I will never “get over this,” but I have gotten through it—through struggles with the world, with myself, and even with God, through moments of brokenness and pain, through tests of obedience and faith, through feelings of shame, doubt and fear. Although my experience as an abortion attempt survivor is unique, I know that my overall experiences as a human being are common to yours. It is my hope and I believe God’s plan, for you to learn from my experiences and to learn, to heal, and to be transformed in ways that you never thought were possible.
The funny thing or maybe, more correctly, the not so funny thing about the journey in surviving, thriving and overcoming is that it isn’t a one-time event. It’s a process, and in reality, our lives are full of experiences and events that will challenge us, provide opportunities for emotional, mental, physical, relational and spiritual growth, and through God’s grace and our personal choices in those moments of adversity, we can overcome them and in doing so, become better people.
Even though I had been working on this book for some time, I didn’t truly understand this concept until November of 2011, when we lost our second child through a miscarriage at 11 weeks. Although I have survived, thrived in the face of, and ultimately overcome many adversities in my life, I had, what I realize now in hindsight, taken for granted that a new and often even more painful experience or event is just around the corner, no matter how many storms we have weathered in the past, no matter how deep our relationship with Christ or how strong our faith.