Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Thankful Thursday-My Life


Another Thankful Thursday is upon us, can you believe it? Time flies by these days. What am I thankful for today? My life, my precious life. As I was out visiting blogs today, I stopped by dear Leas blog. Today, she shared a video from focus on the family. It was about a young woman by the name of Gianna, she shared her story of being an abortion survivor. Please go by Leas blog, and watch this heart touching video. As I sat here watching this precious soul tell her story, my heart began to race, and tears started flowing. My friends, God spoke to me through this video. My heart was deeply exposed, years of locked up feelings, came pouring out. I have been released from a deep pain, healing can now truly begin. Praise God from whom all blessings flow. You see, I am also an abortion survivor. When my mom was 30 years old, she found out she was pregnant with me. It was not a planned pregnancy, she already had two boys and a girl. They were 11,9, and 6. My dad got very upset when she told him she was pregnant, he told her she would have to get rid of me. She went to her doctor, and told him that she could not have another child. He gave her some pills to take that would cause her to abort me. She went home, took the amount of pills that he had told her to take, and within an hour, she was spotting, but that was all. So, she took more, and then she started bleeding very heavy, and cramping badly. She and my dad thought that she had passed me, no more baby. Until one night, when she felt me kick. She was three months pregnant, and could not believe that she was still pregnant!! I was meant to be, God saved me. I was born with my appendix in my back, and have had to deal with several health problems due to those pills. I forgave my momma a long time ago, I loved her so very much. I was her caregiver before she passed away in 2006. God gave me a precious gift, He blessed me by letting me lead my momma to Him. I prayed for her for many years, and in 2005 when her health really started deteriorating, she asked me to help her get saved, she wanted God to forgive her. Praise God for answered prayers. So, you see, life is precious. I realize now, I am a survivor. Thanks for opening my eyes Lord. Sorry this post has been a long one, but I wanted to share my thankfulness.

50 comments:

Des said...

Wow, what a testimony you have. That is even more of a testimony that you were able to forgive her, and lead her to Christ. Only God could do all of that in a life!!

God Chaser said...

Bless you, thanks for sharing this very powerful testimony. No one, and nothing on earth can stop God's plans. You are a witness.
"I know the plans I have for you"
they were ordained before I laid the foundations of the world. Herod couldn't stop Christ, pills couldn't stop you-Satan is a liar.

Speaking from the Heart said...

Denise,

What an incredible story. It is true, what God has in stored for us, no one can take it away. I am so glad you are alive. If you weren't I would have missed out on a wonderful friendship.

Mary said...

Denise,

A wonderful tribute to your Mama and so much to be thankful for. Thank God He held you in the palm of his hand. You are a beautiful person.

I also enjoyed your More than a friend post.

Blessings,
Mary

Lynn said...

Denise,

Every time I stop here I am overwhelmed by what you have lived through. Survived, endured and yet you offer thanks every Thurdsday for your everything. It is a priviledge to know you. In heaven I would count it a great joy to embrace you and thank you for your encouragement and your life lived for our Jesus. I love you my friend. I love you.

Laurie Ann said...

Denise, what an awesome miracle you are. I knew I loved you but my love for you just grew by leaps and bounds. I am so glad you were meant to be! I rejoice that you were such a loving daughter to your mother and that she was saved. Praise God! Awesome testimony, Denise! Love ya!

Sherrylinn said...

What a wonderful testimony! thank you for sharing it with us. Praise God, HE is always in control!

Heather said...

Wow, Denise what an Awesome testimony. I am so thankful that the Lord protected you years ago. He knew you would be a blessing, I know you have truly blessed my life. God Bless You & Have a Great Weekend!!!!
Heather

Nancie said...

Thank you for sharing this encouraging testimony! Thank God for preserving you and using you in so many wonderful ways to a blessing to your family and to us in the blogging world :)

Thanks for all your prayers and encouragements. Take care!

Pia said...

(((HUGS)))

denise, thank you for sharing that. oh girl, God loves you very much. and i believe that if it was meant to be, it's meant to be. nobody and nothing can thwart God's plans.

although i can't say "i know how you feel" because i really don't but believe me when i say that your testimony encouraged me and spoke to my heart about God's plans in our lives.

praise God for you!

Bobbi Jo said...

What an inspiring and touching post. God truly is wonderful and is always there.

Edge of Design said...

My heart won't and doesn't comprehend anyone not wanting a child. Denise, no doubt, that was a very deep wound that has affected you and your health your entire life. I am thrilled for you for your good news of healing. Congratulations! He heals the broken hearted indeed! He makes them whole again.

Love Bears All Things said...

I'm so thankful the pills didn't work and God gave us you. You are a blessing to me with your posts and your comments.
I love you, friend!
Mama Bear

luvmy4sons said...

Wow. Hardly any words...Praise God His good and perfect will was to give you to this world. I am thankful you can find healing from such a traumtatic event. But God had His reasons for you to know this and you are such a blessing to me. He makes all things new!

Debra said...

Oh Denise! What an amazing testimony, my sweet sis.

Your loving kindness and leading your Mom to the Lord, your life, it all points in one direction...Jesus!

How I love Him, How I love you!

Susanne said...

What a precious testimony, Denise!! Thanks so much for sharing this with us... and as always, your beautiful heart full of love. Happy TT, my friend!

Tammy said...

Denise,
A beautiful testimony - God had plans for you and you were able to forgive your mom are two things that stood out to me as I read your beautiful post. Praise the Lord!!

Blessings,
Tammy @ http://www.homeschoolblogger.com/mominmi

eph2810 said...

First off, your post was not too long...
Denise - thank you so much for sharing your story with us. Yes, God wanted/needed you to be here on this earth. As I have mentioned before - you are the biggest encourager out on the internet. You let His light shine -- you are the biggest inspiration to us all how to walk by faith...

Thank you for sharing your grateful heart with us this week.

Be blessed today and always.

Jill said...

That is beautiful!!!

Thanking God for His awesome, amazing, powerful love for us and showing us things when He knows we are ready and the healing can truly take place. Tears of joy fill my eyes for you today!

I love, love, love, love your header! AMAZING PHOTO! Where did you find that? I would like to share it with my teen girl bible study!

In His amazing grace,
Jill

Earthmommy said...

What an incredible story! The Lord saved you because He knew you would help to save your mother! Bless you!

Chelle' said...

WOOOOOW!!! I read the book Gianna. It's her testimony. I bought it at one of those rest stops on the turnpike when driving from Colorado to Pennsylvania. Her testimony, like yours, is amazing.

I have to say, I personally find your testimony to be most amazing at the point where you say, "I forgave my momma long ago and was blessed to be able to lead her to the Lord."

What a mighty God we serve!!! God is in the business of transforming lives and hearts. YOU ARE PROOF OF THAT!!!

I pray you are blessed today. That you would experience Him in new and deeper ways.

Beth K. Vogt said...

An amazing story.
I love how you forgave your mother and how that allowed you to tell her about God ...
Bless you, bless you.
Beth@TheAccidentalPharisee

jcdisciple said...

"I knew you in your mother's womb"
says the Lord.

God bless you, sister

Heather said...

You are an amazing woman for having gone through that and dealt with it in such a godly way! I pray that you will continue to be blessed by Him. Praise the Lord your chains are gone!

Debbie said...

What a touching testimony you have! I'm so glad that God had a plan for your life and you were meant to be... no matter what anyone tried to do.

Yours is also a story of forgiveness. Your mom birthed a blessing when she had you!

MyJourneyBack said...

Oh Denise what an amazing story of God's plan for you. And God's wonderful grace. Thanks for sharing it and thanks for the wonderful words of encouragement.
Blessings,
Sherry

Allison said...

And thank GOD FOR YOU my friend!!! God ALWAYS gets HIS way :)

Gretchen said...

You are indeed incredible, Denise. God is so good.

Lori @ Front Porch Legacy said...

Wow! Such an incredible testimony and I'm so glad that I dropped by today for your blessing.

Melanie said...

Praise God that you are here with us today! What a testimony you were to your dear mother and to all of us. I am thankful for YOU!

Jerralea said...

Awesome testimony! It reminds me of the scripture that tells us God's plans and purposes WILL come to pass!

Carrie said...

Wonderful testimony...may God continue to be your sustenance and joy.

Patricia said...

Well, Denise, you've manage to make me all sniffly (and it's not my cold causin' it!).

I can see why you are such a blessing to me. You have been greatly blessed. I'm so glad you got to lead your mother to the Lord.

You continue to inspire me, my friend.

Happy Thursday!

A Stone Gatherer said...

Your story continues to amaze me and I praise GOD for his hand on you!!! You are not only a survivor of abortion, but a testimony to God's awesome power!!! You are an inspiration!!!

Michele Williams said...

What an incredible testimony!!! Tears are streaming down my face... I KNOW you were meant to BE.... I am so thankful for you my friend. You were placed here on this earth for such a time as this! Bless you my dearest friend. I love you!

Jennifer said...

What a blessing and a miracle you are! God has a great plan and purpose for your life. Wow! That is such a moving testimony of God's greatness and the power of forgiveness.

Thank you for sharing that today. I'm glad He saved you because you bless me each time I read your blog.

You are a walking talking testimony of God's Word!!!

Jeremiah 1:5 "Before I formed you in the womb I knew you; Before you were born I sanctified you; I ordained you a prophet to the nations."

Psalm 139:13 You made all the delicate, inner parts of my body and knit me together in my mother's womb.

God bless you!
Jennifer

LAURIE said...

What a beautiful story of Gods grace and intervention. Thank you for sharing with us on TT and thank you for your visit to my "1/2off sale" post. Happy TT!

Esthermay Bentley-Goossen said...

...this is truly a miracle. PRAISE GOD our CREATOR!!!!

I've been dealing with the abortion issue on my own blog and the amount of private e-mails I've received is overwhelming! Oh my! It's emotional overload for me.

God must be so sad - Yet a miracle emerges! Praise HIM!

thank you for sharing. I'm THANKFUL today for you and your life.

Happy Thankful Thursday!

Melissa, Multi-Tasking Mama said...

When I was 16, on my own and pregnant I visited an abortion clinic. I did not know Christ at the time but the description of the procedure scared me and I left. I thank God every day that He gave me my son (now 12) and it was through being a young mom that I was saved. God knows all and can work any situation for His good. Praising the Lord with you today!

Denise said...

God obviously wasn't going to let His plan be changed! You have an incredible witness. Thank you for sharing! Blessings!

Toia said...

This is a great testimony. Wow, and also you were able to lead your mom to Christ. If God said it, its going to happen. You can't destroy God's plans. It's your destiny to have life and live it abundantly and do God's will. Thanks for inspiring post.

mama meji said...

What a post. SO straight-from-the heart! Thanks God for bringing you into this world-despite everything. God bless.

Aniqueanik said...

thank you for your confession it really a touching one..really God is the most mighty on earth.thanks for visiting mine, it uplift my spirit, when someone feel in somehow my spirit too.God bless!

BP said...

Denise,

Thank you for sharing your beautiful testimony. I heard Gianna's story many years ago when I read a book about her, and then I listened to the broadcst from Focus on the Family last Friday. I'm glad her story brought healing to your heart. That is beautiful!

Isn't it wonderful to know God had a special purpose in mind when he created you!

Heather@Mommymonk said...

Thanks for sharing once again such a painful memory and yet God's grace to speak deeply to you. You are a survivor and God meant for you to be alive and bless many with your life!

Rocks said...

God has plans for you, beautiful plans.Thank you for sharing this wonderful testimony.

I know how it feels to be able to forgive someone. The joy is incomparable. :)

Mrs. Cuddles said...

Precious thankful entry. Thank you for sharing and stopping by my blog today.

~Mrs.Cuddles

Daphine said...

What a testimony! God bless you sister! Thank you so much for sharing this with all of us. Thank God that you were also able to forgive and have a relationship with mom! What a blessing!

Cheryl said...

You are such a blessing girl! I know your Mom was very proud that God let you survive. Praise HIM for your life! Have a great day!

sailorcross said...

Denise,

I stopped over from Chelle's to see how you were progressing on the Love Dare, and then i decided to read a little further.

This is a powerful testimony--God had plans for you, and He was determined that you were to live and fulfill these plans NO MATTER WHAT!!

You were CHOSEN before the creation of the earth!!

Leading your Mom to Jesus--all in God's plan for you!! God is just so AMAZING!!

Beth


Beth