My mother did everything. She was a stay-at-home mom. I would just come home to the homemade cookies and cakes and the clean, clean room. When he did come around, he made big promises but rarely followed through. She was more than ready to move out of her structured, sheltered life. He took her to the hotel where he was staying. Until later on that night, I start feeling a little bit weird. When he was telling me, 'You can come over here and you can lie on this bed with me.
He told me, 'Sniff this up your nose. You can trust me. From the other room, her father used the Bible to justify his behavior.
He explained it to me. Because if you were my daughter, you would be a gangster. There were years when she would be free from her dad and tried to live a normal life. Yet her dad would show up whenever he was low on cash or in need of a partner in crime.
Debra spent 21 years entangled in this twisted on and off relationship. There were times I would drop my jobs, my children, no matter what it was, I had to go. Debra spent a lot of time in jail. She finally realized what her father was doing to her life.
He used me to do his time in jail; He used me over and over again. What did I do? Immediately I knew that I never wanted to sleep with him again. Immediately I wanted to live. So she turned herself in to the police. With her focus off of her dad, she finally looked to up for a heavenly father. Come in to my life, come into my heart. Make me whole again. In jail, I felt more freer than ever.
She started with her two sons. It took years before they said, 'Wow, you really have changed. You really mean it. I know the truth today. I know that the truth will set you free. That is why I can tell my story and that is why the guilt and shame that I carried around for three decades, now I can say God has given me grace, and mercy to rise above. To know that I can live, not just exist, but I have a life today. God has made it possible for you to know Him and experience an amazing change in your own life.
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