Albert Einstein once said, “There are two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.”
I want to share with you a ministry that is running on miracles, one miracle after another. Lifehouse is injected with so much faith it tips over and flows through the hallways like a cool stream inviting you to take a sip. There’s laughter, hope, love and the drumming of tiny feet and feet that are still encased in the womb there.
After being accepted to the Kentucky Book Fair in Frankfort, I was left with a case of the first edition of Polishing Jade. As you know, we at ItsallaboutHiminc put all the money from our book sales back into the ministry. So we had a donation to give as well. If you’ve read Jade’s story, then you’ve gotten a glimpse inside the mind and heart of a young, scared, abused, pregnant teenager. My husband and I had begun to search organizations who help women such as Jade. One day it was my hap to land on a website called Lifehouse Maternity Center. I had already viewed several other organizations, but nothing had tugged at my heartstrings until I began to read about a place that doesn’t enable women but empowers them.
It didn’t take me long after calling and speaking to Shannon Zimmerman, Lifehouse’s development director, to realize that this was the place for Jade. Lifehouse is just what the names states it is. It is a place where life happens and new lives that may have never tasted the sunshine, drink it in, all because of one woman’s devotion. If you haven’t met Joan Smith the founder and executive director yet, I hope that after reading this blog you decide to visit her because she will inspire you. Yes, she will cause you to want to put action behind your faith. Babies aren’t just born at LifeHouse and turned loose, they are raised by women who become whole, educated, empowered, and full of God’s light. And so about a week ago my husband and I stepped inside the house that houses unborn LIFE, and we could feel His breath blowing through the rooms and the people there.
Joan doesn’t just want to give you a tour of her facility that houses up to 12 pregnant women and 12 women who have had their children; she wants you to dig your fingers into the fertile soil and become part of the solution. Lifehouse has seen over fifty-five babies born. If you’re wondering what you can do, go to the website and take a look around. My husband and I were given a tour, and we were blown away. Upon entering our eyes were mesmerized by a hand-carved wooden mural of a tree of life, thanks to artist Dan Diekhoff. If you study the pictures, I posted closely you will see that he incorporated life in the leaves and branches. Many have donated furniture, installed windows, painted walls, laid floors, dry walled, and another did landscaping; each room held a story of what God had done. We were encouraged by the many who volunteer their time to teach the women about Jesus-Yeshua and the love of the Father. Others who take time each week to teach life skills, like how to cook, clean, financially plan, learn job skills, drive the women to appointments and the list goes on and on.
Just before leaving we have ushered up the stairwell where hung a beautiful picture painted by a woman contemplating abortion, underneath was her story written in her own words. She had started painting the baby in her womb, and all the darkness was overpowered by the light from her paintbrush and ultimately her art has become a staple for every woman whose feet land there on that landing. If they are standing there, they have chosen life. The artist Linda Kovacik Maassen wrote these words below:
“I painted this image while living in an indigent neighborhood in Portland, Oregon. I worked in a basement studio with dim lighting. I was a ‘starving’ artist at the time, subsisting on cornbread and peanut butter, looking for work and painting every spare moment I could.
“Such a humble, raw offering at the time. As a young woman, I was wrestling with the implications of the pro-choice stance. What did it mean to choose to end a life growing inside — a glorious life full of light?”
“It hung in a hotel art show on skid row in 1983, and now decades later and 2000 miles away, here it is in such a fitting home exquisitely framed — something only God could do!”
Yes, God speaks even through the walls at LifeHouse. What stood out to us was the fact that The women at Lifehouse don’t just have a baby and then get turned out into the world. They can stay up to 4 years after the baby is born and work on getting a degree or job training along with wisdom from counselors and God’s Word to help them prepare for this new life. I am looking forward to heading back to LifeHouse to meet the women there and hopefully plant some good seeds, dig my fingers in the soil a bit.
Does this sound like a ministry you’d like to give back to? If you go to their website, it says this, “Whatever your talents, there is a need for them at Lifehouse. A little of your time can make a big difference in the lives of the women and babies at Lifehouse.” If you are looking for a ministry that’s making a difference and saving lives and changing the future, look no further. Pray and ask The Father if He would have you volunteer your time or give a donation. Miracles live here.
God created life, and He knows how many hairs are on our heads when we sit, and when we rise, our thoughts from afar and the Bible says, “For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb.” Psalms 139:13. He also knew when Abel’s blood cried out from the ground. Won’t you help save a life today? I think Jade has found a good fit. If you feel led to donate your time, talents, or monies you can contact Joan and Shannon below.