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Monday, March 13, 2017

Today's Scripture

See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are! The reason the world does not know us is that it did not know him. . . . All who have this hope in him purify themselves, just as he is pure. (1 John 3:1, 3 NIV)

Thoughts for Today

After abortion, part of you is gone and you are not the same. You know something has been lost. You may feel like less of a person somehow, but you don’t want others to know. An unnamed shame takes over. You want to withdraw, either to nurse the hurt to your wounded dignity or to avoid detection by those whose dignity appears intact. But withdrawing does not heal the hurts.

The hard truth is that you cannot diminish the worth and personhood of a child before birth without diminishing the worth of your womanhood too. Like me, as a young woman you may have followed the feminist crowd, believing abortion would add to your value in the workplace as a woman unhindered by the responsibility of raising a child. “Reproductive freedom” was supposed to elevate the role of women in society to equal status with men, who can choose to remain unencumbered by unwanted pregnancy or parenthood. Or you may have been stripped of your ability to protect your growing child if you were coerced into abortion as so many women are. Your partner or parents may have threatened to abandon you or expose you to public shame.

Whether by choice or coercion, abortion always demeans your value as a woman, your identity as a vessel for God’s creation of each new life. A woman’s worth is not solely defined by childbearing, of course. But what sets us apart as women is our ability to bear children. Abortion strips us of the dignity of our unique role in producing human life, and wherever dignity has departed, shame resides. 

Consider this … 

What would you give if all the shame and worthlessness you feel after abortion could be relieved? That can happen if you reach for Jesus’ heart. The Bible tells us Jesus is the healer who demonstrates his love for us as a loving father cares for his own child. We have only to reach out to receive that gift.

Jesus knows exactly what you need. There is a world clamoring for help and healing, but your specific needs, your hurts, are on Jesus’ heart.

Do you believe Jesus is fully God and that he still has the power to heal? Jesus is the basis for our hope of spiritual healing—the removal of shame and feelings of worthlessness—after abortion. Read today’s scripture. Let Jesus lavish his love on you!

Prayer

Lord, thank you for loving me unconditionally. Please forgive my sins and remove these feelings of shame and worthlessness. I believe your son Jesus died on the cross to pay the penalty for my sins. I reach out now to receive your love and forgiveness. In Jesus’ name . . .

These thoughts were drawn from …


Cradle My Heart: Finding God's LOVE After Abortion by Kim Ketola. In this book, Kim seeks to help those hurt by abortion to grieve with hope. Sharing her story and the stories of ten other women, she reveals that God's love is not a casualty of the abortive process. With an appendix of helpful resources and a study and discussion guide included, Cradle My Heart is a timely and important resource for the hurting woman, the counselor, and the church.

With an understanding and empathetic voice, Kim Ketola exposes the hurt in your heart, reveals the healing in God's heart, and brings the two together to create a whole heart where restoration and celebration are possible. 


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Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Today's Scripture

He heals the brokenhearted And binds up their wounds [healing their pain and comforting their sorrow]. (Psalm 147:3 AMP)

Thoughts for Today

Many of us have turned to the medical community and counselors to help our bleeding spirits but have not found the spiritual help we need after an abortion. Certainly there are legitimate uses of psychiatry and psychology for mental and emotional problems. A skilled practitioner can teach good mental hygiene, pointing out flawed thinking, and suggest ways to keep our thought life healthy.

However, spiritual help can be hard to find when it comes to seeking counseling from the medical community for depression and other emotional problems after abortion. Many mental health professionals may remain unaware of the spiritual challenges so many of us face. And even the most sensitive and skillful Christian mental health care counselor can guide us toward Jesus but the final healing can only come when we reach out to the Lord ourselves. Only God’s truth can heal the bleeding heart and mind and soul. 

Consider this … 

I discovered the spiritual gap in seeking help from the medical world when I went to one counselor after another.  My problem was more than just managing emotions—I needed spiritual healing. At the root of all my shame and feelings of worthlessness, I felt alienated from God and feared I was going to hell for having an abortion.

I’m not dismissing the merits of counseling. It’s possible to find a caring mental health professional who understands abortion as a spiritual crisis and can direct you to the help you need from the church and other believers. Having someone simply listen to your struggles and affirm sad feelings can be helpful, for instance. But without God’s truth even the best talk therapy is not completely healing.

There is a difference between help and healing—and broken hearts need God’s healing touch. God’s healing will remove our guilt, bring us peace with God, and resolve the confusing grief over failing to prevent the death of a child.

Prayer

Father, I realize now that while counselors may help me, only you can heal my hurting heart. Please forgive my sins and fill me with your peace. In Jesus’ name . . .

These thoughts were drawn from …


Cradle My Heart: Finding God's LOVE After Abortion by Kim Ketola. In this book, Kim seeks to help those hurt by abortion to grieve with hope. Sharing her story and the stories of ten other women, she reveals that God's love is not a casualty of the abortive process. With an appendix of helpful resources and a study and discussion guide included, Cradle My Heart is a timely and important resource for the hurting woman, the counselor, and the church.

With an understanding and empathetic voice, Kim Ketola exposes the hurt in your heart, reveals the healing in God's heart, and brings the two together to create a whole heart where restoration and celebration are possible. 


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Thursday, March 16, 2017

Today's Scripture

Just then a woman who had suffered for twelve years with constant bleeding came up behind him. She touched the fringe of his robe, for she thought, “If I can just touch his robe, I will be healed.” Jesus turned around, and when he saw her he said, “Daughter, be encouraged! Your faith has made you well.” And the woman was healed at that moment. (Matthew 9:20-22 NLT)

Thoughts for Today

Jesus will not shun nor shame us over our spiritual agony after an abortion. Jesus had compassion on the crowds who followed him in need of healing (Matthew 14:14)—and he has compassion on us. He sees us as harassed and helpless when we are without his spiritual leadership in life (Matthew 9:35–36). He knows we cannot save ourselves. Because he loves us, he will exercise his power to take on our sin and shame, heal our affliction, and give us a new status as children of God. We have only to open our hands and hearts to receive this gift. Do we want it? Are we willing to reach out in faith for it?

It is our faith in Jesus that brings us to the place where we can receive healing from him. Do you have the boldness and faith the woman in today’s scripture had? 

Consider this … 

This kind of faith not only can heal your heart but also can impact the hearts of others by demonstrating God’s power to make us new. The implications for us who suffer after abortion are stunning. When we turn to Jesus, God no longer counts any sin against us because of our faith in Jesus and his sacrifice. Jesus doesn’t just remedy our sin. He takes it. He removes it and makes us pure, clean, and new.

“God made him who had no sin to be sin for us,” the Bible tells us, “so that in him we might become the righteousness of God” (2 Corinthians 5:21 NIV). Jesus became our sin so we could become his righteousness.

Jesus makes you clean. He makes you new. He makes you pure.

Isn’t that an amazing promise? You no longer need to withdraw or be ashamed or agonize. “In Christ” you become a “new creation,” like newborn babies, all new—not just cleansed. No longer in any debt to God over sins (2 Corinthians 5:17–19 NIV).

Prayer

Father, thank you so much for your compassion and love. I believe Jesus is your son and that he died on the cross for my sins. I invite him to be Lord of my life. I believe I am a new person and can finally put the past behind. May other people come to trust in you as they see what a difference you have made in my life. In Jesus’ name . . .

These thoughts were drawn from …


Cradle My Heart: Finding God's LOVE After Abortion by Kim Ketola. In this book, Kim seeks to help those hurt by abortion to grieve with hope. Sharing her story and the stories of ten other women, she reveals that God's love is not a casualty of the abortive process. With an appendix of helpful resources and a study and discussion guide included, Cradle My Heart is a timely and important resource for the hurting woman, the counselor, and the church.

With an understanding and empathetic voice, Kim Ketola exposes the hurt in your heart, reveals the healing in God's heart, and brings the two together to create a whole heart where restoration and celebration are possible. 


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Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Today's Scripture

“The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me, Because He has anointed Me To preach the gospel to the poor; He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, To proclaim liberty to the captives And recovery of sight to the blind, To set at liberty those who are oppressed.” (Luke 4:18 NKJV)

Thoughts for Today

Abortion is horrible, dark, and ugly. Children die. Women are hobbled spiritually as their God-given identity as mothers is denied. Men are stripped of their masculine dignity as fathers, protectors, and providers. But in the media and popular press you won’t find those truths or any real relief for the troubling spiritual questions abortion raises. You may search in books, movies, or magazines or on radio, television, or the Internet, but you will find only false help there. The network news seldom portrays abortion as harmful, or even as a wrong or mistaken action.

The talk shows and daytime television aimed at empowering women and increasing feminist-style self-esteem are meant to make you feel better, not lead you into truth.  However, God never suggests you can overcome pain by trying to minimize the impact of what you’ve done. Rather, Jesus promises to “heal the brokenhearted” through his sacrificial love.

Consider this … 

Self-help books offer false hope. In the ten years immediately following my abortion, I lived my life apart from God, placing my faith in the self-help movement. I spent much money and time on books about how to live and take care of emotional wounds. I gobbled pop psychology like candy, looking for a quick fix to relieve my pain and guilt. But self-help doesn’t have the power to change us.

The Bible says it isn’t even possible to help ourselves. We don’t need a remedy. We need a redeemer because we are powerless over sin. Seeking worldly answers in desperate self-reliance is an exercise in futility that can never heal the wounded heart. We all need God’s mercy and grace.

Prayer

Father, I’ve tried every way I can figure out to “fix” myself. To stop feeling guilty and worthless. I realize now I’ve been looking in the wrong places—places that offer me only false help and hope. My only hope is in Jesus. I turn all my confusion and sin over to you and ask for your mercy and grace. In Jesus’ name . . .

These thoughts were drawn from …


Cradle My Heart: Finding God's LOVE After Abortion by Kim Ketola. In this book, Kim seeks to help those hurt by abortion to grieve with hope. Sharing her story and the stories of ten other women, she reveals that God's love is not a casualty of the abortive process. With an appendix of helpful resources and a study and discussion guide included, Cradle My Heart is a timely and important resource for the hurting woman, the counselor, and the church.

With an understanding and empathetic voice, Kim Ketola exposes the hurt in your heart, reveals the healing in God's heart, and brings the two together to create a whole heart where restoration and celebration are possible. 


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Friday, March 17, 2017

Today's Scripture

“I am leaving you with a gift—peace of mind and heart. And the peace I give is a gift the world cannot give. So don’t be troubled or afraid.” (Words of Jesus in John 14:27 NLT)

Thoughts for Today

Jesus wants to give us rest. When we reach out in faith, he cradles our hearts by his powerful ability to carry all our cares. He fulfills his promise to help us rest our weary souls as we turn every problem into prayers, especially prayers of praise for his amazing love.

Then Jesus said, “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. (Matthew 11:28 NLT)

I can clearly remember standing at the crossroads you may now be facing with only my faith to carry me forward. I continued to look to Jesus, study his Word, ask him to change my heart and help me believe. I learned that Jesus’ grace to save me is a gift (Ephesians 2:8–9). Perhaps my hope of heaven was not in vain. Perhaps I really could overcome all this pain of abortion. Did I really believe Jesus had a place for me with him—safe, protected, under his wings? Could he really love me so?

As I began to understand God’s plan to restore the whole earth from the curse of sin and death, I found these words from Ecclesiastes 3:11 (NIV): “[God]has made everything beautiful in its time.” I clung to that promise in pure faith, not knowing or seeing how in the world God could make my act of destruction beautiful. But I believed him. I became determined to learn about him and his ways until I could see how he would make his beauty true in my life.

He has done what he promised. I no longer feel the need to hide my heart (or a face full of tears) when I am around others who know the truth. I now have a new desire to use my gifts and my time to help others instead of always striving through my career to prove my worth. I love my children exactly as they are and value the precious gift of life each one represents. And I know the truth about the promise of heaven that I sought so desperately for years: the one who believes has everlasting life.

Consider this … 

I’m completely confident as you seek him, you too will see his beauty in your circumstances, no matter how ashen they seem. You will no longer feel you must withdraw in shame or retreat from the world in worthlessness.

Once you have reached for and received the love of Jesus, the crowd no longer matters. The love of Jesus Christ moves you from the crowd to a cloud of eternal witnesses to the power and glory of God (Hebrews 12:1). God’s acceptance purifies you for your place as one of his daughters in the forever family of God. Your healing becomes complete, and he remains ever faithful.

Prayer

Jesus, I come to you now with all I am and all I have done. I give you these burdens and receive your rest. I invite you to be Lord of my life as I join the beautiful family of God.

These thoughts were drawn from …


Cradle My Heart: Finding God's LOVE After Abortion by Kim Ketola. In this book, Kim seeks to help those hurt by abortion to grieve with hope. Sharing her story and the stories of ten other women, she reveals that God's love is not a casualty of the abortive process. With an appendix of helpful resources and a study and discussion guide included, Cradle My Heart is a timely and important resource for the hurting woman, the counselor, and the church.

With an understanding and empathetic voice, Kim Ketola exposes the hurt in your heart, reveals the healing in God's heart, and brings the two together to create a whole heart where restoration and celebration are possible. 


We hope these devotions are a blessing to you and to others in your life. We are happy to provide them for you at no cost, but thought you might want to consider a donation to help our ministry with the expense involved. You can safely donate through our website . Thank you!


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