I was asked to guest blog for SDA Homeschool moms regarding our upcoming mission trip to Bolivia. http://www.sdahomeschools.org/teens-and-mission-trips/
k If you are in immediate danger, call 9-1-1. For anonymous, confidential help, 24/7, please call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-7233 (SAFE) or 1-800-787-3224 (TTY). Just to clear things up...The biggest reason a victim stays with her abuser is because she firmly believes that it will get better. Hope is paralyzing. The... Continue Reading →
As more holidays approach, I thought I’d repost a blog I did about what it is like to go through holidays and special occasions with abusers.
It was valentines day. I was so excited about the gift I was going to give my husband. We loved Disney and visited the parks 2x per year. During one of our visits we had splurged on a gorgeous Disney print. It had been in our closet for over a year and this valentines day I planned to mount it and frame it myself at the frame shop class. Now, we could hang it on our wall. This was my special valentines to my husband.
I worked for 2 weeks, my baby in the stroller by my side, at the frame shop, learning to how to mount and frame the print just perfectly. The big day came. I was so far out of my comfort zone! I knew I had spent money not only on the frame supplies but also on the class I took. I was just sure, however, that…
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We are 1 week away from our Healing retreat; Jesus in the Hard Places. Please be in prayer for each of the special ladies who are joining us. Pray also for the Power of the Holy Spirit to sit on each one and bring them to the healing they need in Jesus. http://www.waterfallministry.wordpress.com
I am angry! Angry at all the 'me too' posts that are being hash tagged out on social media. Mad because of so many females and males who have the right to say 'me too'. Mad because so many others... Continue Reading →
A phenomenon that victims experience, but don't always have the words to express, is called Abusive Retaliation or Paybacks. Now, this may automatically leave us thinking about the courts and the retaliation a victim might experience after she reports, leaves or files for protection and yes, this retaliation is a well documented concern. However, Paybacks go on... Continue Reading →
*Thank you Rose Perry for sharing part of your story in regard to patriarchy and emotional abuse https://singoutloudandstrong.wordpress.com/ Littlebirdflies asked me to discuss emotional abuse caused by patriarchy for her. It's not an easy topic to tackle because patriarchy is sometimes abusive, but not always . Unfortunately, it lends itself to abuse easily, and it lends... Continue Reading →
Verbal abuse as defined by Patricia Evans, advocate and author: "Verbal abuse creates emotional pain and mental anguish. It is a lie told to you or about you. Generally, verbal abuse defines people, telling them what they are, what they think, their motives, and so forth." Verbal abuse is insidious. It is most often, but... Continue Reading →
I have only touched on this issue and there are a million more things I can say about how patriarchy leads to isolation. Feel free to leave a comment sharing your thoughts on the issue! What Patriarchy Teaches: In the patriarchal home and church, a woman is told that her role is to stay... Continue Reading →