The family is being attacked from every angle. Marriage between man and a woman is being challenged, pornography runs rampant and is defended, and we are watching the disintegration of the family before our very eyes. Throughout history, groups of people have been called to act to bring about a greater good. Women of faith, now is our time to act.
This weekend, I had the opportunity to attend an event called Time Out For Women. It was a weekend filled with music and lectures focused on helping women raise our thoughts and actions to a higher plane. While there was so much good that was discussed, one speaker in particular sounded the battle cry for women to protect the family. Merrilee Boyack is an attorney, author, speaker, and former city council-woman who encouraged us to stand for our religious freedom, and more specifically, the family. Her recent book is entitled Standing Up in a Sit Down World.
So how do we as women stand for family? How do we reinforce family values? The first place is in our home. When we think of Heaven, what words come to mind? For me, I think of peace, love, and order. Merrilee encouraged us to rid our homes of anything that is not consistent with this Higher place. Last night, as I came home from the conference, I looked around my house. The first thing I had to do to make my home more like Heaven was to clean it. Over the next few days, I will be evaluating movies, CDs, magazines, projects, and media to determine what should be removed. Home can be heaven on earth if we work for it to be so.
Now, I am a single woman without children. My home being Heaven-like benefits me greatly but imagine the benefit for wives and mothers. When children enter into a place where love abounds with media that supports the ideals parents are trying to teach, how much more protected are they when they leave the home each day? Merrilee talked about making your home a fortress and then creating a moat around it so that the worldly influences cannot enter. Create filters on your email, internet, and television. Limit media time for children. Your children are bombarded by negative influences at every turn. Create a safe place for them to recharge mentally, emotionally, physically, and spiritually.
Then reach out to others. Be the woman who stands for the family as you interact in your community. When you speak with others who wish to promote that which degrades the role of the family, be willing to open your mouth and speak your truth. Communicate your beliefs to your local government officials. There is a great document that discusses the importance of the family. Be willing to give this to your government officials. Let them know your concerns on local issues that could impact you.
Finally, Merrilee encouraged us to imagine all of the women who desire to keep their families safe from harm linked arm in arm. Imagine the strength that comes from a woman who strives to protect her children against the evil of our day. Imagine the difference for good that can be done if we, as women, are willing to take our stand, draw our line in the sand, and say enough is enough. Our family is too vital, too important, too precious to us to allow negative influences into their lives.
Women of God can never be like women of the world. The world has enough women who are tough; we need women who are tender. There are enough women who are coarse; we need women who are kind. There are enough women who are rude; we need women who are refined. We have enough women of fame and fortune; we need more women of faith. We have enough greed; we need more goodness. We have enough vanity; we need more virtue. We have enough popularity; we need more purity.
We need women who are willing to speak up for the protection of their children, their families, and their homes.