Happy Thanksgiving STS Friends! Please enjoy this beautiful Post from National Trainer Carol Weaver!
I love this time of year!
The autumn weather and colors have been beautiful! And how about that super moon?!! I try to live in an attitude of gratitude all year long, but I do need reminders. And I’ll admit, I can get side-tracked and distracted from “the true meaning” of Christmas.
A few years ago, I was distracted! I was looking for a Christmas gift for my daughter. After searching through countless jewelry displays, I found the perfect necklace. And one that fit my budget! The cashier rang up my purchase and to my dismay, the final price exceeded what I had anticipated. I paid my bill and walked away, scanning the figures on the receipt, trying to discover where I had miscalculated. Then I heard someone call, “Ma’am!” I turned and saw the cashier dangling my package, with a look of disdain in her eyes. I felt stupid, inadequate and ashamed.
I hate those feelings! I want to feel poised, valued, and competent. I remember well the conflicting thoughts that raced through my mind. And I came to this choice: agree with the look of disdain on a stranger’s face and her demeaning bag shaking, or believe what My Papa Father says and thinks of me, Someone who I know and who knows me, who lives in me, and loves me unconditionally. And I made the right choice.
My natural tendency is to feel insecure when faced with something unfamiliar, when I am in situations that take me out of my comfort zone, and also when comments and actions of others threaten to attack my worth. Actually, Jesus faced all of that and never once felt insecure, because He knew Who He was. I want to live knowing who I am, in all situations, temptations and trials. I need to be reminded of God’s faithfulness!
Deut 4:9 – “But watch out! Be very careful never to forget what you have seen the Lord do for you. Do not let these things escape from your mind as long as you live! And be sure to pass them on to your children and grandchildren.”
When we forget what God’s done in the past, we begin to doubt what He can do in the present. What have you seen the Lord do for you?
Ps. 78: 35 – “Then they remembered that God was their rock, that their Redeemer was the Most High.”
Recently I read this quote by Ron Gibson, a Life Coach at Water Street Mission in Lancaster, PA:
“There was this guy sleeping in the gutter outside this church with people going in and out every day. A Deacon went and lay down beside the homeless guy and asked him about his story. The guy opened up and started sharing. That’s what I want to do. I want to go lay down with the people and help encourage them so that they can get out of the gutter.”
That’s what Jesus did for us! We too are called to lay down our lives for each other, in whatever way God instructs. But when I live in insecurity, or fear, or forget God’s faithfulness, I miss opportunities that God places all around me. Today, commit to LIVE LOVED! Loved by our Papa Father!
Director of Post-Abortion Ministry
Susquehanna Valley Pregnancy Services
Surrendering the Secret National Leader
We are THANKFUL for YOU!
We have just added another FALL Leader Training!!
October 21,st Little Rock, AR
Hosted by Arkansas Pregnancy Center and Family Life Today
See Details on the website under TRAINING/EVENTS!
Email email@example.com to register
Thank you from STS Leader Staci Pealock for sharing this precious story of VICTORY!
We would love to hear yours!!
Upcoming STS face to Face Leader Trainings! NOW is the time to heal the heartbreak of abortion in your church, community or PRC! Email the leader listed for details.
Fri, July 22 at 9am-4pm Weatherford, TX
National Leader/Trainer: Carrie Bond
To Register, please email Carrie Bond registrant name(s) at firstname.lastname@example.org and an invoice will be emailed to registrant(s).
Hosted by Greenwood Baptist Church
1504 Greenwood Cutoff Rd
Weatherford, TX 76088
*Bring own copies of Leader Guide & Member Book
*Training Manual, Continental Breakfast & Lunch will provided
Thursday August 25th Lebanon, Oregon
Trainer: STS Author Pat Layton
Hosted by Pregnancy Alternatives Center
136 West Vine Street
Lebanon, OR 97355
Contact: email@example.com to register
Registration: $100 pp includes all training materials including STS leader Guide and Training Notebook; continental breakfast and lunch.
Thursday, September 15th at Ephrata Community Church, Pennsylvania
National Leader/Trainer: Carol Weaver
Director of Post-Abortion Ministry
Susquehanna Valley Pregnancy Services
Surrendering the Secret National Leader
I would love to answer some questions about your post abortion recovery ministry.
Lets’ share some ideas about how to get started.
How to Grow.
Who You Might partner with!
I am Hosting LIVE ZOOM Chat on Tuesday July 12th at 8pm EST for anyone who purchases an STS Audio Leader Kit between now and then! It’s on SALE this month for $99.00!
This training package contains:
2 Part Audiotape of Author, Pat Layton (approx 3 hours of audio training) providing a page-by-page walk through the STS Leader book***.
Course Evaluation and STS State Ambassador Leader Information
A PDF of the STS Leader Training Slide Presentation as note the Listening Guide
A time noted listening guide to provide for ease in returning to specific points of the training as needed.
My ZOOM CALL Max is 50 Guests, once our new leaders sign up, if we don’t fill up I will open the call to first come—first serve.
NEW LEADERS–once you purchase the KIT, I will send you an email with instructions for joining me!
I would love to see you there!
We think it will be the easy answer, the quick fix, make everything all right.
Now what? Who is there to help me?
Surrendering the Secret is a study that was designed to help you heal the heartbreak of a past abortion. It is your place to find healing and restoration. Take the quick quiz below and let the healing begin.
Check all symptoms that apply to you
I can’t tell anyone about my abortion.
There are details about the abortion that I cannot remember.
I have lost interest in things I used to love since having the abortion.
I often feel angry and irritable. I have difficulty maintaining relationships.
I use alcohol, drugs, or prescription medications once per week or more.
I find that I am repeating the same mistakes in life.
I avoid people, places, and things that remind me of my abortion.
If any of these symptoms apply to you, Surrendering the Secret will lead to towards healing.
Hi friends, I am looking for some women’s ministry leaders and pregnancy resource centers directors who might be interested in hosting a Life Unstuck, Woman’s event, a Surrendering the Secret ministry training or a pro-life friend or fundraiser in California, Oregon or Washington State in August 2016.
If that is YOU, please message me or leave a comment below.
God is up to some crazy stuff!!
I am on my knees and all ears!
In light of my Jammin’ June Gift Offering shared via an email and the STS Facebook Page,
I wanted to share an email interaction I had this morning.
First, I want to say, my intention is not to “out” anyone, nor to defend my own position. I always welcome any and all input from my friends near and far. I just feel that this particular email presented a valid challenge that I would like to discuss with all of you!
Here was the question posed in response to my graphic above.
“This is very interesting. Why in the world would I want to enter to win a Starbucks gift card?? They stand for everything we’re against. They’re pro-abortion! I haven’t been in a Starbucks for years and don’t plan to go anytime soon. . . .”
Here is my response:
“I completely understand and respect your decision to stay away from Starbucks!! Trust me, these things are a daily consideration for me—Disney, pretty much ANY TV shows, Target, Apple Products….…
Instead of a boycott, at THIS POINT, I feel God continues to lead me into those places to BE THE LIGHT! SO FAR—in my best pursuit of His direction, He has not led me to participate in any particular boycott. He has also never, at THIS POINT called me to pray in front of an abortion mill. Instead, He calls me to open/equip PRC’s placed beside or in front of them.
I honor and respect those like you, He does call to those specific things.
He has given me my own battlefront which I endeavor to honor every day.
Thank you for your kind and ongoing connection with me. I appreciate and value your input!!
I would love to hear from you, my Pro-Life Ministry Friends (I make that assumption based upon your being here, on this website!)
What is your take/calling/leaning in these areas?
Do you boycott? If so who?
I would love to hear!!
I NEVER get tired of hearing the amazing stories of Leaders OVERCOMING the obstacles of Healing the Heartbreak of abortion!!
I just received this tonight!!
Love, love, love the ladies in the group! Amanda is the sweetest thing EVER. They loved seeing you on Video. : ) It was a good bonding night. There were tears and laughter.
I didn’t doubt it for one minute when you told me, “You WILL be under attack”. (You may have heard!) Everything was running smoothly just until I got to the end of my street! Then my car started acting strange. It felt like I was driving with my brakes on. Soon my brake pedal stuck down to the floor and there was a loud hissing noise coming from under the dash above my feet! I made it a few more blocks and pulled into a gas station. Then, it wouldn’t back up! The engine raced but the car would only inch backwards. I called my Co-Leader and without a seconds hesitation, she said, “Where are you? I’ll come get you”. She was there in minutes. We both said “Satan’s not going to win this one.” We arrived at the meeting place before anyone else did. Even had time to get refreshments set up, chairs moved, music going, gift bags and carabiners out, etc.
I felt less organized than I’d planned, but hey, I was THERE! I followed the Leaders Training Manual format and we finished exactly on time – 8:30. Another group member volunteered to drive me back to my car. She even followed me home. The car drove home PERFECTLY! The breaks were working fine and no hissing. I took it to my mechanic and he said he experienced a slight indication of what I’d described when he first drove it, but after that, he said it drove great all day! Hmmmmmm…… He’s keeping it another day to make sure it doesn’t happen again, but I think the “hissing” and the “breaks on” tell the story!
If we weren’t doing God’s work, the evil one wouldn’t have shown up, so all-in-all, it’s a positive thing!
They are going to be journaling this week and sharing their stories next week. Can’t wait for Session 2, although I know that’s one of the harder ones.
A Fellow Healed Heart!
WOW! I love it!!
BTW–Friends, set your calendars for March 30 and 31 for my Focus on the Family radio interview “Healing the Heartbreak of Abortion”.
I received a recent inquiry about staring a new post abortion recovery program that I thought might help others.
The Inquiry is in Black–my response is in BLUE Hope this helps answer some questions others may have!
Dear Pat, A new crisis pregnancy center has been “birthed”! It has been a long road of faithful people working to make this happen and our crisis pregnancy center would like to use your post abortion recovery materials.
I am honored!
Our question is what are the materials that are necessary to buy to use your study.
You will need to purchase the ONLINE Leader Training. It is download to your computer then used over and over again as you lead groups.
You need several Leader Guides and the Downloadable Session Videos available through Lifeway Christian Resources.
We have seen your packet on line and would like to purchase that. There are two questions. Do the clients have their own manual? I haven’t found one on your site…..maybe I am missing it. Also how does your book “A surrendered life” fit into the program. Is it a necessity? We are new and under financial constraints currently.
What you recommend that we purchase?
Each participant needs a Learner Guide that they follow along for each of the 8 sessions. Again, available at www.lifeway.com
When time or group meetings are a factor, A Surrendered Life is the CHAPTER BOOK (verses Bible Study) version of the same healing material and steps to healing and can be used in place of the Learner Guides with the same videos and Leader Materials.
A Surrendered Life is an excellent resource for men and couples, as well as weekend retreats.
God bless you for your ministry and creating a training that can be done at our site. I am so devoted to this cause. When I went to training they welcomed me! I will do this work as long as God allows.
God be with you!
I hope this helps!! Our National and State Leadership Team is listed on our website at www.surrenderingthesecret.com for additional support and questions!