Happy Natural Family Planning (NFP) Awareness Week!

Ding, Ding, Ding.  The alarm on my phone went off, reminding me to chart my fertility signs.

Lucky for my 13-year-old, she asked me what the alarm was for.  She is saving every penny for a smartphone when we add her to our plan once she graduates 8th grade.   So, she is *very* interested in all things related to cell phones!

Well, sis, since you asked what the alarm was for, you get an answer.  At our house, no question is left unanswered!

Every day, I chart my fertility signs so I know if my body is about to ovulate.  If I am, your daddy and I prayerfully ask ourselves if we should be open to another pregnancy or not.  If we feel like we should avoid a pregnancy, we abstain from sex if I am fertile.   God always has the final say in this, as He is our loving Creator.  Daddy and I trust that God knows better than we do.

She listened with many emotions flashing across her beautiful face.  Curiosity.  Slight disgust.  Embarrassment.  Head shaking.  TMI, Mom, TMI!  Respect.  Love.  How fast can I escape?

We have so much to teach our kids about chastity.  This morning was a kick in the pants!  NFP, while sometimes tricky, has been a huge blessing to our marriage, and we need to share this with our kids.  Time for more TMI, kids!

 

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Do you have a question about NFP?  Just ask me!  Call me, Facebook message me, leave a question in the comments.   You could never offend me or ask a silly question—No doubt I have been there.   No judgement from me!

 

5 thoughts on “Happy Natural Family Planning (NFP) Awareness Week!

  1. Hi Jamie: Thank you for this post. I have been reading your blog for some months and I really enjoy it. It is incredible to witness your faith and love for our Church. I have been having really HARD times in my marriage since having my second son and also practicing NFP. I decided to write to you because I really have no friends that I could talk about this. And after reading your post I thought that maybe God was talking to me through you…. I really do not know….. Please pray for me. My only desire is to love and serve my Lord and have a happy family. Laura

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    • Wow, I was honestly kind of embarrassed to even post this. I know my 13-year-old will want to kill me, but our morning conversation really made me realize how much I have to teach her and the other kids.

      I am so sorry that you are going through hard times. Is it in regards to how challenging following NFP can be? Sometimes my husband has a harder time with it, sometimes I do. Throw in breastfeeding, and my hormones get all messed up. There’s a lot more abstaining than we would like sometimes. Ugh.

      Of course I will pray for you. Please know that the Lord knows you are struggling. He loves you, he’s not a mean, power-hungry God. He calls us to use NFP in our marriage because it brings us closer to Him. It’s not easy. Jesus died for us because we can’t be perfect. We can’t always make the right decisions. All we can do is listen to that nagging whisper in our hearts—the Holy Spirit—and follow it.

      Is there anything in particular you are struggling with? I love talking this with people who understand. Sometimes I feel so lonely about this all! May God bless you, pouring His loving Mercy upon you. Thank you so much for your comment. It means a lot to me.

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    • Thank you!!! I need to find you on Facebook. I have no true direction with my blog and haven’t really gotten social media savvy.

      I am totally uncomfortable saying all that I did, but Mike and I promised we would be OPEN with our kids about everything. We want them to get the correct info from us. 🙂

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