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Mad, Bitter, Angry, Saved, Hurt, & Restored

Mad, Bitter, Angry, Saved, Hurt, & Restored

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Mad, Bitter, Angry, Saved, Hurt, & Restored

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95 pagine
1 ora
Pubblicato:
Apr 11, 2012
ISBN:
9781449744861
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My purpose for sharing my personal story is to inspire those who are hurt to know Jesus and receive all that he died for us to have. The freedom that the Lord offers is for those who are lost, mad, bitter, angry, and hurt. I pray that those who read this book will know that the Word of God contains the answer to every situation that can be encountered. The Word of God is powerful and has the capability of restoring and mending relationships. For anyone who has been molested, raped, hurt, persecuted, and void of hope, I encourage you to read this book. Hear and allow God to minister to you. He wants to help you to become the person that he died for you to be. Dont live in bondage. Now is the time for you to break free and take your life back! You are more than a conqueror through Christ Jesus, and no problem is bigger than God.

Pubblicato:
Apr 11, 2012
ISBN:
9781449744861
Formato:
Libro

Informazioni sull'autore

LaVonda is a native Memphian. She is a widow and the mother of three biological children and one adopted son. She served eight years in the military, and is currently a paralegal/pre-law major with a desire to become an attorney. She is also opening a shelter to help women and teenagers take control of their lives back and become everything that God says they can be. She is a motivational speaker and genuinely cares for the souls of people. She gives God all the honor, the glory, and the praise for everything in her life.

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Contents

Dedication

Acknowledgments

Chapter 1

Innocence Taken

Chapter 2

It Is All About Me Now!

Chapter 3

Meeting of the Saints and Getting Saved

Chapter 4

The Military, Marriage, Separation, the Woman, Back Home, and Divorced

Chapter 5

Getting Married, Becoming a Pastor’s Wife, and a Blended Family

Chapter 6

Tired, Broken, and Hurt in the Church

Chapter 7

Going Backward, Away from God, and Restored

It’s Not an Option

Dedication

"Dedicated to the Memory of my loving husband Albert Louis Campbell and the greatest loving grandmother in the whole world Josephine Stinson. "GONE BUT NOT FORGOTTEN! I LOVE YOU, ALWAYS!

Acknowledgments

First, I would like to thank the Lord for His mercy and grace and for allowing me to go through and come out of all my trials and tribulations victoriously. He has kept me in my right mind.

I would like to thank my mom, Porchia Reed, for everything she has endured, learned along the way, and become so that we could have the relationship that we have now. I love you, Mom!

Additionally, I would like to thank my former pastor and first lady, A. W. and Lillie Pope, for all their love and patience with me and allowing me to call them at all times of night, worrying them. I love you.

To Carla Pope-Green, I love you for being there for me and being real in my life. I thank God for my friend, Melisa Miller, who was there when I needed her.

I thank God for my present Bishop and first lady, J. W. and Helen Bracy, for their love and encouragement. Thank you for pushing me into my calling as well as not letting me sit down on the gifts God placed in me. I love you.

To my children, Apree Jamiya Jackson, Dominique Porchia Campbell, Qwaunze Kaliq Campbell, and Denzel Jamal Davis—thank you all for weathering the storms with me and being obedient. Thank you for your unconditional love. Just know I only want the best for each of you.

Thanks to all the other people who caused me drama, pain, and suffering. You all helped me to love harder, learn how to look beyond negativity, and grow spiritually in God. I truly love you all. I thank God for the seasonal people He placed in my life to help me learn the difference between real and fake friends.

To the men who have come in my life and left my life—thank you for whatever role you played, whether good or bad. My prayer for each of you is that you are blessed and see my dust as I go and grow stronger. Please don’t get upset if you don’t see your name. The page isn’t long enough. God bless each one of you.

Chapter 1

Innocence Taken

I grew up in what was considered the good housing projects in Memphis, and it was much better than the rough areas. In our neighborhood we had a playground and a lot of children to play with, and our days were filled with laughter. As a child at the age of ten, having fun was all I knew, since most of our parents went out a lot or had boyfriends that we did not like.

When I was eight years old, I was molested, but I did not know what was happening to me. I heard girls talking about things that happened and why some of them were living with grandmothers or aunts. Then I realized what had been happening to me.

My mom had a boyfriend who lived with us, and I did not like him. He used to look at me in ways that made me feel very uncomfortable and said little things to me that I knew he should not be saying. He would touch me in places I knew he shouldn’t. I told my mother about it, and because she knew we didn’t like him, her response was that we just did not want her to be happy. Those words pierced my heart. I was mad that she did not listen to me. Because my mother didn’t say anything to her boyfriend, he felt like he could continue doing what he was doing.

Some nights, my mom’s boyfriend would come home drunk after disc jockeying. He would come into my room, touching me all over. I would lie there and cry, feeling vulnerable and scared, because I had no one to tell—not even my own mom. He continued molesting me for about three months before he finally raped me one night when my mom and aunts were at a club. I lay there, crying and hurting, wishing that I could die or that my mom would have listened to me. I knew that she would not believe me if I told her what he had done. Her words were imbedded in my head.

It made me angry, and a part of me felt lost and taken advantage of. I had become a child scorned for life. I wanted to kill the man who hurt me; I wanted him dead. I didn’t really know what prayer was or how to pray, but I remember asking God to make it stop and saying I wish this man were dead. Two weeks later, he was killed in a motorcycle accident on his way home from playing at a club in Mississippi. To me it was justice, and I did not shed one tear. That anger and hurt stayed buried inside of me. My mom and I were never close after that. Her refusal to defend me had driven a wedge between us, and from that moment on, I never trusted another man. I had become an angry, bitter child. I lived my life in a kind of fear that no child should ever have to live in.

Two years passed, and along came another live-in boyfriend who was worse than the other. In the beginning, he was all right, but once he and my mother got married, the saga began. He drank a lot, stayed out all night, came home angry, beat my mom, found reasons to threaten us, cheated, and everything else under the sun. My brother, sisters, and I would lie in bed, angry, crying, afraid, and hurt, knowing that there was nothing that we could do about it. We feared that a he would pull a gun on us as he had done before. We had to hear the agony of our mom being treated like a child. We were being provoked to anger, and it hurt like hell.

Colossians 3:21says, Fathers, provoke not your children to anger, lest they be discouraged. So I say to you parents—because there are some men, boys, women, and girls who are being abused—if you are in an abusive relationship or environment, for the love of the children and their sanity, get out! Abuse

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