Saturday, July 20, 2013

Research Your Birth Control

This is another thing I am copying over from my facebook sharing today.  It is a topic I consider very important and very personal.  I pray all people would really look at these things with much prayer and research.

I am so glad they are calling attention to how some forms of birth control prevent the implantation of a fertilized egg into the womb. This is a point I wish more were aware of.

Personally, at one time, I had more than 1 doctor outright... lie to me about how some things worked. When I found out, I was horrified, crushed, and so repentant. I also felt devastated for all of the potential babies killed. And yes, I believe that is an appropriate term. Ironically after that, I spent many years desperate to conceive and was unable to. I praise God for his grace and mercy and the two beautiful children I have today. Perhaps one day He might send more. But we are open to His will on the matter.

I will NEVER use anything abortifacient intentionally. This is VERY personal to me. I share it in a desire to get others to research (on your own) about the various forms of birth control. Find out for yourself how they REALLY work. Don't casually take the work of your doctor, even if you think he is a nice guy. Think and pray about it all before consenting to it. If you don't, you might find a lifetime of regret. 

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Repent and Teach Your Children about the One True God

Tonight, it may be an unorthodox blog post, but I am simply copying my facebook status......I already expressed what is on my heart this evening as fully as I know how.......

I fear for those of you who would openly mock God. May God open all eyes to His truth.

Galatians 6:7 Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.

Romans 3:23 For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God

John 3:16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

John 14:6 Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.

Romans 10:9-10 That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lor...d Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.

John 3:36 He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him.

John 5:24 Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth my word, and believeth on him [God] that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life.

Matthew 3 1In those days came John the Baptist, preaching in the wilderness of Judaea, 2And saying, Repent ye: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.

3For this is he that was spoken of by the prophet Esaias, saying, The voice of one crying in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the Lord, make his paths straight.

I know sometimes I post a lot it might clutter up folks feed. I know sometimes that is scriptures and that is offensive to some. Internet communication is difficult to know how someone is perceiving things. For all I know, folks think I am a self righteous, prudish, stick in the mud. I pray that isn't true. I wish I could really share my heart and you could know what is really inside.
The Father knows I am FAR from perfect. Some days I weep for wanting to be a better person. I am ABSOLUTELY a sinner saved by the GRACE of a mighty God. I fail often and miserably at times. I am soo thankful for His mercy and teachings. I am trying to learn with each new day.
However, I confess, I worry immensely for my friends and family who do not have the peace that can come from only knowing Christ. I love you, and I fear for you. I often struggle to understand why someone would deny Him. Why deny such a beautiful peace and gift? Why do you den...y His Word?

Why deny it to your children? You might think you teach them tolerance and openmindedness to teach them about all gods, all ways, etc. You might say you wouldn't stop them from being Christian if they one day chose. But even when you teach no path is the "one true way", you teach something. You do not direct your child toward the ONE true creator and that is the same as denying Him. Your children will likely follow in your path.

You might be willing to risk your own soul....but are you willing to risk theirs? God forbid!

May God guide us all to our knees, so that we may truly know Him and be more like Him.


Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Allowing our Children to Experience Discomfort

We are a comfortable people these days aren't we?  I was thinking about that this morning on my walk with the children.  One was complaining nearly the entire walk.  "It's hot" (only about 80 degrees) was a major complaint, as well as "I'm tired" over, and over.  I was really starting to get annoyed with all of the complaining.  It was a beautiful morning, yes it was warm but that was much cooler than typical for this time of year.  We also haven't got to walk for a while due to so much rain lately.  I kept thinking how unhappy my child would be if it was a more normal temp.  I thought back to being in school in 100 degree classrooms and having to concentrate on World History exams.  I realized, my children wouldn't know what to think about that kind of heat.  They haven't had much occasion to get so hot for longer than a couple hours playing.  They have always had a cool bedroom to sleep in the summer, and a warm cozy bed in the winter.

All this went through my mind in a flash and it was just a minor slice of the day.  Children are still learning.  I don't expect perfection.  However, suddenly it dawned on me as a general thing, my child really was not very used to being uncomfortable.  I am not talking about times of discipline or punishments.  I just mean, in a general physical since of life.

Even those of use with lesser amount of cash, here in our western world, we live very comfortable.  We are often in air conditioning, be it home or vehicles. At very least most of us have fans to keep cool by. We have indoor plumbing and electricity. 

In the winter we have warmth and plenty of clothing.  We have shoes, often many pairs.  Most of us have cozy nice homes, apartments, or places to stay. We have shelter from storms.

Most of us rarely experience true hunger, often we have very full bellies.  Most of us have the ability to keep entertained in so many ways it is overwhelming.  Compared to that of the past, or other cultures and countries, we have really plush lives.  Many of us know this.  Some might argue the point, at least in some cases.  In general though, I think most of us would agree, we are quite comfortable.

Is this a good thing?  It is certainly what my flesh wants.  If you really think about it, when learn so much in times of discomfort.  It makes us appreciate the comforts we do have. 

We who are believers usually understand that it can take someone to be brought low, to really look up and find God.  However, right now though, I am actually talking about the "little things".  Is it good to always pamper our children?  Is it good to always be seeing to their every perfect comfort?  I mean if they hardly ever so much as break a sweat, is that not a disservice? 

Of course we must keep them safe.  Of course we want them well nourished.  Of course we want them to be happy.  We want them to experience just being children.  A "carefree" childhood is often idealized. 

However, I am thinking that much character is built is letting your children have times of discomfort.  For example, many realize it is important to teach chores for a good work ethic.  Much is learned in this.  But shouldn't we be watchful that we don't 'over serve' our children in other areas.  Do they complain or whine every time you don't immediately get them a drink to quence their thirst.  Perhaps you delayed dinner later than usual for some reason.  Will that generate rounds of children acting like they are going to starve to death?  Will turning the air conditioning off makes them fuss until it is on?  Will not having the exact blanket because it happens to be dirty create crying until it is returned?  Will not having the perfect cup throw them into a fit?  Basically are we "spoiling" our children?  I am not saying a child can't have a favorite blanky or toy.  I am just saying we need to be watchful overall of creating and expectation that every whim will be met.

 Don't always be so quick to step in an resolve their every complaint and displeasure.  As Mama's it is our inclination to care for them.  However, in our caring for them, we need to be cautious not to cater to them.  I think there is a difference.  I think I have crossed that line unintentionally in some things. 

I resolve to do better.  I want my children to have a very blessed home and childhood, but I want them to have good character even moreso.  I want them to be able to withstand hard times should they come in life.  As believers in Christ, they are almost sure to come at some point.  May we all prepare our children in the big things, and even in the small things.  Perhaps a little discomfort isn't such a bad thing if it builds strength of character.

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