etc.? How do you get your kids to “buy in” to these standards?
-How do you discuss “difficult” topics (for example, abortion or sexuality) with your children?
2. Children in Church
-Why should children be in church?
-Does it matter how children behave in church? What are realistic standards for children’s participation in church, and how can you help your children participate?
3. Safety versus freedom (and service)
-How do you strike a balance between giving your children freedom (and encouraging them to serve others in the community) while also keeping them safe?
-How much time do you think your children should spend with peers and friends who do not share your family values? How can you teach your children to be loving and friendly, yet also restrict the time they spend with kids who may be a poor influence? How much can/should you be involved in your children’s friendships?
-How did you chose between a public school, a Lutheran school, or homeschooling? What have the challenges and advantages of your choice been? How do you make it work for your family?
1. Living counter-culturally
-How can Lutheran women live and dress modestly without succumbing to extremes or being temptations to others? Is there a difference in the Lutheran approach to modesty vs. the Fundamentalist approach?
-How do you handle mainstream entertainment in your own life? As a Lutheran Christian, what do you avoid, and why? How “culturally literate” do you want to be, and why?
-How can Lutherans (and Christians in general) have a positive effect on mainstream culture and perhaps even challenge and change mainstream viewpoints?
2. Living in a pro-life way
-How can we live in ways that acknowledge the value of every human life, no matter how unattractive those lives might appear? How can we support and encourage elderly people who may be lonely? Support single moms? Care for the disabled?
3. Maintaining relationships
-What have you learned about caring for elderly parents, building bonds with siblings, and being supportive of adult children? What makes a “good mother-in-law?”
-How do you handle family relationships or friendships that may be strained by differences in beliefs and values?
-What are ways of building multi-generational relationships instead of merely living primarily within your own peer group? Why is this important?