Margaret Terry (author of Dear Deb, A Woman with Cancer, A Friend with Secrets and the Letters that Became Their Miracle) offered these words when asked about her recovery process. I share them with you because they are so like my own and no doubt yours as well.
- I wanted a better life than the one I was raised in.
- I didn’t do it alone. I had a good counsellor and support group
- I had my faith and support from my faith family
- I stopped pretending things were OK when they weren’t
- I told my story and it lost its power to make me feel shame.
- I accepted that healing was a life-long process.
- I stopped being so hard on myself because God wasn’t!
No matter your struggles, keep moving forward into healing and remember this.
So we say with confidence, “The Lord is my helper; I will not be afraid. What can mere mortals do to me?” (Hebrews 13:6, NIV)
Prayer-Thank you God that you see the trouble of your afflicted; you consider our grief and take it in hand. We were victims who committed ourselves to you because you are the helper of the fatherless. Now this we know: The Lord gives victory to his anointed. You answer us with the victorious power of your right hand. Amen. (From Psalm 10:14, 20:6)