I do have regrets about not having a picture to give to our son, Mark, of his father
and me when we got married. Later, I also remembered ... Our dad had bought
her a sweet sixteen corsage with rosebuds and sixteen sugar cubes. I was
Author: Mavis Garrison
Publisher: WestBow Press
Imagine a little girl that lived for many years in terror and fear. She would experience sexual abuse, rape and other forms of abuse. The word normal was not in her vocabulary. Therefore she ultimately began to make unhealthy choices for herself and her children. Feeling as though she had inflicted her trauma on her children seemed to worsen the guilt. Mavis seemed to function in crisis. She would live many years before finding the Truth. Eventually Mavis would find forgiveness and learn how to forgive others. Through this forgiveness the Lord would restore relationships and show her the meaning of complete joy. Only He can restore abuse to preservation and respect, terror to joy and happiness, fear to courage and bravery, trauma to healing, crisis to peace, guilt to innocence, shame to honor and respect, and turn your sorrow to joy. The past does not define who we are or our destiny for the present or future. The abuse is what happened to me, but it is not who I am. I have finally found my true identity.