#fillthebooties is a personal initiative and ministry to literally do exactly that, fill the booties. Even after losing my babies, I never put my hook and yarn completely away. I set it aside for awhile, but never lost hope that what little I can do for an unplanned little one will be a hand extended with love, hope and Jesus.
Never, NOT ONCE have we ever shopped Black Friday; it’s a waste of time and money and resources that could go to those in real need. Today, right now, moms are thinking about abortion because they have no food, no clothes, no diapers, no bottles, and NO HOPE. I was once one of those moms; I know what it is like to have less than nothing and pregnant.
Money is standing between life and abortion. MONEY. Your own family will bail out on you and your baby because of money…but seem to suddenly have money for an abortion.
Imagine how many unborn babies would be saved simply because there were enough resources to help these moms!
This Christmas season, PLEASE consider giving some your time and gift money to prolife MINISTRIES and Christian street ministries that help clothe and feed the homeless. We cannot compromise ourselves for the ultimate Christmas gift rather than giving back of our abundance to the very least of these.
Fill the booties, not the abortionist’s pockets. The REAL WAR ON WOMEN is not having the resources to keep their unborn children. Find local crisis pregnancy centers and ministries and please donate items or money or time! You will save LIVES.
EXPOSING THE ABORTION AGENDA FROM THE PULPIT, ON THE SIDEWALK & IN THE STATEHOUSE. KeepLifeLegal advocates for unborn life on the sidewalks of abortion facilities, the steps of the Statehouse, and the Church with prayer, community outreach, and real LIFE supporting options.
A Pastor friend of mine asked, “What can people do that can’t or won’t go to the sidewalk but has burden for the unborn?” While everyone is welcome on the sidewalk, some people can’t come. Regardless of the reason why you cannot come to the sidewalk, there are things you can do to help:
- Support your local prolifers. You pass them all the time on your way to work or the grocery store. They stand in pouring rain, deal with excruciating heat, and the crippling cold of winter. You would be surprised how far a kind word goes. Feel free to wave, too!
- Volunteer at your local pregnancy center. You have no idea how much your life skills can help young, scared pregnant women. And sometimes these centers could use your extra time to sort through donated clothes and baby items.
- Remember to vote PROLIFE. We need prolife leaders; Judges, Mayors, Council people, Representatives, Senators, etc. Never should a person hold office that does not believe in representing ALL lives, not just the born ones. Call and email your representative often! After all, they work for YOU and their unborn future voters!
- Give and volunteer at your local Prolife Committees, Right to Life, and PAC’s. They help to provide for moms and families, promote prolife lawmakers, and maintain a life-minded community.
- Church and Ministries. If your church does not have a prolife ministry or outreach, find out why and perhaps start one!
- Your Family. If you are a parent, raise your children to be a great mom or dad, a best friend, and a Godly husband or wife. If we can teach our kids that they are valuable, they will know their own children, planned or unplanned, are just as valuable.
- Participate in local outreaches. In many communities, you’ll find a 40 Days for Life group, prayer meetings, and fundraisers that could use your help.
- Help a mom. Do you know anyone that could use a babysitter once a week or a ride to work? Maybe someone to talk to? We all do! A little help to them goes a very long way, and a shoulder to lean on is like gold.
- Donate, donate, donate. Your kids or grandkids outgrown things are very valuable to a mom that can’t afford to buy those things. And DIAPERS! A big bag of diapers donated to your local outreach is a huge blessing. And your TIME is invaluable!
- PRAY. And pray some more! Post-abortive women and moms that are in the valley of decision need your prayerful support and lots and LOTS of Jesus. Please remember them in your prayer time!
Although this information came from a 2009 article and report, the impression that conservative protesters are terrorists has not changed:
Just weeks after a scandal erupted over a Department of Homeland Security report that described as “right-wing extremists” those who oppose abortion and support secure national borders, another report is revealing that the Department of Defense is teaching that protesters are “low-level terrorists.”
Do you have the audacity to:
- Oppose abortion
- Oppose same-sex marriage
- Oppose restrictions on firearms
- Oppose lax immigration laws
- Oppose the policies of President Obama regarding immigration, citizenship, and the expansion of social programs
- Oppose continuation of free trade agreements
- Are suspect of foreign regimes
- Fear Communist regimes
- Oppose a “one world” government
- Bemoan the decline of U.S. stature in the world
- Are upset with loss of U.S. manufacturing jobs to China and India, and more
Looks like this so-called terrorism only goes ONE WAY?
When we attended the protest at the Texas state capital July of 2013, it was the ultra liberal protesters clad in orange that brought and/or threatened to bring used tampons, excrement and bottles of urine. I’m sure they forgot how they literally spit on prolifers and taunted? OH….did I mention that many of them were PAID to be there? Personally, I brought a big hat to keep the sun off my face. How’s that for extreme?
What is my prolife life in review? Just like other prolifers and advocates, I’ve done much but still not enough. Anyone who says otherwise is lifting themselves up rather than the task.
Have you gotten your call to prolife action? Being PINA [prolife in name only] helps no one…not one soul. Being PINA shows no fruit but brings self righteousness. Your call to prolife action takess your Christian life to a pivotal point of doing something, and it’s different for everyone.
The work is never done, there are lives being lost TODAY and will be more TOMORROW. For as wide and far as the Prolife Movement is, it actually boils down to saving souls and saving lives, one at a time. We will never know in the natural what actually happens in the supernatural – the results are God’s.
I’m thankful that He chose me to do this, I’m thankful for His encouragement, I’m thankful for His chastisement. Where I can never be perfect, He always is. He gives me the vision, I give Him the Glory! Way too many of us try to micromanage God. Trust God, He will never fail you.
If I fail at any one thing it is that I expect others to be on the same page I am and that’s just impossible. If I had to learn over a period of years, then so does everyone else.
And if there is one piece of advice I can I can give, it is this: FOLLOW GOD, not movements, not groups, not sects, not even your prolife best friend otherwise you will trust in people rather than God. God has your best interest at heart and loves you more than anyone will ever or could ever love you. People lie and steal and have agenda…even prolifers. God has LOVE. God has FORGIVENESS. God has THE ANSWER.
“Be strong and of good courage, do not fear nor be afraid of them; for the Lord your God, He is the One who goes with you. He will not leave you nor forsake you.” Deut 31:6
As for my 2014 prolife life in review, it is for God to know, for me to learn from, for our ministry to work on. I sincerely hope that God moves you to do more for the unborn and for Him. Let’s save lives and keep the agenda at home.
Happy New Year! Now…let’s get about the Father’s business!
Agape Defiled: How the Church Has Failed 55 Million Orphans
By: Rolley HaggardPublished: May 9, 2013 8:20 PM
There’s an elephant in the living room. Only it isn’t an elephant, and it isn’t in the living room. It’s a golden calf, and it’s in our baptismal font and our pulpit and our sanctuary and our Sunday School class and our Bible study group and everywhere else we worship and serve God, because, truth be told, it’s in our hearts.
To put it bluntly: We, the church of Jesus Christ, have an idol.
It’s called ministry.
Yes, ministry: busying ourselves with the things of God. Granted, ministry seems very un-idol-like. But then, subtlety is the hallmark of seductive sins. It has been the devil’s most effective stratagem since the beginning of time: Get the sin to seem no sin. Better, get it to seem like service to God. Better still, get it to be service to God. Sins don’t get more subtle than that, nor does idolatry seem like idolatry when we’re busy doing things God instructed us to do. It seems like true Christianity, like pure and undefiled religion.
But is it? Even ministry can be idolatry when it supplants what God most wants from us. What is the acid test of true Christianity, of pure and undefiled religion? What does it look like?
Pure and Undefiled Religion
We are not left guessing. In James 1:27, God tells us what “pure and undefiled religion” looks like: “Visit[ing] orphans and widows in their distress.” That’s divine shorthand for serving “the least of these” with sacrificial agape love. Acts of compassion, exemplified by coming to the aid of suffering women and children, are the distinguishing marks of true Christianity.
The American church, by stunning contrast, has been characterized the past 40 years—ever since Roe v. Wade—by the deliberate and thoroughgoing neglect of 55 million orphans in exquisite distress. One has to wonder if the cold indifference shown by the church to these orphans could have been any more absolute had salvation itself depended on completely ignoring them.
Yes, orphans, in the truest sense. These little victims, before having their lives snuffed out in abortion, were emphatically orphans, for there are two ways a child becomes an orphan: One is to lose his parents; the other is for his parents to abandon him. It doesn’t take a Solomon to see here the applicability of James 1:27.
Yet for four decades the church has fastidiously refused to muster aid on behalf of these little people and against one of the most barbaric and inhumane practices imaginable. Not only has the church opted not to visit these orphans in their distress, but by refusing to voice any significant public moral objection, the church has actually gone to the opposite extreme and given tacit sanction to their cruel mutilation and murder.
And this comports with James 1:27, how?
No one will answer that question because there is no answer. We are wholly without excuse. We have ignored not only the soundless cries of these abandoned orphans, but more ominously, the unequivocal declarations of our God and Father as well.
This raises the additional and perhaps more deeply soul-probing question: If pure and undefiled religion in God’s sight is to visit orphans in their distress, then just what kind of religion has the church been practicing since 1973? What kind of religion is it whose defining characteristic is the refusal to visit tens of millions of orphans in their inconceivably great distress?
Yes, defining characteristic. A defining characteristic is the feature most notable and distinctive about a thing. A hundred years from now history will remember us not for our missions or evangelism or our ministry, much less for our fidelity to the Bible. It will remember us for our breathtakingly thorough disregard of orphans in their distress.
Abortion continues to flourish largely because of us. We could end abortion overnight—if we really wanted to. The present generation of Christians will no more be lauded for its service to Christ than would a perverted pastor who preached spellbinding sermons and won thousands of souls by day, but committed pedophilia against a four-year-old child by night.
We will not be remembered for the religious busyness we called ministry—in the final analysis, this amounts to so much window-dressing in the sight of God—but for refusal to give Christ the one thing He wants in evidence of true love for Him: that we would love our neighbor as ourselves.
The logic is inescapable: If pure and undefiled religion in the sight of God is to give compassionate, sacrificial, agape love to abandoned children, then American Christianity is grotesquely impure and defiled—like a river of life befouled by the corpses of too many children for even the angels to count.
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Solomon: The Mother’s Day Ruminations of an Abandoned Son
Call me her son, but not my mother deem
The one who gave me life enough to taste
The barest part of God’s ecstatic dream,
Then rid me from her womb with wicked haste.
“Considered innocent till guilty proved”
So said the law she praised, yet gave me death
With no defense, who not so much as moved
A tiny fist or raised his voice in threat.
She thought it wisdom plotting my demise
And naming “Orphan,” by default, her son;
But she by murder made that son more wise;
For cenotaphs shall dub him “Solomon,”
Who, like the Sage, is sure a mother true
Would not consent to cut her child in two.
Rolley Haggard is a feature writer for BreakPoint.
Today is ‘Reformation Day’, NOT HALLOWEEN; the day when Martin Luther saw through scripture that the ‘just shall live by Faith’, NOT an evolution of faith via religion, otherwise God lied to Abraham: “And he believed in the Lord, and He accounted it to him for righteousness”, Genesis 15:6.
“For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith to faith; as it is written, “The just shall live by faith.” Romans 1:17
[Which interpreted correctly from the original text should read ‘The just shall live by HIS faith’]
There is always a counterfeit for everything holy.
The 95 Theses, his revelation of the truth of the doctrine of God, were written by Martin Luther in October 31, 1517. Ignoring the fact that Luther unlocked what was purposely omitted shows where the true heretic lies:
JESUS SAID: “Do you suppose that I came to give peace on earth? I tell you, not at all, but rather division.” Luke 12:51
AND: “Do not think that I came to bring peace on earth. I did not come to bring peace but a sword.” Matthew 10:34
‘They just shall live by faith’ is the basis for Evangelical Christianity [the Doctrine of the Bible] because it points to what Christ did at the Cross instead of trusting in organized religion and its man-appointed leaders. I know this does not bode well with organized religion but the Word of God supersedes anything that man says or does.
Martin Luther was given revelation by God to undo what ‘man’ had done for centuries to His Word, His opinion, His ultimate goal. The Reformation was now the line in the sand to mark those that cause the actual division – those that teach religion to salvation.
This is why there is such a thing as ‘Nondenominational Christian’. While organized religion thinks we run with scissors, I assure you that if one reads and understands the Canon of Scripture in the intent it was written [from the original texts of Hebrew & Greek] and understands that it is THE inspired Word of God without the opinion of man, you would see that Nondenoms are actually ON the Roman Road by way of His leading. The Bible taught order, not liturgy.
While Martin Luther was not a perfect man nor lived a perfect life, he did do this one thing: caused division from the ‘Church’ and showed that Christians needed to put their Faith in Jesus Christ alone and not organized religion or man. We needed a Saviour, not a figurehead, general superintendent, presiding bishop, general overseer, general conference, self-appointed prophet & apostles or even the Pope: ‘The just shall live by Faith’. [Habakkuk 2:4, Romans 1:7, Galatians 3:11, Hebrews 10:38]
We forget that organized religion killed Jesus on that day, and most certainly do not read the entire Bible to see what Christ himself said and did. If organized religion says they will decipher scripture for you, run FAST. Asking an opinion is one thing, but someone dictating from opinion of an organization rather than straight from the Word of God is frightening. However, I do like sharing ideas about Scripture; it makes for great conversation BUT getting away from the Finished Work of Christ can change your Eternal destination. Always back up what you say with Scripture because if you don’t, then the point is moot.
“Most assuredly, I say to you, he who hears My word and believes in Him who sent Me has everlasting life, and shall not come into judgment, but has passed from death into life.” [John 5:24]
Sometimes, I really hate Facebook. It brings out the side of people that we really don’t want to see; it gives power to those that think they have power…or think they should have power, which is kinda scary. There’s some mud slingin’ again and it bends me up. Prolifers should be saving the unborn, not furthering their personal agenda. If you want to hang out with like-minded folks, then you should. I prefer to be with my Evangelical and Catholic friends and partners in Prolife. When it comes to church, we are stanchly Evangelical. But we want to have the same end of the story…and end to abortion.
Yes, this has everything to do with the Prolife Movement. We have been blessed to be enrapt with Catholic friends (besides Evangelicals) in Prolife Ministry seeing that we also have opinions and a voice very close to theirs regarding saving our unborn at our abortion facility and within our community. We have a special bond that most do not have because we have chosen to respect each other and love the other for their fervency. But such is not the case for everyone.
As I have mentioned a bazillion times before, I AM AN EVANGELICAL CHRISTIAN – I AM NOT A PROTESTANT or CATHOLIC. A quick overview of what an Evangelical is: Simply, a true Evangelical believes [because the BIBLE SAYS SO] in justification by FAITH ALONE: “Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom also we have access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God,” (Rom 5:1-2).
I know…you’re thinking….THOSE DARNED EVANGELICALS TAKING EVERYTHING THE BIBLE SAYS LITERALLY. And to that I say that it is part of our ‘reasonable service’ (Rom 12:1).
Yes, this has everything to do with the Prolife Movement…..and here’s why: Way too often we Evangelicals get a bit ruffled with major denominations running with the ball while we Evangelicals are just trying to get in the game. NOW, while I do agree with the argument, I do not believe it is a reason to cause division in the case of saving the unborn. In other words, we are in this movement TOGETHER.
AGAIN, while I am not a Catholic, Presbyterian, or ‘other’, it is not up to me to bring Church to the game NOR SHOULD THEY. But, they do, and we are chastised for being fervent in our Faith and essentially cast down as heretics. All that being said, we are not doing a great job catching flies with vinegar:
“And the tongue is a fire, a world of iniquity. The tongue is so set among our members that it defiles the whole body, and sets on fire the course of nature; and it is set on fire by hell. For every kind of beast and bird, of reptile and creature of the sea, is tamed and has been tamed by mankind. But no man can tame the tongue. It is an unruly evil, full of deadly poison. With it we bless our God and Father, and with it we curse men, who have been made in the similitude of God. Out of the same mouth proceed blessing and cursing. My brethren, these things ought not to be so. Does a spring send forth fresh water and bitter from the same opening? Can a fig tree, my brethren, bear olives, or a grapevine bear figs? Thus no spring yields both salt water and fresh.” James 3:6-12, NKJV
BLESSING AND CURSING is coming out of the mouths of men and women who demean and demoralize Evangelicals with man-appointed saints and other sundry things, ‘If anyone adds to these things, God will add to him the plagues that are written in this book’ (Rev 22:18-19) I thought is evidence enough? Yes, it is because THOSE DARNED EVANGELICALS TAKE EVERYTHING THE BIBLE SAYS LITERALLY. There, I said it….the 66 Books of the Bible are literal; nothing to add OR take away to justify anything, unless you really want to make God mad.
Remember, I am a Minister FIRST, Prolifer SECOND. Evangelical Ministers seek to save the lost, not stir the pot in other kitchens unless provoked. Anyway…
You see, Evangelical Prolifers have noticed the marked line and we are made to feel that we are not needed or wanted because of our ideology. When we have the gall to ‘note those who cause divisions and offenses’ (Rom 16:17) as the BIBLE says, then we’re suddenly the bad guy. Out of your mouths come ‘blessing and cursing’ just as it does ours. We’ll pray about it for those that cause true division in the cause for unborn life as well as keeping other people from getting in the game. Causing ‘anything by which your brother stumbles’ (Rom 14:21) can make that person get away from the Faith, much less Prolife Ministry. Words hurt and offend.
Yes, this has everything to do with the Prolife Movement because women that abort identify with either Catholic, Protestant or Evangelical….over 75%….and we’re fighting over who gets to them first. Where were we in the first place? Were we in their Churches preaching to them? NO. Most people in Prolife Ministry are not ministering AT ALL.
‘My brethren, these things ought not to be so’ (Ja 3:10), but they are. It is the ‘brethren’ we need to be concerned about, it is our own that we need to expel this curse of picking on other ministries when we have the plank in our own eye (Mat 7:3).
Yes, this has everything to do with the Prolife Movement….because today, at least 4000 more unborn children will die from abortion while ‘prolifers’ duke it out. Incredible. The 40th year of Roe is here and Prolifers are still bickering with each other. LOUD AUDIBLE SIGH.
Carrying the BAG is a four part series regarding abortion and the women that suffered the loss of their child or children – the Post Abortive Woman. Abortion changes everyone’s life.
About 43% of all women, 45 years old and under are Post Abortive. Nearly half of them will or have aborted again.
Abortion kills, abortion binds the hands of God. But abortion is forgivable.
Carrying the BAG, part 1
‘The Truth about Death’
God gave us ‘free will’; the ability to choose right from wrong. Throughout the ages, the freedom to choose has destroyed life rather than protect it.
Deuteronomy 30:19 says, ‘I call heaven and earth to witness against you today, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and curse. Therefore choose life, that you and your offspring may live…’
The world will tell you that an unborn child is not a ‘baby’ until ____. There is a reason why I left it blank. There are many answers to that question according to the Supreme Court, state and federal law.
God is the Creator of everything and everyone. So, let’s go to the Word of God!
1)When does life begin? 2)Who gives life? 3)Who takes life? Answers (yes, there might be a quiz later):
- Before conception – Jeremiah 1:5
- God – Psalm 139:13-14
- God – Job 1:21
The big question that both sides of the abortion issue ask is “Does life begin at conception”? The answer is a resounding Absolutely NOT. Life began long before your natural parents knew each other. As stated in Jeremiah 1:5, we were known to God and already had a purpose and ministry mapped before us. As well in Jeremiah 29:11, ‘For I know the plans I have for you, declares the LORD, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope’. See scriptures here.
An unborn child at conception is an eternal being that has a divine purpose that was first created and loved by God, second by his/her parents. Women have been entrusted with the incredible ability and opportunity to give life to an eternal soul created in the image of God! What an honor!
Lawmakers that believed the abortion lie did not know God as Creator, nor did they know God as God at all. Think of it this way: if walking down the street you see someone that’s homeless – are you moved to help or pray for that person or do you think this person was a mistake because of that person’s circumstances? Answer that HONESTLY. Remember, God hears you.
When we are physically made, we go through a myriad of changes every day during gestation. Here’s what a brand new unborn child goes through in the first 9 weeks of life:
- 7 days – now has his/her own blood cells; placenta has formed
- 19 days – heart begins to beat
- 20 days – foundation of the nervous system is laid
- 24 days – heart now has regular beats
- 30 days – regular blood flow within the vascular system begins; ear and nasal development
- 35 days – eyes start to develop; 40 pairs of muscles are present
- 40 days – heart output is 20% of an adult
- 42 days – brain waves are detectable
- 49 days – skeletal system is developed, fingers, toes and ears
- 50 days – internal organs and external structures are identifiable
- 56 days – all organs are functioning (stomach, liver, kidneys, brain); all systems are intact.
- 9th week – teeth begin to form; fingernails develops and the baby can now squint, swallow and can retract their tongue.
It is at about the 9th week that most abortions are performed; it is also when the unborn child is complete – at this point, he/she only needs nourishment and time to grow.
Carrying the BAG, part 2
‘Accepting the Truth about Life’
Romans 3:23 says, ‘For all have sinned and come short of the Glory of God’.
All of us! Every Christian has failed, bar NONE. Actually, that makes me feel a bit better that I’m not the only failure! But thank GOD for forgiveness.
Yes, abortion is forgivable.
In part 1 of Carrying the Bag, we defined what Life is in the eyes of God according to His living Word. Our lives were known by God long before our parents knew us. That simple statement reminds me how important my life is to Him and the Kingdom! But when we abort, we bind the hands of God from what that tiny life would have been capable of in the Kingdom. Talk about falling short of the Glory of God! When you aborted, you told God NO.
Repentance brings forgiveness! Have you asked God out loud to forgive you? With forgiveness, now we can take responsibility for our sin: Psalm 32:5 says, ‘I acknowledged my sin to you, and I did not cover my iniquity; I said, “I will confess my transgressions to the LORD,” and You forgave the iniquity of my sin.’ King David is a perfect example of someone that really fell short of what God had for him, his repentance and his victory: ‘Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me,’ (Psalm 51:10).
You ask, ‘Why did this happen to me? Why didn’t God love me enough to stop me?’ I assure you, He gives us every opportunity to NOT sin, but we are human. God either causes or allows heartbreak, grief, failure, death and sickness to allow us to grow in grace and knowledge of Him and His Word. Once we mere humans understand that His way is perfect, no matter how it doesn’t make sense to us; it is His Divine Will. Upon recognizing this, we can let go and let God. ‘The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly,’ (John 10:10).
Now we can realize the responsibility of the abortion. We don’t walk away from abortion unscathed; it’s a horrible secret we carry around in a heavy, heavy bag everyday everywhere we go. How many years have you Carried the Bag? How has your life changed since the abortion?
Post Abortion Syndrome is a response to the ‘stress’ of abortion on the mother (and sometimes to the father); a phenomenon that can manifest sometimes years after the abortion. PAS can involve a long period of recovery mostly because the manifestations are so extreme and agonizing. Indications of PAS are (not necessarily limited to):
- Alcohol and/or Drug abuse
- Eating disorders
- Child neglect or abuse
- Divorce or divorces; Chronic relationship problems
- Promiscuity/Sexual dysfunction
- Repeat abortions.
We need to recognize the constant battle being fought for our very soul. It is our persistence in the things of God and pressing toward the Goal – living a Cross-centered life – that makes the devil mad and makes us better women of God. We are Blessed and highly favored! You will never forget that day your abortion took place. But giving this burden to God is not only freeing to you but He wants you to!
Romans 8:1 says, ‘There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.’
Carrying the BAG, part 3
‘Pain and Loss’
2 Samuel 12:22-23 says, ‘(v22)He said, “While the child was still alive, I fasted and wept, for I said, ‘Who knows whether the LORD will be gracious to me, that the child may live?’ (v23)But now he is dead. Why should I fast? Can I bring him back again? I shall go to him, but he will not return to me.’
Through the horrific sin that David committed, he would still be blessed mightily by God – David and Bathsheba would later have another son, Solomon, who was one of the greatest men of God. Sin can breed sin OR we can learn from it. David repented and became a man after God’s own heart. The most important part of this particular scripture is that David knows he will see his dead son again in Heaven.
Yes, babies DO go to Heaven!
Have you walked around long enough feeling that God has let you down? ‘Yet we esteemed Him stricken’ – the Bible says that we viewed Jesus as a wounded man (Isaiah 53:4) before we understood the truth of Salvation. Jesus was not left alone to die on the Cross and you were not alone when you lost your baby. Nor are you alone today! You made a decision to abort, but would you make that same decision today? Of course not! You have learned through grief and loss that a baby’s life was taken – it wasn’t a fertilized egg, it wasn’t a blastocyst, it wasn’t an embryo, it wasn’t a fetus. It was a human life that God made in His likeness, ‘Then God said, “Let us make man in our image, after our likeness*. And let them have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over the livestock and over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth,” (Genesis 1:26).
Proverbs 6:16-19 tells us what God hates; Scripture says that He hates six things and seven are an abomination to Him. Think about the lies you were told about your unborn baby by the media, counselors, practitioners and doctors at the abortion clinic:
- Haughty eyes – a look of superiority from those that think an abortion is ‘best’ for YOU
- Lying tongue – ‘It’s not a baby yet’
- Hands that shed innocent blood – abortion doctors & their staff
- A heart that devises wicked plans – ACLU & the Supreme Court
- Feet that makes haste to run to evil – moderates and democrats that support the abortion agenda
- A false witness who breathes out lies – the family member, friend, boyfriend that encouraged your abortion for their own agenda
- One who sows discord among the brethren – those that caused the division and offense in your time of need instead of loving kindness keenly expressed by the Holy Spirit to give; weak churches & preachers that do not stand up for the rights of the unborn.
Woman of God, you have suffered a great amount of pain and loss. God in His foreknowledge knew we would sin; and with sin grief, to know pain and loss, then heartbrokenness – but God is so GOOD! He gave us Jesus that we would be healed of our loss:
“But he was wounded for our transgressions; he was crushed for our iniquities; upon him was the chastisement that brought us peace, and with his stripes we are healed,” (Isaiah 53:5).
Today is a new day that was given to us by God to start new and rejoice! Forgiveness is the first step in your grieving process. Matthew 18:21-23 says, ‘(v21)Then Peter came up and said to him, “Lord, how often will my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? As many as seven times?” (v22)Jesus said to him, “I do not say to you seven times, but seventy times seven.”
Jesus forgave those that crucified Him. Honestly, if He can forgive his assailants and murderers, then I can forgive, too. Luke 23:33-34 says, ‘(v33)And when they came to the place that is called The Skull, there they crucified him, and the criminals, one on his right and one on his left. (v34)And Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do…”’
*‘Our image, our likeness’ refers to the Holy Trinity – Father, Son & Holy Spirit.
Carrying the BAG, part 4
The Apostle Paul wrote much of his epistles in chains – in prison. Paul understood that he had much to do for God regardless of his situation. Being in prison would seem like there was no hope, so why bother? But that’s not how God works, ‘I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus,’ (Philippians 3:14).
The trauma of the Post Abortive woman is a very mighty thing when you “Carry the BAG”. It seems impassable, almost improbable to overcome. But God chose those that the world has looked down upon to rise up and show other Post Abortive women how to heal and recover:
1Corinthians 1:27-28, (v27)“But God chose what is foolish in the world to shame the wise; God chose what is weak in the world to shame the strong; (v28)God chose what is low and despised in the world, even things that are not, to bring to nothing things that are…”
Satan is still trying to restrain you from your call from God. You may still have fear and shame because of your abortion – you might still isolate and feel inferior. But God’s call is greater than that, ‘And after you have suffered a little while, the God of all grace, who has called you to his eternal glory in Christ, will himself restore, confirm, strengthen, and establish you,’ (1Peter 5:10). We have been SET FREE from sin! God is so good! He gave us Jesus to set us free from ALL unrighteousness – our sin is under His shed Blood! Satan no longer has a grip on your ON YOUR SIN!
Spread the Good News of Restoration & Healing!
There are many thousands of victims (women AND men) of abortion that are in your church, your neighbor, even your closest friend or relative that needs to tell their story about their abortion. Sharing with them can help set them free from the burden of Carrying the BAG. Your encouraging words can set the stage for healing and forgiveness to begin. Let God use you! Remember, 43%* of women are Post Abortive; 47% of Post Abortive women will or have aborted again. The only way we can stop abortion is one heart at a time.
We are a constant work in progress! Just as the Book of Acts is a continuing story of the ‘church’; such are we as the body of Christ for ‘there is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.’
Jeremiah 18:1-4 says, ‘(v1)The word that came to Jeremiah from the LORD: (v2)”Arise, and go down to the potter’s house, and there I will let you hear my words.”(v 3)So I went down to the potter’s house, and there he was working at his wheel. (v4)And the vessel he was making of clay was spoiled in the potter’s hand, and he reworked it into another vessel, as it seemed good to the potter to do.’
One baby at a time, one mom at a time, one heart at a time.
*43% of women will have had an abortion by the age of 45.
All Scripture references are in English Standard Version.
I hate that I was forced to abort by someone I trusted. I hate that I was lied to by my family, friends and the abortionist. I hate that I have to carry this around like an albatross around my neck until the day I die.
I hated myself.
How can anyone get past what is already in the past? The only thing that defeats hate is forgiveness:
‘Then said Jesus, “Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do.” And they parted his raiment, and cast lots.’ Luke 23:34
I learned this 30 years after my abortion. That is way too long to hate my coercers and myself. I finally concluded that they really did not know what they were doing because all they saw was a ‘fix’ to a temporary problem…everyone involved had an agenda to take my unborn baby because it benefitted them. To them it was all about the money; it was cheaper to force me to abort than to buy diapers and formula. But for me, I get to keep a vivid memory of destroying an innocent Life.
God forced me to make a decision; accept and forgive OR hate. Once I accepted what happened and forgave, my future was placed before me.
Ministry is a hard thing but its reward is worth it. Ministry forces you to look inward all the time for everything. Every big or little thing that has happened to you is magnified so that you can see it now with spiritual eyes instead of the how the world sees it. Always remember that the world seeks to take your life, the Lord wants to give you Life eternal.
All that being said, the burden He gave me was obvious – to minister to women and men that are post-abortive AND to fight for the rights of the unborn in the Church and politically. God has given me a specific vision to go and spread this message of forgiveness, hope and love in His name.
Today, I am VICTORIOUS and post-abortive.