Complete Forgiveness and Finding Pasture

In my post, When God Says Don’t Do That, I referenced an article by the British Journal of Psychiatry about the mental heath risks and issues that women suffer post-abortion. If you’ve had an abortion and now, would give anything to undo that decision, your pain may be devastating, immobilizing and destroying your life.  God needs you to know He wants just the opposite for you.

He loves you so much . . . and if you read my posts you know I say that all the time, and I will continue to say it because it’s His truth.

God made a way to set you free and it’s through His son, Jesus Christ.  Jesus took everything that anyone could ever think, do, say, or feel that was not of Him or His heavenly Father and bore it on and in His body, shed His blood on the ground, broke open His heart for us, so we would not have to suffer and bare these things ourselves.  The bible says, He became a curse for us, took on Himself our sin in our place, so that by believing on Him as Lord and His blood sacrifice, we may have 100% complete forgiveness.  He wants to do that for you, just ask Him for it.  There is NOTHING you can do that He cannot forgive.  If you think otherwise, you make His sacrifice incomplete.

The word complete is amazing. Com-plete: #1. Having all parts or elements; lacking nothing; whole; entire; full and #2. finished; ended; concluded

Satan, the thief, the evil one, wants us to believe the lies he whispers in our ears.  Things like, it’s too late, you can’t be forgiven, it’s too awful.  Or, what about the biggest untruth of all, you don’t need forgiveness, but you know, deep inside, something is very broken.  It’s how satan steals from us. Telling us falsehoods that are not from God about who we are and what God thinks of our actions and thoughts, and because we don’t know who God really is for us, we believe the lies and our lives spiral into brokeness.

Just talk to Him, out loud, or in a whisper, I promise He will hear and answer you. Ask Jesus to forgive you, to come inside your spirit with His Holy Spirit and live in you.  Accept the sacrifice He made for you so that you will never be separated from Him.  He will take your pain and give you healing for your whole person, spirit, mind and body.  Complete forgiveness.  That’s the wonderful gift He’ll give you.

John 10:9-11

New King James Version (NKJV)

9 I am the door. If anyone enters by Me, he will be saved, and will go in and out and find pasture. 10 The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.
11 “I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd gives His life for the sheep.

Finding pasture is a good thing.  A shepherd protects, defends, feeds and waters his sheep. All they need to do is follow, eat, drink and rest.

Psalms 23: 1-3  The Healing Bible “The Lord is  my shepherd, I will always have everything I need.  He gives me green pastures to lie in.  He leads me by calm pools of water. He restores my strength.” 

At the end of Jesus’ crucifixion He said, “It is finished!” And He bowed His head and gave up His spirit. John 19:30 Amplified Bible.  He gave up His own spirit, no one took it from Him

Remember definition #2 of COMPLETE. Finished, ended, concluded. . . everything you’ll ever need to walk in forgiveness, wholeness and abundance, He did for you on the cross.  There’s nothing you can do of your own accord to earn it, deserve it or make it better.  All He requires of us is to believe and receive it.  It is finished.  It is complete.

Lay down in that beautiful green pasture beside the calm, cool water.  Be restored in strength, life and hope.  He died and rose again to give that to you.

Donna

 

Children-A Gift from God

 Children, too are a gift from God . . .Psalms 127

Children come into our lives in many ways.  Most are born into our families, many adopted, some fostered, mentored or rescued by the kindness and good deeds in our daily life.  No matter which way they arrive, children are a gift from God and therefore, our responsibility to love, nurture and protect.

A few days ago my daughter, who is so good at staying in touch with me when I let life sap my energy and want to hibernate, sent me a text inviting my husband and me to her house for chicken and noodles after work. My son-in-law made the delicious meal and we enjoyed the evening with them and chased our non-stop two-year old grandson around the house while he said quite pointedly, “Grandma Donna, gitta me.”  The evening at their home was the warm, comfortable time I’d dreamed of when thinking about raising my children and watching them grow into moms and dads with little ones of their own.  While at my daughter’s home, I’d left my phone in the car, so I missed a phone call from my son.  He’d left me a voicemail that touched my heart.  He told me he’d been thinking about me, praying for me, and reminded me that God cared about an issue I’ve struggled with in my life.  That was it.  Nothing about himself and his life, it was all concern for me. I was his mom, and he wanted me to know he loved me.

If you read my post Adoption-An Answer To The Pain, you know both my children are adopted and that I’ve had two miscarriages.  I went home after the evening with my daughter’s family, listened to my son’s voicemail, and wept.  God, in His merciful goodness, reminded me of the precious gift He’s given me in both of my children and grandchildren.  Because I was able to adopt, not only did I become a mom, but a grandmother, too.  The lives of children are generational, and the blessing they bring to our lives passed on through those generations.

Before my children arrived, I often cried out to God that I’d have to endure this pain all over again when the time in my life came that I should be a grandmother and would not be.  God loved me so much.  Just like He loves you.  He heard my cry and answered my prayer.

If you cannot keep and raise your child yourself, I sincerely understand this.  You can still give them your love and their life.  Prayerfully, consider adoption.  The life you carry is generational, and so many families are waiting and praying for the chance to love and care for the child you can place in their lives and hearts while caring for, and loving yourself and your child.

God will honor and bless your decision for life.

I know. . . and everyday I’m reminded.

Donna

Prayer-Set Me Free

Ah Lord

I feel like I’ve been swallowed up

and nothing’s left of me

Yet, I don’t want to be found

What’s become of me

When will I see me again in the midst of all this

The ache is so deep

Yet, I can’t escape

Only You can set me free

Set me free

 

Maybe your pain has swallowed you up.  You long for a child you cannot have, death has stolen a child through no fault of your own, or, through lies you believed.  The ache is so great.  Insurmountable grief.  You’ve become invisible.

God still sees you.  You never left His heart or His sight. He hears your cry.

He will set you free.  Don’t give up.

DONNA

When God Says-“Don’t Do That!”-It’s Because He Loves Us

When parents say no, or don’t do that, the majority of times it’s to protect our children.  We’re older, we’ve experienced life, we know the dangers and possible repercussions our choices bring.  Children, however, have an innate ability to give you the look that lets you know you couldn’t possibly understand how they feel and they’re just as certain, your main goal in life is to keep them from enjoying their lives to fullest.  When in fact, the opposite is true.

We love our children, and because of that love, we have an instinctual urge to protect them.

God is not only our creator, if that wasn’t enough, but our Father.  He loved us long before our earthly parents were aware of our existence.  He’s not the big meanie in the sky who sets out each day to keep us from having fun and enjoying life.  In the old testament He issued sanitary laws for the children of Israel to protect them from sickness and disease.  Guidelines that are still in use today because they work.  He speaks against adultery and sex outside of marriage because of the spiritual, emotional and physical illnesses we can bring upon ourselves and our spouses.  How many men and women have inherited a physical disease because of an unfaithful spouse?  And, we’re not even discussing the sexual lives of the unmarried in todays culture.

I say this because I’d like to direct you to an article published on www.charismanews.com.  This article stated last week in the British Journal of Psychiatry, that a meta-analysis of 22 studies including 877,000 participants over a 14 year period found that 81 percent of women who had an abortion faced serious mental health risks. Here is a direct link: http://charismanews.com/culture/31899-study-abortion-leads-to-suicidal-behaviors

Many times science and medicine back up God’s truths, and when I can, I will share their findings with you.  Abortion brings destruction not only to the child but to the mother.  I’d like to pray with you.

Father God, thank you for loving us more than we love ourselves.  Help us to hear what You are saying to us and help us to understand You want only good for us.  Forgive us for doubting that, forgive us for not heeding your guidance.  Forgive us.

Donna