Tuesday, July 6, 2010

YES to GOD Study: Surrendering the Secret Intro's

Welcome to the new YES to GOD study of Pat Layton's book 
Surrendering the Secret.  
What better timing to start this book after the holiday that represents Freedom.
I hope you all had a great weekend, now let's get to it.

This book is in sessions, not chapters as I had previously stated. Each day there is something to read and questions to answer. So today, will just be introductions and next Tuesday, July 13th we will share and discuss Session 1: WHERE HAVE YOU COME FROM?

Here is a note from Jennifer, my co-leader of this study... 

Hi everyone! 
I wanted to take a quick minute to introduce myself and tell you a little bit about why I am co-leading this on line study with Lelia. My name is Jennifer Kittredge and I went through Surrendering the Secret for myself in January of 2009. 

This was not something that I wanted to do but God had other plans (He always does). My abortion kept coming up back in December of 2008 and I wrestled with God about it for days. I did NOT want to go back there. Finally, I emailed Pat Layton, the author of our study, and she told me to run to A Woman's Place, which is our local crisis pregnancy center which Pat started about 24 years ago. I did, not actually excited about why I was there but knew God was behind me leading me and guiding me to finally receive the healing I so desperately needed. 

Fast forward to 8 weeks after our study ( I will share more of my journey along the way) I am a new person. My chains are gone and I have been set FREE! Finally free from this bondage that had been holding me down.  

I became a certified leader of STS in May of 2009 and have been leading groups at my church ever since.

I am so excited for each one of you who will share this journey with us. I know that this is scary,but God is with you every step of the way. He wants you healed. He wants to shine His light into your darkest places.

For week one of this study please start in your workbook with Session 1 "Where Have You Come From?". When you are through with your session, please share whatever stood out to you most throughout your session. Please take the Past Trauma Survey on page 17 of your book and share the score of your survey and the key symptoms you recognized in your own life.

"For God did not send his Son into the world, but to save the world through him...But whoever lives by the truth comes into the light, so that it may be seen plainly that what he has done has been done through God" 

John 3:17,21 

From Lelia....

I don't think I've ever fully dealt with what I did. Taking the life of a child is something when done you can never undo and when the reality of that hits you it's a panic one can hardly explain. You think of your baby all of the time. And the "what-ifs" are infinitely long. What if I would've trusted God and just had the baby...What if I would have left the clinic that day, and on and on. The shame is so heavy and so I'm ready to surrender even this to a God that says I am worth His Son's death on a cross. I'm scared and so ready for this journey. I hope if you've made this choice that you're ready too. 
Hand in hand and heart to heart, let's do this together. 

Jeremiah 29:11
 For I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.
*********************** next week, Tuesday, July 13th meet here and if you want to, be ready to share your thoughts on Session 1. If you just want to silently participate, please do so. Whatever your level of comfort in join us at that level. This is a no pressure study. So, if you don't have your book, order it now for it's never to late to join us in this journey toward freedom! Click here to order your book today or for someone you know struggling with the secret of abortion.

Below is the anthem of this study.

Have a blessed week! 


lisasmith said...

This is going to be a beautiful journey!! I love Pat's heart and oh wow... I will be praying for each of you as God leads you to freedom and out of the darkness of secrets.

Although, I've never had an abortion, God is radically leading me to a place of healing and dealing with my own "secrets." May we journey together "hand in hand and heart to heart."

Love you, Lelia and so nice to meet you, Jennifer.
in Christ, lisa

Laura said...

I am so excited to see the work God does through this study and through you and Jennifer, Lelia. I already know what a terrific Bible study leader you are...and I know how near to your heart this subject matter is. He died to set us free...I love that you begin right there.

I'll be praying for you and all the ladies that go through this with you in the next weeks.


Renee Swope said...

I love what God is doing in you and through you. I see His heart and hand in everything you have written here and all throughout your blog. It's beautiful. Praying for many captives to be set free through this study. Pat is amazing. She is the real deal and God is going to meet you powerfully through His work in her study. Thanks for being available to so many who need Him and your friendship. I love you sweet friend!

Darlene said...

Hello Ladies.

I am here too, working through the book with ya. Although my journey took a slightly different route, I, too, am healed and renewed through Christ and I am honored and blessed to stand heart-to-heart with you.

Lord willing, I will see you here next week.

Leila and Jennifer, thank you for baring your souls for other people's healing.


LisaShaw said...

My sister,

I am so thankful the LORD has you on this journey. Went through mine back in the early 90's of healing from the sin and pain of aborting my child in 1991. If you get a moment pop into my prolife/post abortive ministry blog on my profile page in blogger.

I am praying for you and all who are participating in the study. Pat is awesome. I have the book and leader guide and it's amazing.

I also like "forgiven and set free".

I love you. I'm praying for you!

Jennifer said...

Hi there my friend. I am looking forward to seeing God show up BIG TIME. I know He has such a plan for this Yes to God study. Women are going to be set free from their pasts, free from their pain, and finally walk in the freedom only God can give!

Praying for each woman as she walks out this journey!