My Body, My Choice…and Aaron

This past week, the Supreme Court voted not to block Texas’ heartbeat bill.  This, in effect, has made abortion in Texas illegal after the first heartbeat of the baby in the womb is heard…usually around the 6th week of pregnancy.

Against the backdrop of yelling protestors –

I was looking at my own backdrop at home, which consisted of all Aaron’s bedding after his seizures earlier Friday morning.

And dear Aaron recovering from those seizures as he slept on the couch.

My mother’s heart was drawn to Aaron in his struggles.

But my mother’s heart was also drawn to all the many babies who have not had the chance to live, no matter how difficult their lives may have been.

There is a choice that is seldom addressed when most people talk about “choice” as it is defined today.

It’s the choice that Joshua talked about when Israel was going into the land that God had given them.  He told Israel to choose that day whom they would serve – the one true God, or one of the false gods worshipped by the peoples in the land around them.

Either way, they would choose a deity to worship.  They would worship God, or they would worship a non-god…a pagan god. 

“Joshua calls Israel to ‘serve Yahweh’ (Joshua 24:14).  But if Israel will not serve Yahweh, they must at least serve some god(s).  He presses Israel to the wall; they must come down somewhere.  If not Yahweh, the real historical God, then they must choose either the ancestral Mesopotamian gods or the contemporary Amorite ones.  The conservatives who were fond of tradition, of what had stood the test of time, who yearned for the ‘faith of our fathers’, might vote for Mesopotamia.  The liberals with their yen for relevance, for being in step with the times, might prefer to identify (as an act of goodwill) with the current social milieu and enter into dialogue and worship with the Amorites.  But you must choose; if not Yahweh, then take your pick from ‘these dunghill deities’ (Matthew Henry).”   (Dale Ralph Davis)

Do you see the issue here? 

Do you see the issue for our culture today?

My choice!

My choice which god I will serve.

For in making the choice to reject Jehovah God, you ARE making a choice to serve whatever pagan god fits your lifestyle.

We all serve and worship someone or something.

My choice to worship God will then dictate my other choices in life.

My choices FOR life.

For no matter how many silly arguments are made condoning abortion, we all know that something inside that woman is alive and growing.

And if nothing else, modern technology has shown us that what is growing in her womb is a human baby with a functioning heart at only several weeks old. 

Psalm 139 tells us that God has woven that baby together in his mother’s womb.  She is fearfully – reverently – and wonderfully made by God Himself!

So how do I explain our Aaron, born with special needs? 

I can’t.

But I can explain that as for me and Gary, we have chosen to serve the Lord. 

With all my body and soul and heart, I have chosen to trust almighty God to make the right decisions for me and for my son.

My body is not mine.

My choice is not mine.

I belong to God and His choice is all that matters.

And because I know Him and trust Him, I know that our Aaron whom he created is made just the way that God allowed and designed.

I walk in peace.  I don’t need all the answers to do that.

I only need to choose…GOD!

Photo taken by Karlea Tanner

Author: Patty hesaidwhatks

I'm Patty and I write about our adult son who has Epilepsy and Autism, who still lives with my husband and me, and who is a package full of many surprises and joys and challenges and TALK! Lots of talking, which creates laughter and some other reactions as well. I also write about how God shows Himself to me in everyday life.

25 thoughts on “My Body, My Choice…and Aaron”

  1. Love your post. Every baby is valued by God. Every child is precious. We focus to much on what we would want instead of the gift every child is. I am sure you have a treasure chest of memories with Aaron that you cherish.

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  2. Patty this resonates so much in my heart as I think about our precious adopted daughter Marin. She at times will question me about what her biological mother may have been like. One thing I always say to her is that her biological mother is my hero. As is usually the case in the poor country of Romania when a teenager (like her mother was) gets pregnant these families cannot afford to absorb another baby into their family. There is a high rate of abortions (probably backroom) and even worse dumping of a newborn somewhere and letting it die. I tell Marin that her bio. mother is my hero because she went into the hospital and had Marin. Several days later she slipped out of the hospital never to be heard from again. However she knew that the nurses and doctors would take care of her baby and keep her safe (which they did for about 3 months before she went into an orphanage). I love Marin’s biological mother for choosing to let Marin live and giving us such a precious gift. In the face of such a difficult time for her she did the right thing and she is my hero.

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    1. I absolutely love this story, Barbara. And you’re my hero, too, for adopting and loving Marin. She is truly blessed. I know there are many very hard stories and situations in the world, but taking the lives of the babies is never the answer. ❤️‍🩹❤️‍🩹

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  3. Patty I finally was able to read your article about your son. My aunt is married to Jerry Martin and they have tried to send me many of your articles. My son Matthew has seizures and CP and other issues he can talk and remember Birthdays and phone numbers and your age and he will tell anyone your age. I waited 8 years for him and I was blessed he can really be stubborn and have behaviors but he is still my gift from God.
    My pastor at the time Matthew had seizures and some surgeries. He said God gives these babies to special parents.
    I would never understand how any woman could abort . Thank you for writing this article and I am going to try to read other articles about your son.
    I hope you and Aaron have a good week no seizures and God Bless You Both.

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    1. Sorry it took me awhile to reply, Rebecca, but I’m so happy to “meet” you! I have a world of respect for Jerry. He meant so much to me as I was growing up at Johnston Chapel.
      Bless you for being a loving mama to Matthew. I know it’s not easy day after day. How old is he?
      I love how you said that Matthew is a gift from God. Our special children are true gifts and we are blessed, though at times we are overwhelmed and tired. Frustrated many times, too – like I was today! 🙂 But how sweet to know the Lord and be able to take our frustrations to Him. Blessings to you, Rebecca. Thank you for reading and commenting.

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  4. I may have said this before but it bears repeating: SO appreciate your determination, Patty, to enjoy and celebrate what God has given you, along with your choice to worship God, which then dictates your other choices in life.

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    1. Thank you, Nancy. Some days I don’t enjoy the rough times with Aaron but God always speaks to my heart despite my stubbornness. And yes, keeping God first is a choice, isn’t it? He tells us to set our hearts on Him. Truly that is the only way to then make the right choices. Thanks for reading and for your kind words, Nancy. God bless!

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