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If We Are Pro-Life, We Should Be Grieving

We can’t pick and choose which lives we are going to grieve. As pro-lifers, we have battled for years to be heard that all lives matter. Yet, it shocks me that in recent events, people are arguing over toilet paper, if we should really staying home, and all the ways this crisis is affecting “me.” Yes, the economy is scary. I don’t have the answers. But I also know that same mantra we have been shouting for years still holds true:

All lives matter.

I have heard first-hand accounts from those in the hospitals. People are dying. And others are struggling to save them. Where is the outrage now? Why aren’t we doing all we can to save them? Thousands have died, and many more will. Why aren’t we praying, acting, and grieving?

As Christians, we need to be consistent. We can’t pick and choose which lives to be vocal about. We must remember that as our comforts are taken away, someone is gasping for breath from this virus. As our normalcy is taken away, a family’s life will never be the same because their loved one has succumbed. As we argue over politics, a family has been torn apart because of the quarantine and they work on the front lines. Doctors and nurses are separated from families to reduce exposure to their own.

This isn’t about fear. It is about facts. People are dying. The numbers are growing exponentially. May we stand up for LIFE now and walk the walk. All lives matter.

I pray that we stop arguing. Stop the politics. Stop the rhetoric. And love each other well through this crisis. If we don’t have love, we have nothing.

Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. 1 Cor. 13:4-7

“If I speak in the tongues of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal.” 1Cor. 1:1

We are just as it says, “a clanging cymbal” if we talk about lives but don’t share in the sufferings of those lives now being lost.

So today, I ask that we JOIN TOGETHER. This is our time as Christians to shine the light of Christ. People need. The world needs the HOPE only found in Him. They are searching and we have it!

Stop the negativity. And step up for life. Who is with me?

 

 

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Some Light Hearted Fun With Steve! ep 173

While in quarantine, Steve and I sat down to record the podcast together. We talked a bit about self-sufficiency here on the farm as well as just some lighthearted fun. Talking about the farm and life at home. Come hang out with us! We pray you are all safe and well!

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We Are Not at the Mercy of this Virus

Think about how much power this virus has in our world right now. Life is literally halted. Where I live, it is very prevalent and my state is expecting to go on lockdown today. Only essential businesses will be open. Everyone else is to stay home. Jobs are lost. Schools closed. All events canceled. College students sent home. Flights empty. Trips canceled. The list goes on.

That is a powerful virus. 

Imagine this tiny germ we can’t see has so much power right now.

Hospitals at capacity. Fear is everywhere. We are all watching this unseen virus. We all want to know what will happen to our lives which right now seem to be at the mercy of this virus.

Oh, how wrong we have it.

God has more power than this virus ever will. He spoke the universe into existence. He created the stars, the moon, and mankind. He holds those stars in their places. He makes the sun rise and set every day. He knows every detail of this vast world and beyond.

He has so much power. He has so much control. He is greater than our little tiny minds can ever comprehend.

Our lives are not at the mercy of this virus but are in His hands.

So, today I encourage you to remember, God has authority over this world. And over this virus. And over your life.

Trust Him. His power is magnificent. He split the sea. He rose Jesus from the dead. And that same power lives in us if we surrender our lives to Him.

It’s easy to get caught up in the news and sit at the mercy of this virus. But, today I am choosing to remember that this little germ has nothing on my God!

Corona means “crown” but I know who the King is and who is really on the throne!

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No One Knew…

I scroll through the photos. People gathered. Smiling. Hanging out. I see videos of TV shows recorded just a few weeks back. Live audiences. Guests. Laughing.

No one knew.

I read my writings from a few months back. The things I wrote. The prayers I prayed. Some of it seems so insignificant now.

I didn’t know.

This past week has changed our world so quickly. It only compares to 9/11 when the world changed in the blink of an eye. But even then, our entire daily lives were not changed in this way. There were tragedy and uncertainty. But this seems even bigger.

We are apart. I haven’t seen my family (besides my immediate family here) and don’t know when I will. I haven’t been to church. I haven’t looked into a friend’s eyes or hugged them. My last social outing was Dollar General, just a week ago. I actually talked about how kind everyone was as we were just starting to stock up (which at the time seemed like a probable overreaction- we were wrong.)

We didn’t know.

It’s weird to look back and think how ignorant we were to all that was to come. We had no idea. I mean, how could we? Who would ever expect this?

Yet, God knew. He has known. Since time began. He has known about every plague that has ever happened. And He knew this one was coming. And He knows what will come. It stops me in my tracks and I am once again reminded that no matter how much we humans think we know, we really don’t.

God has every detail of every life that has ever lived, is living now, and ever will live already memorized. He knows the little intricacies as well as the events of such magnitude of COVID-19. It is truly amazing and unfathomable.

And when I just think I can’t wrap my brain around all that He knows, it then brings me comfort. 

He knows.

As I try and hang onto every thread of information I can find to get a handle on what is to come, I remember, He always knew. And He knows now. And I comforted.

Because He is a good God. He is a loving God. And He has offered salvation to all those who believe. When I surrendered my life to Christ, I was already healed of any plague to come, of any hardship, or any disaster. Because nothing can destroy my eternity with Him.

We lose our house? I have a home in heaven.

We lose our comforts? My home is in heaven.

I lose my life? My home is in heaven.

We are all just passing through this life and onto a greater eternity someday. And I truly believe when we get there someday, we will wonder why we ever held so tightly to this life. Because eternity…in glory with the Lord…is going to be so filled with a joy we can’t even comprehend right now.

And that is all I need to know.

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Each devotion will point you to His voice above all the other voices you face daily. Through its unique format, you will be encouraged to spend time in the Word first with ample space for journaling, notes, and prayer. Karen then follows with further insight and encouragement.

There are four pages for each devotion, making this book a 400+ PAGE devotional! Spend time at the feet of a loving Father while choosing to follow Him above all, resulting in less clutter and more joy in your life.

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