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Let’s Do What We Do Best – Pray and Act – This Time – For Kavanaugh

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“Prayer is an effort of will.”  ~ Oswald Chambers

What sets CWA apart from other organizations?

Our emphasis on prayer and action at the grassroots.

Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord … and who labors fervently in prayer. The greatest force for change on behalf of our families and country is indeed prayer and the responsibilities that come with our citizenship in a free country. All the resources of God Almighty are at our disposal, and He rules in all the affairs of men, and nothing is too hard for Him.

Stop Now, Pray and Act

Pray: Pray for our U.S. Senators, John Hoeven, and Heidi Heitkamp. Pray that the schemes of those attempting to discredit Kavanaugh would be thwarted. Pray for the Senate as a whole, may Judge Brett Kavanaugh be confirmed.

“The quiet words of the wise are more to be heeded than the shouts of a ruler of fools. Wisdom is better than weapons of war, but one sinner destroys much good. As dead flies give perfume a bad smell, so a little folly outweighs wisdom and honor. The heart of the wise inclines to the right but the heart of the fool to the left. Even as he walks along the road, the fools lack sense” (Ecclesiastes 9:17- 10:3a).

The Bible tells us, “For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strongholds” (2 Corinthians 10:4).

The armor of our warfare hangs on prayer and is activated by prayer.  “And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests.  With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the saints” (Ephesians 6:18). 

Act: Even if you’ve already contacted Sen. Heidi Heitkamp (D-North Dakota) and Sen. John Hoeven (R-North Dakota) be sure to both call and email their offices again today.  Be sure to let them know that you are a member of Concerned Women for America of North Dakota.

  • Sen Heitkamp: call her office at (202) 224-2043 and then email her. Ask her to vote to confirm Judge Kavanaugh to the U.S. Supreme Court.
  • Sen. Hoeven: Call his office at (202) 224-2551 and then email him.  Thank him for his commitment to confirm Judge Kavanaugh.

“Our prayer and God’s mercy are like two buckets in a well; while one ascends, the other descends.” ~ Arthur Hopkins 

Linda Thorson
State Director
CWA of North Dakota
[email protected]
nd.cwfa.org

Facebook: Concerned Women for America, North Dakota
(701) 993-8517

Field Update: CWA State Leaders at Kavanaugh Hearing

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This week some of our state leaders who helped with our Women for Kavanaugh bus tour were able to fly to D.C. to be present at Judge Kavanaugh’s hearings. These women were able to sit in for portions of the hearings and prayed over all of the proceedings. While in town, they all made use of their time here and made visits to some of their members of Congress.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CWA’s Missouri State Director, Bev Ehlen and CWA of MO supporter Sophie Shore met with staff and left notes for Sen. Blunt (R-Missouri), Representatives Ann Wagner (R-Missouri), Vicky Hartzler (R-Missouri), Jason Smith (R-Missouri), Billy Long (R-Missouri), Sam Graves (R-Missouri), and Blaine Luetkemeyer (R-Missouri). The duo also stopped by Sen. Claire McCaskill’s (D-Missouri) office and were not able to meet with staff, but left a message asking Sen. McCaskill to commit to voting “yes” for Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court of the United States.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CWA’s Iowa State Director Tamara Scott and CWA of Iowa supporter Barb Hovland were also able to meet with Sen. Chuck Grassley, Chairman of the Judiciary Committee, and personally thanked, encouraged, and prayed with him. Scott and Hovland were sure to spend some time in Sen. Joni Ernst’s office thanking her as well.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Former CWA of North Dakota State Director and current North Dakota State Senator, Janne Mrydal, also made the trek to D.C. and when not in the hearings, she was able to visit in Sen. John Hoeven’s (R-North Dakota) office. She also put in multiple requests to meet with Sen. Heidi Heitkamp (D-North Dakota), but was told they did not have time. Unfortunately, this is not a new response from Heitkamp’s office.

Were You There? The Women for Kavanaugh Bus Stop was a Great Place to Be!

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We had great media coverage for the Women for Kavanaugh Rally on August 17 in Fargo!  KVRR covered it, KVGO covered it, and Penny Young Nance was interviewed by Chris Berg of Point of View, KVLY.  On that interview she stated, “The best thing we can do, the right thing to do, is to look at this based on judicial philosophy.”

The crowd to meet the Women for Kavanaugh bus was energetic!  A Fargo wife, and homeschool mother of three young children, Lydia Trandem, rallied the crowd with this message:

“Good Afternoon!  I would like to thank Concerned Women for America for asking me to be here today! They are a great organization, and it is an honor to have Penny Nance with us!  I stand before you in support of our President’s nominee for our next Supreme Court Justice and because confirming Judge Kavanaugh matters for our great state and nation.

“Judge Kavanaugh’s record as a citizen, husband, father, and judge are worthy of notice and respect. He has a history of upholding the United States Constitution and interpreting it not to the latest swing of public opinion, but in consideration of the framers’ intent while keeping the history and traditions of our country in mind.

“Imperative to me, and many of you, Judge Kavanaugh has defended Americans’ right to religious liberty, our rights regarding free speech, and our Second Amendment right to bear arms. Kavanaugh’s list of issued opinions is extensive, but he consistently guards against governmental overreach in our lives.

“As a small business owner, I recognize the importance of protecting free enterprise and commerce.  As a landlord and property-owner, I see the threat posed by overzealous jurists who desire to impose their brand of social justice and order.  And most importantly, as a mother of three young children in whom I wish to instill Christian values, I don’t ask for a Supreme Court Justice who personally endorses my values and parenting goals, but one who simply recognizes that those choices are best left to each and every parent to make despite the whims and wishes of so many who would sooner see our children raised by the federal government.

“Today I am asking Senator Heitkamp to consider Judge Kavanaugh’s stellar record, to consider how it aligns with the values of North Dakota citizens, and to acknowledge the wishes of the vast majority of our citizens by casting her vote to confirm this man to be our next Supreme Court Justice.”

North Dakota High School Senior, Morgan Hovde enthusiastically supported Judge Brett Kavanaugh as well in her address to the crowd.

“Hi everyone, my name is Morgan Hovde.  It’s an honor to be here to represent myself, North Dakota High School Republicans, Concerned Women for America, my state, and my country.  Most importantly, I am proud to stand here this afternoon in support of Judge Brett Kavanaugh. Justice Anthony Kennedy’s recent retirement was a hit to the Supreme Court; although his retirement was an upset, it opened a seat that could only be filled by someone with dignity, gratitude, leadership and more.  There is no better nominee for the Supreme Court other than Judge Brett Kavanaugh.  Through his 12 years on the bench in Washington, D.C., he has proved his eligibility for the U.S. Supreme Court.  He holds strong conservative beliefs that will provide great intellect and judgement.  Throughout his career, he has shown truth and reference to the constitution.  This Yale Grad had worked hard for his career and has learned to hold true to his values.  This well-respected man deserves a seat.  I believe the next and final step in Judge Kavanaugh’s career is a seat on the U.S. Supreme Court.  I am honored and proud to support Judge Kavanaugh!”

Please Pray!

  • Pray for the members of the Senate Judiciary Committee as they prepare for the confirmation hearings.
  • Pray for Judge Kavanaugh as he makes his own preparations for the hearings.
  • Pray for Judge Kavanaugh and his family – pray for strength, endurance and peace beyond measure.

“Righteousness exalts a nation, but sin is a reproach to any nation” (Proverbs 14:34).

Act:

  • Ask Sen. Heidi Heitkamp (D-North Dakota) to vote to confirm Judge Brett Kavanaugh. Email Sen. Heitkamp and/or call (202) 224-2043.  Every contact is counted.  Be sure to let her know that you are a member of Concerned Women for America of North Dakota.
  • For more information read CWA’s press release and talking points.

Linda Thorson
State Director
CWA of North Dakota
nd.cwfa.org
(701) 331-9792
Facebook: Concerned Women for America of North Dakota

State Director Speaks Out at Rally in Front of Sen. Heitkamp’s Office

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On Monday, August 6, 2018, I had the privilege of joining other activists in front of Sen. Heidi Heitkamp’s office in the Federal Building in Fargo, North Dakota.  Here is the public statement that I made:

I am Linda Thorson, the State Director of Concerned Women for America of North Dakota.  We are the state’s largest public policy women’s organization. 

This is an historic moment for our nation, and I could not be more proud to stand alongside the men and women here, in our state and across the country in support of Judge Brett Kavanaugh as a Supreme Court Justice Nominee.  Judge Kavanaugh is abundantly qualified to serve on the U.S. Supreme Court.  

Leaders on both sides of the aisle have agreed Judge Kavanaugh is a principled and fair jurist who will make sure all sides have a fair hearing.  He is well-respected across the legal community with endorsements from both conservative and liberal professors, attorneys and politicians.

Yale liberal law professor Akhil Reed Amar (a supporter of Hillary Clinton) wrote this in the New York Times on July 9, “Last week the president promised to select ‘someone with impeccable credentials, great intellect, unbiased judgment, and deep reverence for the laws and Constitution of the United States.’ in picking Judge Kavanaugh, he has done just that.”

 A little over one year ago, both senators for the state of North Dakota voted to confirm Judge Neil Gorsuch to the vacant seat on the Supreme Court.  As the State Director of Concerned Women for America of North Dakota, I was proud to stand with Gorsuch, and we were also proud to see both our senators vote to confirm him.

Just last week, Sen. John Hoeven released the following statement after meeting with Judge Kavanaugh, “Given his years of experience on the bench and his commitment to upholding the law, I believe that Judge Kavanaugh is a solid choice for the Supreme Court, and I look forward to supporting his confirmation to serve on the Supreme Court.”  

Sen. Heidi Heitkamp (D-North Dakota), you have the opportunity to confirm Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the U.S. Supreme Court; someone that is uniquely qualified, fair, and impartial.  I stand with thousands of North Dakota citizens in asking you, Sen. Heitkamp to reject political partisanship and act without delay to move swiftly and wisely through the confirmation process of Judge Brett Kavanaugh. 

Take Action:

1.      If you haven’t already, please contact Sen. Heitkamp and politely urge her to support Judge Kavanaugh’s nomination to the Supreme Court. Be sure to let her know that you are a member of Concerned Women for America of North Dakota.

2.      Join us for the Women for Kavanaugh bus stop in Fargo on Friday, August 17 at noon!  Penny Young Nance, President and CEO of CWA will be there! Watch for more information to come concerning time and location. 

Please Pray:  Please pray for Judge Kavanaugh and his family during this time.  Pray for Sen. Heitkamp as she meets with Judge Kavanaugh next week on Wednesday, August 15.   And lastly, pray for wisdom and strategy as CWA national and CWA of North Dakota continue their work to influence Sen. Heitkamp and others to support Judge Kavanaugh.

Be encouraged!  God’s Word says, “One thing God has spoken, two things have I heard: that you, O God, are strong, and that you, O Lord, are loving.  Surely you will reward each person according to what he has done” (Psalms 62:11-12).
 
Blessings,
 
Linda Thorson
State Director
CWA of North Dakota
[email protected]
nd.cwfa.org
Facebook: Concerned Women for America of North Dakota
 

Senator Hoeven Supports Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s Nomination to the Supreme Court

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Sen. John Hoeven (R-North Dakota) released the following statement after meeting with Judge Brett Kavanaugh on August 1:

“I appreciated the opportunity to meet with Judge Kavanaugh today to discuss his judicial philosophy. Having served for more than a decade on the federal appeals court, he is highly qualified to serve on the Supreme Court. Judge Kavanuagh has a strong record of upholding the law rather than legislating from the bench and his approach to the law shows a deep respect for the Constitution.

“Given his years of experience on the bench and his commitment to upholding the law, I believe that Judge Kavanaugh is a solid choice for the Supreme Court and I look forward to supporting his confirmation to serve on the Supreme Court.”

Please Take Action!

  1. Contact Sen. John Hoeven and let him know how grateful you are for his support of Judge Brett Kavanaugh! Be sure to let him know that you are a member of Concerned Women for America of North Dakota. Email and then call him at 202-224-2551.
  2. Come to Fargo on Friday, August 17! Join the “Women for Kavanaugh” bus stop at noon! The location to be announced soon. Our own Penny Young Nance will be speaking to the crowd! Come, bring your family and invite your friends. Women, men and children are all welcome to attend!

CWA of North Dakota asks Sen. Heidi Heitkamp (D-North Dakota) to confirm Judge Brett Kavanaugh.

Please Take Action!

  1. Contact Sen. Heitkamp today. Encourage her that Judge Kavanaugh is the right choice for the Supreme Court! Be sure to let her know that you are a member of Concerned Women for America of North Dakota.
  2. Again, attend the “Women for Kavanaugh” bus stop event in Fargo on Friday, August 17, where we will be making our message clear to her!

Please Pray! 

  • “Righteousness exalts a nation, but sin is a reproach to any nation” (Proverbs 14:34).
  • “But be doers of the word and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves” (James 1:22).
  • “Dear Heavenly Father, Your mercies are new every day! And all we need, You have provided. Thank you, Lord Jesus. We ask You to direct our steps so that we are not deceived and believe the lie that our voice for righteousness goes unheard. May we love others enough to be doers of your Word. Amen.”

Linda Thorson
State Director
CWA of North Dakota
[email protected]g
nd.cwfa.org
(701) 331-9792
Facebook: Concerned Women for America of North Dakota

Send a Message to Governor Burgum and Thank Him!

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Concerned Women for America of North Dakota thanks Gov.  Doug Burgum for making an official statement on Title X’s Protect Life Rule.

“The state of North Dakota has existing law that prohibits the referral for abortion services by any agency, county, municipality or other subdivision that receives Title X funds.

“This proposed US Department of Health and Human Services rule would allow for the state of North Dakota to implement its existing laws regarding Title X, as outlined in North Dakota Century Code section 14-02.3-02.

“The state of North Dakota supports the right of states to enforce their own laws, as approved by elected representatives of the citizens of North Dakota.”

 Please Take Action:

  • Please call Gov. Burgum’s office at (701) 328-2200. Click here to send an email message or send a letter to Office of Governor, State of North Dakota, 600 East Boulevard Avenue, Bismarck, ND 58508-0110. Be sure to let him know you are a member of Concerned Women for America of North Dakota.

Please Pray:

  • Pray for those in authority. Thank God for those in leadership and pray God’s will be done and for our leaders to be surrounded by godly counsel. Jeremiah encouraged the Hebrews to pray for God’s blessing “Seek the peace of the city where I have caused you to be carried away captive, and pray to the Lord for it; for in its peace you will have peace” (Jeremiah 29:7).
  • The Bible instructs us to intercede on behalf of our leaders that they might come to the saving knowledge of Jesus Christ. “This (our intercession) is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth” (1 Timothy 2:3-4).

Protect Life Rule!  Have you responded yet? If not please send your response to the administration. Do it now at concernedwomen.org/protectliferule/. It’s easy and only takes a few minutes. TOMORROW is the deadline.

Linda Thorson
State Director
CWA of North Dakota
[email protected]
nd.cwfa.aorg
(701) 331-9792
Facebook: Concerned Women for America of North Dakota