You Are Treasured
I am honored to have met so many amazing women through the years who have overcome unbelievable hardships. I don’t understand a lot of things in this world, but I absolutely 100% know that whatever you have lived through, the hurt, abuse, trauma, mistakes, fear, none of that is in any way a sign that God doesn’t love you. Our world is full of evil that I can’t explain. I don’t begin to understand why those things happen. What I do know is that in those moments, God wants to comfort us, empower us, and remind us that we are still his beloved daughters and he wants to walk through these battles with us. He wants to comfort us. He wants us to know that we are a treasure valued above anything else in this world.
We aren’t defined by our past!
The world may define us by what has happened to us, but God wants to free us from that.
He sees all that he created us for and doesn’t want the evil in this world to keep us from that. You do not have to let whatever you have been through define you. It will always shape you and how you see the world but that can bring tremendous beauty and healing as you understand God’s tremendous love for all who suffer in this world.
I know that triggers a lot of emotions. I know you still have anger to work through. It’s OK. Feel what you need to feel. You can rise above it all. You can yell at God about how bad it hurts. You can scream about why he feels so far away and uncaring. You can let go of trying to numb the pain and make it go away and ask him to help.
It’s a process. It’s hard. It takes time. But you will rise. You will always be treasured by God.
I hope this site helps you along the way. I hope you find a safe place to share your story. I pray you learn a little about how precious you really are.
Your Story Matters
There is tremendous healing in sharing our stories. When we deal with abuse, we often feel like it is our fault. We often hide and are isolated because of things that are happening to us or things that happened in our past. Sadly, religion often adds to the pain by telling us to keep quiet, just stuff down the hurt and pretend that everything is OK. For me, it felt like ignoring pain was what faith is all about.
But when we share our stories, there is tremendous freedom. You will discover that you are not alone. You will find connection. You will find the power to see yourself differently. The shame of what you faced will no longer define you, it will be a reminder that you are strong and have overcome pain and you can use your strength to help others.
Podcast links go to Itunes (Also available on My Podcast Page)
The Story of Mary and Hope for Survivors of Sexual Abuse- I know this sounds CRAZY. But consider that God- you know the creator and ruler of the universe?- He had a plan to save the world, and as important as that was, he did not consider a young peasant woman as an object to be used. That is how our creator values us. It is how he wants us to value ourselves.
Jesus’ Radical Acceptance of a Prostitute in a Strict Religious Society- If you feel judged, by religious people, you need to read this story of how Jesus confronted that attitude. I mean he was “in your face” with religious legalists and it is freaking awesome.
A Tiny Part of My Story of Overcoming Religious Shame- I was once told by a pastor that I would never have the life that I could have had because of the things that happened to me and my responses to those things. HE WAS WRONG. I have an amazing life and I’m blessed to know something that pastor didn’t understand.
I’d love to help you share your story!
Contact me: firstname.lastname@example.org
I’d love to interview you or help you write your story. There is tremendous power in knowing that we aren’t alone!