PARENTING FREEDOM

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    Friday, December 21st, 2012 10:23 am

    Hundreds of hurting people visit here every day, most of whom are searching for comfort after loss. Please reach out for emotional support as you begin the healing process. Be patient with yourself. Allow yourself to grieve. Let it out. May God be with you.

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    "God pardons like a mother,
    who kisses the offense into everlasting forgiveness."
    Henry Ward Beecher
  • “You’re the nearest thing to Heaven that I’ve seen”

    | January 29, 2011

    Shrek 4 reminded me of this song from the 70′s… I downloaded it to my iTunes tonight. My songs have sure changed since last year…

    For Baby GC!!!!

    Top of the World – Carpenters (Lyrics) [HQ]
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=crWGGy2oBT0

    Top Of The World ~ Carpenters
    Such a feelin’s comin’ over me
    There is wonder in most every thing I see
    Not a cloud in the sky, got the sun in my eyes
    And I won’t be surprised if it’s a dream

    Everything I want the world to be
    Is now comin’ true especially for me
    And the reason is clear, it’s because you are here
    You’re the nearest thing to Heaven that I’ve seen

    I’m on the top of the world lookin’ down on creation
    And the only explanation I can find
    Is the love that I’ve found ever since you’ve been around
    Your love’s put me at the top of the world

    Somethin’ in the wind has learned my name
    And it’s tellin’ me that things are not the same
    In the leaves on the trees and the touch of the breeze
    There’s a pleasin’ sense of happiness for me

    There is only one wish on my mind
    When this day is through I hope that I will find
    That tomorrow will be just the same for you and me
    All I need will be mine if you are here

    I’m on the top of the world lookin’ down on creation
    And the only explanation I can find
    Is the love that I’ve found ever since you’ve been around
    Your love’s put me at the top of the world

    I’m on the top of the world lookin’ down on creation
    And the only explanation I can find
    Is the love that I’ve found ever since you’ve been around
    Your love’s put me at the top of the world

    Do babies (including the unborn and aborted) go to Heaven when they die?

    | January 27, 2011

    During almost every discussion of abortion I witness among believers, I hear them comfort and reassure themselves with the assertion that “Well, it’s a terrible thing, but at least the babies are going to Heaven.” That is such a well-established, main-stream belief. How could a wonderful, loving and just God ever send an innocent little baby to hell?

    I don’t know the answer. I am not going to argue either way, but I am not convinced that we honestly know the answer for certain.

    Do babies (including the unborn and aborted) go to Heaven when they die? What will happen to a community of people, stranded on an island, who have never heard of Christ?

    Well, hell is what we all deserve. It is only by the grace of God that any of us are spared.

    “For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God.” Romans 3:23 (KJV)

    How does God see us? Are we seen by our age? By our accountability? What about by our ability? How about our service? By our faith? Or are we seen as souls or spirits foreknown and predestined?

    We were known before we were formed in the womb. BEFORE we were babies. BEFORE we were even unborn babies.

    Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee; and before thou camest forth out of the womb I sanctified thee, and I ordained thee a prophet unto the nations.” Jeremiah 1:5 (KJV)

    A potter decides to create a masterpiece. He takes a great lump of clay, uniform throughout. Some of the clay is used to create the sculpture. Some is discarded. What is the difference between the clay that is used and the clay that is rejected? The used clay is that which the potter decides to draw to Himself and use for his glory. It is not because that clay is better or even different. The discarded clay is what He does not draw to Himself. It is His choice. Why was Jacob chosen and Esau rejected even before birth?

    “(For the children being not yet born, neither having done any good or evil, that the purpose of God according to election might stand, not of works, but of him that calleth;) It was said unto her, The elder shall serve the younger. As it is written, Jacob have I loved, but Esau have I hated. What shall we say then? Is there unrighteousness with God? God forbid. For he saith to Moses, I will have mercy on whom I will have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I will have compassion. So then it is not of him that willeth, nor of him that runneth, but of God that sheweth mercy. For the scripture saith unto Pharaoh, Even for this same purpose have I raised thee up, that I might shew my power in thee, and that my name might be declared throughout all the earth. Therefore hath he mercy on whom he will have mercy, and whom he will he hardeneth. Thou wilt say then unto me, Why doth he yet find fault? For who hath resisted his will? Nay but, O man, who art thou that repliest against God? Shall the thing formed say to him that formed it, Why hast thou made me thus? Hath not the potter power over the clay, of the same lump to make one vessel unto honour, and another unto dishonour?Romans 9:11-21 (KJV)

    “And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose. For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren. Moreover whom he did predestinate, them he also called: and whom he called, them he also justified: and whom he justified, them he also glorified.” Romans 8:28-30 (KJV)

    “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ: According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love: Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will, To the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved.” Ephesians 1:3-6 (KJV)

    Is there a difference between babies of believers and babies of non-believers? I believe so. I believe the little children of believers (both born and unborn) are part of the covenant.

    “And he [David] said, While the child was yet alive, I fasted and wept: for I said, Who can tell whether GOD will be gracious to me, that the child may live? But now he is dead, wherefore should I fast? can I bring him back again? I shall go to him, but he shall not return to me.” 2 Samuel 12:22-23 (KJV)

    “But now, O LORD, thou art our father; we are the clay, and thou our potter; and we all are the work of thy hand.” Isaiah 64:8 (KJV)

    (On a related note, I recall Billy Graham saying that he thinks only about 5% of the people who walked the aisle and said the prayer at his crusades actually became Christians. That sounds like the claims of walking the aisle and saying the correct prayer getting you to Heaven is a little misleading.)

    My purpose in writing this is because I worry about the perhaps false assurance many people embrace in regard to abortion. I think this is one major reason why our culture continues to permit the slaughter of our unborn children.

    As Christians, we are called to rescue the perishing.

    “Rescue those being led away to death; hold back those staggering toward slaughter. If you say, ‘But we knew nothing about this,’ does not he who weighs the heart perceive it? Does not he who guards your life know it? Will he not repay everyone according to what they have done?” Proverbs 24:11,12 (NIV)

    And, we also must remember to obey The Great Commission.

    “Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.” Mark 16:15 (KJV)

    “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house.” Acts 16:31 (KJV)

    Hydracephalus and Hope

    | January 26, 2011

    I hoped to come across this clip ever since I saw it live the other night on American Idol.

    “And they told me that she had hydracephalus, which is something that is water in the ventricles and that she might not survive. They told me that I shouldn’t have her and it wasn’t gonna be good if I did. But I decided to keep forward with the pregnancy.” Paris Tassin

    I loved that Jennifer Lopez took the time to stop to see the precious little girl.

    Most women would have chosen to kill such a little girl before birth. Most doctors would advise it.

    Paris Tassin Temporary Home

    Hat Tip: http://www.jillstanek.com/2011/01/quote-of-the-day-1-26-11/
    Video Hat Tip: http://www.nationalreview.com/the-feed/257846/meet-americas-next-iamerican-idoli

    “35 percent of all U.S. women will have had an abortion by age 45.”

    | January 25, 2011

    Nearly 50 Million Abortions Have Been Performed in U.S. Since Roe v. Wade Decision Legalized Abortion
    http://cnsnews.com/news/article/nearly-50-million-abortions-have-been-pe

    “35 percent of all U.S. women will have had an abortion by age 45.”

    93 percent of all abortions occur for ‘social reasons’ such as a mother’s decision that the child is unwanted or ‘inconvenient.’”

    “Over 60 percent of abortions are among women who have had one or more children…”

    Most of the women already know what it is like to have a baby kicking in the womb, and they have already given birth to a miracle, but they still go ahead?!

    Consider how abortion must change women…

    Why do women let themselves get into this situation? They could make the choice before conception and they would suffer much less pain.

    I’m “A Shirker Named Jo-Jo”, Are YOU?

    | January 24, 2011

    One of my very favorite children’s books is Horton Hears A Who by Dr. Seuss. When I think about its (unintentional) analogy to the rights of the unborn, it makes me cry. That rotten black-bottomed bird reminds me of Henry Morgantaler, the famous Canadian abortionist whose hands have shed much blood.

    “A person’s a person, no matter how small. I’ve got to protect them. I’m bigger than they.”

    Babies are being slaughtered, and still, we shirk. We continue with our church activities, we complain about our housework, we gripe about our lousy jobs, we watch countless repeats and pointless television, we waste time on the internet. Abortion makes us feel icky, and we don’t like feeling icky. If you think that abortion doesn’t matter because all babies go to heaven, then maybe you should consider, “What if they don’t?”

    Women who choose abortion are scared. They feel hopeless. They are not exercising their “right to choose” because it’s a popular thing to do. They are truly desperate. We need to help them, not be witness to more hurt.

    In order to stop abortion, our world needs to be shown the Light. Remember the children’s hymn, Jesus Bids Us Shine. We need to tell the truth about abortion. We need to tell what abortion does to women. We need to show what it does to babies. And yes, they ARE babies, even when their mothers don’t want to be pregnant.

    Get educated on pre-natal development. Don’t be afraid to look at what abortion does to the unborn. The little babies sure don’t get a choice when they are ripped apart.

    Let us make a difference for the glory of God.

    “Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.” Matthew 5:16

    “Mom, when you feel happy and sing and dance around the house, we all feel like we are on top of the world.”

    | January 24, 2011

    It’s Monday–be kind to yourself today!
    http://www.itakejoy.com/its-monday-be-kind-to-yourself-today/

    “‘Mom, when you feel happy and sing and dance around the house, we all feel like we are on top of the world,’ said Joel.”

    “Be happy, give your burdens to God. Everyone will be the better for your day. And so I am planning for a grace-filled day, because I know there are lots of demanding days ahead and I am pacing myself–with my heart aimed at joy.”

    I know what that feels like. But some days it is hard to get there.

    The Church

    | January 24, 2011

    I came across this video yesterday about waking up churches. It is sometimes difficult to recognize “the church” in churches. This is especially true when it comes to the issue of abortion. When thousands upon thousands of unborn babies are being dismembered or burned in this country every year, I find it impossible to get excited about church socials.

    “You need to put your faith on your feet, and be available to people”

    Today I found this post at a friend’s blog along with the Freedom song. I was blessed by the author’s insight about grace and freedom.

    Beautiful Mess: Grace is NOT what you think it is
    http://thebestbeautifulmess.blogspot.com/2011/01/grace-is-not-what-you-think-it-is.html

    “I realized that ‘I’ had felt good about myself when I went to church. It didn’t matter what I did the rest of the week, what sins I committed- pride, laziness, vanity, talking about others- going to church made me feel like I had done something for God…”

    “I am so free in Christ that I no longer feel enslaved to the duties that I am ‘supposed’ to perform?…”

    “God already knows that I am going to mess up some and He gently corrects me and I continue on in our relationship with no feelings of condemnation–cause there is no condemnation in Christ!…”

    “Christ is the condition of grace, nothing more, nothing less- for there is nothing more we could need, He is all sufficient…”

    “Sometimes it is hard to show grace to my own children. But I know, I know, Who will be with me through every success and failure. I know who will lead me every step and refine me…”

    “Freedom” by Run Kid Run (with lyrics)

    Run Kid Run ~ Freedom
    All my chains I can’t disengage
    And I don’t believe that I want to
    One hand sings your praise
    The other brings me shame
    I have selfishness to blame
    And I’m singing for freedom
    I know I’m not the only one
    Praying to the one
    Who can bring me this freedom
    I’m ready for change
    Broke down I lay I keep holding my chains
    No long bound but here I stay
    I scream Father please I need rescuing
    I need You and You alone
    And I’m singing for freedom
    I know I’m not the only one
    Praying to the one
    Who can bring me this freedom
    I’m ready for (change)
    Still You patiently await
    Yet I won’t just let go
    I see You and You alone
    Saying freedom
    And so I’m singing for freedom
    The time has come separation lost the war to love
    Take my hand gace has found you where You once began
    You’re Alive! You’re Alive! in the waking of new life
    Take my hand in the end there’s only lve
    There’s only love
    There’s only singing for freeom
    I know I’m not only one
    Praying to the One
    Who can bring me this freedom
    I’m ready for I’m ready for…
    Father please I need rescuing
    I need You and You alone

    Mother Refuses to Abort Baby Despite Pressure

    | January 24, 2011

    Baby doctors wanted to abort is born at the same hospital as where his dad was given only a 10% chance of survival
    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-1349984/Kylie-Ingham-refuses-abort-baby-survives-odds.html#ixzz1BxesAIto

    “‘I still don’t believe he is here. I just feel sorry for anyone who has got rid of their baby, never knowing that outcome of what happened.’”

    “We parent the way people have parented for hundreds of thousands of years.”

    | January 23, 2011

    Meet the newest TODAY Moms blogger: Mayim Bialik
    http://moms.today.com/_news/2011/01/18/5839973-meet-the-newest-today-moms-blogger-mayim-bialik

    “We had our first son in 2005, and I nursed him on demand around the clock for 26 months – no pacifiers, no bottles, no solids until 12 months. Son No. 2 was born in 2008 at home, unassisted until pushing. He is still nursing strong and on demand, day and night, at almost 2½.”

    “This is not some fandangled new Hollywood trend. We parent the way people have parented for hundreds of thousands of years…”

    “Natural birth is not something to “try for” and feel bad you couldn’t do. Our country needs to step up to the plate in educating women about the benefits of natural birth, and we need to help women actually do it – not just hear about it…”

    “I wore my children in slings almost exclusively instead of using strollers…”

    “We don’t hit our children or punish them. We have a lot of boundaries and expectations of our children, and we are by no means permissive parents…”

    Killing the girl babies in Pakistan.

    | January 23, 2011

    This is much more common in North America for babies a week or more younger than these babies.

    “Whoever keeps his quiet corner and refuses to have anything to do with the ‘evil world’, who observes oppression and violence but does not stir a finger in protest cannot proclaim with a clear conscience that our hands have not shed this blood.” Malbim commenting on passage in Deuteronomy

    !!PRACTICE OF KILLING OF NEWBORN BABIES (GIRLS) ON THE RISE IN PAKISTAN!!

    Gruesome Trend: Out-of-Wedlock Infants Burned, Stoned and Abandoned in Pakistan
    http://www.theblaze.com/stories/gruesome-trend-out-of-wedlock-infants-burned-stoned-and-abandoned-in-pakistan/

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