Before I really begin to dive into my 222 Days of Healing, I wanted to say a couple things that might be helpful or important for some people moving forward…
For those who do not share the same faith as me, moving forward I will be writing a lot more about my church experiences and my faith. Much of the healing journey I am working through today involves the pain I experienced from church and religious people, and I will be shedding light on that. My faith is that I am a disciple of Jesus who wants to love better and become more like he was when he walked this earth, and I will be writing openly from that perspective. This is never to shove anything down your throat, but simply because this is the place where I share my heart. I hope you might stick around and that we might get to know one another even if we have very different beliefs, but if that is not for you, I completely understand 💛
For those who also follow Jesus, I will be sharing a lot about my faith, my time in different churches, and things I’ve studied in the Bible moving forward, but I need to reiterate that I am not trying to be a teacher or position myself as a religious leader or anything like that. I am just one person sharing pieces of her healing journey, heart, and faith, and doing so from the perspective that Jesus is my first authority. So don’t take my word, or anyone else’s for that matter, about anything shared from the Bible…please study and search things out for yourself. I feel like I need to warn you, however, that based on the nature of what I’ve lived through, sharing my healing journey will not always be comfortable to read. I am going to be opening up about some difficult things that happened to me in the church, while sharing what I’ve found (after nearly a decade of study on the topic) that the bible teaches about those things. If you think this will bother you in any way, then this blog might not be for you and that is totally okay. Maybe one day it will be, maybe not. Either way, you are loved, and I wish you blessings and peace.
For everyone who continues to read, I need to offer a content warning. I will be writing though a lot of the difficult things I’ve endured throughout my life, and this could be extremely triggering for people who have gone through similar things. Take care of yourself and put your needs first. Content warnings include abuse of all kinds, childhood trauma, the weaponization of scripture, mental-health condemnation, chronic illness and the mistreatment of sick people, and probably other things.
Okay, I think that’s all the important stuff, and now that I’ve gotten that out of the way it’s time to truly begin 💛