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recharge

21 Nov

As a (homeschooling) mother, every last decision about my children rests in my (and my husbands, but a lot more on me) lap.  My mind feels like a computer screen with 1,452 tabs open at all times.  Mommas, I know you can relate.  Jason always jokes when it is getting close to bed time:  “Time to start closing down those tabs otherwise you will never sleep.” 

Here’s a little glimpse of what is racing around in my mind 24/7:

Passing on our faith to the kids—most important job we have.

Being a “better” parent—that litany is too long for this post—but, suffice is to say, I’m grateful for God’s mercy to begin anew each day. 

Curriculum—every. single. subject!  Enough said.

Food—we adhere to a whole foods, organic (as much as possible), mainly grain and dairy-free diet.  This?  Is *not* out of choice, but necessity.  This, also?  Is a hell of a lot of work.  I am currently researching the best gut cleanses to help some issues going on with some of us.  So much conflicting research!

Healthcare, or Crapcare—whichever your prefer—having a kiddo with lots of health issues, we’ve been around the block a few dozen times.  In most cases, there are a lot of “experts” who really don’t know a darn thing.  If I got paid for every, “I just don’t know why….” we have heard from an “expert,” we’d be rich.  So, we tend to take a non-traditional approach to healthcare using nutrition supplements and chiropractic and kinesiology care to get at the root cause of issues instead of putting a band aid over the problem.   This is not perfect, but it is the best we’ve found.  This?  Can be costly and time consuming.

Also, academic challenges are going on with this same kiddo, things that are still too tender for me to type out for the whole world to read (because I have that big of a following, right? Ha!).  But, it has led us here, there, and nowhere trying to get him help only to be told over and over that our insurance won’t cover those services.  This week, more of these issues surfaced and gosh, I’m frustrated and sad for him—and me, because I just don’t think I can research one more thing.  But, of course I will, because obviously.  (If you could offer prayers for discernment for Jason and I, we’d appreciate it!)

Church ministry—this should come this low on the list because I *should* have my priorities ordered correctly.  It’s 50/50.  I’m doing my best to give my time and talent where I can, but also step back and say, “Enough.”

My friends and family and others I’m called to serve—I have a perpetual “should do” list running through my mind—meals to make, letters to write, phone calls to make.  Often, these things just don’t happen.  And, I kind of hate that.

Today is just one of those days.  After a cup of tea and a few handfuls of chocolate (no, I do not eat my feelings), I’ve decided next week we are taking a break from school.  I need to recharge and just…take! a! break! (and by that I may or may not mean drink lots of tea and eat lots of chocolate).  We’ll see.

life

12 Apr

Dear Analise, Jonah, and James,

You are precious, you are honored, you are so very loved.  From the moment your daddy and I found out we were pregnant with you, our hearts were full of love for you.  We immediately began envisioning our lives with you.  We wondered about the type of person you would become.  We dreamed about what you would look like and what your sweet voice would sound like.  We knew you were a gift entrusted to us by God.  And we were so very thankful.

My heart is heavy as of late—so very heavy.  The culture in which we live places such little value on your life.  It looks at you as a “choice.”  Mothers are told that the gift which they have been given (no matter the circumstance) is one that they can choose to keep or one that they can ret rid of…and by that, my dear children, I mean kill. 

It is sickening. 

When story after story (such as this one and this or this and even this one just a short drive from our home) receive essentially no coverage from our media, I am reminded of how the respect and dignity of life is fading quickly in this country. 

There are those who are trying to bring to light these issues to light.   

Watch this.  It will make you weep for your fellow brothers and sisters in Christ who were lost to these heinous crimes.  And then turn to the Lord and plead for his mercy to radiate into the hearts of these troubled people.

And I cannot forget the powerhouse that is Planned Parenthood who is forever pushing their “choice” and “women’s rights” agenda.  We now have lobbyist trying to pass their evil plans to allow post-birth abortions (a sweeter way to say…murder).  As one of Planned Parenthood lobbyist skirted around the answer (watch below), her non-answer was proof enough—if an abortion “fails,” go ahead and kill the baby on the table.  Snip her spin.  Call it good.  She is dead. The end.

They tell us it’s not murder.  It is choice.  The choice of the woman.  The choice of the doctor.  But certainly not the choice of the child…because that baby?  She had no choice.

Yet, we all know that if a woman delivered her baby in a hospital or at home and minutes after having the baby, decided that she no longer wanted her child and “snipped its spin,” thus killing the baby, she would be considered a murderer and sent to prison.

Where the hell is the logic in that?

A life is a LIFE! 

Geography does not determine life.  God does.  And no matter how you slice it, that life was taken by a dreadful act against the most vulnerable of human beings.   

And so many dear, precious children, some day when you look back over your momma’s letters to you, I want you to know just how precious and loved and honored you are to us.  You are a gift and it is your daddy and I’s prayer that all women will come to understand the gift of life.  We pray with expectant and hope-filled hearts for a change in the culture of death that is strangling America.  We have hope for a change because we place our trust in the Resurrected Lord who defeated death itself. 

“When the perishable has been clothed with the imperishable, and the mortal with immortality, then the saying that is written will come true: “Death has been swallowed up in victory.”

‘Where, O death, is your victory?
Where, O death, is your sting?’

The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law. But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.”

1 Corinthians 15: 54-57

With all the love that a mother can have for her children,

Momma

Politics and Women Parts

8 Nov

I am *not* a political person—by that I mean, I don’t spend a lot of time debating politics—foreign policies, the economy, immigration laws, the environment, etc, etc, etc.  I just don’t.  I care about these issues, but I’m not one to get fired up about these matters and go on public crusades to make my opinions known or heard. 

However, when it comes to my faith and it being persecuted, you better believe I have a few things to say about. it  I am heartbroken over the election results.  Just heartbroken.  

Last night some obnoxious person on twitter announced “My vagina is happy now” once Obama was declared the winner.  Seriously.  That comment makes me simultaneously want to throw up and scream profanities.  I imagine this lady was referring to the “win” in the pro-choice world. 

Unfortunately for people like me, that means that the amazing pro-life doctors who have given their lives to helping couples (like Jason and I) achieve and maintain pregnancy will be forced to shut their doors because they refuse to perform abortions because of THEIR RELIGIOUS BELIEFS! 

Yes—I believe my religious freedoms are being sucked dry in this “free” country. 

It makes me angry, upset, and very prayerful.  But, the human in me just doesn’t understand. 

A few Facebook statuses yesterday had this sweet message—God loves me, and you, and Obama, and Romney—so let’s remember to love one another.  Well DUH!  Of course He does and yes we are called to love one another (it is the greatest commandment after all).  BUT—God loves us SO much that He gave us the gift of free will and an ability to form our conscience so that we can do good to build up His Kingdom.  I’m confident that you will not find it anywhere in the Bible that killing innocent babies is a way to build up His Kingdom. 

Nope—it’s not in there. 

What gets me more is I know so many women who express the deep pain of a miscarriage, knowing that they lost a beautiful baby, but in the next breath will say it is OK to kill a baby if it is a woman’s choice.  I just do not understand that thinking.  You recognize it is a LIFE, yet it is OK to kill it.  How is that being Christ like?  How is that loving one another?

As Mother Teresa so beautifully states, “"I feel that the greatest destroyer of peace today is abortion, because it is a war against the child – a direct killing of the innocent child – murder by the mother herself. And if we accept that a mother can kill even her own child, how can we tell other people not to kill one another? How do we persuade a woman not to have an abortion? As always, we must persuade her with love, and we remind ourselves that love means to be willing to give until it hurts. Jesus gave even his life to love us. So the mother who is thinking of abortion, should be helped to love – that is, to give until it hurts her plans, or her free time, to respect the life of her child… Any country that accepts abortion is not teaching the people to love, but to use any violence to get what they want. That is why the greatest destroyer of love and peace is abortion.”

I’ve always said that I am a CHRISTIAN before I am a Republican or Democrat or any other political party.  My political stances always come down to LIFE issues—because without LIFE, none of these issues matter. 

Election results like this place an urgency in my heart to turn to my Lord and My God, who has already defeated all of this nonsense:  "Let not your hearts be troubled, believe in God, believe also in me…. I have said this to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world" (John 14:1, 16:33)."

Amen, friends.  Pray, unceasingly pray.