Hi Ruth! :)I decided I was going to leave you a post here because you'd be more likely to read it.I'm 20 years old, and I'm the eldest child and daughter in a Christian household of five children. Your blog is very moving, and I'll keep you in my prayers. You're a very intelligent person, and I know you may or may not hear this enough, but Jesus does love you, and we are all given only what we can handle, and you've handled this situation well, and it's great that therapy is helping you more.There was something my mother pointed out to me recently. Growing up, my mother wanted to designate mandatory prayer and Bible reading, because our very legalistic Independent Fundamental Baptist church forced that upon all their children. Also, women were only allowed to have 4 jobs: pastor's wife, missionary's wife, Christian school teacher, and homemaker. Men were not so limited.My father, a well-educated man in the Bible, rejected that idea. He left us alone, and instructed us in the Word when it was necessary, but ultimately, he let us feel it out on our own. Now, I have my own personal relationship with Christ, and it's the best it's ever been. We've been attending a Church of God, so it's more of a Pentecostal persuasion than a Baptist one. I'll tell you this, because I don't say it alot, but had I continued in the IFB church, I would not have any relationship with God.Ruth, these experiences have made you a strong woman. And don't let any past experiences tell you otherwise, but being a strong woman is not contrary to the Scriptures. Paul said to remain "steadfast in the faith," and I don't think he was speaking to just men.*hugs*
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