We pick up our discussion with Anna LeBaron about how Christian women often feel an extra layer of guilt and shame when thinking about leaving a marriage to an abusive person. Listen as Anna breaks this down based on biblical principles.
Anna shares that when there is abuse in a marriage it is absolutely not what God wants. Though many of us stay out of a sense of guilt that we haven’t prayed enough or tried hard enough and because we feel it would be shameful, as a Christian wife, to leave.
As our conversation progresses, it becomes clear that there is a pattern evident in each step of growth and healing Anna experienced: she had mentors, friends, and counselors, sent by God, who were speaking wisdom into her life. The results of which helped her to become the strong and confident person she is today.
Find out how Anna compares her journey to that of the growth of an apple seed so that now her life is producing fruit. Because God lifted her out of abusive situations repeatedly to not only heal her, but to equip her to help others.
Anna says, “There is only one time in your life when you can actually change something and create a life for yourself that you actually want to live. It is the immediate now. There is nothing you can do about things past, or control what will happen in the future. The only time you have is right now, with your next breath.”
It could be a decision to make an appointment with a professional counselor. Or calling a friend you trust who is a safe person. Your decision to open your heart to a safe person can change the trajectory of your life.
“My hope for your listeners is they will create a redemption story for themselves.”
And to that is say, “Yes, with God, all things are possible.” (Matthew 19:26)
Resources mentioned by Anna in this episode:
The Betrayal Bond: Breaking Free of Exploitive Relationships Patrick Carnes PhD
Daring Greatly Brene´ Brown