Tuesday, July 7, 2015

How to Share the Gospel with Your Fetus

“Are you in there Tiny Fetus?
In nine months will you come greet us?
I will…buy you some Adidas.”

Pheobe Buffet’s (FRIENDS) famous song to her surrogate child isn’t THAT crazy.

Hilarious.

But, not crazy.

I am currently 29 weeks pregnant and did you know that my baby is already DREAMING?

Like REM cycles, people.

God, that’s so amazing.

What is she dreaming about? Pssh. No clue. But, amazing nevertheless.

(alsoin8statesinamericaistillhavethe”right”tokillher…justsaying)

People spend all kinds of money on DHA pills, and baby birthing programs, and even play classical music in headphones to calm their little one. I even saw “pregnancy enhanced bottled water.” Oh, Lord.

This blog is all about how you can share the gospel with your fetus!

Weird? Maybe.

But also, so cool. I mean, c’mon this is a TOTAL captive audience.

Never again will your kids sit SO STILL and listen to the Word of God.

Here’s three ways I share the gospel with babies as I carry them in my womb (or, three ways that I am clinically insane, depending on your world view):

1)      Prayer.
This one seems SO obvious! But, as a mother, one of our greatest missions and gifts is to pray constantly and furiously for our children.
No prayer is too small. No person is too small to pray for.
Those who struggle with infertility are no stranger to prayer from before conception.
Praying for your child as they develop is just natural.
I pray for their safe delivery into the world, for salvation, for favor, for discernment (this is something I pray over my kids constantly, I’m not sure that fetus’s can have godly discernment…but I think its super duper important…so, I pray about it), and for God to ultimately lead their steps and that the Word of God would be a light unto their path.

2)      Communion.

Everything you eat, the baby eats. That’s just science. One of my hands-down favorite things to do while pregnant is take communion. I just grin from ear to ear thinking that I am sharing a holy sacrament with a teeny tiny PERSON. So cool. Love it. You should do it.

3)      Community.

Being a mommy is really, really hard. Like, really hard. But it’s also CRAZY wonderful.

You can’t even describe it. I really could NOT do it without a Christian mommy network.

I work, so unfortunately, I am not able to fully immerse myself with these INCREDIBLE ladies and families enough…maybe we all feel that way…but it.is.vital.

How is this sharing the gospel with your fetus? You’re laying the ground work for future Christ centered relationships outside of your immediate family.

As the world continues to get more hostile towards the Gospel and Christianity I believe it will be of critical importance to have this network.

To show your children that you are not alone.

That there are hundreds, thousands, or, at least five (or however big your network is) other families who are living this way.

Are we perfect? Far from it. But, the Bible and the Gospel of Christ is valuable.

Your family will do most of that groundwork, but it is important (as ordained by the Bible) that your children enjoy community with other Christ followers alongside your family.

Iron sharpens iron and all that.

Plus, us mommies make some AWESOME snacks. So…it’s win-win.

It is a sobering reminder that no matter what we do as “Christian mommies,” our children are born into a world that is fallen. It is clamoring to gain their attention at every crook and turn.

Our children’s salvation is a burden that is not ours to bear, for every child must face this battle on his or her own laurels. But, by reminding our children, at the very earliest possible moment, that this battle is not even theirs, that salvation is a gift only to be accepted, we are truly laying the “building blocks” for TRUE success. The eternal kind.

Folic acid and DHA are important.

Not smoking during pregnancy is important.

Those efforts will prepare your baby’s body for life in this world.

Your preparation as a mother in Christ will prepare your baby’s soul for eternal life in the Kingdom.

Will you join me also in praying for the warriors of Christ who have a child, of any age, that is without salvation, or who is running from their identity in Christ?

My children are young, and this is not a bridge I have had to cross…yet.

But I am under no grand illusion that I might not be right beside these families myself at one or several points in my career as “Mom.”

Even now, my heart aches for those mommies and daddies and their children.

My heart aches for their Heavenly Father as He waits patiently for them to open their eyes and ears and hearts.

God, bring home Your sheep. We know your voice.


Comfort those moms and dads and strengthen them, in your Holy Name. 

1 comment:

  1. Comfort all moms and dads and strengthen them, in your Holy Name. Amen

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