when politics > womens health

Despite being a Political Science student, I usually refrain getting into political debates, but a new move by Susan G. Komen (a world renowned Breast Cancer Foundation) has really got me riled up. In an article published by the New York Times, Komen explains it’s removal of funds to Planned Parenthood – who provided thousands of mammograms and preventative breast cancer treatment and education – many are saying due to political pressures from anti-abortion right wing conservatives.

Anti-abortion advocates and Web sites have criticized the Komen foundation’s financing of Planned Parenthood for years. And in December, LifeWay Christian Resources, which is owned by the Southern Baptist Convention, said it was recalling a pink Bible it was selling at Walmart and other stores because a dollar per copy was going to the Komen foundation and the foundation supported Planned Parenthood.

This just infuriates me. Planned Parenthood provides so many, much needed services to women who could not otherwise afford it. I remember my step mom taking me there when I was 21 for my first pap smear – I remember being terrified and embarrassed that I had failed to previously take care of this. And I remember the staff, so caring and informative, I remember feeling safe and thankful that such an organization existed. It makes me sad that some people think Planned Parenthood is nothing but an abortion clinic. I think this will be the first year I don’t run in Komen’s Breast Cancer marathon.

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It’s been a great weekend. Been able to catch up with some old friends and work.

It’s incredible to think about where I was in my life a year ago. In no way do I regret my journey, I have learned so much about myself and other people, but I am grateful to be where I am today. I feel good about where I am going, and most of all, I am proud of who I am today. My choices, my relationships, my health, my state of mind… I really feel like my priorities are right, and that everything else stems from there.

It amazes me what a matter of months and moves can do.

 

Psalm 42 is this painfully poetic verse about a deep desire to be near to God, the Psalmist says his soul longs for the Lord as a deer pants for water, that he craves the days when he would rejoice in God’s protection, and that now, now where can he find God?

And I know sometimes things seem chaotic and out of reach, and our minds get burdened with trivial quandaries and crisis, but in reality, we are never far from God. In reality, there is no where we can go where God is not there.

 

Later on in the poem, the Psalmist realizes this, he says, “Deep calls to deep in the roar of your waterfalls, all your waves and breakers have swept me over” He was thirsty, and then it hit him, that he is emerged in a waterfall, God’s waves are breaking on him, sweeping him over, and he is overwhelmed with it. And I think that’s how it is sometimes. Like we may feel so disconnected from it all, like God could never be farther. But then theres a break in the wave and you realize you are submerged in glory. Submerged in whatever it is that you are supposed to be in, whether its a relationship or a job, a city or a season, you are where you are supposed to be. And everything you need is right in front of you.

So maybe God doesn’t change our circumstances, because he wants to change us.

dr king did not write a speech, he wrote a poem called i have a dream

forty four years later and the world is still a mess
the three triplets of evil are still grazing our lands and robbing our youth
i wonder if he knew
that he was not the end but a stepping stone
a light in the dark, a squeeze on the hand of a grown man
still living with the threat of violence because of his skin
I’m not sure why God allows suffering
or certain people to be taken from us
but i know that there is a plan
and that reconciliation is not so far out of our reach
Dr King said only when its dark enough can you see the stars
it was raining that night in memphis just like tonight
cold and stormy but seeing through it all,
he said i may not get there with you
but we will get there, we will be alright.
“We are all tied together in a single garment of destiny. An inescapable network of mutuality. I can never be what I ought to be until you are allowed to be what you ought to be.” 
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Santa Cruz


showing my mom the “hop outta my bed, and turn my swag on” dance. Always love seeing my Santa Cruz boys, even though they lost horribly to the mother daughter pool duo. I’m happy that I’m not embarrassed to bring my mom around my friends, they loved her and we all had a really good time. Whenever my mom and I are out at a function or entertaining, I remember where I get my sense of adventure and fun from. It makes me smile to see her out with us, having fun, dancing, laughing, being the child of God she was created to be. Forgiveness is more for yourself then anyone else. As Dr. Martin Luther King said,

“Don’t ever let someone pull you so low as to hate them.”

and i think that is very powerful. Its takes a lot more energy to hate someone and remain stuck on their shortcomings, than it does to extend grace and allow people to be who they are.