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“By faith even Sarah herself received ability to conceive, even beyond the proper time of life, since she considered Him faithful who had promised” (Hebrews 11:11).

In the New Testament, Sarah is pictured as the spiritual matriarch and the epitome of all faithful women (I Peter 3:6).  Peter tells us that she was a good wife, obeying her husband, Abraham, calling him lord, and doing what was right. Christian women are encouraged to follow her example.

We are all familiar with these facets of Sarah’s life. But there are a couple of things that often get missed in the telling of her story – the love of an all-knowing Father and His sovereign authority over life.

As women, when we read about Sarah’s life and how long she had to wait to have her child, we can really feel her frustration. We can sympathize with her, even in her mistakes.

Did you realize that by the time we come upon Sarah’s story in the book of Genesis, she is already 65 years old? That is so amazing. Perhaps we don’t think of her as that old, because we know the story of how Abraham lied, twice, about her relationship to him when they traveled to other places. She was so beautiful that Abraham was afraid that Pharaoh would kill him so that he could take Sarah for a wife (Genesis 12:12). Imagine at age sixty-five, she was still one of the most beautiful women in the world! She would still be so beautiful at age ninety that Abraham would lie again, this time to King Abimelech. To this day, her beauty is legendary.

But Sarah only desired one thing above everything else. She wanted to have children. She had all the natural desires of a woman to have a child. She also knew about God’s promise to Abraham. She knew that they would be the founders of many nations. God had promised her husband that he would have as many descendants as there were stars in the sky (Genesis 15:5). By the time she was ninety years old, she must have been wondering when God would help them start their family.

The story of how Sarah took things into her own hands and asked Abraham to give her a child by using her maid, Hagar, is very famous. It is a sad and tragic story. Mostly what is sad about it is that Sarah’s faith wavered here. She concluded that God Himself was restraining her from having children (Genesis 16:2). As sinners ourselves, we can identify with her. Sometimes when we pray for something for a long time and don’t see an answer, we wonder if God is going to answer at all. Sarah’s mistake should be a lesson to us to wait for God to answer. Her solution was immoral, unrighteous, and terribly foolish. The results of this sin are still with us today in ongoing wars between the Jewish descendants of Isaac and the Arab descendants of Ishmael.

God always answers our prayers. Sometimes He answers “yes”. Sometimes He answers “no”. And many times He says, “Yes, but in My time.” Sarah had to wait a really long time before God granted her a child. I can’t imagine what it must have been like for her to go on year after year for probably seventy years before she bore Isaac. It must have been torture for her. She knew that her long years of childlessness meant that God’s promise that her husband would be the father of countless descendants was, humanly speaking, growing dimmer and dimmer as she passed the childbearing age. But in the end, she trusted God and waited for Him and was rewarded with a son.

We now know why God had her wait so long. We know that God intended for Sarah and Abraham to see that nothing was too hard for Him (Genesis 18:14).  God waited until Abraham was nearly one hundred years old, and Sarah nearly ninety before He changed their names from Abram and Sarai to Abraham (“father of many nations”) and Sarah (“Princess”) and the mother of many nations. God did this on purpose. They were so old that people were probably laughing when they were told about the promise of God. God wanted everyone to see that this child was very special because it was all of His doing; there was no mistake about it. Only God could perform the miracle of a baby being born to a woman who was past the age of childbearing.

God, in His love not only for Abraham and Sarah, but for the whole world planned the events in the way that He did. He had a purpose for calling Abram and Sarai and making a covenant with them. It was all part of His plan for the redemption of His people. Salvation in Jesus Christ would come through Isaac’s line. A tender, loving heavenly Father cared about Sarah and her anguish in waiting for the promise, but in His wisdom He waited to give her a son until it would glorify Him as the only wise, eternal giver of life.

That brings us to a second point not often mentioned in Bible studies. This idea of God’s graciously giving a son to a woman in a miraculous way shows us that He is THE author and giver of life. In many other places on this Blog, we have related stories that have to do with the Pro-life cause. We have shown that for the most part, faith, love, life, and service to others go together. Even unborn babies are little image-bearers of God and we must protect their lives.

We have shown that the opposite is also true. Those who hate God love death. Women who think it is all right to kill their unborn children either don’t believe in God, or they think that God is like them, or worse yet, they think that THEY ARE God. They believe that they can take God’s place and decide who lives and who dies. But only God may make those decisions. Women who think that they can terminate a life, based on their own selfish choices will face the One Who does have the right and the authority to begin and to end life. It would be better if they would repent and seek the forgiveness of God. For those who have made a mistake, and change their minds, and truly repent, God is ready to forgive. But for those who shake their fists in God’s face and say, “But no; we will decide for ourselves,” there awaits a big shock at their death on judgment day.

There really is a God and He really cares about life. He really loved Sarah and she knew it all along, even though in her humanness she got impatient and made a big mistake. She overcame that and lived the rest of her days in joy and peace with her husband and son. She remains a great example of a courageous, faithful woman for us today. She was beautiful outwardly, but even more inwardly. Modeling ourselves after her, we too can have, “the incorruptible beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit” (I Peter 3:4).

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Greater love has no one than this,
that one lay down his life for his friends

(John 15:13).

 

I started to write this blog because we are living in difficult times physically, emotionally, and spiritually. It has become all too painfully real that we will not achieve the dreams that our parents hoped we would.

While we have more possessions, they are mostly junk. They are items which we will use up and toss away immediately. Or they are items that we will toss in a few months because nothing is manufactured with the care and quality as things were a generation or two ago. We pop more pills and spend more money on drugs than the rest of the world combined. We spend billions of dollars on health food and exercise clubs, yet we are way out of shape compared to our ancestors. And so, we are not better off physically.

We spend more money on counselors and psychiatrists than at any other time or place in history. Yet most people walk around dissatisfied with life. We are an emotionally bankrupt country.

As for spiritually, well, you don’t have to look around too far to see that we have forgotten God. We have replaced Him with New Age philosophy, Eastern religions, or just plain agnosticism. All of these replacements have only served to further the selfishness and degeneracy of our nation. These other faiths all center on the practitioner. You can be your own god, deciding for yourself what is right or wrong. The problem is that your ideas may clash with those of your neighbor. How will you sort that out? Who will be the ultimate decider? Which one is willing to show true love by giving in to the other?

Only in the Christian religion do we find a call to give up your own wants to serve someone else. Christ gave us the example by dying on the cross for us. There is no greater love than that.

This blog is filled with stories of courageous women, mostly Christian, who realized that happiness comes in serving the Lord. They have learned that serving Christ means serving others in the way that God has called them. So for example, we have stories of great women like Amy Carmichael, Mary of Nazareth, Darlene Deibler Rose, and Sophie Scholl to name only a few. These women were totally sold out to the Lord and they changed the society around them. Some of them stood firm even to death as a martyr. They have a lasting legacy.

We can’t all be famous like these women. In fact, they make up a small minority. The majority of Christian women however are still making a difference in the world in quiet, unseen ways. Without the women who plod along, daily doing their work, the world would be in even worse shape than it is. The faithful Christian mothers in this country are the glue that is holding everything together. Faithful mothers teach their children to love the Lord and love others. These children grow up as the givers in society, not the takers. We need to recognize the tireless efforts of the vast majority of godly mothers. They are the real heroines.

It takes a lot of courage to daily maintain a belief in the right to life for everyone, including the unborn. Because it seems that those who think women should have a “choice” to murder their unborn children outnumber those who want the baby to have the choice, godly women can feel isolated. I believe that they should have all of the encouragement we can give them to continue on in the faith. Being criticized and blasted by media and liberal friends is not fun.

Not all of these everyday moms will be called on to do something drastic to prove their faith.  The highest price many will pay is the verbal persecution of the “politically correct” crowd. But you never know. What if you were called on to make a decision that would enable someone else to live, but the cost was your own life? Would you be willing to stand firm in your faith?

Consider the story of one woman who did.

Stacie Crimm had been diagnosed with head and neck cancer this past July. The doctors told her that she needed chemotherapy. But Stacie unexpectedly found that she was pregnant. She decided that she would not expose her unborn child to the dangers of the cancer treatment. She put her own life on the line instead. She refused to have the chemotherapy.

On August 16, Stacie collapsed in her home. She underwent an emergency C-section, and her daughter, Dottie Mae, was born, weighing only two pounds. Doctors managed to save the baby and resuscitate Stacie and placed both in intensive care.

At first, Stacie seemed to be improving, but three weeks later her condition deteriorated and she stopped breathing. Doctors managed to resuscitate her again, but this time they had to give the grim news to her family that she was dying.

The doctors told the family that it would be impossible for Stacie to see her daughter. But two nurses intervened, and found a way to safely move Dottie Mae, who was still in an incubator in the hospital’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.

Stacie’s brother Ray Phillips later told the beautiful story of the first meeting between mother and daughter:
“They laid Dottie Mae right on her chest and they just looked at each other. Nobody really said anything. It just got real quiet,” Phillips related. “It was the perfect moment. That’s what I always call it.”

Stacie died three days later. (September 14).
Dottie Mae already weighs over 5 pounds and has been allowed to leave the hospital and live with the Phillips’s and their four children.

What a wonderful story of love. This woman died rather than risk the life of her unborn child. She would probably say that she was only doing what was right. If she had to do it all over again, she would probably do the same.

What a contrast to the many women today who would rather kill their unborn baby than lose their figure, or their boyfriend, or some other minor inconvenience. The two kinds of women are poles apart. A woman like Stacie reflects love, respect for life, heroism, and unselfishness. Women like Cecile Richards, CEO of Planned Parenthood, reflect hatred, disregard for life, cowardice, and total self-centeredness. This should be obvious to all.

Pray for Dottie Mae and her family. Pray to end abortion. And be thankful, that there are still so many real heroines in our country who silently go about doing what is right.

 

 

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“But he who sins against me injures himself; all those who hate me love death.”
(Proverbs 8:36)

“And I discovered more bitter than death the woman whose heart is snares and nets, whose hands are chains. One who is pleasing to God will escape from her, but the sinner will be captured by her.”  (Eccl. 7:26).

The purpose of this blog is to encourage women to live as God has created them to live. Most of the stories that are posted are about brave, outstanding women who rose above their circumstances to make a difference for others. Most of these women have made positive contributions to their families and communities. Many struggled to overcome the problems around them. Some stood firm even giving their own lives in order to protect what they believed in.

In a previous posting (9-28-11) we contrasted a brave, loving, truthful, God-fearing woman (Joanna Najfeld) with a cowardly, hateful, lying, degenerate woman (Barbara Boxer). We showed that without a doubt your attitude towards life comes from your own heart. An unselfish concern for others less fortunate than you goes along with a love for life. A self-centered person is only concerned with their power over others, and theirs is the way of death.

One woman who really exemplified a person whose philosophy leads only to death was Margaret Sanger, founder of Planned Parenthood. Truly her heart was “snares and nets” and her hands were chains of death for millions of defenseless babies.

Rather than go into a detailed account of her life and misdeeds, I would like to strongly recommend a book for you to read:
Killer Angels, by George Grant. He tells the real story behind one of the biggest myths of our day – that Planned Parenthood was founded by a heroine who only wants to help girls with birth control.

But did you know that Ms. Sanger was actually a devotee of Darwin and believed in eugenics as a means to reduce the population of the “less fit”, including “inferior races” such as “Negroes”?

I’ll let her speak for herself:

Referring to blacks, immigrants, and indigents in her work, Pivot of Civilization, she said, they are “human weeds, reckless breeders, spawning . . . human beings who never should have been born.”

In this same work she also said, “Our failure to segregate morons who are increasing and multiplying . . . demonstrates our foolhardy and extravagant sentimentalism.”

On birth control, she said that its purpose is “to create a race of thoroughbreds.”  (Birth Control Review, Nov. 1921, p. 2). Of course these superior beings would not include Blacks.

Maybe you are thinking that those racist ideas were only her own. Surely, today things are different, right? Wrong. Take a look at these statistics to see that Planned Parenthood carries on her legacy:

85 years after the Planned Parenthood founder spoke at a KKK rally (more about this in a minute), this is what it is like at Planned Parenthood:

*A black baby is three times more likely to be murdered in the womb than a white baby.

*Twice as many African-Americans have died from abortion than have died from AIDS, accidents, violent crimes, cancer, and heart disease combined.

*Every three days, more African-Americans are killed by abortion than have been killed by the Ku Klux Klan in its entire history.

*Planned Parenthood operates the nation’s largest chain of abortion clinics and almost 80 percent of its facilities are located in minority neighborhoods.

*About 13 percent of American women are black, but they submit to over 35 percent of the abortions.

A generation ago in the rural South, Many African American women were subjected to nonconsensual forced sterilization. Some did not even know that they were sterilized until they tried, unsuccessfully, to have children. In 1973, Essence Magazine published an expose of forced sterilization practices, where racist physicians felt they were performing a service by sterilizing black women without telling them. There is no doubt that Sanger was a racist yet the Planned Parenthood Federation of America has been protective of Margaret Sanger’s reputation and defensive of allegations that she was a racist. In view of all of the evidence it is hard to see how they could be sympathetic to such a woman.

And the genocide is still continuing. Consider the following information from a brochure put out about a group called “Klan Parenthood”, which you can obtain from a pro-life organization called, Life Dynamics –

“Abortionists love Black babies to death! The Ku Klux Klan couldn’t dream of killing as many Blacks as Planned Parenthood has. Today in America, almost as many Black babies are killed by abortion as are born. This brochure presents abortion statistics that highlight the genocide that is being waged on the Black community by Planned Parenthood and legalized abortion. It also exposes the racist ideas of Planned Parenthood’s founder, Margaret Sanger, who admitted in her own autobiography that she was once the featured speaker at a KKK meeting. This brochure features quotes and abortion statistics that will open your eyes.”

For example, Sanger said, “I accepted an invitation to talk to the women’s branch of the Ku Klux Klan…I saw through the door dim figures parading with banners and illuminated crosses…I was escorted to the platform, was introduced, and began to speak…In the end, through simple illustrations I believed I had accomplished my purpose. A dozen invitations to speak to similar groups were proffered.”

This brochure exposes the continuing racism of the abortion rights advocates, and I highly recommend Life Dynamics to you for your support.

Go to LifeDynamics.com for up to date information on what is happening in the abortion industry.

Another legacy that Ms. Sanger left to our culture is the sexual revolution that has radically changed our society. Illicit sex without consequences was her philosophy. Of course this leads to a need for birth control or if all else fails abortion. Here are some of her own words on the subject:

On the subject of adultery she said, “A woman’s physical satisfaction was more important than any marriage vow.” (Birth Control in America, p. 11). In the same publication she spoke against proper marital sex proclaiming, “The marriage bed is the most degenerating influence in the social order.”

Her progeny, Planned Parenthood of America still proclaims the same degenerate, culture destroying, enticements to young girls today. Note the following quotes from Planned Parenthood literature:

“We are not going to be an organization promoting celibacy or chastity.” 
Faye Wattleton, President, Planned Parenthood Federation of America, Los Angeles Times, Oct. 17, 1986.

“If your parents are stupid enough to deny you access to birth control, and you are under 18, you can get it on your own. Call Planned Parenthood.”  
Planned Parenthood advertisement, Dallas Observer, Jan. 30, 1986.

“There are only 2 basic kinds of sex: sex with victims and sex without. Sex with victims is always wrong. Sex without is ALWAYS right.”  Planned Parenthood, Denver, Colorado.

“The question of whether or not to sell ourselves to men is a false one: The real question is how to sell ourselves in the way that is least destructive to ourselves and our sisters. Prostitutes don’t need our condescension. What they need is our alliance. And we need theirs.” 
The New Our Bodies, Ourselves, Boston Women’s Health Collective, p 113.

“At Planned Parenthood you can also get birth control without the consent or knowledge of your parents. So, if you are 14, 15 or 16 and you come to Planned Parenthood, we won’t tell your parents you’ve been there. We swear we won’t tell your parents.” 
Planned Parenthood employee lecturing students of Ramona High School, Riverside, Calif., April 21-22, 1986

Planned Parenthood is clearly misnamed; it should be called Planned Un-parenthood. It is clear that they are in the business of promoting their death-style. As we have shown in a previous posting, they run a multi-million dollar business killing babies. It is in their interest to promote illicit sex, so they can reap the monetary rewards to themselves from the results.

This is horrible enough, but the statistics on their war against blacks should be made public to everyone. Where is the outrage? Are they too protected by other godless politicians? I don’t know, but it is time for us all to do something.

And what about Margaret Sanger? Did her profligate ways make her happy? On the contrary, she ultimately lost everything before she died – love, happiness, satisfaction, family, and friends. She did not find fulfillment in her blatant racism, revolutionary socialism, sexual perversion and insatiable avarice. Without the peace that only God can give, she led a disturbed and unhappy life. In her later life she was very bitter and became fixated with drugs, alcohol, and the occult.

She truly loved death and her followers today agree with her that,
“The most merciful thing that a large family does to one of its infant members is to kill it.” (Women and the New Race, Eugenics Pub. Co.,1920). That’s what Planned Parenthood is all about.

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It is hard for us to imagine in our day that we could spend years, let alone a few months in prison because we will not recant our faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. In fact, what is really sad is that most Christians in our day won’t even deny themselves many things that are considered luxuries rather than admit to their faith. Most modern church-goers won’t give up their movies, cars, television sets, or sports entertainment in order to live a life that is truly pleasing to God.

On any given Sunday, probably only 37% of those who say they love God attend church. The rest are spending the day the way they feel they have “a right to”. They think that God is blessing them so much, surely He means for them to relax and enjoy “their day”.

I don’t really like to think about persecution. I am thankful that we still have a lot of religious freedom in our country. It is slowly slipping away as lazy Christians allow lawmakers to pass legislation which puts us in a corner. For example, you cannot say out loud in a public place that homosexuality is a sin without facing possible arrest for a “hate crime”. That should not stop us from proclaiming the truth, but I am afraid that most Christians would rather not give up their freedom to go to sporting events, movies, or bars in order to take up their crosses and follow Christ. The apostles Paul and Peter, and many other martyrs counted it a privilege to suffer for Christ.

One such person who lived her life in such a way as to be an inspiration to us all was Marie Durand.

Marie was only a fifteen-year-old girl when she was arrested and put in prison because she would not recant her faith. During the time in which she lived, many were arrested, tortured, imprisoned, hanged, or burned at the stake.

Her story took place during the French Civil Wars between Protestants and Catholics following the Reformation. For a time there had been some peace between the two factions when the Edict of Nantes was passed in 1598, which stopped the persecution of the Huguenots, or French Protestants. But in 1685, the Edict was revoked by the French King Louis XIV. He reinstated Catholicism as the only authorized religion in France. Persecution of Protestants began again.

In 1715 when Marie was born, Louis XIV died. The Huguenots did not know what might happen, but hoped for the best. Unfortunately, Louis XV was even more severe against the Protestants. They were not allowed to flee the country. So they began to meet in secret.

During the 1720’s, Marie’s family home provided a secret place for worshippers. Her mother was arrested and died soon after. Her father was arrested in 1728, and then Marie herself in 1730, along with her new husband. She was put in a separate prison for women, and never saw her husband again.

Because Marie would not renounce her faith, she remained locked in the infamous Tower of Constance for almost thirty-eight years. Originally a military lookout and lighthouse, the Tower of Constance had been converted by King Louis XIV into a women’s prison in the 17th century.

The female prisoners were kept in the upper room. Very little light and air came through narrow windows. In the center of the floor was an opening onto the guardroom below. The authorities saw this as the perfect place to hold and torture those they considered to be heretics. But at least one prisoner refused to yield. Inscribed on the wall is the slogan “Resister,” meaning “Resist!” The authorities continually promised her freedom if she would recant, but she never would!

During her time of imprisonment there, it is reported that Marie was a great encouragement to the other women with whom she was imprisoned. When Marie entered the Tower, which was really very cold in winter and then extremely hot in summer, it was as if a ray of sunshine had penetrated its darkness and despair. She served the other women in many capacities, including nurse and spiritual leader for the next thirty-eight years. She read psalms, sang hymns, and prayed daily. She also acted as an official correspondent, writing letters for those who could not write and sending petitions to government officials to inform them of the prison’s horrible conditions. Many of her letters still exist today and are a testimony to Marie’s tireless efforts. Thanks to her efforts, the prison officials allowed a copy of the Psalms to be given to her. Eventually, they even allowed the women to occasionally take some air on the rooftop. She never wavered in her strength or faith. In spite of all of the hardships, she never recanted her faith.

In 1767, Prince de Beauveau, the governor of Languedoc, perhaps moved by one of Marie’s letters, expressed his disapproval of the horrific conditions the women endured inside the Tower of Constance. In any event, he was disgusted by the conditions at the prison. Against the will of Louis XV, he ordered the release of the women, and in 1767 Marie and her fellow captives began a new life outside the tower walls.

Marie returned to the home of her family, though by then she was the only surviving member of the attack that had been mounted against the Protestants over thirty years before. Her husband and father were dead. She lived at her childhood home, supported by a church, until her death in 1776.

God uses people like Marie to show that His church will be triumphant. It is very selfish and shortsighted of Christians to go on living as if God didn’t care about His saints or His church. God does care, and He has shown that He will allow persecution if that is the only way to wake His people up and get them to live as they are supposed to. If we will not glorify God in our daily lives, thankful for the freedom we enjoy, He will be glorified in other ways. My prayer is that cold Christians will study history and see what God has done. It is not too late to learn the lessons from the past. May we take inspiration from Marie’s life to be faithful to our calling.

 

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