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Midwifery Academics Course
Charis Childbirth Services
is pleased to announce the launching of
MIDWIFERY academics course in 2007!!!
who desire to prepare well for the NARM exam, a requirement to
obtain the credential of Certified Professional Midwife (CPM), can
enjoy a comprehensive course that is designed with the highest
standards of excellence and that is written from a Christian
This course is designed and written by Susan Oshel, CPM, who has
been serving childbearing families for over 3 decades. We are so
blessed and so excited to have Susan as part of the Charis family!
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Charis Childbirth Classes in Virginia Beach
Spread the word! This 8-week childbirth preparation series begins
Tuesday, January 2, 2007, at 7 p.m.
This series is perfect for anyone with an estimated due date in
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time of year, I often think about Mary and Joseph and I am
absolutely amazed at their inner strength. Think about it.
Mary was a teenager in an unplanned pregnancy... and she had
never even had sex! When the angel
told her that she was carrying the Messiah, she bravely
said, "Be it unto me according to your Word." Wow! Talk
about trusting God!!!
Then there was Joseph, her fiance`,
who could have been charged with a crime
he didn't commit. Instead of breaking off the
engagement, which would have been the "easy" thing to do, he chose
to stick by Mary and be a father to a baby that was not even his
flesh and blood. Together, they accepted God's plan for their
lives as it was revealed to them even though it would be very
On top of everything else, at the end of Mary's pregnancy they had
to travel a long way on a donkey for a census. (Those of you
looking for a way to avoid Pitocin induction, it appears that a
VERY long ride on the back of a donkey works!) Once they arrived
in Bethlehem, Mary & Joseph had an "unattended birth" in a cave
that was being used as a stable for animals. (Their first choice
was the Inn, but there was no vacancy!) Well, although I think
out-of-hospital births are great, I'm not sure that a stable would
offer the comforts that I desire when I'm in labor! So, there they
Mary, a first-time laboring mom without the support of family,
friends, or doulas; and Joseph, a young man filling the role of
midwife and every other member of the birth support team--
together, just the two of them and some
animals, to welcome into the world the one whose death and
resurrection would make a way for all of mankind to be in an
intimate relationship with Father God for all of eternity. Not
necessarily the welcome one would expect for the King of Kings and
Lords of Lords... but that was the way God
planned it and it was perfect.
God's plan doesn't always look the way we think it should, but
that is because we are stuck in this body of flesh and can't see
from God's perspective. So often, we assume that God's plan would
never include difficulty; because, after all, he is a loving God.
But His love is so much greater than our minds can comprehend, so
great that His plan for Mary and
Joseph included a road that was paved with much difficulty so that
the rest of us could live forever with God if we should so choose.
What if they had said NO to God's plan? What if they had not
embraced the call to parent the Son of God?
Is God revealing a plan to you that looks hard? Is there a road He
is leading you down that may be difficult or require you to give
up something? Like Mary & Joseph, we have the opportunity to say
YES to the calling God has on our lives and accept all of the joys
and challenges that it brings.
One thing I know for sure is that when we say YES to God's plan,
He gives us everything we need to succeed.... and there is no
place on earth more fulfilling than the center of God's will !!!
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