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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: Control (01/30/06)

TITLE: Look up for thy Redeemer Cometh
By Vic Grace


I felt chained, body and soul. No opinion, no emotion, no action was uncontrolled. Did I realize at the time how much I was manipulated? Did he realize what he was doing, by word and deed?

My husband was a professing Christian, in fact had been ordained as a pastor, but he was a man full of pain and he lashed out regularly in the confines of his home, creating an atmosphere of fear and tension.

As time passed I could barely tolerate the touch of his hand on my back, guiding me into our seat at church. I lived in fear that the threats would eventually become more violent and I started to feel the harsh words as a physical pain piercing my very being.

I hung onto God and trusted that He would, in His time, bring me and my children out of that intolerable situation. I reminded myself each day that He never changed, I could trust Him to be the same each day, He was my avenger. I wanted to be an example of a godly womanhood before my sons, I felt I had to wait so that they would know it was God, not man, who said enough was enough.

One Sunday a prophetic word was given, by a visiting ministry to our church, that no one but myself understood. I was sure it was my cue to stand up and accept no more.

It has been eight years now since the divorce, and I thank God in His graciousness that I have no bitterness in my heart. My sons are all grown into fine men, and despite the example of their father are serving God.

As I look back to that time of enslavement, I can say, like Joseph in that although evil was said and done to me, God used those same plans for good. I am happily remarried and all of myself, that was lost, has been recovered. God brought a fine man into my life, through a dream, and that is another story, which I may tell you one day.

Romans 12:19 Don't insist on getting even; that's not for you to do. "I'll do the judging," says God. "I'll take care of it."

Gen 50:20 Don't you see, you planned evil against me but God used those same plans for my good, as you see all around you right now--life for many people.

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Georgiana Daniels02/06/06
Thank you for sharing your story. I'm assuming it is a true story, not fiction? It's not easy to live through that kind of fear, and I'm sure it took courage to share. Thank you.
Nina Phillips02/06/06
That almost sounds a little bit like the story of my life. Did you know me then..LOL God bless you soooo much sister for sharing this story with us. I don't think we should sweep these things under the rugs anyway. Confession is good for the soul. amen Much love in Christ Jesus our wonderful Lord, littlelight
Jan Ackerson 02/08/06
The metaphor in your first sentence is gripping, and really sets the tone for the rest of the story. Well done.
Marilyn Schnepp 02/10/06
Well written, and an interesting and enlightening read. Thank you.