In honor of Abortion Recovery Awareness Month I’m reposting a guest post from 2014, written by my dear friend Kayla. Her story has touched my heart and lives of so many others in the past year. Beautiful proof of redemption and forgiveness!
Up until a few months ago I would NOT tell you that as of 2005 and for 7 years afterwards, I concealed a secret.
Sundays are for reflection, family, rest, church and regrouping. Whether you go to church, watch church online, want to go or haven’t been ever—this is for you.
I had the opportunity today to have some alone time. Now I don’t mean the semi-alone time that Moms occasionally get when the littles are napping. I mean my daughter went to go hang out with some other family and I have been able to escape a little and recenter. I am so thankful for little moments like this because again I can really reflect and regroup.
When is the last time you had that moment? When did you last get alone and reflect?
I am enthralled by the fact that He speaks to us. Who are we that He would be mindful of us? But yet, He desires to commune with us.
From the beginning of time, He spoke: With Adam in the Garden and it was His voice that led Noah to build the ark. He spoke to Paul on the road to Damascus, and He spoke to Moses quite often.
God did not only speak to these great men. He also desires to commune with us. Yes, YOU and I. Would He speak audibly, or to our hearts, or would He use someone? It’s His call to make, but one thing holds certain, He would speak to us if we would only listen. If only we would know that He’s speaking. If only we would talk back!
In the recent months, it has become more and more important to me to have an Attitude of Gratitude.
My church holds a “General Conference” every 6 months and there was one inspiring talk in April of this year, which really touched my heart and has stuck in the back of my mind; President Dieter F Uchtdorf’s “Grateful in any circumstances”.
It is so easy to become caught up in all of life’s challenges, obstacles and just day-to-day things to do that we can become complacent and look over all of those things we should and need to be grateful for.
We live in a world where too often we’re not fully engaged with the moment we’re in. We’re glued to our screens, our circumstances, and our lifestyles. We live in what’s comfortable—whether that be our favorite pair of yoga pants or our Thursday night television line up. Our lives can be very focused on ourselves and not on those around us.
It’s an unsettling feeling to be sitting at a table with a friend, trying to share your life with them, and find yourself staring at someone who can’t look up from their iPhone. It’s heartbreaking to be struggling through a family emergency and not have someone there to hold your hands, look you in the eye, and say, “what can I do?”
Sometimes I think God just wants us to show up for each other.