Monday, August 22, 2016

Infertility Rap

Wrote this a while back...

The Infertility Rap:

You think it is ‘bout baby lust –

You R partially wrong – it is much more –

Social circles, legacy, old age plan –

Who will take care of me,

Holidays and High School football games

& no excuse to see a Disney movie;

It’s ‘bout little girls playing w/dolls

Who never grow up to be called mom

& not having an answer when someone asks you ‘bout your kids,

Its broken dreams &

Love unseen &

Missing family photographs.

It’s about grief without a RIP,

Timed intimacy & meds;

Awkward questions, awkward answers,

Awkward moments – too bad!

You see infertility

Is about more than just

Not having a baby

It is reoccurring grief &

A future not conceived.

Tuesday, August 02, 2016

God is the one who creates Life - even in the midst of infertility medical care!

As my husband and I go through more intensive fertility care treatment, the reality that only God creates life becomes an ever more present reality. We can only work together with the medical team to create a more conducive environment for life to begin. The same can be said in other aspects of our lives.  The church, for example, can only create a more conducive environment for conversion and spiritual growth.  We can create an environment that acts as a stimulus for spiritual life, but only God can spark and grow that life!

Paul writes to the Corinthian church as captured in our Bible, "I planted the seed, Apollos watered it, but God has been making it grow. So neither the one who plants nor the one who waters is anything, but only God, who makes things grow. The one who plants and the one who waters have one purpose, and they will each be rewarded according to their own labor. For we are co-workers in God's service; you are God's field, God's building." (1 Corinthians 3:6-9, NIV translation of Greek).

Saturday, June 25, 2016

Galatians 5:1, 13-26 reinterpreted

A reinterpretation in my own words of Galatians 5:1, 13-26, done as a spiritual exercise to become more familiar with the text:

(1) One of the desired outcomes of the work of Christ on the cross is our freedom.
It takes strength and commitment to not yield to the pressures that push against our living in the freedom that Christ has purchased for us. And yet to give in to those burdens is to place upon ourselves a heavy lifeless weight.
(13) Our calling is freedom! Don’t use your freedom to choose to go back to the life you had before your freedom was given to you.  Don’t be like the Israelites in the wilderness who cried out that life was better when they were slaves in Egypt! When we are focused on loving each other from a place of humility, we are embracing our freedom. (14) If we only follow the Golden Rule, we will have fulfilled the entire law of God. (15) When we live our life being defensive and attacking others, we will then have reason to think we need to be defensive, because what we give will come back to us.
(16) If we make the focus on walking according to the leading of God’s Spirit, then our step will be redirected in such a manner that we will not give into our carnal desires. (17) Our worldly desires and our spiritual desires are opposite ends of a road. We can choose either to walk towards the desires of the flesh or towards the desires of the Spirit, but cannot walk towards both at once.  The nearer we come to one, the farther we’ve traveled from the other. They are in conflict with each other, so that you are not able to do whatever you want. We think that we have control over these desires, but we really do not, as they are at war with each other. (18) But, when we give the Spirit power in our lives, we give the Spirit a decisive victory in the battle, and as a result we are no longer under the power of the law.
(19-20) It is easy to spot incidences when the flesh is in control. The following behaviors are examples of the influence of the flesh:  immoral sexual behavior, impurity, excessive sensual indulgence, idolatry, witchcraft, hate, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissention, factions, envy, drunkenness, wild unrestrained partying, and the like. (21) I must warn you again, that by living a life in which you demonstrate these behaviors, you are not living a life that demonstrates the presence of God’s Spirit within you!  As such, you will not inherit the Kingdom of God.
(22)  In contrast to this life that has given into the desires of the flesh, a life that is led by the Spirit of God bears delicious fruit. We recognize one who lives by the Spirit, because we see the fruit of love, joy, peace, restraint, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control in his or her life. (23) There can be no law against such qualities. (24) If you are truly Christ’s, then you have crucified the flesh and all of its passions and desires.  You have declared them dead and no longer attractive. (25) Since you have done this and have already begun to live by the Spirit, keep in step with the Spirit.  Continue to resubmit yourself to the Spirit’s lead in your life.  Let each move forward be by the Spirit’s lead. (26) Really friends, let’s be careful not to become conceited, because if we do, we will be at risk of provoking and envying each other, which are not characteristics of those led by the Spirit.