There are few people I meet who restore my faith in what a Christian should be, or better stated what a Christian should represent. There is a mild hypocrisy in many of us; myself included, which makes us stay comfortable in our “Christianity.”
Many have a faith not to be inconvenienced with sacrifice or service. Many have a “what’s in it for me?” or “someone else can do it,” type of faith.
We don’t stand up for Christ or what He stands for in any way which lends Him much opportunity to be glorified.
We don’t share our lives.
We don’t have to make difficult choices or when presented with them we chose the way which would be the least difficult and most convenient for us.
But every now and then my faith in God’s people is restored.
I know a woman who believes life begins at conception.
I know we all say we believe it, but so many have never had an opportunity to prove their faith in this area. I’ve let myself be deceived in this area in the past. Perhaps you have too.
Life begins at conception and I know a woman who has been given a beautiful opportunity to prove her belief with action.
I’m sure there are more like her.
I pray there are more like her.
Here is her story.
My name is Michelle Young & I’ve been married to my husband Josh for 5 years. We have a beautiful little girl named Genevieve, who will turn 3 in February. I’m currently 34 weeks pregnant with a baby girl who we named Grace Lily (Gracie for short) due March 22nd, 2014. We named her after we found out at 19 weeks that she was diagnosed with a fatal birth defect called Anencephaly. Her brain never developed past the brain stem and also her skull that surrounds it. Since she has a brain stem, she is still alive while she is living inside me and every other part of her body (organs, etc) are all normal.
Josh and I decided to carry her to term to spend as much time with her while she is living in my belly and in hopes of her being born alive (most babies diagnosed with Anencephaly are). The reality is she will probably live hours, in a rare case a few days, but she will pass away shortly after birth.
I decided to create a Facebook page and blog to document the life of our baby starting at 20 weeks pregnant. My hope is the days leading up to Gracie’s birth will be marked with joy and gratitude for all that God has given us.