Our Growing Inhumanity and Callousness

I never cease to be amazed at how far society has fallen in their acceptance of what is morally wrong, or in my opinion, better stated as evil. This post contains some links to good examples of my thoughts contained here.  I hope you read them.

I follow a few pro-life websites, and there are times I’m barely able to finish their articles about abortion before I begin to weep and the need to pray completely overwhelms me. The Holy Spirit speaks to my spirit, and I start interceding in prayer for our country and other countries who sanction, or even order the killing of unborn babies by abortion. In some cases, infants born alive during abortion procedures are murdered by the doctor, or, medical care is withheld from these children until they die.  These babies are unceremoniously placed out of sight, left to die alone, without care or thought because they were supposed to succumb to the abortion procedure.

I do want to say, in some United States hospitals and also, in some abortion clinics, there are medical staff who struggle with the horrific practices I spoke of in the preceding paragraph. I’ve read more than a few articles about nurses whose hearts break because of abortion practices, yet they must follow their employer’s requirement which is to obey the law of our country that states a woman has a “right” to take the life of her unborn child. See this link: http://www.lifesitenews.com/news/this-is-so-hard.-oh-god-its-so-hard-nurses-tell-of-aborted-babies-born-aliv

More late-term abortions are taking place. These procedures need a woman to give birth. The result is, many more babies do not die from the lethal injections or chemical solutions meant to kill them.  According to the Journal of Medical Ethics, debates are now taking place about killing newborns if the woman chooses because the child would be a financial, physical or emotional burden to the mother OR the family. See the following link:http://jme.bmj.com/content/early/2012/03/01/medethics-2011-100411.full

In my past post entitled: When God Says-”Don’t Do That!”-It’s Because He Loves Us I talk about God in His wisdom knowing if He gives the human race an inch, we take ten miles, so to speak, and end up destroying ourselves and others. Yet, He gives us a chance to honor Him by making good, moral, loving choices like He desires for us.

I cannot fathom the reasoning of women who would actually give birth to an unwanted child and will NOT place it for adoption in a loving home, yet they follow through with abortion.  There is no excuse for this tragedy when so many women today are unable to have biological children.  Our culture has senselessly bought into the lie of satan that what we think is best for ourselves, far outweighs the lives of our own children.

Please, please give adoption serious consideration if you are pregnant and can’t keep your child.  Give life and love to your little one by allowing your baby to fulfill its God-given purpose for his or her life.  God will see your heart and take care of you, your child and the family who will love your baby as their own.  I know this for a fact.  I have two adopted children who are now grown with beautiful families of their own.. Don’t listen to the lies of our culture that increasingly speak in favor of death and destruction.

Remember this; when you abort your child, you take the lives of generations of people.

I will pray for you.  Feel free to contact me.  I love the two women who gave life to my children.  I will forever be thankful and grateful to God for their choice of life.

Donna

 

 

 

 

 

Baby Boxes Save Lives And Bring Hope

 Today our extended family celebrated the birth of a new baby!  We anxiously awaited her birth, and welcomed her into our lives.  At the same time, I await the arrival of my third grandchild and first granddaughter!  I can hardly believe it’s true.  So many years ago the thought of being a grandmother seemed like an impossible dream due to my infertility issues and miscarriages.  I wanted desperately to become a mother, and because two women gave life to their children and the gift of adoption, I have a daughter and a son and three grandkids.  I’m so blessed, but many mothers face insurmountable choices and often the consequences to the newborns are devastating.

I’ve been aware of different forms of “baby boxes, or hatches” for a long time, but today, I read an article about the resurgence of these boxes in numerous countries around the world.  The use of baby boxes are being implemented in European and Asian countries in an effort to save the lives of children from infanticide or abandonment and subsequent death. When an unwanted child is born and the mother is unable for cultural, religious, or emotional reasons to care for the child, and the babies birth would be a stigma placed on the woman for the remainder of her life, this safe form of anonymous abandonment is one way to save the child’s life who is then placed with an adoptive family.

Typically the boxes are at hospitals, and are an incubator with an outside door for the mother to place the baby inside, shut the door, which then signals the medical staff that a baby is inside and in need of attention.  The baby’s life is saved and protected.

The United Nations is promoting a ban on these boxes and wants the use of them stopped, stating they “violate the rights of the child”.

Infanticide is on the rise around the world.  Where are the rights of the child in that situation?  Any idea that saves the lives of children is a good idea.  Yes there are social, poverty and educational  issues to be addressed, and countries need to do this, but while waiting for these answers which will only be a small percentage of the problem solving, children are being abandoned and murdered.  These boxes are one way to encourage adoption and life for the children.

Adoption gives life and creates new families. Adoption gives hope for the future to desperate people waiting for a child to love and raise as their own.  Adoption is one way God answers these prayers for the birth mother, the baby and the adoptive family.

I know.  My children are adopted, and now our family is completing the circle with grandchildren.

God is so good.  Prayerfully consider adoption, or support people who are trying to save the lives of babies through pregnancy homes for mothers, or communities sponsoring baby boxes, and orphan care homes.  Save lives.  Love a child!

Here is a link to the article I read.  http://news.yahoo.com/europe-mulls-banning-boxes-abandoned-babies-075454911.html 

Donna

Walk In The Light In Front Of You

During my work week, I spend lunch times reading, praying, listening to my favorite music, or to the radio.  Today as I flipped through the stations, I heard a minister say, “You know those old lanterns didn’t cast much light.”  I remained on that particular station and listened to a few more minutes of his story.  He said when he was very young, he would follow his dad down a road in the countryside that didn’t yet have electricity in that area.  His father held an old lantern in front of them to see where to walk, and as long as he followed his dad, he was safe, and didn’t get lost.  The lantern only shined light at their feet, and did not show them the road beyond.  They had no idea what lay ahead.  Was there a ditch, a bend in the road, a washout, an animal or snake?  They could only see far enough to walk the path right in front of them.

I changed stations to catch some music, but couldn’t put the minister’s lantern comment out of my mind.  The Holy Spirit nudged my heart and said, “That’s how the Father leads you most of the time.  His light to guide your life path, but always wanting you to stay close to Him for safety and direction, and when you do, you make it to the destination He’s leading you to.”

Wow, how many times in my life has that been the case?  Almost every day!  God lights our path with his word, during prayer as we ask for guidance or help, the Holy Spirit speaks to us if we keep our heart towards the Father.  Sometimes, He lights our path through people and circumstances, through pain and joy.  These are just a few of the things that come to mind.  He may use nature-His creation, or a song, artwork, a book, but something illuminates right in front of us.  I love that about God, when my light bulb comes on and I say,” O.K., I see what you’re doing, now.”

I believe God gives us dreams and prophetic words to help guide us, but usually, it’s the constant truth of His word, prayer and the voice of the Holy Spirit. 

I wish He’d say, “In six months, this particular thing is going to happen, so get ready, or, next year you’ll be at a different job and there will be a new child in your life.”  We think that would be good, if God just audibly told us our future; but we would worry, try to manipulate details and avoid doing other things He wants us to do.  Being human, we’d probably mess it up.  He knows our frailties, and He wants us to get to know Him.  We can only do that by spending time with Him, talking, worshiping and LISTENING.  So, for our good, Father God knows to shine light on the path just at our feet, and trust Him enough to follow along behind to the destiny His great love has provided for us. 

Besides, how many people would hear God if He wanted to give you His long-term plans for your life?  I’m sorry to say, not very many.  Being able to hear the voice of the Holy Spirit takes a personal decision to make Jesus Christ your Lord and Savior. Even after that, it takes time to recognize His voice, which is usually “still and small”.  You need a repentant heart, and the genuine desire to seek God’s face and get to know Him.  It’s something I seek in my life.  I ebb and flow.  I feel close and far away, but I know His Spirit lives inside me, guiding me, loving me, and like a good parent, chastising me when necessary.  Unconditional love.  

So, when something happens in your life you don’t understand, or when you make choices you wish you could reverse, or choices you shouldn’t have made, He’s there, moving the lantern, saying,”It’s alright.  I’m here.  Follow My light. I love you, and if you’ll ask, I’ll forgive and cleanse you.  Don’t be afraid.  I have a plan.  I KNOW THE ROAD AND I’LL LEAD YOU IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION.”

Donna

God’s Promises Are Yes & Amen!

Father God, You teach me what is good for me and lead me along the path that I should follow.

If I listen to and obey your commands, then peace overshadows me and flows through me like a gentle river and righteousness rolls over me like waves in the sea.

You have written my name on the palm of your hand. Those who trust in you will never be put to shame.

Contend with those who contend with me.  You are for me and nothing can stand against me.

Expose areas in my life that need Your healing and restoration.

Your promises are yes and amen!

You are God, You do not change.  Even my love for you is because You loved me first.

I long for You because You long for me.  I desire to know You because You woo me.

Nothing of me.  All is You.

You breathed on me and in me.  You spoke my destiny over me as a promise You cannot break.

You placed the seeker voice in my heart to find my purpose, to find You.  I finally see your promises and You are the same.

I try to let go, forget the past, knowing I’m blessed by Your mercy and steadfast love.

Accelerate Your Holy Spirit’s work in me to catch up with where You want me now!  Breathe on me again. Let You winds blow over me shrouding me in Your smoke, Your fire, the heady essence of You, God.

Your word is alive for the present.  The past is here for the present.  You are Your word and Your word is You.  I will peel away the layers, to see You.

Change me permanently.  Change me on the inside, where You live in me.

I love You Father.  Thank You for loving me first.

Donna

 

Children-A Gift from God

 Children, too are a gift from God . . .Psalms 127

Children come into our lives in many ways.  Most are born into our families, many adopted, some fostered, mentored or rescued by the kindness and good deeds in our daily life.  No matter which way they arrive, children are a gift from God and therefore, our responsibility to love, nurture and protect.

A few days ago my daughter, who is so good at staying in touch with me when I let life sap my energy and want to hibernate, sent me a text inviting my husband and me to her house for chicken and noodles after work. My son-in-law made the delicious meal and we enjoyed the evening with them and chased our non-stop two-year old grandson around the house while he said quite pointedly, “Grandma Donna, gitta me.”  The evening at their home was the warm, comfortable time I’d dreamed of when thinking about raising my children and watching them grow into moms and dads with little ones of their own.  While at my daughter’s home, I’d left my phone in the car, so I missed a phone call from my son.  He’d left me a voicemail that touched my heart.  He told me he’d been thinking about me, praying for me, and reminded me that God cared about an issue I’ve struggled with in my life.  That was it.  Nothing about himself and his life, it was all concern for me. I was his mom, and he wanted me to know he loved me.

If you read my post Adoption-An Answer To The Pain, you know both my children are adopted and that I’ve had two miscarriages.  I went home after the evening with my daughter’s family, listened to my son’s voicemail, and wept.  God, in His merciful goodness, reminded me of the precious gift He’s given me in both of my children and grandchildren.  Because I was able to adopt, not only did I become a mom, but a grandmother, too.  The lives of children are generational, and the blessing they bring to our lives passed on through those generations.

Before my children arrived, I often cried out to God that I’d have to endure this pain all over again when the time in my life came that I should be a grandmother and would not be.  God loved me so much.  Just like He loves you.  He heard my cry and answered my prayer.

If you cannot keep and raise your child yourself, I sincerely understand this.  You can still give them your love and their life.  Prayerfully, consider adoption.  The life you carry is generational, and so many families are waiting and praying for the chance to love and care for the child you can place in their lives and hearts while caring for, and loving yourself and your child.

God will honor and bless your decision for life.

I know. . . and everyday I’m reminded.

Donna

Oh God. . .

Call me with your heart oh God, and I will follow

I have only one life, and so much is gone

I want to love you more, oh God

I don’t want to stand before You not knowing You, Your names, Your heart,

Your songs, Your touch, all because I did not sit at Your feet

I want to see You, oh God, not talk about You like You’re not here

I lay at Your feet the lies I believe about myself, they’ve gouged a canyon in my heart

Oh God. . .

I deserved death, but You gave me life, Your life

I want to know where You live, because it’s supposed to be inside of me

Oh God, write your name on my heart

You have an address here, in me, where you can dwell and I have one in You

I want to know every room in Your house, oh God

 

God placed inside each of us the desire for fellowship with Him. It doesn’t matter where you are in your life, He wants to hear from you.  Just start talking to Him, like you would a friend.  You can trust God with all your secrets.  He already knows them.

Bare your heart.  No matter what you’ve done or said, He’ll meet you where you’re at in your life. What he requires from us is truth, a repentant heart, and the desire to know and live for Him through His son, Jesus Christ.

I promise He will answer you.

Donna

 

Don’t Give Up On Your Dreams

Paint your words

Write your pictures

From all the pages of your heart

And there

In front of you

A dream comes true

 

We survive on hope. It’s fuel for our spirit.  Hope is one of God’s good gifts to us, and when we lose it, our lives crash around us.  One way to keep hope alive is to write down your dreams.  See them with your eyes, feel them in your heart.  Journaling can help you do this.

Don’t give up because life’s circumstances tell you the things you hope for are never going to happen.  Delays lie to us, tear at our spirit and bear false witness about our future.  Put your hope in God who loves you.  With Him, nothing is impossible.

If your dreams are as distant as the stars, reach out to God.  Ask Him to breathe life into your heart and help you recapture your dreams.  When He does, write them down, and read them every day. They’ll come alive in your spirit and become reality in your life.

Don’t forget to tell Him “thank you”.

My heart is with you!

 

Donna