Who are you?

I probably don’t know you or where you live. I don’t know what brought you here or your story.  What I do know is that you didn’t find this post by accident. 

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One thing I have learned is that God has a purpose for everything.  He has a plan.  He leads us to things or people we happen to need at that moment.  Whether for encouragement or simple camaraderie, it leaves us knowing we are not alone in our struggles but instead, He is there and has a reason.

Every person deals with stuff.  Good stuff, bad stuff, scary stuff because every moment of life is full of stuff.  The birth of babies, the death of loved ones, marriages, new jobs, homes, and friends and so on and so on because it never ends.

We have lives full of accomplishments and lives full of regrets. Moments we wish we could live again and ones we wish we could leave behind. From the moment of our first breath until the moment of our last, something is always happening.  The question becomes; what does it all mean?

I am a follower of Christ.  I am a walking billboard of the difference Jesus can make in the life of someone who follows Him.  Following Him doesn’t mean life is perfect.  My life remains full of moments of accomplishments and moments of regrets.

I used to find myself defined by my regrets.  My life was a wreck.  A scattered crippling mess.  I felt hopeless and alone.

The enemy would drag me around by my regrets and moments of defeat with whispers that I wasn’t good enough and that God had no place for me.

The enemy whispers to us all preventing us from living a purpose filled life until we discover our true identity. I never thought I could piece together all the missing parts, then Jesus picked me up and placed His hand on my mess.  From there He wove together a beautiful masterpiece of His love and grace that has become my life.  I have a new identity.

For years, my identity was wrapped up in the opinions of others. I spent too much time living a life attempting to impress those around me while missing out on an extraordinary life serving the One I was created to glorify!

I know I am not alone in this.  I recognize I am not the only person in creation to walk around trying to please everyone else.  How do I know?  Books have been written about it.  It’s a disease suffered by those who follow Christ leaving them to miss out on the remarkable freedom of His grace!

Once I discovered my identity in Christ everything changed. I now understand that I am a child of the One True King changing my forever.  Every moment of regret, every step taken in pride, all the feelings of defeat have been stripped away as I recognize who I truly am in the eyes of the One True King.

Nothing you have done, no place you have gone can separate you from the God of this Universe. He wants YOU.  You will never be too far from His love and grace.

 He wants to wrap you in His arms and call you His child.  He wants to love you and show you His plan for your life.  A purpose that will bring Him glory and you true contentment.

When you find yourself questioning yourself, just remember there is a King waiting to call you His child!

I promise you He is real.  I promise you that He wants you and loves you.  Call out to Him.  He is there waiting just for you!!

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40: Is this the end?

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One week from today, I turn 40.  A time once existed where the idea of turning 40 terrified me.  Back in the day, I looked at life and wondered if this was it. Would there ever be more?

Next week I turn 40 and though the thought of that number can be a bit frightening, I look at my life and feel blessed.  I’m ready and actually excited for 40!

It has been eight years since that picture at the left was taken.  A time when turning 40 terrified this girl.  In that picture, I’m surrounded by my beautiful babies, however, at the time, I was nothing more than a mere shell of a person.  I didn’t think an ending to the sadness existed, yet here I am, seven days from my 40th birthday and experiencing a life I never thought possible.

What has changed?  Today I live a hope-filled life. Love abounds. Genuine friendships surround me.  My marriage is one of fairy tales and truly one I never thought possible.  My children love me. I live in a home full of love and family where we work to create loads of memories. But most of all,  I have a beautiful love relationship with Jesus Christ.  One in which He changed my life.  Turned it upside down.  And God has blessed me by giving back an abundance of what was taken while restoring all that was broken.

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Yes, I am ready and proud to be turning 40.  I have accomplished so much since that 32ndbirthday.  I am a new person.  A content person.  A person full of love, no longer empty.  A person compelled by grace to bloom into who God created me to be. A person who broke free from that shell only to flourish and soar like I never thought possible. God truly gave me wings!

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I don’t know your struggles at the moment or the darkness you might be facing, but know that there is an end.  It will not last forever.  That light at the end of the tunnel that seems impossible to reach, it’s not. Something beautiful awaits you!  Don’t lose hope!

But those who trust in the Eternal One will regain their strength. They will soar on wings as eagles.  They will run-never winded, never weary.  They will walk-never tired, never faint.

Isaiah 40:31

Where Evil Lurks, Good Abounds

boatShe grew up in an average size town and not long after graduation, married her high school sweetheart.  She envisioned a happily ever after but instead, lived out a nightmare.

Life is funny that way and more often than not, people experience an unexpected ending to their story.  Plans rarely seem to work out, frequently leaving dreams shattered.

What hope exists if the ending to the story typically turns out gloomy?  If the chances of a happy ending rarely occurs, what then can be done to change the inevitable outcome?

In a world that appears dark at times, hope exists.  And where evil seems to lurk around every corner, good truly abounds. 

Facing heartache and struggles often leads to life changing revelations.  Moments when true light bursts through the shadows of darkness, lives are changed forever.  However, for one to find that light leading to change, eyes need opening while hearts left desperate for truth.  Life changing truth.

Many argue the previous statement.  However, to those who don’t believe in the Truth that is Jesus Christ, I repeat something my pastor often says, “I have never known a person who has totally surrendered to Jesus Christ that now regrets that decision.”

So much truth resides in that statement.  And rest assured, there is a difference between believing in Jesus and living a totally surrendered and sold out life to Him.  Following Him on this journey through life, living a life of loving people the way He did, leads to a contentment that can only be understood by knowing Him. And knowing Him can only come from following Him. Recognizing not only who He is but who He came to die for and save changes perspectives.  Realizing that He is not looking for “church people” but instead those who know they need Him.  Those desperate for something much greater than themselves.

The words of Jesus were “Follow me.”   He looked for those who were willing to walk beside Him and love and care for those along the way who needed encouragement and hope.  The people He walked and talked with were often the despised and rejected of their day.  He did not care to hang with those who could recite the Old Testament by heart.  In fact, He called them whitewashed tombs.  He sought out those who knew they were not good enough and who needed His grace.  Jesus knew whose hearts were open to His message. He knew those who longed to be accepted and loved instead of rejected and despised.  He wants the sinful and dirty for those are the ones who have hearts that He can change which allow room for a mighty work in His kingdom.

Where do you stand today?  Are you dirty and full of sin?  Do you feel you’re not worthy of Him or the choices in your life too countless to forgive?  You’re not!  Jesus used some of the worst of sinners to walk with Him and to share His message and He can and will use you too!

Don’t let the white washed tombs of today discourage you from following the One who loves you and died for you.  Don’t allow the judgmental to prevent you from seeking out the One who longs to bless your life with unspeakable joy.  Jesus is misrepresented all over this world, so seek Him out personally. Find a Bible and read about the people whose lives (Paul, The adulterous woman) He transformed because He can do the same for you!!

The Son of Man has come to save all those who are lost.

Matthew 18:11

Hurdles, Skinned Knees and Chaotic Greatness

Place your trust in the Eternal; rely on Him completely;

never depend upon your own ideas and inventions.

Give Him the credit for everything you accomplish,

and He will smooth out and straighten the road that lies ahead.

Proverbs 3:5-6

gabbyloveI haven’t written in a while.  Life has been abnormally busy, but busy in a good way.  Between family, school, church and moving a family of 7 there has been little time to process my thoughts let alone write them out.

My head is full of great stuff.  God is doing such mighty things in our family, I often take a step back and ask, “Is this really my life?”  There are moments when I cannot grasp how far I have come in the last few years, however, I wholeheartedly acknowledge that nothing I have accomplished I did on my own.  I recognize God’s sufficient grace has carried me every step of the way.

I just finished my first semester back in college. I finished with three As and a B.  All of that in the middle of my youngest son’s health issues, the senseless murder of a friend, the starting of a small group in our home each week, working with a ministry team, leading a women’s bible study group and moving.  It has been months of chaotic greatest as God has worked to increase my faith and restore the lost years of joy taken.

I often cannot comprehend the greatness of my God and how His powerful love can encourage us to trudge ahead even in the midst of anguish. 

God’s plans for our family remain a mystery, however, I firmly believe He is preparing us for something and we are ready for the challenge.  I realize as I continue through my classes I am constantly reminded of the way in which He will use my story to encourage and comfort other women who have been hurt the way in which I was.  He has given me a passion for the people I once disliked and trusted least in life; women.  After years of superficial relationships which always ended with broken hearts, He has placed women in my life to love me and for me to love all while teaching the significance of true Christian sisterhood.  I am overwhelmed daily by the opportunities He allows in which I can grow.

His constant confirmation of love and grace pushes me to strive harder in letting go of my inhibitions to trust women and open my heart to those who need Him.

I recognize that without God’s love and the love of my remarkable husband and love of my extraordinary kids, I would not be where I am today.  My greatest fan and encourager, my husband supports me in every way while inspiring me to keep dreaming and reaching for the end goal. He is my heart and my rock and to know this type of support and love in a marriage are something I never dreamed possible.  In the end, his love and our marriage prove God’s goodness when we seek to live a life faithful to Him.

The last few months have presented several large hurdles to overcome and though I’ve stumbled and skinned a few knees, God in His sufficiently perfect grace, has given me the strength, wisdom and insight to overcome those hurdles with immense anticipation of what He has around the corner for us.

Be encouraged!  God’s plans are so much greater than our own!  When we trust Him completely and allow Him to lead, He uses our lives to encourage others and point them to His amazing love!  Keep running!  NO matter how significant those hurdles appear, with Him by your side, they are worth the jump, skinned knees and all!

 

 

 

A Long Dark Tunnel and A Glimmer of Hope

Aviary Photo_130723745931347983Are you in love with your significant other?  Do they make you feel safe?  Loved?  Cherished? Respected?  Honored? Adored?  If you can answer yes to those questions, count yourself blessed.

 

Marriage is hard.  It takes a lot of work, patience and communication.  But for some, it is not as simple as work, patience and communication.  For some it is a matter of fighting for their life. Fighting to keep their head above water.  Refusing to drown under the weight of a hardened individual.  

 

Are you aware of the consequences a woman faces when she finally musters up the strength to leave an abusive situation?  Many do not so here are a few:

 

  1. Fear of retaliation of the abuser by numerous means. These are only a few:
  • Emptying of bank account
  • Refusal to pay bills
  • Threatening to take children away
  • Stalking
  • Left with no financial way to care for children
  • Harassment from abuser
  • Destroyed credit issues leaving the victim with no means to purchase a car, rent a home, open a new bank account
  • Continued emotional and verbal abuse
  • Created alienation of those in victims life
  1. Rejection by friends
  2. Rejection by family
  3. Rejection by church

These are but a few.  Much is involved but be certain of this, it takes great amounts of courage and strength for one to stand and say, “I am valuable and I will not take the abuse any longer” as they leave.

 

It happens every day.  And the majority of women taking this step are doing it without the support of their family, friends, and church family. They are alone, scared and left to fight for the welfare of their children without the proper support and resources.  It is terrifying.

 

Add to the stress of leaving that of lack of support within our judicial system.  Are you aware if you commit a crime that could carry possible jail time in the United States you are given an attorney if you cannot afford one?  Are you aware that a woman who has been a stay at home mom for her children and has no financial means available after leaving an abusive situation is expected to provide for her own attorney? She is allowed to stand before a judge on her own while the abuser who has the necessary and available funds who may even have more than one attorney fights against her.  Our system allows this to take place every day.   Criminals are represented while innocent victims of abuse must fight on their own against those oppressors in their life.

 

It is so unfair and sickening.  The damage being done to the children in our country because of the “rights of a parent” is absurd and disgusting.  My passion is to see it changed.  To do something to change it but it cannot be done alone.

 

Thankfully it begins with babysteps.  God has given me the amazing privilege of working with an incredible ministry.  A ministry that walks alongside women and their babies left stranded and who need help getting back on their feet.  Supporting women crushed by years of abuse with broken wings needing to be healed by God’s love.  We are a team of women who experienced the issues above in a personal way and want to be the hands and feet of Jesus to these broken women.

 

I accept that many will never understand the pain others suffer. I accept that unless some things happen to you personally, it’s hard to acknowledge and understand the hurt it causes to others. Sometimes we need to step back and realize people are hurting. But not only hurting, they are suffering. They need to be rescued. They need the assurance that someone cares and loves them. They need their broken wings healed. They need HOPE. Will you please visit Give Her Wings and consider supporting our April mama?  Whether through prayers or financial support, we need your help. Will you help us in offering a precious mama and her babies hope today?  Will you walk with us as we minister to those who need the love of Jesus poured over them?

 

I ask you to pray about how you can be a part of this great ministry.  What simple things could you give up in order to help a mama and her babies put food on their table, electricity in their home, or even shoes on their feet?

 

*Would you be willing to give up one visit to Starbucks each week and donate that amount monthly?

*Would you be willing to eat out one less time each month and donate that amount?

Please visit GiveHerWings.com and read some of the precious notes from the mama’s who have already been helped through this ministry and read more about what it is we do as well as the heartbreaking story of our April Mama.

 

 

Originally published on For Always.

With Love, The Adulterous Woman

waitNot many will understand or know the pain of betrayal that leaves deep wounds created by those we’ve loved as they walk away.  

For me, the wounds created began with the title, adulterer.  Stories were told while the people in my life clutched hold of gossip and walked away.  I patiently waited.

Rumors spread like wildfire.  Whispers full of judgement followed by raised eyebrows brought pain that couldn’t be ignored.  I patiently waited.

The screams of the world yelled fight back.  God said, “Be still.”  

My children cried at the cruelty caused by ignorance.  I patiently prayed.  

From court hearings filled with lies to documents full of untruths, the fire grew tall and the smoke suffocatingly thick.  I patiently waited.

Friend you know the pain.  You’ve sat in that same cold courtroom listening to the words of betrayal.  The feelings of darkness from the other side leave you bewildered and questioning your own sanity. You know the dark filled lonely nights full of tears crying out to God for His rescue.  You too have heard Him say, “Be still and wait.”

Waiting.  The hardest part of waiting when you have been trampled, talked about, lied about, and labeled, becomes that of waiting. The longer the wait, the more you begin to believe the lies and you’re left questioning all you’ve done. The longer the wait, you begin to accept the titles. For me, my title became the adulterous woman.  But God.

Through all the name calling and shunning, I found something.  I found a love like no other. In the midst of pain, I became desperate.  A mighty thirst for genuine community and relationship grew deep within my heart.  I wanted to know the love and loyalty of a true friend. I prayed and patiently waited.

Suddenly, a door opened and a glorious light shined into my loneliness.  As He walked through the door, Jesus wiped away every tear and began mending my broken heart.  As He wrapped me in His arms, enormous love and kindness filled His eyes as He said, “You are MINE.”

This man began picking up every piece of my broken heart and meticulously worked them into something new.  As He worked, He spoke to my broken heart.  “You are my beloved child.”  
How had I forgotten?  

For the first time in too many years, my heart began to beat again as the healing words of His truth and love were spoken into my life. His presence and peace overwhelmed me. He cast aside those “names” given by others and replaced the, with “Daughter of The One True King.” 

You see it is easy to be defined by the words of others.  It is easy to fall prey to the attacks of the enemy as he works to discourage and torment leaving us to forget our true identity.  


It is easy to forget that sin is sin.  Gossip, lies and betrayal. No one is without sin and no amount of “good works” makes us any better than another. The enemy points to our sin and calls us failures but Jesus redeems and calls us His own.

So from one sinner to another and who has been redeemed and restored, take the childish playground name calling and untold truths in stride. Don’t allow it to define you.  Remember who you are and to Whom you belong.  He knows every heart and every thought.  He knows what has happened behind closed doors.  He knows every ounce of pain and every tear that has fallen. He will rectify all the wrong that has been done.  He makes all things new because His mercies are new every morning.  

Wait patiently and trust His timing.  Allow Him to fight for you because in the end, I can promise you, He will give back to you all that was taken and so much more. When we walk with Him and choose good over evil, we win! Just have faith my sweet friend ❤

With Love,

Daughter of the One True King

“The Lord himself will fight for you. Just stay calm.”

Exodus 14:14

Fear, an Ambulance and a Promise

peaceFear.  We all experience it.  May even be crippled by it.  It can consume and overwhelm us.  Lead us to a very dark place.  Make us doubt.  Lose sight of what we know to be true.

A week ago today, fear gripped hold of me.  Consumed by the darkness it created, I lost sight of a known truth in my life: God is in control.

After a frustrating morning of car issues and getting two kids to school my phone rang. Almost home I heard my daughter screaming into the phone something about her brother. Panic set in.  A mom knows.  Something was very wrong and I could feel it.

As I raced into the house, I found my little one hunched over on the bathroom floor. In that moment, my faith was forgotten.  The cries of fear escaped my lips.  As I repeated my little boy’s name over through the tears, I forgot Who was in control.  Devastation and heartache of losing something I hold so dear consumed me and in an instant truth disappeared.

How quickly it happens.  One wrong turn or unexplained event and we forget God’s goodness.  All the good He’s given tossed out the window because of fear.  Thoughts of it now lead to great feelings of frustration.  These fearful moments are nothing new.  I’ve experienced them before and trusted His hand in the past.  Why now did I forget?

How easy it is to become distracted and lose sight of His face.  

I am learning the importance of focusing on truth.  Seeking His face.  That morning frustration of a broken down car and an unplanned visit to carpool distracted me. I lost sight of the many other provisions God has placed in my life.  Too busy focusing on the negative and the unknown, His peace had escaped me.

 

This is My command: be strong and courageous.  Never be afraid or discouraged because I am your God, the Eternal One, and I will remain with you wherever you do.

Joshua 1:9

God was there.  He had not left my side.  But I had forgotten Him. Sitting in the back of an ambulance looking at my child as he cried, God’s presence overwhelmed me.  As my little guy cried through big tears, “mommy, I’m scared”  it all came back.  My child needed me.  In his moment of fear,  my job was to comfort him.  I needed to remember.

 

Finally, brothers and sisters, fill your minds with beauty and truth.  Meditate on whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is good, whatever is virtuous and praiseworthy.  Keep to the script: whatever you learned and received and heard and saw in me – do it –  and the God of peace will walk with you.

Philippians 4:8-9

And in that moment a peace that passes all understanding rocked me to the core.  As I took my little one’s face into my hands truth flowed from my lips, “sweet boy, God knew before we woke up this morning that this was going to happen.  He is not surprised by it.  He is right here with us and gave us these amazing firemen and paramedics to take care of you.  After everything we’ve been through and seen God do, we are not going to doubt Him now.”   And there He was.  He hadn’t left even though I had forgotten.

And with that, all fear was gone.  I remembered who holds not just my life but that of my children in His hands. Suddenly those tears that fell from my little one’s eyes disappeared and he smiled.  

Bad and scary things happen.  We will never escape them but there is someone who knows every detail and give us all we need if we just choose to trust Him in those moments.  He has never failed me.  Not once.  Though I often lose sight of Him, He never lets go of me.

You see all things;

  You saw me growing, changing in my mother’s womb;

Every detail of my life was already written in Your book;

  You established the length of my life before I ever tasted the

sweetness of it.

Your thoughts and plans are treasures to me, O God!  I cherish each

and every one of them!

   How grand in scope!  How many in number!

If I could count each of them, they would be more than all the

grains of sand on earth.  Their number is inconceivable!

  Even when I wake up, I am still near to You.

Psalm 139:16-18

Originally posted on For Always 

A New Identity, A Pair of Broken Wings and One Great Hope

ghwI accept that many will never understand the pain others suffer. I accept that unless some things happen to you personally, it’s hard to acknowledge the hurt it causes to others. Sometimes we need to take a step back, stop debating and realize that people are hurting. Suffering. They need to be rescued. They need to know that someone cares and loves them. They need their broken wings healed. They need HOPE. Will you visit Give Her Wings and offer someone hope?

 

Seven years ago, writing became a big part of my life.  I did not know the purpose or reason at the time but God did.  He was aware of my impending storm and prepared me for the road ahead.  

If you have never dealt with divorce, it is hard to understand the emotions involved and even harder to relate.  There is so much pain from feelings of loneliness, hopelessness, feelings of betrayal, fear and hurt that never seem to end.  For me, except for my parents and siblings as well a dear friend who lived two minutes from my home, I was alone. My church, my closest friends and my extended family abandoned me.  At a time when love and support were needed, I found none. It was not only lonely but scary.
After the trials and storms, He has given me a place and a purpose to be for others what I did not have. By sharing His love, His grace and His hope, I can help women who are not just suffering from the loss of their marriage but struggling to find their “new” identity.
Throughout the last few years I have encountered many women whose experiences were much like mine.  Recognizing their pain and being aware of how much it happens, leaves me with a great desire to offer encouragement to those hurting.  I want them to know they are not alone and they have a great HOPE.
Several months ago, I commented on a Facebook post of a friend. That same day I received a friend request from someone I did not know who had also left a comment.  Because we had several mutual friends I accepted and God began a work. Little did I know the way He was working, orchestrating a new journey for me.

As I visited the profile of my new friend, I discovered that my beautiful new friend Megan and her husband are part of an incredible ministry, Give Her Wings.   While reading about this ministry, their mission and purpose left me overcome with gratitude. The mission:  Helping to give specific mothers who have left abusive situations a chance to get on their feet…to breathe…to heal their broken wings and fly free again.   Being one who understands and is passionate to serve those women who are left to start over, I wanted to help.  I wanted to do what they were doing but I was only one person. I didn’t even know how to start such an undertaking.

Time passed but the feelings grew stronger. It took time for me to recognize the nudging of the Holy Spirit to contact Megan.  I didn’t know what to say but began by sharing my story and the desire to be a part of this amazing work God was doing through them. Much to my surprise my message was met with such encouragement.  God opened doors and made it clear that this ministry, Give Her Wings, was where He wanted me.

Less than a month ago I received a special gift in the mail that touched my heart. Megan has written an amazing book also titled Give Her Wings.  This incredible book brought so much healing as the words spoke such truth and love as well as encouragement. It was filled with clarity, compassion and hope and helped to free me from the struggle of guilt I often experience. It is a great resource filled with practical advice for mamas searching for answers in what can be such a dark journey while giving excellent and much-needed advice and wisdom to those walking alongside those dealing with abuse. It is a much needed resource for an area that is greatly lacking in many churches and one every pastor should read. To learn more about her book or to pick up a copy for yourself, click here.

So if you have made it this far into this post I have something for you to consider.  Right now as you are reading, someone’s name has probably come to mind. Someone in your life is dealing with a struggling marriage or with abuse.  With that said, I would like to ask something of you because there is something you can do.

First, you can pray. Whoever God has placed on your heart, say a prayer. You don’t need details because God knows. Realizing the struggle is more than enough.  It simply takes a minute to pray. Mamas and their babies (even the husbands) who are dealing with this battle need to be covered in prayer. These families need to be loved on and shown that they are not alone.  And we can intercede on their behalf by lifting them up in prayer.

My second request is for you to visit the website Give Her Wings. The purpose of Give Her Wings is to raise gifts and money for mothers who have left abusive situations. Oftentimes, when a woman leaves an abusive marriage, she narrowly escapes with little more than her children and the clothes on her back. Give Her Wings desires to do all they can to help specific mothers who are living in very poor conditions presently.  Once there you can read more about the ministry as well blog posts and updates on mamas who have been helped. There is also a place to donate and support the ministry as well as nominate a mama you may know who needs help.

There is so much hurting in our world.  So many people left without hope. People need to be reminded of our mighty God who loves and longs to walk alongside them through the darkest storms in life.  To know that we, the Church, are here to love and walk with them. We need to be the light. We need to be on mission.  We are called to care for those around us who are hurting and in need.

Help me take the first step in making a difference. Visit GiveHerWings.com and see what part you can play in the lives of those who need our help to heal their broken wings and fly free again.  Thank you in advance for your help as we make a difference in a world that often can be dark.

Can I go anywhere apart from you Spirit?

Is there anywhere I can go to escape Your watchful presence?

If I go up into Heaven, You are there.

If I make my bed in the realm of the dead, You are there.

If I ride on the wings of morning,

if I make my home in the most isolated part of the ocean,

Even then You will be there to guide me;

Your right hand will embrace me, for You are always there.

Even if I am afraid and think to myself, “There is no doubt that the darkness will swallow me,

the light around me will soon be turned night,”

You can see in the dark, for it is not dark to Your eyes.

For You the night is just as bright as the day.

Darkness and light are the same to Your eyes.

Psalm 139:7-12

Mr. Grey, Freddy Krueger and A Pair of Wings

Ok all my friends out there…especially those who secretly bought Fifty Shades of Grey electronically so no one would know. Yeah you 😉I know you’re out there because I saw you liked the Fifty Shades of Grey Facebook Page 🙂

So now that you’ve supported the book, it is time to step up and help women who have left abusive relationships. It is time to put away your book and stand up for the oppressed. We need YOUR help as we raise support for our mama for the month of March. For anyone who knows my story, this is her story too. So help us love on a very deserving mama and her babies.

Visit Give Her Wings and make your donation. For any size donation you will receive a FREE copy of Give Her Wings: Help and Healing after abuse. An amazing book that brought tremendous healing to this mama’s heart.

Learn to do good;

commit yourselves to seeking justice.

Make right for the world’s most vulnerable

the oppressed, the orphaned, the widow.

Isaiah 1:17

And you DO NOT want to miss this video!!

“In real life, Mr. Grey is really Freddy Krueger.”

 Originally posted on For Always

Fifty Shades Challenge

shadesWe are a week away from the release of the Shades of Grey movie. I know there are many excited and eagerly awaiting the premiere of this popular book as seen by the excitement on my daily FB feed. However I would like to challenge my friends to do something.

I have not read the book and I am choosing not to see the movie. I have heard and seen enough from the  trailer to know it is not something I do not need to watch or read. For me, Mommy porn is still porn and abuse is abuse whether it’s made to look exciting in a movie or a book. 

Right now there are many mamas and their babies struggling to survive after leaving an abusive marriage. Many who have had to deal with a husband abusing them sexually not to mention physically, emotionally and verbally and they need your help. We at Give Her Wings need your help so that we can help these mamas. So here is a suggestion which my fellow team member Tammy posted yesterday. Would you consider, instead of supporting pornography, donating the money you would have spent on your movie ticket to Give Her Wings to help a mama who has suffered abuse at the hands of another human being for years?

Right now we have a mama for the month of March who needs our help and is still under attack from her abuser. Today I am challenging you to give your $10 movie ticket money to Give Her Wings  as a way to provide for this mama instead of the ongoing issue of pornography in this country? Please pray and if you’re willing to give I ask you to visit our website and make a donation.

Thank you for your consideration

❤ Nicole

And while you’re at it…visit the website tradeyourshades.com and take advantage of their great deal to trade in your Fifty Shades Of Grey book for the book Pulling Back the Shades.

 

Originally posted on For Always