But, I have a hard time listening to stories of abuse and domestic violence. It pains me to hear accounts of marriages torn by pain and suffering, families trying to endure beyond the fear. I hate to hear these stories because the intense suffering of it hurts me, too. These are people who have been injured intimately by the very people who should have loved them completely, unconditionally, and protected them and supported them in life. To me, abuse and violence is one of the clearest examples of just how broken our world is.
I have a daughter. She is beautiful and precious to me. My husband and I want a brilliant, love-filled present and future for her. I just finished a young-adult novel that included a story of domestic violence. This novel, Unclaimed Legacy by Deborah Heal, showed a home with an abused wife and as I read it I thought about some of my dear friends who have been in marriages and homes with this kind of pain. The thought of my child ever enduring such hurt is troubling and I know I will fight to make sure she never does. I prayed about it and realized I already have two powerful weapons to protect her--God's word and a happy marriage. Making God's teaching part of our daily lives while my husband and I continue to love and support each other and care for our beautiful family will help guide our daughter to a happy future.
I believe we all deserve true love and thankfully we have it unconditionally through Christ.
God, as my child grows, help me guide her towards that kind of love.
Deborah Heal is the author of the Time and Again young adult series. I recommend reading her novels and reading her article about domestic abuse at http://deborahheal.com/staying-relevant-but-keeping-violence-in-ya-fiction-under-control/
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