It was a typical day. I opened my email. Inside was an email from someone who had found my blog and read my story.
Her words conveyed desperation. She had also chose an abortion. She longed for healing, but hopelessness dripped off her fingers as she expressed her pain and regret through words on a screen.
We spoke on the phone that day. I pray the words the Lord gave me pumped hope into her hopelessness. It was a divine connection. God had ordained every word spoken or typed. I pray she saw how intricately His loving hand was involved in her life. God was reaching out to her to begin her healing journey. This is our God. This is our Father. How He longs to fill us with His hope and healing and wholeness! It is up to us to take His hand.
She asked me a question that day. She actually asked me many questions that day. The Holy Spirit guided me in every answer. The questions were good. This question was good...
"Why do you share your story?"
The words lingered in the air for only a brief second as I thought about this verse..."Always be ready to give a reason for the hope that you have." (1 Peter 3:15)
"Why do I share my story?"
What a fabulous question! The answer surprising rolled right off my tongue as if I had rehearsed it over and over again...
My passion is to see women and men set free from the bondage of the sin of abortion or any sin for that matter. I want to see my brothers and sisters in Christ living in freedom! The enemy lies and tries to tie our identity to an event or a situation and straps us down with condemnation, guilt, and shame. He lies to us about who we are and it makes me plum mad! My heart is to see those wounded by abortion set free to be a voice of truth to spread light on the harsh reality of the destruction it does to women, men, and families. It not only ends the life of a living child with a heartbeat, it damages the heart of those who make that choice in ways that globally effect their lives. Abortion hinders marriages, mothering, fathering, and other relationships.
The enemy's plan is to keep God's people locked up in silent defeat bound in chains that keep them from fulfilling all God called them to do. The enemy doesn't even have to do much to accomplish his goal. He just needs to get God's people to agree with the lie and they will keep themselves locked in chains.
God says in His Word, "And you will know the truth and the Truth will set you free." John 8:32
I share my story to share the truth that God not only forgives all sin, He removes all sin (Ps 103:12). I am not identified by what I have done or not done. I am identified as a child of the Most High God. I am His beloved. I am His handiwork created in Christ Jesus (Eph 2:10). I am the righteousness of God in Christ (Rom 3:22), a new creation in Christ (2 Cor 5:17).
The truth needs to be told. The more voices declaring the truth of the gospel and grace, the more free God's people will be, which will lead to more truth of the gospel and grace. It is a beautiful cycle!
And the more voices spreading the truth of abortion, the more hope we have for this atrocity to end and those wounded to find healing and freedom, which in turn leads back to spreading of Jesus's love and grace.
The cycle of freedom can be compounding! The possibilities are truly overwhelming when one grasps its gravity.
We need your voice. Will you share your story? It might be scary at first. But then, it isn't.
And the more you share, the freer you become and the more freedom wins and the enemy is
"And they overcame by the blood of the Lamb and the Word of their testimony." Rev 12:11
You can start here. Email me. Comment. Take a breath. Then, take a step.
There is freedom and healing. Your sin is not your identity. It is not who you are. You are His.
You are why I share my story.
(For more information on healing the abortion wounded heart, feel free to contact me or you can go to www.godeeperstill.org)