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a surrendered life

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I just started reading a book written by Pat Layton called “A Surrendered Life“.  This is a book about finding healing, freedom and hope from the heartbreak of abortion.  She also wrote the bible study we use in our healing groups called “Surrendering the Secret”.

I have heard her speak.  She has an amazing testimony.  It will make you cry, laugh, and rejoice with her.

In her book she states that every one of us has been affected by abortion.  Because 43% of all women have had at least 1 abortion, that equates to 1 out of 3 women.  If I take just my abortion.  It affects me, my sister, my parents, my grandparents, my aunts, uncles, my nieces, nephew, my friends.  It ripples out from there.  There is no where you can go to escape being affected by abortion.

Her book is another example of the importance of sharing our stories with each other.  I think of all the women that have been helped because Pat Layton was willing to open herself up and many other men and women like her.  It is this courage that urges me on.  When I want to be silent, I think about others who have gone before me and instead of shrinking back into the shadows I stand firm.

Be on the alert, stand firm in the faith, act like men, be strong.  Let all that you do be done in love.  1 Corinthians 16:13-14 (NASB)

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a new perspective

This summer I was privileged to be on the other side of our Surrendering the Secret groups.  I was not leading one, but I was able to serve in a different way by making goodies a couple times for their meetings and last weekend my friend and I made dinner for their retreat on Friday night.

It was a strange feeling being a part of it, yet being removed from the lessons, the stories, the journey.

While the women were eating their dinner in the other room there was a lot of talking and laughter and though I didn’t know anything of what brought them to this point, I smile knowing the path to healing they are on and the weight that has been lifted up.

It was a wonderful blessing to still be a part of it, but in a different way.