Tuesday, April 24, 2018

I Don’t Want to Abort...But I Don’t Know What To Do

It was pouring rain on our small Cities4Life team yesterday as we called out to abortion minded women from the sidewalks of the busy abortion center. For the first hour, there were only two of us there, but two of us PLUS GOD are more than sufficient. When our third team member arrived, we saw a woman come off the RV up the street, which provides free ultrasounds. The woman got in her car, and drove towards the clinic.

As she approached the clinic, she slowed down at the driveway and we feared she would pull in. We see this sometimes. The pull to abort even after seeing the baby can be very powerful, particularly if the woman’s support system is clamoring for abortion. In this case, she slowly drove on to the next street and turned in. It is a dead end street. We see this quite often as well. The women drive to a quiet spot up the street to consider what they are going to do. Sadly, many decide to abort.

Knowing all this, I headed up the street to see if she would be willing to talk with me. The rain was relentless. I approached the car and called to her from across the street. I didn’t want to frighten her. She instantly rolled down the window.

“I saw you just came off the RV. Were you headed to the abortion clinic?”
She nodded, tearfully. 
“I don’t want to abort...but i don’t know what I am going to do.”

I cannot tell you how many times I hear that. This woman had been raised “in church” and knew abortion was wrong. She had already had one abortion. She didn’t want to have another as the first one was a torment and sorrow to her. However, her circumstances were not ideal, and the father of the child would not help. She lived with her grandparents, who she told me would be “very upset” with her.

“Do they love God?” I asked.
“Yes,” she said, “They are the ones that took me to church.”
“Then tell them they raised you to know right from wrong, and God’s clear commands regarding the protection of innocent human life. Tell them because they taught you to honor God, you could not disobey Him and kill your own baby. Will they listen to that?”
“Do you know God?” I asked.
She said she was raised in church, but she had made disastrous decisions against God’s will. She did not know how to claw her way back and she knew she had walked away from Him to her detriment.

God always opens a door for the Gospel. I shared the truth of sinning against a Holy God who is perfect in Love, but also perfect in Justice. I explained how sin must be punished or God would not be just. I described the penalty for sin: death, eternal separation from God. Then we discussed Jesus’ unbelievable offer to pay the penalty for sin on our behalf and how horrifically He suffered for us. Then, finally we reached the good news, the BEST news. I shared Romans 10:9 If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.

“My grandparents told me to say Jesus is Lord,” she told me, “And I did...but I made the worst choices after saying that!”
“Was Jesus really Lord of your life then?” I asked.

We discussed what lordship really means, and how serious it is if we proclaim Him as Lord to desire to do what He says. Jesus Himself cries out, “Why do you call me Lord, Lord, and not do what I say?”

I told her that those who truly desire Jesus to rule their lives will be indwelt by the Holy Spirit who will comfort, and guide them into all righteousness. We do not fight this battle against sin alone. God is with us.

She was so attentive and sweet throughout this presentation as the rain poured down. She was often tearful, confessing her own sins against God.

A humble, contrite heart God will not despise.

“Do you want to ask Jesus now to be your Lord, recommit your life to Him?” I asked.
She did. 
So we prayed, and then she spoke to Him out loud, submitting her life to Jesus, while her small son in the backseat listened.

I shared our resources with her and the offer of a mentorship program with Lovelife Charlotte. She told me she really needed a friend, a mentor. She felt so alone and struggled so hard. As I told her of all the ways we could help, she told me, “I need to hug you.” She got out of the car as the rain pelted us both, and threw her arms around me.

THIS is why I love Cities4Life. We see this story over and over again. The woman doesn’t really want to abort, knows it is wrong, has wandered from God and is grieved by that but doesn’t know how to get back to Him, is overwhelmed with her situation and unaware of resources that could help her, feels friendless, abandoned, and hopeless.

Cities4life meets those desperate women with the truth and love of the Gospel and then the provision of tangible resources that can help their situation. I don’t love standing for hours in the rain, but I can tell you with absolute sincerity every raindrop trickling down my soggy back was worth it.

Please consider joining us. Our goal is to be on the sidewalks of every abortion center every hour they are open to offer hope and help. We have an open house/coffee/info session May 10 and would love for you to meet some veteran counselors and hear about this life-saving ministry. Click HERE for further information.

Romans 10:9 

Because, if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.

Ephesians 2:8 

For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God,

John 14:6 

Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.

Acts 4:12 

And there is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.”

Matthew 7:21 


“Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven.

Monday, April 23, 2018

The Folly of Worry and Its Antidote

As my knee heals, I discovered biking does not hurt. This is a blessing since I love biking as much as walking. So I took off yesterday on my bike since the threat of rain made kayaking less enticing. As I pedaled along, I prayed with a heart filled with many worries. My phone is mounted on the handlebars (which is how I got this picture on the blog) and has a map tracker so I know how far/fast I have gone. When I was stopped on a corner in the midst of my fretting over the concerns in my heart, a text with a bible verse flashed on my phone screen.

And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life? 

Worry accomplishes nothing for the future but it does rob the joy of the moment. I know that. We ALL know that. So why do we waste so much precious time worrying? Maybe because thoughts love a vacuum. If my head is empty and there are concerns in my life (and when are there NOT concerns in anyone’s life...) my musings instantly clump on WORRYING THINGS.

This happens especially in the middle of the night, when it is dark and quiet. Worry worry worry....Not only does it rob me of joy but it robs me of sleep.

What is a worry-wart to do?

Replace it. Replace worry with praise. Instead of focusing on the worry, I began to focus on God. Not what God has done for me because at the moment I was concerned about what God was NOT doing that I desperately wanted Him TO DO. But with all sincerity, I was able to focus on WHO God is and praise Him in awesome wonder.

He is the creator, the one who made this entire universe and set the earth spinning in its impossible balance of life-sustaining warmth, atmosphere, and gravity. He is my Father who designed me and all humanity with infinite love and purpose,  and a deep desire that we would seek relationship with Him. He is the supreme artist who painted every glorious sunset, crashing wave, brilliant flower, and peacock plume. He is the comforter who sends spring after the harsh winter. He is the just and perfect law-giver, who wrote the moral code that dwells in the soul of each of us. He is the redeemer who provides a way for us to be restored to a right relationship with Him when we inevitably violate His Holy standard.

The worries in my heart are not petty, and they are not insignificant. I bet yours are not either. But I can promise you this, because God promises us this: When we put our trust in the Lord, NOTHING can separate us from the love of God and eternity will not be a fearful punishment but a glorious fulfillment of all we long for now but cannot quite grasp.

This morning, I head out to the sidewalks of the abortion center where fear and worry are fueling the stampede of mothers to kill their own babies. Our Cities4Life team will be standing in the rain calling out to those desperate people, urging them to consider a different solution.  I know what a destructive path our hearts and mind follow when we focus on the obstacles and worries at our feet rather than on the promises of our Father in Heaven. This is the message I think God has for me to share with them today. 

Philippians 4:6-7   

Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

1 Peter 5:7   

Casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you.

John 14:1   

“Let not your hearts be troubled. Believe in God; believe also in me.

John 14:27 

Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid.

Proverbs 3:5   

Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding.

Saturday, April 21, 2018

Triumph and Tragedy at the Abortion Center

This is a fifteen-week-old baby in utero sucking her thumb. Legal to kill at our local abortion center for 5 more weeks....

I got a call in the morning yesterday, shortly after I arrived at the abortion center sidewalk. I recognized the caller ID. It was a mom I have worked with for many years. She was the first mom I led to the Lord as a new volunteer with Cities4Life  Her struggles have been overwhelming at times, but she has never regretted choosing life for her first baby. She loves that little girl and is striving to turn her life around for the sake of her child. However, as the call would indicate, she stumbles like all of us.

“Miss Vicky, are you at the abortion center?” (I will call this young lady Lisa to preserve her privacy.)
“Yes,” I answered.
“I have an appointment there this morning,” she said. My heart plummeted.
“Tell me what’s going on,” I said.

I remembered she had texted me a few weeks back. She often texts when her struggles increase, though she almost never directly asks for help. All she did in that earlier text was say hello. I remembered thinking something is up with Lisa.

Well that something was an unplanned pregnancy. She tries to follow God...and she was ashamed and scared to tell me. She knew I would be disappointed.

“I don’t want to abort...” she told me, “But...I need help. I thought maybe I would talk to you first...”

I quickly assured her we would help and she could come see her baby immediately on the Monroe Help Pregnancy Center mobile ultrasound unit. We would go from there. On the RV later as she shared her story, I asked what she had been feeling when she couldn’t tell me. Shame. She knew that what she had done not only disappointed me, but disappointed God. She started crying.

“You are doing the right thing now,” I told her, hugging her.

I love this woman. I understand her loneliness and struggles. We reconnected her with Lovelife Charlotte who will work with finding her a good church and mentor who will be a loving friend but also help her remain steadfast in her commitment to God. As I have noted so many times over the years of working with Cities4Life, pro-life ministry is often “messy”. The path to walking in faith and obedience before God is not always as smooth as we wish it were. 

Another truth that I have learned over the years is don’t give up on these young ladies. Set-backs do not mean defeat. 

She was ecstatic as she watched her child on the ultrasound. She clapped with joy when I told her we would send her for a free 3-D ultrasound so we would know the baby’s gender for the baby shower we provide. We talked about the free counseling services we offer through Lovelife Charlotte and suggested she and her boyfriend consider that. She thought that would be a great idea.

We all hugged her when we finished exulting over the exuberant little baby on the ultrasound, and sent her on her way. I came off the RV to see a very young girl crying in front of the clinic. My team members had learned a little about her story. Her baby was 18-weeks-old in utero. 18 weeks. I had just watched a living 15-week-old baby. I had seen all four chambers of her little heart pumping blood. She had sucked her thumb, rolled over, kicked and stretched her legs...

That little living human being,  an 18-week-old unborn baby, would be dismembered limb by limb without anesthesia. That young girl looked at me as I called out to her offering help...and laughed.

Lord help us.

Our afternoon team remained after our morning team left. The young girl went through with the abortion. She did not stop to take the offers of literature that cited help for post-abortive moms. She did not stop to pray with our team. So they prayed alone, and at least one small group of people mourned and acknowledged that little innocent person’s death.

Zephaniah 3:17 

The Lord your God is in your midst, a mighty one who will save; he will rejoice over you with gladness; he will quiet you by his love; he will exult over you with loud singing.

1 John 3:3   And everyone who thus hopes in him purifies himself as he is pure.

2 Corinthians 3:12  Since we have such a hope, we are very bold,

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Choosing Life and God is Sometimes Messy...But Always Worth It

The mother of this baby almost aborted him. Even after talking with our Cities4Life team, she remained conflicted. She went home to ongoing boyfriend and family problems. It had been weeks...and she had still not told her mother she was pregnant. I shared the Gospel with her as she wrestled with deep questions of life and she first did not want to commit to Jesus, just as she was not quite committing to her baby. A few days went by. We stayed in touch. I continued to share bible verses with her daily. She called me and asked if she could now ask Jesus to be Lord. We prayed together and she submitted her life to God.

A few days later she told her mother she was pregnant...who was unexpectedly supportive.

New complications with her life arose, and she called me again. She did not know how she could go through with having this baby. My first thought was Really??? After how far we have come? My second thought was to continue the process that God had begun and not give up. I reminded her of her commitment to God and shared verses of what God has to say about the precious life of children in the womb.

Jeremiah 1:5 

“Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, and before you were born I consecrated you; I appointed you a prophet to the nations.”

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


Again, she said she would not abort, but I knew she had not yet emotionally bonded with the child. Over the next few weeks,  LoveLife Charlotte who partners with Cities4Life to mentor and help these women with the church behind them, assigned a mentor to this sweet, conflicted woman. She no longer spoke of abortion, but neither did she rave about the child she carried


Through our ministries, we sent her for a 3-d ultrasound, provided by Sweet Pea 3-d Imaging in Concord. We believe this is critical in our mission to promote the sacred, precious nature of every little person in the womb, especially if the mother remains ambivalent. I asked her to send me photos she would allow me to share. The very real images form the 3d ultrasound often solidify the bonding of the mom to the child, but also are used to determine gender for the lavish baby shower we provide for every mom who chooses life and is involved in the Lovelife mentorship program.

Morgan, the woman who works with us to provide the ultrasound told me the mom was quiet, but very emotional during the ultrasound. Later, this is what the mom told me the experience helped her to understand as she watched her baby moving on the very realistic 3d screen:

“I'm glad I had a change of mind. Every baby deserves a chance at life. Mistakes happen but if we're given the opportunity of adding a life to this world, we should do the right thing.


Things aren't easy but with God...He will help us. 
When I saw my son on the ultrasound, I had mixed emotions, it made me tear up, because it hit me that there's a living baby growing in me..., and it just kinda touched me. 
It made it real for the first time. 
I love my son and I always will. The day of the 3d ultrasound I first felt that way. I talked to him and I told him that I love him.”

So much of transformation is a process. It is easy to lose heart in the messy parts of pro-life ministry, and there are many messy parts. This is meant to be an encouragement to all of you who labor to help mothers choose life and to ultimately understand and follow God as well as commit to and cherish their child.


Our ministry is designed to promote that first choice for life and continue to provide resources that work to humanize the child and help the mother connect, and reduce the obstacles that led her to consider abortion. It requires a network of supporters and team members with a variety of roles but one purpose: honor God and promote the sanctity of the life He created.

“I love my son and I always will. The day of The 3d ultrasound I first felt that way. I talked to him and I told him that I love him.”


“Things aren’t easy, but with God...He will help us.”


Luke 1:37   

For nothing will be impossible with God.”

Matthew 19:26 

But Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.”

1 Corinthians 10:13 

No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation he will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it.

Isaiah 62:4 

You shall no more be termed Forsaken, and your land shall no more be termed Desolate, but you shall be called My Delight Is in Her, and your land Married; for the Lord delights in you, and your land shall be married.

Hebrews 6:18 

So that by two unchangeable things, in which it is impossible for God to lie, we who have fled for refuge might have strong encouragement to hold fast to the hope set before us.

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

I Feared I Would Be A Bad Mother so I Decided to Abort...

Sometimes we miss the forest for the trees....

“What are the obstacles you face that made you feel abortion was an option?” I asked the young mother. She met us on the sidewalks of the busiest abortion center in the southeast. I was counseling her on the Monroe HELP Pregnancy Center RV, after she viewed her baby on the mobile ultrasound who was dancing up a storm in her womb.
“I was afraid I would be a bad mother,” the woman said.
“Are you a mother now?” I asked, as we gazed at the ultrasound photos of her baby.
“Tell me, which of these two do you think would be a ‘bad mother’: Killing your baby...or raising her to the best of your ability?”

The woman chose life, and Cities4Life will help her as much as possible. I am grateful she chose life, but once again, am dumbfounded by the thoughts and fears that lead women to the abortion center. If abortion were not an option, how would women deal with fears of being a bad mother? 

Women would read the plethora of books that train new mothers. They would ask advice of those who are good mothers. They would learn from experience and common sense. They would do what mothers have done for thousands of years to grow into the role of motherhood.

How tragic that with the laws of our country, there are those that believe that concerns of being a bad mother justify killing an innocent human baby in the womb. Many of the reasons for abortion are issues most of us faced as young parents starting off in life. If abortion wasn’t an option, most of us learned how to cope and in the process, learned discernment, wisdom, patience, perseverance, tenacity...and what love and faith is all about.

On the flip side, right after getting home from the sidewalk of the abortion center, a young teen called me. She was pregnant, terrified, and had no idea what to do. But this is what she DID know; killing the innocent child in her womb was flat out wrong. She had no idea what she would do, but she would not abort. I had a full team working behind the scenes gathering resources for me to share with the teen. While she has a great deal to process and deal with, she feels empowered. She now is working through several options. She will get through this and she has learned so much already about courage, faith, working with integrity and moral fortitude through struggles that sometimes we create through our own bad choices.

What does anyone learn by killing their own child? 

Praise God, the first woman changed her mind and Cities4Life counselors were available to offer hope and help. Praise God the second young lady is now surrounded with people trained and eager to help her. What if no one was available at that last critical place of despair to suggest that there were other options than abortion to battle the fears and obstacles young pregnant women face?


2 Corinthians 10:3-5 

For though we walk in the flesh, we are not waging war according to the flesh. For the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh but have divine power to destroy strongholds. We destroy arguments and every lofty opinion raised against the knowledge of God, and take every thought captive to obey Christ,

Saturday, April 14, 2018

Choosing the temporal or the eternal? Choices from the Sidewalk of Abortion Clinic

The wind was very strong on the river, gusts of over 15 mph, choppy waves, and thus arduous paddling. I enjoyed it, but an hour of battling the wind was all my muscles could take. I had launched from a protected cove on a creek off of the Catawba. At first, as I returned to dock, I thought I was too tired to kayak anymore. However, in the creek with the windbreak of trees closely canopied over the water, the water was calm. Instead of roaring wind, I heard birds all around me. I decided to paddle up the creek.

Beautiful purple blossoms of wisteria dripped from the low boughs of the trees, casting their fragrance across the water. As I paddled, I thought of two very difficult battles for the souls of two different women at the abortion center. It was eerily like the day before. The first could speak no English, just like the day before.  In both cases, the counselor who stopped the car called me over, not because I speak Spanish, but because I have a GREAT APP on my phone that does.

For half an hour, I carried on a conversation with the woman through the translator app. She was there to abort, but not eager to tell me her reasons. She was teary-eyed, and told me she knew God. When I asked what she felt God would have her do, she told me she didn’t  want to answer that question. I asked if struggle with a boyfriend was the reason to abort. She dropped her head, and more tears fell. Clearly, conflict filled this woman’s heart, but the pressure from a boyfriend was more compelling than obeying the God she claimed to know and love.

What a terrible tragedy to choose the temporal over the eternal!

Almost immediately, another woman stopped her car, eerily like the day before, right on the heels of the first woman. She did not cry as the first woman had, but she listened to us for half an hour. She also knew God, knew this was wrong, and was not eager to share her situation. My fellow counselor, Sherry and I, gave her all we knew to give. In the end, she pulled away, and into the abortion center, just like the first woman.

As I was getting ready to leave, the second woman pulled out. She told us she didn’t abort and drove away. One of the pro-choice ladies, who dances and sings while women flock into that place of death shouted to us, “She just forgot her ID!”

She didn’t want us rejoicing over a life saved.

However, perhaps she didn’t know we had an afternoon team that stayed till nearly the last car pulled away for the day.

While I was on those tranquil, heaven scented protected waters, I texted our afternoon team lead. Did the woman return, the one with whom we had struggled so mightily for the life of her child?

She did not return to the abortion center. The baby was still alive...and she had our literature with my name and number on it. If she needed resources, she would know how to find help. She had chosen the eternal over the temporal!

That is the real nature of CHOICE at the abortion center: life or death, good or evil, God or self, defiance or submission to the creator of heaven and earth, the eternal...or the temporal?

I thought how my day on the sidewalk had mirrored my time on my kayak. The bulk of the time was spent in ferocious battle, against headwinds that were so strong that my strength quickly failed me. But then, in the end, the peace and calm of the aftermath and victory in the presence of the God of all comfort and strength.

If we had not had the afternoon team, we would not have known if that baby was saved. While God would know, and that is all that really matters, it is an enormous encouragement to all of us on the sidewalk to see tangible fruit of our work. We are not always granted that blessing, but we rejoice when we are! We are working to raise afternoon teams for every abortion center every hour they are open. We need your help. 

MOST women feel conflicted. MOST do not know the resources available. MOST are hearing only voices urging death to their child. Will you help us stand for the unborn at that critical last moment, showing these women there IS a choice that leads to life and there is HELP and HOPE for them?
Click HERE to learn more about sidewalk ministry.


1 John 1:1-10 

That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we looked upon and have touched with our hands, concerning the word of life— the life was made manifest, and we have seen it, and testify to it and proclaim to you the eternal life, which was with the Father and was made manifest to us— that which we have seen and heard we proclaim also to you, so that you too may have fellowship with us; and indeed our fellowship is with the Father and with his Son Jesus Christ. And we are writing these things so that our joy may be complete. This is the message we have heard from him and proclaim to you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all. ...

Friday, April 13, 2018

Will It Be the Winds of Adversity or the Gentle Breeze of Life at the Abortion Center that Prevail?

A dramatic story played out on the sidewalks of the abortion center. The woman stopped at a mobile ultrasound on the RV up the street. She emerged from the RV, ultrasound photos in hand, and continued to drive down the street towards our Cities4Life team and the abortion center. She stopped for one of our volunteers and talked with her at length. She was young, overwhelmed, and tearful. She knew God would not have her abort her baby. She took our literature, then she drove on and pulled into the abortion center.

We called out to her with offers of resources, Bible verses to encourage and convict her heart, and information about the development of the child she carried in her womb. To our despair, she went in the clinic.

While that was happening, a second woman emerged from the RV up the street, ultrasound in hand, and also continued down the street. The same volunteer who had spoken to the first woman spoke with her. Like the one before her, this woman was tearful, also knew she should not abort, and also pulled into the abortion center. We called out to her as she and her boyfriend walked into the clinic.

A few moments later, the first woman emerged. She returned to her car, drove out of the parking lot and stopped for me.
“I couldn’t do it,” she told me.
She pulled over and while I got her contact information and told her about the wealth of resources and help we could offer, two other counselors appeared with gift bags for her.

The woman drove away, her baby alive, with our promises of a new way of living with a mentorship program and the backing of loving Christians, her hopes renewed. 

The second woman did not emerge from the clinic for an hour. She killed her baby, and then drove away to the same situation and life that had brought her there in the first place.

I drove to the Catawba river after my time on the sidewalk. As I often do whenever possible, I sought the peace and quiet of kayaking in the solitary grandeur of God’s gorgeous creation. This is where God often most clearly reveals aspects of Himself that I sorely need following the spiritual battles of the sidewalk: the assurance that He is there, He loves me, and His plans and purposes will prevail.

The headwind was fierce, gusting 15 mph or so. There were times I was paddling as hard as I could and not moving forward an inch! A few times, the choppy waves were so large that they buried my bow and doused me with cold water. Finally, I turned back to dock. It was not the expected, peaceful refuge I had hoped for. And on my beeline back to dock, I came a little too close to an osprey nest. The male osprey shrieked at me, and began dive bombing. He streaked inches above me, warning me repeatedly to GET OUT OF HERE NOW.

I am not certain what God’s message was, but it was not PEACE.

Sometimes, we will struggle. We will give all we have to give in the will of the Father we love and serve, and things will not develop as we hope and pray. Does that mean God is not there, or that He is not listening? Was He napping when the second woman aborted her baby? She heard and saw exactly what we offered the first woman who saved her baby. Was the fault ours...or God’s...or what??

I have to remind myself as often as I remind the new volunteers I train that our work before God is one of obedience to His call. The results belong to Him and the women whose hearts are in a struggle between life and death, good and evil. All we can do is be faithful to the message of hope in Christ and the offer of tangible resources. Sometimes our efforts will be blown away by the rebellious heart or the terrified soul who sees only the struggle and not the promise. Sometimes our efforts will be the tail wind that sends them sailing away from the disastrous choice of abortion.

Which will it be today? I return to the sidewalk this morning, and God willing, the river this afternoon. May the breeze be gentle and may His still, small voice whisper among the blossoming honeysuckles and azaleas, bringing the scent of His glory to all corners of the world and every conflicted, wounded soul.

2 Corinthians 12:9-10 

But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me. For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities. For when I am weak, then I am strong.

1 Corinthians 10:13 

No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation he will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it.

Romans 5:3-5 

More than that, we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not put us to shame, because God's love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us.

Jeremiah 29:11   

For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.

1 John 4:4 

Little children, you are from God and have overcome them, for he who is in you is greater than he who is in the world.