Christmas: it is the most wonderful time of year and the most stressful time of year. School, work, family and friends all collide into one big beautiful mess of emotions. For some people there are a lot of tears over family issues, for others there is the stress of perfection, and for some this Christmas will be the first without a loved one. In these moments Christmas becomes difficult and we forget what we are really celebrating and that is Immanuel, God with us. That may sound cliché, but think about it –– God set aside His glory to live in an imperfect world; He witnessed all of the stress, brokenness and pain that we go through. He made the choice to become God with us and true joy, peace and healing is only found in the full realization that Christmas is (thankfully) not about us. However, it is all about the glory and awe achieved in the words God with us.
Typically at this time of year I would write an overall Thanksgiving post, but this year because of a recent post that I saw I want to take the time to thank the good guys in the world. The ones who open doors, the ones who are trustworthy and above all the ones who value their faith, family and friends. This letter is for you.
On behalf of all the real women in the world I would like to thank you for all of the little and big things you do for us. The things that we single women often take for granted.
Thank you for being a gentlemen. Yes, I’ve seen and met women who think that you are being a prude, rude, or even flirting when you go out of your way to be nice — but that is her problem and not yours. Real women though do appreciate your thoughtful gestures and we do realize just how much chivalry has been erode over the years. We may not always say thank you, but we really do appreciate every time you go out of the way to make sure that we are okay.
Thank you for showing us respect. We live in a sex saturated culture where hooking up is so easy and relationships are nonexistent sometimes. Guys when you take the time to get to know us and you don’t make any physically demands you automatically go up in our eyes. We respect and trust you so much more when we know that you actually care about us and it is really attractive.
Thank you for loving us. Trust me I know that there are days when we can be mean, whinny, crazy and feel completely broken. We aren’t perfect, but when you choose to stand by our side, listen and try to help us…you remind us of what love really looks like and we will never forget the time that you took to try to help us.
There you have it guys, we don’t say thank you often enough, but we do notice and we are grateful.
“Trusting Christ today includes trusting Him to give you tomorrow’s trust when tomorrow comes.” ~John Piper
“But perhaps God is strong enough to exult in monotony. It is possible that God says every morning, “Do it Again” to the sun; and every evening, “Do it Again” to the moon. It may not be automatic necessity that makes all daisies alike; it may be that God makes every daisy separately, but has never got tired of making them. It may be that He has the eternal appetite of infancy… The repetition in nature may not be a mere recurrence; it may be a theatrical encore.” ~G.K. Chesterton
“Whatever you do, find the God-centered, Christ-exalting, Bible-saturated, passion of your life, and find your way to say it, live it, and die for it.” ~John Piper
“It is not the strength of your faith but the object of your faith that actually saves you.” ~Tim Keller
“You may choose to look the other way but you can never say again that you did not know.” ~William Wilberforce
In light of the third video that The Center For Medical Progress came out with today I feel like it is time to address the issue of the pro-life movement, because we have a lot of work still to do.
In each of these videos that has been released in the past couple of weeks I find myself aching for the mother and the baby. We live in a sick, sin filled world where women make unwise decisions, but that does not mean abortion has to be one of them.
Life is not something that we can ignore, it is precious, beautiful and unique, that is why it should not be placed in our hands to take. Job who had every reason to want to die instead said, “The Lord gave, and the Lord has taken away; blessed be the name of the Lord.” (Job 1:21) Can we live out that attitude to a mother who wants an abortion? Will we choose to bless the Lord for this new life, by potentially raising her child, if there is no other option?
We cannot be pro-life when it is convenient. It is easy to change your FaceBook profile picture, send out a tweet – it is even easy to write a bunch of political rhetoric, but there is so much more at stake. May we respond wisely and with courage to the task that is set before us.