When Lynn, a widow and registered nurse, met her abuser for the first time, she thought he was a safe bet. Who could be safer than a pastor and former missionary? But once he had her hooked in, he tore down her dignity and identity through shaming and neglect. Lynn shares her long journey of waking up to the shocking reality that even religious leaders can be wolves in sheep’s clothing.
Forgiveness is one of the ultimate Christian virtues, right after love. It “sets the prisoners free.” Except in your life. It keeps you defenseless and bound to a person, or people, determined to keep harming you. Forgiveness seems like a super highway to destruction, the restart button for more craziness and pain. So, should you keep forgiving someone who keeps hurting you…and how?
What is the power of a woman in a world that tries to grind her down? We are the pioneers led by our Creator to forge into new territory, taking back our life force so we can offer it fully to God’s purposes as He intended.
An abuse survivor sees herself mirrored in the eyes of other people. What she sees is a distortion of who she is because other people don’t really know who she is all the time. To heal, she will need to see herself through a new lens.
It takes strong love to leave an abuser. Strong love for yourself – the only person on this earth God has given you full responsibility for – and strong love for your abusive partner who wants to live life without ever confronting and slaying the monster inside.
What is the difference between being a victim and having a victim mentality?
Debby survived an abusive marriage for three decades. Find out how she coped and what happened to make her wake up and get out.
Learn how to take responsibility for yourself, make decisions without fear, and move forward with hope and purpose in spite of obstacles and challenges.
Bob and Polly Hamp join Natalie Hoffman in talking about the upcoming ReClaim conference in Hurst, Texas on January 24-26, 2020.