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Does Dannenfelser Make a Difference?

September 19, 2016
Wow! It has been a long time since I posted here. My Facebook post got long though, so I thought that I’d share some thoughts with you over here instead. As usual, I’ll be keeping it real here folks!
I’m feeling yucky, strange, weird & disturbed.  I am thinking; pondering; I am contemplating some information in the news. How should this news impact my behavior? What does the announcement that Donald Trump has selected Marjorie Dannenfelser to serve as the national chairwoman of his campaign’s pro-life coalition mean to me?
I am wondering what my Heavenly Father may or may not want me to do with this information:

Mr. Trump wrote that he is committed to:

  • Nominating pro-life justices to the U.S. Supreme Court.
  • Signing into law the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, which would end painful late-term abortions nationwide.
  • Defunding Planned Parenthood as long as they continue to perform abortions, and re-allocating their funding to community health centers that provide comprehensive health care for women.
  • Making the Hyde Amendment permanent law to protect taxpayers from having to pay for abortions.
This position seems to be a 180° turn from his previous stances. Not so long ago, this year in fact, he stated that Planned Parenthood “does a really good job at a lot of different areas.” Also, yes I know that it was way back in 1999, but he also described himself as “pro-choice in every respect.”
Do I view Mr. Trump as a truthful, reliable man of integrity? No. I do not.
What is the truth? Would a Trump presidential administration defend life, protect life, fight for life? Is this purely political maneuvering? What conclusion should I draw from this development? Does this change my mind in any way? Even a little bit? I do not know.
So, I am grieved. I am in a valley. Surrounded by my mountains, questions.
Yet, here I sit also surrounded by the beautiful Bavarian Alps. My family and I are  going to be here for a 6 days. Away from the noise and busyness of the Stuttgart area, I have the blessed opportunity to sit and reflect in this quiet and peaceful place. The mountains are shrouded in clouds and mist. It has been raining in lovely Oberammergau off-and-on since we arrived on Saturday afternoon. The hills are alive with the sound of cow bells, gurgling streams and a soft steady rainfall.
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If you will, please back up with me to the morning of our trip here. We packed, got our bunny rabbit situated in her carrier and set off for the gorgeous southern countryside of Germany. My family and I left from Backnang on Saturday morning and spent a long time discussing the upcoming U.S. presidential election during our trip here in our Honda Odyssey. It was a heated discussion. Morality. Uprightness. Truthfulness. Life. These were some of the topics of our conversation.
Would anything make a difference to our convictions? No. What would it take for us to vote for a one of these presidential candidates? Something BIG, different, a real identifiable change of heart, an overt respect for life??
Maybe?
We arrived in Oberammergau, unpacked the van into our little half of a traditional Bavarian home and ate some delicious Shepherd’s Pie which my daughters had prepared back in Backnang. After we finished our meal,  we sat and listened as Chris read to us from this article, dated from 16 September, the day before our trip with the heated discussion, from The Blaze.
Is this IT? An answer to prayer? A change of heart? Humility? Love for the most vulnerable in our country that might be a spark that could light the flame of hope in Lady Liberty’s torch? Life and liberty for all? For the weak? The unborn?
Since then, I have read other articles.
I am thinking. I am praying. Lord, I need Your wisdom, not my own.
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I am asking myself and God, “What is the truth regarding this newest move?” “What I am supposed to do with this information?” “Does this change anything for me?”
(These are rhetorical questions for you, my friends. I would truly prefer NOT to hear your perspective on the verifiability or ramifications of this matter.)
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This is not an invitation to “dump on Trump” or “stump for Trump.”
This is a matter for prayer. You pray. I’ll pray. Let’s listen and then obey.
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I invite you to pray about what I have to share here. I would simply like to share that, whether you agree with the idea or not, some people (including me) believe that there is 1 issue that reflects the heart attitude of America. Life. The protection of life – from conception to natural death. God requires that we “Love mercy, do justly and walk humbly with Him.” Those 3 ideas encompass my feelings about the sacredness of life.img_2055
God requires mercy, not sacrifice (working harder, smarter, longer or better) to make up for our misdeeds. Show mercy, don’t do what you want and ask for forgiveness later. We should be a merciful country. We must try to defend those who cannot defend themselves. Extend mercy to the helpless. I believe that we must consider and act upon the idea that “life is precious”.  And IF we, Americans, are not a people of mercy, then why should we expect and/or demand heavenly mercy upon our country/government/way of life? Americans, we need to be a people of mercy, justice and humility. We are not. Many of our laws are merciless, unjust and arrogant. WE are merciless, unjust and arrogant.
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What do we need to do? We need to turn, climb out of, and RUN rapidly away from the cesspool in which we have been lounging. We need to run to the Physician and begin treatments for this deadly disease. I truly believe that the anger, violence, hate and utter disrespect for life that are increasing in an exponential way weekly have at their root two infection-fixing bacteria. The symbiotic relationship seems, to me, to be undeniable. Infection-fixing bacteria #1 tells us that we do not have a Maker to Whom we are accountable; we are Cosmic mistakes and have no souls. Infection-fixing bacteria #2 tells us we do not have to honor Him or His creation; we can destroy it. They tell us, “You can deny His existence and destroy His miracles without any consequences.” No consequences? Truly? Clearly these bacteria are pathogenic and are taking over what is left of the healthy organism. They are breeding rapidly. The disease is spreading. Now, no life is precious.
We must act as life is precious. We need mercy for the weakest among us. We need justice for the most vulnerable. We need to have the humility to say, “We are not God. We will not play God. We will not call what He calls “harmful” good and “good” harmful. We shall not destroy what He has miraculously made. We will protect it, cherish it, love it. Life is beautiful.”
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 I am sorry if I offend anyone here, but I am not looking for political input, advice or discourse of any type. I am trying to share this in honesty and humility. I am sharing some gut-wrenching, tear-provoking, stomach-churning, head-bowing, knee-bending thoughts and feelings that have been the topic of much conversation and prayer in my household. I invite you to humbly submit your prayers to the Author, Maker and Sustainer of all things. HE is our only hope.
A few last things that I would ask you to consider. If this post has caused you to reflect humbly or to weep with me then I am encouraged and would thank God for your reaction. However, if your response was one of anger, vindication, triumphalism or rejoicing, then I would respectfully ask you to reflect upon that. My ponderings should not be cause for resentment or crowing  on anyone’s part. I know that Facebook/social media and Blogland are not normally a good venue (Maybe some of the worst?) in which people should hope for others to truly “mourn with those who mourn.” However, that is what this election process has produced in me. No rejoicing. No hope. None. Only mourning.
Now I will ponder and pray. I hope you will do the same.
Thank you for stopping by.
Grace & Peace,
Melissa

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I rest me in the thought

December 11, 2015

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Calais to Dover & Kent – 28 Sept – Oct 2

October 2, 2015
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Hi! Here are some photos from our vacation thus far. I’m having a bit of an internet problem so I’m going to make this quick and post it while I can.

I’m having a very difficult time getting this to post properly. So, I’m going to try 2 different ways of displaying my photos. The first is a slide show. The second is a gallery. Please let me know if you can see either or both.

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Schloss Licthenstein & Burg Hohenzollern

September 19, 2015

We visited 2 castles yesterday.

We started out in Backnang…..

and then traveled south of Stuttgart to Schloss Lichtenstein……

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Click play on the following Youtube video if you’d like to listen to some traditional German music while watching the slide show of our time at Schloss Lichtenstein:

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our next stop was Burg Hohenzollern….

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Click play on the following playlist if you’d like to listen to some instrumental music while watching the slide show of our time at Burg Hohenzollern: (You’ll have to stop the previous music video.)

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then we ended up in Ludwigsburg where we ate Turkish food for supper.🙂

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Here’s a slide show of our day:

Hello! Tuesday 25 August

August 25, 2015

Hi! I know it’s been a while since I’ve posted here. Things have been buzzing over at Honeybeelane though! So, I’ve been busy over there, in the garden and with life, you know how it is! You can check out my Pinterest Board with most of my cards on it if you’d like to.

I wanted to let you know that I did a bit of organizing around here today and created a new page entitled “Some of my Favorite Posts from LitPL”. You can find it in the tabs at the top, it’s the last one on the bottom right. Or you can just click here to go to the new page.

I am going to do a couple of new posts here soon. One will be a birthday slide show for AGL, who just turned 11 on 20 August. The second will be an update on the status of our gardens and yard.

For now I’ll leave you with a few photos…..

of AGL turning 11

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Dining room decorations & balloon 11 (or bunny ears) by Sarah, French toast breakfast made by Hannah, Abby loves the “Bad Hair Day” Doggy T-shirt from Grandma & Grandpa.

Wow the days fly by, don’t they?

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& now for some visions from my garden:

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Thanks for stopping by!

XO

Melissa

P.S. God is good. All of the time.

What’s This? 2

July 20, 2015

I would like to dedicate this post to my nieces and nephews, whom I miss very much. Hi guys! I love you. I have another blog post with photo, some music and a slide show for you.

Here’s a song or two for you to listen to while you take a look.

What do think this critter is? We have lots of these in our yard! I can send you an empty shell if you’d like me to.

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Did you guess? It’s a snail!

We’ve had a lot of very hot weather here, around 90-100 degrees, for lots of days. No rain. That’s the kind of weather snail like. Rain! So yesterday, when we had some rain, this little guy was stretched out enjoying the rain. I could almost hear him saying, “Ahhhhh! Thank you, God!”🙂 Or maybe that was just me thinking those words?😉

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Today I decided that you might like to see how big these snails are? But it’s hot hot hot here again, so I got out the garden hose and watered a few snails and added a dice. Take a look! Why do you think I watered the snails? What were they doing before and after I watered them? Why did I add a dice to the photos?

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I love you and can’t wait to give you a big hug whenever God brings us together again. xo, Auntie Melissa

Scenes from our yard, May & June 2015

July 9, 2015

Hi! We’ve been doing a lot of yard work and gardening. I thought you might like to see some photos of our yard.

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If you’d like to listen to some music while watching, please scroll down and click play.🙂

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Thanks for stopping by!

XO

Melissa

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