My throat is tightening as I write.
My heart overwhelmed by the truth that lies before me every day.
Across the world, women of all ages experience sexual abuse.
Physical, emotional and mental abuse is displayed by the hand of humans that stand in the form of parents, grandparents, husbands, leaders and churchgoers.
In our culture, we have been trained to sit while turning our faces away from the innocent, because we care too much about how it will look if we step in and fight for someone else’s life, someone without a voice.
I have talked to women young and old, hearing the stories of their lives, and I am angry.
They come from different backgrounds, lifestyles, and cultures, yet together their stories weave a thread of silent wounds.
Looking into their eyes, I can identify with their unspoken pain, because I too was that girl.
The girl without a voice.
I remember the hateful words that stung my heart.
Eventually, those words draped over me like a well-worn garment, telling me who I was and some day who I would become.
My misery deepened as violators found ways to strip me of my innocence. I tried to tell but was told to be quiet.
So I learned to scream in silence, but no one could hear me, for I was a girl without a voice.
Little girls should be untroubled.
Able to dance around a room, all eyes upon their innocence and with genuine love and affection, we cheer them on, to grow with confidence. We offer our approval of who they are and some day who they will be.
I have three beautiful daughters, one amazing daughter-in-law, and two precious granddaughters; I couldn’t be happier.
I often get the chance to watch my granddaughter Isabella; she is almost eleven months old and smart as can be. Upon my arrival she plays hard to get, I smile at her, get down on the floor and begin to invite her into a moment of adventure. She teases me, but within minutes she is in my arms and the games begin.
My granddaughter Zoey will soon be three years old. She loves sleepovers at my house, and I love her presence. She is quiet and mostly shy around strangers, but when she and I get together we sing at the top of our lungs and dance till we fall on the floor laughing, we make up stories of being brave enough to climb tall mountains.
The sweetness of little girls is precious and kind, who would think to hurt them?
The enemy, he is crafty and cruel.
He does not care if you have been sexually violated, or abandoned. He doesn’t think twice if you need help or have lost your hope.
His desire is to silence you, robbing you of the life God has planned for you.
The adversary hunts you down day and night, luring you and distracting you as you sink deeper into despair.
He will cast shadows upon the truth, causing you to doubt what God says about you.
Making you the girl without a voice.
The journey to recovery is difficult. But it must be the first step you take.
The word of God is absolute truth, and it is your guide to freedom.
Sometimes the voices of others will be salt in your wounds, because of their ignorance. They have no idea what to say, so they use the Bible to make themselves feel better as they hammer condemnation on you.
There will be good days and days when you find yourself back in survival mode trying to protect yourself and control the world around you.
You will lay your head down to rest only to be awakened by the relentless chatter of negative thoughts and what-ifs.
God’s Word shines the light on the lies that have held you captive, and His offer is to heal your soul.
You must talk with someone and tell your story till you are free.
Free from shame and condemnation, free to stand tall in the face of the enemy and tell him with bravery. ” I am not afraid, For What you meant for evil against me, God meant for good.”
Your pain is real.
God’s grace will heal you.
You might be angry, and God understands.
If Christ lives in you, then you are God’s child forever. John 1:12-13
God forgives you and does not hold your sins against you. Psalm 32:1-2
Jesus understands what you are going through; He hung on the cross, beaten and betrayed by those He loved. Matthew 27:46
God is near to you right now. Psalm 34:18
God will be your strength. Psalm 71:20
The pain you are in won’t last forever. Romans 8:18
God has a plan for your life. Jeremiah 29:11
Whatever you do, don’t give up. 2 Corinthians 4:8-10
I have walked through twenty-two years of healing, and I stand confidently in the God I serve that he will come for you. It may feel dark right now, but Christ has come, ” to give light to those who sit in the darkness and in the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the way of peace.”
I extend my heart and my hand to the girls without a voice.
I think about you, and I am praying for you.
So Rise daughter’s of the living God and let him set you free.
Blessings to all,