The Beauty of Women

As you may recall, I did a post about my experience at the pro-life rally and march in D.C. a couple of weeks ago. It was an amazing experience that I hope to experience again. However, today I wanted to focus on women. This goes alongside my D.C. March for Life 2020 as well as my post about The Beauty of Men. If you’d like to read both of those posts, I encourage you to do so.

The neatest thing about men and women is that they are so different. They have their own strengths and weaknesses. They have their own passions, feelings, ways of expressing themselves, and so much more. I’m a very observant person by nature and it’s always fun for me to discover the differences, not only between the sexes but also between all types of people.

Women are truly beautiful!

God created women to be remarkable forces for his kingdom if they so choose. All you have to do is read Proverbs 31:10-31 to see all of the amazing things that women are capable of. Some women think that because we were originally created as “help-meets” to the man means that we are somehow lesser or that we don’t matter as much to God. Just look at the powerful women in the Bible who were able to change either the course of history or who were given an opportunity to teach.

Our Father loves ALL equally, he sent his son to die for us ALL, we are ALL worthy, included, accepted, and wonderfully made.

The reason why I say that this post goes well in conjunction with my pro-life one is because I believe that being pro-life is also being pro-women. Roughly half of all aborted babies would have grown up to be women. This means that approximately 12.3 million females have died due to abortion. Aren’t we to be protecting our own?

Think of all of the potential that is being stripped away from those little baby girls. If we, as women, refuse to let another dictate our future, then why are we dictating another future woman’s future by putting them to death? Whatever you believe, these baby girls (and boys) deserve life.

This is better expressed by Jeanne Mancini:

“Abortion does not improve the lives of women and, unlike many who claim to be part of the women’s movement today, the suffragists wanted no part of it. Abortion not only destroys women’s offspring, it can also cause lasting physical harm and psychological trauma. It’s a violent step backward that disproportionately affects women. It has been 100 years since the suffragists won women the right to vote. They did so over time with single-minded focus and perseverance, and, in the end, gave voice to their voiceless sisters. We should not take for granted the progress they made. This November, we should use their victory to give voice to the voiceless unborn. They too deserve equal rights and protection under the law,”

So, we as women have a voice. Just like Esther, Deborah (Judges 4), Hannah (1 Samuel 1, 2), Anna (Luke 2:36-38), Phoebe (Romans 16:1), Abigail (1 Samuel 25), Nympha (Colossians 4:15), and more.

Favour is deceitful, and beauty is vain: but a woman that feareth the LORD, she shall be praised.

Proverbs 31: 30

I could dive further into this topic, but I’ll leave you there. What do you believe makes women beautiful?

Until next time friends,

Amanda

D.C. March for Life 2020

Last Thursday evening, our family made the last-minute decision to attend this year’s March for Life. This was probably one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. We stayed the night in Alexandria, met up with Concerned Women for America for breakfast, and headed over to the Washington Monument for the rally.

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There were secret service agents everywhere because president Trump was going to make an appearance. He made history by being the very first president to attend the March for Life. Once through the security checkpoint, we found a great spot close to the jumbotron so that us short people (me, Julia, and Mom) could actually see something.

By the time everything started (we arrived at around 10 and it began around 11), there were over 200,000 people gathered around the rally area! It was incredible to see so many women, men, children, teenagers, and even some veterans there to support human life. The Messengers (a Christian band from Ireland) performed, the pledge of allegiance was lead by a student, and a young woman sang the national anthem beautifully.

Anyway, I wanted to share some of the highlights of this important event, beginning with our president’s speech.

“Thank you very much and thank you, Jeanne. It is my profound honor to be the first president in history to attend the March for Life. We are here for a very simple reason: to defend the right of every child, born and unborn, to fulfill their God-given potential.

For 47 years, Americans of all backgrounds have traveled from across the country to stand for life. And today as President of the United States, I am truly proud to stand with you.

I want to welcome tens of thousands – this is a tremendous turnout – tens of thousands of high school and college students who took long bus rides to be here in our nation’s capital. And to make you feel even better, there are tens of thousands of people outside that we passed on the way in. If anybody would like to give up their spot, we can work it out.

We have a tremendous group of people outside. Thousands and thousands wanted to get in. This is some great success. Young people are the heart of the March for Life. And it’s your generation that is making America the pro-family, pro-life nation.

The life movement is led by strong women, amazing faith leaders, and brave students who carry on the legacy of pioneers before us who fought to raise the conscience of our nation and uphold the rights of our citizens. You embrace mothers with care and compassion. You are empowered by prayer and motivated by your unselfish love. You are grateful and we are so grateful ­­– these are incredible people – to be joined by Secretary Alex Azar and Kellyanne Conway.

And thanks also to Senators Mike Lee and James Lankford who are here. Thank you, fellas. And Representatives Steve Scalise, Chris Smith, Ralph Abraham, Warren Davidson, Bob Latta, John Joyce, Lloyd Smucker, Brian Fitzpatrick, and Brad Wenstrup. Thank you all. I have to say – and I look at it, and I see it exactly – we have many more politicians in the audience. But if you don’t mind, I won’t introduce them all.

All of us here understand an eternal truth: Every child is a precious and sacred gift from God. Together, we must protect, cherish, and defend the dignity and the sanctity of every human life.

When we see the image of a baby in the womb, we glimpse the majesty of God’s creation. When we hold a newborn in our arms, we know the endless love that each child brings to a family. When we watch a child grow, we see the splendor that radiates from each human soul. One life changes the world – from my family, and I can tell you, I send love, and I send great, great love – and from the first day in office, I have taken historic action to support America’s families and to protect the unborn.

And during my first week in office, I reinstated and expanded the Mexico City Policy and we issued a landmark pro-life rule to govern the use of Title X taxpayer funding. I notified Congress that I would veto any legislation that weakens pro-life policy or that encourages the destruction of human life.

At the United Nations, I made clear that global bureaucrats have no business attacking the sovereignty of nations that protect innocent life. Unborn children have never had a stronger defender in the White House.

As the Bible tells us, each person is wonderfully made. We have taken decisive action to protect the religious liberty – so important – religious liberty has been under attack all over the world and frankly, very strongly attacked in our nation. You see it better than anyone. But we are stopping it. And we’re taking care of doctors, nurses, teachers, and groups like the Little Sisters of the Poor.

We are preserving faith-based adoption and to uphold our founding documents, we have appointed 187 federal judges, who apply the Constitution as written, including two phenomenal supreme court justices – Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh.

We are protecting pro-life students’ rights to free speech on college campuses. And if universities want federal taxpayer dollars, then they must uphold your First Amendment right to speak your mind. And if they don’t, they pay a very big financial penalty, which they will not be willing to pay.

Sadly, the far left is working to erase our God-given rights, shut down faith-based charities, ban religious leaders from the public square, and silence Americans who believe in the sanctity of life. They are coming after me because I am fighting for you and we are fighting for those who have no voice. And we will win because we know how to win. We all know how to win. We all know how to win. You’ve been winning for a long time. You’ve been winning for a long time.

Together, we are the voice for the voiceless. When it comes to abortion – and you know this, you’ve seen what’s happened – Democrats have embraced the most radical and extreme positions taken and seen in this country for years and decades, and you can even say, for centuries.

Nearly every top Democrat in congress now supports taxpayer-funded abortion all the way up until the moment of birth. Last year, lawmakers in New York cheered with delight upon the passage of legislation that would allow a baby to be ripped from the mother’s womb right up until delivery.

Then, we had the case of the Democrat governor in the state of Virginia, the Commonwealth of Virginia. And we love the commonwealth of Virginia, but what is going on in Virginia? What is going on? The governor stated that he would execute a baby after birth. You remember that.

Senate Democrats even blocked legislation that would give medical care to babies who survive attempted abortions. And that’s why I’ve called on Congress – two of our great senators here, so many of our congressmen here – I called upon them to defend the dignity of life and to pass legislation prohibiting late-term abortion of children who can feel pain in their mother’s womb.

This year, the March for Life is celebrating the 100th anniversary of the 19th amendment, which forever enshrined women’s rights to vote in the United States and given by the United States constitution. Such a big event. Today, millions of extraordinary women across America are using the power of their votes to fight for the right and all of their rights as given in the Declaration of Independence – it’s the right to life.

To all the women here today, your devotion and your leadership uplifts our entire nation and we thank you for that. The tens of thousands of Americans gathered today not only stand for life – it’s really here that they stand for it so proudly together. And I want to thank everybody for that. You stand for life each and every day. You provide housing, education, jobs, and medical care to the women that you serve. You find loving families for children in need of a forever home. You host baby showers for expecting moms. You make – you just make it your life’s mission to help spread God’s grace.

And to all the moms here today, we celebrate you and we declare that mothers are heroes. Your strength, devotion, and drive is what powers our nation. Because of you, our country has been blessed with amazing souls who have changed the course of human history.

We cannot know what our citizens yet unborn will achieve. The dreams they will imagine. The masterpieces they will create. The discoveries they will make. But we know this: every life brings love into this world. Every child brings joy to a family. Every person is worth protecting.

And above all, we know that every human soul is divine and every human life, born and unborn, is made in the holy image of Almighty God.

Together, we will defend this truth all across our magnificent land. We will set free the dreams of our people. And with determined hope, we look forward to all of the blessings that will come from the beauty, talent, purpose, nobility, and grace of every American child.

I want to thank you. This is a very special moment. It’s so great to represent you. I love you all. And I say with a true passion, thank you, God bless you, and God bless America. Thank you all. Thank you.”

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This was so inspiring for all of us to hear from our nation’s leader! Not only was his speech truly incredible, but being there, in-person to see him and experience all of this first-hand was spectacular.

After this speech, many other important people came out to speak about the topic of pro-life as well as two amazing women who are survivors of a botched abortion. One of these women was a twin; the only one of whom survived the attempted abortion. Their stories were inspiring about how they forgave their birth mothers and how they’ve moved forward with their lives to raise awareness for pro-life campaigns.

All of my other highlights almost pale in comparison to seeing the president and hearing from these women but I figured I’d share them with you anyway.

First, I met a man I’ve followed for quite some time who keeps his followers up to date with important goings-on in our country, David Harris Jr. That was pretty awesome! We later found out that a lot of other famous, very important political leaders and advocates were attending.

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We marched peacefully, there were groups of teens singing praises to God, and there were passionate people who were making friends and meeting new people. We did encounter some protestors but they paled in comparison to the 200,000+ people marching for life.

Finally, I just wanted to point something out that we heard from the lead singer of The Messengers. I can’t remember the exact quote, but he said something to the effect of-

We are not marching against abortion, we are marching for life. We shouldn’t be focused on what we are against but what we are for.

There is so much more that I could say, some of which I made clear in my Instagram posts, but I’ll leave you with that. I will never forget these memories. I am proud of my president, I am proud to be pro-life, I am proud to be pro-women, and I am proud that I was there to be a part of something so amazing.

Until next time friends,

Amanda

Have Courage and Be Kind – Getting Political (Part 2)

As you all know, I have written a few politically-themed posts here. I feel that as a young, patriotic U.S. citizen, it’s my duty to be well-read and educated on the subject of my country. I do a lot of research in the scriptures and use these as a basis for all of my political posts to ensure that everything I saw is in line with God’s Word.

If you haven’t read my previous post in this series, I encourage you to read it here. I hope that you find these posts informative and that they get you thinking. It’s becoming even more important to be politically educated because of the upcoming election this year. If you have any questions or comments, please feel free to share them in the comments below. Please keep your comments kind.

Keep not thou silence (quiet), O God: hold not thy peace (deaf, conceal), and be not still, O God. For, lo, thine enemies make a tumult (clamorous, disquieted, raging): and they that hate thee have lifted up (exalt, regard) the head (as most easily shaken; rulers, captain, priest). They have taken crafty (beware) counsel (secret) against thy people (flock), and consulted (devise, purposed) against thy hidden ones (lurk, secret). They have said, Come, and let us cut them off (desolate, destroy) from being a nation; that the name of Israel may be no more in remembrance (record). For they have consulted together with one consent (heart, mind): they are confederate (league, covenant) against thee:

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Last time I posted in this series, I talked a lot about how we are to respect and pray for our leaders, whether we agree with them or not. Because God gives us free will to choose our leaders, it gives us a pretty clear idea of where the hearts of the people lie. Go to my last post for more information and detail on this topic. I also talked a bit about how hate and spite can be divisive and not beneficial for the body of believers.

These verses in Psalm go very well with the ones in my last post. When anger and strife are present in our leaders, the people will follow. If the leaders are taken down into “crafty counsel” they are not going to have what’s best for their people on their minds. As Christians, we are always at war spiritually with the enemy. We will always have to face people who want Christians to be obliterated.

Even in our country today – yes, the same country that once sought God – has turned their face from God’s people, whether they be Christians or God’s chosen – the Jews. This is where my point comes in. If our leaders are corrupt, the people will become corrupt. It is the choice of the people (free-will granted by God) to elect leaders. If the people make foolish choices, they must live with the consequences of those actions. That is our God-given right.

Thankfully, this has changed in the past few years, and God’s people have been taken care of under the leadership that is now present in our country.

When the righteous are in authority, the people rejoice: but when the wicked (ungodly) beareth rule, the people mourn.

Proverbs 29:2

I believe that our country is rejoicing at the protection of Christians and the people of Israel right now. However, if we choose to allow a leader, a protector of our country, that believes that Christians and the people of Israel are not important or want to slowly rid the country of them or rid the country’s support, we are in trouble.

Fill their faces (countenance, sight) with shame (dishonor, confusion, reproach); that they may seek (desire, sought for, begging) thy name, O Lord. Let them be confounded (confounded, ashamed) and troubled (dismayed, afraid) for ever (everlasting, eternity); yea, let them be put to shame, and perish (lose, utterly, destruction): That men may know (acknowledge, declare, understand) that thou, whose name alone is JEHOVAH, art the most high over all the earth.

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The choice we make, especially those in authority, reap the blessings or curses that come with those choices. This bring me to another post I did about the blessings. God wants us to reach out for him but he gives us a choice. If we choose to follow the world and “crafty” leaders, we will reap the consequences as a whole. However, God always provides a way out. He will bless our efforts to follow His Word and if we call on his name. If we, as a people, elect a corrupt leader, we also suffer the consequences for that leader’s decisions.

Were not the Ethiopians and the Lubims a huge host (army, forces, strong), with very many chariots and horseman? yet, because thou didst rely on the LORD, he delivered (yield, withdraw) them into thine hand (power). For the eyes of the LORD run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to shew himself strong in the behalf of them whose heart is perfect (peaceable, complete) toward him. Herein thou hast done foolishly: therefore from henceforth thou shalt have wars (fighting, battle).

2 Chronicles 16:8-9

The Israelites were at war in the past against their enemies (the enemies of God) and because they relied on God’s protection and guidance, their enemies were defeated. However, because the ruler at the time of this verse, Asa, was not seeking God, he was delivered into the hands of his enemies. God wants us to choose him, but he respects our free-will even though it grieves him to watch us fall into the world’s temptations and curses.

Today I just call to mind the fact that each and every one of us has a part to play in this world. We have a voice that can play a crucial part in either the blessings or cursing that could come over our country. Please dig in the scriptures for yourself and keep your heart open to what God has for you. I assure you that you won’t be disappointed.

Be doers of the Word and not hearers only (James 1:22).

With love & until next time, friends,

Amanda

The Beauty of Self-Care

I’ve been seriously neglecting my Beautiful Life series but I’m ready to get back into the swing of things now that life is a little calmer.

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A lot of times, I forget how important self-care is to keeping yourself healthy and focused. Life can sometimes get busy which means that our self-care takes a back seat. I’ve come to realize during the past 2 weeks or so that taking care of yourself, whether it’s through fitness, taking a power nap, or taking a bubble bath, is important for mental and physical health and stability.

One way I’ve set aside time for myself is by downloading an app called FitOn. It reminds me three times a day to move and stretch. It’s pretty simple but it gives me time to breathe deep, stretch out my muscles, and gives me the chance to refocus.

Self-care can be simple but extremely effective. Here are a few ideas you can use to give yourself some time to care for, well, yourself.

  • Give yourself a mani-pedi
  • Read your favorite book for an hour
  • Sit in the sun with your eyes closed and breathe in the fresh air
  • Take a bubble bath and light your favorite scented candle
  • Buy yourself a fresh bouquet of flowers
  • Take a leisurely walk
  • Take a quick nap
  • Binge watch a few episodes of your favorite show
  • Order in dinner
  • Do something crafty that makes you happy
  • Watch funny YouTube videos
  • Have a dance party to your favorite music
  • Sit in a coffee shop and order your favorite drink
  • Have a 20-30 minute stretch session or workout
  • Go to the playground and swing
  • Dress up in an outfit that makes you feel wonderful and go out either by yourself or with a friend
  • Order or bake dessert and enjoy it
  • Declutter a spot in your office or home that drives you nuts
  • Go to bed early or sleep in late
  • Get a massage
  • Spend time in your garden
  • Make a list of 10 things you’re thankful for
  • Buy yourself something special that you would never normally buy yourself

What would you add to this list?

I hope that you find the time to take time away to physically and emotionally relax, rejuvenate, and refocus yourself.

Until next time friends,

Amanda

Building Immunity + Video

As you all know, it’s flu season. Yuck! Since I usually don’t blog about stuff like this here on my personal blog, I thought it would be a great change to give you some tips on how to boost your immunity. I’ve uploaded a video on my YouTube channel all about this topic. If you would like more information on immunity, you can either check out my health blog: A Dancer’s Diary Blog or you can read my book: A Dancer’s Diary.

Let me know if you have any questions. Thanks for watching!

Until next time friends,

Amanda

Winter Book List

I did this last year but wasn’t able to keep up with it. I think that the problem with me is that I get overzealous and create lists that I can’t even come close to completing. With that said, I’ve created a very short book list which I am planning on sticking to.

The main reason behind this is because I want to have something to talk about during our book society meetings. Speaking of which, we have finally chosen a name for our society. We have named it the Pickwick Society based off of the little society in Little Women.

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If you’d like to join me by reading along, here is my official list for you…

  • Finish Little Women by Louisa May Alcott 😉

  • Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett

  • Twenty Years After by Alexandre Dumas

One of the best parts of winter is that there is plenty of time to stay inside, warm by the fire with a hot cup of tea, reading your favorite novels.

What are you looking forward to in January?

Until next time friends,

Amanda