Take A Stand For Life

I’ve used my blog in recent months to share my abortion experience and the healing I have found through Christ.  Today, my heart is burdened on so many levels that pertain to this subject.  The recent release of the pro-life ad featuring college football star, Tim Tebow’s mother, Pam Tebow which is scheduled to air on Super Bowl Sunday has sparked a tidal wave of controversy all over our nation.  Mrs. Tebow explains in this video that she chose life after being offered the opportunity to abort her pregnancy.  I applaud the Tebow family and Focus On The Family for standing up for real family values.  I am behind them 100% in their stand for life.  Would you join us?  For more information please visit www.lifenews.com or www.focusonthefamily.com

Planned Parenthood has released an “attack” video in response to the Tebows video.  In their video, former athletes, Sean James and Al Joyner state that while they respect Mrs. Tebow’s decision and her rights, they look forward to the day when all women will be respected regardless of the decisions they make.  This coming from two men whose mothers, might I add, also chose life for them too.  So what is their argument exactly?

Sadly, abortion, is here to stay.  It is a choice.  It’s a choice between right and wrong.  It is life or death for that infant.  It is up to each of us that believe that life begins at conception to educate those around us, and we can only do this by using God’s word.

Isaiah 49:1,5 “Before I was born the LORD called me; from my birth he has made mention of my name…and now the LORD says– he who formed me in the womb to be his servant…”)

Psalm 139:13-16 “For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb.  I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that fully well.  My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place.  When I was woven together in the depths of the earth, your eyes saw my unformed body.  All the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be”

I walked into an abortion clinic on July 17, 2001 and hoped that I would meet some compassion there.  There was none.  I thought maybe someone would reach out and offer to counsel me, but no counsel was offered.  There were pro-life protesters screaming from the entrance of the clinics parking lot.  They yelled to me to repent.  I cried. 

Proverbs 1:7 “The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge; fools despise wisdom and instruction.”

I was a fool and in good company sitting in that clinic.  I was so very, very lost.  And when I say lost, I do mean aimlessly wandering.  No hope.  The burden I feel today is for the women that I know are feeling that same way right this very moment.  They’ve been where I’ve been.  More so, for the women who are contemplating a choice now to abort.  My message to them is there is Hope and Freedom, and it is found in John 3:16.

“For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.”

That trip to the clinic doesn’t have to be the end for you.  You have, yet another choice to make.

Father, there is no doubt an enormous amount of babies that have come your way.  Unwanted here, but wanted by you.  Cover it Lord, cover it all with your blood.  Your grace is enough.  I’ll never understand how, but I trust.  It’s enough.  In Christs Name, Amen.

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Published in: on February 4, 2010 at 3:41 pm  Leave a Comment  

My Hearts Resolution

With the new decade quickly approaching, I, like so many others have been thinking about my new years resolution.  We all make them or have made them in the past.  Sadly, I rarely stick to mine usually because I forget what it is!

The last couple of days I’ve been thinking about my new years blog and praying about what to write and I’ve asked myself many questions…  Why do we make resolutions, especially on January 1st?  Why do we wait until Monday to start kicking a bad habit?  Why not start on Thursday?  Why do we start in the morning and not the evening?  When we decide what it is we are going to do … why don’t we choose to start RIGHT THEN!  Why wait?  Why don’t we see that next breath as the perfect opportunity to be the starting point of our newest resolution?

I’ll admit, I’ve made a resolution, but I’m not calling it a new years resolution.  I’m calling it my “Hearts Resolution” and really I’m returning to it.  It’s to be more like my father, Jesus.  To aspire to be more like Him in my actions, my words and to seek His approval and no other.

Father, my prayer for this entire world is that we would ALL seek to be like you.  I pray that as we close this decade and enter into a new one, we would follow you, love you and live for you like never before.  I pray that we would seek your kingdom first and look for you in everything we do.  In Christs Name, Amen.

Published in: on December 31, 2009 at 11:37 am  Comments (1)  

Re-gifting

So I’ve decided to do this post, while some may think it has nothing to do with touching the heart of God, living out a purpose filled life or biblical principles, I happen to think it does!

Have you ever re-gifted an item?  Some people don’t even know what this means.  So allow me to explain.  You receive a gift, you decide to re-wrap and give it to someone else.  Apparently, there are many reasons for doing this such as, you might not care for the gift, you may not need it, you might already have one, etc.

There are a lot of rules about re-gifting that are floating around out there such as you should never re-gift if there is a chance that the original gift giver will find out you gave away the gift and the person you are giving the gift to should not know its a gift that you’ve already received and you are passing it on to them.  Sounds so tiring, doesn’t it?

So, I’m curious…have any of my readers ever re-gifted?  If so, what did you re-gift and why?

I re-gifted a carousel photo thingy once because I didn’t need it and there was an elderly woman I knew that would love it and she did!  The bible says to give, period.  Who cares where it comes from, so long as we didn’t steal it, right?

Published in: on December 21, 2009 at 2:09 pm  Comments (2)  

The Good Little Church Girl

“Your just the good little church girl!”  I’ve been called this more times than I can count.  This label was slapped on me throughout most of my adolescence and has seemed to find me again here in my early 30’s.  However this time it doesn’t bother me like it did when I was younger.  Sticks and stones, I guess.

Like all labels though, sometimes whats behind them isn’t whats being advertised on the outside.  We are very talented, don’t you think?  We can live so recklessly but put up a good front to those that we want to impress.  I find it so interesting when tragedy strikes or news of someones untimely mistakes break and you begin to look at the family albums or think back to better times and hear comments like “she looked so happy”, “she seemed so happy”.   We hide our hurt and our shame for fear of being exposed.  We don’t want to be vulnerable or weak.  We go to great measures to hide our secrets.  We live in a society that says we have to deal, we have to cope or suck it up!  So before we know it, we don’t have to have someone come along and label us, we label ourselves.

I can’t imagine anyone would have looked at me and dared to call me the “Good Little Church Girl” had they seen me sitting in the waiting room of an Abortion Clinic almost nine years ago.  That hot July day that I woke up with my whole heart intact and after visiting that clinic and buying into one of the biggest lies our society is selling women today, I went to sleep that night as I have every night since, with part of my heart missing.

I thought that by choosing to terminate that life inside of me that I was fixing my mistake, I wasn’t.  I thought nobody would ever find out and I thought I could keep it a secret.  I thought I was strong enough to cope.  I wasn’t.  I believed that I could deal with it all by myself.  I couldn’t.  This “Good Little Church Girl” chose to make a huge mistake.

It’s taken me many years to get over the many labels that I’ve placed on myself.  It’s taken years for me to accept the forgiveness that is available through the blood of Christ if only we will come to Him.  It’s taken years for me to forgive me, but I have.

Father, I’m so thankful that while we were sinners you died for us.  Thank you for eternal life.  Heaven, a place where I know I will see my baby one day.  Thank you for loving me when I couldn’t love me.  In Jesus Name, Amen.

Published in: on November 30, 2009 at 2:05 pm  Comments (4)  

An Ode To Moms

I must start here by saying I’m 30 years old and I still have no idea what I want to be when I grow up.  There.  I said it.  Is that horrible?  I’m a blessed to be, stay at home mommy of three and wife to one and thats my career.  Too bad they don’t offer college degrees for that right?  Too bad folks don’t give full time moms the credit they deserve either.  Allow me to step up on my soap box for a moment. 😀 I’ve been called lucky, fortunate and blessed.  Along with being accused of  “sitting at home on my bum instead of out looking for a job”.  So sad that people don’t recognize this career of SAHM (<—-Stay At Home Mom) as a full time job.  We don’t just sit on our bums all day, at least I don’t!  We cook, we clean and when I say we clean, I don’t mean we just pick up after people!  I mean we scrub toilets, sinks, dishes, floors, tubs, walls, furniture, etc.  We do laundry, fold it, put it away and go through the process again and again, it’s never done!!!  We do homework, we bathe smelly children, we referee sibling arguments, kiss boo boos, tell bedtime stories sometimes more than twice, pray and worry and pray and worry some more over these little creatures we call our children, we cook some more, we clean some more, we do some more laundry, on and on…Do you see any time for just sitting around on our bums???  I don’t think so!!!  Pay?  I’m sorry did you say pay?  Ha!  There is no pay!

Now on to the mom who does all of the above AND has a full time or part time job.  I just heard a hush fall over all of you.  The hair just stood up on my arms.  You know why?  Because we should ALL salute her!  So many of the women are leaving their homes because of the economy and going to work full time.  They no longer have the luxury of staying at home with their children full time.  They take full and part time jobs.  Some of them second or third shift.  They sacrifice time with their children in order to provide for them.  I have one question for those moms, WHEN do you sleep?

I encourage all of you moms out there today to stay strong, keep the faith and know that you are not alone.  God sees every deed, He sees our struggles, He sees our joys and the reward that awaits us is Great.

Below are some quotes I found on Moms.  Enjoy!

“Being a full time mother is one of the highest salaried jobs in my field, since the payment is pure love.” -Mildred B. Vermont

“A suburban mothers role is to deliver children obstetrically once, and by car forever.” -Peter De Vries

“The phrase working mother is redundant.” -Jane Sellman

“If evolution really works, how come mothers only have two hands? -Milton Berle

“Any mother could perform the jobs of several air traffic controllers with ease.” -Lisa Alther

“All mothers are working mothers.”- Author Unknown

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Published in: on October 22, 2009 at 7:18 am  Leave a Comment  

Your Obituary

We’re all dying.  Now if you live in reality, not in a fairytale world, that sentence shouldn’t come as a newsflash to you!  It’s true, each day we are all one step closer to deaths door.  While it’s not something we go around talking about and planning on, it is a reality.

This past summer, my husband and I were faced with the “C” word.  Cancer.  It’s an awful, ugly word.  Jon had been battling kidney stones for a few weeks and finally they got the tests run and they found tumors on his kidneys that were indicators for cancer.  He came home from the doctor and his face told me something was terribly wrong.  Something you need to know about my husband is nothing shakes him.  He’s not a worrier, he doesn’t fret.  He’s cool as a case of cucumbers, FROZEN!  But when he walked in the house on this particular day, he was shaken and pale.  He began to tell me about what the doctors discovered on the tests and how they needed to do more tests to be sure.  I froze up, then I fell apart.  How could this be, I wondered?  My husband, thirty five years old and kidney cancer!  Within hours my emotions were so out of control that in my mind I was at his funeral!  I finally had to grab a hold of myself and say “STOP! This belongs to God, not me! Enough!”  I had to repeat Psalm 46:10 “Be still and know that I Am God.”

Weeks went by, the MRI was rescheduled six times before they finally got him in.  After about eight weeks, we finally got the results back and it WASN’T CANCER!  Praise God!  Those two months were trying.  We sought God.  He was our comfort.  We couldn’t ask why, because there was no answer.  We don’t know why, we may never know why.  But I will tell you what I do know.  I saw my husbands faith rise to meet the challenge during those very dark days.  I saw a man get up and choose to love and serve the Lord despite his circumstances.  I saw a man who was ready to fight cancer, win or lose.

One night while lying in bed we were discussing death and our obituaries and funeral arrangements.  Right after we received word that Jon might have cancer, a very dear friend of ours passed away from cancer.  Brent was just a few years older than Jon.  While our hearts ached for Carol and the boys and the families, our hearts rejoiced at the same time because Brent was at home and at rest with the Lord.  We were talking about obituaries and Jon had mentioned how so many of the obituaries talk of the persons achievements in life and their passions.  He said “thats all fine and great but I want my obituary to say one thing…”The lease ran out on Jon’s body, he’s gone home.”  Tears filled my eyes as I realized this man that my heart so dearly loves is right.  We are merely leasing these bodies.  They are just temporary homes for our souls.

Final Thought- What do you want your obituary to say?  Feel free to leave your thoughts below.

Published in: on October 8, 2009 at 11:37 am  Comments (2)  

While I’m Waiting…

Have you ever just reached a point in your life where you don’t know where your at?  I don’t mean your depressed or sad or the world around you has gone completely dark.  But maybe your a little fidgety, almost like you sense somethings getting ready to happen, but you aren’t sure what?  Well I’m not sure why but I’ve been having those same types of feelings for the past month now and strong ones.

I’ve been leading a women’s bible study at our church and we’ve been studying “What Happens When Women Say “Yes” To God written by Lysa Terkeurst.  This is my second time reading through and studying the scriptures with this book and I find myself READY TO GO and say YES to God anytime, anywhere!  But I’m not sure to what, where, when, how.  Only HE has those details.  Isn’t hard sometimes to be patient?  I’m grinning as I write this because I’m thinking of those little toy cars that you place against the floor and wind up the rear wheels and when you let go, they speed off into the distance!  Well, thats kind of the way I feel, except I’m just squalling my tires right now and Gods got a hold of my rearend I guess! 😀  Thank you Lord!!!!  I certainly don’t want to fly off somewhere on my own and end up out of your will!

I’m reminded of the Psalmists that wrote “Be patient and wait upon the LORD” (Psalm 27:14) – We can really mess things up if run ahead of God’s schedule.  Talk about a traffic jam!  If we are in a rush to see whats ahead for us according to Gods plan we might miss out on something really special in the present, the here and now.  So I believe I’ll do just as the Word says, be patient, wait on Him and serve Him.

John Waller sings a beautiful song that was on the Fireproof soundtrack “While I’m Waiting”.  I’m going to post the words below and see if I can find the media clip to it.  I hope you find it to be as inspiring as I do.

I’m waiting, I’m waiting on You Lord And I am hopeful
I’m waiting on You Lord Though it is painful, But patiently I will wait
I will move ahead bold and confident, Taking every step in obedience

While I’m waiting I will serve You
While I’m waiting I will worship
While I’m waiting I will not faint
I’ll be running the race Even while I wait

I’m waiting, I’m waiting on You Lord And I am peaceful
I’m waiting on You Lord Though it’s not easy But faithfully, I will wait

Yes, I will wait!

I will serve You while I’m waiting, I will worship while I’m waiting
I will serve You while I’m waiting, I will worship while I’m waiting
I will serve you while I’m waiting, I will worship while I’m waiting on You, Lord

Published in: on October 6, 2009 at 9:16 pm  Comments (4)  

What Happens When Women Say “Yes” To God

Well today is a big day for me, a special day in my journey as I walk with Christ. A couple of months ago I attended a women’s conference at our church and the speaker was Lysa Terkeurst. After the conference I picked up two of her books, “What Happens When Women Say Yes To God” and “The Bathtubs Overflowing But I Feel Drained”. I finished the first in less than a week. It was wonderful and life changing. It talks about spiritual obedience and discerning the voice of God. I can truthfully say that since reading the book, I’ve lived every day tuned into God’s call on my life, to serve him with purpose.

A few weeks after finishing the book, I got an email from our Women’s Ministry leader saying that they needed volunteers to head up women’s discipleship groups this fall and immediately I felt the Lord knocking on the door of my heart to step up and volunteer to lead a group. I emailed her back and told her about Lysa’s book, “What Happens When Women Say “Yes” To God”. She told me she’d take a look at it and let me know.

So, for the next ten weeks I’ll be standing before a group of women who have chosen to say “Yes” to studying God’s word and digging a little deeper spiritually as I have chosen to say “Yes” and teach my first ever bible study using the book called “What Happens When Women Say “Yes” To God…I don’t believe in coincidence. I do believe God is at work here and I can’t wait to see what happens…

Published in: on September 6, 2009 at 6:00 pm  Comments (1)  
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