Happy New Year Friends!!
This was officially the quietest ring-in to the New Year, ever! New York City was completely dark with New Yorkers locking themselves in their apartments, cowering in fear of Omicron, which is currently ripping its way through the population of New York.
And it was a nice change of pace from years past, to be honest.
Steven and I took a walk on New Years Eve, and NYC was a ghost town. Restaurants: empty. Bars…the lucky ones, would have maybe 3 or 4 patrons inside, while the rest were standing empty.
I mean, Ubers weren’t even surge pricing, and if that doesn’t say everything you need to know, I don’t know what does. (For perspective, typically on New Year’s Eve in Manhattan, an Uber home after midnight would “surge” to 4x-5x the normal fare because of the high demand).
The streets were empty. Barely any traffic. And if you were watching the ball drop on TV, then you saw that Times Square was also empty!
All that being said, I loved ringing in the New Year quietly with my special gentleman. And I hope that you and your loved ones did too, and are healthy, safe, and full of hope for 2022.
Anywho. That is not the point of this post.
I received an email over Christmas that one of the advertising banners on my site was for Planned Parenthood.
And when I saw this, I felt my stomach literally lurch, and I felt like I wanted to throw up, thinking that that factory of evil and death was on my site.
So I wanted to just respond for a quick moment.
I don’t have any control over those WordPress-generated ads on my site. What each reader sees in those “ad-blocks” is based on that individual’s google history.
So for example, when I browse my site, I’m served ads for white ski pants…because I have recently been scouring the internet for new threads for my upcoming ski trip with my family.
But if an individual searches Google with terms like, “pregnant” or “birth control” or “women’s health” or obviously…”planned parenthood,” then my ad-block could serve that individual an advertisement for Planned Parenthood (as it appears PP is paying Google to be linked to those search terms). And it kills me that that’s the case.
I have since emailed WordPress that I would like to restrict PP from being one of the ads served on my site. And believe me, I’m going to raise hell if I don’t get cooperation on their end.
But I need to make this crystal clear: I in no way support Planned Parenthood, and I morally object to the culture of death that they not only promote, but push on women. They prey on vulnerable women, and mask the unconscionable act of killing unborn children with cushy euphemisms like, “women’s healthcare,” “freedom of choice,” “termination of pregnancy” and other feminist mantras. It makes me sick, and to have that filth being shown…even to one person…on my blog, it makes me so mad I can’t see straight.
And I know that there may be push back to my stance, citing all the “good” that Planned Parenthood “offers” with free STD testing, pregnancy screenings, birth control, etc.
Well I’d like to call BS on that, because according to the Susan B Anthony List, 94% of the “pregnancy services” offered by Planned Parenthood are abortions. (Which really makes me sick, considering the $530 million dollars PP receives annually from the government (AKA, our tax dollars)).
So go ahead with those “arguments,” and I’ll reply with the telephone numbers and websites of the plethora of pro-life crisis pregnancy centers, which offer many of those same pregnancy services (including adoption services) for free, PLUS resources for the mother/child pre-and-post birth – including material goods/clothes for the baby, counseling, child care, health care, etc….all without the needless killing of the unborn child.
So I’ll just leave that there.
But the timing of all this is quite interesting, as we are on the start of a new year.
Having to define what I stand for in regards to Planned Parenthood on my first blog post of 2022, is in a way, timely. Because it has opened a mental dialogue within myself, as to what else I stand for. And what better time to reflect on such things, than on the start of this brand new year.
Because what better way to begin fresh, than by defining the foundation upon which I want to build my life this year.
So I wanted to just share a few with you, and invite you to do the same, in a prayerful and thoughtful manner throughout the coming days. Because as they say, if you don’t stand for something, you’ll fall for anything.
What I Stand For in 2022
1.) Putting God first in all things, all decisions, all relationships, all thoughts and all actions. I want my life – and how I spend my time – to be a reflection (and a spill-over-effect) of the love I have for our Father.
2.) Communicating my love and appreciation for my family and friends frequently and spontaneously.
3.) Seeing with eyes of gratitude, and taking into account all the many blessings I have come to take for granted on a day-to-day basis.
4.) Being intentional with how I spend my time, and not piddling away hours I can never get back on mindless social media scrolling.
5.) Taking care of my body in the best, most recovery-positive way possible: meaning nourishing it, moving it in ways that are fun and enjoyable, resting adequately, and giving validation to emotions I may otherwise bottle up.
6.) Looking for ways to help and build people up around me. Those who are in my life – both close and acquaintance – may I find ways to be a light to those people God has put in my path.
What do you stand for?
“This is what the Lord says to these bones: I will make breath enter you, and you will come to life.” Ez 37:5
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