I know it’s not for everyone (though it really IS)……however, knowledge is power, peeps!! For us, NFP frees me up from remembering to take a pill, get a shot or have something foreign in my body. NFP is openly communicating with my hubby and growing in faith whether we decide to abstain from (SUPER challenging, BTW…and in my opinion, probably one of the main reasons people don’t want to practice NFP) or embrace the marital bed. There is ALWAYS the possibility of a new life, plain and simple. The fact is, life is FULL of unknowns, unplanned-fors and surprises. Life is fluid. Always changing. Never the same. The more we try to control it, the more restless we become in this futile act of “control”. Life IS. The better we become at “rolling with it”, the easier it becomes with ALL unknowns, unplanned-fors and surprises. For us, that is the bedrock of our faith, trusting that GOD has plans for us that we may not understand now (or ever), but His plans are ALWAYS far better than we could imagine and NFP fits right in that belief.
NFP. Natural Family Planning. For some, these words strike fear deep in the hearts, for others its a lifestyle. That lifestyle can be one deeply entrenched in faith and trusting in God’s plan for family size and being open to the children He provides us with (complete with sleep deprivation, dirty diapers, tantrums and potty training…..as well as that sweet baby smell, soft coos, chubby cheeks, and reliving life through all the “firsts”) OR perhaps it’s a lifestyle of eco-consciousness and organic living. Whatever the reasons, it’s worth learning about if you are stuck in the mentality of the “rhythm method” or would rather just trust in this amazing body we have and learn to understand it in regards to our health and reproductivity. One of the places you can learn more about “NFP” is on the long-awaited site, iusenfp, there is a wealth of information about the various methods of NFP, HOW to implement NFP as well as a blog (of course!) and a “real life” section on folks like you and me and how NFP works in their life and in their marriages. There’s even a great article by Simcha Fisher–in her usual sarcastic, tongue-in-cheek manner on NFP and marriage. (**all cute little buttons are from their site)
There’s also 1Flesh.org a site filled with (more) blogging, stories and conversational topics anti-pill, pro-life, etc, etc, etc. Geared toward a younger generation but a truly In-Your-Face, Let’s-Dialogue on the benefits of an NFP lifestyle. It’s all kinds of confrontational….in a good and positive way.
There’s the Faith and Family website, where not only are there a myriad of articles each day on, yes, faith and family, as well as each day a forum geared toward a specific topic and today is….NFP. And trust me, the questions are raw, honest and eye-opening. You can learn a lot. I sure do!!
And Catholicmom.com for a variety of topics and columns filled with testimonials, advice and information on NFP, in addition to news, homeschooling, prayers, crafts, parenting and faith topics galore!
These are but just a few areas to look around, feel free to leave your own link in the comment section if you’d like to share.