Saturday, January 17, 2009

One Life at a Time

Churches, crisis pregnancy centers and many others across this nation will be celebrating the Sanctity of Human Life on January 18, 2009. At our local CPC, we have sent out hundreds of invitations to let our community know about our open house tomorrow afternoon. Our mission is to let people get a look at what we do and share from our hearts on way we do it.

So, I’m starting a day earlier on why the Sanctity of Human Life is important to me. It wasn’t always that way, but the day came when I stopped running from God and run to God. It was then He changed my heart and took my abortion to help save lives.

And we know that all things work together for good
to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.
(Romans 8:28 NKJ)


Shannon, who was a client of mine and now friend, has given me permission to share a few of her thoughts during an interview I once did with her about her pregnancy before and after the birth of her son:

“After a while, you kind of go blank, and you don’t even care how many abortions you had. I came to Life Choices Center to get a pregnancy test; I told them I was going to get an abortion.”

“My mentor had also been down that road. That helped me to relax. It made me realize that living with all that guilt and shame, I didn’t have to. I didn’t have to be embarrassed anymore about my abortions. Somehow God talked though her. I went home and told my boyfriend I’m keeping this baby. There are women who will help us.”

“Life is good, now. It’s really good. He’s not a burden like I thought he would be. Everyone loves him and I thank God every day for him. I really do.”

For the last two years I have watched Shannon’s life become grounded in the Word of God. She attends church regularly, is starting college in about a week and is always reminding me how glad she is that she decided to have her son.

On January 10, 2009, I had the honor of attending a very special birthday party for a little boy who was turning 1, her son Gabriel.

Happy Birthday, Gabriel


Me, Gabriel and Mom (Shannon)


Tammy

15 comments:

Edie said...

Oh what a great story Tammy. All I can think of right now as I look at these photos is how proud our FATHER is of you. May He richly bless you in all that you do!!

Truth4thejourney said...

This is so important!! Thanks for sharing.

Love,
Sonya

Chatty Kelly said...

So glad she chose life! Thank you for your efforts in this regard.

ktwalden said...

Wonderful story! God is so good....

Jody said...

Thank you for sharing. Although you may want to change "sanity" to "sanitity" ha. It is insane though that murdering babies is legal. Blessings.

LisaShaw said...

Precious Tammy,

This absolutely cradled my heart as I read, cried and rejoice! How good is our GOD!

Love you.

Jan Parrish said...

What a beautiful testimony. And what a beautiful baby!I love to hear how God works to change lives.

JMBMOMMY said...

Praise the LORD!

Laura said...

You are doing good work, Tammy. Keep glorifying Him with your story!

Sherri Watt said...

Tammy,

Thanks for sharing this story. God is using you in the lives of others. That includes mine.

Hugs!

Paula (SweetPea) said...

What an awesome testimony of God's power. You are so blessed to be a part of this...YOU are changing lives through your ministry.
Sweet blessings,
Paula

Cricket said...

Tammy
It is so wonderful that you have came to a place in your life to be able to share your testimony...a place where you are able to allow God to use you. Would you have ever thought this was where your ministry was to be? God Bless you & strengthen you & Keep you

Tessa

Tiffany Stuart said...

Keep sharing life with us! People need to hear this...

Bless your ministry! Thank you for your friendship.

LynnSC said...

Wow Tammy... thanks so much for sharing your life with this young lady. What you are doing is SO important.

God does truly work all things for good huh??? What a blessing you are.

Thanks so much for your honesty and your sharing.
Blessings,
Lynn

Pam said...

I had 3 abortions and I know how Shannon felt. And it seems no one even cared, nor told me there was help anywhere. That was years ago. This story is a real blessing to me. Please tell Shannon thank you, and thank you for what you are doing.
In Christ Love,
Pam