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The Reason I Survived, Healed, and Now Thrive: In Him My Heart Rests

Survival of and recovery from toxic relationships with hope and sanity intact requires a strength that can only come from God. There is much advice on the topic, but at the end of the day, living in God's promises is the key to thriving after abuse. A relationship with Him allows one to realize the truth of His word which does not return void (Isaiah 55:11). He is close to the brokenhearted (Psalm 34:18). He fights our battles (Exodus 14:14). He provides peace that passes understanding (Philippians 4:7). He is a way maker (Isaiah 43:16). He gives His strength to the weak (2 Cor. 12:9). He gives beauty for ashes (Isaiah 61:3). He loves, cares, protects, and defends better than anyone.

I cannot share my recovery journey in an effort to light another's path, without sharing my own faith journey. Here is a small glimpse of my testimony, published in The Literature Evangelist: In Him My Heart Rests, A smaller snapshot, The One, was also published in Year of the Bible. A saving relationship with the Lord is the reason I made it and can move forward in joy, peace, and purpose.

Trying to rely on one's own strength while navigating this journey can leave a person reeling, confused, overwhelmed, and in a deep fog that affects every facet of life. Our wonderful Lord is intimately aware of and grieved by our sufferings. There is no comfort that compares to resting in His arms as He captures every tear. There is no peace that compares to the fruit that flows from trusting in His provision. Trust Him to rescue and revive you.

You matter. Your voice matters. Your story matters.

Your valley will be exalted & your triumph will bring glory to God!

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