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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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.

Originally from: https://www.facebook.com/ymimissions/photos/pb.44499695987.-2207520000.1427469456./10151786207190988/?type=3&theater, created by Rose Stiffler, http://www.ymimissions.org/

created by Rose Stiffler, http://www.ymimissions.org/

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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