• Faith Hakesley

Healing Hearts, Hope Restored

A new apostolate for sharing stories of hope, healing, and restoration

+JMJ+ For years, I have prayer for abuse survivors but I have also prayed for the grace to know how and when to help them. I felt God’s call to write Glimmers of Grace (link), start up this website and blog, and I do my best to (in my own little ways) offer hope and encouragement to others.

Sometimes, being able to help others is therapeutic for me. Initially, sharing my story was somewhat therapeutic although my sole purpose for going public was concern for other survivors. At other times, allowing myself to be so vulnerable in such an open way is very hard, and there are days when I wonder if I’m doing any good at all. And I know that’s okay! We won’t always see the fruits of our labors. The important thing is that we follow God’s calling in our lives. We were never promised that it would be easy, but we are promised that God will always be with us, assisting us with His tremendous graces. One of the things I have learned over the years is that trauma survivors (abuse survivors in particular) oftentimes need to be heard. Not everyone goes public with their story as I have and that’s okay. Not everyone receives the same calling! However, some individuals do feel called to share their stories of suffering and hope, but the trouble is that they aren’t always given the opportunity, nor do they have the platform to do so. I firmly believe that, whenever possible, survivors should be able to share their stories if they feel called to do so, and I want to help to provide a platform for that. Here is what I can do and I realize that it’s not much (I don’t have a particularly huge following): If you or a loved one has lived through abuse or any kind of trauma, I want to hear your stories illustrating God’s grace in your life and share those stories with others who may be struggling. Feel free to reach out to me with your story of hope and healing and I will consider publishing it here on Faith Restored. Healing doesn’t look the same for all of us and our journeys are all unique. I want to honor that. My prayer is that this will be a therapeutic outlet for survivors but will also serve to help and encourage others who may be suffering under similar circumstances. You never know how your story could inspire and encourage others to hold onto Hope and to hold tight to their Faith! If writing isn’t your thing and you are artistically inclined in some other way (through music or art for example) and you want to share that, send me what you’ve got! It’s okay if you don’t consider yourself to be a natural writer! If you feel called to share your story, I encourage you to pray for the grace to say what you need to say and then say whatever comes to your heart. Also, on a side note, I will give full credit to you if I am able to include your story on my blog.

For now, I’m calling this apostolate of sorts,

Healing Hearts, Hope Restored

Stories of Hope, Healing, and Restoration

This is what came to mind in prayer and so this is what I'm going with for now! I'll still be posting in my Faith Restored blog whenever I can (with baby coming soon, I may be slowing down a bit on those posts) but this part of the blog will be solely for other survivors.

I'll be posting my first story very soon! Thank you all for your continued prayers and support!

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