by: April D. Byrd
|Toni Braxton thinks it may be God's punishment that her son was born with Autism.|
The Grammy award-winning singer who had an abortion a decade ago, penned in her recently released memoir that perhaps God punished her for the procedure by inflicting her second-born son with autism.
She said the guilty feeling stems from a strict Christian upbringing that required her to memorize 26 Bible passages each week — sometimes in place of doing work — and banned her from even wearing pants, the New York Daily News reported.
She penned her thoughts, regarding 11-year-old son Diezel’s autism, in her just-released “Unbreak My Heart” memoir: “Is God punishing me for that abortion? … [Perhaps it’s] God’s payback to give my son autism.”
Ms. Braxton, who has another son, Denim, 12, said she discovered more than 10 years ago she was pregnant by her then-boyfriend Keri Lewis.
She had an abortion — and though she said in her book that she did fear the side effects of her prescribed Accutane acne medication could harm her baby’s fetus, she also made clear that the pregnancy termination decision was ultimately made more out of convienience the New York Daily News reported.
In her book, Ms. Braxton revealed how guilty she felt about the abortion, to the point of believing that perhaps her actions brought an affliction from God upon her son. She also wondered whether God also punished her for the abortion by placing her in the middle of her parents’ chaotic divorce, and then later afflicting her with lupus.
Ms. Braxton, now 46, and Mr. Lewis were married from 2001 to 2013. The singer has also gone through two bankruptcies — issues she covers in her book — and the loss of rights to several of her best hit singles, due in part to shady management deals and poor contract negotiations.
This is weird! who can say whether autism or retardation is an affliction. As far as her management and song rights, maybe we shouldn't be in such a rush to acquire fame and fortune that's not in a good way. Be aware of not just doing things quickly for money.
A good way to gain insight on whether a path is right is to continue to praying and let our actions be lead by the spirit. "Is what we're choosing gonna be something right for us?" It's not always easy to see ahead of time what the future may hold. it's definitely important to keep God sense in mind. The memory of the 26 scriptures is interesting, and it's important to study the word. It's also highly important to put the wisdom into action trusting God's will first.
She's talented. I hope she begins to excel in honor to her God given talent and purpose. Anything else can subside.
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