One of the most difficult things to do as a survivor of abuse is to keep from isolating yourself. It’s so easy to hide, and avoid relationships in order to protect ourselves from anymore pain, but the reality is when we do that we invite all sorts of other issues into our lives; depression, loneliness, and feelings of worthlessness.
A part of breaking free means breaking out of our personal safety zones and doing life with others…building a community or network of friends that inspire and encourage us. Inviting accountability in our lives, in the areas where we need to be held accountable. All of these things are scary, but the alternative is much worse.
This year I became a part of a wonderful group of ladies through my church who each have a desire to reach women of all ages, and help them find a community of believing women that they can “do life” with. We call ourselves “Inspire” and we are all about inspiring women to grow spiritually, connect in authentic relationships and serve in their local community.
We have a blast each month, and the friendships that have formed out of this adventure together are priceless to me. Even though these women do not share my story of surviving from sexual abuse, they each have their own redemptive stories that connect us together on common ground: their love for Jesus Christ.
Above all else, that binds us together.
Are you seeking out healthy relationships in your life, or hiding? I encourage you to make a point to get involved in a local group, sport, church or healthy activity of some kind that will help you build community in your life. It’s a beautiful thing, and a wonderful way to continue healing from the past.