Who’s the Favorite?

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Most of my days as a parent seem to be a choice between one of the children. Two, three, four.. (all?) may need me at the same time. One daughter will want me to do something at the same time as another. How do I choose? What do I do? These are the times I feel most guilty. Guilty for choosing one’s needs over the other’s. Guilty that I can’t physically meet all the needs at once or even in the amount of time that I think she needs me.

There have been times that I have thought that if all of my children were closer to the same age, it would be easier to meet their needs. Everyone needs naps in the afternoon, everyone drinks from sippy cups, everyone plays outside together. Everyone has the same bedtime…early! I’m sure those days are exhausting too, but I haven’t experienced them. Isn’t it easy to think that something looks easier when we aren’t actually experiencing it ourselves? (more…)

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Seeing Beauty, Speaking Beautifully (Part Two)

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Have you taken the opportunity to practice seeing beauty and speaking beautifully? As I was reading Song of Solomon this morning, a few thoughts came to mind. Here is a rough draft. I am not a poet but I do want to better see beauty and speak beautifully.

Ink to paper, he is writing today.
Searching his mind, for thoughts to convey.
A gentle distraction, he lifts his eyes.
Fragrance in the air, a pleasant surprise.

He hears a noise, a room away.
Graceful steps, they seem to say;
“Come and see, visit this place.”
He follows perfume, he sees her face.

Simply stunning, such delight;
A sweet aroma, a lovely sight.
Ink to paper, he is writing today.
His mind is now filled with thoughts to convey.

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Seeing Beauty and Saying Beautifully

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Seeing Beauty

 

Do you struggle, amidst the burdens and challenges of your life, to see beauty and to speak beautifully? John Piper’s sixth offering in The Swans are not Silent series will help you. In this book Piper looks at the poetic effort of George Herbert, George Whitefield, and C.S. Lewis. Piper writes: “This is a book about the interrelationship between seeing beauty and saying it beautifully—and the impact that the effort has on our lives” (p. 12).

Put this book on your summer reading list, you will not be disappointed.

This post is not a book review. I can cut through the chase by telling you that it is fantastic (as are all of the books in this series). I simply want you to think about Piper’s book title and and ask yourself the question: “How can I see beauty more clearly and speak more beautifully?” (more…)

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One Issue Voters

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Conservative Christians are accused of being one issue voters.  That issue is abortion.    There is no doubt that thoughtful Christians, when considering candidates for public office, place abortion as a top priority.  Are Christians one-issue voters?

Abortion is viewed by those on the left very nonchalantly.  A visit to plannedparenthood.org quickly reveals that abortion is considered a normal means of birth control.  In fact they report that one in three women in the US have had an abortion by the age of 45.

The most common in-clinic abortions are aspiration and dilation and evacuation (D&E).  Aspiration is the abortion of choice up to 16 weeks of pregnancy and D&E after 16 weeks.  The picture painted by Planned Parenthood is that a woman, after thinking through all of her options, will find her way to a Planned Parenthood clinic where she will find caring professionals to help her act on her decision to abort the baby.  Aspiration usually only takes five or ten minutes.  The cervix is stretched with rods, a vacuum tube is placed and the “suction machine gently empties your uterus.” About an hour of recovery is needed during which some papers will be signed and then–the woman is on her way to, it is assumed, a new life of greater freedom.  She has exercised her right of choice and her womanhood is established. While her choice has reigned supreme her baby has been brutally murdered.  This murder is sanctioned by law, supported by many national political leaders and is a rallying cry for liberals of various stripes.  Rush Limbaugh often calls abortion the sacrament of the religion of liberalism.

If the pregnancy is more than 16 weeks a D&E will be required for an abortion.  Here is the description from the Planned Parenthood Website:

“During a D&E

Your health care provider will examine you and check your uterus.

You will get medication for pain. You may be offered sedation or IV medication to make you more comfortable.

A speculum will be inserted into your vagina.

Your cervix will be prepared for the procedure. You may be given medication or have absorbent dilators inserted a day or a few hours before the procedure.  They will absorb fluid and grow bigger. This slowly stretches open your cervix.

You will be given antibiotics to prevent infection.

In later second-trimester procedures, you may also need a shot through your abdomen to make sure there is fetal demise before the procedure begins.

Your health care provider will inject a numbing medication into or near your cervix.

Medical instruments and a suction machine gently empty your uterus.”

 

Did you note that “in later second-trimester procedures, you may also need a shot through your abdomen to make sure there is fetal demise before the procedure begins.”

In other words the Planned Parenthood professionals want to make sure that the baby is well on his/her way to dying before the actual baby is vacuumed piece by piece from the mother’s womb.  What a lovely picture. The actual picture is more graphic and there are many stories of children being born alive during late term abortions and then killed.

While Christians are not to put their hope in any political leader they nevertheless are looking for candidates who value life.  Abortion not only rips a baby from the warmth of a mother’s womb, it also rips at the soul and conscience of our nation.

Ultimately it is not the graphic descriptions of babies being mutilated that are the first reason Christians oppose abortion.  Christians oppose abortions because of the biblical teaching concerning life.  Some passages to consider include (James 3:9; Psalm 127, 128; Genesis 1:25; Psalm 119:13, Exodus 20:13 ).  There are many issues that Christian voters will be interested in during this year’s elections.  Abortion must be front and center when selecting a candidate.  It is a single issue that is foundational to all other issues.

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What’s Wrong With My Marriage?

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