Never trapped in an abusive situation

God has promised all his children safety and peace. The Bible tells us, "My people shall dwell in a peaceable habitation, and in sure dwellings, and in quiet resting places" (Isa. 32:18). Yet how can this be true when you feel trapped in a volatile relationship that you feel might explode if you try to escape? Let me tell you how I found a solution.

Some years ago I found myself and my two preschool children caught up in a very frightening situation. My husband had employment problems that resulted in deep depressions and extreme mood swings. The children and I suffered regular verbal abuse, which frequently escalated into violent rages. Although we were never physically beaten, the threat was always present. Throughout this ordeal I prayed diligently, continued my church work, and daily studied the Bible, and Science and Health. I prayed from the basis that man is, in reality, the spiritual idea of God. In my prayers, I saw our entire family, and all families, held in God's love, reflecting God's kindness, gentleness, and peace. Often I had a fellow Christian Scientist pray for me, as well.

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