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ne of the sweet , poignant miracles the
L ord did, when
I felt unloved and trapped in an abusive
“ Christia n” marriage:
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MY KIDS AND ME, about 1982
Just before my 2nd marriage
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"Well, who is this angry man I see In
the mirror looking back at me? It's a man who's tired, a man who's weak And it's a man who needs a Savior."
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I’m going to share a (very) personal testimony with you
about one of the miracles,
that Lord did for me one day in my abusive marriage.
My hope it will give you a glimpse of the Lord’s love for us,
and if you're suffering something similar
you will know that , and that God is
with you you aren't alone.
I always felt so, alone in my suffering...
Over 17 yrs ago, I was far away from my family & home
of us at the opposite ends of the country). 3,000 miles
There were many times I was homesick during those 17 long and lonely years away from home & loved ones.
Being a young single mom, with no child
support, no family near,
And I didn’t even have the money to
While living in Calif ,
I only got to visit one time.
(In addition to the two brief times later,
when friends chipped in for me to fly home
to my brother’s, and then 18 mths later, my sister’s funeral.)
But I am ever grateful that at least I got to go then.
I was in my early twenties, divorced, going
was professional musician, and
had two preschoolers with learning disabilities.
Then I met a Christian man who brought
me back to my Christian roots.
He shepherded (mentored) me, and tenderly
He carried his Bible wherever he went.
He had a heart for the lost in Christ,
and was a strong believer in sharing the
Hope of Salvation.
When he read the Bible to me, he touched
my heart, because
often he would get choked up and teary-eyed--moved
by the Spirit.
I fell in love with his heart first...
One of my dearest memories is my first visit
I lost my siblings and mother.)
I hadn't seen them in 7 years.
My boyfriend had paid for me and my
children to fly home to visit
the first time I spoke of.
I remember getting off the plane and seeing
my mom & dad,
all three of my brothers, my sister,
in-laws, nephew and nieces, all waiting
with arms outstretched.
They even all took off work to meet me at
I never felt so loved, wanted, and whole.
(If I had a memory book, this is one of
my dearest one, and I hold this precious treasure close in my heart
like a hidden jewel.)
I got to visit for two mths!
Once back at my childhood home,
I woke up in my girlhood bed and wept every
with grateful delight to be surrounded by their
I soon learned that it was even more blessed
than I realized,
and in fact, God's will, because,
shortly after my return back to Calif ,
my dear oldest brother died in a tragic
And then my precious sister of a unknown brain
(Both, leaving behind children.)
I am convinced that the Lord gave me one
final time with them.
God knew my grieving heart from not seeing
them in so many years.
I got to say a sort-of good-bye, though
never realizing at the time,
that I would never see them again--in this
The last photo of all of my
before three went on to
Almost 30 yrs ago. I'm on the left.
(Coincidentally, we are shaped like a heart. J )
I went with my boyfriend 5 yrs, before we
married. I was very cautious.
He kept wanted to get married right away,
but I did not feel a peace.
(I would later learn that it was probably
God's warning to me.)
Soon after I married him, I very quickly
that he had some extreme issues, which
he had hidden very well.
About a week or two weeks after our wedding
he began to “confess” to me
things that he'd done (as a Christian)
while we were engaged.
I can’t relate here how terrible they
But they most certainly weren't very "Christ-like".
One, was that he gave LSD to his 14 yr old
son, an d they "tripped" together.
Some concerned other women.
These confessions went on every night in
bed, for a couple weeks.
I had just lost my only sister at
the same time,
and he wanted to “cleanse” his
heart of the things
he had hidden from me while we were engaged. This may have been "cleansing" for him,
but when it continued, this left me feeling literally cold,
sick, and numb
I began to have pain in my chest, running
down my left arm.
I would lay there and listen, and could
This wasn't the God-fearing man I thought
I had married!!
My tender husband?! How could that be? What
had I just done?!
I learned I didn't really know this
So many things he told me about himself
before... were lies.
I had trusted this "Godly" man with my heart,
and made a covenant with the Lord.
The heartache was indescribable.
At one point , I went to a local medical clinic because I had such pain
that I truly thought I was having a heart attack. But I wasn’t.
It was the effects of the SHOCK of what I was going through.
Since I was immature in the Lord, it caused
me to question God.
(And my own discernment.)
In addition, I had just moved many hours
north from my friends to marry my husband,
and didn’t really know anyone in this
so I had no support or anyone that really
They took my ex's word, because they knew
(He had moved up there earlier.)
I had married him as a Christian, and made
a vow to the Lord.
And the Bible says “God hates divorce”!
I could not believe I had made such an enormous,
and would be in this situation for the
rest of my life.
He soon became very verbally & emotionally abusive.
The church we went to and counseled
with, told me
“God hates divorce.”
(And that is true, but there is more to
than I fully understood-- full scripture
I wanted to please God. So I prayed, and
(And that included praying for my husband,
though sometimes the only words I could
"I pray for him, Lord"--out of obedience
to the scripture.
(God says to pray for our enemies, and
those who despitefully use you .)
I didn't see an "out" in the scriptures.
I saw that infidelity was a reason, but I had no proof of that...
(His confessions never went that
far, when we were married.)
And it wasn't like he battered or beat me
up. (Physically anyway.)
This was (primarily) verbal /emotional abuse
and intimidation .
And I didn't know what to do.
In fact, we counseled with a loving couple at the church
who sat me down and began to teach me scriptures
Submission?! Like that
was the problem here?
I may have been a babe in the Lord,
but I knew enough to know that "me being
wasn't the answer to
If anything, I think the scripture that
should have applied was:
"Submit to one another..."
I was left feeling even more
misunderstood, alone, and alienated.
(We also counseled with the pastor, and his wife.
She told me -- quite frustrated with
me, as I remember -- that
the problem was, I needed to forgive.
(I remember her saying: " Well, he .") SAID
he was sorry
Well of course he did -- over and over!
But his behavior never completely stopped!
But I couldn't trust him with my deepest
And he continued in his suspicious ways.
Picking up girls hitchhiking, coming home
I tried to "forgive him". But my wounds
could never heal, because of his actions, and his verbal abuse & rage that continued
to rear up it's ugly head...)
THE ANGER NEVER STOPPED FOR LONG!
I began to doubt my own judgment (and sanity),
how could I have been so deceived.... and
blind...about this man?
Not at all long later (the first couple
months we were married),
I soon began to learn about how extreme
the anger problem my husband had.
He became more controlling and abusive.
He would break my things.
Put me down for insecurities I had privately entrusted with him.
Among other things, he once squeezed my
hand so hard
that he bent my wedding band, while I was
And had to get it replaced.
(I guess that was rather symbolic, huh?)
Once he tore my night gown off while I was
I was and still am a modest lady
and felt completely exposed and vulnerable,
for something totally unrelated…
He did it to humiliate me, & control
me--and it worked. Just out of anger.
And this while we were JUST NEWLY M ARRIED!
And this was only the beginning.
He was so terribly verbally (mainly) abusive,
that I soon began to drink beer at night
and gained about 60 lbs .
I just didn’t know how to endure
the pain of my abusive Christian marriage.
(There was no support from my church. And
I knew no one else.)
So many vile and filthy names were directed my way by my husband.
And none described me!
I call it: VERBAL VIOLENCE.
(And later, they were directed at my children,
when they became teens.)
I had no money, a bad back, and no where to go, anyhow.
I prayed and suffered this abuse for 20 some years
before I had a Biblical reason to agree to a divorce--about 7 yrs ago.
But don’t get me wrong. He wasn’t completely bad.
Sometimes I even began to trust him.
It didn’t go on every day.
(But enough to affect my self-confidence,
trust, and security.)
But it never completely stopped.
I went from a confident, talented, secure
person, to totally insecure.
When he was “normal”, he was
extremely funny, thoughtful, kind, and always helpful.
And there were times he was “on
fire” for Jesus.
And he could quote scripture like a concordance!
(It was so confusing!)
But then, that old temper would flare.
(But such is the way of a double minded
man, the Bible teaches.)
I did love Him when he was "normal", and
walked with the Lord
And the man that I thought I had married.
As I look back, I think he has/had a serious
mental illness, like bipolar, personality disorder...
or even perhaps demonic possession.
But God was with me.
Though I must be honest,
there were times that I questioned it--and
God's love for me.
enough, the Lord gave me many ministerial songs during this period. (I definitely have a heart for the hurting…)
One time, I was alone and weeping to the
Lord, as I so often did,
and was especially missing my mom, many,
many miles away.
(I was always especially close to my mom,
who taught me to sing harmonies at a very
So many times, I would beg the Lord
to get me back home to my family somehow.
The thought of having someone (normal) out
who actually loved me, knew me,
and I was a part of, always brought me to
I had to remind myself of my family,
because my life had begun to feel unreal,
as if my warm, loving family had all been
Three thousand miles away, and 17 yrs,
was just too long and far away.
And he made me feel so unworthy of being
Well, back to this day:
I was crying to the Lord, and was feeling
I was asking the Lord to take me Home (Heaven).
wasn't always very brave.)
Then I remembered back to when I was
a little girl.
On occasion, my mom and dad would go out
to eat or
something and we would have a baby sitter.
I remembered I would cry after they left,
especially for my sweet mom.
I would run into the bathroom
where her housecoat hung on back of the
I would hide in it, bury my face in it,
and would breathe in her sweet special scent,
I could almost image that she was right
there with me.
Well, on that particular day, I was homesick
and weeping to the Lord for my mom,
the oddest occurrence happened!
I began to slowly smell a sweet familiar
scent surrounding me.
I was puzzled at first. Then I recognized
IT WAS THE SWEET SCENT OF MY
who, I might remind you, was 3, 000 miles away!!
The scent didn’t last long. But long
for me to realize what the Lord was trying
to tell me:
That HE was the Scent (sweet
savor) of my mother’s love.
All those years
that my mother had sweetly loved me growing up,
was His love shining through her.
(In addition, the Bible does say, “God
Not merely loving, but LOVE . Love in the flesh!) personified
And He even loved me more than she did!
What a tender, sweet, Father we have...
He is our Sweet Rose of Sharon.
Not a whole lot longer later, (about 3 yrs),
The Lord (finally) brought me back home
to my dear family, too.
I'll be ever grateful...
" is love one another" a not .) suggestion
But my husband’s
rages and verbal attacks didn't stop.
Once, we had had an
argument and he left angrily.
He didn't come home until very late/early
in the morning.
God told me that he had gone to a bar, and
picked up a stripper.
When he got home, I asked him this outright .
I think he was shocked, but God often spoke
to my heart like this,
and told me things.
My husband confessed that he had
gone to a "stripper bar",
and when it was closing time, he took the
stripper home--she lived in a motel.
But he swore nothing happened....
I had no way of knowing for sure.
(But I had many doubts.)
No, his wicked ways, did not stop--but at
least I had my family to love me,
ground me, minister to me, and pray for
(And sometimes stay with.)
And establish that I wasn't losing my mind.
Thank you, Jesus....
(Being around "crazy" people, makes you
start feeling crazy yourself.)
I won't go into the whole story of why we
finally split up.
But part of it was that he met a lady
from a foreign country online.
Some important notes concerning
my abusive "Christian" marriage:
think there are things that we must learn in the paths we take in life.
And I learned many things--and I grew--after
all those years.
This is how I made it through.
Though at the time, some were too hard
to see in the midst of the abuse).
· To try to be long-suffering,
patient, and not contentious. (God worked this in me. I absolutely take NO credit for it.)
· To be tenderhearted,
and to weep with those who weep. (God did this, too.)
· We don't "make" them
angry . It is their choice.( Sometimes he got mad about things that were not even true... his imagination.)
· That we should never
blame the "victim ". (NOBODY "wants it", “asks” for it, nor deserves it.)
· That sometimes it
IS one person's fault. It doesn't always "take two".
· To forgive. Forgiveness
and trusting are two different things. I learned to not return evil for evil, or else And I REFUSED to let that happen! It was my way of not letting him get the best of me, or letting the devil win.
I refused to let bitterness root in my heart. I would be reduced to being like
· My faith was also
strengthened during this long and fiery trial, though I didn't realize it at the time. (God's doings again.) :)
If we put our trust
in God, He will turn all things for our good.
The Bible says so.
The Bible says that there will be times
and times of being tried by the fire as
we are being perfected.
NOT SAYING ABUSE IS EVER ACCEPTABLE!
But God will use whatever circumstances
we are in,
to purify and try us and to prepare us as
the spotless bride.
And He WILL use (and turn) EVERYTHING
FOR OUR EVENTUAL GOOD!
“And we know that all
things work together for good
that lov e God,
to them who are the called
according to his purpose.”
( ) Romans 8:28
I think that in a Christian marriage,
abuse is somewhat worse,
in that the offender HAS (AND KNOWS) the
You worship as one!
(I am able to sincerely pray for my
ex now, and ask God's mercy for him.
I am concerned for him now, and
prays he makes it to Heaven.
And I have forgiven him...
Odd... I still hold a certain tenderness for
for the times that were good...
He wasn't bad all the time....
(We were together for 25 years--a lot of
milestones, good times,
life experiences, and memories, beyond the
Hopeful Days, Long Gone Past...
All that remains are broken dreams
& promises, and faded memories &
There are many ways we will suffer throughout
that’s what the Bible says.
He's more concerned about our sanctification
than our "happiness".
He's preparing us as a bride, without spot
The Lord said the road to Him is NARROW, and FEW there be that
At this, some may
be offended at the Word and turn away from the Truth,
(that they should be purified through the
things they suffer.)
But it's still truth, none-the-less . And it IS in the Bible. (James 1:2)
We should count
it all joy as we are being purified as gold, the Bible says. (1 Peter 1:6-8)
(Truthfully, I didn't do a very good job
of considering it “joy” at the time.
It's later that we notice the dross
has been burned off.)
(But, I must be really shining by now! J
"Blessed is the man who perseveres under trial,
because when he has stood the test,
he will receive the crown of life
that God has promised to those who love Him."
( James 1:12)
Also, during the relationship,
the Lord showed me this:
My real spiritual breakthrough
showed me that, even though I was going through
(and undeserved) mistreatment,
I still would
have to someday stand alone before the Lord,
and give an account of myself...
with no excuses, or even legitimate
mistreatment was fair or not.)
I stopped drinking.
I had begun
to drink beer at home in the evenings,
so I the pain
would be dulled, so I could be around my husband.
But God taught me that at the end, when I am standing alone before Him
I would have
to give an account of all of my life to Him.
What I thought,
what I did, what I said.
I couldn't say:
"But, Lord, he did this or that to me...."
Regardless of how cruel!
I had no excuse to drink.
We can use no excuses!
I was supposed
to trust and lean more on HIM, the Lord.
He already knows
what we endured, and says:
is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord." (Rom. 12:19 )
We will have
NO excuses. Even legitimate ones.
that God doesn’t understand--he felt each pain we received.
But no excuses
will be accepted. He gave us the Truth. He gave us His Word.
He gave us His
Holy Spirit, the dwells inside of us...
Our Strength, Our Shield.
It's NOT that
He's not sorry for us.
that He doesn't hurt for us.
He weeps when we weep.
Jesus had every reason to justify
Himself, but He did not.
I will be accountable for myself to God alone.
Just as my ex-husband will be. (Lord, have
mercy on him.)
Regardless of my circumstances, or heartbreak.
The Lord says to us, "What is
that to thee? Follow thou ME."
In other words, this is about us and the
We are still accountable to the decisions
what our attitude is, how we react, no
matter what others do to us.
(Read about Corrie Ten Boom.)
God’s given us the tools to weather
every storm. The biggest tool?
OUR FAITH in our Faithful JESUS and HIS Living WORD.
And all we need is a mustard seed size
of faith, the Bible says!!
A nd I was glad about that,
because most of the time,
that was about all I could mustard
(Oops, I mean "muster".) :)
And this FAITH [in Jesus] helps
Keep believing: when there are no
Keep believing: while we yet are
Keep believing: when we stand alone,
even having lost all we hold most
To keep believing --THAT is the foundation
of our Christian faith.
To endure to the end!
He's PLEASED with our faith, however small.
As we submit to HIM, our faith begins to
Jesus didn’t say it would
In fact, He said that He suffered,
and WE WILL, TOO!
We have become such a selfish hedonistic
thinking we have a right to pleasure, material
if that's of any true or lasting importance)
But the truth is, we are foreigners here.
Pilgrims passin' through.
This world is not our home!
Jesus said we WILL have trials and
TRUE believers, that is….
If you're not having trials, then
maybe you're not really saved,
or a threat to the devil!
(Or else, your trials are just around the
But He loves us with an everlasting
Jesus still hurts when we hurt,
He's not unsympathetic.
He's tenderhearted---and saves
all our tears in a bottle, the Bible says.
His Holy Word also says He
is familiar with
(Personally, intimately knows) grief and suffering.
AND He also promised in His Word that:
work ALL things for our GOOD .
THAT’S A PROMISE!
(And He ALWAYS keeps His promises!)
And we must believe that, and put all of
our trust and faith
in Him and the promises in His Word.
HE is our saving grace!
(Where else can we go?)
(Surely not the bottle... or drugs...
sex... material things, or whatever
doesn't last, satisfy, or take away the
The Bible says that He's
come to HEAL THE BROKEN HEARTED:
"The LORD is close to the brokenhearted
and saves those who are crushed in spirit."
"He heals the brokenhearted
and binds up their wounds."
Jesus said: "The
Spirit of the Lord is upon me [Jesus],
because he hath anointed me
to preach the gospel to the poor;
he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted,
to preach deliverance to the captives,
and recovering of sight to the
blind, (to include spiritually),
to set at liberty them that are
He has promised BEAUTY, to
replace the ashes!
the OIL OF JOY, for mourning,
the GARMENT OF PRAISE, for the spirit
As in Joseph's betrayal, mistreatment, and
What was meant for bad,
God again promised us He would
use for our good.
“You intended to harm me, but God
intended it for good
to accomplish what is now being done, the
saving of many lives.”
And let's not forget faithful Job,
who was more than repaid for everything
he suffered and lost.
he slay me, yet will I trust in him…”
(Job 13:15 )
AMEN! Thank you, Jesus! That is
the cry of my heart!
And here's another promise:
“And I will restore to you the years
that the locust hath eaten”
I'm still holding on to all these promises
in His Word.
I may not see all of them come to pass in my
but they WILL come to pass,
because God’s Word is Truth.
is "Faithful and True". name
And to make it till the end,
we must firmly place our trust in Him...
with ALL our hearts,
NO MATTER WHAT!
I learned that I would have to fully
put my trust in Jesus,
Regardless of the hardships, loneliness,
that still comes my way.
He is either Who He says He is
or He isn’t.
And all my hope is in Him! In fact,
He is my only hope.
This was a time of real testing of my faith,
and still is.
(I’m still praying for the
Lord to restore what the locusts have eaten.)
It was at this point I began to
truly grow spiritually in the Lord, closer to Him:
realizing that I was accountable
to God alone,
regardless of others wronging
me, or the "fairness" of life...
Something else I
That it was
very easy to overlook my faults and sins, own
when I had such
glaring, horrendous ones continually heaped upon me.
The pain was so huge, that it "blocked
[Understandably, I was in a self-preservation mode.
It was 20 yrs
later, when I was freed from Egypt …
oops, I mean
agreed to the divorce. J
that the Lord
tenderly begin to show me some areas
I didn't previously
see, which I needed to change,
for Him... my
sweet gentle Savior and Lord.
(And He's NOT
a hard taskmaster.)
Now, after all
is in a similar marriage situation,
I counsel them
like the pastors counseled me, partly
that: yes, God
hates divorce--this is truth.
BUT , I POINT OUT:
HE ALSO HATES ABUSE
JUST AS MUCH!!! *
There was only
pastor in 20-some years, one
who had the
courage to tell my ex, that this abuse needed to stop.
My ex was even
on the church board in another church,
and then go
home and abuse me, his wife.
I even spoke
to this pastor about this, but he did nothing.
He and my husband
pastor would lose his pastorship due to infidelity.
We tend to excuse
sin, if we are practicing it ourselves.)
must decide for her/himself about divorce.
Divorce is very serious, &
should not be taken lightly.
one--this is a spiritual thing that happens.
When I was divorced,
I actually felt like my heart was being pulled apart.
Two, was no
longer one. It felt like a part of me was gone.)
Also, the fact
is that marriage is the example the Lord uses
His relationship with us.
We are His bride.
And we don't
want to tarnish this precious image .
But I have many regrets staying
in an abusive marriage,
it has produced in my now grown beloved children.
To have a “dad”
to profess the Lord, knows the Bible,
and is on the board of the church, etc.,
and then see
the wicked way he acts in anger at home...
(Note: beware the double-minded man! James 1:8)
grown kids are not sure of the Love of God,
and have trouble
with trusting, anger, and depression
even today into
To be frank:
I wish I had trusted instead,
in God’s forgiving power and grace,
and left the
marriage earlier, at least for the kid’s sake (And mine!)
Yes... it's true: God hates divorce.
But NOW here is the
rest of the scripture.
“I hate divorce ," says the LORD God of Israel ,
I HATE a man's COVERING HIMSELF WITH VIOLENCE*
as well as with his garment ,” says the LORD Almighty .
guard yourself in your spirit,
DO NOT break faith. ”
WOW! Isn't now isn't THAT
And violence doesn't have to be
In the "Free
Dictionary" online, it says
means: " Abusive or unjust exercise of power."
And if you're
treating your wife bad, you already "broken the faith" anyway.
(If I understood then,
what I know now.)
Why did no one
ever point that out to me?
(As in, those
in leadership ?) Do they just not KNOW?
Do they just
Oh Lord... please
In this area
that is destroying marriages, children, families--society.
For a long time,
I never noticed that second part in there.
How often are
we taught the rest of that scripture?
(Well, at least
the churches I went to didn't.
Don't know why
I never noticed. Probably because the other part is
preached on so much.
is with us, beloved.
Whatever decision we make, He is with us:
“Fear not, for I have redeemed you;
I have summoned you by name; you are mine.
When you pass through the waters,
I will be with you;
and when you pass through the rivers,
they will not sweep over you.
When you walk through the fire,
you will not be burned;
the flames will not set you ablaze.
*For I am the LORD, your God,
the Holy One of Israel , your Savior.”
Thank you, Lord
Please, I still
covet prayer for my children (and grandchildren)....
and me: I'm
still looking for work .
P.S. If you want, you may check out
a few of my songs (lyrics)
that I wrote while going through this.
CLICK HERE for a sampling of my SONGS (lyrics).
laid behind a stone. You lived to die, rejected and alone, Like the rose, trampled on the ground, You took the fall,
and thought of me, Above all."
(Lyrics from “Above All” by Michael W. Smith)
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SOME QUOTES BY REV. K.A. BROWN:
"Being a Christian is all about faith triumphing in the presence
"Adversity is a fact of life. It can't be controlled.
What we can control is how we react to it."
"Character can’t be developed in ease and quiet.
Only through experience of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened,
vision cleared, ambition inspired, and success achieved."
"One of the secrets to co ntentment is the realization that life is a gift, not a right."
"Contentment is not the fulfillment of what you want,
but the realization of how much you already have."
"Faith will work in your heart even when there are doubts in your head."
"God’s judgment sees the sins you have done,
but God’s mercy sees what you can become."
"Be a prayer warrior, not a prayer worrier.
A prayer warrior walks in the authority of Jesus. "
"God understands your prayers
even when you can't find the words to say them."
"Prayer is not getting God to do your will.
Prayer is getting you ready to do God's will."
"There will be no crown bearers in heaven
who are not cross bearers on earth."
“Watch your thoughts; they become words.
Watch your words; they become actions.
Watch your actions; they become habits.
Watch your habits; they become character.
Watch your character; it becomes your destiny.”
(From: http://spiritualsurvival.org )
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