Lily of the Valley

They grow in the valleys and in the field. They may even grow among thorns. Sometimes, they are cultivated to grow in planted gardens. The lily grows rapidly and commonly in many places. Charles W. Fry in 1881 wrote a hymn titled The Lily of the Valley in London for the Salvation Army. The openingContinue reading “Lily of the Valley”

Liars

Have you ever met an abuser who didn’t lie? I haven’t. King David wrote the Psalms — he’s one of my favorite authors in the bible. Here’s what he said about liars, You love every harmful word, O you deceitful tongue! psalms 52-4 David, more than a king, was a warrior, singer, poet and aContinue reading “Liars”

Courage to Catch the Contagion

Just as laughter is contagious, so is healing. I’m leaving a home I’ve lived in for 12 years. The person I was when I moved into this house is almost no longer with me. I was scared, lonely, confused and angry. I knew pieces of my story, but not all of it. I was chattingContinue reading “Courage to Catch the Contagion”

Candy & Pearls

Abusers carry with them a spirit that seduces you. They don’t come to you with gnarly teeth and uncombed hair. They present as love, care and nurturing. Particularly, to a child. This pattern stayed with me most of my adult life. Abusers can be fun, alive and seemingly fearless against the cares of this world.Continue reading “Candy & Pearls”