I am here because two women chose life and one man chose death.

Imagine you are an unmarried woman in your mid-twenties in 1967.  You are just starting your life, maybe working at your first grown-up job, dating someone, just enjoying your life when you realize you are pregnant.  Imagine the panic you would feel, the hopelessness.  What are your options?

Would you consider an abortion?

Now imagine you are a couple that has prayed for a baby for years. You have been faithfully waiting for God to bestow the gift of a child.  You a growing weary in your waiting but someone comes to you with the opportunity to raise another’s child.

Would you consider an adoption?

I know all of these people, they are my grandparents.  two I have never met, I do not know their names, and two I love dearly.  The woman chose life and allowed my grandparents to adopt her child and complete their family.

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My Pawpaw has sweet Elvis hair, right?! He is the same one I wrote about in this post. I am thankful for all of them.  I am thankful for my mother’s biological mom for living through nine months of pregnancy, staying healthy, and probably experiencing ridicule, a rude comment here, a side eye at the grocery store for not having a ring on her finger, friends or family questioning her decision.

Delivering a baby and then giving her away.

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Friday Letters 4.3.2015

Dear Jesus, Thank you for Good Friday and for giving yourself for someone as lowly as me. Can’t wait to celebrate the Resurrection on Sunday! I am looking forward to the sunrise service.

Dear AK, Thanks for going to see Cinderella with me!  I am so glad you enjoy movies and sit still, it was a good day to skip school and spend the day with you.  Don’t worry, I will catch you up on what you missed at K3.

Dear cashier at Target, you are the bomb (do people still say that?). I am so impressed you rang up a buggy worth of Easter stuff without the toddler noticing. That takes skills, they should give you an Easter basket for your hard work.

Dear Lady in the Easter section, Thanks for not judging me for waiting until the last-minute to buy the Easter stuff WITH MY TODDLER. That was super helpful of you to help distract my kid while I snuck a chocolate bunny in my secret bag.  While other moms (who also waited until the last-minute ahem, Judgy McJudgerson) were looking at me like I was crazy pointing at random things in the store for AK to look at so I could stealthily place items in a gift bag from the dollar spot, you started pointing at random things too!  Way to work together for the better of all moms instead of judging each other.

Oh hello April, I didn’t notice you had arrived…other than the massive sinus headache I have had all week.  I am going to need you to bring some of those April showers to wash this crap away.  My black tin roof looks green. Okay? Thanks!

♥ Elizabeth

Called to go.

In The Great Commission, Jesus tells us to go (Matthew 28:16-20).  He also says in Acts 1:8

But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.

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I have never had the distinct call from Christ to stay home, sometimes we have to wait or recuperate, but I don’t think we should stay home.  There is someone you can reach, whether it is in the grocery store or on the other side of the world.  There is no doubt in my mind we must share the gospel, but where? Do I believe Jesus called everyone to go across the world? No. Do I believe He has called more people than are going? Yes. Are Christians called to go somewhere, even if it just their own town? Absolutely. Often times we forget our Jerusalem.  What are we doing right in our backyard to tell people in our communities about Jesus and love them the way Jesus does?

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Friday Letters 3.27.15

Dear Spring, I thought we were past this?  Freeze warning tonight? Seriously, get it together, wasn’t it 80 yesterday?

Dear AK, Thank you for being honest about being in trouble at school this week.  I know you will work harder to not play during lunch.

Dear Philippians, Way to call me out this morning.

Do all things without grumbling or disputing, that you may be blameless and innocent, children of God without blemish in the midst of a crooked and twisted generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world.  2:14-15

I have been grumbling a little too much lately. I get it.  Hey, when is this two month study going to end?  There might be other books in the Bible I need to check out.

Dear Sadie, Thanks for being my accountability partner, not just in exercise but also in the rest of my life!  I am loving our 6 AM torture sessions work outs.

Dear Orchid on my desk, I loved you, I really did.  I know I don’t show it very well but I am just not very good with plants.  I don’t know if you will make it to next Friday, if not RIP.

♥ Elizabeth

I press on…

I have been in the book of Philippians for what seems like an eternity, so much direction in such a small book.   This morning I went over chapter three and was really drawn to verses 13-14.

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As a runner (I use that term loosely), this spoke to me – I press on to reach the end of the race – In the ESV (which is my usually version) reads “I press on toward the goal.”  When I participate in a race, I participate for the challenge, for the experience, and for the t-shirt.  I am never, ever going to win a race, even in my dreams.  My goal is to finish, get my shirt and/or my participation medal, and then reward myself with more calories than I burned a delicious meal. Continue reading

Lent: A time for refocusing

Growing up Baptist and Methodist on alternating weekends, I was always interested in the church seasons that are not emphasized in the Baptist church: Advent, Christmas (You know those 12 days AFTER Christmas), Epiphany, Lent, Easter, and Pentecost.  Maybe it is the OCD in me that likes organization, something to prepare for or look forward to next.  I have given a few things up through Lent over the years but since the beginning of the year I have been really asking myself

What in my life is taking time away from serving the Lord?

Like most people I catch myself spending too much time on Facebook, Pinterest, or down the rabbit hole of funny Youtube videos (don’t act like you haven’t lost an hour of your life before watching funny videos).  I have found the biggest time-snatcher in my life is clutter.  No, my house does not look like an episode of hoarders but I seem to have collected many things in my life. I dream of having a home where everything has a place and it gets put there as soon as you are done using it but that isn’t my reality, I have a toddler.

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