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We were driving in the car on family vacation last week when someone brought up the news story about Planned Parenthood's horrific practice of selling aborted baby parts. (If you haven’t been following this national news click here.) 

Josiah, my eight year old, piped in from the backseat with a solemn question:

"How can anybody think it is right to kill a baby, Mom?"

“Josiah,” I said, “that is a very good question. I am not able to answer, as I. really. have. no. idea!”

Readers, I am certain your kids would respond the same way.....unless someone has tricked them out of their child-like truthfulness.

I congratulate the efforts of The Center for Medical Progress that is bringing the awful truth about Planned Parenthood's practices to light. Even as they issued a second video today....they have promised to release more...

 UNTIL

SOMETHING

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DONE!

 I appreciate that tenacity, don't you?

 So as we see the stirring of the waters here on the issue, would you join me in praying that this bad publicity for Planned Parenthood will do more than slap them with fines...that it will completely and permanently defund them?

This is a unique opportunity for many lives to be spared!

If you have 4.5 minutes watch this powerful video of children talking about the abortion issue.

…and a little child will lead them. Isaiah 11:6

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Related external links:

Alveda King Calls Black Congressional Caucus to Carpet after Gruesome Planned Parenthood Videos

I Was Moments Away From an Abortion When a Nurse Told Me “You’re Not Getting an Abortion Today”

With Repulsive Planned Parenthood Revelations, Can We Defund the Abortion Industry Now?

 

 

 

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I had to click on this link that claimed to identify these "5 Bad Child Behaviors."

I was curious...and wondering if I would agree with the author's list!

I have to admit...I think he did a good job of identifying the problems.

And I was even thinking the author did a reasonable job of saying we must nip these in the bud early!

But if you are like me, when I have encountered these 5 problems (lying, disrespect of authority, unkind words, aggressive behavior, and laziness)…

 I needed more help!

 I needed the strong love of the Father...

the wisdom of the Holy Spirit...

and the anointing of Jesus.

 Are you facing any of these bad behaviors in one of your children? If so, I want to encourage you today.

Do not give up.

Do not soften and decide the problems are no big deal.

And do not think you are the only Christian parent who has had to battle through the sin nature of your children's flesh.

Parent, God has a solution. Sometimes the solution takes l-o-n-g-e-r than we want it to take.

My best advice? Prayer.

Sincere prayer for guidance, clarity, resolve, and patience to teach and train them up...while still loving them in the midst of their fleshly mess!

Someday you will look back at this problem. (I know. People used to tell me that, and I did not really believe them either!)

It will be in your past....and you will note how God faithfully delivered your family out!

Best regards,

Lisa

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OK, ladies. This one is for you. Read it and have a good cry.

Have you been looking for a great way to try and explain the earthshaking importance of motherhood to your kids...and you know they only "partly get it?"

We live in a world that normalizes children having children. And single young women having a babies before marriage.

And we as moms know this is a big deal!!

But sometimes we have trouble explaining why.

This woman nailed the explanation.

Read it ...and pass it to a girlfriend who gets it ...or someone who you wish would get it!

MOTHERHOOD... IT WILL CHANGE YOUR LIFE

Time is running out for my friend.

We are sitting at lunch when she casually mentions that she and her husband are thinking of "starting a family."  What she means is that her biological clock has begun its countdown and she is considering the prospect of motherhood.

"We're taking a survey," she says, half jokingly. "Do you think I should have a baby?"

"It will change your life," I say carefully.

"I know," she says. "No more sleeping in on Saturdays, no more spontaneous vacations..."

But that is not what I mean at all.

I look at my friend, trying to decide what to tell her.  I want her to know what she will never learn in childbirth classes.  I want to tell her that the physical wounds of childbirth heal, but that becoming a mother will leave her with (Read the rest here.)

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I am tired of my 8 year old son being b-o-m-b-a-r-d-e-d with sexual imagery!

I want his biggest concern today to be whether our new puppy was the one who dug the ugly hole in our backyard. (That was his crisis of the morning!)

I want him to be a pre-adolescent innocent kid!

Not someone who has to have an opinion on the rainbow draped White House and Chobani yogurt ads.

Problem is....he is living in the same world that I am and you are. And we know his ears will pick up on the cultural talk.

So here are some helpful ways I have found to give him the childhood he deserves!

1. Get my definitions correct.

Jesus says we should be "innocent as doves but wise as serpents." (Matthew 10:16)

Notice He did not say we should be naive (meaning gullible and easily tricked) or ignorant (meaning uninformed of something you should be warned about.)

In our parenting today, it will be up to us to sort out this important difference!

Miriam Webster online has these definitions of innocence:

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a  :  freedom from guilt or sin through being unacquainted with evil :  blamelessness

b  :  chastity

c  :  freedom from legal guilt of a particular crime or offense 

(1)  :  freedom from guile or cunning :  simplicity (2)  :  lack of worldly experience or sophistication

We want our kids to be free because they have no personal experience with evil.

And we want to celebrate their lack of worldly experience or sophistication as good!

2. Remove media as needed.

Every family must make their own decision about the use of television and movies. But make no mistake about it. Every random unsupervised hour of viewing challenges our kids' innocence like nothing else.

3. Go back to having real fun!

Getting dirty in the back yard. Building a fort. Making a horrible mess in the kitchen inventing a cake. Dragging out the picture albums. Playing the board games. 

What if you intentionally turned the hands of the clock back a few years and did not do something electronic! (Warning: you will have more mess to clean up. Hmm. Could that be one reason we allow them to plug into the media stuff anyway? Perhaps as parents we better decide what kind of mess we would really rather have!)

4. Frame… but don't remove human drama.

Some parents in an effort to do #3 and #4 inadvertently sanitized their kids’ world into a state that made them even more curious (and vulnerable) to the television and movie industry! I have watched this in myself and others.

The fact is, we cannot keep our kids in a nursery Winnie the Pooh land. Their own human curiosity will break them out! 

Instead, frame the drama with a biblical perspective.   Start by checking out the Old Testament. It is full of drama and disaster. It is not sweet and sterile and cute. It reveals history in all its flare. Good vs. evil. Obedience vs. rebellion. These are true stories, which according to 1 Corinthians 10:6 & 11, “occurred as examples to keep us from setting our hearts on evil things as they did….These things happened to them as examples and were written down as warnings for us, on whom the fulfillment of the ages has come.”

Over the years I have noticed books can be a real help in this area. But what if you have a child without reading skills or desires?

When Josiah, my eight year old, was five, I got him interested in audio books. I gave him a bucket of Legos and let that imagination of blood and guts and drama be satisfied with classical books of the past. Boy stuff like Robinson Crusoe and Swiss Family Robinson.

5. STOP the images...in your own mind and reject them in others who influence your kids.

I was appalled when I read about the Facebook post by Hillary Clinton affirming a gender-confused child. What could have led him to identify himself as homosexual at such a young age? He needs counseling, prayer, love and truth… not more confusion.

Then I read the outrageous story of the lesbian teacher who intentionally altered kindergarteners view of sexuality!

I have made up my mind these things will not define my kids...(or grandkids!) I will do what it takes to protect them. (Think mama bear here!)

Take an inventory in your kids' lives. Who is in danger of stealing their innocence right now? Who do you need to back them away from???

6. Pray for them every day

In reality....only God will protect my kids from this mess. My job is to pray, trust, and act on the leading of the Holy Spirit.