Friday, January 24, 2014

Guest Post - The Thoughts of A Midwife

I just helped a sweet little baby boy get born. It's 7am and bb was born about 5:15. Sometimes I think I might take a break from my bb catching for awhile. After all it's been 41 years this year that I've been doing this. It is getting harder to get up in the middle of the night! Also, it used to be that I moved around quicker and easier after the birth than the new mom. Now it's the other way around!! As I sit and chart the details of the birth, I'm struck by how utterly awesome it is to be able to share these moments with the family's that I serve. The new mom is sitting in a rocker after showering, eating breakfast prepared by her mother in law, who I also helped with 2 babies one of which is this new dad. The sky is just lighting up and you can see the silhouettes of the trees on the hills. Not a cloud in the sky. The moon is hanging low. The new dad is holding his newest son, wrapped in a blanket and the 4 older siblings are so excited they can hardly stand it. They are gathered around looking over the new addition. They're all sitting on the floor just checking the newbie all over. One of the brothers who is about 4 runs to get his cars and robots to show the bb. The bb is bright eyed and bushy tailed just taking it all in.

As I sit and think about how cool this is, I remember when the bb's dad got born. He was the 5th child and the first home birth. I remember the prenatal visits and his 2 older sisters who were about 6 and 8 and how curious they were. Pink glasses and braids. Their 2 older brothers were about 10 and 12 and they would all come in to hear the bb's heartbeat. They'd all take turns with the stethoscope. Since they've grown up and married, I've gotten to help them all have babies too.

When it came time for the birth, the grandparents were so nervous about this home birth thing. They wanted to come but wanted to wait in the driveway until it was over. Then they decided, well we could wait in the house, in the living room. So there we were. Waiting. Soon, the urge to push and I went into the bedroom to get mom comfy and ready to birth her bb. The 4 older kids were there with their mom and dad. As she's pushing and head is crowning, I look up and lo and behold the grandparents were in the room. I was kind of surprised as they were so scared and nervous about it all and mentioned many times that they didn't want to be there. When the baby was born and up on his mama, I looked up again and I will never forget the look on the grandparents faces. The grandmother had her hands clasped to her chest and the biggest smile on her face and the love shining out of her eyes. The grandfather had a grin from ear to ear and his face was beaming. Like light radiating from his face and silent tears streaming down. They were so taken by the experience. They couldn't get over it and afterwards we were sitting together in the living room again and they laughed and said how they were so glad to be there. What a marvel, he said.

So now, back to 2014, I sit and watch this man, that I helped get born, with his 5 kids, that I helped get born and I think, “Thank you God for letting me be here.” How could I ever stop? I know the world is a crazy stupid place sometimes, but God has come to redeem us. He's allowed me to see the beauty and wonder of His creation, and allowed me to share these moments with families and helped me to see the world with a different perspective. So, I guess I'll continue on for another 40 yrs. It's been so much fun and a true blessing to me to be able to witness these lives being lived. Thank you to all of you for letting me a part of your family. I gotta admit though, I do wonder how it is that time can go so quickly.  Must be true when they say, time flies when you're having fun!

First Shared by Mary Bernabe -

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Guest Post - Chuck Baldwin - Another Anniversary of Roe v Wade Approaches

As we approach another anniversary of the infamous Roe v Wade Supreme Court decision legalizing abortion-on-demand, I am again reminded of the cowardice of the Church at large and so-called "pro-life" congressmen on Capitol Hill. We are now 41 years and over 50 million murdered babies into what can only be regarded as America's national holocaust.

For the most part, our pastors and churches are completely silent on the subject. And every year, their silence is more deafening. In addition, the Republican Party controlled the entire federal government from 2001 - 2006 and did nothing to save the life of a single unborn child.

Each year, Congressman Ron Paul would introduce The Sanctity of Life Act, which would have granted legal personhood to unborn children and would have removed abortion from the jurisdiction of the Supreme Court under Article. III. Section. 2. of the US Constitution. The passage of this Act would have overturned Roe v Wade. But President G.W. Bush and the Republican House and Senate leadership in Washington, D.C., did nothing. Nothing!

Furthermore, please remember that Supreme Court appointments have been dominated by the GOP ever since the Roe v Wade decision was rendered. And, yet, not one unborn baby's life has been saved.

The vast majority of "pro-life" Republicans are just so much hot air! And the vast majority of evangelical pastors and churches just don't care! Plus, pro-life Catholics should be ashamed of themselves for helping to elect Democrats who continue to support abortion on demand.

If the blood of Abel cried out to God, what must God be hearing with the deaths of so many millions of innocent unborn babies?

First shared by Chuck Baldwin -

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Selecting Plants For Pollinators

Free guide with a list of plants for YOUR area to attract and strengthen pollinators.  Click on the link and enter your zip code for a handy pdf.  Chart of plants is on page 16.

U.S. Code › Title 42 › Chapter 157 › Subchapter VI › § 18115

U.S. Code › Title 42 › Chapter 157 › Subchapter VI › § 18115

No individual, company, business, nonprofit entity, or health insurance issuer offering group or individual health insurance coverage shall be required to participate in any Federal health insurance program created under this Act (or any amendments made by this Act), or in any Federal health insurance program expanded by this Act (or any such amendments), and there shall be no penalty or fine imposed upon any such issuer for choosing not to participate in such programs.

(Pub. L. 111–148, title I, § 1555,Mar. 23, 2010, 124 Stat. 260.)
References in Text

This Act, referred to in text, is Pub. L. 111–148, Mar. 23, 2010, 124 Stat. 119, known as the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. For complete classification of this Act to the Code, see Short Title note set out under section 18001 of this title and Tables.

Lead Me - Song based on Psalm 61

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Far More Precious.... A Good Word For Our Daughters

Muhammad Ali's advice to his daughters...Powerful!

An incident transpired when Muhammad Ali’s daughters arrived at his home wearing clothes that were quite revealing. Here is the story as told by one of his daughters: “When we finally arrived, the chauffeur escorted my younger sister, Laila, and me up to my father’s suite. As usual, he was hiding behind the door waiting to scare us. We exchanged many hugs and kisses as we could possibly give in one day. My father took a good look at us. Then he sat me down on his lap and said something that I will never forget. He looked me straight in the eyes and said, “Hana, everything that God made valuable in the world is covered and hard to get to. Where do you find diamonds? Deep down in the ground, covered and protected. Where do you find pearls? Deep down at the bottom of the ocean, covered up and protected in a beautiful shell. Where do you find gold? Way down in the mine, covered over with layers and layers of rock. You've got to work hard to get to them.” He looked at me with serious eyes. “Your body is sacred. You’re far more precious than diamonds and pearls, and you should be covered too.”

From the book: More Than A Hero: Muhammad Ali's Life Lessons Through His Daughter's Eyes

Monday, January 6, 2014

Matthew 13:37-43

“He answered and said to them: “He who sows the good seed is the Son of Man. The field is the world, the good seeds are the sons of the kingdom, but the tares are the sons of the wicked one. The enemy who sowed them is the devil, the harvest is the end of the age, and the reapers are the angels. Therefore as the tares are gathered and burned in the fire, so it will be at the end of this age. The Son of Man will send out His angels, and they will gather out of His kingdom all things that offend, AND THOSE WHO PRACTICE LAWLESSNESS, and will cast them into the furnace of fire. There will be wailing and gnashing of teeth. Then the righteous will shine forth as the sun in the kingdom of their Father. He who has ears to hear, let him hear!”

Matthew 13:37-43

NOTE:  My translation said 'darnel' instead of tares, which the interlinear confirmed.
So I looked that word up. Darnel is a weedy rye grass with poisonous seeds.
I think that is so appropriate, poisonous seeds.

Psalm 121 - Where Does My Help Come From?

Psalm 121

I will lift up my eyes to the hills—
From whence comes my help?
2 My help comes from the Lord,
Who made heaven and earth.
3 He will not allow your foot to be moved;
He who keeps you will not slumber.
4 Behold, He who keeps Israel
Shall neither slumber nor sleep.
5 The Lord is your keeper;
The Lord is your shade at your right hand.
6 The sun shall not strike you by day,
Nor the moon by night.
7 The Lord shall preserve you from all evil;
He shall preserve your soul.
8 The Lord shall preserve your going out and your coming in
From this time forth, and even forevermore.

Sunday, January 5, 2014

Psalm 91 - Because he has set his love upon Me....

Psalm 91

He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High
Shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.
2 I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress;
My God, in Him I will trust.”
3 Surely He shall deliver you from the snare of the fowler
And from the perilous pestilence.
4 He shall cover you with His feathers,
And under His wings you shall take refuge;
His truth shall be your shield and buckler.
5 You shall not be afraid of the terror by night,
Nor of the arrow that flies by day,
6 Nor of the pestilence that walks in darkness,
Nor of the destruction that lays waste at noonday.
7 A thousand may fall at your side,
And ten thousand at your right hand;
But it shall not come near you.
8 Only with your eyes shall you look,
And see the reward of the wicked.
9 Because you have made the Lord, who is my refuge,
Even the Most High, your dwelling place,
10 No evil shall befall you,
Nor shall any plague come near your dwelling;
11 For He shall give His angels charge over you,
To keep you in all your ways.
12 In their hands they shall bear you up,
Lest you dash your foot against a stone.
13 You shall tread upon the lion and the cobra,
The young lion and the serpent you shall trample underfoot.
14 “Because he has set his love upon Me, therefore I will deliver him;
I will set him on high, because he has known My name.
15 He shall call upon Me, and I will answer him;
I will be with him in trouble;
I will deliver him and honor him.
16 With long life I will satisfy him,
And show him My salvation.”

Thursday, January 2, 2014

Shake the Foundations!

My soul thanks my Elohim
Who shook and shook and broke
My foundations that were built of sand

The pain was the pain of cleansing any wound
The fear was the fear of washing away
What would be left?
Would I remain at all?

My soul thanks my Elohim
Who roared and thundered and quaked
As my foundations slipped away

And as my heart pounded
My head ached
My tears poured down

I found a rock
A rock called the Aleph and the Tav
The Beginning and the End
The First and the Last

The rock that SPOKE the heavens and earth into creation
The rock that split the darkness and the light
The rock that bled for me

I found a rock
A rock testified in every word of scripture
The lover of my soul
The bridegroom

The rock that never changes
The rock that crumbles lies and falsehoods
The rock that breaks away the bondage of sin

My soul thanks my Elohim
Who bought a piece of worthless flesh
And now building a foundation of eternal stone

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Biblical New Year Coming Up....

On the gregorian calendar this year Abib 1 will fall on April 1st. The new year, according to scripture, is the first new moon after the barley turns green. The bible calls this month Abib or Aviv. Today many jewish people call that month Nissan using the names of months from Babylon during their captivity there.