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Topic: Endurance (03/22/04)

TITLE: A Better Tomorrow
By Ann Marie Lindenmeyer


Her new apartment wasn't much to look at, but it was home. She sat at her worn down kitchen table. While sipping her coffee, she thought how difficult it had been to take this final step. Fear consumed her the day she had moved into her new place.

She didn't know where life would lead her but her heart was in a safer place, far from his anger. She couldn't truly understand how she endured so much emotional pain. Repeatedly she had taken his beatings, emotionally and then physically. Finally, her inner strength overcame the fear that had overwhelmed her.

She was now on a new path to regain her self-worth and dignity. There would be a long road of healing ahead of her, but she was ready to face it head on. It was time to move on and find herself again, she had been lost for too long.

He had threatened her so many times and couldn't be trusted. She was afraid now, but strong. His anger intensified when she had left. She took away the control he had over her for a long time and now he was lost. She knew this was the right thing to do for the long run, that her life would be different now.

Outside her kitchen window, birds were chirping a beautiful song and the early morning sun was shining through the window. She knew hope was within her grasp. God was with her even if she hadn't realized just how much. She now felt an endurance to ride out the waves she faced in the near future.

She walked quietly into the kids bedroom and watched them sleeping. There was such a beauty displayed in the innocence of their faces. They were her beautiful blessings. Through the abusive relationship, came two incredible gifts from God.

Walking back into the kitchen, she took a deep breath and then sighed heavily. She had so many mixed feelings right now. She recalled the previous night lying in bed praying. A peace had come over her as she closed her eyes and drifted off to sleep. She remembered waking up this very morning feeling a sense of comfort.

She sat back at the kitchen table, resting her hands on her coffee cup. Then she heard it, the small pitter patter of little feet.


"Yes sweetie."

"It's such a beautiful day today, isn't it?"

"Yes it is," she said and then thought, "Dear God, yes it is."

Copyright 2004, Ann Marie "Ree" Brown.

Member Comments
Member Date
Lynne Cox03/29/04
I've been there! You did a great job of describing the fear and hope you felt that first morning alone.
Juanita Pittman-Brown03/29/04
I have been where you have been, and there is great hope as you describe. It is good to share and encourage others as you have -- for we all need encouragement to know that tomorrow is another day, and sometimes the wee voice of a child sets the stage for that tomorrow.
Dave Wagner03/29/04
>> ...she had been lost for too long...and now he was lost...<<

I liked that transition a lot. Solid post, good work. Thanks for posting it.
Dori Knight03/30/04
a good, strong story about a good, strong woman. very well written. thanks for this!
Corinne Smelker 03/31/04
Wonderfully and poignantlu written
Dian Moore03/31/04
Well written with super transitions. I admire this woman in the story and feel compelled to urge her on.
Donna Anderson04/01/04
I sense the Lord's affirmation in the blue sky, the bird's song and your child's happy comment. Inspiring. :)
Kenny Paul Clarkson04/02/04
very well done