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Posted: March 27, 2014 in Uncategorized
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Welcome!

I’m so glad you made it to my blog. I hope you’ll find plenty of resources and help on your own journey from brokenness to redemption! If you haven’t already, get a copy of my memoir, “Innocence Stolen, Hope Restored: A Troubled Teen’s Journey From Brokenness to Redemption”, available in paperback and e-book format. If you order directly from me, you will receive a signed copy. I look forward to getting to know my readers, so please shoot me an e-mail or leave a comment.

In this together,

Sarah Browning

I don’t know about you, but I’ve had a rough couple of weeks. We had a fairly sudden death in our immediate family. To be perfectly honest, I haven’t really felt like doing much of anything at all. I’ve had no energy and have barely been able to put my thoughts together to form a complete sentence. This week, I did manage to drag myself through 2 miles on the treadmill, only to discover afterward that I had two different shoes on. See what I mean about barely getting by each day?

Have you ever had days like that?

Or weeks?

Or months?

Being a person who is prone to depression, I’ve become very familiar with this cycle. Having been through it so many times, I know that eventually there will be an end to the dark tunnel.

Do you know there will be an end to the darkness? Do you know there is light eventually? No matter how bleak your situation, all is not lost. Our Father in heaven knows the very number of hairs on our head. He knows the heartache we endure. He knows the tears we cry. He knows the hopelessness we feel. He knows and he cares immensely. He watched his own son suffer a cruel death at the hands of a misguided people. He knows our pain. He endured our pain when he died on the cross. He took on the sin of the world so we can have that light at the end of the darkness. So that we don’t have to suffer eternally.

Put your faith in Christ. He will never leave you or forsake you. He loves you with an everlasting love. Contrary to so many of my own thoughts, he cares about the pain you endure. He cares about the hurts you’ve been through. He cares. He loves. He IS love.

Shame

Posted: April 8, 2014 in Uncategorized

Shame. Now that’s a word I’m familiar with. My guess is that you are too.

Shame: The painful feeling arising from the consciousness of something dishonorable, improper, ridiculous, etc., done by oneself or another. Ex- She was overcome with shame. (dictionary.com)

My personal definition is this: the awful feeling that continuously let me know not that I did something wrong, but that I was something wrong. My being. A mistake.

Note the use of the past tense. See, I lived many years in the shadow of shame because of something that was done to me at a very young age. Something that I had entirely no control over, as no four-year old can control such things. Someone else’s sin. Someone else’s shame. With my entire being, I believed I was a mistake. I can’t pinpoint when it started. All I know is that I was aware that I was part of something very bad. As that awareness grew, so did my sense that I should never have been born.

Shame. It can eat a person alive from the inside out.

The thing is, you were created for a purpose. You are not a mistake. My Father assures me of this when he tells me, “I know the plans I have for you”, declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you. Plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11.

That’s for you as much as it is for me.

“No one who hopes in you will ever be put to shame, but shame will come on those who are treacherous without cause. Show me your ways, Lord; teach me your paths. Guide me in your truth and teach me, for you are God my Savior, and my hope is in you all day long. ” Ps 25:3-5

Put your hope in the Lord and begin the process of seeing yourself the way your loving Father sees you.

If you’d like to know more of my story, grab a copy of my memoir, “Innocence Stolen, Hope Restored: A Troubled Teen’s Journey From Brokenness to Redemption”.

Side note- At this time, the only way to obtain a copy is directly through me by e-mailing me at hope-restored@hotmail.com. The book is $10 plus $3 shipping. E-book coming soon.

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Do you or someone you know struggle with drug and/or alcohol abuse? Do you want to get help to stop using? Teen Challenge has facilities around the world designed to “care for people of all ages demoinstrating a need for intensive help with life-controlling problems.” I have known personally many people who have had their lives changed through Teen Challenge and gone on to live drug and/or alcohol free lives after graduating.

Please, get help now if you are struggling with drug or alcohol abuse. You are worth it and you do deserve it!

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