From ages 5 to 8 I was molested by a family friend. I NEVER told anyone…including my husband. I was at a women’s conference and God spoke to me telling me that He was going to use this part of my testimony. My first job? To tell my mom. I remember taking her to Golden Corral for a coke and just blurting it out…..she just sat there and looked at me. Then she said “that explains a lot.” That’s it?? That’s all I get? But for her, that’s all that needed to be said. It explained to her why I had been a depressed teen. It explained why I ended up pregnant at 17. It explained to her why when she asked me one time “what would make you happy!?” I looked at her and honestly said “I don’t know.” I didn’t know. I had no idea. I had so much anger and guilt built up within me I didn’t even know where to start.
Well, from that day on, God began to use this part of me. I spoke at a ladies’ convention and had a seventy something year old lady come up to me and tell me that her dad had molested her and she had never told anyone until then! Can you imagine how in awe I felt that God could use something so bad for His good??? Then I spoke on forgiveness at our youth group and used this as my example. I was scared to death they were going to laugh or poke fun at me for what had happened. I had 12 kids come forward that night! I told them “I would go through it all again to know that I could help you guys.” I meant that. I have learned that once I took the step God told me to take….once I obeyed and began to LET HIM use this, it was all turned around for good. What is He telling you to do right now? What are you not obeying? What is holding you back? Fear? Guilt? Don’t let the enemy steal anything more from you. Obey God and watch Him work!