Child Abuse Help - Thoughts, Feeling, and Beliefs
If you are seeking child abuse help, it matters significantly what you think, feel, and believe. If you are an adult survivor of child abuse, you may still be struggling with these things. Contrary to what society or anyone else has told you, thinking, feeling, and believing are the essence of your being, and vital to your mental health. We want to help you look into your troubling thoughts, feelings, and beliefs, and discover what lies beneath them.
Childhood sexual abuses, and other forms of abuse, have long-lasting ramifications. You may be asking, "Why me?" "How come God allowed this?" "What did I do?" Perhaps you are thinking, "I don't belong or fit in" or "No matter how real things may seem, are things truly real?"
As a child abuse victim, you may be experiencing feelings of anger, guilt, shame, unforgiveness, and you may not feel clean internally. Or you may feel that it's a burden to survive day to day. You may be questioning your belief system: Who do I believe? What do I believe? All this can be very confusing as you try to sort out beliefs about God, others, and yourself!
Child Abuse Help - Transformation
Child abuse help is available. Do you want to have that transformation? What happened to you as a child was totally unnatural, but there is a supernatural way to deal with it, to be healed, and to be transformed from the inside out. Trying to cope with life, your thoughts, feelings, and beliefs is complicated. There is no quick fix. Thoughts are still there, feelings are still present, and believing is difficult. God is there for you and He cares. He wants to heal you and give you freedom. Help is available for victims of child abuse. There is hope. Consider the following acrostic, written by a child abuse survivor:
I went from:
A - Anger: I am always angry and mad.
B - Belonging: I am feeling isolated. No one cares!
U - Understood: I am never understood.
S - Shame: I feel blame, shame, and guilt for everything.
E - Entrapped: There is no way out. I'm just surviving day by day.
D - Disgraced: There is no love and no honor. I'm humiliated.
A - Anger: I now have righteous anger. I speak up for others, as well as myself.
B - Belonging: I belong to the family of God. I am loved!
U - Understood: I am totally accepted and cared for.
S - Shame: My guilt and shame are gone. I am forgiven in Jesus Christ. He took my shame on Himself.
E - Ensnared: I'm protected by God and His way.
D - Death: Jesus died so we can be reborn in Him. There is no more disgrace, but God's grace instead!
Child Abuse Help - Hope For You
It is important to understand that the heart (our entire being) is a divine creation and it is made up of our thoughts, feelings, and beliefs. Proverbs 27:19 says, "As water reflects the face, so a man's heart reflects the man." When a child is abused, whether sexually or otherwise, it goes right to the core of his or her being, the heart! The Bible tells us that out of the heart flow all things. Mark 7:20-21 says, "…What comes out of a man is what makes him 'unclean.' For from within, out of men's hearts, come evil thoughts, sexual immorality…" Therefore, the heart is what is ultimately affected by abuse and it needs to be healed. Only through God and His Spirit working in us can true healing be accomplished. Philippians 2:13 says, "For it is God who works in you to will and to act according to his good purpose."
If you are dealing with child abuse that occurred in your past, you are not alone. Recovery from abuse is possible. Jesus says, "Come, I will help you on your journey. There is hope and healing for a hurting heart."
If you’d like to make a difference in the life of a child who may be experiencing a level of abuse, please consider Compassion International. There are children in need all over the world and a monthly sponsorship goes a long way in alleviating that hurt.