Why did I write my book?
For people to have courage they must first see courage in others. Courage and boldness are contagious.
I wrote my story because I know that many people want transformation. They possess a desire to change, but most people are not willing to put in the work because they lack patience and patience is everything.
The work is painful at times and truthfully most of us dodge pain.
We live lives self-medicating ourselves because we runaway from our feelings. We want to be numb and not care because caring means that we must become vulnerable all over again, but that’s key.
“To heal you must feel”
How did I feel about writing the first chapter?
This is a question I’m getting quite often. Truth is that the first time I wrote it I cried, but I didn’t cry because I was hurt. I cried because I felt free.
I’m free from the pain that memory once brought. I’m free from the shame that once imprisoned me.
To be honest, after reading the incident over and over again during the editing process, I felt as though I was telling a story that was not my own.
Why, you might ask?
Because there were no emotions attached to that moment of pain. The pain that once existed in my heart has now been healed. In fact, as I read the incident over and over again, all I could think of were all the little girls that are presently experiencing sexual abuse in silence.
I wrote this first chapter for those young girls who have gone through sexual abuse. I want you to know that I too felt shame and was paralyzed by fear. I too felt guilt. I too felt alone and trapped, but I’m here to tell you that there is real healing and it is found in Jesus.
I wrote my first chapter so that you can revisit your own experience, but this time around invite God to all of your sadness. Ask God to walk with you as you visit those thoughts. Tell Him how you feel and ask Him to enter your life and heal all those childhood scars. There is power in speaking your truth.
“So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” ~ Isaiah 41:10
For many, Isaiah 41:10 is only a simple bible verse and may even be seen as an empty promise. But, God’s word always comes to life in the midst of our struggle and our pain. His power is manifested in our lowest moments because it’s when we are hopeless that we turn to Him. God is our last resort, when He should be our first option. Today make God your first option.
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