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“Most people in this world have been victimized in one way or another. It’s unavoidable in our crazy unpredictable world. You might have been bullied and made fun of growing up, or maybe you were abused in your own home. Your boss might love to embarrass you in front of everyone, or maybe you’re the outcast in your own family. You could have been orphaned, widowed, cheated on, or abandoned.
“Whatever has happened to you can never be changed. We can’t reverse time, and we can’t rewrite history. We can’t turn back the clock or jump in a DeLorean, power up the flux capacitor, and head back in time with Marty McFly. What’s done is done. That might sound a bit morbid to some, but it’s the raw, unedited truth. The thing victims can possibly do is allow what has happened to them dictate what is going to happen…
“Most of our parents, teachers, and friends did the best job they could with what they had, and some of them didn’t have much to begin with. They yell at you because their mothers yelled at them, or they ignore you because their fathers ignored them. They hit because they were hit. Their behavior is sometimes just a reaction to a wound that never got the chance to heal. People tend to pass along what’s been passed along to them.”
- God Loves Ugly, Christa Black, p. 14 – 15
Does that hit you right in the heart? I know I’ve been hurt in the past – repeatedly.
Earlier this week I shared an article with you on emotional abuse and the effect it has on the victim of abuse. Abuse comes in many forms – emotional, verbal, physical, sexual, and even spiritual. Unfortunately it is most often the emotional scars of abuse that we carry with us.
If you were to look back, you could probably name time after time when you were wounded by words or actions. Some wounds hurt worse than others. But the fact is, those wounds mold us into the people we are today and how we react to those wounds impact our relationships and even every aspect of our life.
Everyone deals with the wounds on their hearts differently. For example:
Being a victim is not part of God’s plan for your life. Yes, it may happen – it will happen – but because of His mercy and love, we can be victors instead of victims!
In God Loves Ugly, Christa Black offers help and healing for those who suffer from a feeling a lack of self-worth because of wounds from the past.
I recently had the opportunity to talk with Christa and I have the audio download available for you for free! However, I must make this disclaimer: This was the first time where I have interviewed someone else. I am usually the interviewee. So, I was really nervous! You can laugh. It’s okay. I won’t cry.
Download the Christa Black Interview with Melissa Ringstaff
Okay, now for the giveaway!
I have one copy of the book God Loves Ugly by Christa Black to giveaway!
The giveaway ends and the winner will be announced on October 12, 2012!
Purchase God Loves Ugly and Love Makes Beautiful by Christa Black on Amazon.com
There are five ways to enter the drawing! The more you do, the more chances you get! Be sure to come back here and let me know in the comments below!
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I also want to invite you to read my own testimony if you have not already. I claim victory in Jesus!
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