“Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.” (Matthew 5:4)
My childhood sexual abuse was extensive and went on for several years. That abuse impacted every aspect of my personality and tormented me. Nightmares. Anxiety. Fear. I was terrified to simply walk through Wal-Mart, because I might see a facial feature or smell a particular cologne and be overwhelmed by the memories of my abuse. Sometimes my PTSD symptoms were physical…I could actually feel the body sensations of my abuse…as if it was happening all over again. That fear and anxiety led me to alcohol and drugs to numb the pain and quiet the nightmares. I was an alcoholic by age 12.
Over the years I tried a variety of self-help books, counselors and psychiatrists to help manage my PTSD symptoms. I also tried a variety of medications. I learned helpful coping skills, but nothing brought me peace of mind…until I surrendered to God and accepted Jesus Christ into my heart. I finally realized that the battle is already won. Christ did the hard work for me. Because of his perfect love and ultimate sacrifice, I do have redemption. I am worthy of peace and serenity.
I haven’t had to take anxiety medication in six months. I can’t remember the last time that my PTSD manifested itself. I wake up every morning and tell God how grateful I am for his powerful love. I surrender to Him every morning and put my trust in Him. He has taken away my PTSD symptoms. What do you have to lose? Try it. Please. You are worthy of a full and peaceful life!
“Blessed are the meek.” (Matthew 5:5)