Happy Motivational Monday!
Yesterday, while watching one of my favorite televangelist, Joyce Meyer, I received confirmation and encouragement through her testimony. If you have every had the opportunity to view her show or hear her in person then you know she truly gives real and authentic illustrations.
And as expected, this particular segment was no different.
Joyce has previously shared that she was abused by her father, but during this broadcast of Enjoying Everyday Life she was more transparent about the details and her emotions than ever before.
She described the ongoing acts of sexual abuse committed by her father and how he made her believe it was her fault. She openly discussed how she dealt with unforgiveness and bitterness towards her father and the miraculous process of forgiving him, serving as his caretaker and watching him surrender his life to Christ.
Matriculating to the end result was indeed a challenging process, but it was definitely worth it.
In my new book, “Keeping My Faith While Saving My Mind”, I am also transparent about many traumatic experiences, including sexual abuse. Hearing Joyce’s testimony reassured me that I was meant to write my book of memoirs despite the criticism that I received from others, specifically family members. But as I stated in my book, “Our Father does not want us to keep our pains a secret, even if they are going to expose or bring shame to those we love. He wants us to break the silence so that we can get help.”
For all that is secret will eventually be brought into the open, and everything that is concealed will be brought to light and made known to all. Luke 8:17, NLT
On this Monday, be encouraged to share your story with someone else. It can be a coworker, church member or friend. Sometimes people feel ashamed of experiences and are secretly hurting inside. Your transparency can help them take the brave step towards healing.