How do you spell J.O.Y?

(Note: I wrote most of this the day after the election in 2012. I edited it in 2016 to make my thoughts clearer. Things have tremendously changed in our family since 2012. Despite the changes, all of God’s principles have stayed the same. In my revision, I did not eleborate on any changes or the size our family is now because I wanted to leave the post as original as possible. I want to be able to read this post ten years from now and know what I was thinking on the day I wrote this in 2012. I want to always be reminded that just because our circumstances change, God’s Word does not. Our family growth is a huge blessing, but in the midst of blessings it still seems that policies have continued to decline for our country. My hope is not in this country. Six years later, God’s Word has not changed. It will not change 10 or 20 years from now. Jesus continues to be my rock and my salvation!)

Today I choose to write about a subject very near and dear to my heart: Abortion. Abortion has been a topic of discussion among Americans for awhile now. The Lord has put this topic on my heart.  The first few paragraphs may seem harsh, but keep reading. There is hope!

Abortion is murder. Period. All four of my children are breathing and their hearts are beating.  They are all special unique individuals that the LORD knitted in my womb. And they were breathing and their hearts were beating while they were in my womb!  I am saddened by the thought that I could have chosen to murder my children before they were born because it is supposedly MY right.  It is not a Right that I should have. It is not a right that I will take.  I refuse this right!  It is not a right that any woman should have. I would have died for any of my children; I still would. Would you attempt to save your child’s life if he was drowning even if it meant you might drown yourself?

Being against abortion, is not my opinion, it is God’s Word. It saddens me to think that children are no longer viewed as a blessing from the Lord. Children are not a curse who take away careers or get in the way of best laid out plans. The fruit of the womb is God’s reward. Children are and will always be a reward! Psalm 127:3.

I pray that the women of our country will turn back to understanding that it is their duty but also a privilege and an honor to be a Proverbs 31 woman. Even if you have had an abortion, God’s love is still the same for you. Mine is, too. But, God is the one who can forgive you if you are His child and you ask. God is the one who instructs us to ask for forgiveness when we choose to sin against Him.

Please do not think I am bashing anyone who has made sinful choices. I have made plenty of sinful choices. Choices which I now hate. But there is good news. The Lord continues to teach me how to be pleasing to Him. I am thankful that God is a God of forgiveness. Praise the Lord! Jesus’s blood washed my sins away. Every single one of them: past, present, and future. That’s why I am so convicted when I make sinful choices throughout my day. God paid a great price for me. He died for me. His child!

God can mold each woman into the person He desires her to be. What a wonderful thought! This truth is what keeps me going each day. Not only can God forgive women, but our entire nation must ask for forgiveness, turn from our sinful habits, and put God first. I hope you all continue to understand how very convicting my own words are to myself!! We all fall short of the glory of God, but with God’s strength, we can unite and make our nation a better place. Our hope has to be in the Lord and not those around us.

I want to stress one last time that my family is absolutely not a perfect family, but through God’s grace, Jamie and I have banded together to raise our children to understand that we have to stand strong on Biblical principles. We have to stay sensitive to God’s direction. Without the Lord, we have no hope. We can’t apologize for following God’s Word in our lives. The Lord has done so much for our family, and He continues to convict us and keep us on the right path. It’s so easy to get drawn away and have our beliefs tested in this wicked world; however, I pray that as a family, we will always cling to God’s word for guidance and go to Him when we lack wisdom -James 1:5. Our faith in God must stand strong.

(Your child is just as special as my children.  God created my children and yours.  The aborted child is just as special as my children and yours.  God creates every child.)

Sadly, I am not sure where the faith of many American citizens resides. It should not be in any political person who chooses abortion or any other sinful laws as an option. Our family is living proof that God will provide all your NEEDS and guide your paths if you ask and have faith.  …without faith it is impossible to please Him. -Hebrews 11:6

My dream as an American is for every citizen to understand that Jesus has to be first. That is the only way to have JOY! Without Jesus first, there isn’t ever going to be any joy. Look around at all the strife going on in America. Christians let’s do our job. Let’s show others how great Jesus really is. Let’s show others how following Him is the only way to true freedom.

After last night’s election, my faith does not waver. I will continue to pray for my family. As a family, we will continue to pray for our nation and its leaders.  I pray that God will soften our leaders’ hearts.  I pray that they will accept Him as the true King, and they will trust His lead before it is too late. The leaders of our country were knitted by God; therefore, as Christians, it is our duty to pray for them.  I pray that as Christians, we can be a witness to the American leaders and our fellow citizens around us. And, I pray that we will see them in Heaven one day.

God is a God full of grace, but He is also our judge and will bring chastisement to those who choose not to follow Him. That chastisement is for our own good. As uneasy as it may seem, something has to be done to wake America up. America was founded under God’s name from Biblical principles. And the wrath of God is out of our control. Our sinful habits do hurt those who follow us! The sinful choices that our leaders have made have hurt a lot of people, but our individual sin (mine included) also hurts those around us. Those we love the most!

So, how has the greatest nation become so blinded in such a short period of time?  The answer is simple. The leaders now focus on what they want and what they think the majority wants instead of what God wants. It is a sad time, but it is also a time for Christians to pray, pray, pray!  It is time to spread the good news of the gospel. God answers prayers, and He will never forsake His people.  And, it is written that if you are on His side, evil will not prevail in the end! I am thankful to be on His side. Whose side are you on? Today is the day of salvation.  Please join my family and pray that His will shall be done.

Romans 8:28 -And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.

II Chronicles 7:14 – If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.

Joshua 24:15 – And if it seem evil unto you to serve the LORD, choose you this day whom ye will serve; whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the flood, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land ye dwell: but as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD.

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2 Responses to How do you spell J.O.Y?

  1. Thanks to you and your family for your post. They do make a difference and may God bless you richly for all you do. The harvest is indeed plentiful but the workers are few. May we all work to pray, study, witness and light our light shine brighter in an ever darker world.

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