Intersect Project :: Adoption & The Pro-Life Cause

The Intersect Project

I've been doing quite a bit of guest posting here lately and am trying to make sure I also document them here for my blog subscribers to go check out! Here's a little teaser of my piece for The Intersect Project on Adoption and the Pro-Life Cause. Read below for the teaser or go ahead and CLICK HERE to view the whole article...

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Our family stands out.

We can’t go to a grocery store without someone stopping and asking us questions about each of our children. For starters, we have identical twin daughters with bright blonde hair and piercing blue eyes. Like typical four year olds, they are feisty and sweet with a touch of sass. The amount of commentary we receive on them alone is enough to write a whole other blogpost, but to add to the excitement we also have a son who doesn’t look anything like us at all.

You see, our son joined our family through the blessing of adoption. He is a beautiful, strong black boy. He is smart and kind and loves to laugh loudly at his sisters. Put that combo together in a grocery store and we’re magnets for conversation starters. Some people stare. Some people are kind. But our diverse family draws attention in a homogenous world in which we tend to surround ourselves with people who think, look and act like us.

One day while standing in the checkout line, a well-intended fellow believer approached our family and commended us on the pro-life stance we took by adopting. I smiled and said, “Yes, we are pro-life, but our son’s birth mom is the true hero; she’s the one who should be commended for her pro-life choice. We really are the lucky beneficiaries of her brave love.”

She shifted uncomfortably and replied, “Well she got herself into that mess and I just can’t imagine anyone giving up a child so beautiful. He’s so lucky to have you, but I guess you’re right. At least she didn’t abort him.”

Cringing at the insensitivity of a conversation that I have had more times than I’d like to admit, I graciously tried to excuse myself and left the store heart-broken for the state of the pro-life agenda in our churches.

You see, pro-life is more complex than simply being against abortion and for saving babies. We’ve pigeonholed the conversation in an effort to fight for the right to life. And while we should fight against abortion with all our might, I believe Scripture calls us to so much more. Yes we fight for life, but we fight for all life.

In Scripture, we are called to care for the orphan and the widow (James 1:27). We are also called to “do justly, love mercy, and walk humbly with our God” (Micah 6:8). But most importantly, we are given the greatest commandment to be our guide: “Love the Lord your God and love your neighbor as yourself” (Matt 22: 27-29).

So what does this mean in a world where we’ve narrowed the narrative on pro-life stances? How can the church talk about adoption using a holistically pro-life approach?

To read the rest go check out www.intersectproject.org and check out some of their other articles while you're at it!

Posted on April 29, 2017 and filed under Adoption.

Free Scripture Printables

24 Verses in Psalms to Memorize

Friends,

I am so excited to share these with you because I have a confession to make.

Are you ready?

I am 100% horrible about Scripture memorization. Like quite actually the worst. I've been blaming it on sleep deprivation but the truth is, I've always been bad with memorizing details. You see, I'm more of a big picture kinda girl and my brain gets all wonky when I try to hang onto the little things. Like my keys... WHERE ARE THEY??? And names of people, Jesus take the Wheel I've started a NAMES notes section on my phone because I am just that bad and living in a new city... well that doesn't bode well for me. 

I like to think that my big-picture-gifting is awesome when I'm reading because I can outline exactly what the book is about and all it's main ideas, but please whatever you do don't quiz me on characters' names and other rather important but minor details. Ain't nobody got time for that... ok, well actually that's not true, a lot of people do. It just takes an INSANE amount of work on my behalf.

What I am trying to say is... memorizing Scripture is not my strong suit. HOWEVER, I am determined to overcome my brain's insufficiencies. 

So this past weekend I designed 24 Scripture Memorization Cards with some of my favorite passages in Psalms. I figured it's 2 passages a month so it's DOABLE for my sleepy memory and I wanted to make them pretty so I can washi tape them on mirrors or have them around the house and it not just be a 3x5 notecard (which is what I have currently by my kitchen sink so no judgement here for those of you who use that method too).

But when I was finished, I wanted to share them with you too!! 

Alas I give you these. 

Aren't they pretty??? 

(Ok, that feels a little braggy seeing as I designed them BUT I'm gonna leave it there anyways). 

They're 5.5 x 5.5 inches and you can print them on card stock (like the ones I found here) or just print them on paper, but if you are printing them at home (as opposed to using a printing service) be sure to change your printing settings to custom 5.5 x 5.5 or it'll print all wonky (like my memory). 

Y'all, these are 24 passages from Psalms that I really love. I spent a solid year reading through and studying Psalms and it revolutionized my walk with the Lord. That book has ministered to my soul in a variety of seasons and my prayer is that as you memorize these passages, they'll minister to you as well.

The Word is living and active and it doesn't return void! So for those of you who, like me, are frustrated with a lack of Scripture recall, take heart. The time you spend memorizing these verses is NOT in vain; even if it doesn't deliver the results you want, Scripture is having its way with you. 

24 Free Scripture printables

As I was designing these and reading through Psalms and picking the passages out, I was amazed at how some of these passages had taken root in my life. I might not be able to quote it to you... YET... but that time I spent studying has not returned void. 

Ok, so onto the logistics. WOMP WOMP. 

In order to get the goods, you just need to put your info. in the box at the end of this post! Fill out the form below and you should get an automatic email with a link to download the Free Printables (if you have problems, comment below or shoot me a message)!!

And because I feel this needs to be said, YOU WILL NOT RECEIVE SPAM from me. I promise to NOT fill your inbox with junk or to send you things daily. Ain't nobody got time for that. Amiright? 

But what I do promise to do is get fresh blogposts in your inbox as soon as they're ready AND I like to make sure that my email subscribers are the first to know any good news (ahem, give-aways, surprises, special insider info, etc.). 

Also, if you do decide to join me in this - holler back! I'd love to hear your experiences, see pics of the memorization cards in your homes/cars/desks/etc. You can tag me on instagram or shoot me a message here

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OK, much love and happy memorizing! 

Brittany

Hope is Hard :: Joy Comes

Preface :: Just a reminder to those hitting up this post first... This post is a part of a series over at www.HopeIsHard.com. If you want to hear the WHY behind why I'm posting over there (& then reposting over here) check out this post and it'll all make sense. XOXO.

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Yesterday I experienced my first big West Texas storm. Winds reaching 60-65 mph, rain, and hail rolled through our yards, neighborhoods, and little town. Our home is situated south of our city in the flatlands between two plateaus. Evidently, it’s not that uncommon in the spring for tornadoes and high winds to gust through.

As day turned to night, I stood in our backyard surrounded by a beautiful sky full of lightening, swooning over its grandness before the rain and winds came. My family thought I had lost my mind, standing in the darkness waiting for the storm. But I stood amazed with windblown hair and eyes on the sky.

Isn’t it crazy how something so beautiful can also be so damaging? 

The clouds rolled closer and as a gust of wind came and the rain started pelting, I took shelter inside.

Just as quickly as the storms came, they left.

This morning we woke up to a beautiful blue sky full of the fluffiest white clouds. The grass and newly budding trees appeared extra green. No damage was done to our home, but I’m hearing scuttle about a few cars damaged from hail and a few trampolines escaping yards and landing in others.

Isn’t that a lot like life?

Storms come, storms go. Sometimes they leave their mark, sometimes we go unscathed. But when the morning comes, the grass usually appears greener, the sky bluer, the air extra crisp. 

As I sit here reflecting on the storm and the beauty of a spring day, I am reminded of Lamentations 3. If you know me well, you know this passage is never far from my heart or mind. I love how the beginning of the chapter starts with a storm, with affliction, but we see a man who proclaims God’s faithfulness in the storm. 

Talking about affliction the writer says:

“My soul continually remembers it and is bowed down within me. But this I call to mind and therefore I have hope: The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. ‘The Lord is my portion,’ says my soul, ‘therefore I will hope in Him.’” 

And then Psalms 30 says this,

 “Weeping may tarry for the night, but joy comes with the morning.”

You see, I think I’m drawn to watching storms roll in and out for a reason. Like the man in Lamentations 3, I too have seen affliction. I have walked (more like limped) through life’s storms. I know what it is to be damaged by winds, by the hail that life throws at us. But when the morning came, the damage was still there, but so was our God’s faithfulness. So even in the face of oncoming storms I stand in darkness proclaiming, “The Lord is my portion, therefore I will hope in Him.” Let come what may, but my feet are rooted, arms raised in praise, ready to boast in a faithful God amidst the storm.

Today, you might be in the middle of a storm. Wind and hail might be pelting your soul. My friend, hold fast to hope. His mercies are new every morning. Storms come and they go, but the steadfast love of the Lord endures forever.

Your morning will come.

This storm will pass.

And in the light of a new day, even if trees are uprooted and trampolines are moved, the grass will appear a bit greener and the sky a bit bluer.

Cheering you on,
Brittany

Posted on April 9, 2017 and filed under Hope is Hard, Suffering.