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Friday, February 19, 2010

Daily Devotionals

So...I have changed what I want to do. I decided not to copy and paste the daily devotionals here. Instead I'm going to make a link to the main site and to the daily devotionals that way you can go there on your own and browse if you like. Also, they have a special link for printable devotionals....in case anyone wants them that is a much better way to get them printed out!



Thursday, February 18, 2010

Day 2 of 40 Days for Life

Day 2 - February 18

Intention:

May the King of the Universe, who entered this world as a helpless infant, give us the humility to be healed.

Scripture:

My power is made perfect in weakness.

--2 Corinthians 12:9

Reflection:

The great mystery of the Humility of God is very near and dear to the mission of those serving in pro life and in a special way, post abortion ministries across this nation. For those wounded by their participation in abortion, the door to healing often feels like crossing an abyss of great fear: fear of judgment, fear of being torn apart by the pain, by self hatred and rage at those who hurt and abandoned you, and manipulated you in your time of temptation. For men in particular, entering the unknown waters of emotional vulnerability, so necessary to healing calls for a different kind of courage that feels deceptively like weakness.

The door to healing is humility. It is born in the inability to no longer control the pain, to live with the consequences of that tragic decision to reject life. The hearts cries out, "I have committed a grave offense against my Creator and I am consumed by regret, grief and sorrow!"

During these forty days let us pray for all who have participated in abortion and with love call them to healing and reconciliation. With healing these women and men can become as John Paul II proclaimed in the Gospel of Life, "the most eloquent defenders of everyone's right to life."

Jesus proclaimed, "I am the Vine, you are the branches" (John 15:5). To bear the greatest fruit, the branches must be pruned. Each level of pruning of the vine requires a deeper level of humility so that we can abandon ourselves to His will. This is not a lofty theological concept as much as it is an earthy experience of pulling weeds, tilling rocky soil, pruning and healing the vines. "If a man wishes to come after me, he must deny his very self, take up his cross, and begin to follow in my footsteps" (Matthew 16:24).

Prayer:

Lord, during these forty days, we ask that with each day of this sacred vigil, everything in us that separates us from your perfect will would be pruned from our hearts and souls. In this blessed freedom may we experience a powerful anointing of your Holy Spirit. Filled with confidence and trust may we proclaim with the mother of Jesus, "Let it be done to me, according to your Word."

Kevin Burke
Executive Director, Rachels Vineyard Ministries

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

WOW...what a day!

All I can say is WOW!! Yesterday was probably one of the worst days Junior Mint and I have ever had....that's bad!

He was an angel day before yesterday...so of course, me being the proud mom I am, bragged forever to anyone who cared that he was so good and behaved so well for me. WELL.....then it hit yesterday! Mr. Goodbar said I bragged too much and he thought he would even it out for me...and that he did. I can honestly say that Junior Mint won the battle yesterday, which is my fault! I realize that I had given up, by the time the afternoon came we had had the following:

  • Dog food dumped out 3 times and picked up (by Junior Mint)
  • Dog water dumped out 1 time
  • Junior Mint took his clothes off
  • Junior Mint took his diaper off and peed in the floor twice before I could get to him (then laughed)
  • Dumped out the dog treats and fed them to the dogs off and on ALL day because he hid them in places where I didn't find them
  • Cried through nap (which NEVER happens)
  • Counted 1-2-3 and jumped off the couch about 20 times
  • Sprayed the dogs with air freshner
  • Used his picnic table like a jungle gym
  • Pulled the dog off the couch by his hair
And I'm sure the list goes on and on! Where was I you ask....well, right behind him. I told Mr. Goodbar I was putting out fires all day. There was instruction and correction, but yesterday he just didn't seem to care! Not to mention, this little nugget in my belly had me feeling yucky and I didn't sleep the night before...which I know is NO excuse! I was just so done by the time Mr. Goodbar got home.

I realized this morning, Junior Mint had won! He was trying my patience and trying to see what he could do to bother me and he won! I let him win a battle...one that I can't let him win again. I know there will be bad days, and some really bad days, but that doesn't mean that I can just give up and let it happen! I forgot the most important thing....I'm not a single parent, I have Mr. Goodbar but I also have someone much stronger than him, much more patient than either one of us, much more capable of handling these stressful situations...GOD! I forgot to seek help and guidance when I needed it most. I forgot to lean on him for understanding and answers! But I know that even though I failed yesterday, I can start over today. I can lean today where I didn't yesterday. I won't make my failures Junior Mint's and I won't allow him to be disobedient to me because I was to my God...I gave up and I won't allow him to give up on listening and obeying. I will remember that I am not alone...none of us are!

No matter if we decide to check out as a mom, dad, child, worker, follower....we have to remember that we have someone much more capable to handling all this on our side, ready to advocate for us, ready to help us...we just have to call out His name!


From Hugs for New Moms book:

"When motherhood is draining the best of you and you feel overwhelmed and ill-equipped for the responsibilities of caring for your family, look up and remember that I'm your ever-present helper! Come to Me, and I'll refresh you and recharge your emotional, physical, and spiritual batteries. You'll find that with My help you can accomplish amazing things you could never do alone.

Energizing you
Your All-Powerful God"

~from Psalm 121:1-2, Matthew 11:28 and Philippians 4:13

Day 1 of 40 Days for Life

Day 1 - February 17

Intention:

That we may use these 40 Days for Life to plead for God's mercy and grace upon all those involved in the sin of abortion.

Scripture:

Blow the trumpet in Zion! Proclaim a fast, call an assembly. Gather the people, notify the congregation. Assemble the elders; gather the children and the infants at the breast… Let the priests, the ministers of the Lord, weep and say, "Spare, O Lord, your people."

-- Joel 2:15-17

Reflection:

The toll of abortion cannot be measured. We hear estimates of almost 50 million innocent victims, but that's only one aspect of the harm that has unfolded in abortion's wake. There are also the mothers and fathers of these millions, as well as the grandparents, brothers and sisters, aunts, uncles, cousins. Unborn lives destroyed. Lives of the living shattered.

It's overwhelming and depressing, but even in the midst of such unfathomable darkness, the church teaches us to have hope. Yes, it was indeed Calvary that followed Christ's 40 days in the desert, but without Calvary there would have been no Resurrection - His victory over death that opened the gates of heaven to those who believe in and follow Him.

The psalmist encourages us to go humbly before God as we seek His will: "A clean heart create for me, O God, and a steadfast spirit renew within me… Give me back the joy of your salvation and a willing spirit sustain in me… O Lord, open my lips, and my mouth shall proclaim your praise" (Psalm 51:12, 14, 17).

We are called to be God's messengers; or as the Apostle Paul told the Corinthians: "We are ambassadors for Christ, as if God were appealing through us. We implore you on behalf of Christ: be reconciled to God" (2 Corinthians 5:20). That is the true message to all we encounter at the abortion centers and in our communities who have been deceived by the Culture of Death. We don't bring condemnation; we bring God's good news.

Prayer:

Lord, we ask for the strength, courage, wisdom, determination and stamina to carry out this mission according to Your will. Guide us, we pray, as we go forth and proclaim Your truth, always doing so with a spirit of love and compassion, as was demonstrated to us by Your Son, Jesus Christ. In His name we pray, amen.

David Brandao
Communications Director, 40 Days for Life

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Preparation for 40 days of Life....

So....the website for 40 days of Life has a daily devotional that begins today with a preparation devotion. Please check back daily....I will do my best to post the daily devotional every day! They are short and won't take long. Please take 5 minutes out of your day!!



Day of Preparation - February 16

Intention:

Pray that our nation repents from the sin of abortion and turns back to God.

Scripture:

If My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and forgive their sin and heal their land.

- 2 Chronicles 7:14

Reflection:

Not unlike God's chosen people of Israel, we must humble ourselves, pray, seek His face, and turn from our wicked ways, if we expect God to hear from heaven, forgive our sin, and heal our land. The need for repentance has not been greater since the Supreme Court decision of Roe vs. Wade in 1973. The number one cause of death in America is the needless sacrifice of our children at the altar of convenience called abortion. Conservative estimates put the number of deaths at nearly 48 million.

And lest we think this is an issue outside the church walls, 43 percent of women obtaining abortions identify themselves as Protestant, and 27 percent identify themselves as Catholic. One in four women has at least one abortion by the age of 45 -- both non-Christian and Christian alike. Where was the voice of Truth -- the church?

Mary Comm of In Our Midst Ministries, Inc. sums up the issue best as she writes, "We (the church) have been an unintentional accomplice to the millions of lives lost and to the multiplied millions of lives devastated by abortion. We didn't want them to abort. We didn't mean for them to abort. But, because of our lack of knowledge, because of our fear, we have continued to stand by and do nothing. We, God's hands and feet in this dark and hurting world, have been unintentional, unknowledgeable accomplice, but an accomplice nonetheless."

May today mark the beginning of change within the church, as God's people, in unity, seek His forgiveness.

Prayer:

Heavenly Father, we have turned our backs on you and your principles in your Word. We have allowed man to usurp Your role as God over life and the number of our days. But we come to you in brokenness and repentance over our sin. We cry out for Your mercy and ask you to remove the scourge of abortion from our land. Use us as your vessels, Lord, to bring the light of Your Truth to our nation once again. Because of Christ we pray, amen.

Carmen Pate
Co-host, "Point of View" talk show

(These are copied directly from http://www.40daysforlife.com/getinvolved.cfm?selected=devotionals)

Can you give 40 days??

Tomorrow begins a very important period for Christians....yes, it is Ash Wednesday but it is also day one of the 40 Days for Life campaign!

40 Days for Life is a campaign focused on making communities aware of the consequences of abortion through a peaceful approach! The 40 days follows the example laid out biblically where God used 40 days to transform people. This campaign calls for 40 days of prayer, fasting and vigil. Seeing as I am pregnant....fasting won't be involved but I will be taking part in the prayer! All of us can do that. Devote a few minutes of your day to praying for the innocent lives that are lost every year to abortion...and those numbers are shocking!!

Check out some statistics:

Since 1973, there have been over 47,000,000 abortions in the United States.
That's 1,300,000 babies every year
That's 108,333 babies every month
That's 27,083 babies every week
That's 3,735 babies every day
That's 155 babies every hour
That's 2.6 babies every minute
That's 1 baby every 25 seconds!

· 88.1% of abortions take place in the first 3 months of pregnancy; over 50% of all abortions take place in the first 8 weeks

· Approximately 12% of abortions take place in the second or third trimester of pregnancy

· 78% of women having abortions report a religious affiliation

· 61% of women having abortions have one or more children

Reasons Woman give for having an abortion:

· 3/4 say that having a baby would interfere with work, school, or other responsibilities.

· 23% say they cannot afford to have a child.

· Over 90% say they are having an abortion because of some type of "social" reason (convenience, money, not ready for a child, etc)

Rape and incest consist of less than 0.5% of all abortions

I know 40 days is a lot…we as Americans can’t seem to commit to 40 days of anything…but lets make a commitment to these 40 days!!

Take a few minutes every day to ask God to end this attack on innocent children, talk to your friends about the statistics and educate them, take action to let everyone know your stance, if your stance is Pro-Choice, evaluate your faith and remember:

Psalms 139:13-16

Oh yes, you shaped me first inside, then out;
you formed me in my mother's womb.
I thank you, High God—you're breathtaking!
Body and soul, I am marvelously made!
I worship in adoration—what a creation!
You know me inside and out,
you know every bone in my body;
You know exactly how I was made, bit by bit,
how I was sculpted from nothing into something.
Like an open book, you watched me grow from conception to birth;
all the stages of my life were spread out before you,
The days of my life all prepared
before I'd even lived one day.

If you have had an abortion, take this opportunity to ask forgiveness.

Proverbs 28:13
He who conceals his sins does not prosper, but whoever confesses and renounces them finds mercy.

Remember, God forgives ALL!! He will cast your sins as far as the East is from the West!

Take this 40 days to make a difference….in the lives of others, babies and yourself!

Can you give 5 minutes a day for 40 days…that’s just 200 minutes, just 3 hrs. 20 minutes?? That’s less than 3 and half episodes of most TV shows!!

Check out the 40 Days for Life website!!