Has your life been scarred by abuse? You’re not alone. According to a U.S. Justice Department study, approximately 1,500 women are killed each year by husbands or boyfriends. About 2 million men per year beat their partners, according to the F.B.I.
I’ve learned some important lessons through years of hard life experiences. Life is too short to make all the mistakes on our own. We need to learn from others who have walked the road ahead of us. Being raised with an abusive step-dad, I didn’t know the qualities to look for in a decent man. I went through 2 painful divorces before I met a good man. After marriage we both asked the Lord to take control of our lives. Our marriage had its ups and downs, but he called me Angel Face, for over thirty-two years. Then God called him home.
Living almost two years as a lonely widow, after thirty-two years of marriage, drove me to a point of desperation so deep, that I began searching the Internet to recapture true love. The southern charmer I met on the dating site removed all the loneliness. He was my answer to prayer for new love, fulfilling all I longed for, or so I thought.
But, instead of him being my dream come true, he turned out to be my worst nightmare. Women may be afraid of strangers, but it’s someone they know who is most likely to hurt them. I found out, after my marriage, that the most dangerous place to be was my own home.
My prayer is that I may help, even in some small way, others who are dealing with the horrors of abuse. We’re all in this, together.
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