Getting Past Your Past: Your Story Matters

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I remember the first time I shared my story at church. Just as the congregation was trickling in, a woman looked at me and said, “Are you sure you want to do this? People will never look at you the same.”   Panic set it. Maybe a story like mine was fine to share in the strip clubs, but not …

Getting Past Your Past: The Hard Work of Forgiveness

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I used to think that some things were simply unforgivable, rape and murder among them. I felt completely justified in hating the ex-boyfriend who raped me. To forgive him seemed to mean that what he did was OK, and it wasn’t. What I have since discovered is that forgiveness isn’t endorsement and it certainly isn’t accompanied by warm, fuzzy feelings. …

Getting Past Your Past: Not A Victim

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At one point or another, most of us have been a victim of something.  Whether it is abuse, discrimination, wrong doing, or a false accusation, being a victim can be painful, frustrating, and even devastating. Depending on the circumstances, victimization can leave us with a profound sense of powerlessness and even hopelessness. Even when the circumstance has passed, and tempt …

Getting Past Your Past: Replace the Lies

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I used to believe a lot of lies. They were so woven into the fabric of my being that they became my personal truth. I believed that I was worthless, stupid, and unlovable.  I believed that I was destined to be abused or abandoned by any male I ever cared for. My life reflected what I thought to be true, …

Breaking News: Backpage.com Adult Classified Section Shuts Down

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Due to overwhelming pressure from members of Congress, Backpage executives shut down the “adult” classifieds section of its website. This news comes after a US Senate investigation issued a report which contained overwhelming evidence that Backpage.com concealed advertisements for prostitution and the selling of children for sex. Polaris, an anti-human trafficking and research organization praised the move in a statement …

Getting Past Your Past: Breaking the Silence

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I was sexually abused as a child and raped as a teen. There was a time in my life when I never thought I would be able to utter those words.  I thought that if I were to say them, someone would have to put me in a straight jacket and lock me up in a mental institution.  I was …

Getting Past Your Past: Facing the Pain

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We have been called to a life of freedom, yet are often held back by the pain of our past.  I know this because I have had a lot of “past” to overcome– from sexual abuse and rape, to working as a stripper under the control of my boyfriend/pimp.  The healing journey wasn’t always easy, but it was worth it.  For the …

Extravagant Love

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With Holiday Cheer in the air and pep in our step, we were excited to hand gifts to the women on the eve of the 13 year anniversary of Treasures Outreach. We piled into our shuttle a bit more snug than usual as we had over 70 beautifully wrapped and exquisitely bowed gift baskets along in tow. An extremely generous …

Wow!

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I have a friend that writes down significant moments in her life on pieces of scrap paper and places them in a bowl in her home. She takes the time to record those instances when someone showed her kindness, a need was met, something spectacular occurred, or when she saw evidence of God’s faithfulness. She calls these “marker moments”. When …

“You Have Saved a Life”

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Day in and day out, women reach out to Treasures to share their deep cry for help and their depth of need of support. One rewarding facet to answering a phone call at Treasures is hearing a sigh of relief from a caller when she realizes that help and support is available for her. We want you to see firsthand the impact …