Well, I have 3 reasons. The first is the most important:
- Jesus is leading me to help others by telling my story.
God gave me the gifts of writing and public speaking. But I wouldn’t have had anything especially purposeful to write or speak about if I hadn’t experienced two significant things.
- a mind-altering, heart-wrenching, soul-pummeling history of abuse
- a thoroughly transformational, radically restorative, holistically healing experience of God’s grace
The harm done to me cannot match the love shown me by Jesus.
With a call that has been both gentle and insistent, Jesus has led me to this place where I am to write and speak to you about the life-tilting abuse you’ve endured.
But I won’t stop there. No way!
That’s just the beginning. Chapter one. And the shortest of all the chapters.
Because the rest of the story (and the focus of my writing and videos) is all about Jesus’ commitment to your renewal, well-being, and reward. I share with you what your response to His great love must be.
I used to wish I was someone in the Bible
As a preteen, I tried to study the Scriptures on my own. I was in awe of so much of what I read. I used to think how favored the people were who got to have their stories recorded in the Bible.
Their lives—in little and big ways—were featured to be a lesson to countless generations of people. Their stories—whether they did good or evil—demonstrated God’s faithfulness, forgiveness, judgment, and power.
How I wanted to be one of those people! What an honor!
Though I knew that it would mean that the whole truth about my life would be displayed (my disobedience as well as my better choices, my punishments as well as my rewards), I had two specific desires.
My first desire was that I wanted to be used by God as an example of what to do (and many times, what not to do) in following Him as His child. My second desire may be a little harder to explain.
I wanted not only for other people to see my whole life written out for study and consideration, but also I wanted to see it. I wanted to read about my life in an objective way that would allow for honest self-examination.
Well, according to God’s great plan and provision, I wasn’t born in ancient times, which is just as well (I really like air conditioning and central heat!). So I didn’t get to live when the events in the Bible were happening.
I’m living now
God made me on purpose for a purpose, and “for such a time as this” (Esther 4:14, New International Version).
And I believe that part of that purpose was to experience the difficult things I did, survive them, and learn from Him to thrive after them. Then write about it all so that I can help others who have been through the very same things.
Jesus came to me and healed me and holds me still. How can I do anything other than share that story of hope and healing with you, right when you need to hear it?
“[My] firm decision is to work from this focused center: One man died for everyone. That puts everyone in the same boat. He included everyone in his death so that everyone could also be included in his life, a resurrection life, a far better life than people ever lived on their own.” (2 Corinthians 5:14-15, The Message)
“. . . no one need be destroyed; by believing in him, anyone can have a whole and lasting life. God didn’t go to all the trouble of sending his Son merely to point an accusing finger, telling the world how bad it was. He came to help, to put the world right again. Anyone who trusts in him is acquitted; anyone who refuses to trust him has long since been under the death sentence without knowing it. And why? Because of that person’s failure to believe in the one-of-a-kind Son of God when introduced to him.” (John 3:16-17, The Message)
I believe every word of those verses. And my writing is inspired by them.
I promise that what you experience from me is authentic
2. What readers love most is that my writing is honest and vulnerable.
Whether I’m writing poetry, books, blog posts, and emails or appearing in a video or a podcast, you will hear the truth from me as honestly as I know how to convey it.
My writing isn’t just truthful. It’s also kind and supportive.
I’ve been shown so much mercy during my healing. God graciously brought remarkable people into my life at just the right time to teach me just the right lessons.
And now I find myself overflowing with love for others, the same love that I have been shown. Thanks be to God, because of that love, I now have deep and abiding peace, real and unquenchable compassion, genuine and recurring Joy.
That leads to my third reason for sharing myself with you.
I can’t contain the passion that I have for God’s goodness and grace!
3. I want to walk alongside you as together we walk with Jesus.
That’s why MyNameIsElizabethAnne.com exists. It’s my way of spreading the word that lasting Joy is possible after surviving abuse.
I do this by providing easy-to-implement tools of recovery that inspire hope, self-care, encouragement, community, and Joy.
When you’ve suffered abuse, it’s extremely important to understand how the abuse affected you. It’s equally important to know how God heals you from those negative effects.
And, before you can really have an understanding of either of those points, you’ve got to recognize what types of abuse there are and who perpetrated which type of abuse against you.
These topics can take a long time to sort out. That’s why I write posts, make videos, record podcasts, and email even more detailed information about abuse recovery to my subscribers on this site.
At MyNameIsElizabethAnne.com, I aim to motivate you to seek Joy. Then I equip you with tools to help you do just that.
Thank you for joining me on this journey. Writing to you and speaking to you encourages me just as much as any encouragement you receive from me. Since recovery begins in community, sign up below.