“You are beautiful. God made you. You are a daughter of the King. You can make it through anything.”
Jerrie said those words. She lives by them. They keep her going when her childhood fears return.
The death of her mother and abuse from her father both weigh upon her.
The sadness and shameful memories are too much to overcome alone. But Jesus is alive to her. His promise to love and save her keeps her strong.
Many like Jerrie at Star of Hope grew up with abuse. If they do not replace the lies with truth they could be stuck believing they are worthless for the rest of their lives.
They could miss the love God has for them and fall into trouble thinking they deserve it.
Jerrie fights those thoughts. Every day she fills her mind with the lovely thoughts that Jesus has made her a child of God under His care, keeping her safe.
She has already come a long way on her journey. When she sees people sleeping on the streets she thinks back to those horrible days before Star of Hope when she had nowhere to lay her head.
Those days are past. Now she is safe at Star of Hope. Her future is bright. She has a high school diploma and plans to eventually become a licensed nurse. Meanwhile she does what every child of God does ... she trusts her Heavenly Father.
Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to Him, and He will make your paths straight. — Prov 3:5-6, NIV