Author Archives: Sue Cass
Thought for the Week
There’s a reasonAA sponsors are recovering addicts. Lost people don’t want slogans, they want to be shown the way out—by someone who’s actually found it. So don’t just give answers, whenever you possibly can, be someone’s answer, even if only a partial one. And then two people will have found encouragement: The one who’s being helped. And the one whose own sufferings turn out to have had a greater purpose than they ever imagined.
“The most beautiful people…are those who have known defeat, known suffering, known struggle, known loss, and have found their way out of the depths. These persons have an appreciation, a sensitivity, and an understanding of life that fills them with compassion, gentleness, and a deep loving concern. Beautiful people do not just happen.”
I have come to realize that when Jesus spoke to Peter concerning forgiveness, He wasn’t giving him a cute little math equation to complete. He wasn’t giving him a rule to follow and a number to which to count that solves all those moments when someone hurts you again and again. Jesus wasn’t even giving him a bit to memorize; so, he could add it all up after the offense, and then, somehow magically, as if rubbing your hands together to get a bit of dirt off, all could be resolved and forgiven in a certain situation or relationship.
No, truthfully that’s not how forgiveness works. That may work for some petty argument , one in which you really shouldn’t have started anyway. That might work for those little pokes and prods that spouses or close friends go through simply because of a difference if personalities or because of individual…
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With perseverance and God’s healing we all can achieve living our life without fear from all that happened in the past.
#God #Freedom #Fear #Slavery #Bondage #ChildofGod #Healing #Sexualabuse #Child #Abuse #Domesticabuse #Verbalabuse #Molestation
I have used this picture for a very good reason as my header for this blog because that is exactly how I feel most of the time on this computer and the last couple of weeks have been no different, in fact the computer is lucky I didn’t shoot it!
I decided it was time to change my Elah Ministries, Inc website. KUDO’S TO WORDPRESS TECH GUYS AND GALS! It is not easy working with someone who is as dumb as a rock, well maybe just ignorant of how to do things on a computer, and I have probably used half of their helpers in this endeavor. They have ALL been so very helpful, patient, and courteous during my hours of having them walk me through step by step in recreating my website. THANK YOU WORD PRESS HELPERS!
ELAH MINISTRIES, INC. IS NOW NEW AND IMPROVED!
COME CHECK IT OUT.
If a website is not easy for me to use – I won’t use it! So I’m hoping my new and improved is user friendly and very easy to use. There are four categories and very easy to click on. I hope you like it and like the “stuff” I have on it. I still have a little more to deal with, but I will.
Let me know what you think. Please be nice. 🙂
Amy’s Quest: A Novel
Amy sucks in a breath and curiosity steps in. “Tom Adkins? What in the world?” She opens the door and standing there, leaning against the wall sucking on a blade of grass, stands Tom with his tanned muscular arms and slender body. Suddenly, memories from years gone by, flood Amy’s mind. She can’t talk. No words will come as she stares at the now man that once was a devil in disguise.
Amy Preston has a quest to fulfill in her young life after facing many challenges throughout her younger years. Follow Amy’s story of rejection, abandonment, perseverance, and determination to find hope and love in a world that seems to have rejected her. Will her deep heart desired quest ever be fulfilled? Will her dreams come true? Find out in the suspense filled pages of Amy’s Quest.
Sue’s new novel is a heartwarming story of…
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One of the wonderful gifts of WordPress is the community of bloggers that support, encourage, and accept each other exactly for who they are. I have found this to be especially true in the mental health community. Five years ago I had the pleasure of meeting my survivor-sister. She’s a brilliant writer who has agreed to illuminate what for many of us survivors is hard to talk and write about. Ritual Abuse. Although we live on separate continents and we are decades apart in age, our bond, our stories, and trauma are very similar. I’m humbled to get to introduce her bravery to you. It is with great pleasure and an honor to share with you, Illuminating the Un-illuminated
The very best way to counter darkness is illumination, and how do you illuminate something? You drag it out of the shadows, and you shine the brightest of spotlights right on…
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It is not always easy to tell if child sexual abuse is happening especially if the possible abuser is another child. Remember, you are not on your own; you only need to decide that it would be helpful to have someone else look at what is going on.
Do you know someone who:
- Takes younger children to secret places? (e.g. forts, hideouts,woods, etc.)
- Plays “secret” games with younger children? (e.g. doctor, “pants down” games, etc.)
- Plays games with a child that the adolescent would otherwise avoid or hate? (e.g. adolescents playing “house” with a child of five?)
- Experience sudden wide range changes in moods or habits? (e.g. refuses to leave his or her room or expresses anger in unexpected outbursts)
- Insists on hugging or kissing a child when the child does not want to be hugged or kissed?
- Tells you he or she does not want to be left alone with a child?
- Becomes anxious when he or she is told about a particular person coming to visit?
- Focuses intense attention on or is overly interested in the physical maturing of children? (e.g. comments on or is overly interested in the developing bodies of others)
- Uses frequent sexualized language in commonplace settings? (e.g. “I’ll stick my xxx in your mouth if you don’t…”)
- Shows sexual materials to your children?
- Makes obscene phone calls?
- Shares alcohol or other drugs with younger children or teens?
- Exposes his or her genitals to younger children?
- Forces sex on another adolescent or child?
If you answered yes to either of the last two questions, you need to get professional help for the adolescent or the child. For a list of professionals in your area (Georgia) call 1-800-CHILDREN (1-800-244-5373)
A program of Prevent Child Abuse
Touching behaviors include:
- Touching a child’s genitals (penis,testicles,vulva,breasts, or anus) for sexual pleasure or other unnecessary reasons.
- Making a child touch someone else’s genitals, or playing sexual (“pants down”) games.
- Putting objects or body parts (like fingers, tongue or a penis) inside the vulva or vagina, in the mouth, or in the anus of a child for sexual pleasure or other unnecessary reason.
Non-touching behaviors include:
- Showing pornography to a child.
- Exposing a person’s genitals to a child.
- Photographing a child in sexual poses.
- Encouraging a child to watch or hear sexual acts either in person or on a video.
- Watching a child undress or use the bathroom, often without the child’s knowledge (known as voyeurism or being a “peeping Tom”).
If you recognize any of these behaviors and do not know how to talk about these issues, or you want further information, in Georgia please call our helpline toll free at 1-800 CHILDREN (1-800-244-5373)
A Program of Prevent child abuse