The following statistics and information and the inability for women to openly come forward prompted me to present the “Saveone” bible study by Sheila Harper, along with God’s Word and His guidance, in a confidential and anonymous way. Please read this prologue before determining whether this study is for you or maybe someone you know who is in pain, depressed or have any of the below symptoms of Post-Abortion Syndrome. This study will bring healing to you, like myself, who may carry guilt, shame and feelings of worthlessness.
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PAS, Post-Abortion Syndrome, symptoms: guilt, anxiety, depression, suicidal ideation, anniversary syndrome, fear of infertility, irrational fears of losing future children, eating disorders, alcohol abuse. (from: ramahinternational.org)
Facts: women with post-abortion are 3X more likely than other women of child-bearing age in the general population to commit suicide; 81% have at least one mental health issue; 1.5% seek help for mental health issue; 80% suffer from PTSD; a California Medicaid patient study found a 154% increased risk of suicide; and, 110% of women have an increased risk of alcohol abuse. (from: healthresearchfunding.org dated 3/19/15)
Statistics: Per a Guttmacher Institute report of 2008, 72.5% of women with past abortion identify as christians; 200,000 christian women abort per year. Per Lifeway Christian Research Group, 70% of women with past abortion identify as christian. (from: christianitytoday.com/women/2015/february/secret-shame-of-abortion-in-church)
My Story: For many women the pain of past abortion is overwhelming. They live with guilt and shame. As one of these women I was struggling, particularly in my christian walk and I just couldn’t get close to God. I joined a community group, did Bible Studies, read the Bible, but I always felt like an outsider looking in. You see because of my past sin and my guilt I felt unworthy and exempt from God’s grace. I truly believed that eternal salvation was not in my future. This also affected my relationships with other christians and again, I felt like an outsider. I was sure I was the only christian woman who had sinned this way. I went on feeling far from God, feeling guilt and despair. Well, God started working on me through meditating, thinking on His Word and through my wonderful community group. God said to me, “Susie, you are still my child and I can bear your misery no longer”. Much like God told the Israelites in Judges 10:18. I started to internalize and recognize in my heart that God did love me, that I was redeemable and that it grieved Him to continue carrying around all that guilt and shame. Guilt, shame, feeling of unworthiness are not of God. Of course, the evil one loves it because it keeps us from growing closer to God. I finally understood what my community group leader tried to explain to me a few years ago…from 1 John 1:9, “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness”. How healing and freeing God’s Word became to me. I was forgiven and now I look forward to eternal salvation and a new heaven and a new earth.
With this Bible Study called “Saveone” by Sheila Harper, God’s Word and His guidance, I pray a healing and redemptive restoration to the heart of any woman who hurts and feels unforgiven from past abortion. Like myself, you can walk freely and joyfully into the merciful and grace-filled arms of God.
My next blog will be on Chapter One: Your Source of Courage, and blogged on May 28th, 2016, hopefully giving you time to order, receive and read the Forward and Intro. Please do not read ahead to the chapters.
The book can be ordered on Amazon.com, titled “Saveone” by Sheila Harper, 2008 and is available new or used.