July 18, 2008

Well, I've tried to explain myself several times but I'm obviously not doing a good job of it. Apparently what I believe is totally in the minority of Christians. My whole life I have grown up in churches and teaching that God doesn't make us suffer on purpose and I just can't understand why anyone would think that our great and loving God would make us suffer for His glory.

If we could but see with spiritual eyes and literally see that evil spirits at work around us and the angels around us maybe it would make more sense. I don't know- however I can't answer everyone's questions in the way they want me to, I can only say what I know in my heart to be the truth and use the Word of God to back it up. I know that whatever I say you will only say that I'm interpreting it to fit my own agenda.

For anyone confused about what I am talking about regarding the enemy and all that, please go to the Labels section of the blog on the left hand side and click on Psalms 91. I did a four part teaching on it and maybe that will assist in clarifying what all I am talking about.

And yes, I did encourage dialogue on the subject, but I had no idea it was going to be like this. I was interested in what everyone's thoughts were on birth control, and that's pretty much it. Ultimately, it is my blog, my thoughts, so I can say what I think needs to be said. I shouldn't have to prove or defend myself. I am rather upset actually because of the way things have gone here and am done trying to explain things, ok? Done. Moving on.


Thirdtimemomma said...

I've been lurking and watching this dialog since the start. I've said it before and I'll say it again, your not alone on your feelings about birth control. ;) Just a quick blurb of encouragement. :)Love.. And personally... Birth control or not its not spelled out in the bible no matter how you dice it. Its gonna be a personal decision.

Amanda said...

I almost left a comment yesterday and didn't--and now I feel awful that I didn't!

I just wanted to let you know that you're not alone. Right now, I have an IUD, which is pretty much as "un-Christian" as birth control gets. But it's also the most effective. My dh and I very much want many more children, but after two children, 13 months apart, and us newly married, we're simply not in a place financially to afford another right now.

Ultimately, this is a personal decision, between you, your DH, and God. You and your DH are the ones who are going to be facing the "final consequences", whatever they may be (if any). As long as you are comfortable with your decision, it doesn't matter what anyone else thinks.

Hugs and props to you for having the bravery to tackle this topic!

Lori... said...

Although you and I don't understand each other's position on "quiverfull" - it is your family's business and ONLY your family's business. In my comments, I was not trying to "persuade" you to do something outside of your comfort zone - or even your faith.

However, in regards to the authority God has given to us through the spilt blood of Jesus on the cross - you and I are in absolute agreement. There is an issue of "veil" here, for those that don't understand, that's all. Don't allow the enemy to get you down or even upset you. The Almighty one has purposed in your heart to share about this subject and just like when Jesus taught; persecutions come!

I don't know about you, but there was a point in my life where I wasn't "available" to hear the full body of the gospel, but seeds were planted, as few or many as they may have been, and then the sowing. One of my biggest plagues is not always having the harvest, but we are to keep planting the seeds.

Just keep, in your heart, the "parable of the sower" - the different condition of the ground to which the seed falls on is much to be credited in most cases.

You're doing a GREAT job!!!! And if I contributed to your distress - please accept my sincerest appologies! I truly thought was engaging in "meaty" conversation with a fellow Sister, that's all. Sometimes my tone will read as condeming, when passion is really what the issue is.

Kelly said...

Sorry you have to deal with all this. I am always amazed at what Candy goes through on her blog. Remember that someone is always lined up out there to tell you that what you believe is wrong and they want to push their views on you. Ignore them and follow your heart. Blessings. Kelly

*MichiganMomma* said...

Ugh...I tried to just let you know where I was coming from and I'm afraid it came across as attacking or judging. So NOT my intention.

I was just commenting on what I believe - we don't *have* to have the same beliefs on everything. I was just confused by some of what you said - I wasn't sure how that lined-up with your decision to stop having children, that's all. YES, you and your dh have every right to prevent pregnancy. Your decision!! I was just confused - and honestly wanted to see it from your perspective (even if I didn't agree - and that's okay!).

So anyways, sorry if you felt attacked. I know you probably think I'm crazy anyways, the way things are going in the baby department. We obviously disagree about that topic - but that doesn't mean we can't enjoy each other and be friends, right?!

In Him alone~

Anonymous said...

Hi there. I commented a while back, but I just wanted to comment again to encourage you. thirdtimemomma is absolutely right, "Birth control or not it's not spelled out in the Bible no matter how you dice it. It's gonna be a personal decision." That is true. I also wanted to say, that anyone who is saying that you are interpreting the Bible to fit your own agenda, well, that SAME THING can also apply to them. Maybe THEY are interpreting the Bible to fit THEIR own agenda. I think that you are doing the right thing: trusting God, and your husband, and just trying to do the right thing as you've felt led. No matter what, keep seeking the Lord in everything--you have a pure heart.

p.s. I know that this part of the comment really belongs up in another post, but...do you think a liver cleanse would help me before I have another baby? (I wrote about H.E.L.L.P. syndrome, in which my liver was in trouble during the pregnancy). I've seen herbal teas that are specifically designed for liver cleansing...what do you think?

Anneatheart said...

To anonymous regarding H.E.L.L.P. syndrome- YES- do the cleanse! If you ordered the kit from him, though pricey,I can guarantee you that it at the very least improve the problem a lot if not eliminate it completely. I will go into more detail later.

ccsmomma said...

FWIW-you and I are in the same minority. This is exactly why I enjoy the blog. I have read very few other blogs that are so open on their "faith" stance. Laying hands on things like washing machines and automobiles are everyday occurances. Stay strong sister! Some things are a mystery to some believers and no amount of Word, or conversation will lift that veil.

My POV about the birth control-God is all knowing. He knew everything in advance. If birth control was really that big of an issue, He would have spelled it out in His word-even if it didn't make sense to the man doing the writing at the time. This is one of those areas where we as Christians work out our salvation...goes right along with alcohol, tv, radio, etc. issues alive in the christian community today.

Anonymous said...

CCSmomma & others- Thanks so much for your comment on Birth control! Amen! God definitly knew this would be an issue like so many things that aren't law, commands. He knew His people even would come sometimes one way is the holy right way conclussions. He is so wise and above all looks at the heart.

Anyway thanks for making it clear by your comments.

Abundance of the heart- I was the mommy with 4 kids that had 4 c-sections. i hope my ramblings didn't in anyway come across as judgemental or hurtful. Im sorry if they have. I am learning to bite my tongue and fingers on the key board. I truly enjoyed your thoughts and biblical comclussions concerning our faith and walk and how the devil seeks to bring us down. As a christian it's important to grow and Im all about seeking his word and hearing what others have learned and know concerning tour walk and trials in the christian faith. Thank you and like you said it's finito!!! =)

I have found your site such a blessing and I find your honesty and openess so refreshing, and real. You aren't anyone but you and thats so encouraging, humbling and a good example in many,many ways. I tend to want people to think everything is just perfect in my life- it's my pride and I so long to and am trying to be open and be who God made me and only care what he and my hubby think. I will testify that being a homeschooling mom and keeper of my home is so rewarding but it's hard work and I have my ups and downs and my emotional moments along with clean house somedays and messy one others. Also I can't do it all but thats okay God doesn't want me to he wants me to do it with his strength by his spirit.

God bless your day richly! =)

Anneatheart said...

To anonymous at the bottom- your comments were very encouraging and thank you for sharing so much. I am so glad that you've been blessed by my ramblings. At times i think that maybe I should change the feel/content of my blog, but I can't be anything other than myself. I also cannot hide my feelings at all! I pray my transparency will be a blessing and not a burden :)

God bless!