Abortion: Violence is Not the End of the Story

Ever since hearing about 50 Million Names Project, I have wanted to show my support in whatever way possible. 50 Million Names is a grassroots campaign to collect names for the now-more-than 50,000,000 children aborted in our country. Naming these children helps heal the wounds of family members, abortionists, and of our nation. I contacted Charlotte Ostermann, founder/director of 50 Million Names about providing a short guest blog post to help spread the word about this meaningful project.-Abbey Sellers

GUEST POST by Charlotte Ostermann, founder/director of 50 Million Names.

God Brings Beauty from Ashes and Joy from Mourning

 

Can we take a new look at the millions of abortions and feel hope instead of despair? I think so! At 50MillionNames.org we’re collecting names for the aborted babies, and writing a new story for them!  
Violence has ended their lives, but it doesn’t have to be the end of their stories. Each time a name is given, a new story starts for a unique, unrepeatable human being. The name-giver chooses some way to honor this child – plant a tree, write a song, donate to a great cause, send flowers to grandma, serve at the soup kitchen – a concrete gesture to emphasize the reality of this little person.
We’re also praying for each baby’s relatives and abortionist. God teaches us to pray for those who hurt us, so we pray for whoever hurt this child. He tells us to ask for blessings even for our enemies, so we ask Him to bless each and every person connected to the baby we name.
This is already creating a legacy of love, an expanding ripple of blessing and healing that starts with naming each child. When you read the stories (scroll through them on our Facebook page, or on the website) you feel the pain people have experienced, see the beauty of the names and gestures they give, and realize how much we need to be connected to these children.

They aren’t just statistics, and giving them names makes that real to us!

 

We can feel so overwhelmed by the death toll that we become paralyzed and can’t act. When we have a chance to do one small, free, quick thing that is real and beautiful, it wakes us up. 50MillionNames.org is helping all of us wake up to hope! As we name these children, we are shedding the despair we’ve felt about the huge number of abortions. Our gestures are proclaiming to the world that violence is not the end of the story!
Please join us as we honor the babies, by giving them names. This is a grassroots, word of mouth effort (because we want giving a name always to be free of charge!) and we need lots of help getting the word out.

Fifty million thanks for your help and your prayers!

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Bucket List: 100 things to do before I die

Here is my Bucket List…as of right this minute. 😉 

1. Jump off a bridge
2. Get motorcycle license
3. Go snowboarding
4. See a musical on Broadway
5.  Learn to dance hip hop
6.  Go door to door saying trick or treat in the spring
7.  Make someones wish come true
8.  Go to the Georgia Aquarium
9.  Go on  hot air balloon ride
10. Paintball fight
11. Learn a French song on the piano
12. Splatter paint a wall
13.  Make spaghetti tacos
14.  Lay down on a roof and watch the stars
15.  Read the Bible through in one year
16. See a shooting star
17. See the grand canyon
18. Go to the World of Coke
19. Visit all 50 states
20. Make a CD
21. Learn how to speak a foreign language fluently
22. Own a Mazda
23. Go skydiving
24. Go to London and drink tea
25. See a movie at the drive in
26. Bury a time capsule
27. Go to a planetarium
28. Visit the Stadtgeschichtliches Museum
29. Add a lock to the “lovers lock” bridge in Paris
30. Eat lasagna in Italy
31. Eat a Doughnut burger
32. Teach music professionally 
33. Study abroad
34. Live outside the U.S. for a time
35. Write a book
36. Get married
37. Teach a Bible study class
38. Get a Masters degree
39. Get my boating license 
40. Go watch a sympohony
41. Drive a Ferrari 
42. Conduct the Nutcracker ballet
43. Adopt children
44. Sew an outfit to wear
45. Kiss in the rain
46. Get henna on my hand
47. Create a cookbook
48. Take a helicopter ride
49. Start a fire without matches
50. Be a mentor
51. Write a love letter in calligraphy
52. Be able to remember peoples names 
53. Read all the books I own
54. Have a giant library
55. Eat fire
56. Be in a movie
57. Get a tattoo 
58. Learn to fence
59. Ride in a gondola
60. Have someone write a song about me
61. Take a cruise to Alaska  
62. See a volcano
63. Attend a masquerade ball
64. Fly first class
65. Float in the Dead Sea
66. Get a Caricature drawn of myself 
67. Ride the Kingda Ka rollercoaster
68. Spend the night in a “haunted” place
69. Release a floating lantern
70. Ride an Elephant
71. Sleep in a hammock 
72. Attend a color festival in India
73. Spend the new year in a different country
74. Sit on a jury
75. Complete a 365 project–take a photo a day for a year
76. Use a fake name at Starbucks
77. Own a long haired dachshund
78. Attend the Kentucky Derby
79.  Parasail
80. Own a handgun
81. Hug a baby panda in Japan
82. Go to Scotland and buy seaglass
83. Have a bonfire on the beach in California 
84. Stay in a tree house hotel
85. Name a star
86. Take a photography class
87. Throw a dart at the map and go where it lands
88. Own a black Kawasaki ninja 
89. Learn to golf
90. Rescue a kitten from a shelter
91. Attend a NASCAR race 
92. Cover the walls of my room with pictures and memories
93. See an opera 
94. Win something from the fair
95. Trace my ancestry
96. Invite a homeless person to dinner
97. Plant a garden
98. Put soap into a public fountain
99. Have a secret room in my house
100. Become a spy

Modesty: More Than What We Wear

There are a lot of people..and a lot of blogs that talk about Christian women and what we should and shouldn’t wear when it comes to dressing modestly. It is a very controversial topic. You have people saying that we still don’t need to be showing our ankles, and then you have other people who say that “modesty is outdated,” or “times have changed.”

 

But I really don’t want to get into the discussion of whether wearing a bikini or mini skirt is appropriate or not. Because the fact of the matter is that there is a bigger picture here that I think people are forgetting. While yes, the times, culture, and clothes have changed, the Word of our Lord has never changed.

 

Modesty is more than what we wear- it defines who we are.

 

Let’s be real. Every girl knows when she is purposefully dressing to attract attention from men. Any woman who says she doesn’t realize it, is lying. Of course there are always going to be those times when some guy whistles at you when you’re wearing sweats and not trying to impress anyone at all. That’s just the nature of sin. But I’m talking about when you purposefully set out in your heart to dress in a way that attracts lustful attention. I will be the first to ashamedly say that I have done it myself. I have had to examine my real intentions behind what I was wearing, and not lie to myself and say that it was fine. I have to be honest, look at my wandering heart, and tell myself, no. I have had to realize that modesty is not about what I am wearing, it’s about my heart.

 

I hear so many girls talk about how it’s not their fault if guys are creepy, and that they should have the freedom to wear what they want. But the thing is-it doesn’t matter who’s “fault it is” when we all stand at the day of judgment. Every person will be held accountable for their own sin. The woman for her immodest heart, and the man for his.

 

 

2 Corinthians 6:3-13 tells us- “We put no obstacle in anyone’s way, so that no fault may be found with our ministry, but as servants of God we commend ourselves in every way: by great endurance, in afflictions, hardships, calamities, beatings, imprisonments, riots, labors, sleepless nights, hunger; by purity, knowledge, patience, kindness, the Holy Spirit, genuine love; by truthful speech, and the power of God; with the weapons of righteousness for the right hand and for the left.” As a woman going into ministry, I want it to be said of me that I did not put obstacles in people’s way by what I said, or did, or my clothing. We must all strive to live lives that people cannot find fault in. We must try everyday to look in the mirror and see Christ Jesus.

 

Romans 3:14 says, “But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh, to gratify its desires.” If our heart is truly in sync with the Father’s, then we will know when we are wearing something that we shouldn’t be. There will be a check in our Spirit that tells us that what we are doing isn’t right. We should not be trying to gain attention from men and gratify our sinful desires.  But we should be seeking to put on the Lord Jesus as the clothing of our hearts and mind, to leave no room for sinful desires to creep in.

 

In this day and age- Christian women cannot afford to be careless when it comes to decisions on what we wear. We need to be intentionally looking out for our brothers in Christ, given the world we live in. We should make the choice NOT wear something that would cause them to stumble, rather than passively wearing whatever “looks cute” and not thinking about the spiritual repercussions of our actions. Because we WILL be held responsible for being careless with the body that God has given us.

 

One of my favorite verses is Proverbs 11:22 which states, “Like a gold ring in a pig’s snout is a beautiful woman without discretion.” As this verses clearly states, as women we MUST have discretion. But especially when it comes to our bodies and what we wear.

 

1 Corinthians 6:19-20 states,” Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own, for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body.” This commandment to honor God with our bodies is not implying a passive action. It is a choice. We are called to not be a stumbling block.

 

Matthew 5:27-28 says, “You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall not commit adultery.’ But I say to you that everyone who looks at a woman with lustful intent has already committed adultery with her in his heart.”

 

As women of God, I want us to really think about this verse for a moment. Better yet. Go back and read it a second time.

 

Why in the world do we take modesty so very lightly? As I said before, every man and woman will be held responsible for their own sin. In no way am I trying to say that every time a man looks at you lustfully that it’s your fault. The man will have to take responsibility for that as well. But how sad is it to think that when we don’t use discretion and we carelessly dress immodestly, or even worse, when we intentionally dress immodestly, that we could potentially cause a fellow brother to stumble into lustful sin? I know, I know..it’s not our problem, it’s the guys deal..right? Wrong. It is our problem because as Christians, we are called to higher standards.

 

We must, with the Lord as our guide, help the men of this generation to seek after Him above all else. 

We must be enablers (and not stumbling blocks) towards advancing the kingdom of God! 

We are all in this together. Male and female alike. We have to be. As one body of Christ in the battle against Satan. 

 

I believe that is about all I needed to say. Just some thoughts that have been rolling around in my head the past few days. I hope that something I have said will come as a challenge for you, and that you can somehow apply these Biblical truths into your everyday life.

 

God bless, and have a wonderful 2014!

Abbey Nicole