Wednesday, April 1, 2020

Sweet Red Barn


I had a week off the beginning of March so got to work outside cleaning up the backyard. My husband bought an old huge mailbox which has been sitting in the backyard for several years now, and I had an idea.



Why not turn it into a red barn for the garden??? I let the grandkids help me paint it and make fences from popcicle sticks which they also got to spray paint.





I found a cute horse in the kids toys and now I am on the lookout for a few pigs and an old tractor for our little scene!!!


Now when I am looking out the window from the kitchen I can see my little farm!!! 
I think I am going to start buying up some old Lincoln Logs and have the kids build some log cabins to put out here too!!!

Enjoy the earth my friends and I pray that our Dear Lord protects you and sheds His Mercy and Love upon you and keeps you safe from the scourge that has invaded our land.

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Martha

Sunday, March 8, 2020

Live*Love*Life 40 Days of Lent~Keeping up with current news

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There are many groups advocating for our unborn children.

They keep up on current issues that are going on around the country and the world, organize rally's, pray in front of abortion clinics, and so so so much more.

This is one way to keep yourself informed.

Here are a several I follow:





How awesome is this? The Democrats we see in the runnings and the ones who are making the most noise are the ones using the lives of our children as pawns in this race for power. But there is a group of Democrats who are for life. Sweetness.


Don't let the name confuse you.They are a nonprofit organization that exists to help abortion clinic workers leave the abortion industry. They are Prolife.


Please take time to check them out and see the work they are doing.
We are truly blessed to have so many passionate people fighting for our unborn children.

Together we can make changes.

Keep informed!!!

Join a local Prolife organization in your area.

Many churches have a Prolife team in their congregation.
Check them out and see what they are doing locally.

And do not be fearful.

Our mission to save these children and the pain and suffering of their mothers is vital.

Take care friends and see you tomorrow.

If you know of more Prolife organizations, please send me an email and I will update this list!!!

Martha

Saturday, March 7, 2020

Live*Love*Life 40 Days of Lent~Dear Joe Biden

Dear Joe Biden,

I know you are extremely busy with your Presidential campaign and probably do not have time for personal letters from strangers.

However, I am concerned for you and I would like to explain why.

First, a little about who I am.
I am a Catholic living in Oregon.
I am married with children and grandchildren.
I am an RN working in Treatment and Recovery.
I go to church every week and I am teaching Sunday school to 4th and 5th graders.

I had been away from the Church for an extended amount of time, but I am back. Back home actually. Sometimes we think home is, not only the house we were raised in, but the town too.

Being "Home", back in church,  has been quite the learning experience. Sometimes I wonder where I was all those early years in Catholic grade school. So much sounds new, like I've never ever heard some of these stories. Yet it is the same Bible now as it was then.

So back to my worries about you.

This week we are studying about the Sacrament of Penance and Reconciliation. We are learning about sin and how we harm the person God created us to be. How we wound our human dignity and offend God and damage our relationship with the Church and other people.

I have noticed that politicians are using our unborn children as pawns more frequently in government campaigns.

Humans are not disposable.

You have said you are a practicing Catholic yet you endorse Planned Parenthood who is one of the largest abortion providers in our country. You want to uphold Roe verses Wade.

Mr. Biden, our Catholic Catechism is very specific on the ramifications of mortal sin. And for those who lead others to do the same.

This reading is straight out of our Catechism.

Respect for the souls of others: scandal
2284 Scandal is an attitude or behavior which leads another to do evil. The person who gives scandal becomes his neighbor's tempter. He damages virtue and integrity; he may even draw his brother into spiritual death. Scandal is a grave offense if by deed or omission another is deliberately led into a grave offense.
2285 Scandal takes on a particular gravity by reason of the authority of those who cause it or the weakness of those who are scandalized. It prompted our Lord to utter this curse: "Whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in me to sin, it would be better for him to have a great millstone fastened round his neck and to be drowned in the depth of the sea."86 Scandal is grave when given by those who by nature or office are obliged to teach and educate others. Jesus reproaches the scribes and Pharisees on this account: he likens them to wolves in sheep's clothing.87
2286 Scandal can be provoked by laws or institutions, by fashion or opinion.
Therefore, they are guilty of scandal who establish laws or social structures leading to the decline of morals and the corruption of religious practice, or to "social conditions that, intentionally or not, make Christian conduct and obedience to the Commandments difficult and practically impossible."88 This is also true of business leaders who make rules encouraging fraud, teachers who provoke their children to anger,89 or manipulators of public opinion who turn it away from moral values.
2287 Anyone who uses the power at his disposal in such a way that it leads others to do wrong becomes guilty of scandal and responsible for the evil that he has directly or indirectly encouraged. "Temptations to sin are sure to come; but woe to him by whom they come!"90
Respect for health
2288 Life and physical health are precious gifts entrusted to us by God. We must take reasonable care of them, taking into account the needs of others and the common good.
Concern for the health of its citizens requires that society help in the attainment of living-conditions that allow them to grow and reach maturity: food and clothing, housing, health care, basic education, employment, and social assistance.
2289 If morality requires respect for the life of the body, it does not make it an absolute value. It rejects a neo-pagan notion that tends to promote the cult of the body, to sacrifice everything for its sake, to idolize physical perfection and success at sports. By its selective preference of the strong over the weak, such a conception can lead to the perversion of human relationships.

So Mr. Biden, you can see why I am concerned for you and your soul.

I will say I am not really fond of President Trump. He has said and done some really odd things. But, he stands up against the immorality of abortion and is not afraid to do so. That takes courage in this day and age.

I would hope you would find the same courage to follow your Church's teachings and protect our unborn children and their mothers.

Our life here is short, our life in eternity is just that. Eternal. I hope to see you in heaven one day.

Take care and good luck with your campaign. I will be praying for you.

Martha Briese
Me and my husband 💗



Friday, March 6, 2020

Live*Love*Life 40 Days of Lent~What can we do to help fight abortion?

How can we help fight abortion?
It seems a daunting task.
But we are not alone.
There are many who hold the same beliefs that life is precious.
There are many who believe The Truth.
The Truth is Jesus.
And he holds us accountable in what we do and what we do not do.
Remaining quiet is not an option.

I purchased a new book!!!

The first thing I plan on doing after my 40 Days of Lent is to begin to educate myself on the issues of abortion by reading this book by Randy Alcorn.

I need to know how to reply to the arguments of prochoice people with educated answers, and in a calm and loving demeanor. 

If you watch the rally's on both sides, you will commonly see the prochoice side screaming at the top of their lungs. They attack the ProLife crowd with profanity and intimidation. They get in their faces screaming and threatening.

And on the ProLife side, calmness and love.

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We as ProLife people need to arm ourselves with knowledge about the abortion industry and their true ways of business. The findings can be quite disturbing, but this gives us more opportunity to fight their mis-truths.

We also need to remember that our goal is to save the lives of both the child and the mother.

Many mothers are damaged physically and mentally by abortion. 

Let's support them both.

So, with that, I am hoping to be more knowledgeable so that I can stand up and fight. And one place to take it is to Twitter and of course, right here on my blog. 😏

I found this book at Amazon.
It was recommended by Lila Rose of Live Action

I have found MANY ProLifers lately and am now following them on social media such as Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.

So until tomorrow night,
Take Care
Sleep Well
Happy Dreams
and God Bless You All

Martha

Thursday, March 5, 2020

Live*Love*Life 40 Days Of Lent~Meet Gianna Jessen, an abortion survivor

I would like you to meet a very wonderful, brave, Lord Loving woman who survived a saline abortion.

Gianna Jessen

Abortion Survivor~Pro Life Advocate~Speaker

Her abortionist committed his offense against her at 29 weeks, a late term abortion. 
But she won!!! She survived his attempt to kill her. 
Thankfully he wasn't there at her birth. 
The nurse on duty called an ambulance and she was taken to a local hospital.

Check out her site and listen to her speak. She is truly a blessing for us all. Just click above on the Pro Life Advocate and it will take you to meet her.

So lets review a little bit about being born alive. 

Infants born alive after an abortion attempt is not uncommon, but does happen. And when it does, it is not commonly reported. The CDC reported that between 2003-2014 at least 143 infants died after being born alive during an attempted abortion, but they said the numbers could be higher.

In 2002, President Bush passed the The Born-Alive Infants Protection Act of 2002 ("BAIPA" Pub.L. 107–207, 116 Stat. 926, enacted August 5, 2002, 1 U.S.C. § 8) It is an Act of Congress. It extends legal protection to an infant born alive after a failed attempt at induced abortion

And yet, as you can see the dates above, infants are still dying after being born alive. Some are left alone for hours to die with no medical care, some are strangled, some have their spinal cords cut, or they are stuffed in a box and put in the garbage.

The people who are committing these crimes continue to do so with no repercussions. Why? How can this be? We have a law to protect them, yet it continues.

They tried passing another Born Alive bill in 2019, it failed.
Just last week another Born Alive bill went down due to the Democrats.

Our unborn citizens need our voices to speak up for them and stand up for their rights.

Humanity needs our voices to speak up and stand up for what is right.

Our Lord, Jesus Christ, needs us to speak up and stand up for what is right.

Lets not turn our backs on them.

Martha








Tuesday, March 3, 2020

Live*Love*Life 40 Days of Lent~Forgiveness

A decree from our Dear Pope in 2016: 
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“I wish to restate as firmly as I can that abortion is a grave sin, since it puts an end to an innocent life. In the same way, however, I can and must state that there is no sin that God’s mercy cannot reach and wipe away when it finds a repentant heart seeking to be reconciled with the Father. May every priest, therefore, be a guide, support and comfort to penitents on this journey of special reconciliation. I henceforth grant to all priests, in virtue of their ministry, the faculty to absolve those who have committed the sin of procured abortion.”

I just want everyone to know that we have a loving God who is ready to forgive us if we are truly ready to be forgiven. He is an amazing God and he can restore us and raise us up because he LOVES us. All of us!!

See you all tomorrow!!
Martha

Monday, March 2, 2020

Live*Love*Life 40 Days of Lent ~ Introducing: Obria

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Today I am going to share just one organization who's goal is to help pregnant women, families, men when they are facing a new pregnancy.

There are similar organizations around the nation who's similar goal is to help mom's learn about their pregnancy's, understand their options, and help them with some very tough decisions. These organizations have many resources for mom's to take advantage of to help them through the pregnancy and beyond. 

In Lebanon Oregon we have Obria. 

In the past, it was called The Pregnancy Alternative Center.
They provide pregnancy testing, STD testing, ultrasounds, prenatal care, well woman care, pregnancy decision counseling, abortion information, health education.

They are focused on taking care of mothers, fathers, families, in a compassionate setting using trustworthy medical care. 

I had the opportunity to volunteer there when they were The Pregnancy Alternative Center. They asked me to teach some childbirth classes to the women who they were currently seeing.
It was a joy to participate in the lives of those special mom's who had chosen to keep their little ones.

I was, at that time, a certified childbirth instructor for Lebanon Community Hospital, so teaching at the center was easy, fun, and so rewarding!!! 

So often women feel vulnerable and frightened when facing an unplanned pregnancy.
That is where an organization like Obria steps in.
They want to help these women and families and in the long run, the little ones who are at risk.

Click on the Link above and read the Services and Health Information they provide.

You will find the kindest souls working in these clinics. Truly!!!!

Love Them Both!!!!!!!!!!!

We as a nation should be standing together to support our pregnant moms and empowering them with love.

But instead, we have a part of our government who is right now working on telling women that ending their pregnancy is the right thing to do and the best action to take.

They LIE!!!

Abortion does not empower women,
It weakens them.
It destroys the bond between them and their child.
It leaves them empty, alone, disgraced, and damaged.

And the ones who encouraged them into this decision are no longer standing by their side.

It is time to put a stop to the LIES


Let us lift up our Sisters.
Let us show them our Love
We are strong
We are here

And being a mom is one of the greatest gifts we can receive.

Amen

See you tomorrow!!
Martha