June 10th was the 3rd anniversary of my freedom. And, I've never felt better.
I graduated with honors from the Social Service Worker program in May of this year. Since then, I packed up our house and moved us 1800kms to a new home - a new start, a new job, a new life.
I have officially left the past behind, physically and mentally.
I am stronger. Day by day I am getting my voice back. Day by day I am regaining my confidence. I had no idea just how depleted my confidence was until I moved here and started looking for, and going to interviews for jobs. I realized that I still have a low self esteem from the years of being called down to the dirt. But, I am working on it and becoming stronger every day.
I watched a sermon from Pastor Craig Groechsel yesterday and it began a life changing mind renewal for me. It is about feelings of inadequacy. I watched it twice and cried both times. It is a sermon that I want to watch every single day until I completely believe it.
You can find the sermon at http://www.lifechurch.tv/watch/altar-ego/1. It is absolutely worth watching.
Getting out of an abusive relationship, finding healing for self and children and moving on to a new life is a lot of work. It has taken me until this very moment to be able to say, it was a courageous move and I am a strong woman.
I will not count any more years since leaving. Starting this month, I have began to count the years that I have started this new life with my children. For the first time ever, I can actually say that I am proud of myself.