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Don’t Live with Mediocrity any Longer!

imagesforkGod’s destiny for you never included abortion. When you chose to take a left fork onto the road called Abortion, you veered off into an area that wasn’t part of His plan. He wants to steer you back on the road He created for you whether you are a man, woman, sibling, or loved one who is grieving a past abortion. He wants to take this experience and turn it into something beautiful for Him. Only God can do that, and He will do it if you allow Him to.

God knows your heart. He knows your sorrow. He knows your regret. He knows your shame. He has seen how you have tried to deal with this on your own for so long. He has seen the ways you have worked to keep it a secret. Now that you are dealing with the past, it’s not a shock or a surprise to Him. He is happy that you have chosen this time in your life to lay this burden down.

No, despite all these things, overwhelming victory is ours through Christ who loved us. And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from His love. Death can’t, and life can’t. The angels can’t, and the demons can’t. Our fears for today, our worries about tomorrow, and even the powers of hell can’t keep God’s love away. Whether we are high above the sky or in the deepest ocean, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord (Romans 8:37–39, NLT).

I believe this is one of the most beautiful Scriptures in the entire Bible. Nowhere does it say, “But if you have an abortion, God will not take you back, or love you anymore.” No, it says nothing can separate us from His love.

Stop for a minute. Close your eyes, and picture yourself with a heavy, wooden yoke around your neck. Imagine how your body has been damaged, carrying that yoke of abortion. Now picture God reaching down and breaking it, and crushing it. Not one piece is left that you can hold in your fingertips—all that remains is dust. Give this yoke to God right now. Only God can destroy the yoke so it can never resume its previous position.

Don’t accept this bondage from your abortion any longer. Don’t live in mediocrity. Set a imagesbondagenew standard for your life. Take the limits off God and allow Him to take the limits off your life. Step out in faith, and believe God is about to do a great thing!

If you are ready to start this journey contact me personally at sheila@saveone.org. We have an entire staff of people ready, willing, and able to help you. Don’t put this off another day. If you are a friend or loved one who has watched someone in your life implode because of a past abortion then by all means forward this blog or share it on social media. Thanks! The people you reach with this truth will be eternally grateful to you for your help.

5 WORDS THAT CAN CHANGE A LIFE

David and goliathThere are 5 words David (of David and Goliath fame) spoke on the battlefield to remind Israel’s fearless fighting force why they were supposed to be fighting.

“Is There Not a Cause?”

I borrowed these words for a book I wrote. I don’t think David minds…This week’s post is an excerpt from the book. With all the political speak being thrown around these days I wanted to calm it down and just bring revelation for some into the conversation.

You may have never heard this reasoning, but I am hoping my words will give you a new way of looking at this issue. I also hope my words will give you talking points for this debate. It’s time we take the blinders off and stop allowing politics to overshadow what is truly the matter at hand. From the book…”Is There Not a Cause?”

Personal Oppositions

Let’s look at another argument that I hope will appeal to your personal responsibility. The argument is the old saying we’ve heard for years, “Well personally I’m opposed to abortion, but I don’t think it’s right to impose or legislate my morality on others.” The truth is, this is a battle every Christian has been called to fight. You may defend this argument, and maybe that is why you have not engaged in this battle. But let me ask you the question: What law doesn’t impose morality? Laws against robbery and rape impose on thieves and rapists that their actions are wrong. The abortionists in our country have no problem imposing their lack of morality on the unborn, denouncing the life of unwanted babies.

And furthermore, a good question to ask is, why they are personally opposed? If the baby is not a child, then why be more opposed to abortion than say, removing your tonsils? Are they personally opposed to that? The answer, more than likely, is that their personal opposition is in knowing this is a living human being worthy of life. If a person recognizes this fact, they must join the battle or receive judgment from their Creator. Again, we need to reassess if we have lost our fear of the Lord for fear of what the world thinks.

A person who uses this argument wants to have their cake and eat it too. They want to sound morally correct to others by “personally opposing” abortion. They want people to think they are upright, goodhearted citizens of our society. But in reality they are truly whispering, “I know it’s killing, but I’m going to hide behind the excuse that I can’t impose my morality on others. I just want to still be accepted by you without actually having to dirty my hands by joining this battle”.

We could use different scenarios and see if this argument holds water.

“I’m against husbands beating their wives, but I don’t feel as if I can impose my morality on someone else.”

“I’m against rape, but I don’t feel as if I can impose my morality on someone else.”

Why do we allow people to separate abortion from every other vile act? Don’t let yourself be swayed by this thinking. It is undeniably from the pit of hell.

Rare Abortions

I’m sure several of us have heard some declare, “Abortion should be legal, but rare.” My question to that statement is, why? If abortion isn’t wrong, then why should we make it rare? We haven’t heard these same people saying we should make appendectomies rare. This question may be best answered by Dr. Alfred Bongioanni, professor of pediatrics and obstetrics at the University of Pennsylvania, as he testified to a U.S. Senate Committee regarding when life begins:

“I have learned from my earliest medical education that human life begins at the time of conception…. I submit that human life is present throughout this entire sequence from conception to adulthood and that any interruption at any point throughout this time constitutes a termination of human life….

I am no more prepared to say that these early stages [of development in the womb] represent an incomplete human being than I would be to say that the child prior to the dramatic effects of puberty…is not a human being. This is human life at every stage.”

Is this why we should make abortion rare? Because in the recesses of our minds we know it’s a human life we’re taking? If you answer the why question, then you must recognize this choice certainly does not leave untarnished a woman, a man, and most often their entire future.

Please feel free to comment below what you would add to this way of thinking. Others need to hear a collective reasoning, not just all mine. And occasionally we need to be reminded there is a cause worth fighting for…

An Army of Truth-Tellers!

I just returned from a marathon travel schedule over the last two weeks to Winston-Salem, NC, Santa Ana, CA, Oklahoma City, OK, and Casper, WY. I tell you that to first of all let you know that SaveOne is on the move! Several of the SaveOne team members got to go too so that was a real treat for me. There are so many great things happening at SaveOne, I am afraid I would run out of room on this blog post if I tried to write it all!

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Secondly I want to let you know of our travels because meeting these incredible people we have met over these last two weeks gives me great hope. To find like-minded individuals who are either thankful to discover SaveOne, or are already doing the work of abortion recovery is phenomenal. These meetings show us our circle we have locked arms with, is growing more and more every day.

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SaveOne is building an army of truth-tellers who are no longer willing to be silent about the devastation abortion brings into a man, woman, or families lives. It’s time…way past time the millions suffering in silence have a place to turn for help. SaveOne being offered in churches and pregnancy centers around the world is just such a place. We are so thankful for the chapter leaders being willing to push this hard subject.

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We met people in these cities I mentioned whose marriages have been restored; who were able to kick an addiction; who saved an unborn life; countless numbers who confessed abortions to us with one woman having held the secret for 40 years. All of these scenarios happened because these people were brave enough to step forward and deal with a past abortion. God then took their circumstances and turned them to good. Only He can do stuff like that!

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Please pray for us as we have meetings, speaking engagements, much more travel, and our first ever SaveOne European Summit, all still happening this year. We cannot do what we do without your financial help as well as your much needed prayers.

Feel free to comment below with any questions you have for us, or if you would like for us to come to your church to share SaveOne. Hope to hear from you soon!

THE HERO IN YOU

Have you ever been shaken out of your complacency? Or maybe you have witnessed something so horrific that you could no longer treat it as a nightmare, as though it never happened?

There have been many heroes who have gone before us who were shaken out of their complacency and drawn into a battle they didn’t necessarily want to fight. They were ordinary people who accomplished extraordinary feats simply because they saw an injustice and refused to sit silently. Following are just a few examples of some real heroes…

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr was an African-American civil rights leader who led the resistanceimages1 to segregation using non-violent methods. He could not ignore the injustice being served to blacks, nor could he wait on someone else to step up and fight the battle of the races. God raised him up to be a great man. He was Time magazine’s “Man of the Year” in 1963, and one year later was the youngest man in history to earn the Nobel Peace Prize. God had  a willing vessel in Dr. King and much was accomplished through his courage.

imagesEsther was a young Jewish girl who suddenly found herself queen of Persia. When she discovered a plot to extinguish all the Jewish people living in Persia, she had the courage, at the risk of her own life, to save an entire generation of Jews by confronting the king. Today she is remembered as a powerful instrument in the hands of our mighty God, simply because she refused to remain silent about the killing of innocent people.

Take time to read about Dietrich Bonhoeffer, William Wallace, Harriet Tubman, and William Wilberforce. All heroes who risked their own lives so others could live.

Looking back on these people’s lives, hindsight is 20/20. They are known as heroes today, but undoubtedly numerous people who knew them then, called them “zealots” and “Jesus freaks”. I’m sure they were told on more than one occasion they had “lost it.” Can you hear their family and friends warning, “Okay, now you’ve taken it just a little bit too far. The authorities are involved, so it’s time to back off and save yourself. You can’t go to jail, you can’t lose your life.” And I’m sure they heard, “This is not God’s will for you!”

I imagine they probably contemplated these cries repeatedly in their heads and questioned their own sanity. So many of these people, plus countless others unnamed, were in jeopardy of losing their lives. Some did become martyrs for a cause they refused to ignore.

These people seem larger than life to us. Because of the movies made about their lives, theimgres-1 monuments and memorials erected on their behalf, and stories we’ve read, we have a tendency to capture their images as extraordinary people with some kind of gifting you and I do not possess. In reality, they were ordinary people just like you and me. The only difference is, they understood the battle was theirs to fight. They were the ones willing to pick up the sword and charge into battle.

Thankfully, as Christians we possess the most powerful weapons. We are the ones with the call on our lives to stand up when everyone else is sitting down, gaining our courage from the all-powerful God who has our back.

When will we look at the abortion issue as a cause worthy of our fight? Yes, there are many causes that are worthy, but what cause is more gruesome, more devastating, and more horrific than the legalized killing of our children?

We look at our forefathers who justified slavery with such scorn. We read about our country’s history regarding slavery and then wonder how our forefathers could have ever acted with such horrific behavior. Will our children and grandchildren look back at us with disdain over this issue and wonder how we could have ever let decades of abortion continue?

As a Christian, this is our fight. We own it. We must take a stand for the issue of life! It will be that moment you find the hero that resides in you. When pushed into a battle, your strength, power, wisdom, and stamina will come forth and history will show you to be larger than life. As we look back on your efforts to fight injustice, history will judge you well. So my challenge to you today is to join this fight with us. Refuse to look the other way any longer and you will see the hero arise in you! images-1

Please comment below the injustices you wish to fight, and your dreams of how to accomplish their end. No idea is too crazy!

Crossing the Threshold

17135984132_f694fe1ab0_zShe walks across the threshold – perhaps the hardest thing she has done in years. I see the weight pressing down on her shoulders, like a thick dark cloud, no, it’s like a heavy yoke. The secret she has been carrying is apparent, it is clearly visible on her face and in the curve of her shoulders. I recognize this look, it’s obvious to me. I’ve carried the same weight before. I get up and hug her and welcome her like a long lost friend. We have met before but only briefly, not in person only by phone, however, we’ve already made a connection – we are connected by the sin of our past. I imagine that finally she feels a life-line has been thrown to her. Something, perhaps this class she is walking into, will pull her out from under the dead weight she has carried far too long.

This damaged soul has just walked across the threshold into my SaveOne class. Those heavy laden steps are some of the hardest she has ever taken.  She really doesn’t have a clue about the journey embarked on, but I do. And my soul smiles! Her life is about to change forever and I can’t wait to see it happen!

By the end of the first class, the “Introduction”, we have all shared our deepest, darkest, most shameful secret of abortion. We are all becoming knit together by the similarity of our abortion story and the dissimilarity of the circumstances. Some of the men and women in the class have never told another living soul. It has been a successful unburdening. I am always amazed to see the power of transparency. I begin to perceive the heavy weight lifting off their shoulders! By the end of the first, introductory class, I have already witnessed an amazing transformation take place – the unbearable weight is lifting, the guarded countenance in facial expression is softening, the monotone inflection in the tone of voice is brightening. God is already doing His mighty work of unburdening these men and women who have carried the heavy yoke of slavery to their past. God is doing what He has promised. He is making the great exchange…”Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and YOU WILL FIND REST FOR YOUR SOULS. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.” Matthew 11:28 – 30

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And thus begins the 11 week journey to freedom called SaveOne! Over the next 10 weeks these precious children of God will learn how to be set free from the bondage of abortion and how to live in the fullness of victory Jesus Christ provided for them on the Cross of Calvary. “It was for freedom that Christ set us free; therefore keep standing firm and do not be subject again to a yoke of slavery”. Galatians 5:1

After experiencing healing by taking the SaveOne journey myself, I started the Salem Oregon chapter of SaveOne in September 2006. I have since offered 3 SaveOne classes each year and have seen many people healed and set free from a lifetime of suffering in silence. Now many men and women are empowered to tell their own story of restoration to help save one more person from living a life of guilt, shame, unforgiveness, anger, and depression. We, at SaveOne, believe it is these brave women and men, sharing the word of their testimony, that will bring about change in this culture of death and help to restore commitment to the sanctity of human life.

SaveOne is truly a life-transforming class. I am so blessed to be used of God, and humbled to be placed on the front lines of witnessing Him do His work of restoration in the lives of these precious yet damaged souls. …“This is the true grace of God. Stand firm in it!” Peace be to you all who are in Christ.” 1 Peter 5:12, 14

This post was written by the incredible Terri Nordone. She is one of our SaveOne chapter coordinator’s and one of my dear friends. I wanted you to hear her description of that life-changing moment we see so often in our classes. These moments are something we never tire of seeing, and never get used to being a part of because they are truly spectacular.

Please let us know if you would like to learn how to bring the SaveOne class to your church!

UP YOURS!

You know those words that are supposed to shut us up, written by a coward sitting alone in his parent’s basement hiding behind a computer screen? At least that’s what I always picture when I get comments meant to spew hate. Here lately these words have been coming in quite regularly on my blog. 

Crazy guyBeing vocal about a social injustice like abortion always attracts its fair share of crazies, but when I received this comment on one of my blog posts it made me chuckle. It simply read, “UP YOURS!” I guess the exclamation point was an extra jab to drive his/her comment home. What do I even do with this comment? What is it supposed to accomplish? Is it designed to make me feel badly about my words? Quash my passion to see abortion end? Was it supposed to make me believe I should be quiet? Did the author hit send and feel better about himself? Did he call up his friends and tell them what a tough guy he is? So many questions…

When someone is too cowardly to talk to you face to face, or have a civil debate about Braindisagreements, don’t give that person any brain space. You have more important things to do with your intellect than fill it trying to understand the motive behind such an unimpressive waste of words. 

You may be thinking I’m completely not taking my own advice because I have devoted an entire blog post to this one person’s comment, but actually I just wanted you to chuckle with me. Plus, it gives me the opportunity to brag on the people who have locked arms with SaveOne. 

There are men and women who have come alongside us who are like nobody else in the world. They see the need and the power behind abortion recovery. The SaveOne faithful support our efforts either through simply reading this blog post and sharing it; joining our efforts through financial giving; being a powerhouse to see these efforts come to pass through prayer; or they are on the front lines of this staff or as a SaveOne chapter leader, leading the charge to end abortion in their communities. Those who have locked arms with SaveOne are truly the catalysts for change in our world. 

Thumbs upWhen someone says UP YOURS to any of us again, let’s wear this insult as a badge of honor. A trophy telling the world, HEY we’re making a difference! People who love the message of death are not liking what we’re doing. Let’s do it more! Let’s do it bigger! Let’s do it louder! Let’s bring more people to the party and save more lives than we ever dreamed. Are you in? 

Thanks for locking arms with us. We love you faithful partners of SaveOne. We couldn’t do this without you. 🙂

It Takes a Team…

TeamYou expect me to say nice things about SaveOne. It is after all, the non-profit I started 16 years ago. But did you know there is a whole TEAM of people behind me, beside me, and around me who love this organization almost as much as I do? They are creative, funny, smart, committed, loyal, and trusted, dear friends to me. Some of them have been with me all 16 years! I want you to listen in on what one of them has to say, because they inspire me and remind me why we do what we do. Becky states so eloquently…

“I have always been against abortion, but other than speaking out about it I did little to stop it. One day I realized I needed to do something…anything to make a difference. I knew my friend Sheila had this ministry called SaveOne, but I didn’t really know much about it. So, I decided to look into it and see if God wanted me to get involved. As I read the book, God did something pretty amazing. He showed me areas of my life where I was needing forgiveness and grace to move in and change me. I wept through much of the book. I was moved. I have never had an abortion, yet God used this book to change me. I had to get involved. I wanted other people to realize just how amazing God’s grace truly is.”

For years I have had people tell me if you have not had an abortion you cannot possibly help someone who has. Nothing could be further from the truth. The author here, Becky Gould, becky-gouldhas been a tremendous catalyst for countless individuals to experience healing after abortion. Read on…

“SaveOne is not about an agenda or a ‘do these things and you will cope’ type of help. SaveOne is a heartfelt, loving, grace-filled study that will truly dig deep and shine God’s love into a person’s life. It is so loving, yet so truthful. I found I simply could not argue with the logic and truth it shared. The first class I held I was blown away at how different my student was in the few short weeks of our class. God had touched her just like He touched me. I was hooked!”

I tell people all the time, the seat they sit in as a SaveOne chapter leader is addictive. You are literally sitting on the front row of God’s miracles. It’s easy to get hooked just like Becky did when God allows you to be a part, up close and personal, to a life transformed.

“But there is one more truly wonderful thing about SaveOne. We don’t only care about women. We care about men too. God’s healing and forgiveness are available to everyone. Men have been pushed to the side on the abortion issue. They have had to suffer in silence and isolation in a way we just cannot fathom. SaveOne empowers men to be who God created them to be. It has helped to heal many families as men found forgiveness and/or healing and began to walk in the knowledge they gained.”

How cool is it when the people around you buy into your vision? When I first started talking about including men in abortion recovery some people thought I was crazy. Now, helping men, women, and the entire family is not just what we do, it’s who we are. Families finding restoration through Jesus Christ is an every day occurrence at SaveOne. I love Becky speaking out about how unfairly men are being treated in this situation. The more Beckys, and healed fathers we empower to talk about this issue the bigger the army, the louder the voice!

“This study is powerful and I am so thankful I get to share it with others. I got involved because I want to make a difference. I want to help men and women find their voice and understand their testimony. We need to hear the stories of those hurt by this industry so we can keep others from making the same mistake. Through SaveOne and the power of God’s word we are able to help people find freedom and forgiveness, and help save babies.”

And that is exactly what Becky has accomplished through her years at SaveOne. She has saved many babies by helping those who know the truth of abortion get to the healing only Jesus Christ can bring. Those men and women in turn tell others the truth behind abortion instead of sitting in shameful silence. It’s a beautiful process and I couldn’t be happier that Becky is a valued and needed member of the SaveOne team. Thank you Becky for taking time to talk about the value of SaveOne in your life!

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Becky Gould is a regional chapter coordinator with SaveOne. She cares for every chapter we have across the great state of Tennessee. Her loving and passionate way about her lets the chapter leaders who are under her care know they are not alone, but rather greatly supported, cared for, and prayed over.

Becky would love to answer any questions you have about her job, so please comment below and she will be sure to get in touch with you.

 

Hellerstadt…and why you need to know that name…

Imagine with me for a moment. You are having a minor surgery, like your appendix is being taken out. You have the opportunity to go to a clinic down the street from your house but you find out the surgeon is not allowed to admit his patients to your hospital that’s 30 minutes away. That doesn’t mean he can’t get you in to a hospital, but it does mean if something happens during surgery and you need a hospital he has to go through a lot of red tape and permissions before you would be admitted. You also find out with a little bit of research that this clinic is not up to the standard that a surgical care center needs to be. What would you decide? Would you rather have the surgery where you know the doctor is competent, qualified, and committed to your care? In a place you know has been inspected and is clean? It’s a no-brainer, right?

Today…March 2…right now…while you are reading this article, the most important Supreme Court case since Roe vs. Wade is being argued. This case had to go all the way to SCOTUS to force abortionists at abortion mills to have admitting privileges to the nearest hospital as well as raise their clinics to a standard required by law for a surgical center. The name of this case is Hellerstadt vs. Whole Woman’s Health. If this case stands, the abortion clinics across Texas will dwindle to about 9 or 10. That means there are about a dozen currently operating in sub-par conditions.

The pro-abortion advocates insist these requirements would place an undue burden on women to drive farther or wait longer for their abortion.  Why should women be subjected to doctors who may not be competent, and have surgeries in clinics less standardized than vet clinics and tattoo parlors? There are actually people fighting to make sure women get this atrocious treatment.

If you are reading this article on Wednesday, March 2, could you please take a moment and pray right now for this case? It’s time abortion clinics are held to the same standard, giving women the care they deserve!

I can’t believe we’re here!

I didn’t tell very many people where I was going, simply because I wasn’t sure about security issues and what we were facing as a team. My family and close friends knew, as well as my church family. I love my church family so much, they had decided collectively that if I got arrested and thrown into prison they would start a “Go Fund Me” account and name it FREE SHEILA! They have my back! 🙂

We had no idea what to expect while we were there, as neither me nor my husband, had experienced communism up close and personal. We were fortunate in that we had incredible guides who had lived there and were able to show us all the sites, sounds, smells, and tastes of this awesome country.

The reason why I was invited on this trip was because of the need for abortion recovery in a place where forced abortion and a one-child policy are very real. We heard many stories regarding this subject that broke our hearts. We visited orphanages with special needs children whose lives were not valued. But I thank God for these orphanages and the people who were willing to sacrifice everything to care for these precious souls. I have been around orphans for many years (check out www.project1418.com) and have a heart for these children, but never have I been touched to my core like I was while I was there.

Can I just say…every life is precious.

Every.

Single.

One.

Throughout the trip I cannot count how many times I looked at my husband and said, “I can’t believe we’re here!” as if he didn’t know this. My mind was still wrapping around the fact we were literally on the opposite side of the world from our kids.

But the time came to get down to the reason why I was there, and I sensed the weight of what I was doing. I had the awesome privilege of participating in two different women’s retreats leading up to the Sunday I was speaking. The message of Jesus Christ healing after abortion weighed heavily on me. I don’t mean to sound so dramatic but the gravity of the need for our hope-filled message was nearly tangible. I felt as though I was in a wrestling match when I walked onto each stage and opened my mouth to speak. The tears threatened to spill out each time, as I thought about the faces of men and women who have sat silently for years with no hope. It was in the deepest part of me I desperately longed to convey just how Jesus could set them free. I hoped they saw me, saw SaveOne, as a lifeline and they realized their confidence was in Christ and Christ alone.

I was allowed to hold a 90-minute seminar for anyone who wanted to attend after the church service on Sunday. It was truly a privilege for me. About 50 people came and I was thrilled with that turnout. There was much enthusiasm, passion, tears, and grief shared that day with my husband and myself. Not just from women either, but one of the men shared of how he had advised someone at one point to get an abortion and it still bothered him deeply today. He had to fight back tears telling the story and it had been years earlier. Abortion truly does have a ripple effect on those around this choice.

Check out a portion of an email we received after the seminar…

“They basically fully identified themselves with the physical, emotional, spiritual,
relational aftermath related to abortions. We ended our meeting with prayer and trusted
God’s healing power in their lives. In short, I believe there is tremendous need for SAVEONE ministry.”

I’m thankful for those words and will treasure my time in this beautiful country. I am still working through some of the things we experienced and will probably write about those things at a later date. Just know, the harvest is ripe and workers are needed in every area. Please take time to pray for these beautiful people and their country today, and that our message of hope after abortion is resonating in the hearts and minds of those we encountered. We are believing for many chapters of SaveOne to start because of this trip!

I would love to discuss with you in the comments below your thoughts on closed countries, forced abortion, etc. or answer any questions you might have. Let me hear from you!