Blog, Family

“Resources I’ve Found Helpful, Throughout My Walk of Faith”

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Since becoming a Christian for myself, and realizing that I didn’t have this faith solely because my parents did, I have had a desire to learn more about Christ, to ask more questions, to seek the truth and the evidence for it. Now that I am also a parent, I find that desire to be amplified, greatly. Since I started my search I have found resources (and have been given recommendations) that turned out to be a lot of help. 

I thought it would also be of help to you and your family, to list some of my most helpful resources! Especially to help equip us for when our kids start asking us very hard questions! So, before I get the list started, I just want to encourage you to read everything, but most importantly test everything. I will divide everything into different categories, to help make it easier.

A lot of these resources, are things that sparked many questions and much curiosity, and if it’s not something you’ve watched or heard before, I’m sure it will for your family too! Don’t be afraid to challenge yourself to think more critically, to gain better answers for those hard questions, even if it takes effort and time. These different resources, took me down so many bunny trails of thoughts! Although a lot of them were strengthening for me, some I wrestled with.

As I find more resources, I will update this post with them!

– Resources: 

Debates on Christianity:

  1. John Ferrer vs Matt Dillahunty Debate: Do We need God For Morality?
  2. Allen Hainline vs Lydia Allan Debate: Science and God
  3. The Bible and Beer Consortium Youtube Channel

Informational Videos: Help For Guiding Kids

  1. Mike Winger w/ Elizabeth Urbanowicz “7 Lies Your Kids Will Believe Unless You Do Something”
  2. Mike Winger “Teen Atheist Becomes Christian Because of This Evidence”
  3. Mike Winger “When Your “Progressive Christian” Heresy is Really, Really Clever”
  4. Capturing Christianity W/ Dr. Ben Arbour on: The Ontological argument

Informational Documentaries, and Articles/Blogs:

  1. The Star of Bethlehem Documentary 2007 
  2. Mama Bear Apologetics Blog and Podcast
  3. Natasha Crain Blog: The Number One Sign Your Kids Are Just borrowing Your Faith (and not Developing Their Own).
  4. Natasha Crain Blog and Podcast
  5. Alyssa Childers Blog and Podcast
  6. Article version of William Lane Craig’s Lecture: The Kalam Cosmological Argument
  7. More information on the: Ontological Argument
  8. More information on the: Teleological Argument

More research on your end, is greatly encouraged. I did not put these here as answers to everything, but they are here more so, to get you to think deeper! I found my faith being strengthened, when I went to seek the truth; I encourage you to do the same.

John 8:31-32 ESV “If you abide in my word, you are truly my disciples, and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”

John 14:6 ESV “Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.”

Blog, Family

“Expecting Another Baby, and Choosing a Home Birth.”

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So, as you have seen from the title of this post, we are expecting another sweet, little baby, coming Spring 2022! We are beyond excited, to bring another baby into this world and for our daughter to finally, have a sibling! It is such a blessing. With our first baby, Beatrice, I had her right when the “pandemic” had pretty much began. We went with a birth center for her, but this time around we will be doing a home birth.

First Pregnancy:

With Beatrice, the pregnancy and birth went wonderfully, and that was all because of the Lord. Although my husband could not come to appointments, until I was half way through it, and there were other potential uncertainties, we held fast to the Lord the entire time, and never once, got anxious over it. The Lord had answered all of our prayers during that pregnancy and the birth, it was such, a blessing. I won’t go into detail over everything, as we want to hold close the more personal things, but the Lord kept us protected, as He always will.

As mentioned above, we went with a birth center and during that time, many labor/delivery places did not allow more than 1-2 support people, in the room with you. I heard of some places not even allowing 1 person- no mother, should ever be forced to give birth, alone. The birth center we were at, when we were there, allowed 2 people. However, before we even got far into the pregnancy, my husband and I had decided, we wanted it to be just us, when our daughter was born.

My focus was always going to be on the Lord for my strength, on getting the baby here safely, and on my husband for my physical/emotional support. We really wanted that special time by ourselves, as a family. I also, just don’t love being put on display for everyone to see, that’s just my personal preference. So, we did not feel the need to have anyone else there, during the birth. It was so sweet, coming home and then introducing our baby to her new aunts/uncles, and her grandparents, as well. We will definitely be doing it this way for a long while! 

Baby Beatrice, holding on to Momma and bunny- fast asleep.

I Encourage You:

We are very blessed to be able to choose, and do a home birth. I know, unfortunately, some people do not have this choice, due to certain medical issues and such, requiring them to need some extra medical care. I just want to encourage you, if you wanted to do home birth, yet can’t during this time; if you’re scared, don’t be! Pray and trust in Jesus, he will keep your family protected. Trust that no matter what happens, we are not meant to stay on this earth. Eventually, we will be with our Lord and Savior, for eternity. I’d say, that is the greatest blessing, and greatest comfort.

Choosing Home Birth:

Originally, I actually did not enjoy the idea of a home birth, at all. I wanted the chaos of labor and delivery, to be somewhere other than my home, so I could come back to my peaceful, quiet house. Also, if I have to be messed with, I would rather be messed with at the birth center, where that happens all the time, and not in the privacy, of my house. But alas! Here I am planning to have my second child, in the sweet privacy of my home. It’s too funny. I have a wonderful midwife though, and thankfully, it was actually someone we already knew and had a relationship built with! To be serious though, our thoughts changed on this because of the dark pressures and demands in everything, involving covid. 

We do not want to be uncomfortable, be pressured to do things, be given incorrect treatment, or even not receive treatment at all, based off a “potential symptom” or a certain “protocol” when we need to focus on our baby and his/her health. We will not allow our child, to be treated, or mistreated, against our will as his/her parents either, due to the healthcare system having their specific “protocols.” So, for our safety, and the safety of our child; we are choosing to do a home birth, as that gives us the comfort and freedom, we are looking for and desire.

With how things have gone, so many have been treated unfairly, because the medical facilities don’t agree with a patients (or employee’s) views on certain things, or they are just stuck following their, once again, “protocols”. Apparently, people have got to know the complete medical immunization (and political) history of everyone and their dog, all so they can bully you into an oblivion— unless of course! it’s in line with their own views.

Ultimately though, no matter what happens with me, or with you if you are also going through pregnancy right now; the Lord is with us, and our children

We did not choose to do home birth out of fear, We chose to do home birth, because we simply will not be forced, or have rights stripped away from us, or our child. We fear the Lord, not the government or any mandate, that it throws out. Because ultimately, without question, it is Jesus Christ, who has more power than anyone, or anything on earth. So lastly, I will leave you with some scripture!

Acts 5:29 ESV “But Peter and the apostles answered, “We must obey God rather than men.”

1 Corinthians 10:31 ESV “So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.”

Philippians 4:6-7 ESV “do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”