I thought my circumstances needed to change, but it was my relationship with the past that needed to change.
Like many of you, I experienced some difficult things in my faith community growing up, which affected me later as an adult. For many years, I had unhealthy ideas about God and my worth, and I suffered from severe social anxiety at church.
My Savior Jesus Christ has worked a great miracle in my life! He has helped me understand and heal from what was at the root. While my past experiences have lost their sting, what I've learned will always remain with me. I wouldn't trade my experiences, as they helped me while raising my own teens. They've also come in handy in the 20+ years I've spent working with youth at church.
This site is a collection of small answers, helpful tools, and little miracles that came while healing from religious trauma and hurt at church. I hope you can find hope and inspiration if you are healing from similar things. I know God can work anything to our good.
Your friend in forward movement and change,
Strength Beyond My Own
You planted words inside my mind
and did your best to make them true
You can say anything when we're alone
I have no control of you
You'll halt my future
I'll lose my friends
I'm irrational, confused
You say these things repeatedly
until some of them are true
But there is One beyond the shame
and Him you cannot reach
He'll part this raging sea you've left inside of me
it is Him that I choose
With Him all stones are thrown
indefinitely to the ground
He tells me miraculous things
when we're alone
He gives me strength beyond my own
- Jennifer Weaver