What Does Sanctity of Life Mean These Days Anyway?

In a day and age where the sanctity of life has come to mean saving the baby animals, (save the baby seals! save the whales, save the …….) rather than saving the baby humans, where people make a decision whether or not to abort (throw away) their baby based on convenience or finances, there are loving and “deserving” couples who would give anything to save and have their baby.

Over the past week, our family has been through a huge emotional upheaval as we have experienced one of the saddest and most tragic losses. Our sweet daughter and her loving husband had to bury their first born after 32 weeks gestation. As far as we could tell, Nellie was perfect! I’ve known many babies to live a healthy, normal life who were born younger than that. And yet, at the same time, we know that it is actually legal to abort a baby that late into the pregnancy. How tragic! How appalling!

How is it that society has come to that? How is it that the sanctity of human life has come to have very little meaning in our culture?

I believe that this disregard to human life is founded in a disregard and lack of reverence to the Creator of all life. Our society has become so human centered where our worship is a worship of ourselves. It’s all about me. It’s all about humans being at the center of the universe. We’ve gotten so off-base. In fact, it’s modern day idolatry:

All the various forms of modern idolatry have one thing at their core: self. We no longer bow down to idols and images. Instead we worship at the altar of the god of self. This brand of modern idolatry takes various forms. Read more Here.

If we really and truly saw God as the Creator of the Universe and revered Him then we would have a much different perspective on human life. We would see humans as “created in the image of God” and we would believe that

“In Him we live,

and move,

and have our being.”

Not in “Self”.

And we wouldn’t dare destroy this little life being formed in the womb but would do everything we could to protect it and nurture it.

That would be our part – to see the Divine as the Divine Creator and ourselves as the created, not the center of it all.

So what does the sanctity of life actually mean today? What does it mean to you?

If these thoughts and musing from a grieving mother and grand mother strike a chord with you, please share this and leave your comments too.

Thank you!

May you be blessed and inspired!

Dayna Camp

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Dayna’s GraceNotes Begins!

Why the name Dayna’s GraceNotes?

Watch the video to see my explanation. Then I will sum it up afterwards.

So for the past several years I’ve had a strong desire to inspire, encourage and motivate people with small snippets or nuggets of life success tips.

First of all, I am a musician. A grace note is a musical element. It is a very short note played just before main note. Keep the idea of “short” in mind.

Second, “note” is the idea of a short bit of information. In this case, it is a short tip. A life success tip.

And lastly, but most importunely, I am a Christian and I believe in the power of the Grace of God. It is my life purpose that in knowing me, others will experience the Grace of God and be drawn to Him.

The Bible says, “For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God—not by works, so that no one can boast.” Ephesians 2:8&9

Therefore, many of my “GraceNotes” will be from a strong Christian perspective which I don’t apologize for but proclaim unashamed.

It is my very strong desire that you will be blessed, inspired, motivated and encourage in life and business these life success tips through Dayna’s GraceNotes!

What do you think? Do you like this idea? Will you please go over to my new youtube channel and subscribe?

You will also be able to find all of them as I post them in their own category here on this site.

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May you be blessed, inspired and motivated through the life success tips of Dayna’s GraceNotes!

Be blessed! Be inspired!

Dayna Camp

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The Woman in the Mirror…

“The Woman in the Mirror” is the perfect Mother’s Day gift for all my friends who are “special” mothers.

 

I read this beautiful “poem” from another “special” mom’s facebook wall and had to find the original and share it with you today! I’m thinking of you!

woman in the mirror

I saw an unfamiliar face in the mirror today. She caught my eye as I rushed to start the day. I hardly recognized this woman. What had changed in her eyes? She was no longer young, naive and viewing the world through rose-tinted glasses. What had caused the worry lines and thoughtful brow?  How could she look so fragile and weary, yet also determined and strong?  Around some corner on the road of life…….she had been shaken to the core of her very being.

There was a time when only tears and fears were reflected in those eyes. A doctor’s unexpected words, the future suddenly uncertain……gray, shadowy images of the vague and scary concept of her child coming into the world as “disabled”. An incredible journey began that caught her by surprise and would take her places she never thought she would go. The journey had been long at times and she had shed tears of pain and tears of joy. She’d had hopes and dreams dashed in the blink of an eye. She’d asked the question WHY? She’d had friends fail her and not know what to say or how to help.  She’d seen her child suffer. She’d cried silent tears into her pillow at night. Tears of exhaustion and fear. Tears of helplessness and longing.  Tears of thankfulness and relief. Tears that are choked back during the day, but are unleashed like floodwaters in the safety of the night to wash away any walls being built up to protect her heart. Nights of worry blurring into days of endless responsibility. But then slowly, but surely, her broken heart begins to heal and mend.

The same pity she had once felt as she watched a mother hold her ‘special child’ close was now looking back at her in the eyes of strangers. But a smile tugs at her lips as she suddenly realizes that now she knew the secret! The hard-fought, carefully guarded secret that was slowly revealed in the depths of her heart…..but only after the tears and anguish of the first days and weeks of this new life. The illusive truth that mothers of special children discover as they take their first faltering steps down this new path……..It was okay. She and her child could survive, even thrive!  It was not as grueling and unforgiving a road as she had imagined. The fog, confusion, despair and fear were being slowly replaced by peace, acceptance, contentment, joy and gratitude.

A mother’s unique, unconditional love changes the equation that may look hopeless and tough from those outside,  looking in. She will fight for, live for and die for her child. These special children transform those around them into different people. Stronger people. Dare I say it……deeper people. Long gone are the days when all they had to worry about was where to vacation or what color mini-van to buy. They now struggle with life and death medical issues.  They must answer their child’s questions about life’s unfairness and pain.  What remaining strength and energy they have is spent trying to make their ’family life’ as normal and happy as possible.

A twinkle returns to the eyes of the woman in the mirror as she takes a deep breath and remembers what she’s been fighting for.  How very worthwhile this journey has been! This child is an incredible gift and it is a privilege to be given the task of raising her.  Her child is beautiful and perfect in her eyes. She longs for her child to be seen by the world through this filter of love, acceptance and potential. Could others take the time to see past this little girl’s slower steps to see the life and love reflected in her eyes? Would her child be able to see herself through the filter of contentment that the woman has journeyed so long to discover?

Hope was rekindled as the woman’s eyes grew brighter. The future remained uncertain, but the incredible, protective love she felt for her child threw a warm blanket over the cold, dark storm clouds that used to threaten her very soul. As she threw open the doors of her heart, she felt the warm sun on her face and she beheld a beautiful rainbow of intense beauty and unmistakable peace. Hope still comforts this woman who cries in the middle of the night. Love gets her through each day. Faith takes her hand and leads her around each corner and through each deep, dark valley. Peace soothes her heart as she relinquishes control of their destiny to One wiser and all knowing. Joy brings laughter and smiles to those tired eyes once again. Each day is recognized for the gift it is.

I gave that woman a smile as I left her at the mirror today. I’ll see her again soon and I’m curious to see how she will continue to change and grow.  She’s not the same young, carefree woman she used to be, but that is okay.  I like who she is becoming and I feel comfortable in her life. The sun is shining, the day is brand new, my child is humming and God is so good!

By Cheryl Veenstra

 

Have a beautiful and blessed Mother’s Day!

Dayna

Dayna Camp

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Dayna’s GraceNotes – Persistence – Life Success Tips

Welcome to the very first installment of Dayna’s GraceNotes, Life Success Tips in small bites!

Hooray!

This is something I’ve been wanting to do for a very long time but just didn’t know how the pieces would fit together in the grand scheme of what I’m doing.

But here we are! The time has finally come!

I hope you will enjoy them and share with others!

 

 

Persistence is the name of the game if you ever expect to reach any goal.

With this life success tip of persistence, I hope you will be a little closer to reaching your goals!

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Be inspired! Be blessed!

Dayna

Dayna Camp

 

 

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Press On – An Inspirational Video

 

As a parent of a special needs child or a caregiver for a parent or spouse, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed at times.

 

That’s when a good Inspirational Video comes in handy.

 

At times when our own family situation is very stressful, when David’s Dystonia seems especially our of control and it’s tempting to whine and complain, I try to remember this inspirational quote:

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I’ve inserted many of these inspiring quotes into an Inspirational Video that I hope will lift you up when the stresses of your circumstances seem overwhelming.

 

 

 

I just wanted to leave you with one of the quotes from the inspirational video because I think it pretty much sums it all up.

 

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Have a blessed day!

Dayna

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A Conscious Act of Kindness: Unto the Least of These

It was just a simple question, “What are you going to be doing this weekend?” Sort of like, “How are you?”.

We don’t always expect people to answer in detail. But Sylvia’s response was so unexpected and life altering.

“Did I tell you my mom is getting another child?” Sylvia’s mom is a fairly new foster parent and I’ve been so touched by this woman’s self-sacrifice.

“No, I didn’t know.” I said.

“She is hoping to get him this weekend. He’s been in the hospital.” she said casually.

“Oh, is he a baby?” I asked.

“No, he’s 5. He’s been in the hospital because he has brain tumors and only has 3 – 6 months to live.” She explained.

“Whoa! Back up!” I thought.

As the story unfolded from her through my pelting questions, I was so overcome with emotion that I just burst into tears. This precious, sick little child is in foster care! Why is he in foster care?

As it turns out, his mother is in rehab for drug addictions, they don’t know where his father is, and the only other family he has is in Louisiana and they don’t want him. I couldn’t hardly bare the sadness of this!

Sylvia explained to me that her mother wanted to take him so that he could feel love and comfort his last days. The whole family was getting together to welcome him “home”. It was at that point that I lost it.

What a saint her mother is. What a beautiful conscious act of kindness and love! And isn’t that what Jesus means when he says,

“For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in,  I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’

‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’

Please pray for this sweet precious child in his last days, that he will know the love and comfort of the Lord. Pray also for this sweet lady as she cares for him and lives out the gospel of grace.

 

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High Five! Like A Child

There are very few people who  have a natural knack for communicating with a handicapped or special needs person.

Most of us need a little guidance with a few tips but some rare individuals just seem to naturally know.

This is a tale of 2 sweet little boys.

Sunday night at the reception after our annual Choir Christmas Program I had the privilege of observing both of these kinds of people. David and I were sitting in a remote corner in the Fellowship Hall eating some yummy finger food. I usually strategically put him in an out of the way corner for a few reasons. First, I don’t want anyone to trip over his footrests. Second, I want pretty girls and children to be out of the reach of David’s very long arms. He loves to grab and hold on to people as they walk by which can be a little unnerving if you aren’t used to it, especially for a child. (maybe part of his joking personality?)

I was sitting there feeding David and talking to a friend when suddenly I heard a little voice saying firmly, “High Five!”

I looked down and saw a tiny boy trying to give a high five to David’s outstretched hand. He is the 3 year old son of one of our elders. It was the cutest sight! Over and over he shouted “High Five!” and slapped David’s hand. David was loving it – grinning and making his excited squealing noise. In fact, he got so close that I had to hold David’s long legs down so he didn’t involuntarily kick the little boy during one of his muscle spams. This sweet child had absolutely no inhibitions. Maybe it was his young age, but I tend to think he is one of those few people who sees everyone on the same plain.

From time to time during the evening I noticed another little boy eyeing David and looking like he wanted to come over to us. This child was about 6 years old. Later that evening as things were starting to die down and people were leaving the second little boy’s  mother walked over to us holding his hand. She stooped down and did her best to give him a few tips then said, “Daniel has been wanting to come over and say hi and talk to David but didn’t know how to or what to say.” So precious! This sweet child wanted to talk to David but was too shy and hesitant and needed a little help and encouragement from his mom. There really wasn’t much of a conversation at that time because of the commotion of people leaving but it was a good first step for Daniel to just be near a person with special needs and just watch. And that’s ok.

Maybe next time he will be brave and smile and wave. Sometimes that’s all you need. But one thing’s for sure, David will be ready for a high five when he sees Josh’s son. He will also be ready to grin at Daniel the next time he sees him.

 

 

 

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Wouldn’t You Rather?

One of my favorite authors and devotional writers is Roy Lessin.  He often writes in such a way as  ”scratching where it itches”.

Just this morning I read this little piece from his blog which, if I understand correctly, is a preview to his new book.

Whatever we are experiencing in life, whether it be caring for a special needs child or caring for an elderly parent or ill spouse, dealing with a wayward child, or suffering a loss, wouldn’t you rather…. put your trust in Him?

 

Wouldn’t you rather follow His way than lean upon your own understanding?
Wouldn’t you rather find His rest than be heavy laden?
Wouldn’t you rather obey His word than go your own way?
Wouldn’t you rather believe in His timing than work things out for yourself?
Wouldn’t you rather stand on His truth than your own assumptions?
Wouldn’t you rather know His peace than have your mind filled with anxious thoughts?
Wouldn’t you rather have His wisdom than proceed with what seems good to you?
Wouldn’t you rather rely upon His strength than your own efforts?
Wouldn’t you rather know His joy than the pleasures of the world?
Wouldn’t you rather see His smile than have the approval of others?
Wouldn’t you rather enjoy His blessing than have the best the world can give?
Wouldn’t you rather trust in His goodness than anything else?
Wouldn’t you rather have Jesus than anyone else?

Whom have I in heaven but You? And there is none upon earth that I desire besides You. Psalm 73:25 AMP

 

You can enjoy more of Roy’s writing at Meet Me In The Meadow!

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Finding Joy Today

Life can be challenging but happiness is simple.  The inspirational movie, Finding Joy, is a gentle reminder of what is most important in life.  Enjoy the encouraging quotes, breathtaking photography and beautiful music.  It will put a smile in your heart!

Let the created lead you to find true joy in the Creator!

Much blessings to you!

 

Finding Joy Movie

 

 

Click on the words above and enjoy!

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Live Forever: Drew Holcomb and The Neighbors

As you may have noticed, I don’t blog with a schedule. I blog when something inspires me or speaks to me. At those times I know I have to share. I think others will be blessed and inspired and encouraged too.

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This morning I woke up and opened my email as usual. Delete…Delete… Delete… But then I came across an advertisement from our local music hall, Minglewood Hall, here in Memphis, , it caught my eye. Usual I delete those too, without even looking at them, but this time I opened it because I saw a name I was familiar with. Drew Holcomb. I’ve never met Drew but I know his family pretty well.

I remember the day his brother was born. Marshall and I had  been married a couple of years and were enjoying our first baby. We were sitting in our young married’s Sunday School class at First Evangelical Church in Memphis, TN when the Sunday School teacher announced that Nancy and Hamp Holcomb had just had their baby. After the excitement died down they said they needed a lot of prayer because it was discovered that their newborn son had a very serious condition, Spina Bifida.

Jay Holcomb lived for about 14 years, bringing lots of joy and happiness to his family. I remember hearing the sad news of his death. Raising a child with special needs is a family affair. The special needs family goes through a lot of ups and downs together. There are many difficult and stressful days but the love for each other far outweighs the strain.

Drew Holcomb is Jay’s older brother. For many years now, Drew has made quite a name for himself in the music world. When I clicked on the advertisement for tickets to the special Christmas Concert, Drew Holcomb and The Neighbors, “A Very Neighborly Christmas”, it brought me to a video of one of their hit songs, Live Forever, that was played on an episode of House. I was so moved! It is a beautiful music video in honor and memory of his brother, Jay. I know you will be blessed too.

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