This post is in no way written to convince you to come to “my side” of this topic. Nope. Not at all. But what’s been bugging the mess out of me lately is that we, as Christians, holler so loudly about saving babies’ lives in utero but then give very little concern to what happens after this precious baby is born. What does the birth mom do after she has this little one in her arms. (Yes I’m well aware of her option to have her child adopted but I’m talking about if she chooses to raise it herself). In what way are we as followers of Jesus supporting her, teaching her, and encouraging her during this very tough journey.
Y’all! It’s hard enough raising a child in a 2-parent home where the father and mother are in a healthy (I didn’t say perfect) marriage! I can’t imagine the hardship of raising a child on my own both mentally, and financially. These more-often-than-not single mothers need our help. We can’t just scream at them not to abort their babies and then leave them alone to do the HARDEST JOB IN THE WORLD all by themselves. We should be hanging out with them, teaching them the little tips we’ve learned along the way, and letting them know we are here for any support they may need. It takes a village y’all, for reals (yes, that’s how I talk). We must remember how Jesus saves us from our sin when there’s NOTHING we can do to earn it…which frees us to love and serve other people.
I have felt very strongly lately that God was telling me to serve these mothers in SOME capacity. Because we homeschool our 3 (one of which is adopted), it’s extremely difficult to give my time at our local pregnancy center where they educate, support and encourage young/single/vulnerable mothers. BUT, I can make baby shoes/clothes/bibs and other times to donate! And THAT makes my heart leap! It’s also a great opportunity to teach my children to focus on others and not just themselves (which is why we are making this our service project this year – read about it HERE). The boys are going to iron and cut out the fabric for me while I put them together. Elizabeth will help package them. Then, we will all drop them off together at the center.
I really want to stress to the Christian community our responsibility to people who need our help. We can’t just support the Pro-Life movement (which we should) but we need to do more for the women who choose life for their babies. Let’s use our time and our resources to show them the love of Christ throughout their parenting journey.
I want to hear from you! What are your ideas for supporting these women after they choose life? I’d love to know!