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The Present Danger & The Victory

A terrorist is a person who has willingly been misled into a belief system that is inimical to life and liberty. He or she has embraced a diabolical ideology that foments terrible violence, destruction, and elimination of human life.

We, as a nation, Americans, as a people, have always held the beliefs that life and liberty are sacred. Our ideology is one of compassion, construction, and respect for all life.

Unfortunately, there is a war going on. It is a war for the hearts and minds of human beings. It is being waged worldwide, and all the actors are not flesh and blood. There are, of course, people involved, but there are also principalities and powers who are stronger than we. There are ideals not easily banished from susceptible humanity.

To win this war it will take the sacrifice of precious lives in combat, of lives that are taken without just cause, lives we can ill afford to lose. If we win, if we overcome this present evil, we will also have to submit ourselves to the love and power of Almighty God. Christ is the One, who will ultimately win this war. It has always been waged throughout all history. We will triumph in the Lord! Heed the call! Jesus is Coming! Everybody Get Ready, The King Is Coming!

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Something From My Facebook Page I Wanted To Share Here, Plus Something More

Are they memories, or the delusions of my mind? So hard to say, and no one to answer… so I will pray that I make it through another day. I know God holds the answers and knows me completely, so I give it into His hands and remember Christ has the power to calm every storm.

Faith must trust in midst of turmoil, even if the turmoil is internal. God is greater than any trial, God is greater than any disease, God is greater than any person, and His love reaches out to each of us in our need. He sent His Son to save. Jesus became the sacrifice for sin in every life choosing to accept grace. His death, His blood, redeems. Christ’s resurrection shows the great power of Almighty God and how very great a love He bestowed upon us in giving us a future hope. His Spirit abides with us, bringing us to acknowledge Christ’s call upon our lives and then sealing us forever. No power can snatch a child of God from His grasp. Love enfolds us…

These things are sometimes hard to hold onto, but we are made strong through Him despite our weakness…

I stumble over words, but I pray God reveal Himself…

The following did not go on Facebook; I wanted to share it here first:

I went to Sunday School this morning, and it was Sanctity Of Life Day, which is a difficult day for me. Had I known that, I probably would not have gone. Someone said she could not imagine how anyone could have an abortion, and my heart broke all over again. My mind began to shatter as it always does when I think of choices I have been forced to make.

If you have read this blog much, you know my life has been a struggle and an adventure, but for those of you who are newcomers I am going to digress a bit. This is going to be sketchy, so if you have questions ask them in the comments.

I was once totally against abortion. I had to fight against it during my pregnancy with my wonderful son, Alex. I thought I might never have an opportunity to have a child, because I had wanted one for years, but never had one. When I got pregnant with Alex, I refused to terminate. He was born in 1988.

I had a miscarriage later, then in 1999 I became pregnant. I was carrying twin girls with Twin-to-Twin Transfusion Syndrome, which is a rare disorder where both babies share the same blood supply. Google it for more details… It rarely goes well. I was very sick all during the pregnancy and on bed rest. We knew the babies were developing at different rates and the neonatologist was very concerned. One day I went in for a sonogram and the smallest twin had died. The neonatologist recommended we terminate the pregnancy because the outlook for the remaining twin and myself was rather grim. I went home to make the hardest decision of my life.

Because there was no hope of a healthy baby being born and every indication that there would be severe problems for both of us, and because there was an almost certainty of losing the second baby, I chose to terminate. I cried, prayed, and suffered through agony. When we went in and her little heart was stopped, it nearly destroyed me. Then my ob-gyn refused to deliver the babies and told me to go to an abortion clinic. This was heartless and cruel of a highly respected doctor who serves politically. I did not want this outcome, but made the choice because of the health consequences. While devastated and emotionally in agony I had to try to find someone to deliver my twins. After two days, one of the other doctors in the ob-gyn practice had mercy on me and mine and delivered the girls in the hospital where I had hoped to have healthy babies.

I got treated with some respect for the grief I was suffering, but I felt overwhelming guilt. I continue to experience it. I doubt I made the right decision and wonder if the doctor could have been wrong. I hate myself for making a choice I feel only God can make, but I also know I was very sick and weak.

So I have come to believe there are circumstances where a woman may find herself almost forced to terminate a pregnancy… I am no longer totally against abortion. As I have often come to realize, life sometimes intervenes and brings unhappy choices. Not everything is always simple, there are gray areas.

I wish I had been strong enough to carry Katherine Rose to term, but after Melissa Faith died, and the blood was still flowing through her body as it decomposed, there did not seem any hope. I wish my babies had been healthy and I had born them. My life would no doubt be very different, but that was not the situation I was given. I made a tragic choice in a tragic situation.

Maybe others would choose differently, maybe I was wrong. I hope God can forgive me, and that perhaps my story can touch someone and make some hearts a little tenderer toward those who make hard choices in life. We are, after all, only human and prone to error.

We talked about the Sanctity Of Life on the other end, when caring for the elderly among us. I have dedicated the past thirteen, almost fourteen, years to the task. It is a hard job. My mother has a variety of health issues and I am her full-time caregiver. I, myself, suffer from Schizo-Affective Disorder, so am not without personal challenges daily. I will continue caring for my Mom as long as I can.

Sometimes, a little care and compassion can go a long way.

Always,
Jo Ann

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Creativity Project Year Two-Day 82

Journal entry:

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Resurrection

They laid His body,
Lifeless, within the dark tomb,
Shadow fell across
Their souls for they did not know
What miracle awaited.

He had explained to
Them, but they lacked understanding,
Nothing prepared them
For His crucifixion and
Their loss of His leadership.

On the third day they
Found the tomb’s stone rolled away
He was not there, but
Had risen up from the grave,
Conquering death, coming alive.

When Jesus appeared
To them, they were amazed and
Overcome by joy
Here was the Lord who they loved
Resurrected and alive.

Death had lost its hold
And been swallowed up by life
The Eternal One
Christ Jesus had overcome
Sin’s punishment with victory.

Jo Ann J. A. Jordan
Sunday, March 31, 2013

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I am grateful:

1.   Jesus is alive.
2.   The new outfit Mom gave me fit well.
3.   Lunch was special because we spent it with friends.
4.   I did not have to cook today.
5.   Mom felt good.

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My Easter has been wonderful, except the unpleasant side effects I am experiencing. I hope your day was glorious, full of joy and blessing. Gather you wits and devote some time to exploring your creativity. If I can write, so can you. You have so much to share with the world.

As a prompt, write about resurrection. You may have questions, your thoughts may differ with mine, but you should be able to examine the topic in a poem, story, or journal entry. If you use this prompt, please leave a link to your work in the comments below.

I appreciate you taking the time to read my blog. I hope you will return often, but you might also want to enter your email above and subscribe to Chronicles. I would love to read your thoughts, suggestions, or criticism, so please leave a comment.

Always,
Jo Ann

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Creativity Project Year Two-Day 68

Journal entry:

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Reba with Scarlett…

Tonight’s poem was prompted by The Sunday Whirl. I have not done one of these in a while. The words provided are in italics. If you are in need of inspiration, perhaps you might find it at that site.

Commissioned

The Master calls us
To march into His wide world
To share the words of
Life in all places with all
People who need a great change.

People who faint in
The street destined to die in
The depths of their sin
Unless we stretch forth our hands
And train them in the way to go.

God will bless their hearts
And create in them desire
To follow His ways,
But we must willingly go
Bringing the gospel of Christ.

We must dedicate
Our hearts and lives to spreading
The Good News to all
Nations who need saving grace
Of Jesus’ salvation.

The power of God
Is manifest through His work
Among all people
Who He draws unto himself
With faithfulness and glory.

Jo Ann J. A. Jordan
Sunday, March 17, 2013

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Reba’s husband Rob…

I am grateful:

1.   I had a chocolate covered crème filled Krispy Kreme doughnut with milk for breakfast.
2.   Mom and I remembered to wear green for Saint Patrick’s Day.
3.   We got to church early enough to get a parking place near the doors so Mom did not have to walk far.
4.   I was able to see Reba and Rob today after many years without a visit.
5.   Mom and I took a nap this afternoon.

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Reba and I with her re-born baby Scarlett.

I hope your Sunday was pleasant. Mine was very enjoyable. I was so glad to see my best friend. I encourage you to take time to let your creativity flow while you are able. You have an abundant gift to share with the world. Do not stifle your talent.

As a prompt, write about a recent experience that brought you great joy. You might celebrate in a poem, story, or journal entry. Let your thoughts lead you wherever they wish. If you use this prompt, please leave a link to your work in the comments below.

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Rob being silly while having his picture taken with me.

Thank you so much for visiting my blog. It is a great honor to share with you. I hope that you will return often to read Chronicles, but you might also want to subscribe by email above to receive future update in your inbox. Your comments help me immensely, so please leave one.

Always,
Jo Ann

 

 

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Creativity Project Year Two-Day 64

Journal entry:

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Our Redeemer

Whoever you are,
Wherever you come from,
However you have lived,
The Lord is seeking you…
He wants a relationship
Especially with you.

Jesus came and died
Because He knew you
Would need a Savior
And He arose to conquer
Death and guarantee
You everlasting life.

Whoever you are,
Wherever you come from,
However you have lived,
Jesus is waiting for you
To call upon His name
And join His Kingdom.

Jo Ann J. A. Jordan
Wednesday, March 13, 2013

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I am grateful:

1.   I did not fall asleep in church this morning.
2.   I was able to eat lunch and supper with friends.
3.   Mom did not catch the house on fire when she warmed her Chick-Fil-A sandwich in its wrapper in the microwave and fire broke out.
4.   I was able to attend the World Missions Conference this week.
5.   The conference is over.

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This Wednesday has been a wonderful day. I hope your day was productive and enjoyable. Take time to create something while you have a spare moment. If you engage your imagination it will lead you.

As a prompt, write about your reaction to the Truth I shared above. You might write a poem, story, or journal entry, but if you do, please share a link to your work in the comments below.

Thank you for reading my blog. I hope you will return often, but you might also want to subscribe to Chronicles for email updates. Just enter your email in the space above. If you have thoughts, suggestions, or criticism to share, please leave a comment.

Always,
Jo Ann

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Creativity Project Year Two-Day 63

Journal entry:

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Struggle Of Faith

The call
Comes and I wonder what
One such as I can do,
I want to be open,
Totally yielded,
To the Lord’s sovereign will
For the rest of my life,
But I feel needy,
Completely unworthy,
To give any witness,
To share in His
Harvest

Jo Ann J. A. Jordan
Tuesday, March 12, 2013

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I am grateful:

1.   I was able to go to the World Missions Conference today.
2.   I met Shaun Groves who works with Compassion International.
3.   I am thinking I might be able to sponsor a child sometime in the future.
4.   Mom was fine staying home without me.
5.   I have my Droid so I can check on Mom when I am out.
6.   I may be able to help someone else set up a blog.
7.   I am still blogging despite being out all day.
8.   I don’t have to process all the email I received today, tonight.
9.   My shoes arrived today and they are fairly comfortable.
10. I was able to get Penny to eat, even though Mom had tried and she would not eat.

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I had a wonderful Tuesday that challenged me to move forward in faith. I hope your day was equally enjoyable. Try to use your imagination in the creative process and make something of value. It does not have to be perfect, your talent is great enough to engage the world.

As a prompt, write about something you strongly believe in. It could be your faith, a cause, anything that moves your heart and mind. Use your words to reach someone for good purpose. If you use this prompt, please leave a link to your work in the comments below.

I am so glad you took time to read my blog. I hope you will visit again, but you might also want to subscribe to Chronicles by email for future updates. If you have thoughts, suggestions, or criticism to share, please leave a comment.

Always,
Jo Ann

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Creativity Project Year Two-Day 62

Journal entry:

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On Purpose

I suppose I am
On mission even here at
Home because no one
Else is willing to take on
The responsibilities
That I have with Mom.
I made a promise I will
Not break, but I thought
Mistakenly that others
Might step up and do their part.
I have to trust God
That if there is something else
He wishes me to
Do, He will make a way for
Me where there is not a way.
It is my duty
To be open to His call
Willing to do His
Work wherever I can be
Used by His almighty hand.

Jo Ann J. A. Jordan
Monday, March 11, 2013

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I am grateful:

1.   I have the opportunity to attend this World Missions Conference.
2.   My Mom is able to stay home without me some.
3.   I was able to eat at church and the meals were delicious.
4.   I am learning a lot from the speakers.
5.   I went to my Photography 2 class this evening.

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I enjoyed my Monday and hope you also had a fulfilling day. I am getting this done very late because I was out until almost 10:00 this evening. I encourage you to do some creative work while you have the opportunity.

As a prompt, write about a time when you found yourself at cross purposes with someone. This could be a boss, a spouse, a child, a friend, a family member, or anyone. Write a poem, story, or journal entry and post a link to your work in the comments below.

I am very thankful that you took time to visit my blog. If you have thoughts, suggestions, or criticism, please leave a comment. I welcome your opinions. I hope you will visit again, but you might also want to subscribe to email updates from Chronicles.

Always,
Jo Ann

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