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More Deaths for Unborn Children

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Hillary Says More Death for Unborn Children is a Victory – Is This Presidential?


News releases for today included the call of Pope Francis for us to apologize to gays and Hillary’s proclamation that the ruling of the Supreme Court to strike down a Texas abortion law was a solid victory.

Which subject should be covered in today’s issue du jour?

It was a choice between the Pope’s apostasy in mis-leading 1.2 billion Catholics or the callousness of a presidential candidate who will one day see these words in a panoramic optic of her own life and be asked what they mean.

Jesus’ words: “And whoso shall receive one such little child in my name receiveth me. But whoso shall offend one of these little ones which believe in…

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ANNA WALDHERR A Voice Reclaimed, Surviving Child Abuse

Serbian bread, Author Srdan Vesic (CC BY-SA 3.0 Unported, GNU)

Pantomime dates as far back as ancient Rome.  A form of entertainment which conveys meaning without using words, pantomime is today generally geared toward children.

That, as it turns out, is highly appropriate.

Children – especially the youngest – lack words for many of the things they experience.  They can, however, convey information without being aware of doing so.  Most of us are familiar with the use of puppets and toys to elicit information from little ones who may have been abused [1].  Pantomime can play a role, as well.

Food and Children

Food has emotional significance for children.  Food represents nurture.  It is life.  Children require both physical and emotional sustenance.  When one is lacking, the other may serve as a temporary substitute.

Food and Abuse

This can be useful in the short term.  Even as adults, we recognize…

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My Peace I Give to You

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The birds, high above in the trees, chirp their welcome. They sing with their various whistles for all the world to hear. An ant crawls across the grass with determination, a rabbit scampers, then stops to look at me quizzically, then hops on.

The sounds of natures are all around me and the peace I feel as the cool water ripples around, over, and between the rocks downstream is calming. The smells of nature fills my nostrils. I breathe slowly in and slowly let it out.

In times when we have thoughts invade our mind or the worries of life invade causing our peace to skitter away we can take a moment and visualize our safe peaceful place. We all have an image of where we would like to be, a place that fills us with peace. Some may find that peace fills them as they sit by a flowing brook and some may find that peace standing high on a mountain top looking out over a scenic view, while others may find it as they walk a long sandy beach with the sea breeze kissing their cheek, but wherever we find it God will take us there.

In times when things seem overwhelming we can stop and take a few minutes and ask the Lord to take us to our peaceful place. He knows where it is. For me I see myself in my mind’s eye sitting under a large tree next to a flowing stream. I hear the birds, I see the rippling water and hear its sounds as it gently meanders downstream to its destination. It’s path has been determined by God and nature and to sit there quietly, with no thoughts, brings peace.

Christ said it is His peace He gives us. His peace seeps into my soul and gives me calm. It replaces the worries, it replaces the memories of the past, it fills those spaces that the enemy wants to invade. Sitting quietly, Jesus has arrived. He sits down beside me and we quietly bask in the beauty. My peace is complete.

“Now the Lord of peace Himself give you peace always by all means.” 2Thes. 3:16

Blessings to you.

Booo to Lousy Dad’s.

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I don’t go to church on Father’s Day. Like many others who have had a lousy Dad I don’t want to hear all the beautiful stories of what others had that many of us didn’t. I don’t need the reminders of what I should have had, but didn’t.

There are those who had mean, alcoholic, abusive fathers. There are some of us that were abandoned and left to never know a smiling face of a father, or share the laughter and shouts at a ball game with Dad, or hear how pretty we are without roaming, pawing hands.

There are some of us that knew the harsh words and the sting of a belt across our back, legs, or butt. Some of us may have known all of the above as well as violent sexual encounters over and over and over with this man who was to love us, protect us, and grow us in the ways of the Lord Almighty.

To hear the loving testimonies can bring anger from deep within for some of us because those testimonies of love, security, and cherished memories only bring up the pain of not having had that love and sharing. We were cheated of what so many others had, and still may have, that they are honoring.

Even with healing we can still grieve that loss and feel the sadness deep within us for the day and then move on. Oh yes, we forgive. Some of us do anyway, but forgiveness does not erase the memories. It eases the pain but it does not render us with amnesia.

To hear the loving testimonies being spoken, we try to forget but it doesn’t always work. Some of us whisper to ourselves, “I’ll celebrate my Father in heaven,” that is if we have accepted His Son, Jesus Christ as our Savior. But what about those who haven’t? Who and what do they celebrate? Most probably don’t celebrate. They probably try to forget the day society calls Father’s Day. But it’s plastered all over T.V., stores have reminder banners. It’s in our face for weeks before the dreaded day.

Many do not realize that even though we have a Heavenly Father that loves us like we have never had before, that we still have, or had, an earthly father. Some may not understand this and some may take offense but no matter it be a step father, a father figure that was in our life or God Himself, nobody can replace a biological father! Even if he was never known. Why else do some want to know about their biological father? It goes deeper than curiosity.

Others can step in and love us but it’s like having a pet that we love deeply and lose, we can get another one but it never replaces the one we lost. There’s always a special place in our heart for the one lost. No matter the cruelty, abandonment, or suffering we have experienced from a biological father he cannot be replaced. God placed an in-born love for our parents within us, whether we acknowledge it or deny it or never really felt it on a conscious level, it’s there, waaaaay down deep. If it weren’t – why does it hurt so much? Why the curiosity?

God, through His Son, will give us the love we never had. He will nurture us, care for us, meet our needs, and hold us close. He is like no other father, but – He was not the one who was supposed to tuck us in our beds, He isn’t the one who was to take us to the ball game or the one who was supposed to walk us down the aisle on our wedding day. He isn’t the one who was supposed to read us a night-time story or kneel beside our beds with us in prayer.

Oh, don’t get me wrong, the Lord Almighty was at all of our various events! He saw what was going on and cried with us, laughed with us, and knew our deep seeded anger and hurt. Did we know He was there? Did we know He saw all we did and felt all we felt? The Bible says He did, and still does, whether we are aware of it or not.

So as many celebrate their earthly fathers they love, and laugh about silly incidents, and recall favorite stories there are some of us that want to wipe this “celebration of fatherhood” off the calendar. I hear the gasps and the “oh that’s so sad.” Don’t feel sorry for us!

As Christians what we celebrate is having a Father in heaven that helped us to survive all that was done to us and not having the love, care, and nurturing of a biological father.  We survived and it was by the Grace and mercy of our Heavenly Father that we did!

So while you that were/are blessed with a loving and caring biological father I’ll stay home and thank God Almighty, Jesus Christ, and the Holy Spirit for helping me and many more survivors to survive the atrocities, to be able to deal with a painful past, to seek counseling and heal from our abusive fathers, and to grow to be adults that can laugh, cry, shout, and love others.

We may feel sad for a day but His mercies are new every morning and we can still rejoice and move on.

Happy Father’s Day to my Father in Heaven.

Blessings to you.

Sunday Morning Morality

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A Lawyer's Prayers

Rally to raise awareness of sexual violence on campus, following rape report, Johnson Hall, University of Oregon, Author Kamala McCullum (CC BY-SA 3.0 Unported)

Two campus rape cases have recently been in the news:

  • In the Turner case, a Stanford athlete convicted of raping an intoxicated woman at a fraternity party was sentenced to 6 months in jail [1].
  • In the McClure case (a Title IX action), victims at the University of Kansas assert the school took little or no action when they reported having been raped [2].

The vast majority of men would never inflict inflict violence – sexual or otherwise – on a woman.  The question arises:  Why did ethics and morality not act as deterrents, when the crimes in question took place?  Why do some men who seem well-adjusted feel no compunction about raping the women in their lives, if the opportunity arises?

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20 Minutes

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ANNA WALDHERR A Voice Reclaimed, Surviving Child Abuse

Brock Turner, a Stanford University athlete with Olympic aspirations, was convicted in March of sexually assaulting an unconscious woman at a fraternity party.  Turner was caught in the act, and chased down by two witnesses.

Though facing up to 14 years in prison, Turner received a six-month sentence [1].  Even this slap on the wrist was viewed as excessive by his father.  Dan Turner had opined, in a letter to the court, that jail time would be “a steep price to pay for 20 minutes of action” [2].

While it is difficult to overstate the sheer stupidity of this remark, the remark itself is extremely revealing.  Clearly, here is a father who taught his son nothing about ethics or morality, since he himself cannot grasp the violation that occurred.  Evidently, women are merely to be viewed as sexual conquests…a convenience – like party favors – particularly if they are unconscious…

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We change our minds, we change our clothes, but . . .

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