Walking Your Path and Duck Dynasty’s Phil Robertson

Sometimes you HAVE to stand for what you believe  . . . I’ve personally experienced this with my blog. Some people will be cruel and unjust about what you have to say concerning lifestyles and actions you disagree with, but sin is sin. White-washing, calling it another name, not talking about sin, and denying it, does not make it alright.  Wrong doing will always be just that, wrong, in spite of our efforts to make it appear differently.

Phil Robertson, the star of A & E  television channel’s “Duck Dynasty” has been the most publicly criticized example of someone being attacked and punished for speaking out about what he believes is sin.  This is Phil’s right of free speech according to our Constitution.  A right for which millions of military veterans have died to protect and defend. Mr. Robertson is a veteran and was removed from his family’s hit TV show for stating in an interview with GQ magazine what he thought about the homosexual lifestyle.

He called it sin and was immediately censored and removed from his “Duck Dynasty” show for stating beliefs that too many people consider “politically incorrect” and discriminating.  Now, it’s popular for people to discriminate against Christians, or “believers”, as I like to call us. It appears good is bad and bad is good.  John 3:19 (NKJV)  “And this is the condemnation, that the light has come into the world, and men loved darkness instead of light, because their deeds were evil.”

People deceived by their spiritual darkness want others to accept their sin and if possible, be punished for speaking out against it.  It’s labeled “hate”, not the wrong for which it is.  Like the abortion business, get people to believe it’s a woman’s right, a choice, so we can keep killing innocent children and making money.

On December 25, people around the world celebrated the birth of Christ, the Light of the world, but we must remember what His purpose was for coming to earth. He was born to die. The son of the living God was born to die for sinners, and then live again, defeating darkness once and for all and the spiritual death sin brings.  How can we not choose the path to believe Christ’s message and share what Jesus died for, so that we may have forgiveness, and live with Him forever?  Jesus loves each of us so much. “For ALL have sinned and come short of the glory of God.” Romans 3:23 (NIV)  All people, not just those who we disagree with or the ones who disagree with us. Everyone!

Mr. Robertson, you have chosen your path, and I walk mine with you.  Christ’s blessings be on you and your entire family. May God’s divine purpose for you continue and be accomplished in your lifetime.

God’s blessing to you at this very special time of year!

Donna

 

What You Believe Is How You Act

 

I watched a question and answer news segment involving a panel of young adults from what a large majority of people in our country would consider prestigious American universities.  I say “prestigious” with hesitation, because many of these universities have become hot-beds of liberal and antichristian ideals, taught by professors who feel it’s their responsibility to propagandize the students in their classrooms with their same liberal beliefs.

The panelists who identified themselves as Democrats, were in favor of paying high taxes to our government so the government could DO more for us.  What’s happened to the idea of US working hard and DOING for ourselves? Then, give a helping hand to those TRULY in need.  Not just our tax money going to a society raised with the mentality of, “You’re rich, you owe it to me. You should give to me out of your hard work, but I don’t need to do anything on my own to change my condition because it’s your fault I’m in this state to start with.”

The whole mind-bending segment had me shaking my head in disgust and disgrace at the attitudes and beliefs of the college students and at the downward spiral of our country.

I shared the economic side of the discussion to show you that what you believe is how you speak and act. The questions were not only about economics.  Abortion, and a woman’s “right” to choose was the next topic. Needless to say, the liberal student’s answers were not surprising. One woman refused to say the word “baby”, and would only use the word “fetus”. In their effort to believe that abortion does not kill a voiceless, defenseless baby, pro-abortion proponents use words that dehumanize a child created in God’s image.

People fear man when they should fear God, the Creator of all life.  That being said, all human life is sacred in any stage of development or in whatever environment that God-created life dwells.

Thinking of cells, embryos, or a fetus makes it easier to terminate, the unplanned pregnancy.  Look what happens when you say that same sentence with different words; Thinking of a tiny human, or baby makes it harder to kill the child living inside your womb.

To God, no baby is unplanned?  He created the baby, therefore, the child’s life is intentional and shouldn’t be murdered because of financial, relational or inconvenience issues.

After writing this, I want to say again, what we believe is how we act.  Abortion’s tragedy happens because of the lack of, or the breakdown of our spiritual lives in relationship to a holy God and the consequences of personal sin in relationships consummated outside of marriage or from the emotional pain of strained or dying marriages.

I’m speaking to women and men who by choice, abort their children. Not to women who live in countries, family situations or are kidnapped by a person or by human-traffickers where abortion is forced upon them.  Horrifically, that is an ever-increasing issue, and another subject judged by God upon the ones forcing the unwanted living situations and abortions on these women.

God knows our intentions.  He looks inside our hearts, not to our outside appearance as does man.

Colossians 1:18-20   The Voice bIBLE (VOICE)

18 He is the head of this body, the church. He is the beginning, the first of those to be reborn from the dead, so that in every aspect, at every view, in everything—He is first. 19 God was pleased that all His fullness should forever dwell in the Son 20 who, as predetermined by God, bled peace into the world by His death on the cross as God’s means of reconciling to Himself the whole creation—all things in heaven and all things on earth.

Think on these things in the quietness.  If you listen very carefully, you’ll hear God speak His truth to your heart.

Donna

 

Strongholds-Lies We Believe

Although the majority of my posts are about abortion, adoption and infertility, I want this blog to be about the whole person.  Because the choices we make in life are often dependent on how we were raised as children, how we see ourselves and how we think society views us, I want to talk to you about strongholds.  Mental strongholds are lies and distortions we believe about ourselves, things, opinions, reasoning’s and offenses. So, I’m going to tell you about a lie I believed about myself and how it shaped a huge part of my life.

Infertility mimics a slow agonizing death.  The emotional and mentally draining wait each month hoping you’re pregnant usually ends in despair.  It can and does, consume all of who you are if you allow it.  In my post, Adoption An Answer For The Pain.  I share my hopeless feelings about my miscarriages and the way I perceived myself because of the infertility.

At the time, I didn’t realize my response to my inability to have a child was related to issues I’d had most of my life.  Poor self-esteem from being the “fat child in class”, and a teacher who in front of my entire 5th grade elementary class, continually, openly criticized me for having a weight problem.  I never told my parents what was going on.  I was too ashamed.  When you’re in 5th grade, you think teachers are always right, and this was proof that I was not “good enough, not worthy”. That year created a major emotional scar and a lie I believed about myself took root in my mind.

This was 1965.  Eventually, my mother found out, and God bless her, did everything she could to have the teacher removed from the classroom. During the process we found out the woman had been moved around from school to school with similar problems of verbally attacking certain students she particularly didn’t like for various reasons. (not just weight)

When people met me, usually I was told something like this, “You’re so pretty, what a lovely smile, your blonde hair is beautiful.”  But then they glanced down, below my face to the rest of me and the look on their face said it all.  “If you’d just lose a few pounds, you’d be acceptable.”  What I saw in their eyes was, “You’re not good enough”.  The teacher’s critical attitude securely reinforced this same belief.

I made friends when I could shove the lie down deep enough, but the pain always lurked just beneath the surface, threatening to jump out and tell everyone how unacceptable I believed myself to be. I share this with you because what we believe about ourselves and our circumstances has a major bearing on the choices we make in life.

When I speak to you about abortion, I stress how much God loves us.  How He made each of us unique, with special gifts and talents to expand His kingdom of light on this earth, and be a service to others.  Strongholds keep God’s light from coming through us. The lies we believe distort how we see things and judge our circumstances. They argue against who God says we are, His creation, formed in His goodness and glory and how very much we are loved and valued by Him.

Strongholds are open doors, opinions satan can use in our lives. We need to close these doors, slam them shut, lock them up and throw away the keys.  The lies cloud our perception about what God is doing and thinking about us and others.  When you don’t agree with God, you empower satan.  Lies form attitudes in our life and keep us from seeing our responsibility in situations. The spiritual side of ourselves becomes clouded, and we justify the sin in our lives and the choices we make from that belief as if they are “OK”.  The lie that abortion is legal, therefore it’s not murder and acceptable to do is a stronghold in our thinking about the value of life.  Satan uses this untruth promoted by our law and society to destroy life before the baby has a chance to be born and become a part of God’s family on earth. When you want to not be pregnant, it becomes a lie you can embrace to justify changing your perceived dreaded situation.  Strongholds take your mind to a place of negativity and hopelessness.

God says we are His precious creation, His children.  Believing abortion is acceptable keeps us from embracing God’s truth, and instead we believe our actions are justified.  Strongholds are the exact opposite of what God wants to happen, His knowledge about you and your child’s destinies and purpose.  Acts 17:26 (NIV)  26 From one man he made all the nations, that they should inhabit the whole earth; and he marked out their appointed times in history and the boundaries of their lands.

Strongholds are not demons.  You don’t cast them out.  You pull them down and out of your mind using God’s word.  2 Corinthians 10:3-5  New Living Translation (NLT)  We are human, but we don’t wage war as humans do. [a]We use God’s mighty weapons, not worldly weapons, to pull down the strongholds of human reasoning and to destroy false arguments. We destroy every proud obstacle that keeps people from knowing God. We capture their rebellious thoughts and teach them to obey Christ.

Ask for God’s help.  Use His word to take your thoughts captive to who Christ says you are. Pull down the lies you believe. Ask Him to speak His truth to your mind.  Repent for the falsehoods you’ve thought were true about yourself and your life.  Ask God to show you how He sees you and your child.

Donna

One Person Can Make A Difference

Last Saturday, I went to the movie Olympus Has Fallen.  I really enjoyed it for a number of reasons.  One being, the movie was about my country, the USA, and how we would respond to a terrorist attack on our nation’s capitol, Washington, D.C. and specifically against our President.  I understand it’s a movie, a Hollywood production in all its special effects glory.  But watching it made me realize, it could happen, perhaps in a different way or with a different country attacking, but it’s possible.

I don’t want to ruin the movie for anyone who want’s to see it and hasn’t, so I will simply say, it portrays the resilience and determination of the American people and our military’s willingness to fight for our beliefs as a country and to stand against evil, while revealing that our decisions through time for right or wrong can come back to camp on our doorstep.  The movie shows how one man made the difference for good in millions of lives, and what could have happened had he not determinedly moved forward with his beliefs and convictions that good will triumph.

Sometimes, I wonder if my thoughts and opinions stated in these posts are making a difference for good.  If I pay attention to the media and social networks, I feel like the world is spinning out of control and how can anyone change it.  That’s what we shouldn’t do, believe the media and social networks.

As a believer in Jesus Christ, my purpose is to keep my eyes and heart, (spirit) on Him.  Whenever I deviate from that, I end up walking in fear and anxiety. God’s word says:

every spirit that does not acknowledge Jesus is not from God. This is the spirit of the antichrist, which you have heard is coming and even now is already in the world. You, dear children, are from God and have overcome them, because the one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world. They are from the world and therefore speak from the viewpoint of the world, and the world listens to them.   John 4:3-5  New International Version (NIV)

The media and social networks, for the most part, speak from the viewpoint of the world.  How can I see what God is doing and what He wants believers to do by listening to the news media?  I can’t, and neither can you.  To know what God desires from us is to know Him personally, intimately.  Actively seeking His face and asking Him to change us into His likeness on the inside, (our spirit) so that we may go about showing the people in the world around us His kingdom, His light and His love. When I spend time reading the bible, I see God wants us to love and care for each other.  That’s the reason I stand against abortion, the murder of the children He created out of His heart of love.

The world’s conception of faith, or what the media calls religion, is that it’s sentiment and tradition.  Many people believe that faith in God is powerless.  Religious tradition is just that, tradition, which of itself without Christ’s life breathed into it is dead and useless. Only when people understand the dynamic qualities of God and His awesome love for mankind can they begin to see how He moves in the hearts of men, women and children to change them on the inside, remove sin from their souls, and cleanse them with the blood of His son, Jesus Christ.

This cleansing brings new life to us, body, mind, will and emotions, and fills us with His Holy spirit.  We become a new person in Christ.  From that moment on, when He looks at us and hears our prayers, He sees us as redeemed from sin, which before separated us from Him.  Now, I can boldly go through prayer into His presence with my requests as His daughter, and priest, with all the rights of an heir to God’s kingdom through Jesus.  This is power.  This is love.  This is beautiful peace, healing, abundance and hope.  Hope in God as my father, not in the frail, sin-wrecked ways of the world and their solutions, culture, and economies.

When I keep my eyes on Christ, I remember He told me to write to you, to share His love and plan for each of us, which includes the lives of the unborn and taking a stand to end abortion.  No matter what anyone says or thinks about what I write, they must remember this: I speak of the goodness of God and His love for mankind, including babies, children and families.  What I have to share with you is of God.  It’s not Donna’s plan for babies, mothers and fathers, it’s God plan.

His love for you is staggeringly abundant. Each of us, helping one person at a time, loving God with all our heart and soul, doing His will on earth as it is in heaven is a very possible, achievable destiny for each of us.  Careers and riches don’t follow us into the next life.  Only what is done for God will last.  One day, we all will stand before him and give account of our lives and actions.

Jesus sees our hearts, our reasons why we live like we do.  What will our thoughts and actions say about us to Him on that day.

I ask God to bless those who read my posts.

Take a moment to send me an email at: lightcradles@gmail.com or send a note to: Light Cradles, PO Box 1795, North Platte, NE  69103-1795

Donna

 

 

Standing For Righteousness And Being Christian

A couple of years ago, I became aware of the Holy Spirit urging me to speak the truth, and no longer remain silent about abortion and other aspects of my faith in Jesus.  I would label myself a “believer” and not just Christian.  Nowadays, the term Christian is tossed about with the casualness of someone stating their name.   It seems that anyone who is NOT atheist, Jewish, Muslim or any of the numerous Eastern religions is too quick to call themselves Christian.   Many people think they’re Christian because they go to church, or because their parents took them to church, or because they don’t proclaim another religion so, “I must be a Christian, right?”  

Proclaiming you’re a Christian should be much, much more than just saying you are one, or that you go to church.  It means you are a believer and follower of Jesus Christ who shed His blood for our sin and our complete salvation, that He died and rose again, ascended to heaven and sent the Holy Spirit to come dwell in our heart.  Being a Christian means having a personal, ongoing relationship with Jesus. Reading and BELIEVING His Word, the bible, spending time in prayer and worship and seeking His direction and purpose for your life. It means you strive to live that life seven days a week and not just Sunday. It’s an ongoing process, a goal, one that all true believers never stop reaching for.  We fail and we succeed, but we keep pressing forward, confident that the good work Jesus started in us will continue until we die.

When you become serious about being a believer, your life changes in ways you never imagined.  Spending one on one time in prayer and worship with the creator of the universe who loves you with an all-consuming love is wonderful and unnerving all at the same time.  Having a relationship with someone means you spend time with them, getting to know them and their heart and letting them see yours.  It’s during these times of prayer and worship, the Holy Spirit gives you guidance about your life and what He wants you to do to establish His kingdom on earth.  It’s why I started writing this blog.                

Today, Christians are afraid to speak the truth of the word of God concerning taking the lives of the unborn by abortion and sex between the same genders.  Our culture, in part by Christians remaining quiet on the above subjects, has made these topics not only “acceptable”, but “untouchable” without being sliced and diced by the left. Anyone speaking out against abortion or homosexuality is shredded by name calling, rebuked for what the left calls our ignorance and stupidity, and left for dead along side the liberal media road.  Liberals feed off this media opinion, even liberal Christians who do not search or believe the scriptures for God’s unchangeable covenants.   If you are a true believer, the word of God makes it very clear about the areas of life you should stand up for and speak out on, in spite of what anyone may say or print about you.  We MUST stand for righteousness if we do not want a curse upon our nation.  Here’s a link to a wonderful video: http://www.youtube.com/watch_popup?v=D9vQt6IXXaM&hd

 Christians need to stand united and boldly declare from our mouths and our pulpits that, we will serve the Lord our God and seek righteousness by refusing to place into our government offices anyone who is Pro Choice, or in favor of abortion, and not electing candidates who promote the homosexual agenda by supporting legislation to encourage it.

The days of believers sitting silently in our pews on Sunday, singing our favorite songs, and hearing a feel-good sermon are over!  Our country’s survival  and it’s ability to promote the Christian faith to the world is in peril by our cultural agreement and silent acceptance of the so-called “enlightened” liberal agenda.  We need to vote for people who uphold morality, marriage between a man and a woman, and life for anyone no matter what stage of physical developement they have achieved.

There IS a war on women.  It’s called abortion.  It kills baby girls (and boys), and emotionally destroys the women who believe the lie that abortion is a choice that has no consequences.

Life is a right given to us by our Creator and recognized by our constitution.  There is no right to choose death for the unborn.

Donna