Today starts a new day; I realize that I have been abused by religion. It took me through Day 8, 9 before I realized this, but I am glad I did. You can go back to see my comments on Day 8 and 9 to see what I am speaking of. I am taking the time to do the exercises as outlined in the book; Recovering From Religious Abuse, 11 Steps to Spiritual Freedom written by: Jack Watts. While I know that hurt and abuse as described and presented in the book are two different things, I have come to the understanding that in regards to taking advantage of me I have in fact been abused. I will admit, one of my greatest concerns is I may have at times abused religion. I don’t think I have but this journey will help me understand where I am at and in the process help others as I journal each day with the steps outlined in the book.
Over the years I have come to accept myself for who I was, and more importantly, who I am as a result of the life and situations I have lived. Getting to a place of peace is a place I have enjoyed, and while I don’t know if others who have issues with my story are at that place, I am. I am happy where I am at, if others aren’t, that is more on them than me. To be the person God wants me to be is between me and God, I hope each person finds that place, but in finding it, they don’t hide, nor ignore their own experiences. There are things each of us needs to seek forgiveness for, and people to ask forgiveness from. God provides healing in that place, I am grateful I have experienced more healing than I once thought possible.
God is all powerful, he has given me strength to share, and do things I never thought possible. I know he can do that for others who choose to be set free from their past, whether a victim of abuse, or an abuser. God provides liberty and forgiveness to start over. I realize I have to have God as will anyone else to succeed over the long haul. I know I could, and at times have, slipped back to poor attitudes where the abuse in my life has more of an impact than I would like, I am grateful though, at least up to this point, I am still there, and surrendering to the things of God has. It isn’t easy but it is worth it and the reason why I have continued my walk with God for some time now.
“I know the plans that I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans for welfare and not for calamity to give you a future and a hope.” ~ Jeremiah 29:11
Joseph said to them, “Do not be afraid, for am I in God’s place? As for you, you meant evil against me, but God meant it for good in order to bring about this present result, to preserve many people alive. So therefore, do not be afraid; I will provide for you and your little ones.” So he comforted them and spoke kindly to them. ~ Genesis 50:19-21
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