There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the spirit.
You are precious and loved by Me. You are precious and honored in my sight, and…I love you. Isaiah 43:4.
I am a volunteer with Homes of Hope for Victims in Domestic Abuse (HOH) and wanted to share that part of my life with my readers.
One of the things that makes our help through Homes of Hope different than the state and county is that we are a faith based organization and our mission is to; Provide tools to victims in domestic abuse with faith based value-added services; mentoring, job and life skills, housing assistance.
I became familiar with this horrid aspect of life through a friend that was stuck in a situation for 20 years. Five children later and no life skills she finally made the 7th and final decision to leave. (seventh attempt to leave is a national statistic) Only with help from family and friends has she been able to make a go of it alone. Since she has left him he has died due to his bad habits of drugs and drinking which were part of the issue in the whole situation. The children are also struggling with that part of their life. It is evident on some of their relationships and choices that it has effected them negatively.
We have been building this non-profit organization for 4-5 years. It takes a long time to get things all set up and ready to go and even when we think we are ready we find that we aren’t completely. I have been mentoring our first client for almost 2 years now, through her struggles with keeping her children and the courts not believing her over him. She is gaining confidence in self and her abilities and now has a 40 hour job which is another part of self esteem and life skills. The judge said, ‘she had to get a job to keep her children.’ It took her 3 months to find one after several attempts at interviews and waiting and waiting. With the help of our organization and her parents I am happy to say that she is almost finished with our program and assistance and able to start living on her own and paying her way in life with her job, God’s help and her new self image!
It is rewarding and a blessing to be able help people with the skills I have learned in my life The schooling that I have taken in Christian counseling classes has helped tremendously. However, I am not a counselor for HOH, just a mentor. I also am a mentor and an assistant to the office help, teaching her computer and office skills. She is my long time friend that was the reason for HOH starting. (There is a permalink up at the top for our site. My first so I am curious how it will work.)
There have been tons and tons of prayer and will continue to be more to get it off the ground and fulfill our goals. We are trusting God for the dream He gave to the co-founders to be fulfilled.
Please pray with us if you have a heart for domestic abuse victims. Also, if you know someone who is a victim find out what you can do to help them, not hinder or hurt them!
P. S. The one question you may be asking is; “Why don’t they just leave?” I will share some on that in one of my next posts.
Have you ever heard the phrase ; ‘Bitterness is like a cancer’? I must have heard this phrase when I was young and it has helped me to not go there as often as I could have and I am blessed because of it.
I was talking to God the other night about this bitterness because I see it in so many people and they seem to be unaware that it is a sin! I pray that they don’t see it as a sin simply because at the time they are not looking to God or hearing the Holy Spirit. They are listening to the evil one. That when they do begin to see that it is not good and again start seeking God they will recognize it as sin! Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and evil speaking be put away from you, with all malice: and be kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake has forgiven you. Ephesians 4:31-32
It has been my experience that bitterness destroys life. I have seen family and friends turn away and be ugly and hateful for years! It destroys any type of decent communication and so sad to watch them change in demeanor and spirit. When I was talking to God the other night it came to me that when we destroy life in ourselves with sin =bitterness we are destroying our relationship with the Holy Spirit first of all and that moves us from the the very throne of God that we are always seated at while living here on this earth. I remembered John 7:38 where Jesus said, ‘He that believes on me, as the scripture has said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water. vs 39 explains that Jesus spoke of the Spirit, which they that believe on him should receive… When we become bitter and let it grow into a monster we are definitely drying up our well of life and our spring of living water!
That puts us in a desert. It quenches our life! Life the holy spirit gives us. 1 Thessalonians 5:19 tells us, ‘Quench not the holy spirit.’
Don’t let bitterness become your sin and quench the Holy Spirit and the spring of living water of life. Look up and bless God, forgive, repent and live a full Christ like life.
May we all have that godly sorrow that brings us to repentance. 2 Corinthians 7:10. Return to the throne in all your beauty and glory received at salvation.
For godly sorrow produces repentance leading to salvation, not to be regretted; but the sorrow of the world produces death. 2 Corinthians 7:10
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