We recorded this mini podcast in the midst of our online Un*Banquet last night. So in addition to listening to this portion of our conversation, you can visit us on Facebook to watch the recording of our live feed at https://www.facebook.com/twentythree61.
In this episode we briefly discuss the three words we highlighted from the passage Isaiah 61:1-4 which was the theme of our Un*Banquet, which are Beauty, Joy and Praise. We could and should do an entire episode in the future on each of these words, as there's so much to expound upon. When we submit to God's healing grace, we are able to begin to experience each of these in a brand new way.
Grief is a thread that runs through all of our clients' complicated stories and lives. In this episode we discuss the different types of grief, some of our own complex stories, how you can process grief, help those around you who are grieving, as well as how we help women and men process the specific griefs of abortion loss and the loss of innocence through sexual traumas and pornography. We talk about the physical way we were designed to grieve as well as the spiritual connection God desires to grow in us through grief, not only with Him, but also with each other.
"We are all broken and wounded in this world. Some choose to grow strong at the broken places." Harold J. Duarte-Bernhardt
What does a safe space look like and why is it even needed for healing to take place? Listen in as Donna Brendel, Executive Director, and Alyssa Valenza, Board Member and Volunteer, discuss this important foundational topic and get to the heart of the matter. A safe space is where people are first protected and cared for, and then bound together by that caring and by the love of God, which bonds us together in unity.
Peggy & Donna reminisce on how hard it was to make that first phone call, send that first email, make that first reservation for their first healing retreat. They were blessed to have each other. You may be alone looking for help, or you may be looking for help and resources for a friend or a loved one who is struggling. Let Peggy & Donna's stories about their first steps toward healing, and the powerful moments that followed, give you the strength and courage to take your first steps or walk alongside another person to encourage in their first steps to heal from a past abortion. Whether it was a few months ago, a few years ago, or even a few decades ago, the pain is still there buried deep, needing a place to go.
If you're in Southeastern WI, you can attend a Rachel's Vineyard Retreat hosted by twentyTHREE61, Inc. in English in November or March, or in Spanish in May. Visit www.twentyTHREE61.com for more details.
If you're anywhere else in the United States or around the world, you can look for a retreat near you that is hosted by other great ministries and organizations at www.rachelsvineyard.org.
Two versions of the retreats are available, Catholic or interdenominational. Each location will note which version they provide and which language will be spoken. twentyTHREE61, Inc. provides the interdenominational retreat, but both versions are available in Southern Wisconsin and can be found at www.rachelsvineyard.org.
On this episode of "It's Complicated," three friends and colleagues of twentyTHREE61, Inc. sit around the table during a weekend getaway in Northern Wisconsin. After having enjoyed a refreshing day of kayaking on the lake, shopping the quaint downtown area, eating lunch, talking and laughing, they take time to look back and reflect on the journey that brought them to such a close friendship. That journey was healing from post-abortion trauma.
twentyTHREE61, Inc. is a non-profit organization dedicated to helping women and men heal from post-abortion trauma, sexual trauma, and pornography addiction and betrayal. We'd love for you to join us in healing the past, finding joy in the present, and affirming life for the future. Learn more about us at https://twentythree61.com.
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