“You really need to talk to Diane.” My friend told Tina (not her real name) after we were introduced. I knew after such an unusual introduction, Tina was in a marriage with an abusive husband. The more we talked the more her tears slowly slid down her cheek. She was felt alone, embarrassed, confused, hurt, and was struggling with depression. More than that, she felt trapped. She wondered if she was going crazy after the many irrational conversations with her husband as he continually refused to take responsibility for his harmful behavior, but instead blamed and shamed her. After many years of his demeaning comments and behavior, Tina, like so many women struggling in domestically abusive marriages, was fragile and worn out. She was ready to let the dark secret out and get the help she needed to begin her healing journey.
I told her about the Oasis Bible Study which was written with women like her in mind. There she would learn about the dynamics of abuse and why she always felt like she had to walk on eggshells. More importantly, she would learn how much God loved her and that abuse was never a part of His design for marriage nor was it her fault. She would be able to find her voice and begin to rediscover the amazing woman God designed her to be.
If you or someone you know is feeling like Tina, please know that they can call Living Waters of Hope and talk with someone who understands their pain and cares about their safety and well-being. In addition, the Oasis Bible Study is offered as a free class to any woman seeking faith-based answers. These classes are available locally in the Portland, OR area or as a live online class for women in other areas. The topics covered can be viewed at http://www.livingwatersofhope.org/oasis-bible-study/ and testimonies from attendees at http://www.livingwatersofhope.org/testimonials/. Please call 503.850.8225 for details about this safe and confidential class.
The good Samaritan reached out to help someone who had been unjustly and intentionally harmed and left to die. God calls us to be like that good Samaritan to those unjustly and intentionally wounded around us. In domestic abuse, the wounds and scars are unseen but real and painful nonetheless. For those of you who want to make a difference with us, please check out the 12 Things You and Your Faith Community Can Do at http://www.livingwatersofhope.org/get-involved/. With October as Domestic Violence Awareness Month, may we all have the heart of Jesus who came to heal the broken hearted and bind up their wounds (Psalm 147:3).
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