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The Joy of Being Defended

Is it just me, or do we ALL wish for someone to care enough about us to defend us from those who intend us harm? To have someone not only know my story, but also stand in the gap to defend my heart, mind, and soul from further harm. This is a treasured possession for those who have been damaged by life in identity-shattering ways. It means you believe me and want to stick around […]

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Letting Down Your Guard

Do you: get anxious in new environments? find it hard to relax around new people? not trust your kids to be safe when they aren’t with you? control how close you let your spouse get when it comes to any signs of affection? get angry when your boundaries are threatened in any way? get suspicious of other’s intentions when complimented or they do a favor? YES?! You are what I call a “control freak”. Don’t […]

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Healing Our Fences

When I was a younger, I lived on a large farm. My grandpa had a small herd of cows and a large flock of sheep. There were barbed-wired fences to separate them from each other and the road. Often we would get a car stopping in to tell us the sheep were out and wandering down the road. We would head out to get in front of them and behind them, bringing them back to […]

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Growing Beyond Your Wounds

Would you appreciate a protected place where you have opportunity to grow past the hurt, shame, fear, anger, or bitterness created by abuse? Would you love a safe place to tell your story and encourage other wounded women in theirs? I have written many blogs over the last year. They have been to share who I am, who Christ is, and how I desire to partner with you on the journey to wholeness in Him. […]

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Forgiveness is…

Today’s thoughts are on forgiveness. This is a very delicate subject in the life of an abuse survivor. So I wanted to explore it by turning it around and examining it from many perspectives. First, let’s define forgiveness itself. Forgiveness is the offer of willingly setting aside the just punishment someone is due for an offense or debt against you. When we look at the word of God, we see that forgiveness is often preceded […]

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Approval of Others

I had my blog written on overcoming the need to have the approval of others and how the Word speaks to it. I started writing it THREE days ago and here I sit the day before, rewriting the whole thing, because I realized I cared too much about what you, my reader, would think. Things like this ran through my mind: Is what I am writing a good topic? Will anyone follow my logic? What […]

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