“Wait for the Lord; Be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord.” Psalm 27:14
Remember that dream God gave you, even the one from long ago? You have watered it, now, let it be! This is the hardest part of the process of your vision and passion the Lord has birthed within you. Waiting is not easy, fun, and it tests what we are made of. Waiting can be can be used to our advantage when we look at it through the Creator’s eyes.
Waiting is when we learn to draw closer to the Lord and it is when He beckons us to seek Him and hear His voice. Spend time with Him and yield to the Holy Spirit. He wants to prepare us for the reality that your dream will come to pass that He instilled in you. Are you ready? Are you ready to do what it takes? An orchid needs time to bloom, your house will take time to build, the call on your life from God needs preparation time. Allow God to bloom in your heart His heart’s desire. Spend time with Him so you can grow into His likeness. Allow God to build your ministry and dream behind the scenes while you pray for revelation and favor. Allow Him to breathe into your life all you will need, so He can take you to the desired place He has for you. He’s equipping you deeper as you spend time with Him.
Waiting, not a pleasant journey, for some discouraging. Yet, your “heart-a-tude” determines the journey! So, in that season of waiting, be productive and be open to what the Lord wants to do to prepare you. He is the Creator of our dreams and knows the perfect time for your dream to come ALIVE!
Your past never predicts your future. Glory to God. My name is Yadeline Franck, and I had an abortion when I was 18. I grew up in the church and when I found out I was pregnant with the guy I loved, who said he loved me. I thought for sure we could make this work, yet that love would not guarantee that it would not be difficult. Having grown up in the church and my parents being in leadership, I had an image to live up to and a reputation to uphold. I couldn’t bear to deal with the fear of what my family would say and the embarrassment and disgrace it would bring to my parents. My boyfriend wasn’t mature and responsible which forced me to go somewhere so my secret would be safe. I went to visit my brother and sister-in-law out of state. In talking to them, they were supportive of whatever decision I made. Out of fear and selfishness, I chose abortion. Little did I know how that decision would affect me in years to come.
The Lord brought a very special man in my life who loved me for me, despite my past and all that I experienced. We got married in 2002. Throughout my marriage, I have dealt with depression, been suicidal, and tried to figure out where all these mixed emotions were coming from. We have two beautiful daughters and on Saturday mornings they would see their mommy sleep the morning away not spending time with them. Well, that all changed July of 2014. The Lord delivered me from Depression during a revival on a Saturday night at my church and I have been healed ever since! The next morning, my daughters had a mom who got up before them and made the family breakfast. My husband had a new wife full of love and joy. I was full of energy! The days of sleeping Saturdays away were gone! Praise God, those emotions are no longer a part of my life and will never be in my future.
Keven Covert started a Post Abortion Healing class called “Surrendering the Secret”, by Pat Layton at the church I attend and I went through the class in summer of 2014. I went through the class for eight weeks and that was a life change for me. Keven also wrote Brick By Brick Healing His Way a Devotional and Journal for Healing a Woman’s Heart and published it in 2015. After going through the study and then reading the devotional, I went even further in my healing. While reading Keven’s book Jesus healed layers and layers of my past. I am now leading the “Surrendering the Secret” ministry at my church helping other ladies heal from their past abortions. I now facilitate Brick By Brick, using Brick By Brick Workbook at my church. This is all for God’s glory and His grace. I want to thank Mrs. Keven Covert for hearing and obeying God’s calling to reach others desperate for a future. Romans 8:28
My post-abortion healing journey began in 2012, when God placed me with Keven Covert in our first Bible Study of “Forgiven and Set Free”, by Linda Cochrane. For twenty-two years, I suffered from the guilt, shame, embarrassment, anguish, and regret for my husband’s and my decision to end our daughter’s life. Plagued with years of depression, suicidal thoughts, and addictions, I cried out to God to supply me with a place of healing and restoration, and He more than answered my cry of desperation!
I became a Christian at the age of sixteen, but through the circumstances of the break-up with my fiancé and the development of cancer, I became very angry at God and chose to walk away from Him. My rebelliousness continued for ten years and led me to many dark places and foolish decisions with lasting consequences. The most regrettable was the abortion of our daughter in 1990. However, our God is faithful and what Satan had intended for evil, God turned it all around for good and for His glory and His purposes. God used something so horrible to bring about the salvation of my husband, and my rededication to the Lord, and to further His ministry of post-abortion healing to other women like myself.
Finally, after twenty-two years of seemingly endless pain and anguish, God healed my broken heart and mind through the first post-abortion healing Bible study. This spurred in me a passion for letting others know there are healing, forgiveness, and restoration after abortion. Where was this after my abortion? Why did it take me twenty-two years to be able to find the help that I so desperately wanted and needed? Why do people in the church not know about this and why do they not speak about abortion and recovery from the effects of abortion? For, there are many effects after abortion, but society and the medical community do not want to acknowledge them. Many women have signs of PTSD, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder also due to the trauma caused by their abortion. The same symptoms a serviceman has when returning from combat. The lies of “ it is not a baby, it is only a bunch of tissues/ after the abortion, you will be fine/ you will be able to have children after the abortion/ it is a quick and safe procedure/ after it’s over, you will go on with your life as though this never happened.” These are all lies from the pit of hell, from the lips of Satan, the father of all lies!
It is my prayer and hopes that the church as a whole, will begin to acknowledge, address and support those women and men who are struggling with abortion in their past. Unfortunately, there is still a stigma attached to the sin of abortion in the church. Post-abortive women and men are made to feel as a second class citizen as if the sin of abortion is not covered by the blood of Jesus. My prayer is for this thinking and attitude to be changed! Jesus died on the cross for ALL sins; it does NOT say in the Bible “Jesus died for all sins except for abortion.” NO, His death on the cross covers everything! 45% of women, who have had abortions, have been in the church at the time of their abortion. Do you know how many are sitting in your congregation right now, suffering in silence because they are so scared of being judged, so embarrassed, so full of shame and regret and feeling as if there is no hope for them? I was one of those women. I don’t want anyone to have to continue in this type of tortured existence.
There is hope and there is freedom and it is only through Jesus Christ. His blood covers the sin of abortion and knowing the truth will set you free. If this seems like an unreachable dream, it is not; it is real and attainable. Freedom, peace, and joy are waiting for you. I will not lie to you; it is hard work, and you will have to visit some hard places and go back to the pain of the past, but God will be there each step of the way, for He will never leave you, nor forsake you! He was there and continues to be here with each of us, for it is His desire to see you completely healed and restored, as He has a purpose for all of this!
I praise God for His love, mercy and grace poured out upon me, for His refining and shaping me, and to be able to be used by Him, for His purposes, and for His glory! I thank Him so much for all of these lovely ladies that He has brought into my life and for the opportunity to serve Him with them in the development of this workbook to help you receive the healing, joy, and encouragement you are seeking. Brick By Brick is a unique curriculum for the woman with an abortion in her past. It is a one-on-one walk with Jesus and a soothing balm to your hurting and broken soul. In this study, God ministers deeply, lovingly, and gently through the author’s words which were inspired by God. May God bless you in this endeavor, and remember, He is beside you, walking with you, hand in hand.
“They overcame him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony…” Revelation 12:11a
Sharing your testimony is a three-fold story. It is your heart being laid wide open and truth flowing out of the center of the root, the core coming out into the light, being set free for the first time.
A close friend told me recently, our story is three-fold. As we talked the Lord revealed important truths. It is Jesus’ blood that He already shed for us and thru His blood we have the victory, we just have to take the risk and share our secret, be transparent with our brother and sister, and learn how to walk in vulnerability. Being honest is what it is all about. When we share from our heart, it is freeing. We no longer are keeping our secret shoved deep inside, giving the enemy room to keep us bound. When we confess to one another our true selves and share our heart from deep inside where our hurt lies, our heart becomes lighter and we begin to walk in the freedom the Lord has for us. It is Jesus’ blood that gives us our victory. We just need to do what is necessary to claim it.
The Word is, the Word of God and what is says about what Jesus came to do and the freedom He came to give us. It is about the forgiveness He gives us, the love He has for us and the purpose He has for our pain. We are not alone in this journey. Jesus walks this journey with us, guiding our steps and is waiting to set us free. Our pain that we experienced is not in vain, it will be used for God’s glory. Though it is hard to see at the time while going through it, or thinking back to our past and having to relive it, so Jesus can begin to heal those places of hurt in our heart; know that our experiences will be used to help others heal and be shown how to walk their journey of healing also.
Their testimony means our story, our walk of healing, our journey to freedom, our claiming the victory that is waiting for us. It is us shedding hope to others that they too can begin to feel lighter in their heart, walk back to a painful past to walk forward to a fulfilled future; being used by our Heavenly Father to bring healing and hope to the helpless, to set the captives free that the enemy of their soul has kept bound. Our stories are all different, yet each one is significant in itself. Though we lived through it, survived the suffering, and have a wounded heart, God comes along and prepares our plans for a new beginning, a fresh start, a new life walking with Him in His presence. Though we may not be able to see the full plan Jesus has prepared for us, trust that He is walking the journey with us. The Lord will be there to help keep us on the new path He has set before us.
Walking in freedom with no chains from the past encompassing our heart is for everyone. Jesus came to set the captives free, He came to heal the broken-hearted. Allow Him to dig deep and go into your heart where the pain your past is kept guarded, give Him your heart and feel the healing He longs to give you. Share from your heart and reach for the victory. The Lord is waiting on you, are you ready to open up and share?
I had never gone through any type of post-abortion healing until I read Brick By Brick Healing His Way a Devotional and Journal for Healing aWoman’s Heart, I was able to really accept God’s forgiveness for the abortions & I felt as if this book was meant for me at that very moment. It was God saying, “Now let’s get serious and really place your pain in My hands, leave it at the cross, and then we can heal your heart.” I learned as I was reading the book I did a lot of crying and remembering, leaving what I remembered at the cross, to bear no more anguish, to bear no more sins, surrendering all my hurt and pain; God helped me heal. I then experienced taking His forgiveness and being enveloped by the Holy Spirit. I felt the Holy Spirit comforting. It was as if He were holding me and comforting as my tears were falling. During those times you are healing and God is ever present. In those times it felt as if weights were removed from my chest and I could breathe in life and love…new life. The overwhelming presence of God was there the words were powerful and it changed my heart for forever.
We all face trials and these are trials I had to face, that without Keven C Covert’s book, Brick By Brick Healing His Way, I could have sent me into a bad direction again. Instead, I was led to the cross and laid it all down was God’s plan for me all along. God was waiting for another opportunity when He knew I would be obedient to choose the clear path…the path is clear, but the roadblocks are huge. God bless you Keven for the Father to allow you to really listen to His voice. You did listen when you wrote Brick By Brick, and I will forward the book to many as will others do the same.
This book along with many others you write will hit the shelf and be bought, restocked, bought and restocked. God is on our side, we are royalty.
I no longer have a heart of stone. Thank you for writing this book. God bless you.
Where do you find yourself in life at this moment in time? Is anything left over from the year past which needs to be removed? What from your past is hindering you from moving forward? What issues are you needing to deal with instead of ignoring? These issues won’t just magically go away! The energy you waste in worrying is only hurting your heart, not those who have hurt you! Open up your heart and do some end of the year house cleaning, or in this case, cleaning out the clutter from the old to allow the new to infiltrate your heart which has been waiting to release its blessings upon your spirit.
Begin this new year fresh with a clean start! It’s a new beginning, a new chapter in your life and possibly your heart! You cannot do this by yourself. You need a helper, a guide, someone who knows what is in your past to show you the way to unlock the hurt and letting it all out, to set your emotions free; to fly information according to where you are headed.
Allow the Lord’s light to shine on your heart, to penetrate deep inside the empty place and fill them with His everlasting love. Don’t shy away from what is yet to come. He has your life in the palm of His hands. He has a plan for you and He will be your guiding light as you walk out of the darkness your heart has been in. The Lord Jesus breaks all bondage with His love and sets all captives free with His saving grace; something’s which takes place in your heart and begins to give your spirit life and a new hope.
The Father fills you with His strength providing you with joy everlasting, which only thru your openness to whatever the Heavenly Father has for you will bring to you this joy. His love encompasses you and washes away all you long to hide. His forgiveness is for the taking. He is waiting for you to Lay It All Down at His feet and to receive His loving forgiveness in replace. For His grace, He gives you freely to carry you on til the end. Open your heart to a new life full of hope and healing. Only through Jesus is this possible.
April 28, 2015, Upper Room Assembly of God
While sharing my testimony I used the analogy of my healing as wearing a mask. We each have worn an invisible mask at some point in our life. This mask covers up the real self of who we are, living in fear and hoping others will not find out our secrets. When we begin to remove the mask, we risk showing our true selves and allow our transparency to be another’s healing. When we are transparent and begin to share our secrets, which contain deep hurt and wounds from the past, others begin to see that there is hope in sharing their own secret, and they see there is hope for healing. Once your secret is out and transparency has begun, the courage to walk in the vulnerability begins.
Walk in the vulnerability of knowing the risk you will take for your own heart saves the heart of someone else when they find out, “they aren’t the only one”.
Brick By Brick Healing His Way A Devotional and Journal for Healing a Woman’s Heart
~ a book by Keven C. Covert ~
Written to set the post-abortive heart free and confront the trauma associated. Women will begin their healing journey while learning to walk in victory.
This healing Devotional/Journal is a perfect complement to a post-abortion recovery Bible Study. It deals with issues relating to Post Abortion Stress symptoms and offers hope and healing after abortion. This is a personal journey to help one heal from their past experience, directly or indirectly relating to abortion. It also is designed for the person who has been affected by the experience of abortion through a family member or close friend. The book gives the reader insight to how one who has experienced an abortion may feel. Many are filled with guilt after abortion; this book offers hope and healing after abortion and brings closure to the soul.
“I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you; I will remove from you your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh. ” — Ezekiel 36:26
Are you ready for the stone wall of your past abortion to come crumbling down at your feet? Can you feel the chains of anguish around your calloused heart unlock? Allow yourself to journey back to the past and confront the wounds of painful memories; in order to walk in peace and forgiveness through the healing touch of your Heavenly Father. In Brick by Brick, you will:
*Experience the comfort of the heavenly Father as He sheds light on your past
*Heal one wound at a time
*Surrender all your pain in exchange for love and acceptance
*Receive a restored and renewed heart
*Walk in the Fortress of Security God has prepared for you
*Claim the victory waiting for you.
As the Father walks with you on this journey, He will illuminate His light on the powerful brick wall you have built over time. He will take you to a place where your life will be restored brick by brick, healing His way.