Monday, January 23, 2017

Thoughts On This Weekends' March In DC


There was a time when the false messages of this weekends' women's march would have frustrated me and angered me.  

While I think that they are confused at what real suffering and unfairness is, I also think that it is, for many, coming from a deep place of pain.








Our culture has taught us to strive for more and more and to throw off constraints in many areas, and that we as women need to be just like men.  It has lead us away from finding our peace and happiness with God, and to try to find it in our work, our beauty, our relationships, in anything other than our savior.



I must remember when speaking that I must be gracious
 and seasoned, so that I may perhaps draw others to him.

They only way I can do this, which is against my nature, is because



I didn't watch the march or the speakers - though I've seen snippets.
But what I've seen made me sad.

I also have seen friends FB pages with their agreements with this march, and I do know that many marched for many reasons.  But it is telling to me the teaching they've had that they can really think that Planned Parenthood is about women's health care, and that women don't have access to health care without it, or that women need to be empowered, because we don't have any power.

Really?  Everywhere I look there are women in all areas of American life.  Running businesses, holding political office, working in their homes, educating children.

There are real injustices in the world in the treatment of women.

I read this on my FB feed - 
To Women who march for Women, this says it ALL:
**"I am not a "disgrace to women" because I don't support the women's march. I do not feel I am a "second class citizen" because I am a woman. I do not feel my voice is "not heard" because I am a woman. I do not feel I am not provided opportunities in this life or in America because I am a woman. I do not feel that I "don't have control of my body or choices" because I am a woman. I do not feel like I am " not respected or undermined" because I am a woman. I am not a "victim" because you say I am.
I AM a woman.
I can make my own choices.
I can speak and be heard.
I can VOTE.
I can work if I want.
I can stay home if I want.
I control my body.
I can defend myself.
I can defend my family.
There is nothing stopping me to do anything in this world but MYSELF.
I do not blame my circumstances or problems on anything other than my own choices or even that sometimes in life, we don't always get what we want. I take responsibility for myself.
I am a mother, a daughter, a wife, a sister, a friend. I am not held back in life but only by the walls I choose to not go over which is a personal choice.
Quit blaming.
Take responsibility.
If you want to speak, do so. But do not expect for me, a woman, to take you seriously wearing a pink va-jay-jay hat on your head and screaming profanities and bashing men.
If you have beliefs, and speak to me in a kind matter, I will listen. But do not expect for me to change my beliefs to suit yours. Respect goes both ways.
If you want to impress me, especially in regards to women, then speak on the real injustices and tragedies that affect women in foreign countries that do not that the opportunity or means to have their voices heard.
Saudi Arabia, women can't drive, no rights and must always be covered.
China and India, infantcide of baby girls.
Afghanistan, unequal education rights.
Democratic Republic of Congo, where rapes are brutal and women are left to die, or HIV infected and left to care for children alone.
Mali, where women can not escape the torture of genital mutilation.
Pakistan, in tribal areas where women are gang raped to pay for men's crime.
Guatemala, the impoverished female underclass of Guatemala faces domestic violence, rape and the second-highest rate of HIV/AIDS after sub-Saharan Africa. An epidemic of gruesome unsolved murders has left hundreds of women dead, some of their bodies left with hate messages. Or the 7 year old girls being sold or married off to 60 year old men, Or the millions of women sold and bought into sex trafficking.
And that's just a few examples.
So when women get together in AMERICA and whine they don't have equal rights and march in their clean clothes, after eating a hearty breakfast, and it's like a vacation away that they have paid for to get there...
This WOMAN does not support it. " (Reposted from Brandi Goings Atkinson written by **Holly Weber Parker)
The celebrated icons you hold up like Madonna, etc. have used their bodies to sell their latest fashions, music, and projects. Ashley Judd complains that men in movies will make more millions than her millions, while single mothers in this country can barely feed their children. Most of these women leading you will leave the March in their private jets, feast with money you have spent on their products, songs and ideology. They have spent decades convincing young girls that you have to be skinny and sexy - they flaunt the very body parts they now scream should be protected. They look at the unborn as an inconvenience. Stop drinking the Kool-aid, girls. Find your leadership from women who hold onto the only Hope we have for a fallen world: the Almighty God.

This is what makes me so sad.  We've been taught, as a culture, to hold up these celebrities as people we wish we could be.  If you read anything about their personal lives, it is crushing heartache.  They may smile in public, but their hearts!  They are in such pain that the only thing that can come out of them is pain.
These people too, are pawns in the hands of people who have bigger agenda's - you can read about that here.


This is what I've seen happening - 



I want to remember to speak Truth in LOVE.  
Not my truth, which can be changed on a whim, but on Biblical Truth.  Not what tickles my ears and makes me feel good about myself.  


I don't claim to know it all or have all the answers.  But I know that One who does.

The memes in this post are from my Words Pinterest board.

18 comments:

  1. This post is wonderful...it's marvelous. Society has been left by the past eight years in a huge, angry divide. It's obvious. What are these women screaming about? No one has taken any rights from them. God's shining love will be what guides us all through life..not any one person. The press, the Hollywood Liberals are so disrespectful that it is an all time low. To make hateful remarks on children is unacceptable and cruel. The good Lord will grant you peace in your heart...it seems there are many looking and living in all the wrong places. Thank you Deanna!

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  2. Walk gently in the lives of others...

    I love that!

    Can I quote you on my page?

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    1. Sandi that quote is not mine, I wish it was! You may feel free to link or quote anything I wrote.

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  3. Wow...just WOW! This post addressed everything that has been laying heavy on my heart for the past few days, since the inaugural. You have it right, my friend, not that you need me or anyone else to tell you that. Yes, I was angered and outraged at the goings on in Washington on Saturday but I mostly felt such great sorrow for these ill informed and misguided women. Thank you for putting this post together, Deanna. Have a blessed week.♥

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  4. Well done Deanna. A lot of work to put this together. Thank you.

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  5. What an amazing post! I am snagging for my Inspirational posts page, if you don't mind. I was upset with Ashley Judd's comments...so vile...did not know that she was capable of such vulgarity. Madonna yes, but Ashley? Her mama should wash her mouth out with soap. (I was listening to talk radio and got tricked into listening. Couldn't get it off fast enough.)

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  6. Oh, yes, Deanna. Total sadness. Oh, what lies women have chosen to believe because they have denied their Creator and His amazing and loving plan. We who know Him are truly free!

    Thank you for sharing your heart here!

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  7. Me, too. Sadness. Deep grief, actually. I cried. I sobbed. I can't IMAGINE the heart of Jesus for this "lostness"!

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  8. Great post, lots of thought and heart put into these words! I didn't watch and feel sad about it all! All I can do to help is pray and be kind to all, even if I don't agree with them! Enjoy your day dear friend, BIG HUGS!

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  9. I would like to respectfully add my differing opinion. I think that essay you posted unfairly paints the protestors with a broad brush. My pastor and his wife and children went to Washington to march. There are many Christians who disagree with the decidedly "unChristian" behavior of our new President. He has arguably violated all of the Ten Commandments, with the exception of killing. It wasn't a March solely for Planned Parenthood - it was a march of solidarity against hate. Most weren't man bashing. None were violent. Godly women brought their daughters to teach them to exercise their rights. Our ability to worship freely as Christians is a right in this country - and we'd all be foolish to think that it's ok to violate some rights and expect it to never move target to one that we hold precious. I understand the Pro-life point, but we also have to understand that the Government should no dictate what women do. Our faith can dictate, our churches can dictate, our conscience can dictate, but not the government. I just feel it was far more complicated than what's being addressed here. We are not to judge them, only God can.

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    1. I understand and mentioned that I know many people were marching for many reasons. But they joined in with the main group that was all about PP.

      I also must respectfully disagree with you that the government should not dictate what women do. Women must follow the laws of the land such as traffic laws, paying taxes, etc. Those are dictated to us by the government. As a woman I cannot go out and kill someone without paying the penalty of prison or death myself. Unless I am pregnant and choose to not give birth.

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    2. I meant the government dictating what we are able to do with our bodies - everyone pays taxes, and follows traffic laws. I understand that you cannot hear the other side, but I don't believe that is Jesus' way - I pray that you can find peace in allowing God to judge instead of man.

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  10. Deanna, this is such a beautifully written and heart felt post. Thank you for expressing ever so eloquently how many of us feel.

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  11. God bless you my friend...you are a master of words!!!
    J

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  12. ****~~~~ STANDING UP AND APPLAUDING~~~~~****

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  13. Very well written post. I really like the Beth Moore quote. Thank you for sharing that, and your heart. May the Lord bless you :)

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