|My son at 24 weeks|
We had a woman come later for the evening service who is the "head volunteer" in running a Christian crisis pregnancy center in a nearby town called "Living Alternatives". This organization reaches out to all moms that are pregnant and might need a little help, whether they are trying to choose between having an abortion or not, or just needing assistance to make it through a difficult time or circumstance. She gave us wonderful stories of ways women have been helped as well as various ways we could assist them. It was refreshing to see a woman who cared so much about helping others that may not be able to help themselves. Literally she is being the hands and feet of Jesus.
This brought me back to thinking about my own previous pregnancy I had with my son. As I sat there watching videos of the development of a baby inside a mother's womb I was amazed at the intricacies of it all and saddened that I didn't see the beauty for what it was. It hurts me to think of how I viewed being pregnant and having children just s short time ago. I disliked being pregnant very much, wishing I weren't at times. Truth be told I was very young and scared out of my mind at the prospect of being a mother. I long to go back with the knowledge I have now and change the way I felt. However I cannot, so instead I thank the Lord that He is faithful, and I am able to enjoy my son now, at 16 months old, and all the joy and love he brings to my life. I am grateful for the views I have now on children and am excited about future pregnancies, whenever those may be. I am humbled by the fact the Lord would so graciously reveal these precious truths to my heart in such a beautiful way. Through staying at home and being with my baby boy I have grown so much in my walk with Him. What a blessing it truly has been.
For those women who have had an abortion, know there is forgiveness in Christ, there is hope, there is love, there is peace in knowing Him. It is never my intention to make anyone feel worse about a decision they might have made in the past.
Below is the video that we watched last night in church. It is about 3 and half minutes long, and so worth the time it takes to watch it. Be inspired, find ways to be a voice for those who cannot have one.