Body Image, Forgiveness, God, Identity, Redemption, Self-harm

Megan and Renee

May 10, 2013

Two more amazing ladies (including Renee Yohe from To Write Love on Her Arms) sharing how God brought them through the pain of cutting to freedom and healing.

 

 

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  • Connie Almony (@ConnieAlmony) May 10, 2013 at 9:31 am

    Wow! Thank you for these. Just spent lots of time viewing them and the ones on the previous post–In tears. But I realize I’m not in tears because these stories are so painful, as much as I am because they are not as rare as we’d like to believe. Many people suffering with this look “perfect” on the outside, but no one is looking inside to the hurt. I’d known lots of young women with similar stories growing up. I guess they opened up to me because maybe they guessed I had a similar hurt. IDK, but they need someone to reach out to them, pray for them, love them. Show them a piece of who God is.

  • Katie May 10, 2013 at 12:50 pm

    Renee Yohe of To Write Love On Her Arms. :)
    Glad to see her featured.

  • A Worn Girl May 10, 2013 at 5:13 pm

    Truly amazing stories. Thanks for posting. I’ve been reading some older posts, one really struck me: “Our Real Wedding Day.” Man, that part you got from “The Devine Romance” just choked me up, who’s the author? Really interested in getting it.

  • Rachel May 11, 2013 at 8:44 pm

    I am 20 years old and have struggled on and off with cutting. While these videos offer some hope and comfort I also struggle with them. I feel as if I don’t deserve to be depressed, to cut. All of these girls came from abusive or dysfunctional families. They all seem to have some reason to be depressed. I come from a fine family, I’ve grown up in the church, I’ve done well in school. I’ve been so blessed. So I feel incredibly ashamed of my feelings and cutting. I feel like I’m being so selfish by still being depressed despite all my blessings. I don’t mean to be selfish, but I do feel depressed and I can’t make those feelings go away.

    • A Worn Girl May 12, 2013 at 3:23 pm

      Rachel:
      I know what you’re saying. I was thinking the exact same thing. Yeah, all of those girls came from abusive homes, but each and every one of us struggle differently. It’s interesting how Christ can work; and most of those times we don’t even see what He has planned for us. I’ve grown up in a wonderful household, but sometimes I just feel as though life were a drag. Though the amazing news about the Gospel is that, if you’re a child of God you are more than the mistakes you’ve made. You are His. He is yours. Hang in there.

      • Rachel F. May 13, 2013 at 10:45 pm

        Thank you. I have felt the EXACT same way for over a year now. I feel like I don’t always have a reason to feel the way I do,yet I still find myself in that place. It’s good to know I’m not the only one…

    • Tabitha May 14, 2013 at 9:01 am

      Hi Rachel,

      A wise counselor once told me – just because someone else has a broken leg doesn’t mean your broken arm doesn’t hurt. If you’re struggling with depression and cutting, please consider talking to a counselor. You don’t have to come from an abusive environment to have strong emotions and struggles. We all live in a broken world and sometimes we need help dealing with it. Like the lovely lady posted before me, you are so much more than the choices you’ve made or your struggles. God loves you just as much as He loves me or the ladies featured in these videos. There is hope for you, too!! A good counselor will give you grace and will walk beside you while you sort it out. Don’t think that just because you didn’t have significant trauma you should be “better than this” or whatever. God’s grace and HEALING extends to us all, no matter how we grew up. And, Rachel, He WANTS to heal you.