by Shari Stratton
Why is vulnerability so difficult? I recently found myself in conversation with someone about homeschooling and parenting; she offered encouragement and advice, but I quickly became aware of areas in my parenting where I needed to improve. I felt vulnerable. I wanted to ask her to pray that God would help me to be a better mom and that God would give me the strength and wisdom to correct my mistakes. The words were on the tip of my tongue. Instead, I just nodded and acted as though I had it all together.
by Jeanie Fritz
When the pregnancy test was positive, I couldn’t believe it. I tried another test, and then another one. After years of infertility, I had used dozens of pregnancy tests, holding my breath while waiting for the results. Now the test was positive. I was finally pregnant.
For the next few weeks, my husband and I began dreaming and planning. I started collecting ideas for our nursery; we discussed names. I bought a little pair of shoes, planning to use them for our pregnancy announcement photo. We also started to tell close family and friends. We were elated.
Then, one Monday, I started to experience severe back pain. During my seventh week of pregnancy, I watched with growing sadness as my obstetrician showed me the empty ultrasound screen. My baby was gone. My womb was empty.
by Johnathan Arnold
Since 1984, January 22 has been recognized as National Sanctity of Human Life Day. Many churches observe Sanctity of Life Sunday on the third Sunday in January to help raise awareness about the horrors of abortion and champion for the rights of God's unborn image-bearers.
This is the perfect time to meditate on several precious Bible verses that affirm the sanctity of human life. Consider memorizing them or highlight them in your Bible as a reference. When talking to your pro-choice friends, these powerful verses may be a key element in convincing them to reconsider their destructive view.
by Johnathan Arnold
If your pastor announced a new women’s small group meeting, what would you expect? If you visited your local Christian book store, what kind of resources would be available to you in the “For Women” section? While women have specific emotional and relational needs, our pink, flowery book covers and human-centered, feeling-driven approach to women’s ministry makes a subtle statement: meat is for men, milk is for women (Hebrews 5:12). In fact, women are some of the most brilliant, perceptive, and capable members of our congregations. Women deserve more.
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