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Come visit my other blogs (on domestic abuse and godly womanhood

Hey y’all, This is Anna. I haven’t been updating this blog for some time, and I’ve let some of my other, older, blogs lie fallow also. This is because my emphasis has changed somewhat.

You know my passion for women who have been wounded by domestic abuse, but I also have an even greater passion for the Word of the Lord. I seek to base my writings and my life upon His everlasting Word, and to honor Him in all that I do.

I’m not sure y’all realize it but I do have another blog for those who have suffered through the fires of domestic abuse (and those who care enough to try to help). It’s called Tamar Weeps (from the Bible story of Tamar, David’s daughter). It, unlike this site, is regularly updated. It can be found here: https://tamarweeps.wordpress.com/
It’s been up for some time now, and I’m working on introducing some new things to it, and I really hope you’ll come on over and join in the conversation. It can also be found on facebook at https://www.facebook.com/tamarweeps/

And now to tell you about my newest project:

My daughter, Tatiana, and I have started a new blog for women called Femina Sola Gratia. Instead of just trying to explain it to y’all, I thought I’d simply publish the about page. Hope to see you over there.

https://feminasolagratia.wordpress.com/
Femina Sola Gratia
Femina…woman, feminine, womanly
Sola…only, alone
Gratia…grace
A woman by grace alone
What does it mean to be a godly woman? Or a woman under grace? What does God want from us today? Why does Jesus matter? Is there really a difference between men and women? And does it really matter if there is? How does what I want, or what society says, play into my life? Does God’s Word really tell us what He expects of us? What about when life is hard–really hard–what then? Does what the Lord demands change to fit the circumstances? Or the millennium?
My name is Anna. I and my daughter, Tatiana, are blessed to share part of our lives, and our faith in the Lord, with you. We’re not here as experts but as pilgrims searching for a City which we will one day call Home. God’s grace has been manifest in our lives so many times and in so many ways. Our lives have been wracked by difficulties, and time and again we’ve found ourselves with no place to go to but to the Lord. We’re here to honor Him, and to seek to bring Him glory through what we write.
Our passion is to write for women, both younger and older, who desire to serve the Lord and to know Him, and for those women who might find themselves struggling with feeling outside of the camp due to some overwhelming difficulty in their lives such as domestic abuse, illness, poverty, wayward children, and so on. Having walked the difficult pathways of pain ourselves, we are familiar with some of their struggles and will seek to come alongside them as fellow believers.
Godly womanhood is under fire today, sometimes even from within the church as both legalists and those who embrace free grace theology (also known as“easy believism” or antinomianism) attack, deny or expand upon what the Lord has commanded from His people. God’s Word is the only basis for truth that there is. Though the mountains fade away, and people live and die, His Word stands. It is His Word and His alone that we will base our lives and our writing on.
Our goal is to honor Christ in everything and, through that, to be a blessing to you.
Welcome.

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My new book on domestic abuse is on sale right now

Do you ever wonder if you might be a victim of domestic abuse? My new Kindle book, Am I Being Abused? A Woman’s Guide to Domestic Abuse, can help you to answer that question. It’s on sale through Sunday.  If you get a copy and like it, please leave a review so others will know that it’s worth reading. Thanks!

 

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Am I Being Abused? Kindle book is Finally Truly Ready!!! yea!

I got my first book up on Kindle officially a little over a month ago. I wrote it, edited it, put it up, and was seriously unhappy with the way it looked. So I worked on it. Again and again and again.

In the meantime, my husband–our abuser–was fired yet again from his job. He lasted in this one six years. Before that, he was unemployed for two years. Before that, he was fired from four separate jobs over a period of four years. And even more before those.

He’s been seriously grumpy. Depressed. Angry. Frustrated. It’s affecting everything.

I’ve been really sick this past month. I have a bunch of chronic health issues, and with all the stress they reared their ugly head big time. But the Lord is good, and He was with me all the time. Helping me. Guiding me. Protecting all of us.

So now, finally, after every single thing, my new Kindle book is finally looking the way I want it to look. And I’ve learned a few things (or a few dozen) about getting kindle books up and ready. The name of it is Am I Being Abused? A Woman’s Guide to Domestic Abuse.

I’m having a promotion starting next Sunday. The price will drop to 99 cents, and work its way back up from there to its normal price of $3.99.

Here’s the Amazon description of my book and a look at the table of contents:

Written by a domestic abuse survivor and the co-author of A Cry for Justice: How the Evil of Domestic Abuse Hides in Your Church, this new book helps women navigate the difficult question: Am I being abused?

If the thought has crossed your mind that you might be a victim of domestic abuse, the most important question that you can ask yourself is: Am I afraid of my husband? If fear defines your relationship, something is seriously wrong. There is a world of difference in an unhappy marriage and an abusive marriage. As you read through this book, you’ll develop the tools necessary to tell the difference.
In this book, you’ll learn…

~How to tell if you are a victim of domestic abuse
~How to tell the difference between true and false repentance
~What you need to do if you are in an abusive relationship
~How to identify your God-given rights

With lists, questions, recommendations, and guidelines Am I Being Abused? A Christian Woman’s Guide to Domestic Abuse offers the reader a way through the valley of abuse and into hope and healing.

A message to my readers

Introduction

Dedication

Chapter 1 Confused, mixed up, brokenhearted feelings

Chapter 2 Am I being abused?

Chapter 3 Delving deeper

Chapter 4 He said he was sorry: true vs. false repentance

Chapter 5 Our God-given rights

Chapter 6 Practical matters

Chapter 7 Things that have been a blessing to me

Is divorce permissible in cases of domestic abuse?

Am I saved?

About the author

Resources

If you’ve got any questions about it (or about abuse in general), or if you just want to share your story, leave a comment on here or message me at thecrossisall@gmail.com.

Hope to hear from you.

Soli Deo Gloria!

Anna

 

 

 

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Tired of pit living

My husband was fired last Monday. Today is his official termination date. He’s on his way over to pick up his things as I type. He’s been fired before. Multiple times.

Sometimes your world just turns upside down. Ours has turned upside down so often, I hardly react to it when it does. It’s just “Okay, it happened again. What do we do?”

I don’t want to live like this anymore.

Today I took some steps towards changing things. For me. For my children. My husband will have to do that for himself. I can’t. Not anymore.

It’s not that I don’t want to. It’s that it’s impossible to.

He doesn’t listen to those who try to help him. He won’t go to a counselor. He just turns a deaf ear and does what he wants to and he always winds up in a pit. I’m tired of pit living.

He has to know what he is. He has to know that what he does is wrong, He has to see that he always…always…ends up in the same place. Not just professionally, but in everything.

He’s an abuser. He’s careless with his career, just as he is with us. It’s gone on too long. It’s time for a change.

He’s taken everything from us. Everything except our faith, our tenacity, our determination. The more he did to us, the more those grew.

I want a new life, and by God’s grace and with His guidance, I’m willing to do whatever it takes to get it.

By God’s grace and with His help, I will.

Dear Lord,

Please help us. We have no other help but Yours. We know not where to turn, where to go, or what to do. Guide us, please. Your way is the way we want. We desire that Your will shall now and always be our will. 

In Jesus’s Name,

Amen

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A good day in the midst of the bad

It’s been a good day. In our situation, finding something normal to do is nearly impossible. So it’s a really great feeling when we do. Today was one of those days.

In our situation, finding something normal to do is nearly impossible. So it’s a really great feeling when we do. Today was one of those days.

Nothing has changed. We’re still facing eviction unless something drastic changes. We’re still living with an abuser. We’re still struggling with health issues. We’re still…so much more.

But today, we laughed. We talked. We enjoyed one another. We simply had a bit of fun.

God was good today, as He is always. If we’d not been able to laugh, God still would have been good. As it was, He enabled us to laugh. To forget the enormity of our problems for just a little while.

Tonight reality is weighing a little heavier on me. My husband is calling around, looking for help that he’s not going to find. He just told a friend of his that we’re about to go under. I don’t know what to do. But what I will do is this: Tonight when I get into bed, I will pray. I will turn our struggles over to the Lord, just as I do every night. And I will trust in Him no matter what.

And I will remember today and smile.

 

 

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Too many questions with no answers

What do you do when you don’t know what to do? When there are far too many questions and you have no answers at all? If you are a Christian, you turn to Jesus.

I couldn’t have made it through the days and years of my life without the Lord. Just like His Word says, when my father and my mother abandoned (or abused) me, He took me up (Psalms 27:10). Added to that was when faced with chronic illness, when poverty struck, when my babies were lost to miscarriage, when my husband abused me, when two of my nine children pushed me out of their lives, when…. so many other things.

Jesus is not only the Way, the Truth, and the Life, He is also the only One that has ever been faithfully faithful to me. So, just like so many times before, I’m turning to Him, trusting Him to make a way where there is no way.

My husband is still abusive. He is abusive to the point where my teenaged daughter felt the need to start a GoFundMe to try to find the means of our leaving him.

On top of his abuse, he’s financially inept. He’s gone bankrupt three times. He owes everybody and his brother, and then some. He’s borrowed from all of his family, again and again, and never repaid. He’s borrowed from others and never repaid. He’s also gotten money from others with no intention of repaying, as in “hey, can you give me this?” He owes landlords money in two states. We’ve lived in a state of deprivation forever. He is educated but makes little, and wastes what little he has. We struggle for everything that comes our way.

Now, the landlord, because of lack of pay, is demanding that we leave or pay him. He has started an eviction process. We have no money to go with, and nowhere to go. It, like everything, is in Jesus’s very capable hands.

And to top things off, my husband might be being fired. He failed to pass his evaluation. So we won’t even have any income. If he’s fired, it won’t really be that surprising. They’ve been threatening to fire him for a while now, and it’s a state job. It’s hard to get fired from a state job. But he’s good at being fired. He’s been fired multiple times in his career.

My husband’s health is failing, as is his mood. He’s falling apart. Honestly, I ache for him. I don’t hate him. I do hate what he’s done to us, but I know that my real battle is with Satan. My husband is simply a tool in his hands. He’s falling apart physically and emotionally. And that’s just one more thing on us.

What do you do when you don’t know what to do? You turn to the One who not only knows the way, but is the Way.

I’ve done that, and I’m leaning hard on Him, to make streams in the desert, paths where there are none, and to show us how and where and when to travel where He leads us, and to provide the means of doing so. We struggle daily to survive. Hand in hand with my Lord, I’m working towards changing that.

I’m working on changing everything.

 

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Letting go

The other day, I let go. I simply can’t do it anymore. For far too long, I’ve traveled the road of trying to do everything that needed doing, including things someone else needed to do but wouldn’t do, and I did it with an abusive husband breathing down my neck, his family picking apart everything I did, and even two now adult children (two out of my nine) seeing me as the bad parent and never-failing to let me know what they thought of me, and because of the influence of my husband on the churches we’ve attended, often without a church to lean on (except in rare occasions).

I’m tired. Beyond tired. I’m exhausted. And, honestly, I have no idea what to do anymore.

So I’m letting go. Or, rather, I already have.

I simply didn’t know what else to do.

God is the only One who can possibly know my way. My way is so hard, so confusing, so filled with fear that, without Him, there’s no hope. He knows the way that I need to travel. I only need to let go and follow Him.

As the moments crawl into days, I’ll fill y’all in a bit more on God’s wondrous ways and my tentative steps in following Him. If you’re new here, welcome. If you’ve been here a while, welcome back. Let’s join our hearts and voices as we praise our wondrous Lord.

If you’re here and not a Christian, you are still welcome. May you see His amazing grace as we travel on.

Anna