Exactly year ago today. I underwent facial surgery to repair damaging that came about due to the battering, beaten by my ex-husband, I was nervous, yet prayerful. I’d never before that point had to undergo any sort of surgery and I did not know what to expect. But I prayed and trusted that God would keep me safe and He did. Today marks the one year anniversary of my successful surgery. I have not had post surgery pain for months and I’m thankful that the lone scar that remains is barely visible. You’d have to be right up to my face, looking for a scar because you knew it was there.
More so, I’m thankful that no scars remains on my soul. For a while it was hard. Something in you breaks when the person who you expect to care and shield you becomes the one who inflicts pain upon your body and your heart. As women who have experienced abuse will tell you that what happens on the outside does not linger as long as the emotional pain and inner trauma.
But God is good and He took care of that, too. So, to all my sisters out there who have endured abuse, know that there is a Healer, ready to heal you. Just cast your cares on Him. He’s able to make every thing new and make beauty for ashes. Trust me. I’m living proof.
Carlana Charles is the visionary and editor-in-chief of FemmePowered. She is a womanist, writer, speaker, story midwife and facilitator of meaningful and engaging conversations. When she is not working in or on FemmePowered, she can be found resting, baking, reading or scribbling furiously in her journal whilst sipping wine or coffee, sometimes both at the same time. She is currently working on her first book and hopes to release it in September 2017.