Women of Reverence welcomes Melissa Hertz as a guest blogger.
Melissa Hertz resides in beautiful South Africa, is a Bible-believing Christian, wife, and mother of three children that I homeschool.
She is a pro-life activist, musician, speaker, and blogger and has a radio show called Arise Butterfly. She is the founder of Project Life Pro-Life SA, a pro-life organization in South Africa.
You can purchase her music on ITunes or listen for free on YouTube.
To visit her blog visit: firstname.lastname@example.org. If you have had an abortion, and are struggling with sadness and regret, contact me for free online post-abortion counseling. I am a post-abortion counselor, and it would be my honor to walk the journey of healing from abortion with you. (WhatsApp 0823844498) To view and share the videos, search Melissa Hertz abortion story on YouTube.
At the age of seven I was sexually abused. I looked at the world and saw the ugly out there. This made me question Gods existence. I saw terrible things happen to good people, and vice versa. It just didn't make any more sense to me.
Later, at age eleven my father left, married his mistress and started a new family with her. The bitterness and anger made me lose faith in God. I felt so disappointed by Him and decided I didn't want anything to do with him. I disliked Christians and found them to be annoying. I would bully them and challenge them on their beliefs. I found amusement in taunting them, and had a thousand reasons barricaded against Gods existence. I became a loud and proud atheist. My conscious decision to live an unbelieving lifestyle meant that I lost any moral compass. It meant that I rebelled and made bad decisions; decisions that I believed would carry no consequence. "It will never happen to me!” I thought. But it did, and I learnt the hard way!
I was fourteen when the pregnancy test in my hand showed positive. I was pregnant, scared, ashamed, and I felt too young to be a mother.
My boyfriend and I decided to abort our baby. Only after my baby was killed in my womb and then sucked out, piece-by-piece, did I realize that I had made the wrong choice. After the abortion, I struggled with depression, which is in fact, a common reaction to having an abortion. Studies show that women who have abortions battle with depression, PTSD (Post-traumatic stress disorder) are more likely to develop self-harm tendencies and eating disorders.
Six years after my abortion, after being married and having had my daughter, I tried to end my own life. I hated myself so much for what I had done. I believed that my husband and daughter deserved a better life than to be stuck with me. It was on this night that I had a supernatural encounter with Jesus, and that was the night I became a Christian and rededicated my life to Jesus.
A few years later, God laid it on my heart to share the story of my abortion. I started by visiting high schools and talking to young girls and warning them of its dangers. I wanted to warn girls and women of the hard lesson I had learned; that abortion is not a quick fix for an unplanned pregnancy.
God laid it on my heart to start singing and writing music for Him and supernaturally opened doors for me to share my story even further, as my music gave me a broader platform. Then, in 2017, CBN Africa filmed my testimony that went viral. Yes HE is also made a short clip of my story (that was translated into Russian). All glory to God for making this happen.
I have told my story many times at Churches and youth groups, every time covering in detail the abortion procedure. Many South Africans seem to think that it is done differently in South Africa than America, that in South Africa we have a more ‘humane’ procedure. Many people are unaware of how one is performed or what it entails. This is the reason why I am passionate about informing people and speaking out against it. God has used my story to bring Him glory, and He has used my testimony help prevent others from terminating their pregnancies. God took the very thing that Satan intended to destroy me with and turned it into a weapon for His kingdom. What the devil meant for harm, God has used for His glory, and I thank him every day for it! Yes! I thank Him every day that He turned it all around, and that I can be a voice for the unborn.
Don’t’ lose heart! Be encouraged. What God has done for me, He can do for you too. Keep believing! Don't give up! God has the power and the ability to turn ugly things around for His glory. He gives beauty for ashes and joy for mourning (Isaiah 61:3). He heals broken hearts, and He restores what was lost. He has done this in my life!
And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. (Romans 8:28)