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Bulletin: FDA Warning RE: IVC Filters

If you have been a recipient of an IVC filter you should be aware that the implanting surgeons, physicians and clinicians responsible for the continuing care of patients with retrievable IVC filters consider removing the filter as soon as protection from pulmonary embolism is no longer needed. Many complaints regarding IVC filters have been brought to the attention of the FDA. A number of patients in consultation with IVC filter lawyers are filing lawsuits against several manufacturers of this particular medical device that is suppose to prevent blood clots from reaching the heart of lungs. Since the IVC filter can be life saving, the FDA has developed a quantitative decision analysis to assess what is the time period in which the risk of having an IVC filter in place outweighs the benefits. A number of patients have suffer from a variety of serious side effects such as: IVC filter migration so the filter is no longer effective, IVC filter components that puncture internal organs or lodge in blood vessels, and filter particles breaking off causing pulmonary embolism, stroke, and even death. The conclusion of the FDA report suggests that if the patient’s transient risk for pulmonary embolism had passed, the risk/benefit profile advices removal of the IVC filter between 29 and 54 days after implantation.

Combating Teen Pregnancy
January 26th, 2010

Teen pregnancy, even among Christians, remains an issue that parents must face head on with their teen dughters and especially with their sons (it takes two to tangle – or however that saying goes).
Two recent reports from the Institute show that sexually active teens, treen pregnancy and abortions are on the rise again after a period of decline.
Fittingly we would like to offer some resources to help mother s and fathers address these issues in their homes. Below are some conclusions of the recent reports followed by some websites that provide valuable information for the combating these issues. We hope these resources are helpful.

The Guttmacher Institute Reports

Now, the Guttmacher Institute has issued a new report, U.S. Teenage Pregnancies, Births and Abortions: National and State Trends and Trends by Race and Ethnicity on Teen Pregnancy. Some of the conclusions in that report are:

  • Between 1990 and 2005:
    • 41 percent decline in pregnancies among teenaged girls
    • births among teen girls decreased 35 percent
    • teen abortions declined 56 percent between 1988 and 2005
  • In 2005
    • the U.S. teenage pregnancy rate reached its lowest point in more than 30 years
  • In 2006:
    • the U.S. teenage pregnancy rate increased for the first time in more than a decade, rising 3%
    • 750,000 women younger than 20 became pregnant
    • about 7% of women (age 15-19) became pregnant
    • among all racial and ethnic groups, the teen birthrate reversed its downward trend
    • there were 200,420 abortions among 15–19-year-olds
    • 27% of pregnancies among 15–19-year-olds ended in abortion
  • In 2007:
    • the teen birth rate rose for the second year in a row – about 1 percent (according to a recent U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention study released late last year and published in the Dec. 21, 2009, online edition of Pediatrics)   

The Guttmacher Institute Reports

  1. Kost K, Henshaw S. and Carlin L., U.S. Teenage Pregnancies, Births and Abortions1.: National and State Trends and Trends by Race and Ethnicity, 2010, Guttmacher Institute Report.
  2. Facts on American Teens’ Sexual and Reproductive Health

 Help for Combatting Teen Pregnancy

  • Christianity Today – “What Works: Why Teens Choose Purity” •  – Why Teens Choose Purity
  • “Real Solutions to Teen Pregnancy” – Real Solutuions
  • Christian Mommies – “Mothers’ Influence on Adolescent Sex – How Being Connected to Your Child Can Promote Abstinence” – Mothers’ Influence

I must admit that I was surprised to find very few resources on-line for this topic. If you know of any please give us the information in a comment below. Thank you!


What Mothers Say About Fathers
January 14th, 2010

This morning I received my regular e-mail newsletter from the National Fatherhood Initiative. I noticed a big ad on their website announcing the release of the first-ever national survey taking an in-depth look at how today’s mothers view fathers and fatherhood.

The 36-page report, Mama Says: A National Survey of Mothers’ Attitudes on Fathering (as well as other smaller summaries), is available on their website (National Fatherhood Initiative).

Below are the Top 14 Findings of the report, copied from this website: Top 14 Findings. I am particularly interested #9 and #10 below.
Top 14 Findings – What do moms really think?

  • 93% of moms believe there is a father absence crisis.
  • Most moms think dad is replaceable.
  • Married and cohabiting moms were happier with dads’ performance than moms not living with dad.
  • Married moms believe more in the power of marriage to help dad be the best he can be than moms who are cohabitating or separated from dad.
  • Dads of young children got better marks than dads of teens.
  • Closeness to children and work-family balance were the biggest predictors of mom’s satisfaction with dad (after living arrangement).
  • Most moms said they could do a better job of work-family balance if dad provided more help.
  • Moms said that “work responsibilities” were the biggest obstacle to dad’s success in fathering.
  • Strong religious values are beneficial to helping dads be better fathers.
  • Moms think communities of faith are the top place for dads to get fathering help.
  • Nonresident dads think they’re doing a better job than the moms who co-parent with them think they are.
  • African-American moms weren’t as happy as white or other minority moms, but most of the difference can be explained by living situation or family structure.
  • New romantic relationship for dads equals less happy moms.
  • Moms who aren’t living with the father of their children identified more and stronger obstacles to his ability to parent.

I am truly grateful to the National Fatherhood Initiative for putting this report together. I invite all of my readers to take a look at this report and the many others on fatherhood that are available on the National Fatherhood Initiative website.

We will definitely discuss this list in our next Joseph the Carpenter Focus Group Meeting (JCFG).

Please let us know what you think about the list of the Top 14 Findings by commenting below.

Thank you.


Focus on the Family
December 3rd, 2009

There is no better way to start up our blog than to focus on the family. Literally, FOCUS ON THE FAMILY is the premier ministry for Christian families in America.

Led by Dr. James Dobson, psychologist, activist and author of numerous books, Focus on the Family provides a host of ministries for the discerning Christian woman.

Focus on the Family reaches more than 220 million people in 155 nations. It is a Christian nonprofit organization dedicated to serving, strengthening and defending families worldwide. Founded in 1977, Focus on the Family provides practical tools, spiritual resources and emotional support to families at every stage of life. See their Historical Timetable.

Focus on the Family has dozens of ministries including:

  • Relationships and Marriage – Essentials for healthy, Christian marriage
  • Parenting – Wisdom for parenting children in today’s culture
  • Midlife and Beyond – Helping You Navigate Life’s Second Half
  • Family Radio – Daily Broadcast
  • Marriage Forum and many others – Discuss, prayer, advice

Books by Dr. Dobson

  • Love Must Be Touch
  • What Wives Wish Their Husbands Knew .                       
  • Bringing Up Girls


Aged and Young Women
June 9th, 2008

But speak thou the things which become sound doctrine: That the aged men be sober, grave, temperate, sound in faith, in charity, in patience. The aged women likewise, that they be in behavior as becometh holiness, not false accusers, not given to much wine, teachers of good things;

    That they may teach the young women to be sober, to love their husbands, to love their children, To be discreet, chaste, keepers at home, good, obedient to their own husbands, that the word of God be not blasphemed. (Titus 2:1-5 KJV)


Books on (and for) “Young Christian Women”

See the latest and most popular books on (and for) Young Christian Women.
A Young Woman After God's Own Heart   by Elizabeth George
Every Young Woman's Battle by Shannon Ethridge
For Young Women Only by Shaunti Feldhahn


Books on (and for) “Older Christian Women”

See the latest and most popular books on (and for) Older Christian Women.

Autumn Gospel by Kathleen Fischer         
Moving into a New Now by Mildred Tengbom
Let The Older Women Teach by Midge Vice         
Winter Grace by Kathleen Fischer 

Posted in Books - Christian Women, Scriptures


A Woman’s Beauty Is Measured By
June 2nd, 2008

 Favour is deceitful, and beauty is vain: but a woman that feareth the LORD, she shall be praised. Proverbs 31:30 KJV

Don’t be concerned about the outward beauty that depends on fancy hairstyles, expensive jewelry, or beautiful clothes. You should be known for the beauty that comes from within, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is so precious to God. That is the way the holy women of old made themselves beautiful. 1 Peter 3:3-5 NLT

In like manner also, that women adorn themselves in modest apparel, with shamefacedness and sobriety; not with broided hair, or gold, or pearls, or costly array; But (which becometh women professing godliness) with good works. 1 Timothy 2:9-10 KJV

 And I want women to be modest in their appearance. They should wear decent and appropriate clothing and not draw attention to themselves by the way they fix their hair or by wearing gold or pearls or expensive clothes. For women who claim to be devoted to God should make themselves attractive by the good things they do. 1 Timothy 2:9-10 NLT


Books on “A Women’s Beauty is Measured By

See the latest and most popular books on Christian Beauty for and in Women What are the standards of beauty? How does a Christian woman’s beauty differ from women in the world?

The Body Book by Nancy Rue, Steven ...
Captivating by John Eldredge
Wild at Heart by John Eldredge
Authentic Beauty by Leslie Ludy
Age before Beauty by Virginia Smith
8 Great Dates for Moms and Daughters  by Dannah Gresh


Women in Church
May 26th, 2008

And I want women to be modest in their appearance. They should wear decent and appropriate clothing and not draw attention to themselves by the way they fix their hair or by wearing gold or pearls or expensive clothes. For women who claim to be devoted to God should make themselves attractive by the good things they do. 2 Timothy 2:9-10 NLT

Let the woman learn in silence with all subjection. But I suffer not a woman to teach, nor to usurp authority over the man, but to be in silence. For Adam was first formed, then Eve. And Adam was not deceived, but the woman being deceived was in the transgression. Notwithstanding she shall be saved in child bearing, if they continue in faith and charity and holiness with sobriety.
    1 Timothy 2:11-15 KJV    As in all the congregations of the saints, women should remain silent in the churches. They are not allowed to speak, but must be in submission, as the Law says. If they want to inquire about something, they should ask their own husbands at home; for it is disgraceful for a woman to speak in the church. 1 Corinthians 14:33-35 NIV

Books on Women in Church – and in Church Ministry

See the latest and most popular books on Women in Church and Women in Church Ministry


Spiritual MotherHood
May 19th, 2008

While Jesus was still talking to the crowd, his mother and brothers stood outside, wanting to speak to him. Someone told him, “Your mother and brothers are standing outside, wanting to speak to you.”

 He replied to him, “Who is my mother, and who are my brothers?” Pointing to his disciples, he said, “Here are my mother and my brothers. For whoever does the will of my Father in heaven is my brother and sister and mother.” Matthew 12:46-50 NIV

Then Jesus’ mother and brothers arrived. Standing outside, they sent someone in to call him. A crowd was sitting around him, and they told him, “Your mother and brothers are outside looking for you.”

“Who are my mother and my brothers?” he asked.

Then he looked at those seated in a circle around him and said, “Here are my mother and my brothers! Whoever does God’s will is my brother and sister and mother.” Mark 3:31-35 NIV

Then came to him his mother and his brethren, and could not come at him for the press. And it was told him by certain which said, Thy mother and thy brethren stand without, desiring to see thee. And he answered and said unto them, My mother and my brethren are these which hear the word of God, and do it. Luke 8:19-21 KJV


Book on Women in the Bible

The Remarkable Women of the Bible: And Their Message for Your Life Today by Elizabeth George – In this inspiring look at the lives of women in the Bible, bestselling author Elizabeth George reveals refreshing models of faith for today. Stories about Eve, Deborah, Sarah, Ruth, Mary, and other women from Scripture offer testimonies of changed lives and reflections on the remarkable strengths God cultivates in women who love Him. Jocebed is an example of a remarkable mother, Deborah’s life is an illustration of wisdom, Ruth and Naomi model pure devotion, and Hannah demonstrates sacrifice.

Conveying the assurance of God’s love, The Remarkable Women of the Bible provides nourishment from a woman’s point of view and connects today’s woman with the source of fulfillment that sustained her sisters in Bible times a relationship with God.


Website on Women in the Bible

Christian Distinctives–Women in the Heart of God – Glen Miller’s study on Women in the Bible. Appears to be a Biblically sound study of women in the Bible and the “role” of women in the Bible. In additoion to the regular website view – it can be downoload (free) and printed as a 368 page pdf file.

The website also has a large number of other studies on this site (

Christian Distinctives–Women in the Heart of God


Book for Christian Women

God’s Word to Women by Katharine C. Bushnell

– is a groundbreaking study that carefully examines every scripture relating to women. Jessie Penn Lewis said that the material opened up the Scriptures in a way that can only be described as containing a revelation direct from God. For many today, it is the book that set them free to be what God has called them to be and to do the work that the Holy Spirit has placed in their hearts.

Katharine C. Bushnell (1856-1946) was a physician, missionary, crusader, reformer, author and speaker as well as a brilliant and original scholar who spoke seven languages and was grounded in Greek and Hebrew. Bushnell left medicine to do what she considered the more important work of reforming conditions of human degradation through leadership in the Women’s Christian Temperance Union (WCTU) of the 19th century women’s movement.

For a biographical sketch, see this brief timeline (in context of the U.S. history of women’s movement). Katherine Bushnell Biography

While in China as a medical missionary, Bushnell discovered that the Chinese Bible was mistranslated to support cultural prejudice against the ministry of women. She wondered whether the same male bias might prejudice English translations as well and renewed her study of Hebrew and Greek. Later, while traveling throughout the world for the WCTU, she made good use of hours spent on trains, boats and in rooms where she was staying to carefully compare biblical translations with the Word as found in the original languages.

Through experience and study, the Lord was preparing Bushnell to write God’s Word to Women. Begun in 1908 as a correspondence course, it was first published privately by Bushnell. Despite positive early reaction, the book soon disappeared; and Bushnell died believing that her life had made little impact. God knew better! The book was rediscovered and continues to be republished by those who see its priceless value. Today it is finally receiving well-deserved recognition as a foundational reference for those working on the cutting edge of biblical equality for women. (from the website below –


Website For Christian Women

God’s Word for Women – The Mission of the website:

    God is calling all women to assume the full scope of the role for which they were created. This website is designed to help women in their search to discover who God says they are.

God’s Word for Women desires:

    …To provide a forum on the Internet to be used as an encouragement and a stimulus for women to gain assurance of their call and commission from the Lord

    …To equip women with a knowledge of God’s Word as it relates to:

  • their place in ministry
  • their relationship to their husbands
  • their place and function in their local assembly as well as the Body of Christ as a whole

    …To be a catalyst for the release of women in the Body of Christ into their God-ordained ministries

    …To encourage both men and women of God to re-examine traditional interpretation of scriptures that pertain to women.


About Mothers – In Proverbs
May 12th, 2008

    My son, hear the instruction of thy father, and forsake not the law of thy mother: Proverbs 1:8 KJV

    The proverbs of Solomon. A wise son maketh a glad father: but a foolish son is the heaviness of his mother. Proverbs 10:1 KJV

    A wise son maketh a glad father: but a foolish man despiseth his mother. Proverbs 15:20 KJV

    The rod and reproof give wisdom, but a child left undisciplined brings his mother to shame. Proverbs 29:15 AMP

    [What King Lemuel's Mother Taught Him ] These are the sayings that King Lemuel of Massa was taught by his mother. Proverbs 31:1 CEV


Book on Women in the Bible

Mothers of the Bible: A Devotional by Ann Spangler and Jean E. Syswerda
Mothers of the Bible takes you inside the lives of twelve biblical mothers whose struggles to live with faith and courage are much like yours. Through their successes and failures alike, these women from long ago will encourage you and strengthen you in your challenging and rewarding role as a mother.

From the Back Cover

Children need the love, wisdom, and nurture that mothers are uniquely capable of giving. Mothers of the Biblecan help you fulfill your own calling as a mother by offering insights from Gods Word. Exploring the lives of women in the Bible can help strengthen your faith and your effectiveness as a mother. Like you, these mothers wanted the best for their children. And like you, they sometimes faced difficulties that challenged their faith. Looking to them can help deepen your understanding of Scripture, enabling you to experience
more of Gods love so you can reflect that love to your children.

Adapted from Women of the Bible, Mothers of the Bible furnishes a unique twelve-week devotional experience. Each week becomes a personal retreat focused on the life of a particular biblical mother.

Designed for personal prayer and study or for use in small groups, Mothers of the Biblewill help you ground your relationship with your children on Gods Word.


Website on Women in the Bible

Annie’s “What the Bible Says About Mothers” Page - A Cute Site – and Bible-based, includes scriptures on women and mothers in the Bible, holiday cards and Bible verses, computer help, graphics and more.


Book for Christian Women      

A Mother’s Heart: A Look at Values, Vision, and Character for the Christian Mother by Jean Fleming

Being a mother is an important job, but one that can easily feel frustrating and unrewarding.

Jan Fleming shares her hopes and frustrations about motherhood. The mother of three grown children and a grandmother. Jean reveals what it means to be a godly mother and offers encouragement to mothers of all ages and backgrounds.

You’ll be blessed by her insights as you learn how to develop godly valuesm vision and character–and how to instill those same qualities in your children. (from the back cover)


Website For Christian Women is…

Just Moms offers online Bible Studies, a Prayer and Priase loop, a message board focused on various issues moms face, online shopping, and much more!

Just Moms is a FREE Christian Online Mothers Group where women, like myself, can receive and give advice needed to handle everyday experiences that comes with motherhood. There are two meanings behind the name Just Moms. The first is that it is a group “Just” for moms. The second meaning is that the moms here are striving to be holy and “Just” moms as God has called us to be. Just Moms is made up of mothers of all ages, locations, and denominations.


About Wives – In Proverbs
May 5th, 2008

Here’s a collection of scriptures from Proverbs about wives. Next week we will present scriptures on mothers from Proverbs.

    So he that goeth in to his neighbour’s wife; whosoever toucheth her shall not be innocent.
    Proverbs 6:29 KJV

    He who finds a wife finds what is good and receives favor from the LORD. Proverbs 18:2 NIV

    A foolish son is the calamity of his father: and the contentions of a wife are a continual dropping. House and riches are the inheritance of fathers: and a prudent wife is from the LORD. Proverbs 19:13-14 KJV

    Better to live on a corner of the roof than share a house with a quarrelsome wife. Proverbs 21:9 NIV

    Better to live in a desert than with a quarrelsome and ill-tempered wife. Proverbs 21:19 NIV

    A quarrelsome wife is like a constant dripping on a rainy day; Proverbs 29:17 NIV


Book on Women in the Bible

Just Wives: Stories of Power and Survival in the Old Testament and Today by Katharine Doob Sakenfeld – Giving astute attention to social worlds of women, of both ancient and modern times, Katherine Sakenfeld explores the stories of eleven women in the Old Testament – Sarah, Hagar, ruth, Naomi, Vashti, Esther, Michal, Abigail, Bathsheba, Gomer and the good wife in Proverbs 31.
In clear and engaging fashion, she reveals the complexity of these women’s lives, drawing out the issues they faced and relating their struggles to the struggles women around the world face today.
By encouraging women from across the world in various cultures, to bring their own experiences to the biblical texts and sharing the interpretation of some who already have, Sakenfeld allows her readers to see new possibilities for meaning in the Scriptures. She includes study questions for group discussion. (from the back cover of the book)


Website on Women in the Bible

Article: Marriage Role in Biblical Balance – Marriage Role in Biblical Balance by Wendell E. Miller: God’s will is for Christians to esteem His entire Word, and to both understand it and obey it in biblical balance. However, all too often Christians fail either to understand biblical balance in marriage roles or to be willing to obey God.

God has given five basic principles for marriage that are to be obeyed, not because a husband or wife “feels like it,” and not because the other person “deserves it,” but because God commands obedience.

Practicing God’s five principles for marriage means obeying God, loving God, and trusting God whether or not it is easy or “feels good”


A Wife After God’s Own Heart: 12 Things That Really Matter in Your Marriage by Elizabeth George

One secret to marital bliss is for a wife to love her husband the way God designed for her to love himeven with his shortcomings. God hasnt called a woman to change her husband, but to focus on her calling as a wife. And the rewards for doing so are rich! Elizabeth provides valuable and practical insights on 12 key areas of a marriage, including…

  • What it means to be a husband’s helper
  • What submission is and isn’t
  • Nurturing joy in your home and family
  • Excelling in your work…and making time for fun as a couple!

This book can be used alongside A Husband After God’s Own Heart, or as a stand-alone volume.

Website For Christian Women

Wives of Faith

– … is Committed to Building and Maintaining Healthy Christian Marriages. Our mission is to help Christian wives become the wives that God has called them to be.

… is a community of Christian wives who want to go against what the culture and society says about marriage, and find out God’s design for marriage. The women of Wives of Faith pray for each other, listen, and support one another. We are in it together and want to grow in unity.

… and the entire Faith and Family Ministries are here to help you be all that God created you to be.

Wives of Faith features:

  • Prayer Requests
  • Spiritual Growth
  • Monthly Challenge
  • Monthly Newsletter
  • Monthly Columns
  • WOF Community
  • Weekly Devotional


About Women – In Proverbs
April 28th, 2008

Here’s a collections of scriptures from Proverbs that speak directly about women.
We also have a collection on wives and on mothers which will be presented in the next two weeks.

…Attend unto my wisdom, and bow thine ear to my understanding:
Let thy fountain be blessed: and rejoice with the wife of thy youth.
Let her be as the loving hind and pleasant roe; let her breasts satisfy thee at all times; and be thou ravished always with her love. Proverbs 5:1, 18-19 KJV

A foolish woman is clamorous: she is simple, and knoweth nothing. Proverbs 9:13 KJV

A gracious woman retaineth honour: and strong men retain riches. Proverbs 11:6 KJV

As a jewel of gold in a swine’s snout, so is a fair woman which is without discretion. Proverbs 11:22 KJV

A virtuous woman is a crown to her husband: but she that maketh ashamed is as rottenness in his bones. Proverbs 12:4 KJV

Every wise woman buildeth her house: but the foolish plucketh it down with her hands.
of fathers: and a prudent wife is from the LORD. Proverbs 14:1 KJV

It is better to dwell in the wilderness, than with a contentious and an angry woman. Proverbs 21:19 KJV

It is better to dwell in a corner of the housetop, than with a brawling woman in a wide house. Proverbs 21:19 KJV

A continual dropping in a very rainy day and a contentious woman are alike. Proverbs 21:19 KJV

 Who can find a virtuous woman? for her price is far above rubies.
 Favour is deceitful, and beauty is vain: but a woman that feareth the LORD, she shall be praised. Proverbs 31:10, 30 KJV


Book on Women in the Bible

Women of the Bible: The Life and Times of Every Woman in the Bible by Sue Richards and Larry Richards: This complete and insightful guide to the Bible’s most famous and infamous, named and unnamed, women of faith covers the matriarchs, the prophetesses and queens, the women around Jesus, and even the common ladies of the Bible.

Learn how their lives teach us that the most extraordinary things can occur from ordinary beginnings, and that the model for authentic femininity lies in God’s plan for each woman.

Who were they and where did they originate? What role did they play in the Bible story and how are their lives similar to the lives of women today? All these questions, and many more facts, can be found in this guide to the women of the Bible.

This is an ideal reference for students, teachers, preachers, and anyone wanting to know who and how women lived in Bible times.


Website on Women in the Bible

Elizabeth Fletcher’s Women in the Bible website is very informative with and lengthy and detailed explanations of some of the women in the Bible. She has activities and focus questions, maps and some really fabulous pictures and artwork.

You should not pass this site up – especially the link to the Biblical Archaeology – the Jerusalem Temple.


Elizabeth Fletcher’s Women in the Bible
Book for Christian Women

Finding Calm In The Chaos: Christian Devotions For Busy Women: Best-selling author Kathy Bostrom offers this book of devotions to help women create calm in the chaos of their busy lives. The book is comprises twenty-eight days of devotions for each month of the year, so that readers can begin using the book during any month.

Each week’s devotions, prayers, quotations, and “Spirit Boosters” focus on one Bible passage, which is read each day of that week. Each week ends with a “Sabbath Celebration,” a time for quiet prayer, reflection, and renewal. The “Spirit Boosters” for each week are divided into “Reaching In” and “Reaching Out” sections. They offer suggestions for ways to be kind to yourself and to others while nurturing your own faith. This book is ideal for women’s prayer groups, to give as a gift, or to give to yourself.

Website For Christian Women – Christianity – Resources for Women

– What can you say about – – except there’s a ton of resources: devotionals, Bible verses, open letters, articles, websites, books, music, recipes, magazines, networks, ministries, spiritual growth aids, family aids, personal aids, advice articles and so much more with Christian women in mind.