Early voting continues through this week in TX so I joined many others from my community and went to the polls early. I expected to find only a couple of tables with workers facilitating the process but I was amazed at the many volunteers ready for voters by 8am. The gals who served the table for my precinct were efficient and joyful. The man ahead of me did not have his voter registration card with him as he "couldn't find it" he said, but that did not affect how he was welcomed and treated by the special ladies making it possible for him to vote today. I did have my card so my "check-in" went a little more quickly but both of us were able to join many other registered Americans to participate in the treasured privilege of voting. How grateful I am that I live in a country with this ingrained freedom. How grateful I am that so many fellow citizens have volunteered to be at work by 8am and stay until 5pm to facilitate this process. How grateful I am for all the "behind the scenes" workers who take seriously this opportunity to serve our country by taking active part in the process. I greatly appreciate their diligent commitment.
So please be sure your voice is heard in this election. Prayerful, informed voting is a blessed privilege and opportunity. Our country needs the support of devoted, active citizens in order to continue as a great nation. Don't sit this one out. And keep praying that God will be honored through the choices that are made.
Monday, October 20, 2008
Please be an informed voter. The following link will provide the facts about Obama's position on abortion. http://www.nrlc.org/Election2008/obamarecord0608.pdf He is the most liberal senator on this issue so please be aware of where he will lead our nation if he is elected. I cannot be silent so I am speaking for those whose voices have been or will be silenced due to abortion. There have been 43 million abortions since Roe V. Wade was passed in 1972. Life begins at conception. Those precious voices cannot speak for themselves but they were lives that should have had the choice to come into this world. Please read the following and cast your vote for McCain/Palin who will continue to advocate for pre-born babies.
Sunday, October 19, 2008
My thoughts about the Election and the Pro-Life issue #1The seriousness of the election in just over 2 weeks is weighing heavily on my heart. I will be voting for the pro-life presidential ticket of John McCain and Sarah Palin but if the current polls are accurate, more voters will be voting for the pro-choice candidate. There is much available on many websites to inform voters on all aspects of the abortion issue so I will let you research independently at such sites as National Right to Life, http://www.nrlc.org/default.html ; Focus on the Family Action, http://www.citizenlink.org/content/A000008450.cfm ; The Witherspoon Institute, http://www.thepublicdiscourse.com/ ; etc.
My thoughts center around the word "choice".My research shows that >.5% of abortions are done for the reason of rape. Below are listed the reasons women have an abortion taken from a Fact Sheet found on the National Right to Life Committee website.
Social Reasons given as primary reason
1. Feels unready for child/responsibility 25%
2. Has all children she wants/other family responsibilities 19%
3. Relationship problem/single motherhood 8%
4. Feels she isn’t mature enough 7%
5. Interference with education/career plans 4%
6. Parents/partner wants abortion >1%
7. Other reasons >6.5%
TOTAL approximately 93%
“Hard Cases” given as primary reason
1. Mother’s health 4%
2. Baby may have health problem 3%
3. Rape >0.5%
TOTAL approximately 7%
What these statistics show me is that less than 1 abortion per 100 is done because a woman's pregnancy was the result of force and not her "choice". Therefore, over 99% of abortions are done because a man and woman's "choice" to be sexually active had unintended or unwanted consequences. Ending a pregnancy by medically induced abortion deprives the new life of the "choice" it should have to live. A woman makes a "choice". If the result of her "choice" is a pregnancy, shouldn't that new life she carries have the "choice" to live? I think pre-born babies should be protected, nurtured and welcomed into a world with the rights our Constitution makes possible. A woman has a "choice" about behavior which can result in pregnancy. If that happens, the consequence of personal, private behavior must take into consideration the new individual life that has been created.
People can make "choices", but people cannot control the consequences of all "choices". A person chose to drive while drunk and my brother-in-law's death was the unintended consequence of such a “choice". A person can choose to overeat but health problems may be a consequence even if unwanted. A person can chose to exceed the speed limit but the fine when caught will still have to be paid.
I'm passionate about the life of pre-born children. My husband and I have been involved in a local ministry for unwed mothers including house parenting for a number of teen girls in order to save their babies’ lives. Please show that you care about preserving the "choice" of LIFE for every pre-born baby.
Please consider this very important issue as you go to the polls.
Please vote for McCain/Palin who will continue the fight for a culture of life in this wonderful and blessed country.
Your vote gives voice to those whose voices
have been or may be silenced.
have been or may be silenced.
Tuesday, October 7, 2008
John and I took some friends and saw the movie FIREPROOF recently. We were very impressed with the quality of the production and especially with the message of the movie. We highly recommend this film for all married couples and for anyone planning or hoping for marriage in the future. It is gripping and godly - such an amazing combination for a major movie shown in theaters nationwide. You'll love it and you'll find ideas for improving your own relationship.