Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Opening Our Hearts to Those in Need


The mama who chose life at the final hour Monday at the abortion center yesterday had made a 180 degree turnaround. She is ecstatic, now excited about the baby she almost killed on Monday.

All because a few faithful people stood on the sidewalks and urged her to consider what choosing abortion would mean to her soul, and her moral compass. With God's word as the sword, we fought battle with Satan, and God won. I love it when I get to witness victory. Particularly when I am on the winning side.

While I felt her newfound conviction was genuine, troubles have a way of batting back our best intentions. We sidewalk counselors know that it is critical to offer the vulnerable mom tangible help and resources immediately, with ongoing contact and signs pointing her to God and to the humanity of her baby.

So I offered her a 3-D ultrasound and a baby shower...before I knew for sure I could fill the need. With all the moms I work with, there is no way I can financially provide these things myself. We count on the generosity of a network of supporters. I offered in faith, knowing my friends and Cities4Life supporters love and serve a God who makes the impossible possible.

Within an hour, I had money sent to me for the ultrasound, and another supporter who said she had EVERYTHING for the baby shower.

I was dumbfounded. I wrote back to her immediately for clarification.

"EVERYTHING?"
"YES, EVERYTHING."

Keep in mind, EVERYTHING means all the baby will need for the first two years of life. It is a staggering offer.

When I told the mama, she was bowled over as well. She didn't know how she could wait till the baby shower. She had taken the Bible verses I sent her to heart, and told me she had told people she'd been afraid to tell about the baby, had read her Bible, and now wanted to get right with God again.

And then, as the day closed, another friend sent me the gas money I needed to get the mama to the ultrasound. Praise God from whom all blessings flow. Every need answered before the sun set.
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Hebrews 13:16 

Do not neglect to do good and to share what you have, for such sacrifices are pleasing to God.

Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others.

Give, and it will be given to you. Good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over, will be put into your lap. For with the measure you use it will be measured back to you.”

But if anyone has the world's goods and sees his brother in need, yet closes his heart against him, how does God's love abide in him?

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