The truth is something that can be heavy, yet it can truly free you in ways beyond what you imagine. When the truth is hidden, it can tear apart families, trust, homes and happiness.
There is something about telling the truth—to yourself, to others—for the first time that really has an ability to cleanse the cobwebs from your heart. There is a freedom in knowing the truth, accepting it, and moving on. It no longer has a hold on you. It can no longer define you.
longer define you.
I was sexually assaulted as a child. That truth is horrible, hurtful, and heavy, but it is not one that keeps me cowering in the shadows any longer. John 8:32 tells us that the truth will set you free. And the very first time I found myself admitting the truth to myself and to someone else, I felt freer than I had ever felt.
The first time I told the story of my abuse was five years ago. And in the last five years, I’ve seen God do incredible things.
I’ve learned to trust again.
I’ve learned the difference between good touch and bad touch, and how to ask for and receive good touch from my husband.
I’ve learned that my value is not in the things that were done to me, but in who I am in Christ.
I’ve learned who that little girl inside of me is, and how to listen to her and take care of her.
I’ve learned that healing is a priority; seeking help is not only good but necessary.
I’ve learned who to talk to about my experiences, and how to talk to them about it.
And oh my gosh, healing is not easy.
I still struggle with depression and anxiety.
I fight to reclaim my self-worth on a daily basis.
I cry, I pray, I regress.
But I don’t stop. I won’t stop. This is the most important journey I’ve ever embarked on.
Your journey is different, I’m sure. There may be some similarities in our stories, though. If there are, I am truly sorry for the pain you have experienced.
It is not your fault, nor was it ever your fault.
My desire is for this blog to be a safe place for you and for others who carry the burden of a horrible injustice or a crippling stigma. This is a place of acceptance and peace, where stigmas and labels are pushed aside and we can be ourselves.
Here, I hope and pray you will learn three of the most important truths I’ve learned in my healing journey.
Read the rest here: heardbelievedloved.com/blog/the-hbl-journey-your-mess-is-welcome-here
Love & prayers
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