Today, Anne speaks to us about her work in helping women set boundaries for safety, obeying through confusion and pain, pornography and how it contributes to abuse, and choosing faith.
Inspiring biblical passage of the moment: “Ye shall not need to fight in this battle: set yourselves, stand ye still, and see the salvation of the Lord with you, O Judah and Jerusalem: fear not, nor be dismayed; to morrow go out against them: for the Lord will be with you.” 2 Chronicles 20:17
Spiritual growth focus at the moment: Self care– learning to take the time to care for myself spiritually, physically, and mentally.
Profession: Founder & CEO of Betrayal Trauma Recovery, Producer & Host of Betrayal Trauma Recovery Podcast.
A one sentence bio of yourself: Anne, Warrior for Peace, ending abuse by helping one woman at a time set boundaries for safety.
When did you first encounter God and how did you encounter Him? It’s like He’s always been there. Sometimes, He’s felt very far away. Sometimes, I haven’t understood why He was allowing such awful things to happen. My encounters with God are usually in hindsight. I obey His commandments, and wait through the pain, and see His hand revealed much later. Obeying through the pain and confusion has blessed me immensely.
“Obeying through the pain and confusion has blessed me immensely.”
What has helped you grow spiritually in this season? Choosing faith. Faith is a choice. Sometimes, when we can’t feel God or understand His plan, choosing to believe and obey has helped me grow. It’s enabled miracles to happen.
“Choosing faith. Faith is a choice.”
Just read/currently reading (and what has it taught you?): I love the parable of the unjust judge: Luke 18. I did a podcast about it.
Top three essentials: Daily scripture study and prayer. Sleep. Chocolate.
How did God speak to you recently? God usually speaks to me through the scriptures. When I want to hear God’s voice or feel comfort, I turn to the scriptures. If I miss my daily scripture study, I really feel it.
Hobby: Snow skiing, swimming, gardening.
Top three practical tips for staying spiritually strong:
1. Read the scriptures everyday.
2. Pray everyday.
3. Hug your kids. A lot.
Favorite person in scripture? Right now, it’s Moses. I feel like trying to teach people that pornography is abusive, stop pornography by helping women married to pornography users set boundaries, and stop abuse is such an overwhelming job. I’ve seen God part a lot of little tiny creeks, and I have faith that God will part the sea so women can walk through on dry ground, and find a safe place for themselves and their families.
What do you want people to learn about God when they look at you? We can take a stand for truth. I want them to see a woman who has been oppressed on every side by Satan’s lies. Satans’ lies about men, about women, about pornography, about abuse. Lies told in our culture, sometimes in our churches. But I stand firm. God supports me, and I want them to see God’s support and strength.
Favorite season? Fall. I love the fall colors.
Favorite holiday? Christmas!!
A dream you have? Well . . . if you must know. I dream of having a robot that cooks, does the dishes, does laundry, picks weeds, etc.
A special tradition you and your family engage in or keep: We love doing blind taste tests. I buy a bunch of the same thing from different brands, and we try every kind and decide which one we like the best.
Question you will ask when you get to heaven? How did it feel to watch all the victims of abuse, crying out for help, and not helping them by striking their abusers down with lightning or buses.
Thing you want to raise awareness about: Abuse. 1 out of 3 women is abused. The abuse comes in different forms. Pornography is a form of abuse. Infidelity is a form of abuse. Lying is a form of abuse. People who use pornography are emotionally abusive to their spouses.
What do you usually do before 9 a.m.?Read my scriptures, write in my gratitude journal, pray. Clean up the dishes from the night before.
What is on your nightstand? Scriptures, journal, Language Of Letting Go by Melody Beattie, a few sci-fi books, a lamp, a vase, a statue of Jesus, a picture of myself when I was 1, happy and chubby.
Define Christianity in a sentence: Taking Christ’s name upon you by being willing to do the hard thing, the true thing, the right thing.
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Until next time, keep witnessing!