I AM ALIVE!

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As we move into October, which is Domestic Violence Awareness month, I am so blessed to be alive.  That’s what I was saying when this picture was made – “I’m Alive!”

If you haven’t read it yet,  I’d love for you to click on the “My Story” link to the left.

Our stories remind everyone that we are not victims, we are survivors, warriors, victors.  God has truly blessed me each and every day since the terrible tragedy six years ago.

Remember to wear purple this month to show your support for domestic violence!

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Help from a professional, renewing my faith

Going through life, we sometimes find ourselves in situations where we need that extra bit of help from a professional. We need to talk things over with them to get a different perspective on things or situations that are bothering us. This professional could be a counselor, psychologist, or minister.

I’ve had several counselors since I survived a brutal beating in January, 2008. I’ve been fortunate to have had some really great people to talk to, and I appreciate all they did for me. I recently found a new Licensed Clinical Pastoral Counselor, and I couldn’t ask for a better person to talk with on this part of my journey.

This counselor’s office is at a biblical Christian counseling center. If you live in the Dublin, Georgia area, you can contact Al E. Haywood at www.pathwaychristiancounseling.com or on Facebook with the same name. Then get ready for a whole new experience in counseling!

Even though we’ve only talked a few times, I can already tell a difference in the way I feel about myself, my life, my situation. I’m so excited to talk more with him, and to learn how to spiritually ease some of the Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder symptoms I have, and some of the personal problems I deal with. More importantly, I’m eager to learn how to renew my faith in God, and to live the life He would have me to live.
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Whether you’ve suffered from abuse, or if you just want some guidance about life in general, I encourage you to find that person you feel comfortable talking with, and get the help and support you need as you are going through any changes in your life. It may take meeting with several different people before you find the right fit, and feel comfortable with them, but please don’t give up. They could make all the difference in your life!
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Baby steps…

I started therapy as soon as possible after the tragedy. My therapist said it would take around three years to heal physically because I had so many injuries and medical problems that I had to overcome and heal from first. She said I would have to heal physically and then start the process of healing mentally. She said it would be like taking baby steps again. And she was absolutely right!

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When I saw this image, it reminded me of the many baby steps I’ve taken along the way, and continue to take. It is a long process getting over being abused, and a lot of people don’t understand this unless they’ve been through it. I may look wonderful on the outside, but I am still emotionally a wreck at times. I have to push myself to get up and move, to have a great outlook on life, to make it through a day without crying, and to enjoy life as I should.

I’ve worked hard on issues during therapy, and yes, I am still in therapy. I probably will be going the rest of my life…… all because of someone drinking, taking drugs and deciding to break into my house and shoot and beat me, and hold me hostage.

Do I get mad? You better believe it! Yes, I get my frustrations out by beating a pillow, yelling, reading, walking, talking to a friend, riding my bicycle… anything to help let go of the anger.

I do it my way in my own little world, a baby step at a time. I AM A SURVIVOR!!!

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Happy Easter!

When spring approaches, we always think of Easter. It is a blessed time to celebrate the life, death, and resurrection of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

As I look back at my life on January 12, 2008, I think of going to bed the night before crying for my angels in heaven – my mom and dad. Jesus was watching over me, He saved me from death, and saw that I lived through the horror, and continue to recover daily. He gave me a life to live and renewed my soul. Without love and faith in Jesus, and the will to live for my daughter, I would not be alive today.

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In Romans 4:25, it explains “Jesus was put to death for our trespasses and raised for our justification.” Romans 5:18 reads “Just as the result of one trespass was condemnation for all men, so also the result of one act of righteousness with justification that brings life for all men.”

Jesus, through his righteousness, can redeem not only himself in death, but also the entire Christian community in life.

I am very thankful to be alive and to enjoy all the beauty that surrounds us.

Easter is also a magical time for the kids in all of us to enjoy chocolate bunnies, marshmallow chicks, and egg hunts.

One of my favorite times is an egg hunt with our dogs. We put treats in the plastic eggs, hide them and the pups have fun finding them. These are pictures from last year!

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Happy Easter from my family to yours!!

 


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