"I stand amazed in what God did." - Pastor Candy
Candy's childhood family life appeared as any other normal non-Christian home. But everything changed after her dad's sister was killed in a head-on collision. Because her dad was in shock over the loss of his sister, his behavior changed, and he began to drink every day. When she was about seven years old, her dad began to abuse her and she felt it was her fault. She couldn't go outside and play with the kids because she had a secret to keep. This led her to have feelings of bitterness, jealousy, hatred, and anger. She prayed that God would eliminate her dad.
At the age of 17, she moved out of their home and found a job. She met her (now) husband and married him at age 18. Shortly after her marriage, her brother-in-law was in an accident and was sentenced to community service. The community service program taught her brother-in-law about God's love, and he gave his heart to the Lord. Her brother-in-law invited them to a church where she learned about forgiveness and ultimately was able to forgive her dad.
She invited her dad to church many times but each time he refused, until the day he asked if her church was having an Easter program. He went to church that Sunday and the best gift she ever received was watching her dad give his heart to Christ. He died of a heart attack not long after that day. She is thankful that God saved her from living with regret and shame, and all she had to do was forgive her dad. She stands amazed at what God did in her life.
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Like Candy, many people struggle with pain and unforgiveness after child abuse. You may have feelings of hatred, bitterness, resentment, and anger. We encourage you to draw closer to God and discover His plan for your life. God doesn’t demand that you get all cleaned up before you come to Him. If you choose to draw near to Him, He will meet you, love you, and help you see how important and valued you are to Him.
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Words to Live By:
"For if you forgive other people when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive others their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins" Matthew 6:14-15 (NIV).
"And when you stand praying, if you hold anything against anyone, forgive them, so that your Father in heaven may forgive you your sins" Mark 11:25 (NIV).