God and Sexual Assault

Depending on God in Recovery

Our ultimate hope.

When I first started this blog I was intent on writing meditations for our encouragement in recovery. Devotions with prayers to lead us to a closer relationship with God. I then became aware of the need for a place where God and recovery intersect and what we deal with as survivors-whether a devotion or not.

I struggle to find other survivors on the internet explaining that God is the One helping them work through sexual assault. So, I expanded and began share my experiences in recovery and how God is helping me through.

I think it is slightly indicative of our society and the push to take God away that people do not reach for Him. However, I will tell you we can’t do this on our own. Yes, we also need professionals to guide and direct us, to help us process the events and heal, but without God’s strength to get us through we can’t make it.

I would not be speaking what God wants me to say if I didn’t tell you that He wants a relationship with us. God loves us more than any human being ever could.

I have written about the many questions I had arise about God and why He let things happen to us. Shared part of the path I took exploring who, what and why about God and this life. I came to the realization that I cannot do it without His help.

So, as I continue to share on here how God is helping me through, and how He wants to help you as well, I sincerely pray you come to know Him if you don’t already. If you do, I pray you find a closer relationship to Him.

As I was reading in Romans today, I came across verses that are very comforting in our time of recovery.

Often I quote Romans 8:28, “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.”

I have every confidence God will bring good out of what we have endured in life. It doesn’t guarantee we will be happy, but I can tell you when I realize how God is helping me, I have a new joy in my spirit.

God is cheering us on in recovery. Romans 8:31says, “If God is for us, who can be against us?” Not one person on this earth can take away our relationship with God. He is stronger than anything we encounter.

Paul is the writer of Romans and he writes that we are more than conquerors in Jesus. More, meaning we go way beyond winning, we have won because we know God and will spend eternity with Him. Once we know God, that will never change.

“No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Romans 8:37-39cropped-cropped-cross-with-light

So, as we take in the words Paul writes, let’s remember that with God we can get better and we can be healed. It is still a long road, but with His strength we can make it and while we are recovering remember that eternity in heaven awaits and that is the ultimate hope today and everyday.

© 2020 Susan M. Clabaugh. All Rights Reserved.

 

I am a former elementary school teacher and I am currently in the process of recovering from a childhood of sexual abuse and rape. I am pursuing God's will for my life right now which involves following various writing endeavors and working on some publishing. I feel God has led me to write this for my own healing, and to share with others who have been through the trauma of sexual assault.

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