THERE ARE 2 DAYS LEFT!!!
We are counting down to our BlogIversary and the release of Fierce: Surviving Domestic Violence One Step At A Time – on May 27. This also happens to be my birthday! Nothing is making me happier this week than sharing this with you!
I’m so excited, I can hardly wait. 😁 🎂🎈🎊🎆 (that’s probably too many emoji’s isn’t it?)
Yesterday I posted a bit about the new book! You can see that post here. If you want to purchase Fierce on pre-release you may do so here. I also decided to tell you a little more about the book today. Then I’ll get to some more free downloads!
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Who is this book for? This book is for a person who has left a domestic violence relationship. You who are reading this post may be a person who has experienced abuse in this world. You may have been sexually assaulted (in any of its forms) or you may have been verbally abused, you may have been physically beaten.
The statistics are that 85% of adults in the US have experienced some form of abuse from an intimate partner. One in three women in the US has experienced physical abuse from an intimate partner. Abuse has no boundaries. All people regardless of age or income or race or gender or sexual orientation can be living in a situation where their intimate partner is violent.
This violence affects us in all areas of our lives. We feel like we should hide it. The sad truth is so many people are experiencing violence at home, or have experienced it, but we still feel alone and responsible.
When you stand on your porch, your balcony, or in a waiting room and there are 10 people including you, there are seven other people in that place who have experienced what you have experienced. We experience it differently but we’re not alone. There are different degrees and responses to each experience. One person experienced it when they were young and maybe there’s no lasting mental health response. Maybe another person is struggling to cope with their current situation. Maybe another person has PTSD and is on anxiety medication. Maybe another has anger problems and can’t break the cycle. Maybe another person just feels that they are forever unlovable because of the hateful words that found the way to the person’s heart.
By writing Fierce, my goal is to break the silence by telling my story. My hope is that you will find a friend in me. I hope that you will find my friend Jesus who offers hope and who shines light into darkness. I hope that you realize you are not alone in your situation.
Now on to the Freebies!!!
Again, for today, the same as the other days this week, I have created 2 free downloadable verse prints for you. They are available in either PDF format or PNG format. Today’s verse is…
“But those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.” Isaiah 40:31 NLT
Click the image to save it or download for PDF below.
Where is your hope? Many people around the world are experiencing a renewal of sorts. States are reopening for in-person meetings and events. Some things are still separated and socially distanced. We are in this weird in-between stage socially.
Some of us still feel the weight of what we’ve lost. Things feel hopeless and the world around us returns to normal.
In the US, there are people who will soon be evicted. There are people who are unemployed and who are relentlessly searching for a job. There are still people who are heading to food pantries to avoid empty pantries.
Around the world, hundreds of thousands are dead. Thousands are suffering in recovery from pandemic illnesses. Millions of people are still experiencing feelings of loss of their friends, family members, and co-workers. For many people, life will never be the same again.
There are other kinds of hopelessness that existed before this pandemic. There was a heroin epidemic where thousands of people were dying daily. There was a drug addiction epidemic here in the US. There was a human trafficking problem all over the world. The most vulnerable among us were suffering in unthinkable situations. There was abuse and violence and racism all over the world. These things still exist as we go back to normal and shine light into the darkness.
It seemed hopeless. In response to this hopelessness, there is Jesus. I can’t answer all the questions and I don’t have a response to the question Why. I only can point to what I know and what I know is that Jesus is hope. In a hopeless world, Jesus is hope.
I do know that things are different when we have hope in Jesus. I experience healing and renewal with Jesus. I know that I see people around me healed from painful experiences because they are walking with Jesus. I know that Jesus can do miracles that no human can do. I know that he is unfailing where the things and people in the world fade away. I know that he is always there, in all places and situations. Jesus offers to prop the weak up, heal the lame, and open the eyes of the blind.
Happy BlogIversary! Don’t forget to come back tomorrow for more freebies. Also, don’t forget to order your own pre-released copy of Fierce: Surviving Domestic Violence One Step at a Time it will be auto-delivered on May 27, 2021. It’s currently available on prerelease! You can click here to go to the LLR Store page and click through directly to Amazon!
I’d love for you to celebrate with me this week! Leave a comment below and tell me what you’re celebrating today. Big or small, it doesn’t matter. We’re celebrating everything – birthdays, anniversaries, graduations, planting flowers, and sweeping the floor. Celebrate it!
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