Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Standing for truth in LOVE

 I have recently taken some trips to
Planned Parenthood in our area and
joined some friends who have passions
to share with girls ALL options when
it comes to birth control/abortion/other
female procedures. 

I do not feel like an activist (although
I once marched around the University
of Arizona with my classmates with
signs making our voices heard in
support of Physical Education in
schools).  Yes, I was a PE major :).
But with that said, my boys wanted
to make signs after the first time we
went.  They wanted them to be "loving",
so they made 2 signs saying: Choose
LIFE, and God is Love. 

I didn't feel like I had much to offer
until I thought about it further.  I
realized by being there and praying
for each person I physically saw, I
could make a difference.
 People might not agree with
those who hold signs in front
of clinics, but the fact is that
babies are being killed and mothers
hearts are being broken in the same
moment.  We have seen lots of tears.
One woman got out of her car with
her boyfriend and she could not
stop crying before walking in for
her appointment.  They ended up
driving away because she could
not go through with it- praise God. 
But we also see women coming out
limping, and a sadness is so evident
on their faces. 

The friend I have gone to watch
as she speaks to the men and
women driving into Planned
Parenthood understands this pain.
She too had an abortion at a young
age and now she wants to share
that there are other options.  She
too was scared and had no support,
yet she dealt with physical and
emotional scars for many, many
years in her life due to the choice
she made. Praise God that
she has now been healed and this
is why she shares her stories.  She
offers advice, she shares about God
and how every child is not an accident
because God is the Creator of life. 
She tells each of them about another
free clinic that is clean and where the
people working there truly care about
each woman who walks in.  She offers
free resources and information before
and after abortions and talks about
God's forgiveness no matter what
choice has been made.
I have served God in different ways,
but this is one area where you truly
see the battle for the heart.  This is
life and death and I have prayed
for many people by being on that
sidewalk that I would have never
known about.  Like my friend says,
she wishes someone was out on
the sidewalk to talk to her when
she made her choice to have an
abortion.  There is nothing but love
and grace in the heart of my
friends who are talking to these
women who are going to PP.

I hope you will be praying about
the unborn and the women who
are affected by the choices
afterward.  I have learned a
lot - that love and grace are
the only things that can break
down a hard and scared heart.

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