I hate to begin in this new place with a downer post. Is it really a downer thought? I’m not sure. But there needs to be explanation. The truth is in a few short months it won’t matter why I’m here instead of at the blog that I’ve written on for more than 12 years.
But right now it does, even if it matters only a little. For years I had blogged incognito. I had not invited family or friends to read my words. And I liked it that way. I could write freely; but a couple of years ago that changed. I decided to publicize my blog and invited those who knew me to join in. Let me just tell ya that once it’s out there you can’t take it back.
Really though? It’s okay. I had been toying with the idea for a while that it was time for a fresh start. There is a 12 year history at my other place and I’ve changed and grown a lot since then. I picked the title for my blog because at that time I was blogging at homeschoolblogger and I was a homeschooling mom of four much littler children back then. Homeschooling still defines me in many ways, but there are so many more facets to me than that.
Sadly, I found out the hard way that some folks can not be trusted. They accused me of not being nice, but the truth is, their pastor is caught up in some deep sin that they refuse to confront it.
It didn’t take long to realize that I would never be free unless I began again. Even though I haven’t written much here, I already feel the freedom!!!
That’s what abuse does. I hate to even use that word, because I know folks that have been abused far worse than I ever have, but abuse comes in all forms and what I and my family faced, is a form of abuse. Sadly there are many more in a church not far away, that are being manipulated and abused. Some for a very, very long time and that is why they are blinded. Thankfully, we escaped. Thankfully our faith isn’t in people but in a God who loves us more than we can dare to imagine! Thankfully we can run to him and find the freedom that so many others have not yet found!
Truly that is what I pray for those people. That God will open their eyes to see the truth. That they too can be free! That even this pastor can be free from his bondage and pain.
And in the fashion of my word for 2017, it is time to surrender the old and embrace the new!
Here’s to the new!