December 18, 2007

Not so innocent...

This is why you shouldn't even START dating until you're 16...

Jamie Lynn Spears Says She's Pregnant
Dec. 18, 2007, 8:29 PM EST

Wow. That's all I can say.

Actually, it's not. I'm gonna go on a limb here and say I'm glad that my church has standards. I'm thankful to my parents for raising me the way they did. I'm grateful to them (now) that they put their foot down and told me a thing or two about getting my act together. I'm grateful for the opportunities for growth, spiritually, financially, mentally, that they provided for me.

I'm scared for my own children who will grow up thinking that this kind of behavior is normal and acceptable. I'm worried about what their friends will think of them. I hope they don't give in to peer pressure and temptation. I'm sad that they're going to be the minority instead of the other way around.

I'm hopeful that they will make good choices. I hope that they will be grateful for the lessons I teach, and the example I try to set. I hope that they will understand that even though this world is crazy and unsure, that they are always welcome home, and that home is a safe place to be. I want them to feel like we're friends, but recognize that I'm the Momma. And I want them to learn life's lessons early, when the results aren't as disastrous and life altering.

I want them to know that I love them, and that I'm here for them. That this life has great purpose and meaning. I want them to believe in the greater good, and not give up when life throws a curveball. I want them to be happy, healthy, honest, kind, charitable... I want them to fulfill their divine potential and to know that I'm proud of them...

I know that people make mistakes. And I don't want my children to be perfect. But I don't want one mistake to catapult into twelve. I want them to rise up, brush off the dust, the hurt, the anger, and the bitterness, and move forward. I want them to know that repentance truly is miraculous. It's a long, hard road, but it's worth it... It's definitely worth it.

"Men tell us in these days that sin is what you think it is. Well, it is not. Sin is what God thinks it is. You may think according to your own conscience. God thinks according to His."
-John G. Lake

"Any concept of grace that makes us feel more comfortable sinning is not biblical grace. God's grace never encourages us to live in sin, on the contrary, it empowers us to say no to sin and yes to truth."
-Randy Alcorn