my post abortive prolife #LIFE: Sometimes the phone doesn’t ring…even on Mother’s Day.

Another day in the life of a mom of adult kids. It’s not all hearts and flowers, but every moment is worth it.

my post abortive prolife #LIFE: Sometimes the phone doesn’t ring…even on Mother’s Day..

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Mother’s Day Week

With tons of stories of kids and husbands getting bouquets of flowers for mom, making breakfast in bed or brunches or family cookouts, many moms are in despair and sometimes torment of a past she cannot change.

Moms lament their children lost to abortion or miscarriage; and we should. The child wasn’t just known by his or her mom, but also known by God. Birth does not define a child or person, conception does. The aborted or miscarried child lives on in eternity with a loving Savior.

This week, many moms are remembering a child lost to overdoses and chronic illnesses. No family is exempt to death; some cover it up better than others, some on their sleeves. But most of us moms carry our lost child very close to a part of us that hardly anyone knows.

We cannot know the depth of love until we’ve lost it. Our ability to survive after loss is simply the mercy and grace of God to hold us together and show He is in control. His love endures ALL things forever. It’s so comforting to know that even if no one else can see that part of your heart, God is there to comfort us.

Just this week, a friend lost her 40+ year old son. I cannot imagine the hurt and pain of it. She’s planning a funeral this week, not breakfast in bed or a brunch or a cookout. But she is still his mom, and should be regarded as such.

Remember ALL of the moms this week, we need it.

revkatherinemarple: A Mom is a Mom FOREVER.

revkatherinemarple: A Mom is a Mom FOREVER..

“My son was a crisis pregnancy that did not succumb to an abortion. He was meant to be here, he was known to God before the very foundation of the world, and He gave him to me…..God gave me this incredible kid because even in His infinite wisdom, even though He created the entire world and universe, EVEN THOUGH He is GOD, He trusted ME….ME….to entrust this incredible life to birth, to love, to instruct, to be there in the worst of it, no matter what.” Read the rest here

New Alarming Research About Children | National Center on Sexual Exploitation

Article by Dawn Hawkins | Director of National Center on Sexual Exploitation

March 13, 2015

new research study from The Internet Watch Foundation and Microsoft was released this week showing that there is a rise in youth-produced child pornography.

The study established that 85.9 percent of content depicting children aged 15 or younger was created using a webcam and 93 percent featured girls. While much of the content appeared to be knowingly created for websites, the study indicates that 100 percent of the content was shared to third party websites, which cannot be traced. The researchers noted a specific concern that the young people featured, “took no steps to conceal their identity or location, even in many cases using their real names.” The study also found that 667 of the images and videos evaluated featured children 15 years and younger, and of this group, 286 were 10 years or younger. The researchers said their report confirms an alarming trend of young children producing and distributing explicit content online.

Children producing and distributing child pornography is a profoundly disturbing trend. We are in the midst of a public health crisis on pornography. Every public official from the president on down, public health advocates, social leaders, as well as every parent must work to solve this crisis. We know that the long-term consequences to our children involved with pornography are monumental and can include problematic, even criminal sexual behaviors, and a host of anti-social activities.

The sexualized culture created by adults has primed children to become exploited by pornography. The flood of unchecked TV indecency, movies such as “Fifty Shades of Grey,” and sexually exploitative magazines such as Cosmopolitan, groom children for the pornified culture that awaits and preys on them.

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WHAT YOU SHOULD DO:

Talk to your kids! Even if you think your child or the children in your life are “responsible” and “know-better,” make sure that you have regular discussions with them about healthy sexuality and about the real consequences of these actions. Create a place where they feel comfortable talking to you about these issues and come to you for information, rather than to Google or to their friends.

We have a list of resources for parents right here. Two that I recommend right now are:

To read our statement about this research study and the research study itself, please click here.

Most grateful to be involved in this fight!

Sincerely,
Dawn Hawkins
Executive Director | National Center on Sexual Exploitation Director | Coalition to End Sexual Exploitation