There are things in life that make me drop to my knees and clutch my chest. An overwhelming pang of anxiety that twists my insides and steals my breathe. One of those things is abuse, no matter what form.
Mental/Emotional abuse: a form of abuse characterized by a person subjecting or exposing another to behavior that may result in psychological trauma, including anxiety, chronic depression, or post-traumatic stress disorder. Such abuse is often associated with situations of power imbalance, such as abusive relationships, bullying, child abuse and in the workplace.
Physical abuse: an act of another party involving contact intended to cause feelings of physical pain, injury, or other physical suffering or bodily harm.
Spiritual abuse: is the maltreatment of a person in the name of a god, deity, faith, cult-religion, or church.
Definitions found on Wikipedia.org
It breaks my heart to even hear that there are people in this world who experience abuse, whether so small it is difficult to identify or traumatic abuse. It hurts. It destroys.
Many of you may have been a victim of domestic violence, or spousal abuse, with scars that run deep. Some may be currently experiencing abuse, wounds raw, making it too hard to even acknowledge. I don’t know. I don’t know the fear or the pain you may be carrying around; but my heart does break for you and I pray that our Lord would protect you and restore you.
My husband’s company, Sevenly, is promoting awareness for a cause this week that helps victims of abuse. For this week only Sevenly has partnered with an organization called Sheltering Wings, raising awareness, as well as funds to support their efforts in providing a safe haven for the abused. Sevenly has produced a custom shirt design for Sheltering Wings, and with every purchase $7 go towards sheltering women and children who are victims of domestic abuse.
Here is a short video from Sheltering Wings:
This is a call for change. A way we can all participate in helping those around us who are suffering.
If you are a victim of abuse or you know someone who is, please check out Sheltering Wings website at www.shelteringwings.org
If your situation needs immediate response please contact your local law enforcement.
If you feel compelled to join Sevenly to raise awareness and generate funds to support this charity please visit them at www.sevenly.org
Dear Heavenly Father,
We pray for any person, man, woman, or child, who has or who is suffering from abuse. Please protect them Lord. Remove them from those violent situations, and provide a safe haven. You are our refuge! Give people courageous to stand in faith for change and give them hope for a better future! Please restore lives that are hurt and broken. Bring restoration. Heal them O God! May people be blessed through this post, may awareness spread, and may the darkness and evil ways of people cease! We pray that abuse would end. We pray that the abusers would turn from their ways and humble themselves before you. We pray that your power changes peoples lives in Jesus Holy name AMEN!