Hope Rising

Saturday, May 7, 2011

Masculine and feminine roles...

Acceptance of their respective positions frees them both and whirls them into joy.
A woman in the presence of a good man, a real man, loves being a woman.  His strength allows her feminine heart to flourish.  His pursuit draws out her beauty.  And a man in the presence of a real woman loves being a man.  Her beauty arouses him to play the man; it draws out his strength.  She inspires him to be a hero.  Would that we all were so fortunate.  ~John and Stasi Eldredge

...men are designed to initiate, pursue, assert, protect, conquer, or whatever you want to call those traits that we refer to as masculine...When asked about their relationships, women talk a lot about desiring to respond, desiring to be pursued, wanted, initiated with, and so forth...a man's strength allows her to be all she is created to be. So guys, wake up.  God gave you testosterone, so use it. Step out, initiate, pursue, and stop being so passive. ~ Henry Cloud

If two people agree to dance together they agree to give and take, one to lead, and one to follow.  This is what a dance is. Insistence that both lead means there won't be any dance.  It is the woman's delighted yielding to the man's lead that gives him freedom.  It is the man's willingness to take the lead that gives her freedom.  Acceptance of their respective positions frees them both and whirls them into joy.~Elisabeth Elliot

Call me old fashioned, but my "feminine heart" would tell you that these statements are quite true. I read each of these quotes within several months of each other, and it struck me how similar they were in their wisdom...good stuff, IM*humble*O. :)

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