I’m sure you’re looking at the title like this girl is CRAZY…. But hear me out!!!
In 2009, I married who I thought was the love of my life….. Not knowing Domestic Violence would end my relationship, I stayed in an abusive home, because divorce WAS NOT an option. He was very much so verbally and emotionally abusive, but our relationship ended when it got physical….. Well more physical than it was prior!!!
When I left him in 2011, I NEVER thought I would embrace such a fulfilling life. Matter a fact, I couldn’t imagine my life as a single mother to a toddler….. I was depressed, and pretty much an emotional mess!! But God!!!
Around April 2013, I started attending the most AWESOME church Chattanooga has to offer. After several sermons that Pastor Ware preached, I KNEW I had to get my life together, and serving God needed to be at the top of my to-do list! In Juneish, God put it on my heart not to drink in public, and in July, I was led to quit clubbing. I didn’t always obey, however, I did reduce my habits.
In this time, I began to lean on Christ more than ever. I started reading the Bible a little, but I was actively interested in what my pastor was saying…. The Holy Spirit filled me and I couldn’t go to church with out Pastor Ware being ALL up in my business. I cried, I was convicted, the Lord was speaking to me and healing me in areas I thought was healed.
I began to understand my worth, not only as a human, but also as a child of God. Matthew 11:28 says if you are tired of carrying heavy burdens, come to me, and I will give you rest! I took all my anger to God, all my insecurities, all my hopelessness, all my fear, my pain, everything that was keeping me from him, I gave it to him. I felt like a new woman, I KNEW that at that point, God had me covered. I KNEW that my life was destined to be AMAZING, because I was able to seek him and give my adversities to the ultimate healer. My life became new in him!!!
I was able to honestly accept Christ as my savior and mean it with ALL my heart. I’m no where near the perfect Christian…. I’m not holier than thou… I’m just an average girl that survived Domestic Violence, and is able to thank the Lord for keeping me, and blessing me in the midst of my mess. Thank you Lord.
If it wasn’t for Domestic Violence, I wouldn’t have a true relationship with Christ. I wouldn’t know how to trust God and how to depend on him. I wouldn’t be alive in Christ, as I am today!!!
Thank you Lord for saving my life and showing me true love!!! Matthew 22:44, paraphrased, says sit at the right hand of the Father and your enemies will become your foot stool. My exhusband, my heartache, my pain, all became my foot stool that drew me closer to Christ.
Thus, DOMESTIC VIOLENCE SAVED MY LIFE!!!!
If you, or someone you know, is a victim of Domestic Violence, call the National Hotline at 1-800-799-SAFE (7233) OR TTY 1-800-787-3224.