Freedom From the Spirit of Anger-Part 1

The second sermon in Dr. S. M. Davis’ Anger Series is Freedom From the Spirit of Anger. In it he responds to the statements most often used to justify anger. So that I don’t make this post too long I have divided the sermon into two posts. The Part 2 will address the statements: Jesus got angry or Ephesians 4:26 “In your anger do not sin…”  Click Freedom From the Spirit of Anger-Part 2 for the second installment and my personal comments on this sermon. (The outline and information here are my notes from the sermon. A lot of it is directly quoted.)

“And it came to pass, when the time was come that he should be received up, he steadfastly set his face to go to Jerusalem, And sent messengers before his face: and they went, and entered into a village of the Samaritans, to make ready for him. And they did not receive him, because his face was as though he would go to Jerusalem. And when his disciples James and John saw this, they said, Lord, wilt thou that we command fire to come down from heaven, and consume them, even as Elias did? But he turned, and rebuked them, and said, Ye know not what manner of spirit ye are of. For the Son of man is not come to destroy men’s lives, but to save them. And they went to another village.” Luke 9:51-56 (KJV)

“Ye know not what manner of spirit ye are of” means you don’t realize the spirit coming from you; the spirit that your spirit is putting off, emitting, or revealing.

1. The Bible mentions both personal and impersonal spirits.

  • Spirit “pneuma”=Holy Spirit, Evil spirits, or Other spirits. There is a difference between:
    1. Your spirit
    2. Good & bad spirits (whether personal or impersonal) that affect your spirit
    3. The spirit that others sense coming from your spirit.

2. We must “try” the spirits coming from our and other people’s spirits to make sure they are of God.

  • “Dear friends, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, because many false prophets have gone out into the world.” 1 John 4:1

3. There is a great possibility that we may not realize it when our spirit is putting off the wrong spirit.

  • “All the ways of a man are clean in his own eyes; but the LORD weigheth the spirits.” Proverbs 16:2 (KJV)
  • “Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye?” Matthew 7:3
    • It is easy to see our wife’s (husband’s) lack of respect; yet not see the beam of our own anger.
    • It is easy to see our children’s disobedience or stubbornness; yet not see the beam of our own wrath.
  • Do your parent’s or grandparents have a problem with anger? Anger is often like a family curse that is passed from generation to generation.
  • An angry spirit manifests itself in a harshness that keeps those around us on edge. It cuts back on a person’s life potential. An angry spirit causes people to be afraid to be around you. Not the fearful respect that accompanies any strong leader. Instead this is a wrong sense of fear that is caused by the unpredictability of a man or woman with an angry spirit.
  • The spirit of anger is the very opposite of the spirit of Christ; which is the spirit of meekness and gentleness.

4. Victory in the area of the spirit others sense coming from you is more important than victory in the area of actions others see you doing.

  • It is easy to be deceived in this area and feel that you are fine; because you obey the letter of the law but disobey the spirit of the law.
    • “But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under law.” Galatians 5:18
    • “Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You give a tenth of your spices—mint, dill and cummin. But you have neglected the more important matters of the law—justice, mercy and faithfulness. You should have practiced the latter, without neglecting the former.” Matthew 23:23
  • It is more important to have victory over the spirit of anger than the outward manifestations of anger. Where there is victory in the spirit; there is far more likely to be victory in the outward manifestations. Deal with the attitude toward anger and the action won’t be as likely to be a problem.
  • Step away; not just from anger but from getting angry.
    • “My dear brothers, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry,” James 1:19

5. There is no Biblical justification for either anger or a spirit of anger.

  • A typical Christian’s attitude toward anger is that there is a place for anger, it can be a useful tool in the right setting or circumstance, it releases tension, there is always a need for righteous indignation. All that matters is what the Bible says.
    • “Refrain from anger and turn from wrath; do not fret—it leads only to evil.” Psalm 37:8
    • “A hot-tempered man must pay the penalty; if you rescue him, you will have to do it again.” Proverbs 19:19
    • “Anger is cruel and fury overwhelming, but who can stand before jealousy?” Proverbs 27:4
    • “Be not hasty in thy spirit to be angry: for anger resteth in the bosom of fools.” Ecclesiastes 7:9 (KJV)
  • There are some things in life that you get victory over because you know you just can’t do them. The consequences for those things are far too great. There are some things that you just don’t do at your house: “Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies,” Galatians 5:19-20 (KJV)
    • You don’t bring X-rated movies to your house and watch them as a family.
    • You don’t bring and idol into your living room and bow down before it.
    • You don’t bring have a witch come into your house and hold a séance.
    • And you don’t get angry in your house. “Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger…be put away from you…” Ephesians 4:31
    • “But now you must rid yourselves of all such things as these: anger, rage, malice, slander, and filthy language from your lips.” Colossians 3:8
  • “Righteous Indignation” is not found in scripture. Indignation is found 4 times and is described as “great” or “fiery.” Twice it is God’s indignation and twice it is man’s indignation. The indignation of God was righteous and the indignation of man was sin.
    • Could God give his wrath to someone? If he did; he would violate his own command to let all wrath be put away from you (Ephesians 4:31).
      • There are illustrations in the Bible where it appears that someone is receiving or assuming God’s wrath. But when you see the result; you realize that man cannot handle wrath at all…even God’s wrath. (Moses, Sampson, King Saul, etc.)
      • If God gave “righteous indignation” to man; man would turn it into unrighteous indignation.

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Freedom From The Spirit Of Anger by: Dr. S. M. Davis

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I would love to hear your thoughts and stories if you have ever dealt with anger in your life!

Please feel free to comment on my posts and/or e-mail me at: hearttreasurescontact@yahoo.com

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You can find links to all posts in this series on the Anger Series Index page.

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A Woman’s Answer To Anger: Starting Down The Road From Rage (Ch. 1)

Earlier this year, I facilitated a Bible Study for women dealing with anger. We read A Woman’s Answer To Anger by: Annie Chapman and watched several sermons by: Dr. S. M. Davis over the course of the study. Chapman shares personal stories and incorporates scripture throughout her message of how to let go of anger. The study questions were really helpful for our group discussions.

In the introduction The Answer To Anger, the author shares Proverbs 10:7 “The memory of the righteous will be a blessing, but the name of the wicked will rot.” Referring to after she has passed away she asks the questions, “What will my family remember about me? What are the words they will use to describe me?” She points out that “anger can be a vicious destroyer of one’s good memory in the minds of others.” I want my children and others to remember me as someone who lived her life for Christ and strived to be a Proverbs 31 woman. A year and a half ago, they would probably have said that I am controlling, angry, and bitter. Chapman suggests that “sometimes we choose anger as an alternative to other emotions. Anger can feel more manageable than grief or sadness.” This is true for me. When I am angry I don’t feel as hurt by the person who wronged me. Instead, I can hurt them with my anger. When I cry, I feel hurt, broken, and weak. I would rather feel in control with my anger. I almost always default to anger. It isn’t until I have nothing left that I actually break down and cry it out. Although those previously mentioned adjectives could be used to describe me today; I am now actively working on my struggle with anger. I pray that in the near future those adjectives will completely be removed from my character description.

In the first chapter of the book Starting Down The Road From Rage, Chapman gives her testimony of how she came to know Christ and a little bit about her journey from anger. Then she says,

“For some of us, the road from rage may be a simple procedure, like the extraction of a tooth. The pain is real, but comparatively minimal and quickly resolved. However, for others, the healing requires much more work form hands of “The Great Physician.” And, it requires a great deal more from the patient. Seeking God to discover where the rage started, identifying the offending people who must be forgiven (or asked for forgiveness), confessing the sin to God, forsaking it, and going about the hard work of reprogramming the thought processes are all part of the procedure… But, is it easy? Absolutely not! Battling thought patterns, humbling ourselves and dying to the human pride that got us to the point of trying to live independently from God, and receiving His grace to deal with the predicament are never easy.”

I cannot remember a specific major event which started me on the anger cycle of my life. But, I can think of several things that have happened to me that caused me to respond in anger over the years. In this chapter, Chapman refers to Romans 8:28 “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” This is a wonderful reminder for me. Anything bad in my life caused by others or that I caused because of my anger; God can work together for good. He can use those things to bring glory to himself. Each of those things are just a small piece of the much bigger picture! When we recognize that important truth; then we can start to move along the path of healing.

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A Woman’s Answer To Anger has been retitled.  It is now called:

Letting Go of Anger: How to Get Your Emotions Under Control

By Annie Chapman / Harvest House Publishers

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I would love to hear your thoughts and stories if you have ever dealt with anger in your life!

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You can find links to all posts in this series on the Anger Series Index page.

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She’s Gonna Blow: Volcanos 101 (Ch.2)

In the second chapter Volcano 101, Barnhill describes several types of natural volcanic eruptions and relates them to anger.

  1. The Strombolian: “It spits out volcanic materials such as cinders and thick, pasty lava bombs… Eruptions are relatively short and happen at predictable intervals”
    • “Verbal cinders of sarcasm… and cinders of regret… Repeated small eruptions and cinder showers can eventually bring about as much damage as any other kind of eruption.”
  2. The Hawaiian: “Characterized by lakes and rivers of constantly boiling lava… doing little damage… But sooner or later the fiery lava will… overflow the sides… From a distance, the slow-moving streams of lava don’t look that dangerous… [But when they] leave behind acres of desolate black rock in place of green country side–then their destructive nature becomes clear.”
    • “If you simmer and seethe long enough… sooner or later the anger and negativity inside you is going to break out… Caustic criticism, negative assessments, unfavorable comparisons, sarcastic barbs, teasing that carries and edge, or just pessimistic pronouncements about life in general… This kind of mom doesn’t just blow and get it over with; she just keeps picking and harping.”
  3. The Vulcanian: “Loud, scary, and dangerous!… The solid fragments violently ejected from the mountain are hot and deadly and will annihilate anything or anyone they come in contact with. The gases are usually poisonous.”
    • “Verbal, physical, emotional… She lets loose with poisonous words and actions… Her wrath is unpredictable, and she doesn’t get over it quickly.”
  4. The Pliaian: “The most violent of volcanic eruptions. Everything about such an explosion is big and bad… [Characterized by] the sheer volume of material ejected… and the sheer power of the explosion that throws it out.” (Mount SaintHelens on May 18, 1980).
    • “We’re talking about really loosing it–screaming until you’re hoarse, rampaging through the house, perhaps even beating a child or saying the kinds of things that wither your heart when you think about them later… Angry explosions that cause your children to hide from you or leave the house (physically and emotionally)–explosions that leave you wondering what kind of monster you’ve become.”

Most consistently I am a combination of The Hawaiian & The Vulcanian with my girls and Shane. I tend to keep record of everything and live in a boiling state and eventually I explode. In public I can generally control my temper even though I am boiling inside. You would probably be able to see my frustration and irritation on my face. In private it is easier for me to let loose and yell my demands. There are times when I have gotten so angry with Shane that I couldn’t stop screaming and yelling until I completely lost all emotional control. That scenario usually ends with me crying and going in to a depression state.

My greatest fear is that my girls will become like me. I do what I saw my mom and dad do my whole childhood. And from what I understand there are people from several generations above  me who have had anger problems too. I know that my relationship with my mom was broken because of her and my anger problems (we have repaired a lot of our relationship over the past several years). I desperately want to have a good relationship with my girls–now and when they are older. And I want to break the anger cycle so that they (and their children) don’t have anger problems in the future.

Barnhill points out that volcanic eruptions are dangerous and can damage “your children’s sense of security, your spouse’s trust, and your relationship with God.” She also pleas with moms to start understanding their type of anger and learn what their triggers are.

The good news for those of us who have blown our tops (no matter what the type) is that God is a forgiving father who is able to help us change. I sing the following Keith Green song as a prayer, which remembers the words of David, almost daily:

Create in me a clean heart oh God; and renew a right spirit within me.

Create in me a clean heart oh God; and renew a right spirit within me.

Cast me not away from thy presence oh, Lord. Take not thy Holy Spirit from me.

Restore unto me, the joy of thy salvation; and renew a right spirit within me.

Psalm 51:10-12 (KJV)

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She’s Gonna Blow: Real Help for Moms Dealing with Anger

By Julie Ann Barnhill / Harvest House Publishers

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I would love to hear your thoughts and stories if you have ever dealt with anger in your life!

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Anger The Destroyer

Last year my mom introduced me to sermons on dvd by Dr. S. M. Davis. He is a dynamic preacher who clearly presents God’s Word in a way that is easy to understand. I have purchased several of his sermons and have referenced them many times in my blogs. I have learned a lot from them and highly encourage you to listen to and/or watch Dr. Davis’ sermons if you ever get the chance.

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In the first sermon in Dr. Davis’ Anger Series, Anger The Destroyer, describes how bad anger really is. (Anything in Bold is directly quoted from the sermon.)

ANGER DECEIVES

  1. Anger feels justified (“I have a right to be angry”).
  2. Anger sometimes seems to work.
  3. There is no justification for anger.
    • When you stand before God; He is not going to ask you if you had a good excuse for your rebellion, disobedience, bitterness, bad attitude, anger, etc.

ANGER DESCRIBED

  1. Anger is like a city without walls. “He that hath no rule over his own spirit is like a city that is broken down, and without walls.” Proverbs 25:28 (KJV)
    • Anger makes you weak and vulnerable so that you and those under you can be destroyed.
  2. Anger is like an unbearable load. “A stone is heavy, and the sand weighty; but a fool’s wrath is heavier than them both.” Proverbs 27:3 (KJV)
    • “Heavier” = massive, abundant, burdensome, difficult, and oppressive
  3. Anger is like a flood. “Wrath is cruel, and anger is outrageous; but who is able to stand before envy?” Proverbs 27:4 (KJV)
    • “Outrageous” = “a downpour or flood”
  4. Anger is like a poisonous snake. “Wrath is cruel, and anger is outrageous; but who is able to stand before envy?” Proverbs 27:4 (KJV)
    • “Cruel” used in Deuteronomy 32:33 refers to the “venom of asps” (KJV)
  5. Anger is like a fire breathing dragon. Job 41
    • Cruel and fierce

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ANGER DISCOVERED

  1. Anger comes from Pride. “Proud and haughty scorner is his name, who dealeth in proud wrath.” Proverbs 21:24 (KJV) & Matthew 18
  2. Anger comes from tensions created by unresolved guilt.

Your anger isn’t caused by what is outside of you;

it is caused by what is happening inside of you.

ANGER DEFEATED

  1. Quit justifying your anger.
  2. Accept personal responsibility for your anger. Fight the anger not the consequences of anger. “A hot-tempered man must pay the penalty; if you rescue him, you will have to do it again.” Proverbs 19:19
  3. Confess any pride by humbling yourself before God and others and ask for help.
  4. Deal with unresolved guilt.
  5. Forgive others. Leave vengeance to God.
  6. Seek to become meek and gentle like Jesus. Meekness is strength under control and anger is weakness in control.
  7. Think of the blessings that will be yours when you cease to be an angry person.

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I think the reason I did not start dealing with my anger until a year and a half ago is because I justified it. Every time I got angry I had a right to respond that way because someone did me wrong. In Matthew 5:21-22 Jesus says, “You have heard that it was said to the people long ago, ‘Do not murder, and anyone who murders will be subject to judgment.’ But I tell you that anyone who is angry with his brother will be subject to judgment. Again, anyone who says to his brother, ‘Raca,’* is answerable to the Sanhedrin. But anyone who says, ‘You fool!’ will be in danger of the fire of hell.” Most people will agree that murder is a sin. Jesus takes it a step further and clearly says that anger is also. Jesus is speaking of the heart of the matter. Anger leads to murder. Although you may not murder someone physically; when you are angry with someone you either temporarily or permanently murder that person in your spirit. In the King James Version, Matthew 5:22 uses the phrase “angry…without a cause.” Dr. Davis points out that all other times this phrase is used in scripture; “without a cause” means “there is no cause.” (1 Samuel 19:5, Psalm 35:19, Psalm 69:4, Psalm 109:3, Psalm 119:78, Psalm 119:161, Matthew 5:22, John 15:25).

When I finally realized that was sinning in my anger;

I was finally able to start moving in the direction of healing.

Just as I did for most of my life; many of you will argue that “anger is not a sin” based on the fact that Jesus got angry or Ephesians 4:26 “In your anger do not sin…” Please note that Dr. Davis addresses those arguments among others in his sermon Freedom From the Spirit of Anger-Part 1 and Freedom From The Spirit Of Anger Part 2. In the mean time, pray that God will open your heart to the truths of scripture even if he reveals to you something different from what you have been taught for years. This is what happened to me.

* “Raca” means “empty headed one”

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Anger The Destroyer by: Dr. S. M. Davis

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I would love to hear your thoughts and stories if you have ever dealt with anger in your life!

Please feel free to comment on my posts and/or e-mail me at:  hearttreasurescontact@yahoo.com

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You can find links to all posts in this series on the Anger Series Index page.

She’s Gonna Blow: How Did I Get Here? (Ch.1)

As I explained yesterday; I am starting a blog series dealing with anger. I will not be addressing this topic daily but it will be frequently. I am excited to start this new journey of journaling and accountability for this area in my life. I hope that others are encouraged by this as well.

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I am starting my series with the book I am currently reading: She’s Gonna Blow by: Julie Ann Barnhill. The author has a funny way of presenting the honest truth of angry moms. She tells personal stories and experiences while also conveying her message of how to deal with anger. At the end of each chapter; she includes questions that help the reader focus on what is happening in their life. A group of friends and I have been answering these questions together and discussing them as a way of accountability. In order to prevent infringing on copyrights; I will not be typing out the actual questions. I will incorporate my answers to most of the questions as I summarize the chapters in my posts. (Click She’s Gonna Blow; if you are interested in purchasing the book in order to follow along with me).

In the first chapter How Did I Get Here?, Julie Ann Barnhill shares a couple of experiences which made her ask that very question. “Aha!” moments which revealed to her that she had a problem with anger. One moment was three weeks after her son was born and her (at the time 18 month) daughter proclaimed loudly in public “Big bottom, Mom! Big bottom!” Likewise, I really saw how bad my anger was soon after Audrey was born. Already exhausted and hormonally challenged; I realized I was taking my stress and emotions out on my just turned 2 year old–Kendal. It seems that when I am with other kids that are not mine; I don’t have a temper and can easily control any emotions. I generally have a lot more patience with other kids. With my kids; it doesn’t take much to set me off (even after over a year of working on it). I prefer being in group settings with other kids when doing projects (like decorating Easter eggs, making gingerbread houses, etc) because I have fun. If it is just me and my girls, the perfectionist in me would causes me to get stressed and not have fun (and makes it miserable for the girls). My main anger triggers are stress and lack of sleep. I also do not have tolerance when Kendal hurts Audrey or when either of the girls do something that they have been told not to (and disciplined for) over and over. When Shane & I get into arguments and are angry at each other; it is easy to transfer that anger to anything the girls are doing.

Barnhill then described her “what every mom longs to be” list before children: “dynamic, involved, compassionate, fun, inspiring, and loving.” After having children her “good mother” adjectives did not measure up: “impatient, discontented, irritable, depressed, disappointed, and angry.” She also shared letters from other moms experiencing similar problems with anger. Before I had children I usually communicated anger by yelling. Although I have been an angry person most of my life; I think the intensity has definitely increased since being a mother. I still frequently yell out of anger; which I know completely has the opposite effect. I am very blessed to be able to stay home with my kids but before kids I envisioned being a stay-at-home mom as fun and fulfilling. Generally after spending a full day with the girls by myself; I am ready to completely pass the parenting roll to Shane as soon as he is available–so that I can go hibernate.

I believe that problems with anger are often justified or kept secret. Personally, I really need continuous and active accountability in this area. Most of my friends know that I have an anger problem and a lot of my church knows because of giving my testimony a few months ago. Only the friends who I have been accountable to over the past year and a half really know how bad it is. If this is a problem area in your life; I encourage you to find a close friend who you can share with and who can help hold you accountable.

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She’s Gonna Blow: Real Help for Moms Dealing with Anger

By Julie Ann Barnhill / Harvest House Publishers

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I would love to hear your thoughts and stories if you have ever dealt with anger in your life!

Please feel free to comment on my posts and/or e-mail me at: hearttreasurescontact@yahoo.com

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You can find links to all posts in this series on the Anger Series Index page.

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Pro-lifers Don’t Care About Kids After They Are Born?

Once again Neil over at Eternity Matters has a great article that addresses abortion:

baby1.jpgOne of the most common sound bites / jokes that pro-choicers make about pro-lifers is that we are infatuated with the fetus but don’t care about kids after they are born.   The message is that if we don’t adopt all unwanted children then we have no right to complain about abortion.  It is an important sound bite to be able to address, because it is very common and even pro-lifers I know are not only intimidated by it but they have used it themselves as a reason to remain silent about abortion.

The “Pro-lifers don’t care about kids after they are born” line is one of my favorite arguments to rebut.  I teach people how to do it in pro-life training sessions in a two-step approach.  The tone of the conversation is important.  These arguments are powerful and quite effective if they are laid out in a calm, reasoned approach.  You probably won’t convert the rabid pro-choicers, but most of the middle-grounders will get the point.

First, show that pointing out a moral wrong does not obligate you to take responsibility for the situation.

If your neighbor is beating his wife, you call the police.  The police don’t say, “Hey, buddy, unless you are willing to marry her yourself then we aren’t going to stop him from beating her.”  You can use child or animal abuse as examples as well.  Most people get the point pretty quickly…

Second, explain that while we aren’t morally obligated to help after the babies are born to be able to speak out against abortion, Christians do many things with their time and money anyway – orphanages, Crisis Pregnancy Centers (CPCs), food pantries, etc…

I encourage you to Read the whole article here.

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Neil has great points that will be helpful to me if I encounter this statement in the future. Personally, I think that it would be great if people who are pro-life did adopt babies that would otherwise be doomed to abortion. At the very least; take a more active role in their beliefs by not being silent when it comes to abortion and/or getting involved with Crisis Pregnancy Centers or other organizations who strive to help pregnant mothers.

The Countdown Begins

We have finally received our orders! Which means our lives have jumped to turbo mode in order to fit everything that needs to be done in a month’s time. Last minute appointments, lunches & dinners with friends, organizing & purging belongings, pack suitcases, pay bills for the last time, clean entire house (I thank God that my cleaning ladies will do this!), and fly out! And that doesn’t even cover half of it! One of the benefits of military moves is that they send people to pack up and move all of our stuff. I can only imagine how hard it would be to do that ourselves on top of everything else.

So in a month we will say “good-bye” to our home of 4 years. We have made life long friends since coming here. Some have already moved away and some will be here awhile longer. Both of my girls were born here. The food is amazing. The scenery is absolutely beautiful! God has blessed us in more ways than we can count. Okinawa truly has become a home away from home. We will miss it.

Now, it is time to move on and say “HELLO, North Dakota!”

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Abortion Will Be Covered

This is for everyone that claimed that the health care reform would not cover abortions. OneNewsNow posted the following article:

Forget Barack Obama’s executive order to the contrary — the federal government will finance abortions in Pennsylvania.

generic Obama signing documentPrior to a U.S. House vote on healthcare reform this spring, President Obama signed an executive order barring use of federal funds to finance abortions. That move was roundly criticized by pro-life organizations as mere theatrics to placate — and obtain the votes of — supposedly “pro-life” Democrats in the House. (See related story)

Now comes word that $160 million in federal money will be used in Pennsylvania to finance a “high-risk insurance pool” plan that includes abortion — and those funds reportedly are available immediately. Diane Gramley of the American Family Association of Pennsylvania says she saw the writing on the wall when the order was signed.

“I am not surprised,” she offers. “I knew that when President Obama signed that executive order to get the Democratic votes he needed [to get healthcare reform passed] that it was not worth the paper it was written on.”

On March 24, 2010, she described the order as “words void of meaning placed on a blank piece of paper for a feel-good effect” — a prediction she now says has proven “quite accurate.”

While Pennsylvania is the first state to be notified of such funding, Gramley says plans in other states will also cover abortions with taxpayer money used to finance them — unless they have opted out. “The way it’s written, it will cover all abortions except sex selection,” she explains. “So if you want to abort your baby because it’s a boy and you wanted a girl, it would not help subsidize those abortions.” But anything else can be covered, she adds.

Read the rest of the article here.