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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: Illustrate the meaning of "Don't Cut off Your Nose to Spite Your Face" (without using the actual phrase or litera (02/14/08)

TITLE: The Forgiveness Factor
By Bonnie Shea


I like listening to Christian Talk Radio when I’m in my car. One day, there was a woman on the air talking about a clinic she had started as a ministry. She counseled women who were pregnant and considering abortions. Through neighboring churches and the community, she had raised enough money to purchase an ultrasound machine, and she described how the mothers reacted, in those early weeks of their pregnancies, when they saw it was a baby on that screen and not just a blob of tissue. She said that since they had gotten the ultrasound machine, over 90% of the mothers that came to her decided to either keep their babies, or to have them placed for adoption.
She was saving children’s lives. Through her clinic, women were shown the truth, counseled in their decisions, presented the Gospel message of the saving love of Jesus Christ, and given tools and information for coping with their decisions. Happy tears came to my eyes, and I praised God!
Next, the host asked how it all started- she paused, and then she shared how her ministry had been born out of deep pain and loss. Years before, when she was very young, she had an abortion herself. She said at the time she didn’t recognize it to be a child. She had been taught in Health class that it was not a person yet, just a blob of tissue- yet in the back of her mind something told her this was wrong. Nonetheless, she proceeded with the abortion thinking no one but she and the boy would ever know. She thought she would avoid the pain of shame, and that time would heal all.
Years passed, and she accepted Christ as her Savior. She believed the Gospel message with all her heart, but the past suddenly washed over her- she had murdered her own child. This weighed heavily on her heart, and she couldn’t let it go. Could this really be forgiven?
She saw a pastor for counsel, and he explained how God was the only one who could and would forgive her. In talking to him, she acknowledged the unsurpassed greatness and sovereignty of God. She acknowledged Jesus as the Son of God, who came, lived a sinless life, and died the death of the cross to pay the debt for all sin, for all time, for all who believe. She said the pastor pressed on until she finally sobbed out loud, “THE PROBLEM IS I KILLED MY CHILD!!”
To this, the pastor replied, “I know, my dear- but so did God. No one can understand your pain better than Him, for He willingly and knowingly gave His Son- He planned His death; and remember, He did it for you- so you could be forgiven. I believe you are punishing yourself, which means you are not giving this sin over to God. In a way you are saying He is not a great enough God, and that Jesus’ blood was not sufficient to wash you clean.”
I had to pull over. I started sobbing, my heart felt like it was breaking. This woman had told my story, too. I had an abortion when I was young, and accepted Christ years later. Anytime someone brought up abortion, I cringed inside and felt like a hypocrite. I, too, had not nailed this sin to the cross. I, too, was showing doubt towards God.
The pastor’s words rang in my head, ‘I was punishing myself.’ I was angry at myself, punishing myself, and not allowing Him to be God and do what He had painstakingly committed to do since the Fall, what He had accomplished on the cross- redeem me as a believer.
I sobbed, and prayed aloud, “Oh, dear Father- please forgive me for holding back; for not trusting You completely to forgive all my sins. Please, Lord- help me to let go; help me to learn to forgive myself. I don’t want to ever hold anything back from you- please heal me Lord! In Jesus precious name I pray. Amen.” I sobbed for awhile longer, and then I started feeling a peace. It was His peace- He had heard me, and was already answering my prayer. With each breath I took in, I felt more and more at peace. In my heart, I knew it was going to be okay- He had taught me, and I had listened. He really does keep His eye on the sparrow!

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Marlene Austin02/21/08
Strong, relevant message. It will help the readers if you put an extra space between paragraphs. :)
Jan Ackerson 02/21/08
Moving testimony--thank you so much for sharing it!

I'd suggest that you re-work the ending; you don't want to end with a cliche'. Find a strong ending in your own words that will leave your reader with something new and fresh.

With some polish, this would be wonderful for many women in the same situation to read--it's full of hope.
Laury Hubrich 02/23/08
Yes, this is full of hope and should be shared. Thank you for opening up to us. Keep on writing! I like your title, by the way:)
Helen Harris02/24/08
Its all Three:

Wonderful message on giving it all to God and leaving it there.

Powerful prayer crying out in forgiveness to the Lord!

"The Forgiveness Factor" Good Title!

Like to read More from you. : )

I too, Learn from all your Comments. Thank you.

Enjoy and Keep in the Writing Lane.
God bless, Helen
Jacquelyn Horne02/25/08
This is a heart rendering story. I can't quite fit the topic in here, but don't give up for the topics will always change each week.
Joshua Janoski02/25/08
I don't see the relation to the topic, but I am still glad that the author chose to share this wonderful testimony. Many women and young girls need to hear this. I hope that it gets shared with them.
LauraLee Shaw02/26/08
Moving testimony.