Leaving Footprints For Those Who Cannot

The following is based on a true story. However, I revised a few details.

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I was terrified. My parents will kill me! I thought. I had been dating the same guy for two years. We used protection, most of the time anyway.

I finally broke the news to my boyfriend: “I’m pregnant”.

“You have to get an abortion,” he said. “I’ll pay for it.”

Fear paralyzed me. I had let my parents down. At the age of 15, I couldn’t afford to raise a child, let alone pay for the hospital bill. And what about my plans of becoming a doctor?

Although I never told my parents, nobody else offered me any other options. My best friend drove me to the abortion clinic and let me stay at her place afterwards until I felt normal again.

I admit, I felt a burden lift immediately afterwards. But now depression taunts me. When I see a mom with her baby, I can’t help but wonder about the baby I aborted. Was my baby a boy or a girl? What color of hair and eyes would she have had? What would her personality be like?

Every time I visit a gynecologist and have to fill out my medical history, I am reminded that I am part of a national statistic as a parent. I chose to abort my first child. And I have to ask myself: What did I miss with my child because I chose to abort? How would my life be different if I knew the options then that I know now?

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Every day a young girl becomes pregnant. She is usually afraid and many times feels alone and unsure where to turn. At Life Choices Clinic in Lewiston, Idaho, a trained Pregnancy Coach helps her by talking through her fears without judgment, confirms her pregnancy with a free pregnancy test and free ultrasound, and provides information she needs to make an informed decision. A wide variety of classes are also available.

Life Choices Clinic is a non-profit Christian ministry affiliated with Care Net. This ministry is dedicated to upholding the sanctity of all human life by offering life-affirming choices through providing pregnancy related medical and other support services in a compassionate, nonjudgmental environment. The Life Choices staff envisions a culture where women and men faced with pregnancy decisions are transformed by the Gospel of Jesus Christ and empowered to choose life for their unborn children and abundant life for their families.

 

The Secret of a Fruitful Life

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Have you ever felt an inner war between the person you would love to be and the person who just can’t get it right? I know I have. In “The Essentials of the Faith” series, Pastor Cliff Purcell shares a great message for all of us who struggle in this area: The Secret of a Fruitful Life (July 15, 2018).

Have a great week!

God’s Faithfulness

I took this picture in Glacier National Park while driving the Going to the Sun Road. I added a purple filter for the fun of it. 🙂 The scenery here is spectacular. I saw two mountain goats on the side of the hill right before my family drove through a tunnel. Of course, this would be the one time I didn’t have my camera ready. Maybe next time! Wishing you a wonderful week!

Holy Who?

For those of you in the States, I hope you had a wonderful Independence Day.

This book follows Names of Christ in a trilogy designed to help Christians better understand the glory, majesty, and power of the triune God. A devotional study of the Holy Spirit which looks at His ministry throughout Scripture as revealed in the names the Bible gives Him. Knowledge of Him will help you understand His power, His intercession, His indwelling, His gifts, His anointing, and Fruit produced in believers.

Freedom is something we should never take for granted either as an American, or as a Christian who has been set free from the consequence of our sins.

Continuing in the “Essentials of Our Faith” series, Pastor Cliff Purcell shares some things we need to know about the Holy Spirit: Holy Who? (July 1, 2018).

Have a great week!