Abortion Tragedy and Post-Traumatic Effects on Those Who Abort Their Babies

“For You shaped me, inside and out.
You knitted me together in my mother’s womb
long before I took my first breath.
I will offer You my grateful heart,
for I am Your unique creation, filled with wonder and awe.
You have approached even the smallest details with excellence;
Your works are wonderful;
I carry this knowledge deep within my soul.”
Psalm 139:13-14 VOICE

All life is precious to God, no matter what age. Yes, even those millions of tiny seeds of life that are snuffed out by abortion.

About this time each year, a church we pass by lines up long rows of pink and blue crosses to represent the lost lives of unborn children. It’s a humbling sight. In 2015 in SD alone, 444 abortions were reported. Little lives that were never given a choice.

According to WHO, there are over 3000 known abortions per day in the USA alone. At least 125,000 per day throughout the world. Words are not adequate to describe how horrendous and heart-breaking this is.

❤️ I am so sorry, precious little ones. ❤️

Sadly, we can’t bring these babies back, but we can speak up for these little voices who have been silenced and for those who are still in danger. We can tell others they are not just globs of tissue, but lives that are created in God’s image.

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At the same time we can be there for women and teens who are struggling. For those who are being deceived, especially the young, vulnerable, and naive. For those who have aborted and now feel such an empty ache in their hearts. Those overwhelmed by shame. Those who wonder if God can ever forgive them or they can forgive themselves. Feelings of aloneness and depression weigh down their hearts and lives. Some even commit suicide.

Many women who have aborted keep it a secret, bearing their burden alone out of fear of being judged, condemned, or ostracized, especially by some Christians.

Abortion is so wrong, but so is condemning others. Jesus set us an example of love, compassion, and forgiveness. Loving like Him bears the burdens of the hurting. Jesus never turns us away, no matter what we have done or not done. He extends His welcoming, loving, forgiving arms to all who are troubled. He can mend a heart that’s torn. He can bring beauty out of ashes.

“The LORD is near the brokenhearted;
He saves those crushed in spirit.”
Psalm 34:18
 “Carry one another’s burdens
and in this way you will fulfill
the requirements of the law of Christ
[that is, the law of Christian love].”
Galatians 6:2 AMP

Stories From Teen Girls Who Aborted – Girls talk about why they chose abortion, what it was like, and how they feel now.

Abortion Trauma and Healing – Important information about PTSD in those who have aborted their babies, the need for healing, and the importance of hope

After Abortion – Hope and Healing After Abortion

Lumina/A Ray of Light in Abortion’s Darkness – “Feelings of anxiety, panic, grief, guilt and shame can often seem insurmountable, but there is a way out of the pain. You do not have to suffer alone!”

Hope After Abortion – “It’s normal to grieve a pregnancy loss, including the loss of a child by abortion. It can form a hole in one’s heart, a hole so deep that sometimes it seems nothing can fill the emptiness.”

“You Are Loved”
by Ellie Holcomb

“Some days you’re tired of trying to measure up
You see a girl whose not enough
When you look in the mirror
Some nights all you wanna do is hide
‘Cause every time you look inside
You’re face to face with failure

But you are loved, oh
Not because of what you’ve done, no
Even when your heart has run the other way
Nothing’s gonna change His love
And you are wanted
Not because you are perfect
I know that you don’t think you’re worth that kind of grace
But look into His face you’ll know
That you are loved…”

New This Month: Links, Quotes, Books & More

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Great Grandson Ultrasound 5 monthsI just have to share this with you. 🙂 Recently our grand-daughter sent me an ultrasound photo of our great-grandson. At 5 months, his facial features are so distinct. Even the four chambers of his heart and other organs can be seen. It’s always so amazing how God plants and grows that little seed of life from conception to birth. How He creates each child so uniquely and with a special purpose in life, no matter what situation surrounds that little life.

“You made all the delicate, inner parts of my body
and knit me together in my mother’s womb.
Thank You for making me so wonderfully complex!
Your workmanship is marvelous—how well I know it.
You watched me as I was being formed in utter seclusion,
as I was woven together in the dark of the womb.
You saw me before I was born.
Every day of my life was recorded in Your book.
Every moment was laid out
before a single day had passed.”

Psalm 139:13-16

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ABCs of Jesus’ Love

I have added this page!
It started out as a post, and I decided to turn it into a page
to help us remember how vast Jesus’ love is.
Thanks to all who offered descriptive words and verses to add to the list.
Please feel free to let me know of other adjectives you think of
that describe Jesus’ love, along with a Bible verse that proves it.
Let’s see how many we can build up!

After I wrote the post, some of you expressed interest in a print-out:
ABCs of Jesus’ Love

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Books

I am not always able to keep up with the abundance of books that promote hope, healing, and freedom, so I haven’t always read every one I post here and on the Books Page. Though many are on my long wish list. 🙂 I find many of them because I read about them on someone’s blog post. If you ever know of a book that is not listed and that supports this website’s mission, please let me know. 🙂

Holley LifeGrowth Guide

This month I’d like to introduce you to a new book coming out on March 1. You may have read You’re Already Amazing where Holley Gerth dares us to embrace who we really are and to become all God created us to be. Now she has created a companion to build on that foundation in an interactive study guide. A guide that helps us to apply heart-freeing truths to every aspect of our lives. Don’t miss You’re Already Amazing LifeGrowth Guide by Holley Gerth. It is designed to be experienced with the You’re Already Amazing LifeGrowth DVD and to be used in whatever way fits you: a group study, an online study, one-on-one, or an individual study.

There are six sessions:

1. Who God Created Us to Be
2. What’s True No Matter How We Feel
3. Our Amazing Journey with Jesus
4. God’s Plan for Our Relationships
5. God’s Purpose for Our Lives
6. How We Can Thrive for a Lifetime

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Links That Inspire Hope and Healing 

ABCs of Jesus’ Love – A print-out of descriptive words using the letters of the alphabet and Bible verses to show the many ways Jesus loves us.

Top Verses – This is an awesome search tool to discover and explore all the most popular verses in the Bible. I looked up “Hope” and found 202 verses. I searched for “Jesus” and found 1,356 verses. What better hope, healing, and freedom can we find than in God’s Truth and faithful promises, right? 🙂

 Hope After Abortion – “It’s normal to grieve a pregnancy loss, including the loss of a child by abortion. It can form a hole in one’s heart, a hole so deep that sometimes it seems nothing can fill the emptiness. You are not alone…” Project Rachel Ministry gives help and support for those seeking healing and reconciliation after abortion.

Nature Retreat

“We must not cease to wonder at the great marvels of our God.”
~ Spurgeon


More of God’s Amazing Creatures

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Common Whitetail Skimmer Dragonfly
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I haven’t been able to identify this dragonfly. Anyone know?
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Bee Moth

Gary Jones Wildlife Photography – Amazing, unique wildlife photos

 Steven Round Wildlife Photography – Stunning photos of wildlife 

 Birder’s Journey – Photos, insight, and inspiration about birding

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Quotes

New quotes for this month are about “truth.”

❤︎ “You never find yourself until you face the truth.” ~ Pearl Bailey

❤︎ “Authenticity is a collection of choices that we have to make every day. It’s about the choice to show up and be real. The choice to be honest. The choice to let our true selves be seen.” ~ Brene Brown

❤︎ “In darkness God’s truth shines most clear.” ~ Corrie Ten Boom

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Linking up with: 

Holley – Coffee For Your Heart 

Jennifer – Tell His Story 

Kelly – Cheerleaders of Faith

Barbie – Weekend Whispers

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