Men Sweat, Women Glisten

Monday, April 12, 2010

Yes, that's right: men do sweat.

If there's one thing I don't like, it's sweating. To me, there's nothing worse than being out in the hot sun, doing something you don't like doing (like weeding the garden), and sweating, sweating, sweating. But, in contrast, Dad loves to sweat; and so does Jonathan. And so does David. I guess it makes them feel manly or something.

That demonstrates something that has come to light in the past few years.


Whoa! Pretty bold, isn't it? Despite the common myth that women can do anything men can, we women just aren't the same. And living with three brothers really brings that out - on a daily basis.

(Ever seen a girl do this?)

See, while Courtney and I much prefer to sit in the shade and talk, pose for pictures, and fix our hair....

...other members of our family would rather pummel each other.
It is SO obvious that men are different than women. In a day where women are desperately trying to prove that they're just as capable as men, we need GIRLS to be GIRLS and MEN to be MEN. Really!
But the other side of the coin is that often, girls who have rambunctious brothers get irritated. (Myself included.) We have to remember that boys are going to be rougher than we girls; they're going to have more masculine interests, they're going to have different ideas and opinions. While girls are timid and more hesitant to try daring feats and new adventures, boys are the
"go get -em" type and will run headlong into a potentially dangerous situation.
But this isn't bad. We need men like this! We might be offended because our brothers aren't as "nice" or "gentle" as we would like them to be; maybe we think they shouldn't make so much noise or be so rough.
When you think of this, remember this very true qoute that my Dad often says.....
Men are from venus and women are from Mars.
We are that opposite! We see things so differently because we are different. God created us like this!

And, of course, as sisters, one of our jobs is to gently refine our brothers (by a loving example, of course) and teach them how to relate to us girls.

But just remember that they are boys. They are MEN in the making. And sometimes we girls just have to rough it and pray that God gives us grace!
If you have brothers, let them be just that. (And not bothers, by the way. :)


Lindsay said...

Yep, that is soo true, Rachel! I totally know what you're talking about. Sometimes my brother Josh can really annoy me with his "rough housing", but I really should remember that he's a man in the making. Wonderful, wonderful post!! :-)

~ Love & Blessings,
Lindsay <3

Kelsey Anne Hoppman said...

Amen! Great post Rachel! It's sad that so many people think their siblings are bothers, and so many women in our world today would be ashamed to be called "A Lady". We, as girls, should let the young men be strong, and open doors for us, etc, and be an encouragement for their godly manhood. Not just that, but we need to act like ladies!
God Bless Rachel,

Marissa and Andrea said...

Brothers do have a lot of energy, don't they? Although without my brothers I don't think life would be nearly as fun and exciting. :)

Isn't it so much better to just be who God designed us to be instead of trying to compare to men? God made us just how He wanted us! :)

Miss Jen said...

men need to be men
and woman need to be woman.

Love~ Jen

Amber said...

yup. That is so true. It would be wrong for guys to act more like us girls!

Anonymous said...

You're right–Men ARE different from women... though you'd never know it from looking at some of the tough ladies in my family! ; )

Prairie Momma said...

Amen Sister!! That is SO true! Thank you for posting those wonderful thoughts. That is truly great. A guy on another blog said that when he offered to help a girl, they would almost always say, "Oh no, I can do it". He got tired of it, but still wanted to help and treat them like ladies. So, when they said that, he would just reply "I know you can, but I would like to help". Unfortunatly in our world today, we are taught that if we can't do something, we are "wimpy". If guys can still make the girls feel capable of things (like compliment them on something girlish like cooking, sewing, etc)then girls still feel like they are useful, yet in a more feminine way (I am just speaking from what I have heard a lot..)
Thanks for sharing!!

In Christ Alone,

PS that is a really cute picture of you and your sister. I really enjoyed viewing her blog during the Feminine challenge on Jenna's blog. Did you participate as well?

Anonymous said...

Amen! :) Very true.. :)

Rachel's Blog said...

Prairie Momma:

No, I didn't do the Feelin' Feminine challenge this time...but I have done it in the past! Glad you liked the picture!


Prairie Momma said...


how long have you been playing violin?? I have been playing violin/fiddle for about 5 years now.. or something like that. I could never keep track and remember! Oh well.. Any way, I love your profile pic too!! Really nice.

In Christ Alone,

Rachel's Blog said...


I've been playing for almost six years? I think. Kind of hard to keep track of, I know! But I still love it! I do both fiddle and violin, but mostly like classical music.


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