Salvation While Sleeping

God loves us and gave His Son Jesus for us

I was sitting by the hospital bed moving his arm up and down, as the coma had caused lots of bed sores from non-movement.  We did daily exercises for his benefit, but also out of boredom.  Day in and day out, we walked across the channel connecting the hospital to the hotel.  My small family traveled back and forth to see him.  Our months were tirelessly spent in the visiting room and sitting next to dad.

As I moved his arm up, I thought I felt a slight hint of resistance.  Not too sure, I didn’t say anything at first.  Then I suddenly felt it again…now my heart was racing a bit.  We stood over him, after calling a nurse, checking all his vitals and preforming a, “reaction test” to see if he was responding.  The moment had finally came; he was waking up.

My dad & I were never exactly close.  He was an ex-Marine, and I was a mouthy teenager.  The two clashed terribly on a daily basis.  I often felt that he didn’t understand me, wasn’t fair, and plain and simple— didn’t love me.  I was excited that there might be a chance to tell him how much I loved him, now that he was waking up.

The man who opened his eyes was much different than the one who fell asleep.  It was a tragic battle each day for our tired family.  The day of my father’s terrible accident, my sister and I were also in a bad car wreck.  Dad worked in construction and was restoring the side of an old church downtown, when he lost his balance and fell three stories to the concrete below.  An hour later, my sister & I were a in bad collision, immobilizing our entire family in just a few short moments.

As my mom drove up to the scene, she must have realized that her whole life was under attack.  My father was being life-lined to a hospital, assumed not to survive, my sister and I were scared & injured—all within moments of each other. Our lives came to a pivotal moment in time that none of us will soon forget.

Now he was waking up. We were quickly learning what brain injuries entail.  He had to learn everything over again and as he did, it looked different than before.  It took years of recovery before he was functioning at his finest.  Learning to talk and walk were obviously vital to his treatment. Learning to count and color were necessities, and therapy proved itself to be a unique new world.  Back to the basics was the theme, starting over, raising a “child-like” man was no walk in the park for any of us, especially my mother.

Our family didn’t pray or know Jesus at the time.  We didn’t know how to call on Him for our needs, we didn’t read scripture or worship in any capacity and we never tagged our requests to a living God. Everything was just fate and circumstance.

Dad was an atheist, professed to be a non-believer in every fashion.  There was a Bible in the house, but he only read it to prove it wrong.  Many times, he would meet with my Uncle, a Baptist Pastor, and dispute the scriptures.  Many times, Dad would drive home feeling like he won the debate.  He loved words and poetry, and to him that is what the Bible was—a fancy book full of fancy words that tried to convince people of a central topic.

As he woke from his coma, one of the first things we noticed was he started talking about Jesus and scripture. The very things he had studied to disprove, became truth embedded deep into the heart of his entire being, while he was asleep.  His physical strength increased as did His spiritual strength.  There was never a moment when he remembered not knowing and loving God.  The Lord became personal to him, and they were solid friends for many years.

My dad fell asleep as a non-believer.

But, he woke up a follower of Christ.

Please take a moment for that to sink in.  He lay asleep…a dead man, and woke up as a living testimony of God’s mercy.

This series of events led to the conversion on many people, including myself.  When my dad passed away from this life, it was hard to be upset.

As a father, he taught me how to pray and he also was an example to me of how intentional and passionate God’s love for us is.  He was a witness that the Lord will pursue the heart of men even if it takes trial and tragedy to capture their heart.

As Jesus rolls the stone away from the impossible, inside the heart of a tomb is hope and redemption.  If He cares enough to allow circumstance as ugly as deep pain in order to reveal to you His compassionate gift of eternity, then nothing and no one is outside the grace of God’s love.

I hope you enjoy the story of my Dad’s conversion.  There were times in my life that I questioned why a loving God would allow such hurt to come into our lives.  Then one day I watched my Dad, the same man who raised me to not love God, submit to the Creator of the universe.  I saw him raise his hands and worship, with no reservation, a God who rescued him while the world waited on him to die…and then I knew…

We serve a God who will do whatever it takes to show you absolute abundant love.

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The Rats of D.C.

He who is not with me is against me, and he who does not gather with me scatters. Matthew 12:30

It was a beautiful day but the storm was moving in quickly.  We raced to leave town to avoid lock-down, the snow was predicted to start falling in a few hours but right then it was a clear cold morning.  The March for Life had been on our radar, it was the primary original reason to travel through the mountains to this busy city.  The storm warnings were the talk of the town & everyone was planning their strategy to hunker down until it cleared.

We decided to pack up and move on out early, being stuck in a bustling town with little supplies didn’t sound appealing to either of us.  As we were working towards our exit, we remembered that we had traveled a long way and not seen the White House.  What a silly thing to tell people back home, that we drove hour upon hour and failed to see the residence of our nation’s top authority figure.

We turned the corner and the famous landmark came into view but suddenly something else caught my eye…people, and lots of them!  They were walking quickly towards their destination, in large masses, racing past the presidential house and towards the same direction; people from everywhere were gathering from nowhere.  They were on every street, every corner, every road…walking towards a purpose.

We started to follow.

We parked the car, my heart racing.  The home to the president anchored no interest to me all of a sudden, but these people…holding signs, singing, advertising life, invoked a deep stirring in my heart.  We parked the car and raced ahead towards this emotional detour.  The closer we got, the thicker it become.  Shoulder to shoulder at times, with like-minded individuals…all with homes, families, jobs, lives that they lived somewhere else, but took the time to stand and voice the same message.

Stop killing the little ones.

The March was thought provoking and heart wrenching.  Thousands upon thousands of people came and prayed, hoped, and believed, that man would finally be done at allowing our American babies to die.  I was hopeful, I was encouraged, I swore that when I got home I would play my part in stopping abortion in our country.

Then I sat down.

I sat on a bench and looked around.  I thought about what I was seeing, the snow beginning to fall…people of all ages and abilities crying out for the unborn, Washington Monument standing proudly on the hill above them.  My mind drifted off for just a second…

Then I felt it.

Pressure on my foot, something had crawled up on top of my right shoe and started nibbling at my pants.  For just a moment it didn’t really register and so I didn’t move, then my mind caught up with my body and I peered over my knee to see just what had taken residence over my insulated winter boot.  With no regard, the face of a rat looked up at me.  Stubborn and rude.

I kicked my leg out by natural instincts and I watched the long-tailed dirty rodent race off and crawl between the crack of a building nearby.

I stood up and paced in disbelief that a rat would just have the audacity to crawl up on top of my foot and sit there like it had the right to do that.  My husband came walking over and I confessed to him that I had just been introduced to the rats of D.C.  I realized then that there really was such a thing and that in order for the March for Life to be something that is no longer needed, we needed to get rid of the rats.

The more I look around at people in political office and those that support them, I see many that remind me of that downtown bench rat.  They come along quiet and sneaky, plop themselves down like they are justified, use you for their greater gain, and then look at you strangely when you tell them to get lost.  The great thing is, many of us are not from the city, instead of looking down and shrugging you off…we kick you out and make you leave.  Many of us who are watching are not accustomed to being a tool in your popularity contest.  We see through the thick fog of downtown and discern what your real intentions are.

We see how you gain support by telling lies.  We watch you peddle money around so you can push out the new-comers, we watch you fight for bills that have no purpose so that you can gain exposure.

They waste their energy on spinning around in circles, and that’s why the rats like them.  They stick around.  They play the game.  They like hearing their own voices.

Unfortunately for them, God sees this.

You can NOT serve two masters.

You can NOT love the world and love God.

You can NOT care more about yourself then the strangers around you.

If you do…you are NOT His.

Matthew 7:21-23 says, “Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father who is in heaven will enter.

Many will say to Me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in Your name, and in Your name cast out demons, and in Your name perform many miracles?’

“And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; DEPART FROM ME, YOU WHO PRACTICE LAWLESSNESS.’

Lots of people who are working in office are practicing lawlessness.  They claim they are Christians, stating they follow Christ and posts of sorts of Jesus content for others to see.  Their supporters say the same things & have the Bible lingo down-pat.  God is shifting his gears though, he is instructing His people to stop listening and start watching.

We are no longer listening to what they say, but instead watching what they do.

The message for them is clear.  Every time you support something good that has a bit of evil in it, you are forfeiting Christ.  Every time you compromise on what you know is right, to get a bit of something good..you are forfeiting Christ.  There is always a trade-off.

You will either trade your lawlessness for a Savior

or

 You will trade God in for a lie.

Luke 11:23   “He who is not with Me is against Me.”

The fervor to stopping abortion is still gaining momentum in my heart and in the heart of this country, people are tired of those in charge being complacent.  There is a whisper of victory and an anthem flies over a small remnant who are ready to kick the rats out.  It is the duty of this nation to watch and remove them as God sees fit.

The rats of D.C. are breeding, they have over-run our city streets and our country roads.  All the while, we are watching, and our instincts are kicking in.  They continue to plan, plot, and submerge themselves into individual self-gain.  Our God is much greater then this travesty and although He may allow a rat to sit down thinking he has the right to take territory, God owns the cattle on a thousand hills, he owns the hills, he owns the land and sea, sun and heavens.  He owns the territory that the rat rests, He owns it all.

And He will take back this land because of one simple point we tend to forget.

He owns the rats.

 

 

 

 

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Book Review: Breaking Busy

Breaking Busy

This week I was supposed to write a book review on the title, Breaking Busy by Alli Worthington…but I was way to busy to take a look at it.  It’s ironic the things that are on my to do list sometimes.  🙂

I finally took the time to read it through, and I’m glad I did.

This season of my life is beyond busy…it’s a tiresome fast-paced race, and most days I feel like I am sprinting along with bare feet.  I’m beat up, yet I am determined to finish the tasks I have in front of me and so I keep running, my hair in a bun, out of breath, with my face beat red…full speed ahead!

But, yesterday I collapsed…and so I picked up Breaking Busy.

Here is what Alli Worthington did for me:

1. She reminded me that I am NOT June Cleaver.
2. She nudged me to analyze my friendships & invest in the ones that produce fruit.
3. She complemented me on how I am unique from every person in this world and whispered to me that I have great worth.
4. She told me that getting rid of good things in my life sometimes makes room for GREAT things!
5. She convinced me that God does always have a place of rest for me in my busy day.

and lastly in her own words, Alli suggested this truth to me,
“A busy life is a life the enemy has created in order to keep me from God’s purpose.  A full life, on the other hand, is a life lived in step with what God has called me to do.”

I know this is a short review, because my busy life is calling me away as I type, BUT…I will approach it differently because of Breaking Busy.  I will intentionally keep God as my primary focus and evaluate a bit better everything that pleads for my attention.

If you are a busy wife, mother, women, pick up a copy of Breaking Busy.  Alli, not only has the capacity and experience to offer some wisdom, but she also ices it with a bit of humor, which we should always have time for.

http://alliworthington.com/breaking-busy/

#breakingbusy
My book was received by the generosity of the Blog Spot & The Blythe Daniel Agency.
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Let MY Children Go

Let my children go!

Moses is dipped out of the water, raised in an Egyptian family and later is on the run.

He leaves his people behind, scared of the demise that is awaiting him, because he earlier murdered a Egyptian slave driver.

And his people cry & die, and years go by.

One day Moe is taking a walk and sees a bush on fire.  From it comes words speaking to him, and because it’s an absolute remarkable experience, he knows that it is God.

The Lord’s voice bellows to Moses a command that he wants to reject.  The deal is that Moses would go back to Egypt and demand from the Pharaoh to let Moses’ family, the Israelite’s, go free.  Stop killing them, stop enslaving them, stop disregarding their lives, and let-them-go!

Did Moses say no?

He sure wanted to.  He said things like, “are you sure you want ME to go?…maybe you would like someone else, someone with better speaking skills?”  This infuriated the Lord, it says He burned with anger against Moses.  But he allowed patience and equipped Moses with what Mo thought he needed…a staff & his brother Aaron to help him out.

All Moses really needed was God.  God knew that.  Moses didn’t.

Many people are commissioned by God to go out and make a difference in life.  Few say yes, many say no.  He asks all sorts of people to do all sorts of things for His glory.

What if Moses would have said this instead:

“Uh…God, I really don’t think it’s the right time.  I mean this guy is really mean, let’s wait until we get a nicer Pharaoh in power and then maybe then we could approach him with some confidence…He’s just gonna say no.  I’ve been around these people and know how they work.  I have lots of experience with them and the system they have going on over there, they are never going to go for it!  If I ask, he most likely will make it harder on everyone there, might even undo anything my family has worked so hard for.  This is gonna make things harder, not better.  It’s an awful idea!  I think we should just wait for the right time and until then I can try to reason with him, maybe trying to get a few out, but all of them….that’s just not going to happen!”

It’s a good thing that Moe didn’t say that, but it’s common for us to reason with God in that sort of dialogue when we forget a simple truth…Pharaoh was not bigger than God.

For those that fight the good fight, don’t be discouraged when you are up against a giant.  God may ask you to go but He will be with you.  It wasn’t Moses’ staff that created the miracles that swayed Pharaoh to cave, it was God.  It wasn’t Aaron’s speech that helped the cause, it was the Creator who made Aaron to have a mouth and a voice.  It’s easy to look at things and inch our way towards our goals with caution.

Sometimes though, God will do something extraordinary and burn His words right through your heart…and the next thing you know, you will be standing in the high courts demanding,

“LET MY CHILDREN GO!!”

 

 

 

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The 8,000 Shackles of the Heartbeat Bill

8000 shackles of the heartbeat bill

Most people are bound by something or someone.  The clasp from their shackles are tight and the technique to get them off is well beyond using a ordinary key.  The power of influence, money, & name recognition can move you forward at a quick pace.  Indiana Legislators are not only bound by their constituents, but they are also bound by groups/organizations/corporations who have helped them get elected.  These groups use finances to influence votes, woo voters,  & advance their goals.

As much as Legislators should work for their designated areas & designated residents, unfortunately  most do not.  They instead are bought and paid for by large organizations that will benefit by the election moving in their favor.  It’s not a big secret, we just don’t talk about it.

The abortion issue is obviously a hot topic every year, as day by day 22 children die in Indiana, and many more across our nation.  Each legislative session, bills are filed and some move forward to a vote, very slowly regulating the act of abortion in our state.  Legislators file bills that try and slow down the death rate ever year.   This year a bill was filed in both the Indiana House & the Senate called the Heartbeat Bill.

The bill plainly says that if a heartbeat is detected the baby is protected.  A beating heart is an indicator of life, and a darn good one.  It’s simple, it’s either beating or not, and if it can be detected…then the child is alive.  If people don’t want to call it a child that is fine, call it whatever you want, but it is alive, & it is human, there is no argument there.  So, after a heartbeat is detected you legally can not kill human life.  That would be rationalizing murder, which is against the law.  The only exception is if the mother faces fatality.

Today I sat in the Allen County Right To Life Legislative Forum.  On the panel up front was Senator David Long, Senator Travis Holdman, and Rep. Casey Cox.  Also on the panel was Right To Life’s Lobbyist, Sue Swayze.  We heard about the anti-abortion bills they filed and pushed this year.  One basically says that if you have a miscarriage or abortion the baby deserves a proper burial.  The second one says you can’t abort a child due to a genetic diagnosis, such as Down Syndrome, and once the child is born, if needed, they provide hospice care.

I have nothing against either bill, I actually testified in committee for the burial bill.  I do however have questions regarding both.  Why does RTL and their famous Legislators focus on such small incremental bills?  While they fight for a bill to properly bury child, why not also fight for them not to die in the first place.  Is it ok that dead babies are thrown in landfills or as disposable waste?  Absolutely not!  But why would that be their main focus, when we had the Heartbeat Bill which could have saved 8000 children that will die this year?

The 2nd bill has me just as aggravated.  Why focus on such a small minority of people?  I love people, I especially love my son who was born with 22Q deletion, which is a somewhat opposite of Downs.  Instead of having an extra chromosome, he is missing one.  So I understand the worth of these babies…all babies.  But why only focus on this group?  Why not a mass majority?  How many reported women abort their babies due to genetic/fatal diagnosis’ for the child?  I’m sure there are some, but no where near 90%

Heartbeat was not supported by Right To Life.  Its no big secret.  That was made clear this morning at the meeting, when Sue Swayze stated her case against it.   I’ve never outwardly stated it but every person who was aware of the bill probably knows, especially those who paid any kind of attention.  Jim Bopp, National RTL’s Counsel, testified against the bill in Ohio a few years back and our Indiana lobbyist made sure that legislators had access to that written testimony before we even filed the bill at the statehouse.  Today Senator Holdman explained to the audience how a bill become a law.  He stated that when a Senate bill is filed, it goes to the Pro  Temproe (David Long.)  Sen. Long then places the bill into a committee.  Once there, Mr. Long has the authority to tell the Chair of the committee which bills he would like to hear.  Heartbeat made it to the Health Committee, then into the trashcan.

It baffles me why we were refused a hearing on the bill.  It is either that there is  great reasoning or that the shackles may be on way too tight.

The introductions for each Legislator on the panel today was labeled as, “brave..never wavering..and non-apologetic.”  It was tough sitting there looking at the bill slayers and hearing an audience applaud all their good work, knowing they had the power to wad up heartbeat, place it in their red bio-hazard bag and toss it in the state dump.

Legislators have been swayed on the account of one attorney, Jim Bopp, refuting the bill due to these main two points:

  1. He says the Federal Court will kick it out.
  2. He says the Federal Court will undo prior pro-life legislation due to Heartbeat.

All of that sounds sooo scary.  But here is some facts to consider.  Heartbeat was kicked out of the Federal Courts in two states.  Both states have similar bills but they are not the same as ours, we use a completely different language.  Getting it kicked out of Federal Courts isn’t such a bad thing anyway, nothing passes unless they know we are serious and persistent, that’s the whole point of sending it to DC and having it heard.  The point here is to TRY!  Another point Sue made today was that we need a conservative President & officials in the capital to do something like Heartbeat.  I agree with that, but we have no way to predict who will be there and what they will do.  Again, not doing something, is doing something.  It screams volumes to people like me sitting in the forum today wondering what in the world is going on.  You have the most pro-life group not supporting the most pro-life bill.  Not only that, but working against it in the secret halls of the statehouse.  Is anyone else perplexed about that?

Indiana’s bill was designed by two key players.  The first guy is Walter Weber.  Walter is the Senior Litigation Counsel for the American Center for Law & Justice.  He also has done over 100 briefs at the Supreme Court and practiced Constitutional Law for over 25 years.  The second guy is Prof. David Forte.  David is also a Constitutional Lawyer of over 30 years, been appointed Chief Counsel to the US Delegation to the United Nations & a Constitutional Law Professor.  They say yes…Jim Bopp says no.

He states it would undo legislation.  It’s been said a “promise” has been made that if we send a bill like this their way, it would be detrimental to the movement.  There is no record of this promise.  No one seems to know who said it or to whom they said it to.  The same argument was made when the partial birth abortion bill went forward.  It’s always the same arguments.

Here’s the points I’d like people to understand, when viability was put in place medical technology was limited.  Now we have the availability to so much more and can see a heartbeat very early in a pregnancy.  It shows us there is life in the womb.  Viability is not a good marker and it’s time for it to be removed & replaced.  The courts will never change their mind unless we ask…and if needed we must ask over and over until it is done.  It’s worth it to the 8,000 Hoosier Babies that will die this year.  It should be worth it to all of us.

It sure would have been good to see a fair debate on this bill, but due to the Statehouse trashcan, we didn’t get that far.

A really well known guy in the pro-life movement is Dr. Jack Wilke.  Mr Wilke was the founder of Right to Life.  Here is a nice video of him standing with Janet Folger Porter in Ohio after he had testified on behalf of Heartbeat. Wilke’s Heartbeat Award

If you support RTL it is VERY important for you to watch this video.

Is it odd that the founder of Right to Life says YES…and Right to Life opposes the bill?

Mr. Wilke says yes…RTL says no.

I’ve been told to step aside and let the professionals do the work.  It’s a bit disheartening to hear the whisper of rumors that float around about Heartbeat inside the pro-life family.  Fingers point my direction accusing me of dividing the movement.  Nothing has broke my heart more than the day I sat across the table from RTL staff and told they don’t “oppose” the bill but would certainly testify against it.  The division was already made and it wasn’t by me.

I understand the credentials of lobbyists who spend time and talent at the Statehouse swaying Legislators to vote a certain way.  We hear the stories as they convey all the great things they have done to limit abortion in the state.  I obviously don’t have the education or experience they have in moving things forward, but I do have emotion.  When they explained to me that education trumps emotion, I was a bit taken back.  I really didn’t know what to say.

Later I realized that emotion was a treasure to have.  If there is no emotion in stopping abortion then why would you drive the bus to make it illegal?  I look all through history and see emotional nobody’s like me doing great somethings.  I don’t underestimate the power of compassion, empathy, and grief over children and I would dare to say that it is an essential tool in fighting abortion.

I write this article to confess I am bound as well.  I have shackles on my ankles that I wish were not there, everyday I look for the key to take them off but it’s nearly impossible.  My bondage isn’t about money, power, or notability.  I am a housewife from Indiana that travels to the Statehouse, lobbying for free, and for no personal gain.  What holds me captive is simply the cries of the 8,000 children that will die in 2016 because we didn’t succeed with Heartbeat.  I also confess I will keep my shackles on until they cry no more.

#hoosierbabies  #heartbeatbill

 

Get involved in Heartbeat by joining us at http://www.facebook.com/hoosierbabies or visit us at http://www.indianaheartbeatact.com/

 

 

 

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The Pleading Ruler & His Dead Daughter

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Jairus’ baby girl was dying. His only daughter, a 12 yr old apple of his eye, was struggling to sustain her life.  His only chance was to plead for someone to heal her, someone who had the ability.  This wasn’t easy considering Jairus was a well known leader/teacher in the community and didn’t normally need to plead to anyone for anything. This was different though, this was out of his reach..out of his control..out of his power. He loved this girl and was willing to do what it took to attain hope for his sweet one.
 
The pleading ruler went to Jesus, fell down…because that’s what pleading people do, and begged. But he was interrupted.
 

Another need arose that claimed the Healers attention and Dairus stay on the ground, assuming a posture of despair. While Jesus was finishing up healing the heart & body of women who had chronic bleeding, & explaining to her that faith was the key power agent in her healing, a man rushed over from Dairus’ house & told the ruler his daughter was dead.

In his most passionless solemn of voices, the man said, “don’t bother the teacher anymore…”  A big sigh, through tears and disappointment, he had came to Dairus to simply pick him up off the ground and tell him it was over.

Don’t bother seeking hope, don’t bother having faith, what’s done is done…and it is completely over.  There is nothing more to do.

This perked Jesus’ ears.

Jesus says two things to the pleading ruler.

#1. Don’t be scared
#2. Believe

So, Jesus most likely reached his hand out to the wretched man, helped him lift up his heavy load of a body, and walked with him to his home where the girl lay lifeless.

When they arrive at the man’s house Jesus tells everyone to stay outside except the girls mother & father and 3 of Jesus’ friends.  The 6 of them go in to the dead girl.

Here is a quick run down of what happens next:


All of them begin to cry.
Jesus tells them to stop it.
He says, “She is not dead, she is only sleeping.”
They begin to laugh at Jesus.
They start ridiculing him, all of them.
He makes them all go outside.
He grabs the little girls hand.
Jesus tells her to get up.
Her spirit returns to her.
She gets up.
She’s hungry and eats probably the best meal of her life.

End of story.

And there you have it… a great equation stuck right in the middle of Luke Chapter 8.

COURAGE + BELIEF IN JESUS= LIFE

For thousands of years the Spirit of God has renewed the spirit of man.  As Jesus enters any situation, regardless of the degree of tragedy, He brings hope, life, peace, and sometimes a really good dinner.  It doesn’t matter what your past contains or how much despair lays right in front of you; Jesus can transform it into something that brings life! 

As the crowd laughs on at your faith, shut the door.  PUT THEM OUTSIDE!
Stand next to the bed and watch Jesus take the hand of something that’s overcome with death and call it into life.  Don’t miss the moment.  Don’t be cast outside with the unbelieving bunch; stay close to Jesus and watch His voice conquer all bondage and burden.


You can be the witness to what He’s been doing all along, through all of time…creating hope!
Whatever you are facing…set your pride aside and run to the Hope-Carrier, Dream-Maker, Life-Giver.
He is Jesus.

 

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An 11 yr. old girl is interviewed about abortion

11 year old girl discusses abortion

 

Yesterday I interviewed an 11 year old girl about abortion.  Here is our dialogue.

Me: Do you know what abortion is?

Her: It’s where a mom kills her baby

Me: Do you think that is wrong?

Her: Yes, why would someone do that?

Me: How do you know it is wrong?

Her: Because your killing someone and the Bible says in the 10 Commandments not to murder.

Me: What if a person doesn’t believe in the Bible, is it ok to do it then?

Her: They should still know better and if they didn’t wan’t it they should give it to someone who does.

Me: What if people say, “It’s not really a baby”

Her: What else would it be?

Me: Some people say that it’s not a baby, it’s more like a blob…they call it a fetus instead of a child.

Her: Go to the Doctor and have an ultrasound, you can see it’s a baby.  Then you will know it’s not fake.

Me: When you hear the heartbeat of something, an animal or person, what does that mean?

Her: That it’s alive.

Me: What if on the ultrasound it doesn’t look like a baby?

Her: What else could it be?

Me: Can a women have anything else in her womb that has a heartbeat?

Her: Uh….no.  That’s a dumb question.  She can only have another person in there.

Me: What if man made a law to say that it’s ok for women to kill their babies if they want to and can not get in trouble for it, now is it ok?

Her: No, you don’t kill your own baby because someone says you can.

 

That was the extent of the interview because after the last question she rolled her eyes and huffed as it was the dumbest concept in the world, and ran off to do something else.  Children understand how blatantly obscene it is to advertise, allow, & encourage abortion.  What has happened to the hearts of men that they have adapted this mindset that killing people is somehow permissible?

God cares about the children.  He will end this madness and make known what men have forgotten…that man was never given permission to kill innocent children.

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Hoosier’s Bill of Rights

RIGHTS FOR INDIANA CITIZENS

ARTICLE 1. Bill of Rights

Section 1. Inherent rights

Section 1. WE DECLARE, That all people are created equal; that they are endowed by their CREATOR with certain inalienable rights; that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness; that all power is inherent in the People; and that all free governments are, and of right ought to be, founded on their authority, and instituted for their peace, safety, and well-being. For the advancement of these ends, the People have, at all times, an indefeasible right to alter and reform their government.

(History: As Amended November 6, 1984).

Section 2. Right to worship

Section 2. All people shall be secured in the natural right to worship ALMIGHTY GOD, according to the dictates of their own consciences.

(History: As Amended November 6, 1984).

Section 3. Freedom of religious opinions

Section 3. No law shall, in any case whatever, control the free exercise and enjoyment of religious opinions, or interfere with the rights of conscience.

Section 4. Freedom of religion

Section 4. No preference shall be given, by law, to any creed, religious society, or mode of worship; and no person shall be compelled to attend, erect, or support, any place of worship, or to maintain any ministry, against his consent.

(History: As Amended November 6, 1984).

Section 5. No religious test for office

Section 5. No religious test shall be required, as a qualification for any office of trust or profit.

Section 6. No state money for religious institutions

Section 6. No money shall be drawn from the treasury, for the benefit of any religious or theological institution.

Section 7. Religion no bar to competency of witnesses

Section 7. No person shall be rendered incompetent as a witness, in consequence of his opinions on matters of religion.

Section 8. Mode of oath administration

Section 8. The mode of administering an oath or affirmation, shall be such as may be most consistent with, and binding upon, the conscience of the person, to whom such oath or affirmation may be administered.

Section 9. Freedom of thought and speech

Section 9. No law shall be passed, restraining the free interchange of thought and opinion, or restricting the right to speak, write, or print, freely, on any subject whatever: but for the abuse of that right, every person shall be responsible.

Section 10. Libal, truth as defense

Section 10. In all prosecutions for libel, the truth of the matters alleged to be libellous, may be given in justification.

Section 11. Search and seizure

Section 11. The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable search or seizure, shall not be violated; and no warrant shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the person or thing to be seized.

Section 12. Openess of the courts, Speedy trial

Section 12. All courts shall be open; and every person, for injury done to him in his person, property, or reputation, shall have remedy by due course of law. Justice shall be administered freely, and without purchase; completely, and without denial; speedily, and without delay.

(History: As Amended November 6, 1984).

Section 13. Rights of accused, Rights of victims

Section 13. (a) In all criminal prosecutions, the accused shall have the right to a public trial, by an impartial jury, in the county in which the offense shall have been committed; to be heard by himself and counsel; to demand the nature and cause of the accusation against him, and to have a copy thereof; to meet the witnesses face to face, and to have compulsory process for obtaining witnesses in his favor.

(b) Victims of crime, as defined by law, shall have the right to be treated with fairness, dignity, and respect throughout the criminal justice process; and, as defined by law, to be informed of and present during public hearings and to confer with the prosecution, to the extent that exercising these rights does not infringe upon the constitutional rights of the accused.

(History: As Amended November 5, 1996).

Section 14. Double jeopardy and self-incrimination

Section 14. No person shall be put in jeopardy twice for the same offense. No person, in any criminal prosecution, shall be compelled to testify against himself.

Section 15. Rights of persons arrested

Section 15. No person arrested, or confined in jail, shall be treated with unnecessary rigor.

Section 16. Excessive bail or fines, Cruel and unusual punishment

Section 16. Excessive bail shall not be required. Excessive fines shall not be imposed. Cruel and unusual punishments shall not be inflicted. All penalties shall be proportioned to the nature of the offense.

Section 17. Bailable offenses

Section 17. Offenses, other than murder or treason, shall be bailable by sufficient sureties. Murder or treason shall not be bailable, when the proof is evident, or the presumption strong.

Section 18. Penal code and reformation

Section 18. The penal code shall be founded on the principles of reformation, and not of vindictive justice.

Section 19. Criminal cases–Jury determination

Section 19. In all criminal cases whatever, the jury shall have the right to determine the law and the facts.

Section 20. Civil cases–Right of trial by jury

Section 20. In all civil cases, the right of trial by jury shall remain inviolate.

Section 21. Compensation for services and property

Section 21. No person’s particular services shall be demanded, without just compensation. No person’s property shall be taken by law, without just compensation; nor, except in case of the State, without such compensation first assessed and tendered.

(History: As Amended November 6, 1984).

Section 22. Debts–Imprisonment exemption

Section 22. The privilege of the debtor to enjoy the necessary comforts of life, shall be recognized by wholesome laws, exempting a reasonable amount of property from seizure or sale, for the payment of any debt or liability hereafter contracted: and there shall be no imprisonment for debt, except in case of fraud.

Section 23. Equal privileges and immunities

Section 23. The General Assembly shall not grant to any citizen, or class of citizens, privileges or immunities, which, upon the same terms, shall not equally belong to all citizens.

Section 24. Ex post facto laws

Section 24. No ex post facto law, or law impairing the obligation of contracts, shall ever be passed.

Section 25. Laws–Taking effect

Section 25. No law shall be passed, the taking effect of which shall be made to depend upon any authority, except as provided in this Constitution.

Section 26. Suspension of laws

Section 26. The operation of the laws shall never be suspended, except by the authority of the General Assembly.

Section 27. Habeas corpus

Section 27. The privilege of the writ of habeas corpus shall not be suspended, except in case of rebellion or invasion; and then, only if the public safety demand it.

Section 28. Treason defined

Section 28. Treason against the State shall consist only in levying war against it, and in giving aid and comfort to its enemies.

Section 29. Treason, proof

Section 29. No person shall be convicted of treason, except on the testimony of two witnesses to the same overt act, or upon his confession in open court.

Section 30. Effect of conviction

Section 30. No conviction shall work corruption of blood or forfeiture of estate.

Section 31. Right of assemblage and petition

Section 31. No law shall restrain any of the inhabitants of the State from assembling together in a peaceable manner, to consult for their common good; nor from instructing their representatives; nor from applying to the General Assembly for redress of grievances.

Section 32. Arms–Right to bear

Section 32. The people shall have a right to bear arms, for the defense of themselves and the State.

Section 33. Military

Section 33. The military shall be kept in strict subordination to the civil power.

Section 34. Quartering of soldiers

Section 34. No soldier shall, in time of peace, be quartered in any house, without the consent of the owner; nor, in time of war, but in a manner to be prescribed by law.

Section 35. Titles of nobility

Section 35. The General Assembly shall not grant any title of nobility, nor confer hereditary distinctions.

Section 36. Freedom of emigration

Section 36. Emigration from the State shall not be prohibited.

Section 37. Slavery–prohibition

Section 37. There shall be neither slavery, nor involuntary servitude, within the State, otherwise than for the punishment of crimes, whereof the party shall have been duly convicted.

(History: As Amended November 6, 1984).


URL: http://www.law.indiana.edu/uslawdocs/inconst/art-1.html

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Smart Gift Giving…some of my favorites

In less than a month from now the kids will be running down the stairs, the floor will be covered in ripped wrapping paper, and the cat will be hiding under the chair wondering what just happened to our normal quiet morning routine.  Christmas morning is almost here!

I am a huge procrastinator with buying gifts & everyone here knows it.  I usually wait until 3 days before and pay the highway robbery overnight shipping.  I race through our local department store on Christmas Eve, along with all the other parents who put it off, showing my fake festive smile & desperate attempt to be holiday Mom of the year at home.

I’ve just never enjoyed it really.  It’s like being in busy traffic…I don’t like the rush, the sales, the crowds, the withdraws from my account that we so earnestly try to keep something in.  So, I have formed a plan…a list.  A small compilation of my idea of shopping with ease.  The thing that helps me most is online shopping & products that I really really love.  Products that I would buy anyway.  Products that have meaning, gifts with purpose, something that will have use over and over again.

That is why I thought I would share my smart gift giving links and tell you all of my favorite items!

No, I do not get any kick-back for any endorsing done here.  I did get a kiss on the cheek from my sister, as a thank you for sharing her business, but other than that, I’m just a Momma trying not to overcrowd my house with junk; and who wants to spend money a bit wiser this year.

I’m picky what I buy my kids, they have more toys then an overstocked day a the local Goodwill.  They are good on clothes as well.  I usually revert to buying what I don’t want to buy for them…toys and clothes!  This year however I am going to focus more on books and fun necessities.  I know..you are probably thinking books are boring, they sure cant warrant the same reaction as unwrapping a new iPhone.  For the big day I’m sure you want to open doll houses, monster trucks, and lego towers BUT these books are super nice & a great alternative, easy for me…my boys really like them.

My sister is a UsBorne Books Distributor.

I’m an ex-homeschooling Mom so books are in abundant in our home but some of these books are more like toys.

The Shine A Light Series books are fantastic.  The gist is that you read the page, then shine a light..flashlight, light from phone, etc; on the back side of the page and secret pictures come through.  Oooohh Ahhhhh.. the kids love it.

They also have the Look Inside books on several subjects containing bright pictures and lots of information.

My kiddos particularly liked the pop up jungle book.  Everyday…hundreds of times a day, they would bring me the jungle book so I could read it with big expressions while turning each page allowing monkeys, tigers, and other jungle creatures to JUMP out at them.  Recently I found the monkey, snake, and part of the Lion’s jaw on the floor in the play room.  My boys!!  Mighty jungle warriors!!

parental supervision on pop up books suggested  (smile!)

There are hundreds of books to choose from, and lots of videos online that give you a look at them in detail so you know what you are buying before buying.  Here is a link to her site if you would like to tromp around and check things out:  UsBorne Books

Another New favorite of mine is Exfolia Ministries

smart gift giving My daughter is just at that age that makeup is NOT going to happen but tinted lip gloss, salt scrubs, & body creams can happen.

The line of products are unique, fresh, and for a lack of better words…cool!

My first shipment came in & I was in love!  I bought body butter for my toddler with extreme excema, and 1 body butter for me.  I bought a salt scrub for a gift, and one salt scrub for me.  I bought one roll-on oil for a gift, and one for me.  I bought one lip gloss as a gift…and well, 3 for me.  Are you seeing my trend?

I honestly love it all.  I adore that it’s made as a family at a local kitchen table, that it’s a family activitiy…trying new things with the kids.

100% go to stop trafficking

 

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INDIANA HEARTBEAT BILL & The Secret Life of Janet Porter

Indiana Heartbeat Bill

Abortion has been legal now for 42 years. Even though Norma McCorvey (Jane Roe from Roe vs. Wade) has now devoted her life to the Pro-Life pursuit of stopping death, the law still stands.

Life goes on…for some. For others, they have no protection.  The once “safest place on earth” has become a replica of a bloody battlefront.  And many of us shake our heads and say with sad eyes, “It’s too bad, someone should do something.”

Someone is doing something

Her name is Janet Porter.  She’s an everyday average American who loves good food, great music, traveling, and rich conversation.  She lives in a somewhat secluded Ohio neighborhood enjoying the deer in her backyard and, while biting her tongue, raking the neighbors leaves off her grass.  She is a believer in Jesus Christ and all good things, she is open about her communication & relationship with the Lord and it appears that God has great favor on her.

Janet Porter has a secret life however.  Tucked away in her Ohio home she displays things that the general public may not know…may not see.

Janet is famous among people.  Google her name, you will find her easily.  She has been called lots of names, lots of things, she has been misinterpreted and attacked from every angle.  If you believed everything you read you would be misguided into thinking that this women is a trouble-maker and likes the public eye.

But that is the furthest thing from the truth.

Janet has stood in the gap for thousands of murdered children for the last 5 years in Ohio.  You would think people would applaud that, support her, and come-alongside such a great cause.  Unfortunately, instead many are mad because she chooses to fight against abortion.  This is something we see often in the world, and something I refuse to ever understand.  It’s an upside down place we live in.

Mrs. Porter has a authoritative voice when she talks about abortion.  Her wisdom and knowledge of this arena is beyond experience.  It is divine.  She has a small room in her home where she wars for these children through prayer…created well before the War Room movie was ever released.  For years, she has privately, spent thousands of hours in a secret place in her home pleading for the lives of children she has never known.  Her walls are filled with prayers, praise, and purpose.  She finds her direction in this place, her strategy…her peace, when it comes to fighting a fight that sometimes looks impossible.  It is here, that she is reminded, that the public does not get to define her.  

The secret life of Janet Porter starts early in the morning and sometimes continues into the late of night, petitioning for life.  Everyday she devotes her time, talent, & treasure to the Ohio Heartbeat Bill and seeing it pass through the Ohio courts.  Her dream of rescuing children is stronger now then ever before.  With teary eyes, she tells amazing stories from the journey…and then with expectation, she speaks of the coming victory.

This is someone who has decided do something.  She is in the trenches of a mighty battle.

WE NEED PEOPLE LIKE JANET TO PRAY & PURPOSELY JUMP INTO BATTLE IF FOR NO OTHER REASON THEN TO DO THE RIGHT THING.

Recently the state of Indiana has came across this trench, looked down inside, saw Janet, and hopped in alongside her.  The Indiana Heartbeat Bill will stop over 8,000 pre-born Hoosiers from being murdered every year.  We can potentially be the next state to introduce this bill and have it pass through the courts.

Hoosiers what to be different!  Hoosiers want to stand up for the right of all life!  Hoosiers care about Hoosier Babies!

I am honored to be a part of this great calling…

The biggest lie going around right now is that abortion is a political issue…it has never been a political issue, IT IS ONLY A MORAL ISSUE & ALL CHRISTIANS SHOULD BE INVOLVED IN THIS FIGHT.

Let’s be Defenders of Life!  If you walk across the battleground & look down into the trench, I will be there.  If I reach out my hand to you..will you hop inside with me??

Please “like” the Heartbeat Bill and support Indiana as we go forward.  We need defenders of the unborn to stand up in each state, your state could be next!

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WELCOME to the Looking Up Link Up!

I’m so excited for you to join me here, here are the rules:

1. Show your support to another blogger by leaving an encouraging comment

2. Link back to me by grabbing a button or adding my link to your blog

3. I sure would love to have you like my facebook page at www.facebook.com/grief2grace or follow my blog by email

Thank you for joining in and supporting each other; this is all about furthering the kingdom of Jesus by joining together with women who love HIM

I pray a revolving prayer, that as each one submits your link that you will be blessed and favored. I’ll be here every Thursday, and I look forward to connecting with each one of you

 

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