I just read an article(that I retweeted) about Christians views on birth control. I enjoyed the article but I also let the author know that cost is not the reason why so many people are not on birth control. There are so many venues to get free or low cost birth control, it makes no sense that so many people are having unwanted pregnancies.
Yes, I am a conservative leaning Christian. I am also a Black woman(with some other things mixed in). As a result, I have had numerous cases of sexual abuse in my life(I won’t quote all of the stats here). So when I came to a point in my life where I made choices for myself concerning sex, I made the decision to use birth control. I don’t think that using birth control makes you a bad Christian.
When I was growing up, we were taught to save sex for marriage(which I actually never got to save because I had been raped repeatedly as a child). So, my point is it is easy for people to be pro life until they are raped and left with a child as a result. I don’t believe that anyone should be allowed to make decisions about a woman’s body except a woman. I also get tired of people talking badly about all of the young teens who have children(they are having those children because they too don’t believe in birth control).
I said all of that to say that at the end of the day, a woman’s body is her body and the only true judge of it is God. I would not say that someone who uses birth control is any less of a Christian than someone who does not. God loves us all. Life is too short for me to lay blame at others. We are all on our own life’s journey.
I think my life is so much better off when I don’t spend time judging others. The time that I would spend judging someone could be time spent praying for them. Yes, I believe we all need more prayer in our lives. Also, if I am saying anything that you consider to be offensive, please pray for me and then delete me from whatever social media outlet you may be reading this from.
Oh what a glorious idea. God is always with us. Thank you Lord. Sometimes in order to feel God’s presence we have to be silent. Other times when we are so happy we feel like we are going to burst, we can feel it too. Knowing that God is with me on this journey called life helps me get through to see another day. When I am frustrated or worried, knowing that God is with me helps me feel secure.
Know that God is with you.
“In those days when you pray, I will listen. If you look for me wholeheartedly, you will find me.” Jeremiah 29:12-13(NIV)
Sometimes you just need to breathe deeply and take it easy. There are so many things to distract ourselves with and our brains are working on overload. Take time to pause and reflect on your life, your joy, your spirit.
“Be still and know that I am God! I will be honored by every nation. I will be honored throughout the world”. Psalm 46:10 NLT
Do you see yourself as others see you or as God sees you?
When you place the opinion of others before God’s opinion, you can find yourself in a strange place. When you think about God’s true opinion of you and you start to believe it, the opinion of others will start to lessen. Only then can you have a better sense of self.
This goes for me as well. When I see myself as God sees me, all is well and I don’t feel so anxious/insecure.
I hope you have a great day!
“And it is impossible to please God without faith. Anyone who wants to come to him must believe that God exists and that he rewards those who sincerely seek him”. Hebrews 11:6 NLT
Today’s devotional reading invites us to trust in God instead of trusting in ourselves. When we lean on God’s strength and wisdom, we end up better off than when we try to think “I’ve got this” and spin our wheels until we have no choice but to rely on God. Whatever you are facing today know that God is already seeing you through.
Psalm 37:3-6 “Take delight in the LORD and do good. Then you will live safely in the land and prosper. Take delight in the LORD, and he will give you your heart’s desires. Commit everything you do to the LORD. Trust him, and he will help you. He will make your innocence radiate like the dawn, and the justice of your cause will shine like the noonday sun”. (NLT)