Wednesday, July 15, 2015

The Real War on Women

Unless you’ve been under a rock, you’ve read about the controversy this week with Planned Parenthood.

You know, the one that they’re illegally selling aborted fetal body parts for money.

I don’t care to hash out a lot of what I feel about this whole thing…because bloggers much better than myself have already made that point much more eloquently than I.

I do want to add one small voice to the noise, however.

 I have read several PP supporters’ statements asserting that the pro-life campaign is primarily coming from a place of “religious war against women.”

Let’s just, for a moment, step back and see what this is really saying.

This is why vernacular and euphemisms are SO IMPORTANT in this issue.

“I’m pro-choice. I stand for woman’s rights. I believe in choice and that this is a personal liberty that should not be taken by any man or woman or government. My body. My uterus. My choice. SHOULD A WOMAN DISAGREE HOWEVER WITH MY CHOICE TO HAVE AN ABORTION, clearly she has been brainwashed by a man or woman or religion. Clearly, I have not been brainwashed by any man or woman or government. Religion is clearly the definitive factor here as inherently convoluted and brainwash-y. Ergo, the only choice to be made by a woman is one that aligns with the current media and societal standards that ordain a woman’s body is her own and should be free to be swayed by current propaganda projected by their nation and time and place.”

In other words:

Woman makes choice to be pro-choice as ordained by government / society / personal revelation= free-thinker.

Woman makes choice to be pro-life as ordained by religion / personal revelation = brainwashed.

What’s REALLY the sexist argument?

Woman can only have personal revelations that align with the pre-approved societal message?

Really?

Okay woman think for yourself, whoopsies! wrong thought, oh, princess, brainwashed. 

Seems to me, a personal revelation, based on either government or religion or WHATEVER should have equal standing in a free society.

But, again, I can’t be surprised.

Women, there is a war out there. But it’s not from Jesus and it’s not from the Christian worldview.

It’s from the thousands of voices and laws that whisper and lie to us and tell us that our decisions must be left to the government and to society and to our pleasure and will.

We are not free enough to choose to live for a Savior. To make decisions based on the Bible.

To stand for what is right.

Because, everything is right with the correct lens.

If you stand for anything you are oppressed.

Plus, being a woman doesn’t even exist anymore, remember sweetheart?

It’s a spectrum.

A state of mind.

Your sexuality is developed before you are born. Your sex is fluid. Ever changing.

You want to talk “war on women?”

Let’s talk about the fact that the only nationally and socially acclaimed and applauded person this year to assert that she is a woman was born with a penis.

The only people who can defend womanhood are now the men that claim power over their own sex.

We cannot say we are woman anymore. Womanhood in its very essence is now defined by them.

There is a war on womanhood.

Her e is what the world says about women:

Women are awesome!! GIRL POWER! We should have the right to do whatever we want! Earn as much as a man! WE ARE EQUAL. If we want to have an abortion because we want to finish college / slept with the wrong man (*oopsies*) / enjoy our sexuality SO.BE.IT. You can’t make me feel guilty over a CHOICE. It’s my RIGHT. I was born female and identify as female, but really, that can change. It’s kind of whatever best serves my moods and emotions and social rhetoric. Sweet freedom in being everything and everyone at once! Don’t box me in. Don’t label me! Be in love with my PERSON (whoever I am that day) and hey, if you fall out of love with that person, just check-out! I don’t keep anyone in my life that don’t jive with me, honey. It’s all good.

Here is what God says about women:

For her worth is far above jewels. Proverbs 31

You are worth it to make a stand.

You are worth it to draw a line in the sand.

You are worth more than any money or riches or jewels.

We belong. We have a place. We have a voice.

If our voice be crushed it will not be by the Bible or its followers.

If our voice be crushed it will be the societal redefining of what or who we are over and over and over until we are unrecognizable.

Those who dare speak up will be seen as brainwashed. As controlled. It already is that way.

When, really, dear friend. It is simply the opposite.


Where the Spirit of the Lord is; THERE is freedom. 

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

How to Share the Gospel with Your Fetus

“Are you in there Tiny Fetus?
In nine months will you come greet us?
I will…buy you some Adidas.”

Pheobe Buffet’s (FRIENDS) famous song to her surrogate child isn’t THAT crazy.

Hilarious.

But, not crazy.

I am currently 29 weeks pregnant and did you know that my baby is already DREAMING?

Like REM cycles, people.

God, that’s so amazing.

What is she dreaming about? Pssh. No clue. But, amazing nevertheless.

(alsoin8statesinamericaistillhavethe”right”tokillher…justsaying)

People spend all kinds of money on DHA pills, and baby birthing programs, and even play classical music in headphones to calm their little one. I even saw “pregnancy enhanced bottled water.” Oh, Lord.

This blog is all about how you can share the gospel with your fetus!

Weird? Maybe.

But also, so cool. I mean, c’mon this is a TOTAL captive audience.

Never again will your kids sit SO STILL and listen to the Word of God.

Here’s three ways I share the gospel with babies as I carry them in my womb (or, three ways that I am clinically insane, depending on your world view):

1)      Prayer.
This one seems SO obvious! But, as a mother, one of our greatest missions and gifts is to pray constantly and furiously for our children.
No prayer is too small. No person is too small to pray for.
Those who struggle with infertility are no stranger to prayer from before conception.
Praying for your child as they develop is just natural.
I pray for their safe delivery into the world, for salvation, for favor, for discernment (this is something I pray over my kids constantly, I’m not sure that fetus’s can have godly discernment…but I think its super duper important…so, I pray about it), and for God to ultimately lead their steps and that the Word of God would be a light unto their path.

2)      Communion.

Everything you eat, the baby eats. That’s just science. One of my hands-down favorite things to do while pregnant is take communion. I just grin from ear to ear thinking that I am sharing a holy sacrament with a teeny tiny PERSON. So cool. Love it. You should do it.

3)      Community.

Being a mommy is really, really hard. Like, really hard. But it’s also CRAZY wonderful.

You can’t even describe it. I really could NOT do it without a Christian mommy network.

I work, so unfortunately, I am not able to fully immerse myself with these INCREDIBLE ladies and families enough…maybe we all feel that way…but it.is.vital.

How is this sharing the gospel with your fetus? You’re laying the ground work for future Christ centered relationships outside of your immediate family.

As the world continues to get more hostile towards the Gospel and Christianity I believe it will be of critical importance to have this network.

To show your children that you are not alone.

That there are hundreds, thousands, or, at least five (or however big your network is) other families who are living this way.

Are we perfect? Far from it. But, the Bible and the Gospel of Christ is valuable.

Your family will do most of that groundwork, but it is important (as ordained by the Bible) that your children enjoy community with other Christ followers alongside your family.

Iron sharpens iron and all that.

Plus, us mommies make some AWESOME snacks. So…it’s win-win.

It is a sobering reminder that no matter what we do as “Christian mommies,” our children are born into a world that is fallen. It is clamoring to gain their attention at every crook and turn.

Our children’s salvation is a burden that is not ours to bear, for every child must face this battle on his or her own laurels. But, by reminding our children, at the very earliest possible moment, that this battle is not even theirs, that salvation is a gift only to be accepted, we are truly laying the “building blocks” for TRUE success. The eternal kind.

Folic acid and DHA are important.

Not smoking during pregnancy is important.

Those efforts will prepare your baby’s body for life in this world.

Your preparation as a mother in Christ will prepare your baby’s soul for eternal life in the Kingdom.

Will you join me also in praying for the warriors of Christ who have a child, of any age, that is without salvation, or who is running from their identity in Christ?

My children are young, and this is not a bridge I have had to cross…yet.

But I am under no grand illusion that I might not be right beside these families myself at one or several points in my career as “Mom.”

Even now, my heart aches for those mommies and daddies and their children.

My heart aches for their Heavenly Father as He waits patiently for them to open their eyes and ears and hearts.

God, bring home Your sheep. We know your voice.


Comfort those moms and dads and strengthen them, in your Holy Name.