In the midst of recovering from major cosmetic surgery, Kierra Sheard says she's trying to heal emotionally by tackling body image issues with help from God.
The 28-year-old daughter of Grammy Award winning singer Karen Clark Sheard, of the gospel music group The Clark Sisters, admits she's experiencing immense pain as she heals from the cosmetic surgery performed on her body. And she's being transparent about the painful emotional journey of examining self love.
"If I was able to lose 80 pounds on my own then surely I can trample over the doubts and lack of self discipline that I am currently experiencing. I am ready for this to be over and I cannot believe that I actually have staples in my arms, all for wanting to look a certain way," she says in her blog that was posted on Friday. "I laid on my couch last night in pain and in tears because I say I love myself but I wonder if I love my body the way I truly should." more >>
The sobering facts on father-absence just keep piling up. But don't think that'll stop those who wish to redefine the family.
According to the National Fatherhood Initiative, not having Dad at home leads to a host of problems, and the list is getting longer. In 2011, 44 percent of kids in mother-only families were living in poverty, compared with only 12 percent of children in married-couple families.
"Even after controlling for income," the NFI says, "youths in father-absent households still had significantly higher odds of incarceration than those in mother-father families. Youths who never had a father in the household experienced the highest odds." more >>
Pro-life activists and legal experts who witnessed arguments before the U.S. Supreme Court on Texas' controversial abortion law are unsure how the high court may rule.
Oral arguments were heard by the eight justices on Wednesday in Whole Women's Health v. Hellerstedt, the lawsuit challenging Texas's House Bill 2, a sweeping pro-life law passed in 2013.
John Seago, legislative director at Texas Right to life, told The Christian Post that the arguments "were lively" as the justices questioned the two sides. more >>
A Veterans Administration clinic in Ohio recently removed a Bible from a POW/MIA display after a military church and state watchdog group protested its presence.
The Akron-based facility removed the Bible from the display after being contacted by the Military Religious Freedom Foundation.
Mikey Weinstein, founder and president of the MRFF, told The Christian Post that his organization became aware of the Bible at the display after they were contacted by 11 veterans of diverse faiths who were receiving treatment at the clinic. more >>
Christian NFL player Torrey Smith opens up about his wife's pregnancy complications in a blog post titled Prayers Up that he wrote on Monday.
Smith, a wide receiver for the San Francisco 49ers, detailed his family's health scare, explaining that the recent experience and the strength of his wife encouraged him to share his news with the public.
The professional athlete shares that following routine testing for his wife's second pregnancy, doctors discovered that she had a 1 in 25 chance of giving birth to a child with Trisomy 18, a genetic abnormality caused by an extra 18th chromosome. more >>
Republican presidential hopeful Dr. Ben Carson said at an evangelical Christian media gathering that Planned Parenthood leadership should be imprisoned for their harvesting of aborted baby body parts.
At the National Religious Broadcasters "Proclaim 16" convention in Nashville, Tennessee last week, the retired neurosurgeon stated that he believes Planned Parenthood "should be defunded and should be dismantled."
"What they did with selling of body parts and dismembering fetuses I believe is criminal activity," commented Carson, with the audience applauding in response. more >>