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Abortion or LIFE!!!

Some years ago, right around my birthday, I posted a photo obtained from Facebook that showed a replica of a very tiny baby, held in someone’s hand.  It turned out to be a beautiful sculpture, one of several, with features that were spot on to a new born.  My point in the blog was to celebrate how God had saved me from abortion, that we are fearfully and wonderfully made in the image and likeness of God, not something to be tossed aside on a garbage heap of medical waste to be burned or, worse, sold for parts to the highest bidder. We are fearfully and wonderfully made

There was one lady who angrily spoke up and wrote that I should have posted a real live 12 week old baby instead of a replica.  Not wanting to turn my blog into something quite controversial, I didn’t do or say anything negative to her but left a comment about the photo and what it was meant to portray.   Because of that photo, my blog continues to get a few hits every so often, but I don’t believe anyone is really looking at the site itself…just the photo.   So, I have taken that photo down, to replace with something more appropriate but not overtly graphic.  (If you wish to see the real life photos of aborted children, they are out there on Google and they are heart-breaking.)

My blog visitor was right though.  We in the Christian community have long allowed the world to dictate much of how we respond to things like this, subjects that are uncomfortable, not politically correct, and we hide from them as I have, not wanting to offend.  Abortion, though, is one subject I do feel strongly about because I was saved from the butcher’s hand by a birth mother who cared enough about her own life and mine to give me a chance.

Please consider this:  in order to have confidence in God for every area of our lives, we must be confident that the life He has given us is worth living, and fighting for — from the “womb to the tomb”.  Life is from God, not to be extinguished by anyone other than Him, before it has an opportunity to take a breath.  He offers believers, His kids, abundant life!  Why would we not want that for our children, born or in utero?  Obviously, I’m probably preaching to the choir here.

The self-centeredness, selfishness, greed, and hypocrisy that surrounds us these days, particularly regarding this subject is beyond reprehensible and demeaning to our humanity.  But, instead of wallowing in depression and despair over what is or what seems to be unchanging and only getting worse, I still remain confident in a loving God who will bring His Will, His Light, Love and Mercy to our sinful world and bring revival to those lost in their own depravity and blinded by evil.

For those who do not yet know Jesus as Lord and Savior, I urge you to humble yourselves before Him and repent, turn around, go the other way.  You will never regret it.  He is waiting for you with open arms to come to Him.  (If you should need assistance or have questions, please check out my page “Confidence in God 101” – formerly known as “Where Does Confidence in God Come From?” – for more info.)

For those of you who do know Jesus as Lord and Savior, Lamb of God and Soon-Coming King, do not despair!  Do not give up!   Have confidence in God!  Continue to do good in this world and fight for what is right!

31 But those who wait for the Lord [who expect, look for, and hope in Him] shall change and renew their strength and power; they shall lift their wings and mount up [close to God] as eagles [mount up to the sun]; they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint or become tired. [Heb. 12:1-3.]  Isaiah 40:31 Amplified BibleCourage

Remember, we aren’t wrestling with evil human souls here who, in reality,  are virtually bound in chains by demonic influences. This is a FULL ON spiritual battle against the powers of darkness planning on destroying the human race God so lovingly created and sacrificed His Son for.  So if you wish to remain faint of heart, you’ve already lost.  Gear up, Soldiers!  Be Courageous! Put on your armor!

10 Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. 11 Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. 12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. 13 Therefore put on the full armor of God,so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. 14 Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place,15 and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. 16 In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. 17 Take the helmet of salvationand the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.

18 And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests.With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people.  Ephesians 6:10-18 New International Version

Pray like you’ve never prayed before.  Believe like you’ve never believed before.  Obey like you’ve never obeyed before.  And most importantly, speak and act like what you’re praying and believing for is reality.  Then you’ll see things you’ve never seen before.  Get ready Troops.  A Miracle awaits us if we don’t give up our confidence!

 

 

Today Is A Good Day!

Good Morning!Good Morning!

This is a new day, a new opportunity to write a good story for yourself, another chance to leave the old behind and forgive the ones who have hurt you.  You are important, special to God, a treasure, a true gem, and the child he longs to be with today.

You have what it takes to make it today.  You are enabled by His power to access His bountiful resources.  He has given you abundant life, but you need to go for it!  Live your best day today.  Be diligent, forgiving,  kind, merciful as He is merciful.  Remember, He daily lavishes on us blessings and mercy so He’s able to help you do what doesn’t come naturally.

You are blessed, forgiven, provided for, healed by those stripes He took on His Body.  You are saved by His Grace, Redeemed (bought back from the enemy) and paid for by His Blood, filled with the Holy Spirit, and created anew in His image.  Your eternal home is Heaven!

What more could you ask for?

 

HopeSome weeks ago, I opened my Facebook page to see the sweet faces of two of my dear friends  (J and C for privacy purposes) who were celebrating their 5oth wedding anniversary.  Having known a little of what they have been through together over the years, it is truly amazing that either of them are alive, let alone together.  Their relationship in the good times and bad is one I admire deeply and would wish we could all learn from their example — trust God with everything and everyone in our lives, have confidence that somehow He will bring us through if we don’t give up, and do it all with joy.

C and I met and became fast friends and prayer partners in the late 80’s/very early 90’s, where we both worked at McDonald’s. We spent our fair share of time laughing and giggling while cooking so it’s a wonder the food ever got done on time!  The times we spent in prayer and fellowship after work though are forever etched in my heart with gratefulness and joy and I missed both of them greatly when they moved away. C was a gift from God given at just the right time when I needed a best friend.Things work out best

J is now retired from a lifetime of driving trucks and other short term jobs that he worked as needed;  C still does what she can while being confined to a wheel chair after a motorcycle accident many years ago that left her able to move only her arms somewhat and turn her head.

They have raised six wonderful children, and have loved and nurtured 24 grand kids and some very fortunate foster kids along the way as well.  Their children have all been very supportive and loving to them in return.  Their unwavering commitment to Christ and godly principles have under-girded them through the very, very hard times, and their effervescent senses of humor and joy are something that could only have come from the Lord to sustain them.  “A merry heart doeth good like a medicine.”  They are individually and as a couple truly an inspiration to everyone they meet.

To say that C’s accident was probably the biggest turning point in their lives would be an understatement, but to have come through the trauma, heart ache, shock and disbelief, life upheavals and changes in even her bodily funDon't give upctionality, with the positive mind set they now have is indeed quite an accomplishment and truly a miracle of God.

One profound comment that so touched my heart and made me decide to give honor to whom I felt honor is due, was written by J himself.  After all the congratulatory messages by family and friends were received on Facebook, he wrote:

Thanks for all the congrats and stuff on our 50th anniversary? A bit of advise for the rest of you that may want to reach that lofty pinnacle. We all got stuff we like about our mate (the whys of why we love them) and we all got stuff about our mate that drive us nuts (the whys of why we don’t like them). If you meant that part about “as long as we both shall live” you have to pay a lot more attention to the what I like about you part than the what I don’t like about you part, cause if your focus is on what you don’t like pretty soon there’s nothing to like anymore! Then throw some God glue in there to cement it. Thanks again…. 😎

Don’t think I could have said it better.  Here’s to happier and healthier relationships.

rain dropsThe first time I sat down to create “a blog”, whatever that was, it took me hours to design:  make choices in color, pictures, fonts, size, and so forth.  Then came the hard part — what did I really want to say in this opus I was creating to house my “words of wisdom”?  All I knew at the time was that I had a premise — I’ve always had confidence in God, no matter what situation I find myself in, and I’d like to share how others can too.

With that in mind, it’s been almost a year of just going through life since my last post but my confidence in Jesus has never wavered.  To be truthful, however, it has been tested and challenged a bit.

Have you ever had your grand kids move in with you?  If so, you’ve probably guessed where I’ve been for the last year and why I said the part about being tested and challenged.  It’s not as if these are little kids either…they are grown men.  Both have lived lives, well let’s just say I would not wish what they’ve gone through on anyone, nor would I choose their lifestyle under any circumstances.  But, I have to say that I am learning, slowly–more’s the pity, to be more accepting and patient of those with different perspectives on life.  And fortunately, they are learning about their Grandma’s values and life perspectives and are becoming a little more understanding and accepting as well.

In addition to all of that, I am now officially a Medicare recipient, about to file for social security after my 66th birthday this year and am still working full time.  My body is feeling its age and I would love, love, love, love to retire from work but the bills just seem to keep piling up.  How does that happen?  In any event, unless my 1/11th portion of a mineral/oil/gas lease goes crazy and supplies more than $75 a year, I will be working for a very long time.

Ok, so that didn’t sound terribly positive, but I know that’s where many of us are these days.  Yet, I also know because of the preponderance of times He’s provided for me in the past, I can have confidence that God has a plan and has made provision for my future.dove2 sun

But, this is not all about me.  This is about you too.  You have been living life all year long as well.  Some of it was really good, some bad, and maybe some was just awful.  But maybe you have not felt so confident that it’s going to get any better.  I know that things in life may seem to drag on forever and circumstances seem to remain the same.  They are not!

God is all about change.  He’s all about His kids living an abundant life and enjoying the life He’s created for them.  He’s all about challenging us to come up higher and live by His standards of excellence.  If you have made the decision to give your life to Christ, you can have every confidence that your life is going to be better than you expected.  Jesus lives in you!

Let 2016 be your year of having confidence in God and watch Him change the circumstances of your life.  The impossible becomes possible with Jesus.  Trust. Grow.  Discover.

 

tree by a river“[Most] blessed is the man who believes in, trusts in, and relies on the Lord, and whose hope and confidence the Lord is. For he shall be like a tree planted by the waters that spreads out its roots by the river; and it shall not see and fear when heat comes; but its leaf shall be green.  It shall not be anxious and full of care in the year of drought, nor shall it cease yielding fruit.”  Jeremiah 17:7, 8  The Amplified Bible

Just a short post today with a Scripture I read this morning.  Have confidence in God and be blessed!

Cancer?

Wow, it’s been a long time since I sat down to write anything, let alone something to put on a blog.  I have been on a journey lately, though, that I would like to share and hopefully, it will be helpful to some.

Some months ago, better part of a year by now, I began experiencing slight bleeding in places I shouldn’t oughta be bleeding from.  And by slight I mean, once in awhile, pale in color, just minute spots at first, then more often and a little more in quantity and darker in color.  It was then I realized this was by no means normal and it was early October that I first contacted my doctor for a preliminary appointment.  By the time the appointment took place, I had had to purchase panty liners as there was almost always more than just a small amount of bleeding going on and the color ranged from red to brown to red again.

Being post menopausal for many, many years, this was more than disconcerting!!  Not only that, but I knew there would have to be my least favorite physical procedure–a pap smear, UGH!, and the usual well-woman testing initially.  What followed after the test results came back was a round of more uncomfortable testing in mid November…a mammogram, bone density, and a trans-vaginal ultrasound.  Once those results came back, it was off to be examined by a gynecologist who then scheduled an appointment for a D and C under a local anesthetic (my choice).  Those results showing cancer lead to a gynecologic oncologist who, after his own examination and questioning, recommended surgery–a total hysterectomy including some lymph nodes and surrounding fatty tissue due to cancer being found in multiple fibroid tumors in the uterus.  Yay me.

The day after Christmas found me at the hospital doing pre-op testing to make sure I was strong enough for surgery and by New Year’s Day I was doing the proverbial colon cleanse (and may I say, YUCK, YUCK, YUCK, YUCK to that process.. but, on the up side, I bet I lost several pounds that day?!) in preparation for surgery the next day.

Arrival time was 9:30 a.m. with surgery to take place at 11:30. I arrived earlier than that, but they started right away to get me ready with the needles, tubes, saline water, meeting of the particulars (anesthetist, other doctors to be present, my own doctor, etc.).  At the appropriate time, I was wheeled out of the prep area and down the halls to the operating “theater”.

I seriously wish I could have had a video of the surgery itself because it was done robotically.  A new process called the daVinci System.  I barely saw the “robot” out of the corner of my eye when I was being moved into the operating room before it was lights out for hours!  The “machine” itself looks like a giant robotic spider operated by the surgeon from a nearby station with controls that he utilizes to make the 5 small incisions, do all the cutting, suturing etc. on the inside and then when the surgery is done, the incisions are closed with glue, usually.  Of course, it’s still major surgery, all the same things can go wrong as with regular hysterectomies, but there is less blood loss and supposedly a faster healing time, although that may be up for grabs in my opinion. Other physicians are there to assist with various portions of the surgery, as well as the anesthetist, but basically it’s a pretty cool concept.  Video games come to the operating room!  And, it’s already being used by physicians who may be traveling or living in other countries to operate long distance.  Wow!

According to my kids, who were frantic to get news of what was going on since they were unable to be at the hospital during the surgery, my  surgery had been placed on hold for a few hours due to complications with the person being operated on just prior to me.  But by about 7:00 pm I was in my own little hospital bed (I vaguely remember them transferring me off of one bed to the other) all hooked up to tubes and such, feeling very sore.

I decided, while being a resident in the hospital for 2 days, that it must be a rule in the hospital to annoy the victim patient by waking them up every hour for blood pressure and temperature checks, pills, and so forth.  I did have my own little button for morphine tho’… that was nice, but also disconcerting.  Felt a little like a junkie.  The food was less than to be desired.. beef boullion, coffee, cranberry juice, water, but oh, the strawberry Jello was to die for!!!  Spent the next day and a half on liquids until the doctor came in and said “Why is she on liquids?  Give her some food!”  Yay!!  And, of course, there’s always that one nurse who plays the devil’s advocate to get you up and walking, a lot.  Although I didn’t appreciate her right at that moment, she was my favorite overall…Linda. What a sweet heart and we had some really nice conversations before I left on Sunday afternoon, January 4th.

I am now home and although everything seems to have gone well, one of my incisions popped open early on and began dribbling clear liquid.  That went on for almost a week and a half, causing me to scramble to find a way to contain the liquid.  Maxi pads and tape to the rescue!  There’s more than one use for maxi pads!!  Since then I have had my first post-op appointment a week ago. It went well and one doctor complimented me on my ingenuity in the maxi pad thing because the incision looks good and is healing well.  As a whole, because of the size of the tumor, the doctor is keeping a close eye on me for the next two years at least, to make sure it doesn’t return.  Not only does that make me feel good, but the doctor and his whole office seem very open to questions and concerns by their patients.

Now, may I say, this whole experience makes me feel like I’ve been through a whirlwind!  I really have not experienced fear at the sound of the word “cancer” like some folks do.  Perhaps that is because I have such confidence in my Lord Jesus, that I know that cancer is just another thing that He has dominion and control over.  I gave Him my life at the age of 18 and this is just one more thing that belongs to Him.  I am in His loving Hands– and the two of us together can handle anything that comes my way.  He knew it was coming many, many, many years before I did, and He has a good plan for my life.  No matter what happens in the future, I can trust Him to walk with me through the storm and lead me in peace beside still waters.

You can trust Him too.  Have confidence in God because He loves you in ways you can’t even imagine.  Cancer?  No problem.  He’s got you!

 

Staying Free of Fear

Having managed to move past what for some is the most fearful time of year, Halloween, it begs the question “How can we stay free from fear?”

MaskWhen I was four years old and staying for a couple of weeks at the end of October with my grandma in St. Charles, MN, the doorbell rang.  I made the unwise choice of answering the door before she could get to it and there, under the porch light stood two individuals, not much taller than I, in the most grotesque rubber masks (at least I hoped they were masks) shouting “Trick or Treat!!!” at the tops of their lungs.  To say I was frightened, was an understatement, but I don’t think I went all hysterical or anything.  But that incident did, apparently, leave a lasting impression on me.

To this day, even as an adult, I prefer to walk on the other side of the block or shopping mall away from anyone wearing a mask. I never sat on Santa’s lap, or came anywhere close to an Easter Bunny, and when I had to work at McDonald’s in the ’80’s helping with Ronald McDonald shows, I was good around the actor who became Ronald, but when he was in costume, I was nowhere to be seen!  To say that I’m not a huge fan of clowns of any kind, nice or villainous, would be an accurate statement.

As a child, I certainly never thought in these terms, but as I grew and became more aware of my own emotions and thoughts, I realized that seeing someone in a mask was all about lies. I wanted to see truth, the real person, not a fake, not an act, not a lie. I want to know what’s right, what’s wrong, what’s truth, what is a lie, so I can make an educated decision about it and make the right choices for me.

That being said, we live in a world of lies and deception, fakery, and illusion.  Our movies and TV programs are filled with it and often they only seek to instill fear.  We honor and adore actors who portray heroes and villains for their acting capabilities to make us believe the lies and enjoy the fear — at least for the moment.

But in the real world, there are plenty of fearful things going on and the media plays to that and makes things seem so much worse than  reality would dictate.  Racial issues, diseases from only God knows where, strife, tensions, financial woes, power struggles — personal and world wide, murders, suicides, kids on drugs, unspeakable evil seems to be rampant.  Fear of the future, Fear of lack, Fear of sickness and disease, Fear of loss.  As the Apostle John says in one of his letters to the church, fear has torment.  Where does it stop, and when?

Well, as with everything, it stops — or at least the hold that fear has on us stops — when we choose to believe what God says, rather than what the world, the flesh (us, our mindsets), and the devil says.  Why live in fear when there is a better way?  We were created for God’s pleasure and as a way for Him to show us His love and mercy.  He is the God of peace, not fear. The reason we get into the messes we do is because we are searching for peace, love and joy in all the wrong places.

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Let me share some of God’s words that may help you if you feel fear today (or any time):

“7 For God did not give us a spirit of timidity (of cowardice, of craven and cringing and fawning fear), but [He has given us a spirit] of power and of love and of calm and well-balanced mind and discipline and self-control.”  2Timothy 1:7  Amplified Version

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“10 Fear not [there is nothing to fear], for I am with you; do not look around you in terror and be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen and harden you to difficulties, yes, I will help you; yes, I will hold you up and retain you with My [victorious] right hand of rightness and justice.”  Isaiah 41:10  Amplified Version

 

Memorizing Scripture, rehearsing them in your mind, quoting them, putting them in first person — all are great ways of getting the Word of God down in your spirit so that when those times of fear come, you can recall them and remind yourself that God is bigger than any fearful thing you might encounter.  He is in control, not your fears.peace

One of the coolest Scriptures in the Old Testament, and applicable to us all today, in my opinion, is Joshua 1:8, 9.  If we would take it to heart, I believe God will keep us safe from the fearful things in this world, and cause us to prosper in every area of our lives.

“8 This Book of the Law shall not depart out of your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, that you may observe and do according to all that is written in it. For then you shall make your way prosperous, and then you shall deal wisely and have good [a]success.

Have not I commanded you? Be strong, vigorous, and very courageous. Be not afraid, neither be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”  Amplified Version

Don’t be afraid….Be courageous and confident in God!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cold Milk and Tar

Written a little over a year ago, but felt like sharing again. Hope you enjoy my little story! Don’t get stuck in the tar!

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Doesn't this sound good on a hot summer day? Doesn’t this sound good on a hot summer day?

When I was a kid, about seven or eight years old, I remember living in Pocatello, Idaho near a fraternity house that was on the other side of the alley.  As it happened, we lived very close to the college so to have a frat house close by was not unusual.  One particularly warm summer day, I smelled the most awful smell and when I went to investigate I can remember seeing a big machine with this steaming hot, black gooey substance overflowing and dripping down its side and some men standing nearby, their clothes stained in black as well.  I couldn’t imagine what was going on at first, but those guys sure looked thirsty!  In my little girlish mind I thought I knew just the thing that would cheer them up — a cold glass of milk!  So, I proceeded to pour two or three glasses…

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Just a quick thought for today:

God gives rest to the weary and joy for the sorrowing.  Reference is Jeremiah 31:25 New Living translation.

If you are weary today or full of sorrow, God has just what you need.  Trust and have confidence in Him to lift you up and fill you with His joy.

Blessings……

Choices

“My friend Harry taught me that.  He chose to be the best of himself.  It’s the choices that make us who we are, and we can always choose to do what’s right.”… Spiderman 3Death of a Friend

I find this quote from the movie, spoken by Spiderman/Peter Parker about his closest friend Harry at his funeral, to be incredibly profound, and surprisingly wise.

What choices have you made that you regret?  And what choices have you made that you are the most proud?

During our lifetime, we are given multitudes of opportunities to make choices and I would challenge you today to consciously begin to make choices for right and good, and those that would be pleasing to the Lord God.

He made the ultimate choice to sacrifice His Son for us.  Could we possibly do any less for Him?

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