I felt a great need to write a blog today that shares my heart. I have been posting a lot of articles, videos, quotes and my opinions about the topic of abortion and I have stated in one of my older blogs the reason why I have become so passionate about it but I don't think I've made clear my purpose in it all. I wanted to make it clear that I am not merely making a religious stand against abortion....yes, my faith has something to do with it and I am not at all ashamed to say that but that's not the full story. And the truth is that speaking out against abortion is far from easy. I have opened myself up to criticism, to hate, to judgment and risk losing support of friends and family. I would not open myself up to any of that if I didn't feel a strong conviction to speak out. It would be much easier to just keep quiet and to not share my thoughts, feelings and information I've learned with anyone. But because so many of us have been silent is the reason things have gotten to where they are. I'm willing to break out of my comfort zone and risk it all in order to help just one person. So that is what this is really all about.

I am typically a reserved person who will often only speak when spoken to...I can be kind of shy and somewhat passive, but I can't be about this. The reason why is because not only are unborn children dying but women are suffering too. I think society often focuses on the unborn and forgets that their are women who are just as much a victim as those babies. I know now that our focus needs to be even more on the women who are considering abortion and those who have already fallen victim to it. We cannot ever judge these women because we have no idea what kind of inner turmoil they are dealing with or what brought them to the place of hopelessness and desperation whether it be fear and shame because of an unplanned pregnancy or it could be fear, shame, regret because of a past abortion. The fact is that everyone of those women need hope, they need someone who cares, they need help to get through their difficult situations. They don't need us judging them that is for sure! I believe God has called me to be a representative for Him, to share with others His love and the hope and forgiveness He offers to all of us.

"He has sent me to bandage the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from the darkness for the prisoners..." (Isaiah 61:1)

Maybe I want too much to save the world because that is just the person I am. If someone is hurting, I want to help. I want to make people smile I want to see good things happen in people's lives. And my passion truly is in helping my fellow women. So for any woman reading this....if you are struggling with anything in your life...anything at all...it doesn't necessarily have to be abortion, but if you need someone who will just listen and care about YOU and genuinely wants to help you live the life God has intended for you...a full and happy life...then please contact me. If I can't help I want to help you find someone who can. But please know that my arms are wide open to embrace you exactly as you are. That comes straight from my heart.

I personally have made some terrible mistakes in my past, things I am not proud of, things that have haunted me and that I regret...but what helped me get through those times and what will get me through any rough spots ahead was and will be God Himself along with family and friends who care enough to listen and to help me get back on track. I want to be that kind of friend to you. Someone who will listen and do whatever I can to help. You don't have to share any details with me, you can simply write me and say: "I'm struggling with something in my life, could you please just pray for me." And I would feel blessed to pray for you and/or with you. I just want to be a source of help and a bridge to hope for people.

I want to share with you a few verses that have spoken to me and comforted me personally....

"This day I call heaven and earth as witnesses against you that I have set before you life and death, blessings and curses. Now choose life, so that you and your children may live." -Deuteronomy 30:19 (He wants all of us to choose life...not just regarding abortion but as an everyday choice...to live a life of love by accepting and following Christ.)

"If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and forgive their sin and heal their land." -2 Chronicles 7:14 (It is so comforting to know that no matter what we have done in our past or how many times we screw up God is a forgiving God...all we have to do is ask.)

Anyone who belongs to Christ gets a fresh start, is created new. The old life is gone; a new life begins! -2 Corinthians 5:17 (This may be one of my favourite verses of all time! Through Christ we are made BRAND NEW...we have a fresh start...our past is forgiven and is no longer who we are. This helped me personally in my own life. I was struggling with guilt and regret and this verse helped me to let go of it all and see myself as a new person...I am not the person I once was, in fact that person is unrecognizable to me now (although I'm still FAR from perfect) My past does not define me, I am no longer bound by my regrets because God has wiped the slate clean and I can live my life free from my past. I am so thankful for the truth and freedom in the words of this verse.

Finally, I want to ask of anyone reading this that you pray for me. As I said before, this is not easy. I know some may think that I am just talking to hear myself talk or that I am being self righteous by speaking up and saying what is on my heart because much of what I say is controversial and this is a sensitive topic but the truth is....I'm scared to death to be doing what I'm doing. I'm definitely not doing it for the hell of it. As I said before, it would be so much easier to just be silent. I'm scared of my words being misinterpreted, I'm terrified by the responsibility that comes with taking this issue on, I'm afraid of personally being judged by all of you...I am human like the rest of you. I need encouragement, I need prayers, I need love and hope. We all have something in common...we need each other whether we want to admit it or not. This is me acknowledging that I need all of you. I need your prayers and support. I appreciate each one of you who are supporting me whether it be silently or those of you who have been emailing me or calling me to tell me you have been praying for me or that you stand behind me in this. Please continue to pray for me. I very much need your prayers.

Thank you so very much.
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