Monday, February 1, 2010

Changing One Heart For Many

If you’re visiting for the first time and you don’t know my story (God’s Story), you may want to check it on the left-hand side bar under “My Secret Sin.” I was one of those human beings who needed a heart change. If you have had an abortion, I want you to know you will find no condemnation here, but you will find Truth wrapped in grace and mercy. God has brought you here because He doesn’t want you to hurt and feel ashamed anymore, but what He does want from you is to trust Him with your pain. Will you do that? I hope so. If you need to talk or need prayer, click on ‘profile’ for email.

I once knew someone who was known for pulling out her little device that ‘guaranteed’ to tell you the sex of the child that was hidden in your womb. This gadget consisted of a long piece of thread attached to a sewing needle. She would grab the end of the thread and dangle the needle over the palm of your hand. Slowly it would begin to move, and depending on the direction of the needle … whether it went in a circle or a straight line … she could tell if you were carrying a boy or girl. Now I didn’t believe it, but I will say she had 50-50 chance of being right.

Today, we don’t need to look for the woman with a needle in her pocket, but instead, we can get an ultrasound that will show the very life growing inside the womb. This instrument plays an important role in many crisis pregnancy centers. It saves lives. It changes hearts.

I remember hearing about a young lady who called our center looking for help. She told her family that she was pregnant. They were not happy and were pressuring her to have an abortion. We suggested that she come in for ultrasound, hoping it would make a difference once her mom looked at the screen. However, the day of her visit, her mom decided to stay in the car during the ultrasound. As soon as the instrument began touching her womb, the picture took on life. There was the baby, 11 weeks old. She became so excited that she said “My mom has to see this. Can you go and get her ‘cause I know she’ll change her mind.” Having seen the baby, the mother did change her mind. The baby was given life. A heart was changed.

There’s someone else whose heart has been changed through an ultrasound, too. Abby Johnson is the former director of an abortion clinic in Texas. She no longer encourages women to end a life, but instead she speaks out to help save lives of the unborn. (The video although it's not graphic, you may not want children around.)



Psalm 139: 13-15
You made all the delicate, inner parts of my body
and knit me together in my mother’s womb.
Thank you for making me so wonderfully complex!
Your workmanship is marvelous—how well I know it.
You watched me as I was being formed in utter seclusion,
as I was woven together in the dark of the womb.
Father God,
We, as believers, lift our voices to give You praise. Holy is Your name.You are the Creator of life, knowing all things. Thank you for the opportunity that You have given us to look inside the darkness of the womb. We ask that Satan's plan to destroy the lives of the unborn would be bound, in the name of Jesus! That those who are planning to have an abortion or are involved in abortions, will see the work of Your hands and will change their minds. No longer  can we live in denial of when life begins.Thank you for the many hearts that are changed everyday because of this ultrasound and for lives that are being saved.
In Jesus Mighty Name...Amen!

Tammy

19 comments:

LisaShaw said...

Amen Tammy!

Powerful prayer at the end Tammy and I stand in agreement with you dear sister.

Praying still...

P.S. Sending you an Email regarding the Center.

April said...

Praying for hearts to be changed... Truth to be known & those bound in the lies to be set free... For His glory & for lives saved...
April

elaine @ peace for the journey said...

Powerful 7.5 minutes to begin my week. Thank God for people like Abby Johnson who are willing to walk away and, then, speak up!

So glad you put this here.

peace~elaine

debrah said...

Praying that the hearts and minds of not only our leaders but the people of our nation to be changed. That the truth about about the life in the womb will come to light in all of our hearts and minds. That all the lies concerning abortion will be exposed and that as a people we will choose light over darkness and life over death. Thank you for posting this and providing a place online where we can come together in prayer.

Andrea said...

AMEN!!
Praying with you,
andrea

RCUBEs said...

Planned Parenthood's statement is so deceiving as they pretend that they are truly after the women's freedom to choose. That they are making these pregnant women know that they have that option. But most of the time, especially the young ones who are pregnant are confused and not fit to make the best decision. It is sad that they think it will fix their problem just like that.
Great prayer and prayed that with you. May the Lord protect you as you continue to serve in this powerful ministry. It's not easy to speak out about this. But there is nothing impossible with the Lord. May your words reach out to so many out there who are confused and may they come to know the Lord's love. Blessings.

Deborah Ann said...

Thank you for being a light for life! You are helping so many women in their hour of need with your ministry!

Patrina said...

A restraining order aginst Planned Parenhood indeed. God bless dear Abby.

Thanks, Tammy for sharing and for all you do to save lives.

After searching Lisa Shaw's site a few weeks back - and reading an earlier post of yours, my thots and prayers have been focused on this very thing.

One of my blogger friends has dedicated the month of Feb to Prayer. She is calling it iPray. Each day she will post a prayer on a specific subject - submitted by those of us who have joined together for this prayer circle. The prayers are posted at her site - ZOE @ http://amarasviewonstuff.blogspot.com. On Feb 7th my prayer for the "Santity of Life" is scheduled to be posted. I've never "written" a prayer before so this was hard - but hopefully it has God's fingerprints on it. Just wanted to let you know.

Also, I probably will post that post I told you ( a few weeks ago) that I would be posting on abortion - that same day as the prayer is posted on ZOE's blog - so readers can read my story in tandem with the prayer. Please Pray for me that I can accomplish the writing of and the posting of my story. Thank you. You are a blessing!

Hugs & prayers
Patrina <")>><

lisasmith said...

Ms. Johnson was at the clinic here in our town. I pray for her each day. I am so thankful that the Author of Life has called us by name!!

Alena said...

I recently came across your blog and have been reading along. I thought I would leave my first comment. I don't know what to say except that I have enjoyed reading. Nice blog. I will keep visiting this blog very often.

Alena

http://ovarianpain.net

Terri Tiffany said...

Praise God for a change in heart!!!

Barbara said...

God is still in the healing hearts business....how wonderful this ministry is that you are involved in--it makes a difference.

Cheryl Barker said...

Praying with you all, Tammy!

By the way, thanks for visiting my blog and letting me know that my newsletter was a blessing to you!

Julie Gillies said...

Hi Tammy,

What a powerful story. I love how God used technology to change a potential grandma's heart.

May God continue to use you mightily!

Melinda said...

I'm a little late commenting, but am joining you in prayer this week friend!

Don't you just LOVE that story about Abby Johnson?? So amazing. SO GOD.

Edie said...

Excellent post and video Tammy. I love your emphasis on grace and mercy. As I listened to Abby I was reminded that we condemn those who act in ignorance too.

Love your heartfelt prayer my friend!

Jennifer said...

Praying with all of you! The power of the ultrasound is amazing. I have had the honor of watching girls and women change their mind right on the table as they have watched the life that God has formed within them. It's such an amazing moment.

Bless you!

Jennifer

sonja said...

Tammy:
This is so powerful. I am so thankful for the way God is using you and your story for His glory! I join with you in this prayer, and will continue to be praying right alongside as you continue this incredible ministry.

Love you,
Sonja

TRUTH SHARER said...

Tammy:

Thanks so much for stopping by my blog again! It was God's perfect timing...

You see - this morning I began a new [handwritten] journal with the Lord. He always gives me the titles. It is #44 [from 3+ years].
The title is:
INSIDE OUT - Examining the Heart of God

When God gives me a new title and a new journal to begin - it is so that HE can teach me all about what my heart desires to know of Him. This title stems from a song that has been playing over and over
called:
From the INSIDE OUT

where God will be teaching me what HIS HEART is all about - revelaing new and hidden things about Himself that He desires for me to know - and to share - and to respond to Him with my own heart because of what I see, learn, discover about who He truly is!

ALL THAT TO SAY >>>>>>>>
Your post taught me - upon examination [like an ultrasound] that
1. God is the Giver of Life!
2. God is the Sustainer of all Life!
3. God chooses LIFE - over death!
[the very reason for the Cross!]

What a picture of God's Heart I found here today - it was no accident - it was God speaking volumes through the Word of Life found here!

Praise is given to our Loving Life Giving God! And His Word for this day is: Ephesians 1:1-10

Choosing JOY, Stephanie
JESUS ONLY in 2010