Abortion Kills

Today, I want to talk to you about abortion, This isn’t a debate on pro life or pro choice. This isn’t a biblical discussion. This isn’t a spiritual controversy. This is from my heart to yours. I lived it. I have first hand experience. Twenty seven years ago I found myself pregnant with no husband or boyfriend, and I made the decision to become unpregnant. I made the decision to kill my baby.

That decision ruined the next seventeen years of my life. The shame and guilt of the realization of what I did haunted me. I spent many years trying to drown my past in drugs, alcohol and meaningless sex.

Even after I met a wonderful man, married and gave birth to two special little boys, the offense of my past kept me from living in the reality of my present.

I had a hard time connecting to my boys. I loved them dearly, but I just couldn’t seem to develop a relationship with them. I didn’t know that my inablity to be a ‘normal’ mom and wife was a by-product of the abortion. In fact, I had so many by-products that I really didn’t know if I would ever be okay. And I didn’t understand why I was so disfunctional. I never forgot the abortion, but I didn’t know that all the negative in my life stemmed from it.

They didn’t tell me the day I killed my baby that the rest of my days would be filled with numbness, because I would stop feeling life because of the pain of what I had done. They didn’t tell me that I would remember that day for the rest of my life, that even today, twenty seven years later, it is engraved in my mind.

They didn’t tell me that I may have trouble carrying a child. Yes, I have two wonderful little boys, but I also experienced two miscarriages and a still born baby. Babies that were greatly loved and wanted and never able to even breathe their first breath. And with each loss, my heart broke even more.

I am sharing this today for one reason. Someone out there is considering having an abortion. It may be you, it may be your sister, it may be your friend. I don’t know who it is, but God does.

Don’t believe the lie that it isn’t a baby. It is. Don’t believe the lie that it’s the right thing for you to do. It’s not. Don’t believe the lie that you will soon forget, you won’t. Don’t believe the lie that you can always have more babies, you may not. Don’t believe the lie that this is the only option, it’s not.

Yes, today I am free of the guilt and shame, Jesus healed my heart and my hurt ten years ago, but remembering what I did, allowing myself the emotion to truly think on what happened that day can still bring me to tears.

I want to say to you today, abortion kills. It kills that little life inside of you. That little life that didn’t choose to be there. That little life that deserves to live. And it kills your spirit. Don’t think you will be the one that isn’t affected by it. That is a lie as well.

And yes, Jesus is the great healer. If you are suffering from the hurt and pain of your past, he will heal you. But how much better would it be to not have made that choice? If you still have the option … please please please choose life.

Honduran Dream

DSCF5031I wanted to share with you the journal I put together from our Mission Trip to San Pedro Sula, Honduras.  It was such a blessing to be able to serve God on this journey and I am so thankful for the open doors and blessings that are still pouring forth.

The book is online, you can read it here:

Honduras Journal

I hope you see God’s hand moving through these pages and his gift of love being shared by all!

Thank you Jesus for the opportunity to be a part of your plan!

Blessings and love to you!
Joyce

Living Stone – October 2011 – Monica Wiggins

Monica Wiggins- October 2011 – Tree of Life Living Stone

Monica Wiggins loves Jesus and she loves serving him.  It shows in her smile, in her eyes and in everything she does.  Monica spends most days at The Tree, as a volunteer, helping out wherever she can.  She has a gift for organization and we’ve been blessed to have her  skills put to use throughout the church.  Monica, we love and appreciate you.  You Do Rock!

As you come to him, the living Stone—rejected by men but chosen by God and precious to him— you also, like living stones, are being built into a spiritual house to be a holy priesthood, offering spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.  (I Peter 2:4,5)

Yard Sale – October 15, 2011

On October 15, 2011, The Tree of Life sponsored a church wide yard sale to support missions and children’s ministry.  Troop 255, which is sponsored by The Tree, sold refreshments.   Over $1300 was earned from this event, everyone had a great time.  Thank you to everyone who participated by donating items and / or giving of your time during this two day event.

Living Stone – September 2011 – Edison Tungpalan

Edison Tungpalan – September 2011 – Tree of Life Living Stone

Edison Tungpalan  is a true Living Stone for Jesus.  He is our Sound Tech Technician, and every Sunday he is faithfully sitting at the controls, making sure all the sounds coming forth are unto The Lord!  Edison is here at the church during praise team practice, making sure all is as it should be with the sound system. Edison always has a smile on his face, he is a true joy to serve with.  Edison, thank you for all you do!  We appreciate you!

As you come to him, the living Stone—rejected by men but chosen by God and precious to him— you also, like living stones, are being built into a spiritual house to be a holy priesthood, offering spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.  ( I Peter 2:4,5)

Living Stone – August 2011 – Smiley Castaneda

Smiley Castaneda – August  2011 – Tree of Life Living Stone

You only need one look at Smiley Castaneda to know why he has this nickname.  There is always a smile on his face!  Smiley loves Jesus and he has such a heart to serve Him.   Smiley donates his time and talents to The Tree through his business, Smiley Graphics & Promotions. Smiley provides all lour printing and t-shirts, and does such a great job with everything.  Thank you Smiley!  We appreciate you!

As you come to him, the living Stone—rejected by men but chosen by God and precious to him— you also, like living stones, are being built into a spiritual house to be a holy priesthood, offering spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.  (I Peter 2:4,5)