Hi! My name is Sue. I'm 56 yrs old, married (34 yrs), mother of four married adult children and grandmother of four. I've been a believer in Christ since I was 7, so nearly 50 years now. I've taught Bible studies for about 40 of those years, and many of those were Ladies' Bible studies. I'm non-denominational, but grew up in the C&MA in Ohio.
I also grew up under abuse and faced much more throughout my life, particularly by church leaders (you can read part of my testimony in the testimony section under "Church Abuse and God's Ultimate Divine Purpose"). It is only by the grace of God that I came out a whole person who loves Jesus.
God began his work of divine healing in my damaged emotions when I was 32 years old, following another church abuse situation in which the Lord told me to get in there and to fight this through. Memories from my past that had gotten buried deep inside began to surface, but no one seemed to know what I was to do with them other than to "give them to God."
God has taken me down a long road of healing, because each new experience would surface some buried hurt that I did not know was there, and would force it out in the open so that God could heal it.
I don't know all the answers and I'm not coming on here as any kind of expert. I just love the Lord and I'm so grateful for what HE has done in my heart and life. If anyone would like to talk about church abuse or spousal abuse or childhood abuse issues, I would be glad to offer to share with you anything the Lord has taught me, so maybe you won't have to learn things the hard way, as I did. The only support I really had was the Lord, with the exception of a couple of long-distance friends, one of which passed away 7 years ago. So, I know what it is like to feel like you are all alone out there, too.