Have you ever read or heard something at ‘just the right time’ and it changed your life?
This audio book did it for me and I hope the idea it sparked will change the lives of hundreds of thousands of women. Want to hear more?
My 24/7 mission is to make it easier for women to come forward for healing from sexual wounds. I pray about this all the time and keep trying new ways to make the first step not so scary. I want women to see beyond the ache, the shame, the stuck lifestyle, and the loss of hope. I want them to know the ultimate healing and restoration that comes from being made new, and fresh and beautiful through Father God’s love.
And as I stood at my book table at last Saturday’s conference I saw how difficult it was for women to talk to me because I’m, you know, the ‘sex lady’. If they talk to me it means they have something to say to me. That’s a ‘duh’, but being associated with sex is a definite black/white issue with no gray.
So, that first step is a big one and they’re either ready or NOT ready.
Usually, I have a couple of interactive boards for them to participate in. There are big questions like: “What brings you the most joy in your relationship?” “If you could put one fear about your relationship behind you, what is it?” These are great starters. Women use little sticky notes and post their answers all over the boards. But my table space was shared, so I wasn’t able to do that. That limited my display to my books.
All around me vendors were engaging the crowd. Body butter, exchangeable-cover purses, exotic jewelry, flowy dresses… you name it. I was happy for them, of course, but still pondered…
what I could do.
Then, Monday came and I was in the car for a four-hour road trip. Armed with a selection of snacks and audio books, I started my journey. Well, it didn’t take long to get into Joy Mangano’s story. I saw the movie “Joy” a couple of years ago and knew this book would be the real story.
She emphasized two things about how she got to where she is today. First of all, from childhood up, she firmly believed- “My Voice Matters.” Secondly, she was driven to “Make Lives Better”.
These points are foundational.
As her story of triumph over so many “No’s” and scary obstacles continued, I felt a ROAR rising up within me. New purpose and determination surged inside of me. “Why Not Me?” “Why Can’t I also Come Up with an Amazing Idea?”
So while rolling down the green landscape of the very-much-still-summer Florida highway, things began to click for me.
My Amazing Idea
A. I want to make it easier for women to take that first step.
B. What if there was something beautiful and intriguing they could do or buy, as evidence of a commitment to themselves to make the journey?
Hmmm…. And then it happened.
I have another friend who represents artisans all over the world who are survivors of human trafficking. She buys their products, resells them, and puts the money back into their lives. It’s an amazing! https://thescarletthreadstore.com/
I had previously talked to her and knew she had artisans who made pieces that were similar to my logo- the infinity hearts. But now I’m thinking… wait a minute, what if… that double heart had a unique and specific meaning? What if it meant… “I value my heart and choose to stand up for myself AND I choose to receive Father God’s love (honor, beauty and wholeness).”
The two hearts mean- “Love Your Heart. Receive God’s Heart.”
It’s still in the brainstorming stage, but I’m super pumped. I’ll need to get the exact phrase and marketing piece together, but this could be such a beautiful gift. An inspiring way to give life to yourself.
When a woman chooses to love her heart (by standing up even through the pain of a sexual wound) and partner with ALL of Father God’s restoration and transformation… she has her identity, dignity and destiny back. She’s now among the living again.
That, says, “My Voice Matters. My Life is Better.”
Please stay with me and follow this story to see how many captives we can set free and doors we can open. It’s time for NO women to remain in her place of sexual wounds.