My world blew up nine years ago because a loved one’s secret sin, when exposed, led to his imprisonment. I was suddenly left to provide for and protect my four children. The challenge was enormous as a stay-at-home who had been in ministry for 20-plus years.
I lacked emotional, physical, and spiritual strength as a broken person searching for dignity and solutions in the midst of devastation. While the Lord had been my rock and salvation since childhood, I was shaken to my core.
Christian friends and family carried me through the darkest of days, as well as a complete stranger who reached out after having endured trauma. God placed believers in my life who challenged me to seek and know truth. I claimed Psalm 16:8, vowing I would not turn from my Heavenly Father.
And yet, I wondered why my story had been radically rewritten. How could God destroy every aspect of my life that had given me purpose and joy? The answer became clear as I shared with others how my difficult journey would be worthwhile if God could use it for His glory. That longing evolved into a calling to be the hands and feet of Jesus for those enduring life-altering crises.
I partnered with that “stranger” who became my close friend to begin SiT: Sanctuary in Trauma nearly two years ago. SiT retreats provide a quiet place to help women process their pain, to rest, be encouraged, gain tools to go forward, and most importantly realize that God is trustworthy despite our circumstances. SiT sessions and mentoring reinforce the Bible is true even as we walk through despair.
The opportunity to point hurting souls to scripture has been a blessing, especially as the ministry continues to grow. Partnerships with churches across states are being explored as curriculum is being written and shared with the hope of expanding to include an international impact and outreach for men as the Lord leads and provides.
I still have tough days as I wrestle with broken dreams and loneliness. I also have joy and fulfillment as I live the truth of 2 Corinthians 1:3-4. Praise God I have been comforted in my trouble and can now comfort others who need the Lord.