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

 

 

Forgottten Places and Small Amounts

The more time I spend with God asking Him to show me His heart, the more simple details He reveals about our lives and how those details affect us.

I spent some time picking up the house from the previous week’s hurried schedule and during that time noticed the precious toddler window art left by my grandson on our glass storm door.  He loves to look outside and watch life “beyond the door”, while my older grandson can now open the door, but that’s a whole separate issue for another post.  I’m so blessed to have my grandchildren in my life!

I retrieved the window cleaner and wiped away the finger prints and lip marks from the glass, all the while hoping it wasn’t too long before he visited again and created fresh “art”.  While cleaning the glass, I saw the greasy smudges around the door knob, both inside and out, but what was under the outside door handle was not a pretty site.  It’s one of the forgotten areas to get wiped off, not as obvious as the glass and painted  surfaces.  I grimaced, cleaned it, and headed straight for the back door which was worse than the front.

I started up the stairs from the back landing, and noticed the grimy hand rail.  I exorcised the rail’s dirt along with other smudges on the wall.  Wow, I thought I did a better job with the details, but life gets in the way and it’s so easy to forget or neglect the everyday use areas that are not large, looming or smelly.  At the top of the stairs, I entered my kitchen, and noticed the wall next to the doorway was quite spotted.  It’s where we set the garbage just before we take it out, but sometimes, the trash sets for a day and we add to the bag before it goes out.  Thus, a dirty wall over a long course of time.

I know these are weird details to share, but the Holy Spirit spoke to me as I cleaned the wall.  He said,”It’s the same way in people.”   I stopped scrubbing and listened.  “How, Lord, tell me so I can learn.”  He didn’t answer then, and I went on to my next project, which was making cupcakes, white cupcakes.

I mixed the ingredients and carefully separated the egg whites, but a small drop of yellow yolk slid quickly and effortlessly down into my bowl of divided whites, threatening to discolor the entire batch.  I managed to get it out with a spoon, but the Lord, spoke again.  “Tell your readers that I see every detail of their lives, and they need to know how a little leaven, a little dirt, and what they think are small sins, can build up in their lives because they think those areas aren’t big enough to matter, but they do matter to Me.”

Scripture equates leaven or yeast, to sin. Galatians 5:9 “A little leaven leaveneth the whole batch.”  The best way to stay close to God is take care of sin, daily.  Confess it, repent for it (turn aside from it) and walk in righteousness.  Don’t ignore sin and think it doesn’t matter.  Sin builds and accumulates, and the more you feed or service it, the bigger and deeper it becomes.  The enemy, satan, wants you to believe the lie that sin is either to small to bother with, or it’s too big to forgive.  The enemy is the prince of liars and in him dwells no truth.  Tell God what needs cleaned up.  Don’t wait!

Remember, especially at this season of celebrating Jesus Christ’s blood sacrifice for our sin on the cross and His resurrection from the dead, that Christ has already “cleaned you up”.  All He’s waiting for, is for you to reach out and take the gift He so freely offered.  You can’t buy the gift, or do enough good works to receive it.  Just tell Jesus you believe He is Lord, son the living God, and you want everlasting life with Him.

God knows every part of our lives.  He loves us unconditionally.  Small, large, forgotten, hidden sins and all.

Run as quickly as you can to His side, and let Him love you.

Donna

 

 

 

All-Sufficient God

The memories of this past holiday season are sealed in my heart.  I was blessed to have my son’s and daughter’s families at home for Thanksgiving and Christmas this year which of course included both my grandsons!  My children are not often home at the same time, and I cherished the special days together.

Grandsons . . . I have two, and if it’s God’s plan, they’ll be more grandchildren.  God’s intentions for us are always good.  I remind myself of this when I can, because I remember a time I was certain I’d never be a mother, let alone a grandmother.

Everyday God’s goodness amazes me. Jeremiah 29:11 tells us God has good plans for us, plans to give us hope and a future, and even though these words were spoken by God in the old testament to the children of Israel, when you become a christian, you become heirs to God’s promises to Abraham as well.  God has good intentions for all our lives, but He has requirements as well.

Jeremiah also tells us God wants to prosper us.  Prosperity in the scriptures means sufficiency in all things, God’s grace abounding toward us.  In order for us to receive His bounty in every area of our lives, He wants us to first seek Him and His kingdom, and when we do, He promises to care and provide for us.

In my post, Adoption An Answer For The Pain, I shared my heart with you about my infertility, miscarriages and eventual adoptions.  After ten years of infertility and my first miscarriage, I gave up on everything, including God.  My pain swallowed me; and I was sick to death of listening to women complain about their kids and motherhood, or not wanting to be pregnant at all.  God, in His loving mercy allowed me to grieve and heal, and eventually I returned to His arms of forgiveness and hope, even though He’d never let me go to start with.

God had blessings planned for me.  His path was different than I’d thought of for my life, but oh, how good His ideas were for me.

If you still wait for a child, or you’re pregnant and don’t want to be, don’t give up on God. He’s not given up on you.  He wants you to have a child; perhaps through natural birth or adoption, or maybe foster care.  He is the God of life.  If you’re considering abortion, wait and seek Him first.  Allow God’s Holy Spirit to speak to you and share His good intentions for both you and your baby.

He is the “all-sufficient one” who never slumbers or sleeps.  God cares about every detail of your life and He will sustain you.

Over time, I healed  after my miscarriage.  I prayed.  I cried out to God.  I wanted peace.  I wanted what He wanted for me because I’d come to the realization He wanted only good for me.  I stepped back and let go of my baby quest, and in His great compassion, love and timing, God brought my baby daughter into my life.  He’d wanted this for me all along.  God never let go of me and He used one woman’s choice for life to be the answer to my prayers.

He’ll do the same for you, no matter what side of the motherhood equation you’re on.

Seek Him first.  You and your child will never regret it.

Donna

 

Holidays Heartaches Healing and Children

When we look past the commercialism, crazy schedules and overspending we impose on ourselves, the majority of us look forward to the Christmas season and have fond memories of family, friends and special moments.  But for many people, the holidays represent sadness, depression, family disputes and heartache, and for women longing for a child, the story of the birth of Christ is a reminder of what is missing in their lives. A baby.

During my years of infertility, walking through the stores at Christmas and seeing the toys and children’s clothing so prominently displayed only intensified my pain.  I longed to buy the little red dresses and shiny patent shoes, the footballs, the train sets, all the things parents walking beside me were piling into their carts, while sometimes complaining about it, then checking off their lists.  There were no items on my list for a child and another hole opened in my heart for what was not to be.  After a few years, I protected myself and avoided the children’s departments.  I headed straight for the sections that had gifts for the adults in my family and planned trips to stores that sold only groceries for the holiday celebration.

When I thought it couldn’t get worse, my sisters-in-law who were both younger than myself and married after me, had babies.  Now, I had to listen to my parents and my in-laws extol the sweetness and beauty of the two granddaughters who graced their lives.  The babies were both very precious, and I loved them, but neither was mine, and now, I couldn’t escape the children’s sections any longer.

Children and Christmas are made for each other.  After all, the story of Christmas is about the birth of Jesus, the son of God, His miraculous entry into the earth, His plan for the salvation of mankind.  He was and is the perfect gift.

I share this with you because it’s easy to get caught up in your pain and forget the purpose of Christ’s birth which is salvation.  The highly important gift of forgiveness is not the only thing available in the word save, as used in Luke 9:56. “For the Son of  Man did not come to destroy men’s lives, but to save them” In the original Greek the word save, is sozo, which means complete salvation.  It has everything we need, forgiveness of sin, healing of disease and deliverance from torment.  Jesus came to save our whole body, mind and spirit.  Jesus does every thing well.  He loves every part of us and wants us to live victoriously now, here on earth.  Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done, on earth, as it is in heaven.  There is no sickness, disease, torment or lack in heaven.

Children are a blessing from God.  He wants to give you a child.  He wants to heal your body; He wants deliver your mind and spirit from torment and release them to His salvation.  You can ask Him for that.  You can ask Him to forgive you if you’ve had an abortion and He will.  He loves each of us and to prove it, He sent Jesus, His only son, for the purpose of dying and becoming our sin, our disease and our torment. In my post, Baby Showers, I prayed a prayer for conceiving a child and for forgiveness.  Read the prayer, pray it and believe in Jesus who came to give us the gift of Himself and all the goodness attached to Him.

May the blessing of God and His full intentions for you come to pass in your lifetime through God’s strength and power of the Holy Spirit.

Donna

God Wants To Bless You

I sat in church today amidst sunshine spilling through stained glass windows and Christmas carols floating above the organ’s soothing tones. I’m certain the scene and sounds mirrored many such services taking place across America today during this Advent season.  The pastor spoke of the infilling of the Holy Spirit in our lives and how God gives us the Spirit to bring about the work of His Kingdom on the earth now.

I knew this from scripture and God has dealt with my walk in His kingdom on earth as it is in heaven for a while.  This blog is a part of His work in my life to help other women become more aware of how very much God loves them and their children.  His kingdom on earth. . .

The pastor spoke of blessing and being a blessing to others.  It’s one of God’s good principles of doing unto others.  In blessing others, we are blessed.  God healed me, gave me a family of my own and now I seek to be a blessing to those of you who want children and a family.  I want to help the women who are making hard choices about children, abortion, adoption and life.  I want to bless you.

The ushers passed out the communion elements, the bread and juice representing Jesus’ body and blood given as a gift to us for salvation, healing and blessing.  Everytime I partake of communion I receive the blessing of Christ into my body, my mind and my spirit.

I sat in the peace of the moment asking God to bless the elements, for the simple bread and juice received in faith to become inside me what He intended it’s purpose to be. I looked out across the congregation and the Holy Spirit spoke softly, like He usually does.  He said,”These are my people.  I love them as much as I do you.  I love the people who are not here as well, just like I do you.”  I answered, “Yes, Lord, I know that.”  He said, “I want to give you My heart for these people.  Will you receive it?”

I sat very still for a moment, a little stunned as a tear splashed on my hand.  What He asked of me was a big request. I’ve walked with God long enough to know I could not accept a gift of this magnitude unless He helped me.  “I will.” I answered out loud.  “If you will help me receive it.”

I felt His smile in my heart.

He told me, “Some people are here today because they want to be, some are here to please another, some are here because it’s expected, some are here because they’re desperate, and some are here because they don’t know where else to find me. I need My church to become Christ to those around you.”

He reinforced in me that what I was doing by reaching out to women across the world concerning His heart about babies and their lives and the lives of their mothers was His heart, and He blessed me with this affirmation.

The Lord Jesus wants to bless each of us.  Will you let Him?

Donna

Baby Showers are a Blessing . . .

My niece is expecting her first child and I’m excited!  The baby is a boy, and he’s due on Christmas day.  What a gift!  Her due date is God’s reminder to us that all good and perfect gifts are from Him. Since my niece and her husband were dealing with infertility, I prayed and asked God to give them a child, and I know from experience He wants to answer those prayers.  So, I was not surprised to hear the marvelous news.  He wants abundant life for us and children are a part of that.

When I pray for a woman to be given a child, I always ask for her to conceive, but I’ve learned from my life, God has other ways of giving us our children and I leave the details of their arrival to Him.  In other words, I ask with expectation of His goodness towards us, but I know in His love and wisdom, sometimes God takes different routes to answer our prayers due to His view of the “big” picture of our lives.

I attended her baby shower last evening, and found myself experiencing a twinge of the old pain.  The, “you’ll never know what it’s like to carry a child in your body, to feel it grow, to be complete.”  I had to deal with the lie satan whispered in my ears.  At first he surprised me with his ambush.  I cried momentarily, then anger welled up inside me.  I told him in no uncertain terms, he had no place in my life and no right to spread his untruths.  I belong to Jesus, and I am a mother, in EVERY way that’s important after the child is born, and I am complete in that role and more importantly, complete in Christ and His view of me.

The lies stopped; my joy in God’s answered prayer in my and my niece’s life bubbled to the surface, and I enjoyed the shower, the sweet gifts that were given, the corny games played at such events and the camaraderie of women, experiencing with our friends and loved ones the immeasurable joy the arrival of a baby brings to all those connected with its life.

I watched my niece laugh, smile wistfully and cry.  Bittersweet emotions so close to the surface.  I was with her in those feelings.  Her father, my brother, died of cancer seven years ago at the age of 48.  He didn’t get to walk her down the aisle and he will not be at the hospital on the happy day her first child is born.  My brother loved airplanes, played a mean guitar and sang with talent and emotion.  My niece inherited his talents, and I wondered, which of those skills will pass to the next generation?

I honor of her dad, the baby’s nursery has airplanes and bears on the wall, and someone gave her little son a onesie, complete with an embroidered red electric guitar.  We cried.  We remembered.  We wished he would be here to laugh, kiss and cuddle his precious grandson. But God is good.  My brother’s bloodline passes to his own children he loved so dearly, and now, his grandchildren.

So, I thank God for baby showers and life that continues, even though there was a time in my life I did anything I could not to attend them.  Now, I see them as a blessing, a reminder of life and a celebration of God’s answered prayer.

I want to pray with you if you want a child.

“Father God, I thank you for your boundless love, mercy and goodness towards us.  If we as parents want to give good gifts to our children, how much more do You want to give good gifts to us.  You are not a man, and You do not lie.  I remind You of Your word, now, as I ask for the blessing of a child for the women praying with me.  Heal their bodies and their husband’s body if he needs your touch.  Mend their spirit and mind with Your love and goodness and give them their heart’s desire.  Give them the child they so desperately want.  You want life, not death.  We ask for that life now, in the name of Your son Jesus Christ.  Do for them what you’ve done for many other women I’ve prayed for.  You gave me children and now, my neice.  Let me hear from the women who pray this prayer with me the good news of Your blessing in their lives.  Thank you for loving us more than we can even ask or think.  Thank you for all the babies that will be born because of Your goodness.  In the name of Jesus we ask this.  AMEN!”

Don’t forget to email me and share the joy of your pregnancy or adoption.

Donna