A Brave Story: Lori + Marie

on October 29, 2014 in #thatisbrave with 2 comments by

thatisbravesquared[Once a week, I am going to be sharing with you a brave story sent in from a reader. You can comment, respond, encourage. Want to submit your own story or a story of a brave friend of yours? Head to thatisbrave.com!]

This week’s #thatisbrave story comes from Lori. She is sharing about her niece in hopes of calling out the brave she sees. Heartbreaking and amazing at the same time. Her words, and her name, are used with her permission.

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I could tell you some brave stories about myself; this life affords those to all of us, but they seem to stand silent, on holy ground as my niece, abused, abandoned, and broken chooses to wake up, breath, pray, and hope for a better tomorrow.

Marie suffers from post tramatic stress disorder, renal failure, and abuse at the hands of her husband and his family. Marie was a latch key kid. She also suffered abuse as a child, and removed from her home at 15. Her Nanna loved her and shared the Love of Christ with her. It is from that legacy of hope that Marie holds on, and for her children.

Marie is a mother. It is that part of her heart that is breaking the most. Her husband and his mother illegally, and under duress took temporary custody of her children and left Marie homeless, penniless, and has kept Marie’s children from seeing her when she has tried to visit. Marie has despaired of life, but the hope that she and her children would one day be free from her families legacy and ravages of abuse, infuse the will for her to live. Marie deserves so much more to be written about her life. I am just giving a glimpse into her story because I want her to know she is seen and loved.

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Have encouraging words for Marie today? Share them below!

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  1. Holly
    posted on Oct 29, 2014 at 6:18 AM  |  reply

    Hi Marie! I want you to know that my heart hurts for you and your pain today. I was a latchkey kid, and left alone many, many hours of my childhood. Because of that i was open to many forms of abuse, physical and emotional. God has healed me from so many broken days of childhood but it took me taking the hands of several people He brought into my life to give me hope. I had to let Him love me right where I was for the healing to begin. I have a feeling He is doing the same for you. Let Him. Let Him bring you to the light of day, one healing step at a time. You are loved. He has engraved you on the palm of His hands, your life is ever before Him. He is wooing you to a wonderful life of grace and peace. He will wage war for you on all sides as He protects His precious one, you, from the enemy. Blessings to you, sweet one. A beautiful day ahead for you.
    A fellow lover of life…recovering from the darkness of abuse.

  2. Kristi
    posted on Oct 29, 2014 at 10:51 AM  |  reply

    Father God, I pray that You will surround Marie with Your love and comfort. May she feel Your presence with her and gain courage from it. Lord, You know Marie’s mother heart and I pray that You will honor the love she has for her children by healing her both emotionally and physically. Thank You for those who can come alongside her and support her in real life. I pray for wisdom in decision making and for doors to open so that Marie can be reunited with her children. Father God, I pray for emotional protection for them through this trying time also. Thank You for the gift of grace that has been extended to each one of us and for the promise that You hear our prayers. In Jesus name, AMEN!

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