Eric or Erica?

I hate to confess to the world what I wanted to do to my younger brother, but, well—forgive me, Eric—it’s really applicable to today’s post!

When I was four years old, I found out my mom was bringing home a new baby from the hospital. I begged for a girl! The “blue blankey” he  arrived home in was a dead give-away--another boy. By the time he was two, I had devised a plan. Why not dress him in some of my old dresses, complete with a purse? We could let his hair grow long; no one would ever know the difference. We could call him . . . Erica! My mom, however, didn't buy it.

We live in a culture struggling with gender issues: gender confusion, the lack of acknowledging or appreciating differences between male and female, unisex movements, assaults on masculinity because of a perceived “patriarchal hierarchy.” In all the noise, confusion, and gender rhetoric, perhaps you've forgotten that it is a beautiful thing to be created “female.”

If we can agree that . . .  

1. God is our Creator
2. God is good
3. God has a purpose in the way He designed us
4. God's design is best

. . . then we have a good foundation to begin our study on point #5 of the True Woman Manifesto.

For You formed my inward parts; You wove me in my mother's womb. I will give thanks to You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Wonderful are Your works, and my soul knows it well (Psalm 139:13-14).

As we focus on embracing our unique design and calling as women this month, let's begin by asking God to reveal why and how we should do this.

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