I went to look in the freezer to see what we are going to have for supper tonight. That’s when I decided I have had enough of looking at that disorganized freezer. You can never find anything. So….I took it all out and organized. One shelf has all the snacks: ice cream, slushies, frozen fruit bars, etc. One basket holds all the meat. Another basket holds all the bread. Another holds the frozen veggies and fruits. Ice packs for Beth’s ankle are all stacked on the top shelf.
So…notice to my family….leave it that way.
Skies are still gray. It started raining again about 1:45 this morning, and has been raining off and on all day. There is no way we would be able to build an ark in the back yard, since the ark was 450 feet long. Must look for a bigger area.
Here’s our weather: ABC13
More U.S. Women are Childless
‘So much of our culture has made kids seem like big sacrifices and a big inconvenience.’
One in five U.S. women in their early 40s has no children, according to the Census Bureau. That’s double the level from 30 years ago and a record high.
Women age 40-44 who do have children have fewer than ever — an average of 1.9, according to the report.
“A lot of women are not having any children,” Jane Lawler Dye, a Census Bureau researcher who did the report, told The New York Times. “It used to be sort of expected that there was a phase of life where you had children, and a lot of women aren’t doing that now.”
Candice Watters, who left her job at Focus on the Family in 2002 for full-time motherhood, said most women want to have children but may be waiting too long.
“There is the perception, perpetuated in large part by Hollywood, that you can wait until your late 30s or even your early 40s and have a baby without too much trouble,” she said. But “it’s really difficult for a woman over 40 to conceive.”
And the culture isn’t helping, Watters said.
“Women feel cultural pressure to get all of their schooling done, and much of their career-building done, before they even start to think about marriage,” she said. “My advice is to make getting married and having babies at least as much of a priority as your education goals and career goals.”
Watters addresses those issues in her new book Get Married: What Women Can Do to Help It Happen.
Carrie Lukas, vice president for policy and economics at the Independent Women’s Forum, agreed the culture shares responsibility.
“So much of our culture has made kids seem like big sacrifices and a big inconvenience,” she said. “There is something to being an increasingly secular society and being a little self-absorbed in not thinking about the legacy you want to leave.”
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Candice Watters founded Boundless.org webzine for Focus on the Family in 1998 and continues to write about dating, getting married and “fitting kids into a life.”
Read more about the upcoming book from Steve and Candice Watters, Start Your Family: Inspiration for Having Babies.
Gay Activist Tim Gill Rewards N.Y. Lawmakers Who Voted to Gut Marriage
Republicans in the New York Assembly who voted last year to legalize same-sex “marriage” in the state have received thousands of dollars from homosexual activists across the nation.
The (New York) Sun reported that the four lawmakers, who rarely raise money from outside their districts, have benefited from a fund-raising network stretching to at least nine states.
Not surprisingly, the Gill Action Fund is behind many of those donations.
The gay-activist group, founded by computer software mogul Tim Gill, solicited donations at a conference in Miami in the spring.
The Republican-led Senate hopes to keep the Empire State from becoming the third state to allow same-sex “marriage.”
“It’s a strong belief among many Republicans that it’s not the way to go,” Sen. Martin Golden, R-Brooklyn, told The Sun. “It’s a core belief that we have. We stick with our core beliefs.”
In May, New York Gov. David Paterson changed up to 1,300 state policies and regulations to include same-sex couples who were “married” elsewhere.
A Heartbeat Away
I’ve spoken to a number of people across the country since Saturday night’s presidential forum at Saddleback. Most saw it as I did-a major step forward for Senator McCain in building the enthusiasm and intensity his candidacy needs to be successful. Yesterday morning, I hosted a group of reporters for breakfast. Among the questions asked; what does John McCain need to do to build on Saturday’s success? My response: Three key steps, (1) select a pro-life, conservative running mate that social conservatives can identify with; (2) reiterate these important social issues in his acceptance speech at the convention; and, (3) build the intensity by driving the message home at the Values Voter Summit next month. Last night, we received disturbing reports that McCain’s campaign manager Rick Davis had been making phone calls to state leaders to gauge their reactions to the selection of a pro-abortion running mate. Most signs pointed to former Pennsylvania Governor Tom Ridge. Big problem! Governor Ridge is not only aggressively pro-abortion, supporting measures like the Freedom of Choice Act, which would have overturned most state laws on abortion, while serving as a U.S. Congressman, he was well known for publicly opposing many of President Reagan’s policies relating to national defense and siding instead with liberal Democrats. This afternoon Fox News is reporting that officials at the Republican National Committee are knocking down the reports of a pro-abortion running mate for McCain. If so, the Arizona Senator has averted a misstep that would not only have cost him the ground he gained over the past week but probably assured him of defeat this November.
Religious Liberty Crumbles
The religious liberty rights of California citizens crumbled on Monday under the latest legal decision in favor of homosexual rights. The California Supreme Court ruled against two Christian doctors who refused to artificially inseminate a lesbian because of their religious beliefs. The doctors had referred the lesbian woman to another specialist, but the woman sued alleging sexual orientation discrimination. The court found that the physicians were in violation of the California Unruh Civil Rights Act, which prohibits discrimination based on a person’s sexual orientation. Moreover, the court found that the U.S. Constitution and its First Amendment guarantee of religious freedom did not protect the physicians, stating, “[A] religious objector has no federal constitutional right to an exemption from a neutral and valid law of general applicability on the ground that compliance with that law is contrary to the objector’s religious beliefs.” The ruling could have a chilling affect for all people of faith throughout California. Christians working in the wedding industry will be forced to service homosexual “weddings,” attorneys will be forced to handle homosexual adoptions and same-sex divorces, and bed and breakfast owners and others businesses will be forced to surrender their religious convictions.
Invasion of the Bible Snatchers (from August 18)
In the last two weeks, the Chinese have scored perfect marks from the media and athletes for their hospitality. The government’s act has even persuaded the likes of NBC to say that the Olympic Games are turning the tide of public opinion on China. For those who bought into China’s good behavior act, an incident this weekend should rouse them from their Beijing trance. According to reports, airport officials confiscated 315 Bibles from the baggage of representatives of an organization called Vision Beyond Borders. While China insists that Bibles aren’t banned from the Games, Chinese authorities said the missionaries could only have one Bible per person. “I heard that there’s freedom of religion in China, so why is there a problem for us to bring Bibles?” asked Vision’s Pat Klein.
Polygamy: Next Stop, New York State (from August 15)
For a case study in where same-sex “marriage” can lead, look no further than the Netherlands. New reports are circulating that the Scandinavian country, which already recognizes counterfeit marriage, has opened its official registers to polygamists. Although the Dutch officially ban the practice of polygamy, they’ve agreed to make concessions for the country’s immigrants. If Muslims or others move to the Netherlands with multiple wives, a new policy calls for the local leaders to register those marriages. Local registrars are recognizing polygamous marriages every week.
Jesus: More Radical than Obama!???
What Would Jesus Do? Well, it depends on who you ask. According to Dr. Marc Lamont Hill, the Son of God and Author of life would be in favor of suctioning viable babies from their mothers’ wombs and killing them. On last night’s interview with Bill O’Reilly, the Obama supporter claimed that God’s Son would be “even more radical” than Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) on partial-birth abortion. Hill tried to rationalize his wildly implausible claim to a skeptical Bill O’Reilly, who ended the interview with a challenge for Obama to explain this position. Hill, an Associate Professor of Urban Education and American Studies at Temple University, made this pronouncement when O’Reilly asked him to reconcile Obama’s faith with his distinction as America’s most pro-abortion politician. Like many in the political arena, Hill has it backwards. Instead of bringing his political views under the authority of Scripture-as God calls us to do-he’s seeking to make Christianity conform to his liberalism. As such, the interview speaks to a much broader problem in modern politics. Leaders like Sen. Hillary Clinton (D-N.Y.) have tried for years to redefine Christianity so that it’s compatible with their anti-life, anti-family agenda. Many, like Obama, have turned the Bible into a theological smorgasbord where people are free to pick and choose their convictions. When you untether Jesus from His Word, as Hill has done here, you can turn Him into an advocate of almost anything. What matters, however, is not what Hill says, but what the Bible says. In Jeremiah 1:5, we read, “Before I formed you in the womb, I knew you.” Psalm 22:10 says, “…from my mother’s womb you have been my God.” And perhaps most importantly, “I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life.” (John 14:6)
Doctors Debate Harvest Season
We’ve all debated the question of when life begins, but how about death? That’s the latest issue plaguing the medical community as the need for organ donors continues to grow. The latest edition of the New England Journal of Medicine reports on three controversial cases in which infants died, and physicians harvested the hearts before the babies met the criteria of “complete, irreversible cessation of brain function or of heart and lung function.” The Denver doctors who performed the procedure, which some claim is “tantamount to murder,” are at the center of a growing moral debate. George Annas, a Boston University bioethicist told the Washington Post, “This practice cannot be ethically justified . . . . I understand that they would like us to change the definition of death, but they can’t do that by themselves.” But in a society that allows politicians and unelected judges to change the definition of life, marriage and family, this is just another step down the slippery slope. Our culture continues to commodify people without asking the important question-which isn’t can we do it, but should we?
APA Claims Abortion Doesn’t Affect Mental Health of Women
Life advocates say the needs of millions of women are not addressed in this report.
After two years of study, a panel of the American Psychological Association (APA) concluded today that having one abortion does not cause significant mental-health problems for women.
Priscilla Coleman, a researcher at Bowling Green State University, came to a different conclusion in her studies. She found that between 10 percent and 20 percent of women who have abortions experience prolonged mental-health problems.
“We’re not doing women any favors by hiding this,” she told the Wall Street Journal.
Carrie Gordon Earll, senior bioethics analyst at Focus on the Family Action, said the APA buried the real news.
“The report basically admits that if you’ve had multiple abortions, your risk for mental-health problems may be greater,” she said. ”If you’ve been pressured or coerced into an abortion, you may have an even more negative experience.”
Sixty percent of abortions are either repeat abortions or those in which the women are pressured to have one.
“That’s millions of women whose needs and psychological problems are not represented in this report,” Earll said. “The APA is spinning the results to their desired political conclusion, which is that they want to keep abortion legal and promoted in the culture.”
The report also found that many of the more than 150 studies it reviewed had major flaws, and it called for better-designed studies.
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