Most people are familiar with and have tried to set and keep “New Year’s Resolutions”. If you have had success with this, congratulations! However, the majority of us have more experience with good intentions that lead to not so great outcomes. As you begin 2019, we encourage you to set specific GOALS this year instead. By following some simple guidelines, we believe you will see positive changes you can be proud of!
Guideline 1: Be specific! Write down exactly what you hope to achieve, HOW you plan to do it, and WHEN you plan to achieve it. Be realistic and flexible, but “give destiny a date.” Work towards goals in a specific time frame for a greater chance of success.
Guideline 2: Be holistic! Set goals for each area of your life. (You may notice how much overlap there is!) For example, you may set relational, vocational, spiritual, physical, mental, behavioral and emotional goals.
Guideline 3: Don’t do it alone! Talk to a trusted friend, spiritual advisor, physician or counselor! Ask them for feedback about what some good goals may be for you. Again, accountability is key so don’t be afraid to ask for someone to check in on your progress.
Remember, whatever goals you choose to set, YOU ARE WORTH IT!
Taking the next steps by attending a monthly aR connections meeting, a Living in Color healing group or a Rachel’s Vineyard weekend retreat may help you to clarify your goals and bring you the support system you need to accomplish them.
Join us for aR (abortion recovery) Connection post-abortion healing support groups:
Columbus 2nd Tuesday of each month – 7:00-8:00pm – 01/08/2019
PDHC, 665 East Dublin Granville Rd., Columbus, Ohio 43229
3rd Wednesday of each month -9:30-10:30am– 01/16/2019
W.A.R.M., 150 Heatherdown Dr., Westerville, Ohio 43081
Other Cities Please call or text (614) 721-2100 for more information.
aR Connection groups are for individuals who have a shared abortion experience to connect with each other and to discuss how they can find support. Connection groups provide a safe, confidential, compassionate and nonjudgmental place for individuals to begin the process of healing after abortion. Call/Text (614) 721-2100 and/or visit www.OurChoiceOurVoice.org.
“Me Too” Event. Click above on the “me too” event to register for the upcoming “me too” luncheon on Saturday, February 23, 2019, at The Quest Conference Center at Polaris…watch this site for more information or call or text the CareLine at (614) 721-2100
Rachel’s Vineyard Retreat Weekend
February 15-17, 2019
Rachel’s Vineyard is a safe place to renew, rebuild and redeem hearts broken by abortion.
Women who have attended a Rachel’s Vineyard Healing Retreat Weekend have said:
“It was the best thing I’ve ever done! I sensed the Lord’s presence there often in every way.”
One in four women has personally been affected by abortion.
Rachel’s Vineyard post-abortion healing retreat weekend is February 15-17, 2019 in Columbus, Ohio. This is a confidential small group retreat.
Call or text (614) 721-2100 or email CarolynK@PDHC.org for more info and to register for the upcoming February 2019 Rachel’s Vineyard Retreat.
A Celebration of Restoration Luncheon
February 23, 2019 – 10:00am – 2:00pm
REGISTRATION OPENS SOON! WATCH YOUR EMAIL FOR UPDATES!
Discount hotel accommodations available the night before the luncheon @ the Hampton Inn & Suites Columbus Polaris.
Call (614) 885-8400 and ask for the PDHC Luncheon 2019 rate.
// Our Story //
In January 2015, I was having lunch with a friend I had known for years. My friend, “Susan”, knew that I volunteered at PDHC , a pregnancy care center for women faced with unexpected pregnancy. Susan, like all my friends and family, assumed I was passionate about volunteering because I had been a young, single mom and could relate to the difficulties these women face.
We ordered our favorite Thai dish, continued our small talk, but something kept tugging at my heart. I felt this overwhelming urge to tell Susan the truth about why I volunteer. Anxiety, brought on by fear of rejection and condemnation, caused my heart to race and palms to sweat. However, God’s calling to me at that moment was clear “tell Susan the truth”.
“I want to tell you the real reason I volunteer at PDHC” I paused for what seemed like an hour, my heart pounding. I went on, “when I was young I had an abortion”. Our eyes met, and I could feel the sadness in her gaze. Susan reached across the table, laid her hands on mine and said “me too”.
The truth is that about one out of four of the friends I share with say “me too” and usually follow up with something like “but I don’t want to talk about it” or “no one knows” or “don’t tell my husband”. As I become more transparent with my own past abortions, others may eventually be open to finding the same healing peace that I have found through programs like abortion recovery support groups, Living in Color, and Rachel’s Vineyard retreat weekends offered by PDHC.
The luncheon was birthed from this idea of one woman reaching across the table to another, sharing a message of healing and coming together to celebrate God’s peace and forgiveness.