“Give thanks in all circumstances.” Really? 1 Thessalonians 5:18 says to give thanks, no matter what.  Do I have to? No. Should I? Yes. Why? Because it’s just flat-out healthier.  It does me no good to give my trafficker continual power by remaining in the victimized state.  In the life of a victim on this earth, justice is deserved but not guaranteed; grief is guaranteed but not deserved.  If I chose to hang on to the ugly than ugly I become, so I’ve got to move on and be thankful for what I can.

I’m not saying that ever did I thank a man for abusing me. No, no.  I’m far from that kind of incredible.  However, I can say with honesty that I’m thankful for character traits that became a part of me because of my difficult years.  Elements like resourcefulness, strength, wisdom or faith may be in-part natural, but I believe they were only intensified by those keen moments of trial…

A friend of my recently shared with me the word “alchemy.”  Alchemy is the method of turning baser metals into gold.  A more whimsical definition talks about alchemy as any magical power than changes something of little value into a substance of great value.  What a beautiful word.

Greco-Roman Egypt Drawing of the Alchemy Process

Tomorrow is Thanksgiving.  I almost forgot about the holiday this year because I had my calendar packed with other busyness.  I’m not normally the sequence dress-wearing girl, jumping with excitement during the holidays; it’s just not my thing.  BUT how dare I almost forgot a season of thanksgiving.  Yes, there were long years of horrific abuse and I’ll largely carry those scars for the rest of my life.  However, like I said before I have much to be thankful for– we all do. I’ve been spared from innumerable pains.  God’s grace has been louder than imaginable and I am in the process of great healing.  So tomorrow, I’ll wake up for Thanksgiving and celebrate my personal process of alchemy.  I will choose to give thanks in all circumstances, even if I don’t yet understand the gold that will later be formed out of them.

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

May this blog serve as an education to those who do not yet know or understand the atrocities of trafficking and may it serve as an encouragement to those who understand it all too well.

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  1. Thank you for this post! Your words are such an encouragement.


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