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women, wives and moms---
about your family, faith and future.
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I show you how it's done. And not done.
I hold your hand as you find what matters to the Savior.
And let go of those things that mattered to you, but not to Him.
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               Sonya Contreras

Are You a Watchman?
God told Ezekiel to be watchman for Israel. 
And the word of the Lord came to me, saying, “Son of man, speak to the sons of your people and say to them, ‘If I bring a sword upon a land, and the people of the land take one man from among them and make him their watchman, and he sees the sword coming upon the land and blows on the trumpet and warns the people, then he who hears the sound of the trumpet and does not take warning, and a sword comes and takes him away, his blood will be on his own head. He heard the sound of the trumpet but did not take warning; his blood will be on himself. But had he taken warning, he would have delivered his life.

But if the watchman sees the sword coming and does not blow the trumpet and the people are not warned, and a sword comes and takes a person from them, he is taken away in his iniquity; but his blood I will require from the watchman’s hand.’

“Now as for you, son of man, I have appointed you a watchman for the house of Israel; so you will hear a message from My mouth and give them warning from Me.

When I say to the wicked, ‘O wicked man, you will surely die,’ and you do not speak to warn the wicked from his way, that wicked man shall die in his iniquity, but his blood I will require from your hand.

But if you on your part warn a wicked man to turn from his way and he does not turn from his way, he will die in his iniquity, but you have delivered your life.

“Now as for you, son of man, say to the house of Israel, ‘Thus you have spoken, saying, “Surely our transgressions and our sins are upon us, and we are rotting away in them; how then can we survive?”’ Say to them, ‘As I live!’ declares the Lord God, ‘I take no pleasure in the death of the wicked, but rather that the wicked turn from his way and live. Turn back, turn back from your evil ways! Why then will you die, O house of Israel?’
Ezekiel 33: 1-12.

Man’s meaning and purpose comes from God. We are created to give God glory.
Everyone who is called by My name, and whom I have created for My glory, whom I have formed, even whom I have made. Isaiah 43:7.
When our worldview is based on what God says in His Word, man has meaning and worth.
We are image bearers of God.
Then God said ‘Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness. Genesis 1:26.
This inherent value is placed in each person, regardless of what he does. 

As Christians, we are not just to know the right world view, [See Where  Do You Find Meaning?] but to act upon it.
By doing so, we become a light that changes society.

We do not wait to be a majority to speak out for right.
John the Baptist was one, lone voice in the wilderness.
So was Jeremiah.
Ezekiel was told to be one too. 

What are we to do?
Be the watchman. Warn of coming danger. 

How?
Tell them of God. And of coming judgment.

Would it do any good? 
Jonah didn’t go to Nineveh when God told him He would destroy the city.
Why?
Jonah knew God was compassionate. Jonah wanted Nineveh judged.
By Nineveh’s repentance in 760 BC, they were spared destruction until 612 BC.
That is grace of our great and holy God!

Ezekiel 33:12 gives hope, no matter how close judgement is.
God says, “I take no pleasure in the death of the wicked, but rather that the wicked turn from his way and live.”

We are not told to obey because of the listener's response. We are told to obey. Period.
And not just when it's convenient.
Jeremiah faithfully told Israel their danger, even from the dungeon. 
Ezekiel was told he would be accountable for their blood, if he didn’t warn them.

How do we tell our country the right worldview? 
Tell them of God. Pray. Listen and obey what God tells you to do.
Esther was made queen at a time her people needed a mediator. Her uncle told her, 
For if you remain silent at this time, relief and deliverance will arise for the Jews from another place and you and your father's house will perish. And who knows whether you have not attained royalty for such a time as this. Esther 4:14.
Wilberforce was placed in a position of leadership and influence. He changed government policy to protect the black man and destroy the slave trade.
Today, our full-term, newborn babies are being murdered.
Read these articles and weep.
But before you dry your eyes, be a watchman for God for truth.

“The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.” Edmund Burke.


Babies Born Alive After Abortion Can be Left to Die Under New York Law Legalizing Abortions Up to Birth
 NATIONAL   STEVEN ERTELT   JAN 25, 2019   |   11:30AM    WASHINGTON, DC
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo this week signed into law a bill that legalizes abortions up to birth. While that has been the main focus of the legislation, the new law also revokes medical care for babies who are born alive after botched abortions.

Does this mean that babies will just be left to die in new York at abortion clinics if they somehow survive the abortion procedure? As Tony Perkins, president of Family Research Council, tells LifeNews, the answer is yes.

Contrary to what its proponents say, the RHA goes far beyond Roe vs. Wade in its aggressive extremism. Granting non-doctors permission to perform abortions does nothing to advance the security and health of women. Condoning coerced or involuntary abortions by repealing criminal sanctions even in cases where a perpetrator seeks to make his partner “un-pregnant” through an act of physical violence does not represent any kind of progress in the choice, safety or health of women. Removing protection for an infant accidentally born alive during an abortion is abject cruelty, something most people of conscience would deem inhumane for even a dog or cat. Finally, allowing late-term abortions is nothing less than a license to kill a pre-born child at will.

https://www.lifenews.com/2019/01/25/new-york-law-legalizing-abortions-up-to-birth-revokes-medical-care-for-babies-born-alive-after-abortions/

19 States Allow Infanticide, Let Abortionists Leave Babies to Die Who Survive an Abortion

 STATE   STEVEN ERTELT   FEB 14, 2019   |   7:01PM    WASHINGTON, DC
Some of the states never passed laws prohibiting infanticide for babies who survive abortions, while at least one other, New York, recently repealed its law requiring basic medical care for abortion survivors.

The report comes as debates about late-term abortions and infanticide reach a boiling point in America. Right now, pro-abortion Democrats are blocking bills in the U.S. House and Senate to protect newborns from infanticide. The Born Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act would require that babies born alive after failed abortions receive the same basic medical treatment as any other baby born at that gestational age.

This week, Americans Unite for Life, a pro-life legal group, reported that 31 states require some form of legal protection for babies born alive in abortions. Of those, four states — Iowa, Minnesota, North Dakota and Wyoming – require medical care only if the baby is past the stage of viability (about 22 weeks), according to the report.

This means that 19 states – nearly half the country – basically allow infanticide. They are:

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Alaska
Colorado
Connecticut
Hawaii
Idaho
Kentucky
Maryland
Massachusetts
Nevada
New Hampshire
New Jersey
New Mexico
New York
North Carolina
Ohio
Oregon
Utah
Vermont
West Virginia

Several of the states on the list are considering bills that would legalize abortion for basically any reason up to birth this winter. They include Vermont, New Mexico, Massachusetts and Rhode Island. New York already passed a radical pro-abortion law, allowing abortions for basically any reason up to birth and infanticide for abortion survivors. Gov. Andrew Cuomo celebrated it by lighting up state landmarks in pink.

New attention was drawn to the plight of abortion survivors late last month when Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam said only a woman and her doctor should be allowed to decide whether the infant receives medical care. He also defended a bill in the Virginia legislature that would have legalized abortions up to birth – even if there are no risks to a woman’s physical health. The bill later was defeated in committee.
https://www.lifenews.com/2019/02/14/19-states-allow-infanticide-let-abortionists-leave-babies-to-die-who-survive-an-abortion/

Radio talk-show host Rush Limbaugh commented on the trend Wednesday.
“I don’t know what’s happening to the left, the Democrats,” he wondered aloud. “I can’t even relate to this, this competition they have to outperform each other on such inhumane, barbaric, murderous behavior toward infants.”
“It’s just inexplicable,” he added. “They all pile on and they want to be in the contest to see who can be the most outrageous, the meanest, the vilest.”
Limbaugh speculated the political left’s hatred for President Donald Trump has emboldened them, and they feel they “no longer have to trick people,” but can be up front in who they are.
“This is about killing children, and they are delivering standing ovations after passing laws permitting it, or they’re talking about it in the same way they would talk about turning a faucet on and off as did the governor of Virginia.”
Read more at https://www.wnd.com/2019/01/virginia-governor-defends-letting-babies-die-after-birth/#6IxsFw5GgGYVHgb2.99

“The Democratic Party is fast becoming the party of death. Every Democrat running for president, including those who may run, should be asked whether they agree with Northam. This is a defining moment. They should also be asked who else they think does not merit the most basic of human rights.”
Read more at https://www.wnd.com/2019/01/virginia-governor-defends-letting-babies-die-after-birth/#6IxsFw5GgGYVHgb2.99
https://www.wnd.com/2019/01/virginia-governor-defends-letting-babies-die-after-birth/


Some of my readers are involved in this battle for the unborn and newborns.
Please share with us how you are God's watchman for those precious lives.
 

Author of Biblical fiction, married to my best friend, and challenged by eight sons’ growing pains as I write about what matters.

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