Ireland’s Eighth Amendment Repeal Vote

I’ve heard more than one survivor of abortion talk about how grateful they are to have lived. Claire Culwell in the following Irish Central article found out she survived and it inspired her to go to Ireland and speak against the coming vote to make abortions available. I hope the Irish retain their commitment to what is right in valuing life and that our country comes back to what it used to value too.

https://www.irishcentral.com/news/politics/american-prolife-reland-abortion

Claire acknowledges that people will get abortions whether it is legal or not. She says we need to provide good alternatives. I think that is good, but we also need to reform our societies’ mentality to take sex so casually and so lustfully. That is the root of unwanted pregnancies. So if we should value our children and future generations we should also value ourselves and each other. Our families need to promote and support that.

I grew in an America where pre-teen pregnancies and sex abuse were far too common. If people valued each other and themselves enough to withhold sex and stop chasing it or forcing it, then unwanted pregnancies would be rare instead of common, and there would be no need to abort millions of children or have thousands grow up wanting a family in orphanages.

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The wrong kind of pride is destroying our future

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When facts supporting the immorality of abortion were given, someone sarcastically commented on the hundreds upon hundreds of adoptions being made to save those unwanted babies. There were millions upon millions of abortions performed since the United States legalized it, averaging over 1.3 million a year since 1973. After all, how could so many babies be adopted?
That isn’t the point. It’s society’s lack of accountability, self-control, and morals that are creating so many unwanted babies in the first place. The immorality of murder is justified in the name of personal freedom. Loose sexual morals and lust promoted by popular culture, and the absence of self-control, proper education and discipline of our children are promoting promiscuity that is creating all these unwanted babies.
So when serious moral consequences of abortion are given, criticism on what to do with all the babies is given instead of the realization that the causes of this problem are society’s exchange of the moral for the immoral. Pride in thinking that nothing wrong was done is blinding society. It does not want to see its wrongs and that lack of accountability will destroy our nations.

Hold Out

“I remembered my songs in the night. My heart mused and my spirit inquired…” (Psalm 77:6)

This morning I drifted into full alertness at 4 am after a night of tossing in the humid summer air. Being alert that early is not normal for me, believe me. I was never a morning person, but today something struck me as I lay there listening to the music I left playing all night.

Celtic Woman’s “Send Me A Song” was playing and the lyrics start: Take the wave now and know that you’re free. Turn your back on the land, face the sea. Face the wind now, so wild and so strong. When you think of me, wave to me and send me a song…

As I listened, I thought about relationships and finding that perfect someone. Sometimes when relationships end, you wonder why it was so hard and it didn’t work out. You had to let go, and then you’re left facing the sea again, and it doesn’t feel calm but so wild and strong like in the song. It looks scary, and you’re not sure if you want to go out and face it again.

In that moment, I realized that God made our hearts to love Him because how could we love someone we’ve never seen in person, hugged, or snapped a photo with? How can our hearts yearn to be with our Heavenly Father? Yet we do.

In a relationship with Christ, we want to be with Him, share everything with Him – our thoughts, our dreams, our problems – and do everything that we do with any other person that we share life with. Who would want to be with someone if they didn’t love them?

Then I realized God also made our hearts to love each other in the same way and there’s different kinds of love – brotherly love, motherly love, fatherly love, sisterly love – but also there’s that love for a soul mate that’s like our love for the Lord. We yearn for it in our hearts, for that someone whose heart complements our own in that wonderful pattern of indescribable harmony and unity.

I realized then that God made us all and predetermined our desires as much as our gifts and abilities. We’re predestined for more than stations in life and accomplishments, so it’s best not to rush off into marriage whenever you feel that flood of emotions with someone you think is perfect for you.

No. Hold out for your true soul mate, because we’re all tested and tempted in relationships and dating. Our physical reactions can make almost any mate feel like a soul mate in the moment, but it takes time to test that. Give your relationships that time and give them to God. Ask Him to bring the right people into your life and to tell you if you should stay in or leave relationships. Give God time as well, because true destiny can take a long time to achieve, and even though He predetermined many things about our lives, we do have free will and can go against God’s plans for us, especially when we get that stubbornness in our ga-ga-googly-eye moments to run after someone who attracts our attention but will only end up leaving or even harming us in the long run.

Read “True Love – What Does it mean to God?” to learn more about love, soul mates and what God says is love for Him…