Month: May 2013

Restore

re·store  (r-stôr, -str)

tr.v. re·storedre·stor·ingre·stores

1. To bring back into existence or use; reestablish: restore law and order.
2. To bring back to an original condition: restore a building. See Synonyms at revive.
3. To put (someone) back in a former position: restore the emperor to the throne.
4. To make restitution of; give back: restore the stolen funds.
We celebrate restoration.  We love to be restored.  But before you get too excited, remember, that to be restored you first have to lose your place!  Losing your place, your files, your possessions, health, etc. can be painful and scary.  While you are in the place of “lost” you are never sure if you will be fully restored.  It’s only after you are restored that you know that you are safe again.  No matter how many reassurances you have it is still an anxious moment.
Are you at a point of loss?  Worry? Dread? Hopelessness? Or are you at the point of hope? Faith? Belief? Or are you at the point of restoration?  Has your loss given you life? While your eyes were bandaged did you get to “hear” life around you for the first time?
Psalm 80:3  Restore us, O God; make your face shine on us, that we may be saved.
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A Not So Royal Abortion

The ink is still wet on my previous blog – A Royal Abortion (see below).  And now USATODAY hits again.  Only this time they edited their headline –

Kim Kardashian bares bump in a vacation bikini

Now it is just a “bump” not a “baby bump”.  The article doesn’t say “baby” once.   Maybe my blog hit the editor and he/she insisted on leaving “baby” out of the picture!  Maybe no one cares about this baby and only how the mother to be looks.  This baby isn’t destined to royalty.  Except for the fame and wealth, this baby will face what approximately 40% of newborns face – an out of wedlock conception before the previous divorce is settled following a previous divorce.  I’m not trying to judge Kim.  I’m trying to understand the rules of a society that promotes pro-choice while being excited about pregnancy.  Do they think it is really just a blob of tissue in there?

 

This may make you stop and think all day –

The headline today reads “Watching Duchess Kate’s Baby Bump”.  What if Kate decided to have an abortion?  Even USA TODAY calls it a “baby”.  Not a fetus.  A baby.  Everyone acknowledges that it is a baby.  What if she aborted the heir to the throne of England?  Outrage? Cries? Murderer?  “The child was heir to the throne!”  He or she had so much purpose!

What right would she have to do such an atrocity?  Could the Queen stop her?  Could the country stop her?  Remember, it is HER body.  The baby doesn’t belong to Great Britain or does it?

What reasons would Kate have to kill her baby?  She is married, well off, has medical care, she is the right age, she wants to have a baby, and as far as we know the baby is healthy.  There would be no logical reason to kill it.

Except that she has the right to.  It is her body.  Her choice.  Imagine the headlines! The outrage.  She would be hated forever.

Is it based on that fact that this baby has a known destiny?  Or is it because she isn’t young, poor, or unmarried?  I doubt that even Planned Parenthood could justify this abortion.  Controversial?

Jeremiah 1:2 “Before I formed you in the womb I knew[a] you,
before you were born I set you apart;
I appointed you as a prophet to the nations.”

Feet – Repeat

Last year when I wrote this I had know idea of what lay ahead.  I still stand behind it.  The truth that it is the little things that matter.  A cool drink on a hot day.  Letting a driver pull out.  Love, care and tie someone’s shoe strings.

Feet

We don’t like to see them.  We certainly don’t want to smell them.  They get dirty.  They ache.  They start out so cute on babies and turn into gnarled calloused abused body parts by the time we are old.  But we wouldn’t want to live without them.  They’re pretty important for getting around.  When they hurt, our whole bodies hurt.  It’s really hard to get out of bed when we know they hurt.  Anyone (including me) who has suffered from gout REALLY understands this.  They are essential body parts that we need to take care of.

Our son Isaiah has been helping to coach a children’s soccer team this spring.  When I asked him in the beginning of the season how it was going he replied “I spend most of my time tying shoe strings”.   Now that he is several weeks into the season he talks about how much he enjoys the kids.  He knows their names.  He knows which ones are good and which ones don’t listen.  He said he will miss them when the season is over.  And to think these relationships started with “tying shoe strings”.

I’m sorry to be redundant but we need to be constantly reminded that “it’s the little things that matter”.  We don’t need to change the world but we DO need to tie shoe strings. Smile. Say hello.  Help someone across the street.  Love. Care. Say a prayer for someone at work.  

Love a lot this week.

 Luke 7:44 Then he turned toward the woman and said to Simon, “Do you see this woman? I came into your house. You did not give me any water for my feet, but she wet my feet with her tears and wiped them with her hair. 45 You did not give me a kiss, but this woman, from the time I entered, has not stopped kissing my feet. 46 You did not put oil on my head, but she has poured perfume on my feet. 47 Therefore, I tell you, her many sins have been forgiven—as her great love has shown. But whoever has been forgiven little loves little.”

A Royal Abortion

This may make you stop and think all day –

The headline today reads “Watching Duchess Kate’s Baby Bump”.  What if Kate decided to have an abortion?  Even USA TODAY calls it a “baby”.  Not a fetus.  A baby.  Everyone acknowledges that it is a baby.  What if she aborted the heir to the throne of England?  Outrage? Cries? Murderer?  “The child was heir to the throne!”  He or she had so much purpose!

What right would she have to do such an atrocity?  Could the Queen stop her?  Could the country stop her?  Remember, it is HER body.  The baby doesn’t belong to Great Britain or does it?

What reasons would Kate have to kill her baby?  She is married, well off, has medical care, she is the right age, she wants to have a baby, and as far as we know the baby is healthy.  There would be no logical reason to kill it.  

Except that she has the right to.  It is her body.  Her choice.  Imagine the headlines! The outrage.  She would be hated forever. 

Is it based on that fact that this baby has a known destiny?  Or is it because she isn’t young, poor, or unmarried?  I doubt that even Planned Parenthood could justify this abortion.  Controversial?

Jeremiah 1:2 “Before I formed you in the womb I knew[a] you,
    before you were born I set you apart;
    I appointed you as a prophet to the nations.”