Cradle My Heart Today | Shelley’s story Holiday replay 7-4-17 (orig. aired 5-19-17)
When you meet her today it’s easy to see that Shelly was once a beautiful young California girl. Listen now:
But a party lifestyle led to a serious addiction. The consequences included a heartbreaking miscarriage.
Shelly says, “I am responsible for what happened to that child just as if I had chosen abortion.”
Yet she’s found hope for that grief. And in her healing, Shelley now helps other women turn neglect and negligence into nurturing, equipping them to choose life.
Shelley’s learned how God’s love in Jesus Christ redeems our worst mistakes for his greatest glory.
Whether you need help with an unintended pregnancy, or hope for the grief abortion brings, there are pregnancy centers nationwide offering confidential help at no cost.
For many women, both miscarriage and abortion may present a life-altering spiritual crisis. Parental guilt is a nearly universal reaction after child loss. If we chose abortion or behaved irresponsibly before a miscarriage, we may suffer remorse for betraying our values and so greatly devaluing innocent human life, our own children.
The grief can seem unbearable.
Today, Shelley’s faith in Jesus Christ has healed her. And now her resolve to help others avoid abortion brings purpose to her suffering. This follows the pattern Jesus set for the apostle Peter for recovering from a spiritual crisis (a “sifting as wheat”). Jesus prays first for our faith, and instructs us to then strengthen others in theirs.
But I have prayed for you, Simon, that your faith may not fail. And when you have turned back, strengthen your brothers. (Luke 22:32)
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