At the risk of sounding frivolous, there is a good case to be made for the argument that women constitute the revolutionary force behind contemporary social and economic transformation. It is in large part the changing role of women that explains the new household structure, our altered demographic behaviour, the growth of the service economy and, as a consequence, the new dilemmas that the advanced societies face. Most European countries have failed to adapt adequately to the novel challenges and the result is an increasingly serious disequilibrium. Women explicitly desire economic independence and the societal collective, too, needs to maximise female employment. And yet, this runs up against severe incompatibility problems that then result in very low birth rates. Our aging societies need more kids, yet fertility levels are often only half of what citizens define as their desired number of children. No matter what happens in the next decade, we are doomed to have exceedingly small cohorts that, in turn, must shoulder the massive burden of supporting a retired baby-boom generation. Hence it is tantamount that tomorrow's adults be maximally productive and, yet, the typical EU member state invests very little in its children and families.
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"A Father, a Son, a Daughter, a Love Affair" shares a story based upon author Charles Watson's personal testimony about God's plan for marriage for each person. There are things in life that can't be rushed, and following God's preordained plan for finding a life partner falls into that category. Each chapter of this guide carefully explores each step in the process that God follows to enable us to find a true partner of the heart-the one true marriage partner for each person. Watson also includes the pertinent scripture that supports God's plan for love and marriage. Song of Solomon states that 'many waters cannot quench love, nor can the floods drown it: no substantial amount of water can put out the fire of love that is in the heart.' When God determines that two people should come together in marriage, it is a wonderful, heartfelt event in the lives of two loving people. Watson cautions that it is not wise to rush or speed up the process, as it can lead to missteps and mistakes made in relationships that can be devastating. If the focus is on finding the best partner with God's loving guidance, a successful marriage will be the reward.
Jesus spoke of the seed of God's Word falling upon different kinds of soil. Where the soil was good and receptive, the seed grew and produced a harvest. But where the soil was covered with weeds or was rocky, God's Word was choked out or stolen away. Every person in our lives has a heart like that soil: it is either receptive to God's Word or resistant to it. But what do we do when our friend or loved one has a hard heart toward God-a heart that stops the harvest? We must rely on the Lord of the harvest to soften the heart. And we must plow the fields in prayer. The Plowing the Fields Devotional is designed to change our thinking so that we begin to pray according to the heart of God for our loved ones. Each day has a brief devotional and a place to write your own prayers or notes.
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