Good Morning and a sweet, sweet Sunday it is! Today will be a good day. I am starting a Bible study that I have been looking forward to . . . and it’s awesome! This is online and there are nearly 40,000 women across the country who are participating. It feels good to know that as I sit and read, contemplating all that I am learning, that so many others will be doing the same thing. There is an extra blessing today. Heather from The Welcoming House Blog is hosting an online class on using essential oils, something I don’t know much about but really want to. It’s been on my list of “want to’s” without actually making it to the “done” list. And now I’ll at least get a start on that. So, let’s find out what is on our celebrations list for the day!
National Sanctity of Human Life Day (or Pro-Life Day) – I am unapologetically PRO-LIFE. If you wish to discontinue following my blog after reading this next part, so be it. I will never see a time, or an instance, when abortion is an option. I’ve heard all of the arguments and I disagree with them. Yes, incest and rape are horrible, mind bending crimes, but God is the God of miracles and there can be blessings from the ashes. If the bio-mom can’t emotionally deal with the horrible consequences of these crimes, then this is completely understandable. But killing the innocent baby who didn’t ask to be a product of the atrocities committed isn’t the answer. The excuse that babies are inconvenient, it wasn’t planned, it’s not financially possible . . . to that I have absolutely no sympathy whatsoever. You play, you take appropriate precautions. Abortion is NOT an acceptable form of birth control. It is murder. Plain and simple. Murder. If you find yourself in the position of being the victim of a crime, or pregnant when you do not wish to be, then open your mind and heart to the fact that there are families out there who are begging God for a baby, have been for quite some time. They would gladly accept this little life into their hearts, arms and homes, relieving the birth mother of the burden she does not wish to carry. This day is typically celebrated the 3rd Sunday in January, the Sunday before the anniversary of Roe v. Wade. President Ronald Reagan, the best president (again my opinion) this country has ever had, designated this day in remembrance and reflection of the sacred life of every person, born and unborn; that every life deserves to be lived. God said so in His word, so who are we to argue and violate His word?
“So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them.” (Genesis 1:27)
AND: “Do you not know that you are the temple of God and that the Spirit of God dwells in you? If anyone defiles the temple of God, God will destroy him. For the temple of God is holy, which temple you are.” (1Corinthians 3:16-17)
I have a problem with pastors who do not preach the message of life to churches, not just today, but any Sunday. Have you noticed how so many churches are silent and not preaching against sexual sin and abortion? Yes, many of us would feel convicted, but if we aren’t convicted of our sins, how can we expect to repent and be forgiven? Some people may flee the church because of that conviction, but that is their issue to deal with! The job of church leadership is to teach God’s word – ALL OF IT! Not just stuff that feels good and keeps backsides in the seats. What a horrible thing that we, as a Christian nation (I don’t care what the liberal elite says – WE ARE A CHRISTIAN NATION! FOUNDED ON CHRISTIAN PRINCIPLES!) do not stand up for the unborn doomed to legal execution. Will you tell others about this day? Will you stand up for the unborn who cannot speak for themselves? Bill Clinton discontinued the practice or recognition of Sanctity of Human Life Day throughout his eight years in office. Hardly surprising, considering how he and his ilk operate. Presidents Bush, both of them, resumed the proclamation that Reagan started back in 1984, and I applaud them both for doing so. 2014 is the 41st anniversary of the signing of Roe v. Wade. 41 years of legal execution of the unborn. 41 years of unnamed will-never-be-born children, 41 years of heartbreak and at least 56+ million dead. Can you digest that number for a moment? 56+ MILLION DEAD! Roe v. Wade was intended for poor and minority women, not for rape victims, incest victims, babies with disabilities, etc. This was proven in the Roe ‘decision’ when the pregnant woman in question was pregnant from a string of bad life choices rather than from being the victim of crime (which is statistically less than 1% of all abortions). It seems that women who choose this path would rather kill their offspring than to be a person who gives life. Think about how things have gone in our country. They allowed the taking of innocent human life at it earliest stages merely to suit someone’s convenience, and now they push for the taking of life at other points? Think about the issue of assisted suicide. Hospitals, doctors and judges insisting that families pull the plug before they are ready. What about the rights of the child? What about the rights of those who are unable to make these decisions for themselves? There are actually people out there who say that they prayed about killing their children and God gave them peace about it! WHAT? God would NEVER, EVER, EVER, EVER condone the murder of an unborn child. EVER! To try to pass off whatever voice you heard in your head as God is blaspheme. Sanctity of human life. Thank about that. Birth is not the beginning or origin of life. It is the arrival. God is the originator of life. He is the Creator. Every person, born and unborn, has a right to life! Some children may not make it out of the womb, but they are known by God BEFORE they were ever created in the womb. (Jeremiah 1:5) Think about that today, every day and pray for the unborn. Pray that those who would terminate their children be changed, in their hearts, in their minds and may they allow their children to live.
and on a lighter note. . .
National Popcorn Day – I love popcorn. It’s a healthy treat – until you load it up with butter and salt – full of fiber and satisfying crunch. Oddly, National Popcorn Month is in October, but today is National Popcorn Day. Whoever set it up must have decided that October was just too long to wait to celebrate . . . and I agree. How do you like your popcorn? Of course, the tastiest way is loaded down with butter and salt, but there are other ways to get satisfaction and enjoy it without the guilt. When I make it for us I air pop it, then squirt it down with some spritzes of olive oil, or I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter spray, then shake some Parmesan Cheese on it. It gives a salty goodness, still has the crunch because it’s not soggy with butter, and I find it to be nearly as enjoyable as with the butter. Tibbi must agree because whenever I pop some up, she plants herself at my feet just waiting for a few kernels to “fall” her way.
Tin Can Day – On January 19, 1825, Ezra Daggett and his nephew Thomas Kensett received the first U.S. patent for storing food in tin cans. More specifically they got the patent to “preserve animal substances in tin”. According to Today In Science they had been canning seafood, including salmon and oysters, since 1819. Aluminum, which is a more abundant metal than tin, has replaced tin in industrial applications for cans. So what canned food do we routinely buy? What DON’T we get in cans? I can’t think of anything! I remember my Grandpa K. saved his tin coffee cans. He stored everything in those things! Nuts and bolts, fishing stuff, seeds, you name it. I remember all of those cans lining the shelves of his shed, cellar and attic. Ah, memories.
Food Celebration of the Day –
National Popcorn Day – The earliest form of domesticated maize, popcorn has turned up on archaeological digs in the American Southwest, making it, perhaps, America’s oldest snack food. And why is that? Well, because it’s delicious! I have to say, the chocolate popcorn biscotti recipe looks rather intriguing.
- Stovetop Popcorn
- Chocolate Popcorn Biscotti
- Popcorn Bread
- White Chocolate Peanut Butter Popcorn
- Easy Caramel Popcorn
- Chipotle Ranch Popcorn
- Butterscotch Cashew Popcorn
Today enjoy some peace, spend some time in prayer, and focus on the things that are important in our homes, in our nation and in our world. God bless you and I’ll see you tomorrow.