by Natasha T. Brown, 10 Blessings Inspiration Founder
As we've been in our #BuiltLikePaul series this month, the Lord has been truly speaking to me about the importance of forgiveness and the depth of God's grace. If you've read my book 10 Blessings of Betrayal: A Spiritual Journey of Rebuilding through Tragedy, you know that the 10th Blessing of "Peace" truly deals with the issue of forgiveness.
A couple of nights ago, at a small, spirit-filled church in North Carolina, I met Ms. Clara whose daughter Shawntee was stabbed to death by her boyfriend as a result of domestic violence four years ago. This week, while in court, Ms. Clara found the courage and faith to look her daughter's murderer in the eyes and say, "I forgive you." When he had a chance to address her family and the court, tears streamed down his face as he apologized and asked for forgiveness. ONLY the love and grace of Jesus Christ could orchestrate such a moment. Shawntee was an organ donor and as a result of her losing life at least 7 people have gained life. Ms. Clara has been in touch with almost everyone who has received her organs. Shawntee's heart was recently donated and now Ms. Clara is asking for the power of God to united her with the man who received her daughter's heart.
Forgiveness has made it possible for this family to find peace, a strategy and to extend the love of Jesus to even a murderer. Ms. Clara is now a DV advocate and she will be joining our 31 Survivors Storytelling series in honor of Domestic Violence Awareness Month in October.
If Ms. Clara can forgive her daughter's murderer, some of us can forgive people who have lied, cheated, abandoned and even abused us.
Will you forgive?
If not NOW, then when?
After meeting Ms. Clara, I taught a lesson on answering the call, obedience and forgiveness via Periscope as a preview of last night's #BuiltLikePaul call. I encourage you to watch the replay and ask yourself tough questions about forgiveness, obedience and if you are truly ready to answer God's call on your life.
Ms. Clara's testimony is just one of countless Domestic Violence stories. Everyone has the opportunity to turn their pain into purpose and tragedy into strategy. Why not begin with sharing your story?
If you are a domestic violence survivor or have been greatly affected by Domestic Violence, join our 31 Survivors Storytelling series. Submit your story to our website and someone from our team will be in touch with you!