Thursday, April 16, 2009

It's Been A Year!

This Sunday marks the one year anniversary of when I left my former church! I feel like having a party to celebrate! I cannot find the words to describe how happy I am to be free from the control I was under. If you have followed my blog at all you know how difficult it has been for me at times, but God's grace has brought me through. I am truly thankful for the important lessons I have learned over the past year.

I have learned to follow my heart and take heed to red flags when they pop up. When there are questions, they are there for a reason. I will never let another man control me or try to take the place of Jesus in my life. I will stand up for what I believe in and I will not keep silent when things are wrong. I have learned that being a Christian is not about following a set of rules and regulations, but it's about having a relationship with God and knowing His love. I have learned that true joy comes from serving others. I have found that there are many wonderful, normal people who love and accept others for who they are. They are true examples of Jesus. I have learned that what really matters in life is loving God and loving people.

I still have some questions, but I know in time all of my questions will be answered. As I look at how far I've come, I am excited about the things I will learn over this next year. There will always be those who are just beginning their journey out of the control, so I hope I can use the experiences I have walked through to help others find their freedom.

I invite you to comment and share an important lesson you have learned. I would love to hear from you!

8 comments :

D said...

Happy Independence Day! :)
Your posts are excellent and I know they have helped many, including me.

Set Free said...

Thanks D!

searching said...

Happy Anniversary! I am so happy for all who have been set free. I rejoice with you and I too, am looking forward to a wonderful year of peace and freedom.

Janet said...

Congratulations, SetFree!! You and your family were in our prayers for years and we were so relieved to hear you had left. May you know more and more of God's grace and love.

G.W. said...

It's good to be free and I'm glad your family got free from the web of deceit. Let’s all keep sounding the alarm for those who are still in controlling churches.

Aida said...

Congratulations on your first anniversary of freedom.

The transition to freedom is difficult and it takes a while to get over the hurt. I believe speaking out is an important part of healing even if it comes out in the form of anger or bitterness. It's natural and perfectly okay to be angry over the abuse. It's all part of the healing.

Anonymous said...

I've learned to always be true to who you are. God made you to be you and that's when He can use you the most. Never let someone try to make you a clone of who they are.

Margaret said...

March 3 marked 19 years since we left our abusive group, and I can still feel the joy of fredom you express here! Thanks for the healing ministry of your blog.