Tuesday, October 17, 2017

The Glory of the Son

“There was a man sent from God whose name was John. He came as a witness to testify concerning that light, so that through him all might believe. He himself was not the light; he came only as a witness to the light. The true light that gives light to everyone was coming into the world.”
‭‭John‬ ‭1:6-9‬ ‭NIV‬‬

I am in Tucson for the week spending time with my parents and sister Amy’s family. She lives in the middle of the desert, and nothing but vast peace and blessed silence surround her lovely home. I get up early every morning and watch the sunrise. This morning, I was watching the bright moon and Venus(?), the brightest objects in the sky, while doing my Bible study. I was reading about John the Baptist, who came to bear witness to the coming Messiah. He was not the light but only the witness to the TRUE light that was coming into the world.

As the sun began to come near to cresting over the horizon, the moon and Venus grew less and less brilliant. Soon, i could no longer see them at all.

I watched the beautiful colors  cast upon the clouds that swirled like angels awaiting the glory of the Lord. And slowly the sun broke the surface of the  dark horizon and in a blazing explosion of light, the sun was risen!

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Why We Stand for Life While Others Try to Knock Us Down

This little guy’s mom chose life about a year ago and here is this precious boy back for a visit. This time...outside the womb. His value didn’t change from some months ago when he was in the womb and I first saw his beating heart on the ultrasound on our RV parked on the curb of the abortion center. 
The mom tearfully remembered that day when she first met us. She was hopeless. The boyfriend left her when he found out she was pregnant. She had little money, other kids, and was overwhelmed. Still, when she heard our counselors on the microphone urging the women to come and let us help them, she agreed to come on the RV. She and her two friends all heard the Gospel there and all three asked Jesus to be Lord of their lives. When she saw the baby on the ultrasound, she said her own heart “exploded. Marvelous! I could not hold in all the joy.”

We helped this mom as we do all the moms who will let us. Our partner, Truth and Mercy Pro-life Ministry  gave her a baby shower that provided the first full two years of all the baby would need. We found her a church and connected her with people in that church to walk alongside her. I stayed in touch with daily contact, mostly texts of Bible verses to encourage and inspire and strengthen her.

Yesterday, I asked how everything was going.

“It’s great!”she said. “My husband  and I are doing fantastic. He came back and is a big help. The kids are doing well and he is a good father. I love my church and those ladies still stay in touch with me.”

As she remembered the last time she had been on the RV, when she had almost killed her son, she began crying. “I feel so guilty I ever thought of abortion,” she said.
I knelt before her and took her hands. “Everyone is tempted at times to do what is wrong. It is no sin to be tempted. It is sin to know what is wrong and do it anyway. You chose to do what was right. God and the angels are rejoicing with you.”

Three women chose life yesterday while we flooded the sidewalk with children and parents volunteering to speak for the unborn. The pro-choice people, particularly one man, swore with vile language as he tried to shove his signs in front of the window of a mom who had stopped her car and was reaching for my literature. 

Two of the women who come to stand and pray on the sidewalk and never say a word came over. “Shame on you,” they said, “Speaking that way before children. Shame on you.”

I don’t think that is all he should be ashamed of. 

Despite that, praise God for the lives saved and the joy of seeing one of them smiling in my arms.

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Isaiah 44:24 

Thus says the Lord, your Redeemer, who formed you from the womb: “I am the Lord, who made all things, who alone stretched out the heavens, who spread out the earth by myself,

Friday, October 13, 2017

Both These Babies Would Not Be Here If The City and the Pro-Choice Activist Had Succeeded In Blocking Their Moms From Us

Both these beautiful babies were born this week. Both were born to moms who I met while ministering with Cities4Life on the sidewalks of the Southeast’s busiest abortion center. Both said they had no choice but to abort. Both saw their baby on our mobile ultrasound in the RV parked on the curb of the abortion center. Both received lavish showers providing everything the babies would need for the first two years of their life.

Both were told by the “pro-choice” group not to talk to us. That we had a “fake RV” and false promises.

Both moms and dads of those babies are rejoicing today and thanking God we were there.
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Psalm 139:13-16 

For you formed my inward parts; you knitted me together in my mother's womb. I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well. My frame was not hidden from you, when I was being made in secret, intricately woven in the depths of the earth. Your eyes saw my unformed substance; in your book were written, every one of them, the days that were formed for me, when as yet there was none of them.

Psalm 127:3 

Behold, children are a heritage from the Lord, the fruit of the womb a reward.

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Persevering Through Pain

I teach an art class at a local nursing home. I have done this for years, and find great satisfaction in helping senior citizens, who are often failing in many areas, draw recognizable pictures for the first time in their life. It must prove something that my spirit and soul needs to know is true. At this stage in my life, I am a little too busy most of the time with my pro-life work, and it would be nice to cut something out of my schedule. But I won’t cut my art class.

This picture above is being drawn by one of my favorite regular students. As you can see, her hand is contorted and she has difficulty holding the pencil. She is nearly blind with watery eyes that strain to see what she is drawing. She never fails to say, “I am no artist.”  She sometimes pauses to rub her eyes, or massage her fingers, but then she picks up her pencil, and soldiers on. She never stops smiling and always thanks me when class ends.

The activity director (who is WONDERFUL) frames the residents’ work each month and uses it in decorations around the home. She could buy more beautifully rendered prints to decorate the home with, for sure. Yet she is framing something MUCH more valuable. She is framing a spirit of adventure and exploration of new horizons in a life that is setting with the sun; a body that is hanging the “Do Not Disturb” sign but pauses and removes it for one more visitor; fingers that are gnarled and twisted and don’t work the way they used to but as long as they work at all, they are willing to be called into service. She is framing a spirit of endurance and perseverance, who is engaging the struggle, overcoming obstacles or learning to weave around them as best one can. She is showcasing the spirit of life, though it be just a flickering candle.

I know it just looks like an old person drawing a shaky pumpkin, but I see something much greater than that.

Psalm 71:18 

So even to old age and gray hairs, O God, do not forsake me, until I proclaim your might to another generation, your power to all those to come.

2 Corinthians 4:16 

So we do not lose heart. Though our outer self is wasting away, our inner self is being renewed day by day.

Psalm 71:9   

Do not cast me off in the time of old age; forsake me not when my strength is spent.

Isaiah 40:31 

But they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint.

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Abortion Hurts Men Too

The bumper stickers on this car in the abortion center parking lot struck us as odd. The “pro-choice” advocate who owns this car clearly has a heart for animals, decries circus cruelty, and the small sign under the license plate says “I love mercy for animals.” She did not answer me when I asked if she had mercy for the unborn, or wanted to end cruelty to the victims of abortion.

AS the day progressed, the “pro-choice” activist who taunted and mocked and tried to shout us down in a continual barrage of “stop harassing women” didn’t seem to notice that he was harassing women...us....but I guess we don’t count. He told me since I didn’t ask him to stop harassing me, it was ok. He was annoying, but a fly on the wall in my mission to unwaveringly offer the women who feel abortion IS their only choice the options our help, our God, and our resources could alter. Despite all the desperate attempts of the “pro-choice” group to prevent anyone from talking to us, one young man stopped and wanted to talk with us. 

He told me he respected what we were doing, and thanked us. Then he shared that he had tried to stop the woman he had brought from aborting, but she was determined to do it. He was not the father of this baby who was about to die, but he knew the pain of abortion and knew it was wrong to kill the innocent child no matter what situation the woman was in. As we talked, he shared that he was grieving deeply as was a past girlfriend over an abortion they’d had a year ago. His eyes were teary and he was struggling to understand where he stood with God as he had done so much wrong in his life. In the course of our conversation, I learned he had not spoken to his mother in over a year. His eyes glistened as he told me this. I had brought up the issue of his mother completely unaware there was an issue with his mom! Whatever had caused the rift, I urged him to get right with his mother.

Most importantly, this hurting young man needed to get right with God. One thing led to another and soon I was sharing the Gospel and he was tearful as he prayed to ask Jesus to be Lord of his life there on the curb of the abortion center. He gripped my hand and said thank you, over and over. He didn’t want to let go.

“Do you have a Bible?” I asked.
I pulled one out of the little blessing bag we always keep near to hand to women who choose life. I gave it to him and told him to read it and know that in that book was power and strength. I offered to help him with our resources of mentors and counseling for both him and the old girlfriend. I also urged him to call the woman in the abortion center, and beg her to call me. He said he would.

Earlier in the day, I received a text from one of the moms who had come to the abortion center several months ago. She met us, and we helped her with the resources she needed so that she could see abortion was not her only choice. She was in labor! The baby would be here probably by today! Praise God for all those on our Cities4Life teams who endure the taunts and derision of those who work so hard to prevent the options and hope we provide from being heard by those who so desperately need it.

2 Corinthians 5:17 

Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.

1 Corinthians 6:11 

And such were some of you. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God.

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Exhausting Oneself in the Service to the Lord

This little 9-year-old totally captured my heart. Her dad is one of our new Cities4Life  on-fire volunteers. Since it was Columbus Day and his girl was off from school, he brought her to the abortion center sidewalks  to minister to the women who believe abortion is their only choice. This girl told me that when her dad picks her up from school, he always tells her about what happens on the sidewalk. She remembered one day when he arrived and said, “It was awesome!! Five women chose life for their babies.”

So Maddie joyfully accompanied her dad, eager to offer help to the women. She and her dad arrived at 10:00. She smiled and spoke cheerfully to everyone, an effervescent spirit of unselfconscious delight in being alive. While on occasion the post-abortive women give us the finger and angry words, most smiled at Maddie.

When our morning team left, our first new afternoon team arrived. Maddie told her Dad she didn’t want to leave. She stood beside me, looking eagerly at the cars as they entered and left the parking lot.

“OK Maddie,” I told her, “Do you want to try to offer them the pamphlet?”
I coached her on what to say and for the entire afternoon, little Maddie sprang into action if a car pulled down the driveway. She was there until our team decided it was time to pack up as the last abortive woman left. One woman had chosen life that we knew of. It was 3 pm. Maddie had not had lunch nor paused in her smiling enthusiasm. Her dad told me she didn’t want to leave at all, but since we all were leaving, he was able to convince her it was time to go home.

“Did you want to do this?” I asked her.
“Yes.” She nodded with her head bobbing up and down.
“Because even if they do it (the abortion), we are offering help.”

When I got home, I got a text from Maddie’s dad. He said, “She gave it her all.”  It was a photo of Maddie fast asleep in the car.

When was the last time you exhausted yourself completely to obey the call of God to help others? I know. Little Maddie really convicted my heart too.

Colossians 3:23-24 

Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward. You are serving the Lord Christ.

Mark 10:45 

For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”

Monday, October 9, 2017

"My Baby is Dancing!" And a City That Opposes Those Who Helped Her See That Miracle

This is P seeing the room covered with baby shower gifts and saying, “Is that all for ME?”
Sheryl of Truth and Mercy Pro-life Ministry told her, as she tells all the moms she throws baby showers for, “Yes. As you look at all this, I want you to see a demonstration of how lavishly God loves you.”  Sheryl has done this in conjunction with Cities4Life sidewalk ministry at abortion centers for 29 years.

Sheryl single-handedly collects donations, cleans and organizes them, and then artistically gift bags a full two years of EVERYTHING the mother will need for the first two years of her baby’s life. For struggling, conflicted, worried moms considering abortion as their only hope, the baby shower offer alone will sometimes tip the scale such that they believe maybe they CAN choose life instead.

The shower was one of the offers from Cities4Life counselors that helped P choose life. She faced many obstacles, but the prayers and counsel of a wonderful Aunt and the help offered from Sheryl and Cities4Life convinced P she was not alone, and she decided to abandon thoughts of aborting her child. She agreed to let us share these photos hoping it might help other women understand there is real help, resources, and hope. They do not need to kill their child. 

As we do at every baby shower, we shared the gospel and the hope of Jesus to renew and redeem shattered lives. P had many questions but told us that from the moment she chose life, “Things started falling into place. It was really weird...like every issue I faced was working out. And I started going to church and the pastor...it was like every question I would ask on Tuesday, he would preach about on Sunday. It was like he was talking directly to me.”

“P was so worried,” her aunt told us, “Wondering how she would possibly be able to get all the things a baby would need. But you all...you got her everything. Even things I would never have thought of!”  We offer this to every woman who leaves the abortion center and chooses life.

Nonetheless, the 'pro-choice' crowd warns women who come to the abortion center they should avoid us and anything we offer at all cost! “They are crazy people,” I heard them say several times last week, “Don’t talk to them.”  It is our resources the city is attempting to shut down through Zoning Officials seizing our signs and writing expensive citations, with the City Council discussing behind closed doors plans to turn Latrobe Drive into a no parking zone so our mobile ultrasound unit will not be available for these women on the curb of the abortion center where it is most critically needed. (Click HERE for backstory.)

“I saw my baby on the ultrasound,” P told us, “And he was dancing! I was so excited. I called my aunt and said, you should see this! My baby is dancing!”

“Praise God you all were there,” P’s aunt told us, “I had a whole team of prayer warriors praying but when P called me to tell me all you had done for her...what an answer to prayer. Thank you for being there. What a blessing this is!”

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Deuteronomy 31:6 

Be strong and courageous. Do not fear or be in dread of them, for it is the Lord your God who goes with you. He will not leave you or forsake you.”

Isaiah 40:31 

But they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint.

Psalm 39:7 

“And now, O Lord, for what do I wait? My hope is in you.