In my many years of life, I have often found forgiveness to be one of the most difficult things to accomplish. Even as I write you now, it is a theme inside of my head. Much has been said about the topic, but nothing quite relates to hearing/seeing it in action.
Today’s guest author, Kimberly McCotter, has been one of my closest friends for a few years. She’s been steadfast and faithful and it’s been a joy knowing her and hearing her story.
I hope you are encouraged by what you read!
Hello! My name is Kimberly. I am 22 years old about to marry the man of my dreams, and I feel as if I’m on top world. It hasn’t always been this way though.
At the young age of 6 my mom left, I didn’t know what happened to her. She just left. I felt so unwanted by the one I wanted most. My dad never left us get down over her decisions. He told us to trust God and He would be there for us.
Fast forward to when I was about 13, I was molested. I didn’t know why it happened to me. I felt so dirty. I felt as if everything bad that was happening was my fault.
16 years old my dad died. The worst thing that could ever happen happened. The one person that I needed to get through, my rock, my shoulder to cry on, my everything, it was all gone. Everything good in my life just kept getting taken away.
After my dad died I attended a youth conference at my church. The very first message hit me like a ton of bricks. I was blaming myself for everything that had happened. I was relying on myself instead of on God. Right then and there I decided I was going to trust God that he was going to be there for me. He has never failed me. It’s a process, you don’t heal overnight. Everyday you must forgive those that hurt you and live for the One that never does.
Thank you, Kimbo, for taking the time to write and share your heart!
You are loved.
You are valued.