Posted by: Melinda Todd I never expected that it would happen to me. Being a victim and survivor of childhood sexual abuse, I was a haunted soul.

One day God whispered across my heart.

You don’t have to live your life as a victim, hiding in the shadows of life. Being intimate with your spouse isn’t dirty, ugly, or slutty. I remember looking at my reflection in the bathroom mirror as this love dripped into the crevices of my broken, scarred heart. Healing salve from the One and Only. My blue eyes blinked back tears.

You’re going to be okay. I have made a way. You will use this to help others.

A small sparkle of hope broke through.

Really Lord? Why would anyone even listen to someone like me? Just look at me! I’m a mess.

Silence. A weight lifted from my burdened shoulders.

I don’t know how you are going to do this Lord, but I trust you.

Over the years, I confronted the damage in my life caused by being molested. I spoke to my molester and challenged him to look at the damage he inflicted on my life. In only ways God can, He caused my molester to admit it and to own his guilt and apologize to me.

With His love, the Lord sutured my open wounds in my heart.

It was slow moving, concise, strategical; one stitch at a time he mended me.

Not only did He set me free from the bondage of my past, He gave me the ability to forgive my molester. A deep cleansing breath of life, He alone breathed into my lungs, heart, mind, and soul.

Are you struggling to overcome a past abuse or heart wound? Jesus came to set us free.

You have been invited to lay your burdens down. Lay them at the foot of the cross and leave them there. He is enough, right where you are.

It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery. Galatians 5:1