Saturday, September 21, 2013

I Can Do All Things

 I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.  Philippians 4:13

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

The Planned Parenthood Project

Planned Parenthood has a lot of territory outside of the United States too but many could call this the Marie Stopes International Project as well given they have the exact same agenda. 

I used to know a woman who no longer lives in my town.  She used to be connected to me on Facebook and would see my posts that were critical of Planned Parenthood.  She saw the posts that showed that Planned Parenthood covered up statutory rape, protected sexual predators, covered up abortion deaths, had a eugenics agenda (connections with Hitler's people) and committed fraud, waste and abuse regularly.  I received an email one day with her defense of Planned Parenthood even after all these posts.  She was thankful to God that Planned Parenthood helped her set up her girls for a life of sex outside of marriage, especially in a way that made her daughters respect their bodies. 

I am all understanding of ignorance because I was ignorant myself and God bless the people who dealt with my ignorance all those years.  The part I have a hard time with is EMBRACING ignorance once you face the truth.  If you call yourself a Christian, you do not thank God for a godless business that kills babies, commits theft, protects rapists and child molestors and sets up people to sin with abandon under the title of "respect for one's body".  

Please, pass this video on to others and help stop the ignorance!  Some may reject it and embrace their ignorance but others WILL listen.   My last blog entry addressed those "Lightbulb Moments"---the bulb lights up and there is now light!  As we have heard in the past in many classes, "we just did not know!"  No, but now you do.  What are you going to do with this information?   "I am going to share!"  AMEN!!!   Maybe more people will be in the minority saying "No one ever told me any of this!" 

Hosea 4:6-7
My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge.
Because you have rejected knowledge,
I also will reject you from being priest for Me;
Because you have forgotten the law of your God,
I also will forget your children. “The more they increased,
The more they sinned against Me;
I will change their glory into shame.

Monday, September 16, 2013


Today has been a pretty good day.  Of course, the Lord made it and I rejoice in it!  So regardless if I had a flat tire, sickness or a flood happened in my house, it would still be a day that the Lord made and I would rejoiced in that.  Okay, none of these things have happened today (although I am finally over my cold) and the day is not over yet....you see my point. 

We are starting a new training for future lay counselors at our crisis pregnancy clinic.  It has not changed too much but we are now doing this weekly instead of over a weekend and a couple of weeknights.  The training is around 25 hours on average and it covers a lot of territory.  Anyone who finishes it (even if they actually do not come back to minister to clients), would leave with a wealth of knowledge on the pro-life subject. 

I love it all but the first night is one night I particularly enjoy.  I love meeting the new people and hearing how they were called to this ministry.  It is awesome to hear how people heard about us and it is encouraging to hear some testimonies of some.  Frequently, there seems to be 1 or 2 people who pretty much admit at the outset that there was an abortion in their past.  They feel called to warn others to avoid that destructive path.   Not everyone can do that at the first meeting in a group of strangers.  Others wait a little later.  We strive to make this a time and place for  people to feel safe to share frankly and openly. 
One thing that is also very encouraging is what I call the "Lightbulb Moment".   I have personally had many myself.   Those moments are akin to Helen Keller learning her first words.  Sometimes the expression is about the same.  After those realizations, you can just see that they cannot go back to the "old" world.  A kind of fog has cleared.  I also like the analogy of an aerial for a television set.  Why would you want to go back messing with a set of bunny ears to get a clear televsion picture once you have an aerial to receive that clear signal?  No thanks.  I will never go back.  There, I just dated myself.   You whippersnappers out there just have no idea of the frustration (or the body contortions needed) to obtain a picture on one of 4 channels on an old black-and-white television set.  No complaints really,  I felt pretty happy to even have a television set in my room. 

Please pray for this new class.  We are already under spiritual warfare and we have not even started the first night.  I will not go into details of what is taking place, but as past classes have gone, it is par for the course.  We just never know what form it will take.  Will it be technology that goes sour?  Sickness?  Difficult people?  Maintenance issues?  Physical space issues? Sometimes the warfare manifests in attacking the students with sick children, work schedules changing and car trouble.   God will get us through it and He will grow us in the process.  Still, we appreciate your prayers. 

Often, because of the difficult and sensitive subject of abortion, the groups form lasting friendships and bonds.  As you can imagine, it can all be very emotional and maybe even heated at times.  At the end of it though, we see healing take place and we see God work mightily in the most amazing ways!!!  That is an addiction I never seem to get over....God working! 

I am praying for an old friend of mine to have one of those lightbulb moments.  She calls herself Christian and yet still thinks that if a baby is born of rape or incest, that the best course of action is abortion.  I pray for people to be put in her path to teach her because once she has that "first word in her hand", she could do great things with that realization.  She would not believe in slavery of course, but her rape and incest exception for abortion puts her squarely in the same camp as if she were back in 1861.  She keeps company with like-minded people so there is the bubble!   I am praying for someone to pop that bubble and her circle of influence to change.  I was there once upon a time.  I do not know how God will do it, or who He will use to change her mind but I pray for that person and or that situation. 

My handsome and wonderful husband is going to be here in a few minutes to pick me up.  He is also a part of this training team.   We have quite a few awesome people who contribute to this training venture.  Well, my handsome hubby is here so I am signing off.   Please pray for all of us these next 10 weeks!!!    

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

In the Darkest Hours There is Light

Today has been a day of perusing and lurking.  Sometimes that is all the day allows.  A chance to read a few articles, scroll through the posts, "like" something and then go do other things.  Today has been one of those days.  The main theme has been 9-11.  It has been 12 years and everyone is reminescing where they were and what they were doing when all of the events unfolded.  My prayers go out to all those who were affected by those terrorist attacks.  What a difficult day still even now.  

Many photos, clips and comments have brought a lot of memories and emotions forefront.  I have seen many discussions as to whether we have forgotten and the directions our country has taken since that horrible day.  I am not going to give an essay of where I was or what I was doing. 

However, in the weeks that followed that time, many patriotic emails and essays were sent.  I remember one that detailed the schedules of the many souls who were at the World Trade Center that morning.  Every person just barely missed being at the tower due to either a missed bus, an illness or a doctor's appointment.  The end of the email culminated in the thought that all these people were rescued from the horror of the attack due to God's goodness.   God IS good!   I especially think of how God used so many people to save others from death that day.  John 15:13

I remember thinking....."But there were a lot of people who did not miss a bus.  There were many souls who were not sick that day.  Many individuals WERE caught on those floors and in the paths of the falling buildings.  What about them?"   I wanted to respond to some of these emails and share that of all the souls who were not there, let us not forget the ones who were there.  God is STILL good.  Regardless of the circumstances and the dark hours that ensued, God is good. 

For many of those who lost their lives that day, many went home to be with God.   Many may have called on God for the very first time and said, "Forgive me, Lord for my sins.  I want Jesus in my heart and life right now."  They may have died terrible deaths to be with Him, but they knew paradise that day.  They just simply said to God, "Yes."   Harder still to think of those who did not know Him or rejected Jesus even maybe as smoke filled their lungs.  They might have cried out to their own god.  Many did not go to home to be with God.  As difficult as it is to face that fact, it's important to remember that there are so many lost souls still out there.  

It is very fathom that even after all the attempts to share the Good News of Jesus Christ, many loved ones still to this very minute reject Jesus.  The Christians who read this blog and who have experienced the same thing will understand.  We just want to "lovingly throttle" these loved ones into sense.   We cannot do that though.   It is the Holy Spirit.  God only asks us to be obedient.   I attended a retreat this past weekend and our speaker pointed out that we often say to God, "You love them, I'll change them."   God replies to us, "No, YOU love them and I WILL change them!".   Come to think of it, He does both the loving and the changing which is far better than what we could ever do. 

This same speaker also shared once that we need to pray for a wrecking ball for these people.  That does not sound loving at first thought.   Some people who are very resolute in their hostility to God and are pretty much in love with themselves do need a wrecking ball!   I honestly wish I could share verbatim the whole teachings.  I'll post her website at the end and if you are interested in purchasing her cd's, you can have that option.  She pretty much shoots from the hip and the truth is unvarnished and unsentimental.  There is nothing flowery with Margaret Ashmore and well, she is a Texan.  Need I say more?   :)  

I am not giving up hope.  As long as there is breath in their bodies (no matter if they are total strangers or familiar), there is hope.  We will pray for them, pray for the wrecking balls and love them.  I have been guilty of not speaking up and not sharing the Gospel.  It is a terrible feeling and I wonder how many people who were downtown New York City wished they had shared the Gospel with their co-workers, their family members or their neighbors?  Do not give up on sharing the Gospel.  It may not be well-received maybe the first time or even the subsequent times but then again, how will you know until you try?   At the place I volunteer, there are some who actually do accept the Lord.  Sometimes it is with a grateful heart and a relief that they say, "I understand and thank you for taking time with me to explain it!"   Sometimes they are so joyful and the Holy Spirit works through them and there are tears and repentance.  Lives DO transform miraculously when they accept Him. 

 Some do initially reject as they are having way too much (perceived) fun in their lifestyles of sin, but there may come a time those words you shared with them may come right at the moment of their anguish.  I remember one story of a college girl who was alone in her college dormitory bed one night.  Her dad had shared the Gospel with her and he asked her, "What if you are wrong?"  Those words rung in her ears as she tried desperately to sleep after many nights of ill-behavior.  "What if you are wrong?"  Is it worth experiencing an eternity of suffering?   Is it worth being cheated out of perfect love by our Father in Heaven?   Is it worth missing out not being forgiven, not having peace and joy and eternal life?    I am so grateful to the ones who shared with me.....I can never go back to my old life.

 ROMANS 10:14-16
 How then shall they call on Him in whom they have not believed? And how shall they believe in Him of whom they have not heard? And how shall they hear without a preacher?  And how shall they preach unless they are sent? As it is written:
“How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the gospel of peace,
Who bring glad tidings of good things!”
 But they have not all obeyed the gospel. For Isaiah says, “Lord, who has believed our report?”

I Was There