Tag Archive: courage


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!

 

 

Still one of my favorite restaurants!

Many years ago, while going through one of the most trying times in my life, I was fortunate enough to work at a McDonald’s restaurant.  Some of you might not consider that fortunate, but for me, it was a training ground for things to come.  I was terrified when I started, but by then I had been working for almost a year at the Baskin Robbins Ice Cream store next door, and would continue working at both for a period of years.  I gained some experience in handling customers at “BR”, the next “happiest place on earth”, and my employers were a wonderful married couple that soon became my good friends.  I always told them that had I had lots of money, I would have worked for free!  I loved working there, and so did my tummy!

Once I obtained the “position” at McD’s I had to learn fast, which was not really the most successful feat.  I prayed every day going into work that God would help me to do my best..some days were good, some not so much, but I knew somehow God was pruning me, teaching, training, and helping me to grow strong, when everything in me wanted to quit and stay home.

Shortly after I started, I was assigned to make fries during the lunch rush.  We served millions of teenagers, or so it seemed, from the local high school everyday, and they ate tons of fries!  It didn’t take long till I was running short of fries, so I turned to one of the manager underlings and asked politely if she would get me another box of them.  Her response floored me!  “Sorry, that’s not part of my job!” as she rushed passed me and headed for the drive through. I was stunned and speechless, but it sure gave me some insite into the kind of people I might be dealing with here.

The best in the industry, in my opinion!

Well, it wasn’t long before the second in command showed her colors, or lack thereof.  I grew to dread coming in to work when I’d see her car parked out front of the restaurant at 5 am.  I was never sure what sort of mood she would be in as it seemed to change from day to day.  Some days I felt she was quite friendly and accepting of me and other days she either ignored or mocked me.  At first I thought it might just be me, and I’d been too sensitive, but there were others who expressed similar experiences, so I guessed I wasn’t too far off base.  Perhaps a little bipolar?? or personal issues that clouded her frame of mind?  In time, she was replaced by other, more emotionally stable assistant managers that made life a little easier.

My own emotions, however, were raw and on edge for a time during the first few years there.  Although I know I was a little sensitive, I tried not to let it show too much.  God was dealing with me about the inner me, making me a little tougher and healing me in places I didn’t even know existed at the time.  But all things considered, McDonald’s was a good place to work and I met some awesome people, some of whom changed my life and perspective on life a little bit.  I learned lots of life lessons, a few skills, and God blessed me during that twelve year period in ways that I don’t think I could ever adequately communicate.

McDonald’s was definitely NOT a place I would have chosen to work had I had marketable skills, but at the time, as a housewife and mother, I’d never done much of anything else.  I was desperate for a second job, to add to the job at Baskin Robbins, because I was about to be forced out on my own after nine years of married life.

Looking back on it, I can truly say that God miraculously provided and kept me in His Hands the entire time.  He gave me strength where there was only weakness, hope where there was none, and courage to face the next day, when all I wanted to do was fold up in a little ball and feel sorry for myself.  Frankly, I didn’t have time to do any of that!!!

If you have ever been, or are now, in a place that was not of your choosing, and it seems to be taking forever to get to the “next level”, let me encourage you to have confidence in God.  As much as I hated McDonald’s at the time, especially when I had to mop the floors and clean the restrooms, cook on the hot grills for hours, help undecided customers or grumpy people, clean up spills and wipe tables, He reminded me that I was to consider it an assignment.  He has given this to you to do for His glory and your good.  It isn’t fun at the time, but you will, I promise, be able to look back on it as a grand learning experience, and something that will make you stronger than you thought possible.

As terrified as I was, as lonely as I was, God was always there to help, encourage, guide, and provide correction when needed.  He was my strength, my hope, my courage and Faithful Friend in the midst of the storm.  If  you find yourself wondering how you got to this place, just trust that God has you there for a purpose.  You may not see how this place could possibly be of any value now, but I can assure you, from someone who has been where you are, The Lord has a plan for you and when the time is right and He’s accomplished His will in your heart, it will all begin to make sense to you.

Two-all-beef-patties-special-sauce-lettuce-cheese-on-a-sesame-seed-bun..not my favorite tho’!

May I also encourage you to cooperate with Him so it will go well with you.  He has your best interest at heart and you will be so glad you willingly joined Him in the journey.  I’m excited to hear of all the miracles and blessings that will be yours as you walk each day with Him.

Would you like some fries with that Big Mac today?

SHUT THAT NEGATIVE NOISE OFF! (AND FIND YOUR JOY IN LIFE)

FOR GOD'S GLORY, REACHING THE HURTING, BROKEN AND THOSE LOST AND IN DESPAIR

Mommy Cook For Me

Home recipes from one mother to another

David's Inkwell

Thoughts From The Trenches Of Fatherhood and Other Ramblings From My Pen

Mustard Seed Budget

FINANCES FOR YOUR MINISTRY

The Joyful Truth

Searching Gods Mysteries

46 Psalm

Be still and know that I am God

Bryan Patterson's Faithworks

The greatest blog about faith , music, journalism --- and other things ---- in all the land!

arthiker

art by Tomas Karkalas, Lithuania: The spiritual healing by the fine arts starts with the recognition of oneself in other

THE RIVER WALK

Daily Thoughts and Meditations as we journey together with our Lord.

A DEVOTED LIFE

Practical Daily Devotions for the Real World

Healthy Food

Healthy foods and recipes

A MINIATURE CLAY POT

"We carry this precious Message around in the unadorned clay pots of our ordinary lives" 2 Corinthians 4:7 The Message

The Unorthodox Epicure

Confessions of an Aspiring Food Snob

%d bloggers like this: