Let them live.

Today I’d like to speak on a very controversial topic that has become one of the major issues we are facing in the world today. People are beginning to take a stance on this particular subject, sometimes without properly considering all the evidence or the faulty logic that is being presented to them through the media.

This topic I’m referring to is abortion, and it is something that I am immensely passionate about. Abortion was often discussed during my time at Summit, and, though I have always considered myself pro-life, I now believe I am more capable of defending my stance against those who disagree with me.

Now let me be clear, you are more than welcome to disagree with me. You have the right to believe what you wish and think what you want to think. I’m simply presenting my own views and hopefully providing you with something to think about.

The more I have conversed with people about this particular issue our country is facing today (whether or not this practice should be legal), the more I realize how uninformed people are. Even Christians who are supposed to believe that life is God-given and that each person has been uniquely created by Him are siding with those who believe “the woman should have the right to choose.” This truly is alarming to me.

The primary question that needs to be answered before discussing abortion is “What is the unborn?” Is the unborn a human being or merely a clump of cells? I’d like to argue that the unborn is, in fact, a human being from the moment of conception.

“Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart…” —Jeremiah 1:5 (NIV)

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let the love begin.

Yesterday was such a wondrous day! My sweet friend Paige and I had plans to hang out in Austin since we hadn’t seen each other in a while, and we originally intended to spend the day soaking up the sun on a paddle board. Unfortunately, the weather forecast wasn’t in our favor, but Paige never missed a beat, coming up with an even better plan for the day. Her friend Maddie joined us (and I am so grateful she did!), and we decided to spread some love throughout one of our favorite cities, Austin.

How did we do this? Simple: we wrote love letters. Paige was inspired by a movement called More Love Letters and proposed we do a variation of that on our own. So we went to work, writing several love letters to random strangers. Each of my letters included a Bible verse, and I prayed for each person that would be receiving that particular letter. It wasn’t much, but of course God can do mighty things with our simple offerings.

Once we arrived in Austin, we fueled up on some coffee from our favorite place, TOMS Roasting Co. (great coffee for a great cause!), then began distributing our letters in a variety of places. Letters were delivered to bicycle baskets, people walking on the street, food trailer employees, hidden in books at a local shop, peeking out from behind records and CDs at Waterloo, and several other locations we discovered. It was so exciting thinking of each person who would one day find those letters and read them, and I pray that they will be encouraged and feel loved. Continue reading