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When “What ifs” and “Whys” Try to Steal Your Hope

After a jarring or difficult event has happened in your life, have you ever found yourself asking, “What if I or someone else hadn’t ____________ then ______________ would have happened instead?” And the “instead” is always a better or more favorable outcome in your way of thinking. This mental game leads us around the board of life to “Why” every time. Why didn’t I do this instead of that? Why didn’t I think of _______________ […]

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Collateral Damage

I wrote last week about my husband being my defender as the Lord enabled him to be. I mentioned that my husband was often misunderstood in His strong defense of me, since only he and I knew why he was doing it. My husband was doing a loving, noble thing. I let him and yet knew that there were moments when he broke and roared much too loudly, which scared me. It also scared my […]

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Beloved of God

My husband loves me. How do I know? He sacrifices time to meet my needs, cooks what I enjoy eating, and works so I might do ministry as the Lord has equipped me. He surrenders his comfort to make sure I am protected and cared for. He has prayed for me in my journey of healing from sexual abuse, trying his very best to create an atmosphere of safety in intimacy. He speaks truth when […]

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Propelled Forward

The walls coming down was the first step. I shared it with many. I shared forgiveness with the one who had hurt me. I had years of hurt to uncover, allow God into, and have His healing restore to wholeness. God used faithful women, the Word of God, and sharing my story, to do His work. Now He could actually work because I was in a place to let Him. I shared this with women […]

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From Fear to Forgiveness

When I was a teenager I was was sexually abused. I was forever changed. Trust was lost. My faith in Christ wavered for the next 25 years. I believed in a God who loved me and was able to protect in any and every situation. Who else could I go to who had more power to protect than God Himself? I was stuck with this Savior. It was a love-hate relationship. I began doing what […]

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