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Life at the Youth Group

April 27, 2014

Today I had the opportunity to speak to the CRBC High School Sunday morning class. Now, if you know me- you might know that I don’t really feel comfortable speaking in front of people. For some reason though, God has recently given me a few opportunities to speak about things that I really care about, so I was reluctantly happy to say yes to this chance to speak about the sanctity of human life.

We looked at the biblical view of life and the pro-life stance. I went over five different passages of scripture, but of course one of the main passages that people think of is from Psalm 139.

Psalm 139:13-15. “13 For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. 14 I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful,  I know that full well. 15 My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place, when I was woven together in the depths of the earth. 16 Your eyes saw my unformed body; all the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be.”

I love how clear and beautiful this passage it. God is the author of life, and He knits us together while we are in the womb. He loves and values us, and we should view life in the womb in the same way- valuing it.

Speaking on the Sanctity of Human Life

Speaking on the Sanctity of Human Life

I also went over some scientific facts that help us understand what is going on in the womb. At the time of conception, when we consider that in that moment a unique DNA is created that has never existed and never will exist again, we have to see that this is a unique human life. At two and a half weeks into pregnancy, there is a heartbeat, and at five and a half weeks brain activity can be detected in the baby. By the time the baby is only eight weeks old in the womb, it can suck its thumb, has unique finder prints, and can feel pain. A tiny human life.

I am thankful for the chance to share these truths with this group of high school students at my church this morning. It was not easy, but I believe it is so important. I pray that it showed biblical truth, and emboldens others to take a stand for protecting the unborn. I also pray that as we realize we need to take a stand for life, that we would also step in and provide the love and support that women need when they are faced with an unplanned pregnancy.

(graphics and media from www.onlineforlife.org)

 

Family

Adoption

January 18, 2013

In many countries, there is a requirement that one of the parents has to be 25 years old before a couple is eligible to adopt. I have had a heart that was for adoption for a long time, and always thought it would be a part of Michael and I’s future. So, with that background information- December 8 was Michael’s 25th birthday. So, naturally, the day after he turned 25, I took him to a nice dinner to celebrate his birthday, and didn’t really mean for it to come up but the words just began coming out of my mouth like I couldn’t stop it. I was bringing up the idea of adopting- and doing it now. After chatting about it for a while, we decided that we needed to pray about it for 40 days before we did anything. So, today – January 18- marks 40 days. And it didn’t take us this long to decide that this was something we wanted to do- so we have already started the adoption paperwork process! haha. We are applying for an adoption to Uganda, Africa. It is a 2-3 year process from the time we start to the time we actually bring our child home, so we have a long road ahead of us. We greatly appreciate the prayers of our friends and family as we are on this journey. We plan to request a male child, between the age of 6-12 months. So the child that we will one day have is not even born yet! But we are excited that we have started the journey toward him.

As one of our pastors always says in his sign off-

Adopted(by my Heavenly Father) and loving it,

Lauren and Michael

Church, Family, Teaching, Theology

Community

December 2, 2012

It has been an interesting month or two in my life, with ups and downs relating to particular circumstances. But something that I can say I am very grateful through it all is the steady biblical community that I have been blessed to have. I have such encouraging and godly people around me, whether my family or my friends, or church family, and I am just grateful. Today my church family offered so much support and prayer, that it brought tears to my eyes. God created us to live in relationship and community with others. We talked in the Young Adult Sunday School class thismorning at Council Road Baptist Church about the importance of allowing people to be in your life in a way that they can speak truth into your life, or call you out and keep you accountable. This type of deeper relationship can be difficult, but it is the most rewarding usually. I just want to say thank you to all the people that have been in my life and will continue to be in my life. Thank you for the prayers, and support. What a blessing they are.