Life in South Dakota

I’m going to diverge from my normal prayer room banter for this post and talk about another topic. In my teen years, I was very active in pro-life work with an organization called SOHLNet. I am still avidly pro-life and I couldn’t resist this news before it got stale.

On Monday July 28, Sioux Falls’ Planned Parenthood was closed for the day. Why? Because their preliminary injunction to stop execution of the 2005 informed consent law expired. I had been one of many who prayed over this law and now I can thank God it is finally in effect. It is so effective, actually, that Planned Parenthood would rather shut itself down than comply with it!

So what could be so extreme in this law as to cause PP to shut down? Among other things, the following:

  • Abortion doctors must advise pregnant mothers in writing that the abortion will “terminate the life of a whole, separate, unique, living human being.”
  • Requires the doctor to inform the pregnant mother that the pregnant mother and the second human being have an existing relationship that enjoys protection under the Constitution of the United States, and that the procedure terminates that relationship and the rights associated with it. The Law also requires disclosure of medical risks, including the risk of depression and “increased risk of suicide ideation and suicide.”
  • Penalties for non-compliance could include imprisonment, loss of medical license, and even civil prosecution.

Now, the only question is, how can we get a version of this law passed in California?

Everyone’s Looking for Love

All my life I looked forward to that special someone…not knowing that I thought it would satisfy an ache only the Lord could satiate.

It sounds paradoxical; I have everything that the world says is the peak of happiness: love and security in a relationship – someone who holds me and thinks I’m wonderful – and yet I am not satisfied.

How is it that I have everything that the world tells me I need and I still want more? The “more” that I want is God. I’m not trying to be cliché; this isn’t something I was so sure about my whole life. I didn’t know that when that “special someone” came along, I would want the Lord more than ever.

I guess what I’m saying is that if you’re a single out there, know that even though “that person” may be wonderful, they will by no means satisfy that longing that the Lord can fulfill. It took me quite a while to find this out myself, but now I have experiential knowledge on the subject.