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Wednesday, June 30, 2010

AND THE WINNER IS…………

After an extensive and grueling (jk) random game played by my computer and two full minutes of generating names a winner has been chosen!!!

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PLEASE…….

THE WINNER OF THE

WATKINS LOTION AND

GRAPESEED OIL IS…

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Krystal Belmont

Congrats!

Sunday, June 27, 2010

a step back

This weekend I took some time out and enjoyed my family and the beauty of Nature. My niece and nephews were with us for the weekend. I set aside one on one time with each of them. My purpose was to spend quality time capturing the beauty of their individuality. No set props, no specific clothing, no special attention to hair detail or shoes. Just their natural beauty---so I grabbed the camera and here are my favorite pictures of each of them!

~The oldest~

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~The Youngest~

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Actually, my favorite of her is below---but you cant see her pretty eyes in it.

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Here are all three

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Next, I took a walk around my home and captured the beauty of God’s creation. When you take the time to look, that beauty is EVERY where. His majesty is displayed.

 

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All things bright and beautiful,
All creatures great and small,
All things wise and wonderful:
The Lord God made them all.

Today, I encourage you to take a walk around your yard or neighborhood and absorb all the beauty God has given us. Kneel down and study the bloom of a flower. Look in the trees at the birds. See what you can discover.

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

I’m Dreaming Of…

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 my toes in the sand

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an ocean sunset

The annual beach trip for our family is nearing. I am getting very excited. Time with the ones I love most, sun, sand, and relaxation. It really can’t come soon enough.

God really moves me during this time. I feel in awe of His majesty and love for me. I am completely blessed.

I am dreaming of walking on the sand and smelling the salty air. So excited…

What are you dreaming of today? How about some free stuff?

To celebrate my happiness I would love to spread the love. I am giving away two GREAT items to a random lady.

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Watkins Mango Body Lotion & Watkins Grapeseed Oil.

If you haven’t ever heard of Watkins, you must check them out. They are the first all-natural company!!! Click Here

All you have to do is leave a comment below by June 30th. Your name or “Pick Me” or your answer to “What are you dreaming of today?” will enter you to win.

Winner will be announced on the site by 9:00pm June 30th. From there I will get the winner’s information and ship it her way.

Please share this with your family and girlfriends…give them a chance to enter and win some cool stuff.

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Celebrating Summer Take 2

 

farmers market & grilling

So with yummy produce just begging to be cooked, we ended our evening with a great summer meal. Thanks to the farmers market and their wonderful produce, we really enjoyed it!

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Prepping the chicken (looks kinda yucky)

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Finished Product w/ peas, corn and tater salad

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Can you tell I like zipper peas? What about the butter? Paula Dean would be proud!

Finally, dessert

Yummy Peach Crisp

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Today was a great day. Celebrating Summer with my Honey; relaxing, taking it easy and enjoying life.

 

(For all you local gals, check out www.moregoodiesgalore.blogspot.com for information on how to order this pie for your next gathering)

Celebrating Summer

a day at the farmer’s market & by the grill

Take 1

After four days apart, the hubs and I wanted to spend some much needed quality time together and celebrate Summer!!

We began by taking a trip to the Farmer’s Market located 20 miles from our home. Something so simple and down to earth proved a delight. It didn't hurt either that it was such a beautiful day out.

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~Browns Farmer Market~

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Cool Watermelon Bird House

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Little Mr. Chickie Resting

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Zennia Garden

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More Chickens

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Syrup, Grits and Corn Meal…Oh My!!!

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The absolute BEST peach Ice Cream

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Brought peaches home

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It really was a fun little trip. It was very inexpensive as well. In a few hours we will fire up the grill. Tonight to continue the summer celebration it is grilled chicken, corn-on-the-cob, zipper peas (from market), potato salad, and peach cobbler.

Check back later for Take 2!

What are some fun and inexpensive ways you can celebrate summer with your family? Are any attractions close to your home? Share with us what you can do.

 

Dealing with Loneliness

It has been hard for me the past few days. My hubby has been gone from home 3.5 out of 4 days. I have found myself becoming lonely and bored. I have worked, cleaned the house, watched movies and tv shows, read, cut the grass, cleaned off the porch, had lunch with a friend, and even gone out of town.

However, a void has still been in my heart amid all those activities. I have MISSED my hubby. I have missed seeing him, hugging him, kissing him, talking to him, and working together on things with him.

Loneliness is not any fun. Mix with it the fact that I am not 17 anymore and cant just call up my girlfriend for a 4 hour conversation.

Why?

All of my girlfriends have husbands, children, and busy schedules.

Also add to it that I have no children. My poor doggy has had to take over that role. (I’ve even been cuddling him like a baby and talking ooey gooey to him) Sanity Check

On the flip side…

I have enjoyed the house remaining clean.

I have enjoyed eating only what I want to eat.

I have enjoyed having a king size bed all to myself.

I have enjoyed quiet time with the Lord.

So how come I have been lonely?

Genesis 2:18 ESV Then the Lord God said, “It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him a helper fit for him.”

Okay, I am not a man obviously. But this verse definitely applies to me lately. My husband is my helper. He helps me by listening, counseling, sharing, laughing, talking, working, resting, and sleeping.

I have learned that the high I get from being able to do all those things I mentioned above is quickly replaced after several days of alone time. I begin to desire my hubs companionship and his nasty clothes strewn on the floor.

We need someone to walk through life with who inspires us, challenges us, helps us, and loves us in a different way from the rest of the people in our world. For those of us who are married, it should be our husband. (For those who God does not design a marriage for, He replaces that void with another form of companionship)

It is not good that we should be alone…I have learned that. And no, man is not good without woman…that is why God made us beautiful creatures…but I have also learned that just as I am my husbands helper, my husband is my helper.

How do you deal with loneliness?

Monday, June 21, 2010

Fruit Salad

I have another guest contributor today; Rachael Sumner. She sent over an awesome devo about the fruits of the Spirit. Enjoy this good read and great reminder!

"But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law. Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the sinful nature with its passions and desires. Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit. Let us not become conceited, provoking and envying each other." Galatians 5:21-26

Fruit salad is so refreshing. All of those different kinds of fruit, which are good on their own, are delicious and sweet when they are mixed together. Lately I've been thinking a lot about the Fruits of the Spirit and what a difference it makes when I consciously apply all of them to my life. It's like making a fruit salad. Take any one of those traits by themselves and it is a good thing, but put them all together, and life is sweet; refreshing. That refreshment comes from the Holy Spirit when we are walking in the ways of the Lord.

I once heard someone say that love and self-control are the bookends of these traits. It isn't easy to have joy, peace, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, and gentleness without love and self-control. When we love others, so many times that love manifests itself in ways that demonstrate joy or peace or kindness. And if we don't have self-control, it is difficult to show the other fruits as well.

The Message translation says, "But what happens when we live God's way? He brings gifts into our lives, much the same way that fruit appears in an orchard—things like affection for others, exuberance about life, serenity. We develop a willingness to stick with things, a sense of compassion in the heart, and a conviction that a basic holiness permeates things and people. We find ourselves involved in loyal commitments, not needing to force our way in life, able to marshal and direct our energies wisely." We are treating others the way Christ would have us to treat them, living a life of integrity with Christ-like principles, and God rewards us for it. He brings gifts into our lives and blesses us beyond measure.

It isn't always easy though. There are times when I am not patient or kind and I don't always show self-control. I am a work in progress but it has to be a conscious decision on my part to demonstrate these traits. It doesn't come all at once and God doesn't ask that we do it alone. He is there to help refine us and help us to become more like Him, if only we ask. Today I choose fruit salad. I choose to ask God to help me show others the sweetness and refreshment that can only come from Him.

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Rachael Sumner has a wonderful blog where she shares her love for her family and for Christ. Check it out Here.

Friday, June 18, 2010

My Fellow Writers; My Friends

I am happy to introduce Karen Watkins Hammons to Seeking Peace readers today. I met Karen through Facebook; we both have a few writer friends in common. Karen has really inspired me and she is an amazing woman of God. God has used social media for me as a tool to meet women who encourage me.

Karen really shares a GREAT devo today about friends and social networking. She reminds us that while facebooking is cool, we gotta  make sure and leave room for some flesh and blood. Enjoy!

Rachel

Got Twelve?

Friendship. Girl friends. Chicas. Siestas (for you Beth Moore girls). All different words with one meaning. A bond between women that God uses to teach, change, and encourage us.

Through the past five years God has used friendships to teach me some life-changing lessons, to have me go through some intense battles, and allowed me to experience indescribable joy and encouragement. And I can only imagine what else He will teach me through friendships.

I don't know about you girls, but I LOVE social networking. I live in the middle of it all; Facebook, Twitter, texting, blogging,etc. And it's a great thing. God uses them all to encourage and create some very meaningful relationships. Something I have learned through the social media maze is this; I have lost some of my understanding about friendship. I am not suppose to have thousands of friends. If I desire to live a life that follows in the steps of Jesus, He should be the only one I look to in how to do this thing called friendship. Not Oprah, not Dr. Phil, not even Dr. Dobson. Only Jesus.

So what example did Jesus show about this topic? He had the twelve disciples. Out of those twelve He had a core of three. Then there was one who was most dear to Him. That is how we are to live out our friendships. We are to be friendly, kind, caring, compassionate to ALL. But that deep, walking through life kind of friendship needs to be reserved for only a few.

Jesus could have had thousands of friends while He was here. But God knew an example was needed to teach His precious, imperfect people how to walk in friendship without losing their minds. So God limited His Son's posse' of friends to twelve.

Does that mean we need to delete all our social media accounts? No. I mean, God could be telling you to cut back or delete some. That's between you and God. But I know for me it means I can't make my world consist of only social media people. I need to connect with real, flesh and blood chicas here in South Carolina. I know that He wants me to keep it balanced. I have “met” some fantastic, amazing, strong, encouraging women of God through social media (like Rachel). If I wasn't in it, I wouldn't have “met” those women that God has used greatly in my life. But don't hide in the social media. I encourage you girls to get out there in your own community to connect with other women. We women need each other on the internet AND in real life. Don't exchange one for the other.

Remember your God is enthralled with every, single one of you! Y'all rock!!

“As iron sharpens iron, so a friend sharpens a friend.” {Proverbs 27:17}

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Karen is a chica from the South who is passionate about Jesus, loves music, pink hair, the color red, and Sonic Happy Hour. She is wife to the man that melts her butter (Danny) and Mom to two wild little boys (Avery and Alex).

She writes at Jesus and Stuff, www.karenhammons.blogspot.com where it is all about Jesus and everything else is just stuff.

Karen has recently started The Offender's Wife ministry. A Christ-centered place with the desire to reach out to wives of accused or convicted sex offenders with encouragement and hope. You can find her talking about hard life topics at www.theoffenderswife.blogspot.com.

Thursday, June 17, 2010

My Bestie; My Friend

I am so excited to have a guest writer today. It is the first one I have had on my site. This week we have been talking about friendships of all kinds. (see previous posts) However, today’s topic is particularly special to me; Best Friends.

I have some VERY close and special girlfriends. Girls in my life who I love completely and who love me as well. My girls are so important to my day to day living. They comfort me, lift me up, make me laugh, and share my tears. I don't know where I would be without my Crystal, Krystal and Loretta.

But, there is one in particular that is like a sister to me. One who really is my very best friend. She has been my sidekick since High School. I feel we have a soul connection; she truly is the one who inspires me most & makes my heart soar. I told her the other day “I am so excited I get to share spending eternity with you!” I love you Abby and thanks for sharing with us today!

Rachel

Proverbs 18:24 NIV

A man of many companions may come to ruin, but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother.

I have had many friends in my life to come and go. During my teen years I was never alone. I always had friends to party with and I thought that was all I needed to be happy. I was wrong. This all came to halt one night when I partied a bit too hard. When I came down off the drugs I had taken, I felt overwhelmingly depressed. I woke up alone in a house that I had destroyed. Just eight hours prior, it was full of people, but none that I could call a best friend. Even though she hadn’t been there that night, I knew she’d be there for me when no one else was. Rachel came over that morning to comfort me in that time of deep darkness and I learned an important lesson. “A man of many companions may come to ruin, but there is a friend who sticks closer that a brother.” Proverbs 18:24

Ecclesiastes 4:10 NIV

If one falls down, his friend can help him up, but pity the man who falls and has no one to help him up.

I believe that it is important to have a fellow believer in Christ as a best friend. As Christians, we go through seasons in our relationship with Christ. Just like the seasons changing over the months, so does our relationship with Him. Sometimes you need a friend in Christ to lift you up. Someone to help you remember the importance of having a relationship with the Lord; Rachel has been that person for me. It can be harder for us to see God’s work when we focus on our worldly views, so when I fall down, I am grateful to have Rachel to pick me back up. Just as scripture says, “If one falls down, his friend can help him up, but pity the man who falls and has no one to help him up.” Ecclesiastes 4:10

Even more crucial than having a best friend, is having one that is a believer. Thank you Rachel, for blessing me with your friendship!

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My name is Abby Carter and I live in Loganville, GA where I attend First Baptist Church of Loganville and work for Gwinnett County Courts. I have been married to Chris Carter for ten years and we have a nine year old daughter, twelve year old stepdaughter, and fourteen year old stepson. I have been best friends with Rachel Clark for fifteen years.

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

My Family; My Friend

 

A namesake. A sense of belonging. A place that feels like home.

Laughter. Tears. Arguments. Sharing. Comfort. Healing.

Only one word wraps all of these beautiful emotions into one…

Family

We all have within us a need to belong and be loved. We crave a place where we can be ourselves 100% without fear of rejection. I have that type of relationship within my family. A close family bond that is akin to a beautiful friendship.

Growing up, I never was one that wanted to hang out with the family much. I had more important things to do; more important people to see. I needed to be out in the world and experience life away from
“rules and regulations.”

As I have matured, I find there is no other place I would rather be than with my whole family gathered together. Me, my hubby, my parents, my siblings, my niece and nephews, creating memories and living  out traditions.

The relationship I have developed with my loved ones over the past couple of years is one that I will always cherish. There has been no other group of people in my life that has walked hand in hand together through some of our darkest moments like my family. There has been no other group of people in my life who have helped, prayed for, and believed in one another as we have.

Family’s are a blessing. Family is a beautiful thing. In family life, love is the oil that eases friction, the cement that binds closer together, and the music that brings harmony.” (Eva Burrows)

Enjoy your family today! God Bless!

Rachel

For whatever reason He sees fit, God gives us the family we have for a reason. I do realize there are those in the world who have no “family.” However, family does not have to be blood. Family can be any one or any group of people where we feel safe and at home. Who is your family and why? Is your “family” your family or your church or friends or co-workers?

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

My Husband; My Friend

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One of the deepest and most intimate relationships we will ever have in our life is one with our spouse. My hubby and I were best friends for about a year before we began dating. He pursued me for about 5 months before I gave in and gave him my heart.

I am so glad that I did! The other day in my pajamas and sporting the bed head with un-brushed teeth he tells me I am beautiful. It doesn’t get any better than that!!

Our relationship with our spouse is one that is definitely unique. There are moments of vulnerability and companionship; trust and arguments; respect and pain. Marriage is definitely work.

So not the fairytale I believed as a child, young woman, then adult. There are not endless nights of romance. Marriage does not hold days upon days of gazing lovingly into one another's eyes. It does not provide a house full of roses, candlelight and strawberries. There are not hours upon hours of loving conversation.

That is why friendship within our marriage is vitally important for survival. We need this someone we are spending our “forever” with to be a person we can trust, rely on, believe in, and love. We need this person to be someone we can communicate openly with and then together enjoy the most comfortable moments of silence.

The bond of friendship can’t be formed based on a one-sided decision. Just as with our girlfriends, it requires two people giving. Many marriages fail and none are safe from the enemy. However, they are meant to last and they can last by incorporating God’s principles into our marriage and coming together as “one”. (Ephesians 5:31)

I am thankful that above all the people in my life, my husband is the best friend that I have. I can go to him about anything and he is there---supporting me, loving me, and helping me grow.

I pray each of you have a friendship wrapped into your relationship with your spouse.

Share with me how you think friendship plays a role in marriage. Leave your answer in the comments section below.

Blessings-

Rachel

Monday, June 14, 2010

My Lord; My Friend

Christ Greater Love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends. John 15:13 (NIV)

Today is the beginning of friendship week on Seeking Peace. What better way to begin the week than with a walk with my closest friend; Jesus. In a world where loneliness is not far from reach, it is apparent that we need relationships. The greatest relationship I have developed is one with my Lord.

* He is a friend I can tell all my fears to and He will comfort. (Psalm 71:21)

* He is a friend I can share all my problems with and He will listen.(1 John 5: 14-15)

* He is a friend I can come to when I am sick and He will heal.(Exodus 23:25)

* He is a friend I can cry to and He will dry my tears. (Psalm 56:8)

* He is a friend I can seek when I need direction and He will light my way. (Proverbs 3: 5-6)

A friendship with Jesus is the best comfort I could ever hope to find. Best of all, He considers me a close friend, too. Jesus said to His disciples,  “I no longer call you servants…instead I have called you friends.” John 15:15 (NIV)

He is a friend who made the greatest sacrifice; a friend who loves me more than anyone ever could; a friend who knows me inside out; a friend who died for me.

Greater Love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends. John 15:13 (NIV)
Best of all, He is a friend who does not play favorites for He has many friends. All of us in Christ are friends. He is mine and He is YOURS.

Start off your week excited that you have someone beside you 24/7. You have someone you can call on at 3am that will always answer. You have someone you can cry to, share with, run to, and rest in.

In Christ, you have the best friend of all. We all do.

Sunday, June 13, 2010

Friendship Week

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Tomorrow on Seeking Peace…Friendship Week starts.

Join me as we celebrate relationships with our Lord, our spouse, our family and friends.
There will be two guest bloggers this week, so make sure to come back to comment and encourage their choice to share with us.

Looking forward to hearing about your friendships! Can’t wait. See you tomorrow!!!

Friday, June 11, 2010

The Beauty of a Day

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This weekend I encourage you to wake up a little before everyone else in the house does. Grab a devotional or your bible and head outdoors while it is still cool. Listen to the birds sing their morning glory and enjoy God’s word. Grab a cup of coffee or your diet coke and plan to sit awhile.

Spend some alone time with God and His creation. I promise it will start your day better than any other way can.

What is your favorite thing about God’s creations?

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Word Filled Wednesday

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So many of us are experiencing financial hardships right now. I know many women who have been laid off or their spouse has been laid off. It is a scary transition going from the knowledge that your bills can be paid on time to threats of foreclosure, homes selling, moving, no health insurance, etc…

I too experienced this last year. The verse that God always revealed to me was Matthew 6:26. It is so very true. God’s love for us as His children is incomprehensible; that is the beautiful thing about it. We could never measure nor understand it completely.

Because He loves us so, He will take care of us. Let go of control, pray for the fear of the unknown to be released, and allow God to work and move in this situation for you. He will provide a way!

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Join other women of Christ for Word Filled Wednesday over at Internet Cafe Devotions

Prayer Calendar

Here is a great idea for you to share at your next Ladies Meeting:

Create a Prayer Calendar for the month and keep it going as long as you can. This is a great way to bless one another as women.

Here are some tips:

* For each day of the month have a woman request a certain date for prayer. (If they do not have a specific need for a certain date, any date will suffice) For ex. If someone has a doctors apt. on a certain date- put their name on the date of that month. Etc…

* Only put one request per day. Providing only one woman per day will allow the women who receive the calendar to focus on that one need several times throughout the day.

* Make sure you make each lady feel comfortable. Do not go in to too much detail. Women can even request “unspoken”. God knows our hearts.

* If you find you have no more requests and 2 or more days left to fill on the calendar; in those dates put “Pray for our Country today” or “Pray for marriages today”.

I started my first one this month and e-mailed the request with a “given by date” of three days later. It became full before a full 24 hour period was up. We all need prayer and we all have more going on in our lives than we let anyone know.

We need to stand together, pray for one another, and stop the enemy in his track.

If you need a template please provide your e-mail in the comments section below and I will get one out to you asap.

Monday, June 7, 2010

Esther 4:14

Hello Ladies!

Let me encourage you to read the book of Esther today. It is a short book in the Bible that packs a lot of power. My favorite verse from Esther comes from Chapter 4:14; “Yet who knows whether you have come to the kingdom for such a time as this?”

Background: Esther was a Jewish girl whose life changed in an instant. She becomes the queen of Persia by winning a so called “beauty contest”.

Haman, one of the King’s men hates Jews. He wants to kill and destroy them. With the King’s permission, Haman sends a decree that all Jews are to be killed. This decree stated Jews, both young and old, little children, and women, in one day were to be destroyed, killed and annihilated. (Esther 3:13)

Meanwhile, Esther, after keeping her family a secret from the King,  makes a bold decision to reveal her family heritage and plead for the King to stop Haman.

Her boldness comes from the Lord. Her cousin (who raised her) says to Esther during this difficult time “Yet who knows whether you have come to the kingdom for such a time as this?” (Esther 4:14)

I love this verse. We all suffer trials and heartache; fear and conflict. Just because we are Christians, we are not guaranteed a life free from torment. Whatever it we are going through, it is for a reason.

Among fear for her people, her cousin and herself, she makes a bold choice to save her people. With the possibility of “what could happen” playing in her mind- her cousin sends her this message for encouragement.

How can our lives relate to Esther? How can our circumstances change for the better? How can we see that maybe where we are at during trials may just be because we came to this place for “Such a time as this?” A time to make a bold choice!

Share your thoughts with me in the comments section below.

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

It may shame you-but don’t judge her.

To think about after reading: If you are interested in helping women who are suffering please contact me below in the comments section or at butterflyblue1116@yahoo.com. I have information that includes how to help women, spread the word on getting help, and making care gifts to send to women who attend “Rachel’s Vineyard” retreats. Thank you! (Please note: I am not affiliated with Rachel's Vineyard- we just happen to share the same first name)

It is a word that scares many Christian women. With it comes a label that is inescapable. It is a secret so large that most women who do it, never tell a soul. They will live with it for their entire life. This decision was made out of fear, uncertainty, bad advice, and lies from the enemy.

Abortion

There are Christian women who have at one point or another stood on a very thin line. A line between right and wrong. They have been subjected to make a decision that would forever alter the course of their life.

A teenager who does not want to shame her family, chose it.

A woman who has been sexually assaulted, chose it.

A woman who believed it was a woman’s choice, chose it.

A woman who was not a Christian at the time, chose it.

A woman who felt she had no other options, chose it.


This choice then turned out to be a sin that was not easy to seek forgiveness for. It became a sin that she found would never leave her thoughts. She labeled herself a murderer, unforgivable, shameful, a bad mother.

According to abortionno.org and The Alan Guttmacher Institute and Planned Parenthood's Family Planning Perspectives.

Women identifying themselves as Protestants obtain 37.4% of all abortions in the U.S.; Catholic women account for 31.3%, Jewish women account for 1.3%, and women with no religious affiliation obtain 23.7% of all abortions. 18% of all abortions are performed on women who identify themselves as "Born-again/Evangelical".

Even though these statistics are high, we do not see churches or Christians in most communities offering help for women who made a decision; chose a path she now wholeheartedly and shamefully regrets.

She is forced to carry this burden alone. She is afraid that she will be rejected by her Church family if she seeks help. She is frightened that if anyone ever found out, her Christianity would be questioned.

I am writing this devotion today because I hear and see Christian women demeaning and judging other Christian women who had an abortion. It does not matter if this woman has changed her life, or now is Pro-Life, or hurts so deeply she wishes she could erase this mistake. It does not matter that she is shamed, the silence that answers her cry for help only makes the heartbreak deeper.

This is the one sin she will forever judge herself for. She has no need to receive the judgment from anyone else. Here is what she may go through because of her guilt and shame.

Guilt, Anxiety, Depression, Suicidal Thoughts, Psychological “Numbing”, Abortion Re-Experiencing, Anniversary Attacks, Survival Guilt, Eating Disorders, Interruption of the bonding process with present and/or future children, Alcohol and drug abuse,Other self-punishing or self-degrading behaviors, Brief reactive psychosis.

Even as I type this, because I know certain women who are unable to bear children that have never had an abortion and I have heard their unforgiving views on women who made that mistake, it makes me fear being judged for bringing this to light.

But as Christians we are called to help those in need. A Christian who chose a path that was covered in sin is no less of a woman because of it. We all sin. We all fall short of the glory of God. Jesus death on the Cross was a cover for the mistakes we ALL make. The sin we ALL have in our lives.

If you are a woman who suffers from the guilt and shame of having had an abortion, I want to pray for you. You may privately contact me via e-mail at butterflyblue1116@yahoo.com

Here is a site that I would love for you to check out by clicking on Rachel's Vineyard.

Here is a book that you can order to read to receive help from your pain by clicking Here.

To women who have had an abortion: There is healing from this pain. As a Christian, you know God’s promises for you. Your sin is no greater than any other sin. King David was a murderer, an adulterer and more. God called him a man after His own heart. (Acts 13:22)

If you have not accepted Christ as your Savior, please know there is healing through Him. If you have questioned or “toyed” with the idea of believing but feel you are unworthy, you are not.

Romans 3:23 (NIV) for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.

John 3:16 (NIV) For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life

To women and men who create judgment on women who had an abortion: Open your hearts and your arms. Show her that she is lovable and worthy. Treat her as God would; with a forgiving heart.