There are many different areas of being a survivor of hell which I’ve written about these past three years. In many writings throughout this entire blog you will find writings dealing with all the puzzle pieces we need to examine and shape into our present day lives. You’ll also find many writings which focus on the depression, P.T.S.D., anxiety, finding your center to begin your healing path, the anger which still comes and goes, and the severe neglect of all medical and dental care which has left me so tragically scarred.
This is a guest post by our reader Sharpsheep. Many thanks, Sharp.
So often in attempting to find biblical support for dealing with sin issues such as domestic abuse, the abuse victims and those who believe them are faced instead with an invitation to join in collective denial à la the emperor’s new clothes!
If they were honest, many church websites should read: …
On Sunday October 27 a local conservative Mennonite church made an announcement telling the congregation they should not attend our conference, specifically naming 'Shattering the Silence'. This inspired me to write a blog, appropriately titled, 'Local Preachers Forbid Attending Sexual Abuse Conference'.
Even though I knew the day would come, it still punched me in the gut when it happened because of which congregation it was.
One of our readers wrote the following paragraphs to us directly and they are so helpful that we asked if we could put them into a blog post. She agreed, so here is what she said. Many thanks to her. (JeffC)
1Jn 4:18-19 There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear. For fear has to do with punishment, and whoever fears has not been perfected in love.
(Helping those who cannot help themselves is one of the things near and dear my heart. We're told in Scripture that what we do for "the least of these" we do for Christ Himself. We are also told to do good to others...especially to those of the household of faith, that is our brothers and sisters in Christ. While many in the church today are willing to go far and wide or send money here or there in order to "do good", rarely are we willing to look at the weak, the broken, the needy, who are right in our midst, in our own congregations.)
The following personal story was graciously submitted to us by an anonymous survivor of horrific abuse. Many, many thanks to her for sharing it with us. Trigger warning: much suffering and pain in this story.
In the middle of my second separation from my abusive ex-husband, the elder of our church called. He called to inform me my soul was in danger.
1Co 5:1-7 It is actually reported that there is sexual immorality among you, and of a kind that is not tolerated even among pagans, for a man has his father's wife. (2) And you are arrogant! Ought you not rather to mourn? Let him who has done this be removed from among you. (3) For though absent in body, I am present in spirit; and as if present, I have already pronounced judgment on the one who did such a thing.