I read this post on my friend Sarah's blog and it really struck a chord. I've been meaning to blog on 1 Corinthians 12:12-26 for quite some time now. Some of you will know that, having previouusly been of a mind to leave our fertility to God, my husband and I have recently made the very difficult decision not to have any more children. I've posted before http://joc4jesus.blogspot.co.uk/2013/03/coming-out-of-darkness.html about my journey to and from the edge of despair. I am sure I don't need to further explain how we came to make our decision.
Regardless of our circumstances, there are some who think we should carry on having children in the name of being obedient to God. I beg to differ. I don't believe that being obedient to God comes down to a single interpretation of scripture. I believe that some women are called and convicted to make the very courageous step to become mothers of many blessings. I admire them greatly. I also KNOW that some women are scarred and broken, drug addicted and depressed, needy and dependent,... or maybe they are just single and childless. Are those women any less in the eyes of God? Are they less because motherhood is not for them, or because they can only physically or mentally cope with a smaller number of children. I would say, most definitely, NO. I have searched the heart of God on this issue so much recently. And this is what he says to me: