Thursday, February 7, 2013

life.

let me lay some ground work for you before we dive into this post:  this is written with a heart of love, of compassion, and from a heart that the Holy Spirit has totally torn to shreds on the topic, which is what warranted a post that i'm sure will cause even more "friends" to defriend me on facebook or put me (once again) in the crazy-conservative-bigot category (which i pray through grace i am  not).

my husband and i have long felt the desire to adopt a child.  we know it's not now, and we know we aren't through having our own, but we know that The Lord has called us to adopt one of his children as he adopted us many years ago when we chose salvation through grace in Jesus.  i personally think we will have four of our own and adopt a fifth, but when i told that to bryce, he looked at me like i had completely gone bonkers...not as if that reaction is abnormal in our house:)

my father in law whom i love DEARLY is adopted, and we are so thankful God used his adoptive family to shape him into the man he is today.  he is the cornerstone of our family, a tried and true man after God's own heart who has shared his triumphs and failures with the world with hope that we could all see the never-ending love and grace God has for his children.

okay, now that we've done some house cleaning...

as most of you know, the 40th anniversary of roe v. wade was last month.  as a Christian, i am a pro-life advocate, but i had always backed away from the topic for fear of the intense debate that would ensue.  as i have mentioned before, i am no longer going to be a timid Christian, meaning i will no longer back away or apologize for my convictions...

i guess i never really sat down to think about the effect this law has had on our country until my husband told me to listen to the life sermon by matt chandler of the village church in flower mound.  five minutes into the podcast, my eyes flooded with tears and my heart was hurting.  i was physically sobbing, much like mourning the death of a family member.  i imagined the pain one would feel if their child was sexually assaulted for years as he referenced the penn state ordeal.  i then imagined the complete misery and helplessness that would overcome my entire being if i received a phone call that my child had been gunned down in their kindergarten classroom.  i knew the premise of the sermon because bryce had given me an overview, and i instantly knew where chandler was taking this...

we have been blessed that we have two beautifully healthy children that we had no problem conceiving.  we could click our heels three times in different states and become pregnant and we have never been more aware of how blessed we are and how generous The Lord has been to us.  over the last few years, we have sat and cried with loved ones that have lost small children.  we have begged the Lord to give the gift of a child to sweet friends who so desperately longed for a baby of their own.  we have cried with precious people who have miscarried.  it never gets easier...

i am BEGGING you to listen to this sermon.  it is only 35 minutes long.  if you don't want to listen to it because i'm "on one of those crazy Christian rants" that's fine...listen to it for the facts.  listen to the statistics that are given.  listen to it for concrete social issues that are occurring in other countries.

Life (Matt Chandler, The Village Church, Texas)

please know that there is no judgement coming from me.  there are people i love dearly in my life who have had abortions, and they are covered by grace through Jesus the same as i am.



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