It is NFP Awareness Week! I wanted to post this yesterday, but I have children and they decided yesterday was not for blogging. Go figure?
To kick off the week, I wanted to share with you the top 6 reasons you should do NFP.
1. Have you SEEN the divorce rate?
There is this statistic running around that only about 3% of couples who use NFP ever face divorce. Of course, I cannot find where this percentage came from or who came up with it, other than vague hints leading to the Couple to Couple League (which makes sense). But if you like some statistics, check this out or this Why do Catholic Couples Have Such Low Divorce Rates?
2. Free Grace! Guaranteed!
This can go a bit hand in hand with the above. A couple that can understand "not tonight, honey" has nothing to do with if you find your spouse attractive or not and everything to do with making a choice as a couple about God's plan for your family, has got a leg up, for sure. And talk about getting to offer it all up, that 10 or so days a month where you have to express your love in other ways, teach a couple about sacrifice. The best part? You don't have to suffer alone!
3. Side Effects
There are no side effects. Unless you count hand cramps from drawing dots on a chart or pushing buttons on your phone.
I love cheap.. And no what NFP costs? Well, depending on your method it basically starts at... ready for it... FREE. You do sympto-thermal? If you want to be more savvy and extra careful, it can cost you the price of a Basal Thermometer. Or perhaps you shun technology or don't have a smart phone, it will run you about the price of one piece of paper a month and a few moments to search the internet for your perfect chart.
5. Because You are Worth it!
Let's put aside all the great teaching about why a Catholic or any Christian should use NFP (I'll get to that later this week). You deserve to know about your body. You deserve to know how your body works and what it is saying to you. Did you know that just by charting you can tell if you have a thyroid problem? And that is just one thing! Aside from the health benefits, you can pinpoint when your period is going to be. Talk about convenient!
Hey and the most important...
6. You Get to Have Great Sex.
Maybe this one should be 1st, but... I'm shy. You get to have mind blowing sex just the way God intended. He wants you to have great sex, shocking, I know, but true.
Great sex always starts with two people, a man and a woman designed to create beauty with their love, who have committed everything they are to each other in the eyes of God. Two people who deeply love and respect each other. In that place, there is nothing to fear. There is only love. And what could be better than that?