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Testimony Spring 2008

 

Emily has a servant’s heart and spends a lot of time helping others in her field of Christian counseling. She helped me with issues (things I didn't even know that I was suffering from) that went all the way back to my childhood. I had gone to two other counselors before I met Emily. I thought after leaving their offices that I was completely healed. But Emily saw the pain I was still suffering.


I was sexually abused as a small child, and again when I was eleven years old. That really affected every relationship in my life, and I was clueless. I turned to alcohol when I was thirteen, and when I sobered up fourteen years ago, I thought my life was great. Even though I never touched another drink, my life kept getting worse. The pain and darkness I lived in got to be so overwhelming at times that suicide looked liked a pretty good option.  


After Emily's help, I no longer have bitterness against the people who sexually abused me, and I don't hold them accountable for their sins. I don't have any bitterness toward my ex-wife for having an abortion and telling me that she would never raise any kids that came from my seed. I'm not their judge anymore or anyone else’s now. I no longer see others through them.


Emily worked with me intensely on rejection issues and showed me how to forgive and reconcile with those people, and to see my own sin. She pointed out where I was trying to be God in my own life, and in the lives of those around me. The overwhelming depression I experienced almost every day does not exist anymore. I am no longer locked in the prison of unforgiveness, and can truly say that I walk in freedom for the first time in my life.


Each day I thank God for His loving and healing hand, and I thank Him for using Emily as one of His instruments. To say that I’m a new creation in Christ is an understatement. My identity is no longer in my past or in my achievements. My identity today is in my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.