“ God is there for you. If you had an abortion, He is there to help bring you healing, forgiveness, and wholeness.”
Averie shares how the consequences of having an abortion impacted her life and how God restored the broken pieces. She became pregnant as a young woman in her junior year of college. Although she initially planned to have the baby and give it up for adoption, pressure from friends and family led her to choose abortion instead.
The choice to have an abortion had several long term consequences for Averie, both emotional and physical. God was faithful to guide her through each difficulty, and eventually, she found a mission in helping other women who have had abortions. Averie testified before the Michigan legislature in front of the House and Senate committees that were considering Informed Consent Legislation. While testifying, she made connections with other women and eventually helped establish Mourning Joy Ministries. This ministry helped many men and women be set free from the negative emotions of choosing abortion.
If you are thinking of having an abortion:
- Fear may be telling you that having the baby will ruin your life.
Don’t believe the fear. You may feel like your life is over, and the future you imagined is ruined forever. Don’t believe this lie. You can get through this, and there is help available.
- Abortion may seem like it will fix your problems, but it will not solve them.
Instead of solving your problems, abortion is likely to make your problems worse. The impact of abortion can last a lifetime.
- God will provide for you and meet your needs.
God has a unique purpose for everyone, including you and your unborn child. God is trustworthy. Look to Him for strength and guidance.
- Share your circumstances with someone you trust. Don’t go through this alone.
Get help to make your decision. Before you make a decision to abort your child, talk to someone who has a different perspective.
If you have had an abortion:
- God will forgive you and will give you peace.
He will restore the broken parts of your life.
- Learn to forgive yourself.
The safest place you will ever be is in the arms of Jesus. Allow him to work in your life and in your heart. Look to Jesus as the healer in your life.
- It is ok to mourn your loss.
The abortion industry wants you to believe it was just a fetus, not a person, not a child. Allowing yourself to mourn for the child you lost may help in your healing process.
- Share your story with someone you trust or with a counselor.
Women who have had an abortion and men who help make the decision to abort may experience guilt, shame or depression. They silently carry the secret. Set yourself free and talk to someone. God will restore you.
Words to Live By:
” … I have set before you life and death, blessings and curses. Now choose life, so that you and your children may live” Deuteronomy 30:19 (NIV).
“And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to his purpose” Romans 8:28 (NIV).