When Abuse in Within the Extended Family
In this post I am not going to address to the child who is sexually assaulted or molested by strangers or someone outside the extended family. There are some differences in the dynamics. I am a believer that no amount of therapy is going to bring healing to a sexually abused child like God’s touch. His gentle, loving ministrations to us, sometimes through others. And it is often hard for a child to trust others after being betrayed by someone who is supposed to love and care for them.
So at the heart of sexual abuse is a loss of trust. Relationships are often problematic. The child who has been abused may isolate, be quiet, or try to be perfectly. Conversely, there are children who begin to sexually act out or be provocative in their relationships with others. Almost always there are somatic symptoms. Chronic stress can affect many facets of health.
God loves us. I don’t know why He allows this travesty to occur. What we do know is that He promises us that He will never leave nor forsake us and that He can bring healing.
Kim Vogel Sawyer’s ministry focuses on bringing beauty for ashes. Her testimony is an example of how God can help those who have been abused, even for years and years, to be overcomers, through Christ.
We have enjoyed having Kim on the blog this week. I am listening to "Courting Miss Amsel" on audio right now and loving the story. God has blessed Kim with a nine book contract recently! And one of our readers is about to be blessed with a Kim book!
Thank you, Lord, that You are sufficient and that You can heal ALL our hurts, including those so terrible that they may never be expressed aloud. We give You thanks and praise, for your healing. In Jesus’s precious name, Amen.