Recovering from Childhood Abuse—A Beginning for Women
Written by a sister in Christ
One thing God has spoken,
Two things have I heard:
That You, O God, are strong,
And that You, O Lord, are loving.
Letter of Introduction
Your story and mine are probably different: sexual abuse, physical abuse, an absent parent, an angry and negative parent, date rape, or betrayal of some sort. The circumstances were different, but the results were the same: physical and emotional pain, false guilt, feeling shame for your needs and shame for the wickedness done against you, feelings of abandonment and betrayal, anger or rage, bitterness, depression, suicide, and the desire for revenge. Neither list produces pleasant thoughts!
The following pages are meant to be digested one per day, like a vitamin. Many of them will have something to say to your heart, but due to your specific experience, some of them may not saying anything to you. And that is all right.
In an effort to keep things simple, I always use “he” when referring to an abuser. Women also choose to abuse, but the he/she pronoun is awkward.
Although honest about my healing, I have not been specific in the stories from my past. While I have used myself as an example in these pages, I wanted to stay as universal as I could in the truths God has taught me so they would apply to as many women as possible. Knowing the details of my painful abuse will not heal you. Only God’s loving kindness and His Word can do that work in your heart.
I pray that our Father, in His tender mercy, will use this little booklet to bring you closer to Him as He daily shows you “how wide and long and high and deep” is the love He pours over you (Ephesians 3:18).”
Because of God’s grace,
A sister in Christ
Table of Contents
The following is a growing Table of Contents. Each day we will publish a fresh page from this book. We pray that God uses this book mightily in your life to swaddle you in His love and heal your precious heart.
This content, written in 2004, is not copyrighted. You may copy it without permission. However, I ask you not to change what I have written or the Bible verses I used. All Bible verses are either in King James Version or New International Version, copyright © 1978 by New York International Bible Society.