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“The Character of God”

This is the longest lesson. And there’s a great reason it’s at the beginning because it gives ladies a foundation in understanding God to undergird them for the rest of the study.

When Claire, from England, taught  the introductory lesson for this chapter, she started by saying that for women who’ve had abortions, they usually see God as Judge, and it’s hard for them to see God as their Father.

This chapter takes them through several names of God–God who provides, God who heals, etc. Then through several of His main traits. Then the study addresses God as Father and His discipline.

Several ladies commented on how they were touched by learning that the purpose of God’s discipline is to produce righteousness and peace in us. Isn’t that a beautiful truth to comfort us?

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I was a little emotional that I would be leading this seminar during Skyla’s fifth birthday (July 31).

The girls so graciously and happliy parted with me on the 30th, and I cannot say enough how thankful I am for Vitaliy for fatherhood, for his love and work as a parent.

He took them to the beach that day. Then they bought party supplies, and the girls decorated one balcony–hats, favors, etc. They bought candy, a cake, etc.

The next day they celebrated, and they went out an bought Skyla a pink scooter–I’ll try to get a photo in here. She LOVES it.

Basically, they had a blast, and the girls didn’t miss me a bit. I probably felt sadder than anyone, but I’m glad Skyla had a great day!

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Leading these intense Bible studies is an amazing experience. I feel like we’re sitting there for these days, ladies studying their Bibles, going through their abortion experiences and the aftermath again, this time with God, and . . .

And I’m sitting there watch God grow fruit on them. Right before my eyes.

Fruits of exchanging God’s truth for lies, godly anger management in the place of bitterness and rage, forgiveness where there was unforgiveness, acknowledgement and repentence where there was ignorance, excuses, and hardness.

Truly, it’s watching God even visibly transform a person. It’s . . . indescribable.

More to come . . .

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I love one-anothering women through this post-abortion Bible study, Forgiven & Set Free.

Olya and I have the joy of hosting our second group of  ladies this coming Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. We are busy taking care of details like where we’ll stay, food, and materials. But really, God is doing it all.

And we truly need your prayers. These ladies need your prayers. There are major issues going on in their lives currently and in the past. Abortion is just a few drops in their cups. But pray that God will work in their lives mightily.

For three days, we will all be sequestered away for lessons, Bible study, and discussions on topics like: why is healing necessary, the character of God, feeling relief and guilt denial, anger, forgiveness, depression, forgiven and set free, and letting your child go.

The participants do lots of Bible study and journaling answers to questions on each topic; they also do things like filling out a “responsibility pie,” naming their children, and identifying people they are not yet able to forgive.

It will be an intense three days. Please pray for the fullness of the Spirit’s work in their hearts, in our hearts. Pray that, as we focus on past abortions, other areas in their lives will also come into the light and start being resolved Biblically.

Thank you 🙂

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