You Are Not Alone

Devotionals

I lay here awake, debating on even writing this. What you are about to read has been heavy on my heart for so long, and I finally feel ready. (This may be a sensitive subject to some, and I completely understand if you feel the need at any time to exit this post. This is part of my story and I pray that it can give hope to others).

With the state of the world right now and everyone in quarantine, I have had a lot of time to think. While this gives many people the chance to spend quality time with their families, for some this is a nightmare being played out day by day in their own homes. The thought occurred to me the other day… those people who are suffering mental/physical abuse from their partners have no where to go and I felt my heart breaking.

Years ago when I would hear about people in abusive/toxic relationships I asked the same question that many others do “Why don’t they just leave?” I never understood until it became my reality.

From the outside (for the most part), my relationship looked great. That’s what I wanted everyone to think, and part of me wanted to believe that it was as well. For a while, I was blind to the mental abuse that was taking place. Occasionally friends, family, and even teachers would see how I was being treated and try to warn me. I brushed it off as if it was nothing. Eventually it got worse, and I started to realize the effects that it had on my mental health. I was constantly being blamed for everything, accused for cheating (when he was the one doing so), called crazy, told that I wasn’t pretty enough or smart enough, and that no one else could ever want me.

I decided one day that I did not want to tolerate it anymore and said something to defend myself. By doing this, I caused the mental abuse to become physical abuse as well. My spirits were crushed and I was terrified. From this day on, any time that I said something that seemed off putting, I had to suffer the consequences.

I became drained and I lost myself. I wore more makeup and clothing to hide the bruises best I could. Those I couldn’t hide, I lied when asked about them. I did not know how to think for myself, I became isolated, I lost friends and worst of all I began to slowly lose the will to live. I thought about dying often, because I knew that would be my only way out. I wanted with everything in me to leave, but I felt trapped and it gave me the most sickening feeling.

My parents started to notice a big change in me, helped me get into therapy, and helped me through the process of talking to my family doctor. I was diagnosed with depression and was put on medication. Through all this, my parents begged me to get out of the relationship, but still I stayed. Though the abuse continued, my fear did not. I began to slowly realize who I was and what I was worth. I became closer to God and I prayed and prayed for Him to help me and to guide me.

After almost 4 years, I finally built up the courage and I got out. It wasn’t easy, but it was worth more than I could ever put into words. Since that day, God has worked so many blessings into my life. He put a man into my life whose hands and words show me nothing but love. I have found my way back to myself in many ways, but in other ways I have grown into a new woman…. a strong woman who knows what she’s worth and a happy woman who knows she is loved.

The fact that so many people all around the world are in abusive relationships absolutely breaks my heart. I hurt for them. I pray that I can use what I have been through to help others who may be in that situation or know someone who is. I pray for all of you. I pray that you find the love you deserve. Just remember, God made you beautiful and He made you strong, and with Him you can conquer anything.

If you made it to the end, I thank you for reading my story and I hope that it shines a light at the end of what may seem a never ending tunnel.

Love and prayers,

Taylor

4 thoughts on “You Are Not Alone

  1. I am the YSC director at SVHS, do you care if I share this to my page?
    Your a beautiful girl and I’m thankful you found your way out with the help of your parents. So many students now don’t have their parents to help.

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    1. I don’t mind at all if you share! It breaks my heart that there are so many young men and women who feel like they have no help , and I would love to help in anyway I can. Thank you so much for reading and sharing.

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  2. Taylor, you are beautiful in every way when I was in high school I was in the same kind of situation, but I ended up pregnant at 16 by him. I married him I thought it was the right thing to do while all along my parents begged me not to. I stayed married 3 years and was beat and abused almost every day of those 3 years till one day he turned the burner on on the stove and it was bright red and he pushed my face almost to where it was touching the burner, I was praying with all I had, my baby was 3 and she was screaming, it burnt my hair, my eyebrows, but thank God my face did not get burnt. Then he would always say he was sorry and beg and plead for me to forgive him but I knew if I did not leave I would be dead and my baby ( Kayla ) would be stuck with him. With the help of my parents I got out I recovered mentally but it has affected me all my life , I let people run over me and tried to save what I thought was the “ perfect “ relationship till I found out differently. I’m waiting for God to send me a Godly man this time. I just wanted to share

    Thank you for sharing your story I think young men and women need to know.

    Ronetta 💜

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    1. Thank you so much, and I hate to hear that you went through all that it breaks my heart, no one deserves to ever be treated that way. You are such a beautiful lady and I know God has a great man picked out for you, I will be praying for you and praying God puts the right person in your life❤️

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