Tag: Physical Abuse
Many women struggle to believe God loves them for a variety of reasons. You’ve heard the statistic of sexual abuse; 1 in 4 will be sexually abused. For men the numbers are 1 in 7. Nearly 6 out of 10 sexual assaults occur in the victim’s home. 90% of sexually abused children know their abusers. If we include emotional and physical abuse the amount … Read More The Dangers of the Curse
I am thankful that through Jesus Christ, God makes evident His love for the insecure. Abraham, a hero of the faith, a giant of trust, is a complex relatable character, if you don’t skip over his failures to his triumphal faith in God. We know the story. God called Abraham to leave his home country to a foreign land, where he was to be … Read More Jesus loves the Insecure
Every good story-teller intentionally designs his story to lead the reader on his journey. When we read the Bible, we shouldn’t forget that these men would have been well practiced in the art of giving history orally through telling stories around the evening fire. Luke purposefully wrote Jesus’s life to convey the depths and lengths and heights that he went through to reach a … Read More Jesus Loves the Poor and Brokenhearted
Jesus is worthy! The Father glorified His name above all others, Worthy is the Lamb! This morning may we pause and remember Jesus. Jesus, our Good Shepherd, laid down His life for us, in our place, because of what we did. He atoned for our sins, making us right before the Lord by His blood. The use of the word atonement fell out of … Read More Meditations: Atonement
“Then Jesus said to his disciples, “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me. For whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me will find it. What good will it be for someone to gain the whole world, yet forfeit their soul? Or what can anyone give … Read More Self-care Vs. Self-indulgence
Suffering, A Pathway to Holiness Upon the mountain we seek, Divine peace and comfortable rest. But, in the valley we must dwell, Where flood and storm keep. Nothing will save us from the test. Through swirling clouds and slanted rain, We must walk. Appearing in the fright of lightning, He came. Our Savior walking by our side. “Suffer with me.” He gently said. “The … Read More Suffering, A Pathway to Holiness
This is part 2 of the Self-Care in September Series. For part 1, click here In dysfunctional families, we feel like we must do everything for ourselves. Our motto is “Depend on self. If it’s to be, it’s up to me.” We begin the story of Isaac and Rebekah during the long struggle of infertility. 20 years, month after month, they waited. The stigma … Read More Love, Hate, and Manipulation
A common struggle we all face is disappointment. From our earliest memories people let us down. Do you know how many birthday, Christmas, and special occasion cards I’ve bought, but didn’t send? I have the best intentions to let the people I love know how much I love them, and for some reason getting a stamp and walking to the mailbox is too hard … Read More Meditations: God is trustworthy.
Self-care September… Yes, please. For most of my life I have tried to live as if I had no needs. I am strong, independent, and I can do it all myself. To have a need that we can’t fulfill ourselves opens us for someone to harm us or reject us. We must trust someone. These are scary things for some of us. So, we … Read More Self-care September… Yes, please.
The Lord is my Light, setting right my confusion. He makes me understand what is right and what is wrong. He leads me to uncover the gas-lighting of my abuser. He restores my dignity. He leads me in an understanding of holiness for the sake of His glory. Yes, though I walk through the dangers of laying aside my walls, coping mechanisms, and survival … Read More The Abuse Survivor’s 23rd Psalm
Monday’s thoughts… I run. For the first mile of every run, I hate it. I don’t want to go, but some where between mile 2 and 3 my body releases endorphins. It’s like I have to run long enough to convince my body, “Yes, we are really doing this. I’m not stopping, so help me out!” Then, I feel like I can conquer anything. … Read More Conquering Your Hill
Brothers and Sisters, When God exposes deep, dark ugly sin in the church, our brokenness tempts us to contribute failure on God’s part to protect the vulnerable. Without realizing it, we begin to ask deep questions of God’s character, strength, and abilities. Why does God allow evil? Why does God allow children to be victimized? If God made this world to be good, why … Read More Why does God allow evil?