Sunday, June 21, 2009

Happy Father's Day, Dad!

Dear Dad,
Many years have gone by since I was a little girl. I do miss being a little girl sometimes. I remember so many happy times growing up with you. You were the one who taught me how to tie my shoe and to play tennis. You taught me how to ride my bike and later how to drive a car. You taught me how to dance and to love music and made sure that I could take music lessons. You taught me a love for wildlife and the outdoors and how to recognize different birds. You taught me how to joke and to laugh. You taught me to love "The Andy Griffith Show" and helped me to practice saying all of the memorable lines from the episodes. You taught me to enjoy being your little girl and loved to receive my "golden kisses". You taught me that the most important thing in life was to follow Jesus and to get to know Him better by reading His Word. I remember waking up in the early mornings and finding you on the couch with your Bible opened. You supported me, encouraged me and loved me all of those years and then, one day, you gave me to my husband to be his wife. I know that was probably one of the most difficult things that you ever did.
I am a woman now and have a family of my own. Sometimes when I see my little girls, I see just a little bit of me and remember you and how you loved me. I know you still love me. We may not always agree on everything, but you are always there, always loving me and always my Daddy. Thank you, Dad for making such a difference in my life. Thank you for your love all of these years. Thank you for being my teacher, my friend and my Dad. And, I'll always be your little girl.

Love,
Dawne

Thursday, June 18, 2009

A wonderful post from Jess at Making Home

Here is a great article on Birth Control that I thought brings some important points seldom considered.

Subtle Effects of Birth Control
Lately, I've been noticing some trends that I think are directly attributable to the rise-- indeed the expectancy-- of birth control use in our culture. I'd like to talk through them one by one so it's clear what I'm getting at. I believe that there are consequences that are a direct result of our culture's embracing of the birth control mindset as normative, and here are a few.

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

"Are We a Pro-Life People?"

I found this fantastic article from insidecatholic.com. I wish more people in the Church would support and encourage mothers of many children. Children, planned or unplanned are blessings, not burdens. Come on Church!

Are We a Pro-Life People?

Adding My Book Corner

I decided to add a book corner on my blog, so I can share the books that I'm currently reading or recently have finished.
As a rule, I used to only read one book at a time, but lately, I usually have 2 or 3 on my nightstand that I try to read. Granted, I don't have much time to read, but I try to take advantage of little snippets of time between school, housework, boo boo kissing, feeding kids and so on. I love to read and miss reading a good book in a day or two, but now I have this little "army" and they need a Mommy, not a book worm.
Reading has become a challenge to me lately. It could be because I have been dealing with morning sickness,(more accurately called "all day sickness"), and I also tend to fall asleep when I sit still for more than a minute. In any case, I love to read and enjoy sharing good books. My hope is that others can pick up a few or all of these titles and be blessed. The Bible, of course, is still the most important Book of all because it's the very Word of God. "The grass withereth, the flower fadeth: but,the Word of our God shall stand forever." Isaiah 40:8

Sunday, June 14, 2009

My response to a suggestion for president in 2012

A friend of mine had made a suggestion for president on her Face book page and I responded with the following message:

I wish the Church would wake up. The Church in America is just like Laodicea. It is lukewarm. The culture has crept and sometimes been invited in, so things that are wrong according to God's standards are somehow okay now, because there are suddenly gray areas. I am convinced that the only way the Church will have revival is when persecution comes. That's when we're going to find out who really trusts in the Lord and who just wants to be comfortable. I couldn't vote for McCain because I am sick of voting for the lesser of two evils. I voted for someone that was a Godly man, who really wanted to do something about all of these babies that are being murdered and believed in the same freedoms that our forefathers did. He didn't have a chance, but for the first time, I was at peace with my vote.

I had Christians tell me that I was nuts for not voting for McCain because Obama would win. Well, I pretty much knew he would anyway. I did not want to live or vote out of fear. Fear isn't from the Lord. And, even if McCain would have won, he didn't have the integrity that is needed to be the leader of this country. We haven't had a man like that for a LONG time. I'll go one step further to say that even if our beloved George Washington or Abe Lincoln would run now, they couldn't save this country, and I don't think they would win. This country wanted what it got. America does not honor life, whether it be in the womb, a disabled or an elderly person. America hates God. We have shoved him out of every area of our lives and do not want to be accountable to anyone. God can still work, but the American Church better get serious about their faith and stop playing games. Pray, pray, pray and then, do not be ashamed of the gospel. Romans 1:16

We are going to see some very tough times ahead. Are we going to be overcomers or are we just going to go down with the rest of our society? My heart cry is that we hope in the things that will last and that we will never be comfortable here. This is not our home.

I usually keep pretty silent about things except with my husband and closest friends, but I felt that God wanted me to share my heart. There are so many more things that could have been said, but this is what He gave me. I am not pretending to have it all together. The fact is, God continues to work on this heart of mine. I want to stop playing the games, living in my own little world and forgetting that there are people dying without Jesus. My prayer is that God will stir a passion in all of our hearts to stop fearing man and to keep our eyes on Jesus, the Author and Finisher of our faith. We are nothing without Him. These are exciting days we live in. Yes, they are scary and unpredictable, but where is our hope? I am going to choose Jesus, no matter what it costs.