As much as I love writing the stories of overcomers, Angel*’s story is best told in her own words. Her courage in sharing her story is simply amazing. You’ll quickly see what I mean. Please watch her video below.
*Her real name, used with permission.
Permission to use Angel’s video from Cumberland Community Church.
Angel tells me she numbed her pain by cutting and practicing bulimia, because those destructive habits allowed her to release control over her emotions. Taking a bottle of pills and slitting her wrists were her final attempts at escaping the pain she felt. Thankfully, she was unsuccessful.
Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is the name given to the struggle Angel experiences when she has nightmares, flashbacks, or panic attacks as a result of the trauma she experienced as a child. “If the PTSD helps me to rely on/be dependent on God, then who am I to question it. I wake up now feeling gratitude because I don’t live in that anymore,” she says.
My Identity Is Found in Him
Angel now works as a Community Development Administrator at her church. It gives her opportunities to support and minister to others who face various struggles. She has dreams of writing, speaking, and teaching so she can encourage women to not let the challenges/struggles/hardships/tragedies of this life break them. Rather, her message will be one of overcoming so they can live in victory. And not defeat.
“The enemy wants me to despise the things that keep me dependent on God. But God can use my struggles as a way to transform me. I know my identity is found in Him,” she shares as we end the interview.
Share with me: No matter how far away from God we find ourselves, He can always lead us home.