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Choices Women’s Clinic is a non-profit medical pregnancy clinic equipping women to make healthy, life-affirming choices regarding unplanned pregnancies. Here, women are empowered and valued. They find hope, care and support. They find life and the amazing, life-changing gospel of Jesus! The amazing folks behind Choices Women's Clinic’s work together to save lives — not just those of the unborn, but the mothers that carry them. And friends, I have seen the miracles that happen first-hand, the blessings and inspiring stories of new futures, and the love and care given to these women (and men!) who come in with no hope.
I designed this Bible verse print exclusively for the annual Walk for Life fundraiser for Choice's Women's Clinic. This year, we have a verrrry big goal to raise to make a change in our city — $400,000! This event raises the funds needed for us to provide all these services to women for FREE.
I chose this verse because what we do at Choices is rooted in love. And even though 1 Corinthians 13 is often read at weddings, it lays out the nature of 'agape' love — love that is selfless, sacrificial & unconditional. A love that says I will lay down my life for YOU, just like Jesus did for us. A love that says "what can I do for you?" instead of "what can you do for me?" It's why we show up for the hurting and lost and for babies who are unwanted. No matter how dark it gets, it is impossible for darkness to put out light. Let's continue to shine the light of LOVE in all that we do and with every person we meet.
I'm not a mother (yet!) but I'm always humbled and awed by the fact that the creator of the universe gave us the extraordinary power to create life! And with that extraordinary power comes beautiful self-sacrifice, love, kindness and compassion that I can only hope to emulate when I become a mom.
God created women with very important, exclusive roles to fill in this world. We are nurturers; we are built to give life in a million different ways (even if we never give birth ourselves). We are advocates for what is right and true. We are fearless. We are relentless (sometimes to a fault!), but we strive to be Proverbs 31 women who are relentless in loving others, grace, mercy, faith, service and kindness. We love. And we identify ourselves by the people we love. (I'm a mother." "I'm a wife." "I'm a teacher.") We need to celebrate our empowerment and identity in Christ — the identity that gives us all the empowerment we need to love others fiercely, stand up for the oppressed, give of ourselves with self-sacrificial love, and fight for what is right and true.
I walk because life is always more important than lifestyle. I walk so women can know they are valuable, worthy, enough and empowered. I walk because every child is a blessing and should always be treated as such. I walk because I love my niece and nephew's sweet laugh. I walk because Satan thrives in death and fear. I walk to bring God's light and love to the world. I walk because life matters, and God's purpose is greater than our own!
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