Houston Coalition​ for Life

Houston Coalition​ for Life

This past weekend I had the opportunity to attend the Houston Coalition for Life dinner and wanted to share a few highlights with you! First of all, a special thank you goes to Teresa Strack, Director of Montgomery County Right to Life for inviting me to attend the dinner as her guest after attending the Montgomery County Celebration of Life. Dinner.

Houston Coalition for Life’s mission is to end abortion in Houston… peacefully and prayerfully. The vision of Houston Coalition for life is to love, respect, and protect every human life from conception until natural death.

They have a mobile crisis pregnancy center (CPC), known as the “Big Blue Bus.” It is a refurbished motor coach parked daily outside Planned Parenthood’s largest abortion facility in the United States in Houston, TX. Where they offer expectant mothers free pregnancy tests, ultrasounds and Christian counseling.

Their program saves lives.

Of the expectant mothers, more than 92% chose life and continued their pregnancies to full term! They now have a second CPC, called “Baby Blue,” that is on the road on a part-time basis in since November of 2014.

In addition to this fantastic work,  other programs include: stand and pray, sidewalk counseling, 40 churches

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40 churches for 40 days

Blue Blossom Pregnancy Center

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For more information on how you can get involved in saving lives, please visit Houston Coalition.

We became involved in the pro-life movement just before I became pregnant with my son Liam. It is one thing to say you are pro-life, but it is something altogether different to take a stand for life when everyone from your doctor to genetic counselor tells you to abort your child.

While at the dinner I had the pleasure to meet our keynote speaker for the evening Rebecca Kiessling of Save the 1. Rebecca is an attorney, wife, mother of five, and an international pro-life and adoption speaker. Her powerful testimony of being conceived in rape and nearly being aborted at two back-alley abortion facilities to then becoming adopted, and becoming a champion a life is incredible!

I am excited to partner with Rebecca and others at Save the 1 to share my testimony of choosing life when it is considered a “hard case,” and look forward to attending the pro-life speaker training and retreat in May in Georgia.

Also, for my friends in the greater Atlanta area, I will be sharing part of my testimony at a free community event along with others from Save the 1 at the Crosspointe Community Church in Roswell, GA May 11, 2018, from 7-9 PM, and I would love to see you there.

 

Launch Well Publishing Event

Launch Well Publishing Event

Hey Friends,

I told you that I would give y’all on update after the Launch Well Publishing Event and here are a few highlights!

I had the opportunity to meet with two industry experts in publishing and marketing at the Launch Well Publishing event, Jenn Jett, and Jana Burson. We had a lovely Tex-Mex dinner and fellowshipped with the sweetest Jesus girls from all over, the ladies at my table were from Dallas, Oklahoma, Abilene, and Waco. It was fun to connect with them and hear their writing journeys.

Jenn Jett of The Well Summit kicked the evening off by asking us some thought-provoking questions for us to consider as writers and later did a session on finding your tribe and your dream defenders and other super helpful tips for marketing!

In the middle of Jenn’s session when she was talking about Dream Defenders, I get a text from my friend and fellow dream defender, Missy Millspaugh, who sent me this picture from Jenn’s Instagram story. How fun is that? The joys of modern technology!

Next,  we heard from Jana Burson of the Christopher Ferebee Agency who shared several insights about book proposals and the publishing industry. In her second session, she enlightened us on the role of the agent in the publishing process, which I found to be most helpful!

Favorite quotes from the evening:

God, do not give me anything my character cannot sustain. – Alsia Keeton

What if instead of building a platform, we build a beautiful space with a clear message that points to Jesus and makes our tribe feel loved.

Do you want You to be seen and heard or do you want God to be seen and heard?

So many nuggets of wisdom!

Our evening concluded with a time of questions and answer with both Jenn and Jana who answered lots of marketing and publishing questions. The evening was over all too quickly, and I hope they do more events like this in the future!

 

Made for Brave: When Life is Hard

One of the things that I love about blogging is that I have met so many wonderful Christian sisters across the world that I never would have met otherwise. In the past two years, there are many that I have met in person, and others I only have virtual friendships with but hope that someday our paths will cross.

I became virtually acquainted with Crystal Twadell through her Fresh Market Friday Linkup, where she invites other Christian authors to share their work on her site.  I believe we are kindred spirits, which is why I was thrilled when she asked me to contribute to her Made for Brave series.

Made for Brave when life is hard

Being Brave when Life is Hard

Sometimes life is hard. Pain comes. Grief, betrayal, suffering, and sickness are all a part of living in today’s world. Sometimes putting on a brave face and moving forward is the last thing that we want to do…..

Please join me today on Crystal’s blog where I share a story about being brave when life is hard.

Made for Brave: When Things are Hard

 

 

Lies Moms Believe

Lies Moms Believe: and how the Gospel refutes them is a book that addresses lies mom believe about themselves and motherhood. There is also a companion Bible study for those who want to delve deeper into the word, both by Rebekah Hargrave.

Rebekah tackles 32 lies moms believe and the book is divided into five parts.

Lies About Motherhood

Lies About How God Views Us as Moms

Lies About How We View Ourselves as Moms

Lies About Our Children

Lies About our Parenting Choices

I think my favorite chapter is lie #23 I don’t Have Time

Rebekah addresses several things mom say that they don’t have time for including:

  • Too Busy for God
  • Too Busy for our Husbands
  • Too Busy for Creativity
  • Too Busy for Community

INCLUDED IN THIS CHAPTERS IS….

Three Reasons Christian Friendship is So Crucial

  1. Christian friends are there to help us in times of need.
  2. Christian friends edify you and are used by God in your sanctification process.
  3. Christian friendship is a powerful tool for keeping your heart in close fellowship with the Lord and His ways.

 

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The Bible study follows the book and dives deeper into scriptures it also includes the following sections: Apply the Word, Pray the Word and Memorize the Word. For more information about Rebekah and her book visit HargravesHomeand Hearth.com.

A special thank you to Rebekah Hargrave, and The Blog About network for providing me with a copy of  Lies Moms Believe: and how the Gospel refutes them and Lies Moms Believe: The Companion Bible Study to review and give away.

Leave a comment below indicating an area of motherhood you struggle with to be entered to win a copy of Lies Moms Believe: and how the Gospel refutes them and Lies Moms Believe: The Companion Bible Study between now and April 30, 2018.

 

Celebration of Life

Today I would like to highlight some of the projects of Montgomery County Right To Life.  To encourage families to have pro-life conversations each year they sponsor four contests open to students from second grade up to age 25.  The contests are not academic exercises but rather conversation starters to share the message of Life! There is an essay contest, poster, oratory, and video contest.

This year the  Video Contest was near and dear to my heart because my son Ian shared the story of his little brother and tied for 2nd place!

 

Our family will be attending the Montgomery County Right to Life Dinner and Dr. Alveda King will be the keynote speaker for this year’s Dinner for Life celebration.  Her father, A.D. King, was involved in the civil rights movement both independently and alongside his brother, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.   Alveda’s family suffered the bombing of their home in Birmingham on the Saturday before Mother’s Day 1963.  A.D. was in a room directly below his brother’s at the Lorraine Motel when the gun blast went off that killed Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.  Sadly, April 4 is the 50th anniversary of his assassination.  Alveda experienced her own father’s death just 15 months later.

Dr. King is at the forefront of the issue of our time – the respect for Life.  She currently serves as Director of Civil Rights for the Unborn, the African-American Outreach for Priests for Life.  She is also a voice for the Silent No More Awareness Campaign, sharing her testimony of two abortions along with God’s forgiveness and healing.  Dr. King recently launched a project to produce a full-length feature film, Roe v Wade: The Untold Story.  Come be inspired by this dynamic leader!

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We would love for you to join us at the dinner!

Saturday, April 21, from 6-8 pm

WoodsEdge Community Church 25333 Gosling  Spring, TX 77389

Please visit www.mcrtlife.com for complete information and online purchasing.