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Wednesday, January 31, 2007

5 Things

Lillie Ammann tagged me to tell five things about myself you probably don’t know. Then I get to tag five more bloggers by leaving comments on their blogs, and they tell five things about themselves, and each tag five more, and on, and on, and on.
If you read this blog and have been to my Web site, you probably already know more about me than you really want to know. But you probably don’t know:


1) I graduated from the Barbizon School of Modeling during high school

2) My degree is in Philosophy and English

3) Like Lillie, I am in that Who's Who? book but I am too cheap to order a copy.

4) I won a trip to Hawaii and a car (a PT Cruiser) back in 2001.

5) I love watching reruns of Stargate, SG-1.Photobucket - Video and Image Hosting


Okay, off to find 5 more authors to tag and torture! Thanks Lillie!

The message, not the messenger

This is from-- http://www.heartlight.org/--

and I've decided to apply it to writing.


Encouragement for writers on all steps of the publishing ladder!

VERSE:

But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us.-- 2 Corinthians 4:7



THOUGHT:

While there are many talented and successful Christians in theworld today, they are merely vessels for God's message of grace,hope, and power. Our focus should never be on the container for the message. Instead, what is most important is the integrity of the messenger no matter the situation, so that the message can be seenwithout distraction. God's power is what sustains us, not our own,we are simply a vessel, a tool, in the hands of the Lord.

Monday, January 22, 2007

34th Anniversary of Roe v Wade

A message from a fetus on the 34th anniversary of Roe v. Wade

(thank you to Livin' La Vida Low Carb for the following--)

Dear friend,

This week I turn 34.

It's hard to believe. How time flies. January 22, 1973 seems like so long ago. I'm the oldest in my family. It's a pretty big family, but I'll explain that later.

If you're a baby boomer, you probably don't think much of my generation--Generation X. But that's because we're a threat to you! My generation is changing the world! Just think of all that has happened in the world these past 30 years...

The end of Vietnam. Watergate. Jimmy Carter. Actually, I don't remember much from the 70s, since I was just entering elementary school when Ronald Reagan became president.

I loved the 80s. That's when I grew up, but I had no idea just how much the world was changing.

Then, the Berlin Wall fell. I'll never forget that day in November 1989. I was 16 and on top of the world. I can remember my history teacher telling me that the world would never be the same. He was right.

Then, something even more dramatic developed. The Internet. If you want to understand me and my generation, then go online--MySpace, YouTube, and blogs are where you'll see me hanging out.

When I was in college, a few of my friends saw it coming. We helped start a revolution online. And don't believe it when they say the Internet bubble has burst. The only thing that has burst is the old way of doing business.

Now there are no boundaries for people like me. The sky is truly the limit! I got married three years ago to a beautiful and loving woman, and we're expecting our first child in three months. A new generation begins...

Yes, life is good. Except for one problem.

You see, I wasn't actually born on January 22, 1973. In fact, I wasn't born at all. I never was given the chance to take even that first breath--nevermind the 432 million breaths that would have followed over these 34 years.

Not a single breath.

That's because of something else that happened on January 22, 1973.

Seven justices made a decision that would dramatically affect my life--and the lives of 40 million others who would never take a breath.

That's my family. And it's growing every day. In fact, in the next 24 hours the family of abortion victims will grow by about as many people who died when the World Trade Center buildings collapsed on September 11, 2001.

The 9-11 cleanup concluded after nearly a year, but our cleanup--the one from 1-22 continues.

And to think it was all based on a lie. Jane "Roe" of Roe v. Wade was lied to. And so were you--if you believed even for a moment that the mass of tissue wasn't a human life.

That mass of tissue was me!

My goal here isn't to make you feel guilty. Rather, think of me--or what could have been me--the next time the topic of abortion comes up.

Think of me graduating from high school and going to college. Think of me getting married and having children. Think of me celebrating my birthday on 1-22 with family and friends.

Think of me turning 34.

Signed,

An aborted fetus

This post is dedicated to those millions of precious gifts from God who were never given a chance to experience the joy of living life as you and I have. May their souls rest in the loving arms of God forever and ever.

Saturday, January 13, 2007

When It Doesn't Go As Planned

DAILY DEVOTIONAL THURSDAY JANUARY 11, 2007 (EXCERPT)
(Deuteronomy 29:9, 2 Chronicles 31:21)


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How do you respond when life doesn't go as you planned? Let me share
some
insight with you that I have found to be true in my life and I am
sure you
have found in your own life. It is in our failures that we learn
life's
most important lessons and grow. Nobody wants to fail, but the only
person
who has never failed is someone who has never tried. Failure is part
of
life. It is something we all have to experience from time to time.
The
key, however, is how do you respond when you fail? How do you
respond when
life doesn't go as you planned?


The first lesson in losing, in failing, is to take personal
responsibility
and not blame other people or anything else. Having spent 31 months
of my
life in Federal Prison, having ministered these past 17 yrs to tens
of
thousands of men and women who are incarcerated, I can tell you the
biggest
problem I see with people in prison is the refusal to take personal
responsibility for the choices that put them in prison. Most people
you
talk to who are in prison will tell you they are there because of
what this
person or that person said or did. They are not willing to accept
responsibility that they are there because of the choices THEY MADE.
A
person who is in prison will never be able to move forward and turn
their
life around until they are ready to accept personal responsibility
for THEIR
choices.

The second lesson in losing, in failing, is to not let our loss or
failure
paralyze us from trying again. Some people become so devastated by
losing,
by failing, that they simply refuse to try again. My friend, losing
and
failing are part of life. As I said earlier, the only people I have
met who
have never lost or failed are people who have never tried. You can't
be
afraid of losing or failure. Nobody likes to lose. Nobody likes to
fail.
However, you will never win unless you also lose and you will never
succeed
unless you also fail. Rather than being paralyzed by losing and
failing,
let them motivate you. Learn from your losses and failures so that
you
don't repeat the mistakes and poor choices you made that led to
them.
instead of losing and failing making you weak, they can make you
strong.


The third lesson in losing, in failing is this, THERE IS NO FAILURE
WITH
GOD! In the process of serving the Lord, we will always have times
and
experiences when we feel in our flesh that we have failed, that we
have let
the Lord down. That is a lie from the pits of hell! THERE IS NO
FAILURE WITH
GOD! You can't fail when you are serving the Lord. The only way you
can fail
is to NOT serve Him! God uses our obedience and faithfulness in ways
we will
never see or understand until we get to Glory. The reality is, when
we are
yielded to the Lord, God uses our lives to do incredible things that
we
never even realize.

As a matter of fact, I submit that the greatest things you will ever
do for
God you don't even know you did them until you get to Heaven. Those
are the
things you do each day simply by being obedient and faithful . God
will give
us a little feedback along the way since He knows our flesh is weak
and
needs encouragement. However, the vast majority of what God does in
and
through our lives we will never fully comprehend in this life. Don't
forget,
our job isn't to know everything that is going on, it is simply to
be
obedient and faithful. God can use a willing and yielded vessel!


Your first response should be prayer. Pray for God to open your
heart, give
you wisdom, and show you why you lost or failed. Than, you need to
pray for
God to give you the strength to overcome your disappointment in
losing or
failing, and help you to move forward. Lastly, you need to seek the
Lord to
guide you so that you don't make those same poor choices again.
Listen to
me carefully. God doesn't abandon you when you lose or fail. You are
not
alone. He is there with you each moment, so reach out and allow HIM
to
comfort you and give you His peace. God is with you in the good
times and
bad, through victory and defeat, through success and failure.

My friend, as long as you know Jesus, no matter what may happen, no
matter
what the setbacks in life you may experience along your journey, no
matter
what your defeats or your failures may be, you will always win and
be
successful! YOU ARE ALWAYS A WINNER AND A SUCCESS BECAUSE OF
JESUS!!!

Saturday, January 06, 2007

Doors Closing Before You

This is a post I made almost one year ago tonight, and shared with the members of the American Christian Fiction Writers Mid-Atlantic chapter. I'd love to hear from new readers and writers --what do you think? What doors have closed before you?



I recently discovered the book of daily devotionals by L.B. Cowman, “Streams in the Desert.” The author’s entry for January 10 really seemed to speak to me.

Beloved, whenever you are in doubt as to which way to turn, submit your judgement absolutely to the Spirit of God, asking him to shut every door butthe right one. Say to Him, “Blessed Spirit, I give to You the entire responsibility of closing every road and stopping every step that is not of God. Let me hear Your voice behind me whenever I turn aside to right or to the left. (Deut. 5:32)”In the meantime, continue along the path you have been traveling. Persist in your calling until you are clearly told to do something else. . . . Just be careful to obey even His smallest nudging or warning. . . . Do not be surprised if your answer comes in doors closing before you.


Opinions? Experiences?