The journey...

Life is in the journey, not the destination, so do what you can and take it one day at a time. Go slow, do it right, and make your changes permanent — then help out others who are where you were.

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Saturday, February 13, 2010

KFL Valentine's Banquet

Before I get into a subject that is VERY dear to my heart, I wanted to include the picture above. Last year I attending Kansans For Life's annual Valentine's Benefit Banquet. It was two weeks into my weight loss journey when this very REAL, very SHOCKING, very EYE-OPENING picture featured to the left (above) was taken. WOW! I dropped my first 10 pounds and was weighing nearly 330 at the time. The picture shown to the right was taken two nights ago at the same banquet holding the same dessert from last year. I don't know if I'll ever stop looking at split photos and being left speechless! GOD IS GOOD!

Now, what is this "KFL Valentine's Banquet" you may ask. Kansans for Life is a non-profit organization that exists to spread the truth about the PRO-ABORTION movement and bring about legal justice for the innocent baby boys and girls who are being robbed of life.

I was initially going to write an informative message on how BRUTAL and violent the act of murder, legally known as "abortion" is and how 3700 babies are snatched from what should be the safest place in the world for them - the womb - and their lives are prematurely ended because of what we like to call a CHOICE in America! Instead of getting into all of that I decided to bring this a little closer to home today.

In late October, I was honored to receive a phone call that nearly brought me to tears! I answered to the voice of a 6 year old that I had grown to love and cherish who had a really IMPORTANT question to ask me.

Connor: *nervous* "Mesha, I was wanting to know if anything were to ever happen to Mommy & Daddy, would you want to be my godmom? And I need someone to ask questions about God and stuff. Please say Yes!"

Mesha: *shocked* "Buddy, of course I would LOVE to! That was so!"

Connor: *whispers to mom* "...she said you go!"

He later changed his facebook status (yes, my 6 year old godson has a monitored)...but he changed it to, "im so hape, my godmom said yes."

Now, as you can assume, there is more to this story! Connor's Mom got pregnant with him at the young age of 16 and had him at 17. She was able to attend the KFL banquet with me last night and emotionally sent out an email to a group of friends yesterday. Part of the email is below:

I don't know how many of you know my story, but long story short --> I was 16 when I got pregnant with Connor (he is now 6, you do the math!) I was given MUCH counsel, and the woman at the health department went as far as to schedule an apt to have an abortion. The date was set, I knew where I would go. I didn't need my parent's consent. Can you believe that? I remember thinking how 'easy' it would be. I remember being asked, "What would be better, Ali? Living on welfare the rest of your life, trying to make a living for your child, ruining a man's life, and having to care for someone else when you can hardly care for yourself?? Or taking care of the mess you created and being able to live a full, beautiful life - that being said, able to have children when you CHOOSE to..." ARE YOU KIDDING ME? I looked at her through my 16 year old baby eyes, thinking to myself, "This woman has serious issues." I stepped foot into the car that day in tears, imagining what people were going to say, how they would react, when I would tell them that I was keeping MY baby. This beautiful gift. I know God was with me that day. There is NO other explanation. I was NOT a Christian. I had no one telling me not to have an abortion. Everyone I spoke with said the complete opposite, and tried encouraging me otherwise. So...what other explanation is there other than the Holy Spirit was with me that day. God knew I was trying to make a change, that I was reaching out at the time to GET saved, I just didn't know how. He knew, and He was there with me. Somehow, despite all the advice I was receiving, I knew better. That didn't come from ME. It goes to show how close you can come to the reality of abortion though, doesn't it?

I've already asked her permission to post this, but there is even MORE to this story that she didn't include above. Should she have got pregnant at the early age of 16 - NO! But do two wrongs make a right...absolutely NOT!

As you can tell, Ali chose LIFE for my godson who was born in May 2003. But here's the part that brings me to tears about the lie of death (abortion) and that entire "CHOICE mentality" that was presented to her. Two years after being so falsely "advised" by a health department employee that she should wait to have children "when you CHOOSE to..." Ali was informed in July 2005, at the age of 18, that she was pre-menopausal and likely could NOT have children anymore. She was also told that even had she gone through with the abortion, her diagnosis would have been the same. WOW! When health care "professionals" would have advised her to wait til it was her CHOICE to have a "Connor," had she gone through with an abortion she would not have had the ability to make that supposed CHOICE today!

My heart goes out to the young ladies in our country who are daily misrepresented and daily misinformed that it's not a "baby," it just a "mass of tissue." My heart aches for the teen in crisis who may have been hurt, may have made a poor decision or may simply be confused who makes the irreversible decision to TAKE a LIFE. I praise God that although that choice is something that will never leave them, that decision will never be changed - they can be healed and God does offer forgiveness for them if they are ready and willing to accept it.

I want the TRUTH to spread about the LIE of abortion and I want our children, the smallest amongst us to be protected in this nation where we are supposed to ALL be promised the gift of LIFE, LIBERTY and the PURSUIT of happiness. That cannot be revised to read, the PURSUIT of happiness even when it requires taking the LIFE of another to feel "LIBERATED!"

"Thank you Ali Trier for choosing LIFE for my precious godson, Connor, who was NOT a mistake, who is a blessing from God. God knit him together in your womb and has called him with a purpose in this life.

Moreso, thank you GOD for loving us even before we loved you. For watching over both Connor and Ali through the good times and the bad. You pursue us long before we are in pursuit of you and I'm thankful for your lovingkindness!"


If you have had an abortion and are seeking healing, my heart goes out to you! Visit this website and find resources on how to find someone to talk to:

Visit the links below to get some truth on abortion, planned parenthood and the type of "advice" given to women in crisis at abortion clinics.

Verse of the Day:

Psalm 139:13-16

"For You formed my inward parts; You covered me in my mother’s womb. I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; marvelous are Your works, and that my soul knows very well. My frame was not hidden from You, when I was made in secret, and skillfully wrought in the lowest parts of the earth. Your eyes saw my substance, being yet unformed and in Your book they all were written, The days fashioned for me, When as yet there were none of them."


Anonymous said...

Mesh, we are so BLESSED to have you as part of our FAMILY. :) I love you. Thank you for loving Connor, and for being his Godmom. Thank you for taking the time to share all of this with the world. Amazing to me the depths people will go to to try and take an innocent life. Scares me how CLOSE I was to agreeing. I mean, I was a frightened 16 year old at the time... it is most OFTEN their ADVICE that sways a young woman's decision on the matter. Blessed for me...I chose differently...

Thank you for posting. LET'S FIGHT THIS INJUSTICE!!!!!!

L said...

Wow, wow, wow!!! A woman after my own heart...well, two of you - you and Ali! I am really at a loss for words.

What a great post, beautiful words from both of you!

Love you girl!