they are worth it


May is a wonderful time of year when the flowers are blooming and the weather is truly getting warmer.

One of the reasons I love May is because the birds sing constantly.  We have a wooded area, with a path, right behind our house.  Shelly, my daughter and I have put bird feeders right on the edge of the woods.  It is so fun to watch the bird’s first land in the branches checking out this new thing that is in their territory.  As the day goes on they start moving closer and then one will land on the feeder and discover the food.  Right away the rest of the birds follow, and before you know it our feeders are full of birds enjoying God’s gift.

My experience in life has been much the same.  Someone has to have the courage to start something new or to do something in a different way.  Once that person makes the move and others see the success, they will join with them and be blessed in the journey. 

When I was a teenager, I was the one that held back and watched others start things and then would gradually join in.  I had to make sure that it was a success before I would become a part of it.  I did not want to fail.

As I got older, got married and had children, my courage got stronger and I was more willing to try new things, make my faith stronger and step out to make a difference.

Soon, Jimmy and I were taking in pregnant young women and then our world got much bigger and better.  Life was more challenging, but it was also very rewarding.

Today, in my 70’s, I love being with the poor, loving those who are lost and finding ways to care for those who are having children.   Those very children that I stood in the hospital while their moms gave birth are now adults.  Some of them are finding me after all these years and thanking me for saving their lives.

Now, I get to share my life with many around the country through conferences, writing, phone calls, emails and visits.  I have the opportunity to make a difference in my community, to love my children, grandchildren and soon a great grandchild.

My life is full of joy and yet sadness when I think of the lives that we have lost to abortion each day. As I wake up each morning, I ask God to bring healing to the moms that have lost their children, to bless those being born and their moms.  My next thought is wondering what adventures I will have today. 

There are the things that are planned and those that just happen.  I work very hard to be ready to be part of God’s plan no matter what the day brings.

Isaiah 43:18-19 “Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past.  See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it?  I am making a way in the desert and streams in the wasteland to give drink to my people, my chosen; the people I formed for myself that they may proclaim my praise.”

May God give you a newness of heart and mind!  May you be given the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of others and may you be blessed in the giving of yourself.

Love Anne

Anne Pierson is the Director of Ministry Services for Loving and Caring, Inc., a national ministry whose mission is to provide resources, training, and encouragement to life-affirming people and organizations.

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