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.

 

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.

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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.

What Being Brave Looks Like

Happy Monday Friends!

I hope you all had a wonderful weekend! This weekend I participated in my first 5K and had a great time in support of Shield Bearer Counseling centers.

Shield Bearer has been on the front lines championing healthy relationships, strong marriages, healthy families and strong communities. Shield Bearer promotes individual growth and development, preserves and enriches marriages and strengthens and unites families.

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They believe that strong communities are built by healthy families. Shield Bearer focuses on restoring broken relationships and building on the strengths of existing relationships.Their trauma specialists work with survivors of human trafficking. veterans, crime victims and their families and disaster survivors (such as Hurricane Harvey survivors.

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Today, I would love for y’all to check out my post on my writing sister’s Kelley Ivey Johnson’s blog in her series on What Being Brave Looks Like!

What Being Brave Looks Like: When You Feel Helpless

While you are there be sure to check out, her newly released book on Being Brave: A 40- Day Journey to the Life God Dreams for You!

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Every day I am getting one step closer to my own book becoming a reality. This week I am crafting a book proposal that I will be sharing with some publishing industry experts this Spring and later this summer. Later in the week, I will be attending the Well Summit – Launch Well Publishing Event in Dallas, Texas, and can’t wait to tell y’all about it when I return next week!

Later in the week, I will be attending the Well Summit – Launch Well Publishing Event in Dallas, Texas, and can’t wait to tell you all about it when I return next week!

Also, I am collaborating with some amazing writing sisters on a new project, and can’t wait to share it with you very soon! Until then…

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Coming soon! I have another book review and give away on Lies Moms Believe: And How The Gospel Refutes Them by Rebekah Hargraves, along with the Companion Bible Study! I just got these in the mail and can’t wait to dig into them and let you know what I think.

One last thing, would y’all mind doing me a favor? If you like what I am doing here on the By His Grace Blog would you mind sharing it with your friends or posting about it on Social Media to help me spread the word? That would mean the world to me!

Much Love,

Misty