Thursday, September 15, 2016

Why I Could Never

In this world today people take offense to the littlest of things and nothing more so than someone standing for her beliefs. And if that belief is a Christian belief, then the hateful mocking becomes worse.

As a Christian I know why this happens. Jesus said the world would hate us because the world first hated Him. And why would the servant be better than the Master? 

One instance of this is my stance against Planned Parenthood. For a place that states that it is there for women healthcare, their main goal is the killing of the unborn, which is also known as abortion.

I won't go into the facts or sources; those can be found by anyone by using any search engine option on the internet. And I won't go into why abortion of any type is against Christian beliefs. Anyone can enter into the same search engines and find passages about how God formed us and knew us in the womb. And those scriptures will lead the person willing to learn to other verses.

What I want to talk about is why I would never and why I could never commit murder (have an abortion). 

Some people may say it's because I haven't experienced a situation that warranted an abortion; such as, rape, incest, or life threatening to the mother or baby. Do people really know another?? Don't you think there are things within a person's life that you have no idea about because it was never spoken about?

For me it was the December of 2015. Some people, mainly close friends and close family, knew about it, but I don't know if I ever told them the seriousness of what transpired.


Late that December night I called my husband after calling another family member who couldn't come to my aid. I waited in extreme pain, doubled over the tub in my bathroom, not able to move, as he rushed home from work at the hospital only to take me to the hospital he had left. The pain was horrible. Worse than I have ever felt. Worse than a migraine or a gallbladder attack.

Through triage and into a room, where they pumped medication in me, but the pain never subsided. A CT scan was scheduled and the urine pregnancy test was pending. When I arrived in radiology, I was immediately wheeled back to my room when the pregnancy test came back positive. 

I was elated; and yet, foreboding settled onto my heart. Why the pain? Something had to be wrong. A transvaginal ultrasound was ordered and within moments the tech was there. She took the ultrasound; the ER doctor read the results and rushed out of the room. Within moments again the OB on call came to our room.

Yes, I was pregnant. But it was an ectopic pregnancy. For those who don't know what that is: it is a serious condition where the fertilized egg doesn't make it to the uterus, but instead implants into the Fallopian tube. There is no such thing as reimplantation or moving the embryo to the uterus (maybe in the future but not in today's medical world). 

Surgery was needed. But I was crying. No, I wouldn't have surgery, not if there was a heartbeat. You see, I was far enough along, at least 6 weeks, that the embryo (baby) would have a heartbeat and a heartbeat meant it was alive. 

I was adamant. No surgery. Not while the baby was alive. I didn't care that I would die if the tube ruptured, which was about to happen. The pain was that severe because the tube was on the verge of rupturing.

The OB doctor consulted the readouts, viewed the ultrasound, and assured me, with tears in his own eyes, that the baby had already died.

I underwent surgery; scared, terrified, heartbroken.

And the tube had ruptured right as they prepared to remove it.

And while I slept through recovery, the doctor brought surgery photos out to my husband to show what had happened and that there was not viable baby. Days later I received a copy of the pathology report citing that there were no viable tissue found, in other words, the baby had died long before I felt the pain.

What does this story mean? 

I was willing to face death, knowing it would be my baby and I who died. I was not willing to kill my child within me just to save my life. To me, that is selfish. I would not destroy an innocent life in order to extend my own.

But what about my other children, my youngest son? They would be cared for and loved. I had dedicated them to the Lord long ago and trusted the Lord to protect them. I would never kill an innocent just to live a few more days with them, especially since our tomorrows are never promised.

God knew my stance against abortion. And even though He removed that choice from me, I did not know it at that time.

How much can I stress that I could never have an abortion? And I find it a horrible act against the most innocent of all. That is why I stand against Planned Parenthood. And if that makes me an enemy to another, makes another call me "dense", "living in a bubble", or having "one-sided logic", then that is what I will be.

I've faced that decision, and I've made the right choice. I chose life, even though that life was taken from me. Standing for a belief takes strength and determination. And I urge all Christians who truly follow Christ to do so. Never lose hope. 

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Nixing Tuesday and Thursday!

Yup. Once again I've changed my mind.
I'm nixing Talk Tuesday and Travel Thursday.
The blog posts never sat well with me. Probably because they are something that a lot of people do anyway.

But tonight, inspiration came. I was called a "keyboard warrior". While it was meant to be demeaning, I took it as encouraging.

Words have power. So what better way than to express my viewpoints and beliefs via my blog? 

And that is what I am.

I'm daughter of the King. A keyboard warrior. I stand for what I believe.

Stay tuned for the first blog coming soon! And please share if you feel so inclined.


Talk Tuesday with Lucy Thompson

I had the privilege to read Lucy Thompson's book, Mail Order Surprise. And it surely did surprise me with its well written, fast paced, and lovely story line. I'm usually not one to enjoy western romances, but Lucy was able to bring a feminine flair to a Louis L'Amour inspired cowboy story.

Readers will pick up on a few other elements that lent an inspiration to her story. I highly recommend this read. Check out below to learn more about Lucy and her debut novel.

Book Blurb:

Colorado, 1881.

Lydia Walsh is on the run. The quiet rancher she marries and expected to find safety and protection with turns out to have three siblings, next to nothing to live on, and is a crack shot who may or may not be one of the states best cattle rustlers.
Beau Harding wants to keep his family together and do the right thing by them. His mail order bride comes with her own set of baggage: two more mouths to feed and empty hearts begging him to fill. The job he took for some quick money gets him thrown in jail for rustling, and then to clear his name he takes on another job--and learns that his wife may have been the one plotting his family’s downfall all along.

Let's learn more about Lucy!

[RBR] Mail order brides were a norm in the 1800's to early 1900's. What made you decide to write a book about one?
[LT] I love mail order bride stories. So much can go wrong—and so much potential to go right! I set out to write the book I wanted to read, and this is it. :) 
I love the various reasons women chose to become mail order brides (lack of money, to get away from someone/thing, lack of men to marry, following a friend who had advertised, revenge). 
The situation those women find themselves in when they arrive. Sooo much potential for character growth!
How they resolve those conflicts and grow in their faith. Belief in God/Jesus is very important to me and this spills over into my stories. Hopefully, without being too preachy.
And the Happy Ever After. Must have a great HEA. I originally wasn’t going to allow Lydia to be able to have children. Domestic violence, after all, can leave lasting consequences that aren’t always nice. But after feedback from beta readers I decided to let her. Like a good author. Ha ha! 

[RBR] You have a twist at the end concerning Lydia that added even more depth to the story. Tell me, was it fun to write that in? What propelled you to have that little twist?
[LT] I’m guessing the twist is the children? Can’t say too much without giving anything away. Ha ha. Or to do with the cattle rustling? The whole story was super fun to write. It was my first attempt at ever writing a book and to start with I knew NOTHING about the craft of writing. So everything was a joy to write. No second guessing. Just following my characters around recording whatever they did. So the twist at the end (as with all the twists/plot points in the story) were a complete surprise to me. It was the weirdest feeling just typing away and being surprised at what I wrote. Truly was just as if the story was dictated to me. 

[RBR] Westerns. Westerns inspire a feeling of romance and adventure, but a lot of research goes into writing one to make it authentic. What were a few surprising facts you discovered? Which one or ones were your favorite?

[LT] Cocaine Toothache Drops. 15c Marketed at CHILDREN! This didn’t make it into my story, but I found that to be both shocking and interesting. I also developed a fascination with corsets—the precursor of the modern bra—women used to wear so much underwear. In the 1880’s women campaigned to reduce the amount of underwear to seven pounds. Can you imagine wearing more than 7lb of underwear every day!

[RBR] If you had to compare your book to a movie and/or another author, what/who would it be and why?
[LT] Compared to a movie? Seven Brides for Seven Brothers. The marriage of convenience theme, the messy brothers/house, scene at the dinner table. All shamelessly *borrowed*. In fact, I wrote a blog post about this.!The-Thief-with-an-Attitude/c1ghk/57484b450cf25d206f8b6c5a 

Compared to another author: Mary Connealy. I love her laugh out loud humor, her spunky heroines, and gruff cowboys. Mine aren’t exactly the same, but I want to be her when I grow up. :) I’ve been told that I’m similar to Laurie Alice Eakes, which is a huge honor. 

[RBR] Fun question: Who is your favorite classic author and why? 

[LT] Classic author… you mean like Jane Austen era authors? Huge confession: I’ve never finished a book written in the 19th century. Shocking, right? I’ve tried and just can’t get into them.
What about YOU? What do you like best about mail order bride stories? Do you have a favorite? Please share! :) 

Thank you, Lucy!

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