For a few very hard years this word was my mantra.
The word means
-undismayed; not discouraged; not forced to abandon purpose or effort
-undiminished in courage or valor; not giving way to fear
But the truth is, I was often dismayed by everything that had taken place, and I did battle discouragement. I battled fear and doubts. I hurt and was angry, and sometimes "undaunted" sounded more like a mockery than a mantra, and I was determined to be real about all of it in these posts, thus the name, Undaunted Reality. More than that, though, I was determined to live undaunted, not because I'm so great or strong, but because my God is, and no matter what this world looks like, He is the only reality that matters.
I pray I live the reality of Him beautifully undaunted.

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

When Abortion Makes Sense

Why would anyone have an abortion?

Why would someone kill their own baby?

Why would anyone do that?
Because the fear of parental retribution or cruelty is real.

Because someone says, "Either you do this, or you are on your own," and at 14, 15, 16 year old, how does one make it on her own...little less with a baby in tow?

Because the thought of having a baby that needs extreme medical intervention, that will need extreme help physically, mentally, financially is simply more than a person can handle. It isn't about wanting a perfect baby. It's about being an imperfect human who has limits and doesn't know how to climb Everest when a normal hill was already looking huge.

Because not all daddies are kind. Some are cruel, and some give two options: you get rid of the baby,
Because it can feel more humane to abort a baby then let a man who doesn't want it kick and beat the life out of it while he kicks and beats the life out of you.

Becasue mommies carrying babies from incest are terrified of that baby being the next victim.

Because sometimes being alone and trying to take care of oneself is overwhelming. The idea of being responsible for another human being...that can bury you.
Because peer pressure can be relentless.
Because giving up what you've never seen seems easier than giving up what you've felt move, heard cry, and know looks like you.

Why have an abortion?

Because people are human, and fear is a weapon of hell that Satan uses in a kazillion different ways to steal, kill, and destroy.

If you want to stop abortion, stop judging. Stop declaring you can't understand...and get some understanding. Quit talking about how you don't know how anyone could do that and find out why they do that. THEN, deal with the WHY.

Judgment doesn't care about the why. It cares about the what.

Compassion cares about why, how to help, and what needs to be done to heal.

You want to stop babies from being killed? Address what those mommas fear if they live.


  1. So true, Jerri. Why do we always fight the things we cannot understand, relate to or fear with more hate and judgment rather than love and compassion? Why is it so much easier to point out someone else's choice as a sin rather than to work on our own and love ourselves and others THROUGH their sin to the other side? The side where Jesus waits for them to call on Him. To sit in the tree just waiting for a peek at Him. For Him to know our name and call to us. To sit at the table of His presence and know grace like an ocean.
    Love you bunches & tons!

  2. Yes. This is good. It's easy to point the finger and judge when the people you're judging are just statistics and stereotypes; a lot harder when it's a real flesh-and-blood person you know.

  3. MizzBrizz, why? Because if I don't do THAT, I'm better than you. Pure and simple. It's the Pharisee and the worshipper looking right back at me when I look in the mirror, and may God never allow me to live a lie but keep me aware of who I am because only when I embrace who I am can I embrace everyone around me.

    Donna, amen. A heart with a face and a name is so much harder to judge than a statistic. VERY good point.