After a childhood with an alcoholic mother and abusive father,
her love for the Lord helped her rise above her past.
She describes this in her book,
“Out of the Darkroom, Into the Light: A Story of Faith and Forgiveness After Child Abuse”.
Today, she is happily married and in the midst of raising four wonderful sons.
and is today’s featured contributor to “Find It Only Here On Friday.”
Her Café exclusive “This Is My Story” can be found below . . BUT FIRST . .
the Café thought you just might want to know how an Encouragement Leader like Tracey Casciano
has herself been encouraged in her own faith recently.
In her own words…
I have found that God is using me to help other women find hope and healing through God’s grace.
I continue to be amazed by His love and am thankful for it every day!
Today’s Find It Only Here On Friday
“This Is My Story”
by Tracey Casciano
I am excited to be a part of LifeLetter Café …
and know that this is going to be a wonderful way to connect with other writers. I still find myself laughing a bit when I refer to myself as a writer. It still feels strange. I am the mom to four teenage boys and was a high school History teacher for eight years when God put it on my heart to share my story.
When God wants to get our attention …
He will do everything in His power to get us to listen!
I have experienced this twice in my life. The first time was when my heart was full of shame, bitterness, and guilt after being estranged from my parents for almost 16 years. I struggled with the feelings and negative thoughts that I had after being sexually and emotionally abused for most of my life.
And then I heard God say, “FORGIVE”
I was confused and unsure of how I could possibly forgive the two people who had caused me so much pain. He helped me walk through the process with the right people and I found that by forgiving my parents, my heart was full of love for God. I was able to let go of my past and move forward. I learned that by forgiving my parents, it didn’t excuse them for what they had done, but allowed me to turn it over to God. My own obedience still surprises me and I am so thankful that I did because my father passed away unexpectedly just six months later.
He second time that I experienced God trying to get my attention was after my father died and I was dealing with my emotions and feelings. I was seeing a Christian counselor and she asked me if I would ever consider sharing my story. At first I tried to ignore the tugging and nagging that I felt in my heart. My self-doubt tried to squash the nervous excitement I felt when I thought about the idea of writing a book. God made sure it happened by pacing all the right people and resources in my path.
So, thanks to God …
I am a writer with a story to share. My goal is to help others receive freedom and healing through God’s grace as I did. I also want to bring awareness to the prevalence of childhood sexual abuse and the negative repercussions that follow if victims don’t find healing.
Thank you for welcoming me here!
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