Intimate Topics are Controversial! So do we avoid them?
Or do we speak out for God to be glorified?
Usually Sunday’s are a Prayer-Link Up Sunday where we come together to pray for women, doctors, midwives, doulas, health care professionals, expectant fathers, mothers of multiples and more.
Last week we prayed specifically for unity and I personally had a prayer team of women praying for women to unify and come together to launch this book in a week and a half.
All I can say is once again I am speechless~ in awe of God and what He is doing with this! He answered our prayers! Our specific prayers for this ministry! And I am so blessed to be a part of this movement of women coming together to choose love and peace and seeking first His Kingdom.
We launched the Launch Team Video and in two days it had over 600 views on YouTube and we now have 330 subscribers… up from 20 subscribers! Talk about watching God provide and bring us together! Amazing!
Today I want to ask for personal prayer. I never intended on doing this here, but I need to be totally honest about my fears right now. One reason why it took me so many years to get to a place of writing this book is because I am a people-pleaser. I don’t like conflict… and I have feared that some of the message I believe the Lord has revealed to me and probably many of you, about discerning how our culture has influenced our view of pregnancy and birth in a negative light, is going to come under scrutiny. I am fearful that as I speak about fear, and pain, Genesis 3, and sanctification I am going to get heat… Satan knows this about me and has already been tempting me to fear.
Yesterday, I posted this picture of my daughter, who was almost 8 at the time it was taken. She is examining the placenta after I gave birth to her brother.
It was the first time I had had any of my children at my birth, and I was very unsure about having her there up until I was actually in birth and she was there. I had actually asked my younger sister to be her “buddy” in case things got too intense. My daughter had been begging to be at the birth the ENTIRE pregnancy. I prayed about it, my husband prayed about it, we prayed about it, my mom prayed for us as we prayed about it… I think you get the point… we prayed about it. And when the time came, it was 100% the right decision FOR US!
I am not saying this is right for every situation, every child or every family. Not at All! But this time for us, bonded us in a way like NO other. Nothing can replace her singing with us as we worshiped the Lord through contractions, or her witnessing my husband praying over me as I labored. She actually even knit a scarf for her brother while she waited for the baby to be born. And every time she come to show me her progress in between my contractions, it encouraged my soul that I too was making progress and that I was that much closer to holding my baby in my arms.
After the baby was born Kelsey wanted so badly to help out with whatever she could. She made me a smoothie with the midwife, helped clean off the baby with daddy, and yes she wanted to help the midwife weigh the placenta. The girl loves science and is a total farm girl… sorry! she is going to have a baby some day as well, Lord willing… why wouldn’t we try to mentor and share this part of our lives and model how to gracefully birth if we have the opportunity? That is all I did…and she Loved every moment. To this day she can’t decide if she wants to be a midwife or a chef, and who knows what the Lord is going to call her to in her life… but she is all that more prepared. Right?
Well yesterday I posted this picture on FB, which maybe I shouldn’t have. I was not trying to create division… or upset. But someone really didn’t like it and said some very mean things in the comment thread… very judgmental and attacking words. I thought to myself- really? Is this the beginning?
Pray with me:
So today I am asking for you to pray for me to stand strong in the Lord and to not fear man. To remember where my worth is found and it is NOT in pleasing people.
Will you pray that people can come together without judgement and see God in these testimonies?
Will you pray that God would be preparing the hearts of those who will read Redeeming Childbirth. That it would be encouraging but also convicting. May God reveal to all of us where we have made idols in our lives, where we are prideful, where we have viewed our bodies, pregnancy, and birth incorrectly because our vision is clouded by the world’s views. Pray that the truth of God’s design and beauty would be revealed.
Thank you my sisters in the faith~ I heed your prayers today!
If you would like to post a prayer on your website for the ministry this book may have and link up your website here… we would be so blessed!
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