Day 8 of 31 // A Woman's Influence on the World

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

This weekend I mentioned to my husband that I wanted to get some Mums and Pumpkins for our front porch.  He looked at me and rolled his eyes a bit, but with his signature grin.  He knows it's that time of year when I get high on Fall and want to pretty up the porch.  He can appreciate my desire to make our house festive but really what he's thinking is that those things will just die in a month and it sort of seems like a waste of money.  And so continues our on-going marital battle of the importance of form vs. function.  To me, if something is pretty, it does have a function!  But from his very analytical, very manly perspective, pretty "things" just for the sake of being pretty, are not very functional.

I was so excited when I read the following passage of a book called Captivating by John & Stasi Eldridge, because it so eloquently describes why and how God designed women. 

"Women want to impact the world for good.  As co-rulers with Adam, we are created to do so, and one of the key ways we influence our world is in making it a more beautiful place to live. We decorate our homes.  We put flowers on the table.  Pioneer women brought china teacups into the wilderness, and I bring a pretty tablecloth to eat on when my family camps.  We wear perfume, paint our toenails, color our hair, and pierce our ears, all in an effort to be ever more beautiful."

I don't know about you, but I find that very helpful in understanding why I feel the need to color my hair!  But more than that, I love that I was borne in the image of God with an innate desire to bring beauty to His world (among many other things, of course).

How artful.

This post is part of a series I'm writing for the month of October entitled "31 Days of Seeing the Art in Everyday Life."  See all other posts in this series by clicking here.  



  1. My husband and I always laugh about our differences in this area! We've come to appreciate that I like to prettify things & he is great at making sure we stay practical.

  2. Love this. I can actually err on the side of function sometimes too but when I allow myself the freedom to really seek/feel beauty, I feel alive in a way I don't when I get bogged down by function.

  3. my husband usually doesn't 'get' the need for pretty over function either, but i love that quote!

  4. I love that book 'captivatin'! Such an inspiring read and I so appreciate being reminded of it by the quote you shared. This is my first time visiting your blog. I hope to continue following along. So nice to meet you!

  5. Love the beauty on your li blog and that quote from Captivating, must read it now!!

  6. I LOVE this so much. I've definitely felt sometimes like maybe those desires I have to make life pretty are just too trivial or maybe shouldn't matter. But they do!! I hadn't even thought of it this way! Thank you for sharing this perspective. We have a very important role to play in this world He created. Love you friend!

  7. I really like that you thought deeper about the aspect of beautifying things that seems to come naturally to a lot of women. I think what you're saying here is definitely the truth of the matter!

  8. Love this, Bri!! I actually had a similar chat with the trader joe's employee when I was buying a pumpkin! :)


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