For those of you who don’t know Annie, she is a great friend who also has a blog called Lupus Chronicles and has Lupus herself. She is a former RN who had to leave the job she loved because of the disabling condition of the disease. She is also someone who I was fortunate enough to have as a contributor to this blog. There was quite a while that she was unable to do very much blogging at all but as you can read from her letter below, she is finding that God has a plan for her and her husband and is leading her to a place where she can find some help for some of her physical problems. This is a great testimony both on how God works and how He leads people to those that can share a seed. While we still suffer adversity, it is often adversity that is a sign that He is working in our lives. Please include Annie in your prayers and if you would like to learn more about her, her blog Lupus Chronicles is an excellent place to learn her story. I don’t want to violate WordPress’ terms of service so I am not including a link to her online store here, but if you are interested in visiting you can leave a comment here or on her blog and we will send you the link via email. Thanks and God bless!
Letter from Annie:
“I think you may have gathered this from my recent blog posts, but I do believe that the Lord had a plan. About 1/2 year ago, a gal was visiting the Yahoo forum about osteonecrosis that I co-moderate. She found out that I had problems with my ankles, told me of her doctor at Yale in CT and suggested that I contact him (few MDs are innovative when it comes to treatment of ankle osteonecrosis.) I sent him my films, he said he’d be able to do something, but that Colorado and CT were MILES apart. He suggested instead that I see a colleague of his in Vail, CO. Rey and I went to see the guy in Vail who I thought was very great and I’d trust with my life. Intelligent, personable and EVERYTHING. He felt that he could help, but with my other medical problems, he wasn’t so comfortable with his ”small 35 bed orthopedic hospital.” So he referred me to a fellow who has quite a reputation as a foot/ankle surgeon in Chicago.
Long story (and this has already been long!) short, Rey and I just got back from Chicago and Dr. Haddad can replace my ankle. Unless he has a cancellation, I won”t have surgery until January but, I’ve waited this long. I’ve searched and searched. Dear Lord, guide Dr. Haddad’s hands. It’s a 4 hour surgery and then, there is NO WEIGHT BEARING FOR SIX WEEKS!! I’ll need to stay in rehab in Chicago for that time, so that means sooo long away from home, but the ability to move around WITHOUT pain is worth it.
I also thought of you as Rey and I took our first step into the study of religion. A good friend’s church had a series of really small Bible studies discussing the book of Mark and I’ve got to say i found it quite enjoyable, Rey much more so. I think you, Rachel, Marianne and others have been placed in my life to teach me that there is another way, a way other than MY WAY. I now feel signs, that I was certain that didn’t exist.
Anywhoo. The past 1 1/2 year, I’ve been taking an internet class which fostered a desire to learn about the web and how to build websites and I’ve learned a lot about WP and a lot me-things I didn’t think would EVER IN A MILLION YEARS interest me. I’ve opened up my own internet store, YourHomeGoods.com “Your Store for Home Decor”, I sort of need to make a go of my store; this is not just a luxury for the housewife who has nothing better to do. Rey hasn’t worked for nearly 3 years (in December) so we live of my Social Security Income (and you know how ‘generous’ that is, so we’ve pretty much depleted our savings and ‘bankruptcy’ has entered our talks. This is one thing for me to give to the Lord, Loopy, but I also want to ‘share’ it with you. This scares me, but I can’t let it petrify me into inaction. If you can, I’d love for you to say a prayer”
American Minute with Bill Federer
FEB. 17 – Billy Sunday: Baseball Star Preacher
He was born during the Civil War in a log cabin in Iowa.
His father, a Union Army soldier, died of pneumonia when Billy was a month old.
At age 15, he struck out on his own, working several jobs before playing baseball.
His career took off when he was recruited by A.G. Spalding, owner of the White Stockings and founder of Spalding Sporting Goods Company.
Sunday became one of the most popular athletes in the nation.
While leaving a Chicago saloon with some other players in 1886, he heard a group of gospel singers on the street from the Pacific Garden Mission.
Attracted by the hymns he had heard his mother sing, Sunday began attending services at the mission, where he experienced a conversion.
He began attending YMCA meetings, quit drinking and got married.
A national sensation occurred FEBRUARY 17, 1889, when Billy Sunday preached his first sermon as a Christian evangelist in Chicago.
He went on to pioneer preaching over broadcast radio so enthusiastically that the FCC was formed in response.
During the next 46 years, till his death November 6, 1935, over 100 million people would hear him.
In his animated style, Billy Sunday said:
“The devil says I’m out, but the Lord says I’m safe.”
“Temptation is the devil looking through the keyhole. Yielding is opening the door and inviting him in.”
“Live so that when the final summons comes you will leave something more behind you than an epitaph on a tombstone.”
“I never see a man or a woman or boy or girl but I do not think that God has a plan for them…He will use each of us to His glory if we will only let Him.”
“Rivers of America will run with blood filled to their banks before we will submit to them taking the Bible out of our schools.”
“Going to church doesn’t make you a Christian any more than going to a garage makes you an automobile.”
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Turkish Air 006 12MAR Chicago – Istanbul 11:00P 4:45P +1Turkish Air 2472 13MAR Istanbul – Adana 6:55P 8:25PTurkish Air 2249 16MAR Sanli Urfa – Istanbul 7:25P 9:25PTurkish Air 2317 21MAR Izmir – Istanbul 11:00A 12:05PTurkish Air 005 21MAR Istanbul – Chicago 1:40P 6:50PThis is Turkish Air Itinerary from Chicago Ohare and back.We just have to get to Chicago and back home in addition to the cost. If you need help, We will connect to GTI Tours who schedule much for Focus On The Family and specialize in Christian Tours!!If you feel led to go, get in touch soon.We love and appreciate you and are so thankful for friends that love the Lord, pray and have an urgency for His soon return!!!Kerry and Melody MauldinPO Box 140402Broken Arrow, Ok 74014
Amusing Bunni is a dear friend, a blogger, and the maker of the most adorable kitty videos ever. She used do a lot of Conservative blogging (from Chicago!) but a while back the death threats she received (from sickos who didn’t even TRY to hide their IP addresses!) got to be too much so she backed off from the politics and just did adorable videos mostly, while coming to other Conservative blogs and making them better for her having stopped by there in our comments sections. I knew something was going on with her when I saw this:
Sometimes, you get news in life that is so awful, so horrible, and
the worst is when you can do NOTHING about it to change it….. continue reading at MareZilla.com
Bunni’s blog is Amusing Bunni’s Musings! Please visit if you can!!!
I have a few questions for people that promote abortions and make the claim that if pro-life people have their way that women will die in back alley abortions. How do you reconcile the fact that women die now in supposedly nice clinics with Dr. available to take care of them? How many of these clinics are even inspected? Abortion proponents don’t even want their premises inspected and when some government agency finally gets around to doing the job of protecting women, the conditions that they find are often so horrific that even if they are pro choice, they are disgusted and sickened by the conditions that they find. If they were truly interested in the lives of the women, perhaps they would truly consider the health of the women that go to these places instead of turning a blind eye. They truly seem more interested in killing the babies than they are life in any form. Please read the article from Life News.com:
When Planned Parenthood Kills Women Too: A Two for One Deal?
Planned Parenthood is in the killing business. They perform approximately 324,000 abortions per year, using various methods on women at various stages of pregnancy.
For example, during a first trimester abortion, they usually suction out the child, or pieces of the child, through a tube inserted into the uterus. But during a second-trimester abortion, where the child has become too large to be killed and then sucked through a tube, Planned Parenthood performs a cervical dilation that allows them to get sharp instruments into the intended safety of the womb and kill the child so that it can then be “evacuated.”
It’s an ugly, immoral job, but by using phrases like “termination of pregnancy,” “pro-choice,” and “women’s health,” Planned Parenthood has been able to maintain both a quasi-respectable public image and their killing fields—all at the same time.
But for many, that all changed in July when 24-year old Tonya Reaves bled to death after an employee at a Planned Parenthood clinic in Chicago aborted Tonya’s baby in the second trimester. Read the rest of the story at Life News.com!
By now you’ve probably heard about the Obama campaign’s self-righteous indignation over an ad put out by the Romney camp taking Obama’s words out of context. What his campaign people failed to mention is that the quote in question was Obama quoting an anonymous supporter of John McCain during the 2008 election. So, it was okay for Obama to take the words of an unnamed person and attribute them to John McCain, but it’s not okay for Romney to use those words against Obama today.
Michael Gerson says to get used to the double standard.
Obama’s short, rocket-fueled political career has involved a tension. He has gained a reputation for hope and change while practicing a brass-knuckle style of politics. The University of Chicago professor is also a Chicago politician — as both Hillary Clinton and McCain discovered. More than half of the ads run by Obama’s general-election campaign were negative. McCain was attacked for being “erratic in a crisis” — a thinly veiled reference to his temperament. As president, Obama has asserted that Republicans want the elderly, autistic children and children with Down syndrome to “fend for themselves,” and that the GOP plan is “dirtier air, dirtier water, less people with health insurance.” In what context would these claims be true? Read the rest at the Lonely Conservative http://lonelyconservative.com/2011/11/obamas-campaign-double-standard/
Excellent Article from the American Thinker that we can only hope that it is so. I would like to see it come true anyway. Please take time to read the whole article and tell me what you think!Bonny Prince Barry
Bonny Prince Barry?
Increasingly, people here in Chicago believe Barack Obama will screw over the Democrat Party in the 2012 election and unceremoniously decide he won’t seek re-election if he accepts the fact he will not win the race… Obama reminds me of the husband of one of my friends who just skipped out in the middle of the night, out of the blue, when he realized he hated being married, wasn’t man enough to handle fatherhood, and wasn’t capable of doing the hundred unpleasant and difficult things every day required to head a family. He left a wife and three kids behind, with little income and no idea how to keep things together, and headed off for warmer climates and better chances for adventure. This is exactly what Obama is going to do to the Democrat Party – and America – next year, when he declines re-election and instead focuses on building his Frank Gehry-designed “Obama Presidential Library and Museum to His Own Self-Proclaimed Greatness” on the tiki-tacky shores of Hawaii[.]
… But one person I never thought would fall into this valley was Barack Obama, the charismatic candidate who electrified the electorate in 2008 and whom many saw as the of the dream of the even-more-electrifying Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Yet here Obama is, down in the valley, struggling to connect with the American people and failing, increasingly coming across as dispassionate to some and outright revolting to other…Of course, Republicans haven’t helped. They’re absolutely committed to, and obsessed with, his failure. But that cannot be the excuse. Great leadership isn’t shaped in the absence of opposition but in the presence of it. Great leaders draw us together by our universal humanity; they galvanize the wills of the willing; they draw clarity from the spigot of chaos. … The country needs the president to rise to this crisis in word, spirit and deed. We need him to reach out of his nature and into the nation’s need[.]