It's Saturday morning and when I pull up my computer I get the latest Yahoo news.
One of the stories that caught my eye tells of a 16 year old girl from California
who was rescued at sea last week.
Her parent approved attempt to sail around the world alone non-stop was interrupted by the weather.
Family spokesman, Jeff Casher said her vessel was so badly damaged, her attempt to circle the globe was over. "This is the end of the dream. There's no boat to sail," he said.
Many times in our lives we do things on our own, without God and we fail miserably.
We make choices that can't be undone and we have to live with the consequences of those choices for the rest of our lives.
And often, instead of allowing God to restore us and be the undeniable center in and of our lives, we believe that our vessels are so badly damaged that any attempt to live for God is impossible.
And so our journey of being a woman that says Yes to God is interrupted all because we swallow every bite of lies our enemy spoon feeds us that this is the end and there's no boat to sail.
But what if we stopped believing the smooth talking father of lies and took God at His own Word?
What if we accepted His offer of grace and forgiveness and made Him the Captain of our wrecked lives?
I have taken a break from hosting blog book/Bible studies, but now feel the time is right to do another book.
The book chosen for this next study won't be for all of us.
And honestly, I hope you won't have any reason to join me in this study.
I hope it's one thing we don't ever have in common.
The subject matter is one that if we are against it, it is okay make a sign,stand on the corner and let others know your strong beliefs.
But if you have done it, shame on you and to avoid judgement just keep it quiet and just move on.
The problem I have with keeping it quiet is that how the heck are we supposed let God use us to help others who may be leaning toward making the same choice you did?
Because what if our testimony is what gets them to change their mind and choose life over death?
So July 6th I welcome back YES to GOD Tuesday's
where we meet here every Tuesday to discuss a book
and the next study is...
a book by author and speaker
Recently, two young ladies I know made a choice.
Miles apart in different states both were pregnant.
One I didn't know of her pregnancy until later, one I knew of right away.
One chooses to end life and now cannot bear the consequences of her choice.
The other one is leaning toward the same choice.
The one who chose to end life messages the other not to do this and shares her story.
The mother of the pregnant young lady tells me, "I am desperate to save this baby".
On behalf of her desperation to save her grandchild, the throne room was flooded with prayers
from all over the country.
Truth of after-horror is shared from women who aborted with the young lady still pregnant.
Hoping something said would change her mind and heart.
And our God.
He was not unmoved.
Not by the young lady who chose to abort and now cries to her Savior
and not by those interceding for the baby still alive.
The pregnant one has made her choice.
She will start off 2011 with changing the diapers of her little one!
And the one left with regret praises God alongside other post-abortion women
all wishing they had made the choice of life.
Please know that I am not telling you to stand up in church on Sunday and say,
"Hello, I am So and So and I had an abortion".
But what I do encourage you to do is allow God to use your choice of regret
to glorify Him instead letting Satan shame you.
Over and over again.
Perhaps joining this study is exactly where God wants His work to begin in you.
The young lady who aborted never knew my story.
But what if she had...would she have shared with me her fears and
by hearing of my regret, not made the same choice that I did?
Here is a description of the book from the author's website:
Many women hide the secret of abortion deep in their hearts, and they are suffering severe consequences. They carry a great burden of shame and failure afraid to reveal their hidden pain, and by doing so are forced to endure the long-lasting effects in isolation. Surrendering the Secret will allow women to release this burden and find freedom through 'redemptive community' while experiencing hope and joy as shame and failure are replaced with beauty.
IT'S TIME TO HEAL THE HEARTBREAK OF ABORTION.
I will not be leading this study alone.
I asked my friend Jennifer, author of the blog Spirit of the Truth to join me because her passion for post abortion women is such a threat to the kingdom of darkness.
She has led many groups through this book in person and at the time of asking her I had no idea of that.
But God knew exactly who we need to help us through this journey.
Learn more about Jennifer here in a very touching blog post called LifeSong.
What I didn't know until after she said "yes", is that she works for the ministry of the author of this book!
Before I e-mailed Jennifer, I had e-mailed Pat asking if she thought this was a book appropriate to do as a blog study or if it had to be done in a group setting in person.
She said it has never been done before on a blog before but that she thought it was a great idea.
We have her blessing and prayers and she is very excited about it.
What I love about a blog study is you can participate from the comfort of your own home.
You can join in and if you have something you want to share except for your identity then you can sign in under "ANONYMOUS" and nobody will have a clue to who you are except your Creator.
If you have any questions regarding a YES to GOD study, on the right side of my blog there is a square button you can push that has all the answer's to FAQ's you can think of.
Unlike the other studies I've hosted there will not be a sign up for this study.
Please think about joining Jennifer and I for study and discussion of one chapter each week of
Pat Layton's book
Surrendering the Secret.
Meet here Tuesday, July 6th and have chapter 1 read and ready to discuss.
Invite anyone to join that you know has been down this road before.
Let your women's ministry at church know.
You do not have to have a blog to join in.
You never have to join the discussion if you don't feel comfortable.
But if this study will help you or someone you know please join us.
And watch the message below from Pat Layton and other post-abortion women.
To order your book, click here so you can join us with
chapter 1 on JULY 6th!
If you need to e-mail me with any questions, you can do so at firstname.lastname@example.org or if you have specific questions regarding the study since she is a leader and is familiar with it, please contact Jennifer at email@example.com