Living With Addiction
Strongholds of Shame
Broken Behaviors of Abuse
Day 19 of 40
The Beautiful Mandisa sings, “There’s freedom on the other side of things that keep us tied up and afraid. There’s hope in every situation no matter what you’re facing every day. But it’s up to you, you get to choose. I’m walking, living, breathing proof. The Father is waiting there with open arms” in Dear John. Oh, how He loves us!!!
Beautiful lyrics to hold onto! People will more than likely hurt us, that’s life and there’s absolutely no way to escape or avoid it. In fact, I know this kind of pain myself all too well, but we don’t have to let it hold us captive in our prisons of anger, fear and bitterness. The beauty that God brings from our ashes of mourning is worthy of sharing. Broken lives can be put back together.
God’s Word is not what many perceive as a list of do’s and don’ts. It’s a love letter announcing the freedom we achieve when we believe. There’s no record of any of our imperfections or faults. It’s all erased and it’s been forgiven. The Bible shares why God sacrificed it all and gave us His son, Jesus Christ, to pay the price for it all. He loves us just the way we are and is awaiting for us to open up our hearts and receive Him!
Can you hear me singing? These words penned and sing are especially dedicated to all my violators who have ever afflicted any injury to my person; emotionally, physically, spiritually, financially and sexually!
How can a woman who has been violated in such a way that has been battered, stalked, abused, bruised, robbed, betrayed, amongst many others not worthy of listing, forgive, open up her heart, and walk proudly and confidently knowing where her worth comes from? It’s called H-O-P-E!!!
How have I survived, thrived, and stayed alive during such torment instead of understanding what a scorned woman does? His name is Jesus Christ and the hope He promises when we believe and act out our faith! I’m a friend of God and I know Him and love Him.
I also know and believe in the resurrection of God’s son, Jesus Christ, so I know what I can trust and what I cannot! I know that His love is greater than any pain I could ever endure.
There is beauty everywhere, more beauty than tragedy, and that is what I choose to hold onto and can because of the redemption of my pain!
Psalm 34:4-8 sums it up perfectly to describe my deliverance: “I sought the Lord, and He answered me; He delivered me from all my fears. Those who look to Him are radiant; their faces are never covered with shame.” This poor woman called, and the Lord heard her; He saved her out of all her troubles. “The angel of the Lord encamps around those who fear Him, and He delivers them. Taste and see that the Lord is good”; blessed are those who take refuge in Him.
Martinis were their name, Cocky Bull was its game. What started out as a typical night two-stepping at the local country bar holding our fame whereas not to be lame led to too many martinis and an uninvited guest into our sacred bed that was meant just to be shared between a husband and his bride. This uninvited guest called my best friend at the time felt the need to sliver in through the midnight shadow and rob what was mine to begin with; my husband.
After tending to the crying baby and hearing whispers filled with eerie secretive sounds, the only thing I heard loud and clear was my heart imploding as my bestfriend justified her actions in sharing how she had been in love with my husband since the first time she met him. Excuse me??? That’s betrayal at her finest hour! Now you might understand why I’ve said I’ll take any physical blow to the head than the pain caused from emotional trauma!
This shame I carried for years is being related for the sole purpose to share how God works in and through our lives with tragedies and brings freedom through healing. Today I’m living in freedom and flying free of yesterday’s guilt, today’s fears, and tomorrow’s grave. All because God loves me just the way I am!
There is a greater purpose and plan for our pain. I agree, pain sucks big time, but we need to share our joys as well as our tragedies together as a community. We’re more than conquerors in Christ, we’re overcomers!
Until next time…