You’re worthless, dumb, ugly, fat, stupid, *%#$%*+!#, lazy, damaged goods, pathetic, disgusting, crazy, uneducated, broke, broken, hideous… Nobody else is going to want you. The harmful and hateful slurs continue on and on throughout a verbal and emotionally abusive relationship. When have these words been spoken to you and about you? The old saying “sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me” is an absolute lie from the pit of hell. Words do hurt and can last a lifetime. How many of you are still hiding behind a mask because of what someone said to you as a child, pre-teen, teenager, young adult, adult, etc.? You understand where I’m coming from, don’t you? Words can have a lasting effect and damage a person’s self-esteem.
In today’s world with everything going on around us, it’s easy to lose ourselves and forget how to use our voices. It has become easy to lose our POWER. How? I’m glad you asked.
- We lose our power by watching what others are doing and try to keep up with them in our personal and professional lives.
- Not knowing our true value and how we can help others
- Allowing others to degrade our self-worth, which negatively affects our self-esteem
- Lusting after what someone else has and wanting to obtain it at any cost.
By staying in the past and allowing whatever happened to hold us hostage and prevent us from moving forward We lose our voices because of something that was said to us in one environment or another. Our voices are necessary. Our voices are powerful. Our voices and stories will help someone else. Use Your Voice! Snatch back your POWER! If you have already given your power away, I demand you to take it back. Why? Because YOU ARE WORTHY!!
A transparent discussion with Veronica Pryor Faciane as we share parts of our stories as survivors of domestic violence. #mentalhealth
According to the CDC, 1 in 4 women and 1 in 7 men will experience physical violence by their intimate partner at some point during their lifetimes. At least 5 million acts of domestic violence occur annually to women aged 18 years and older, with over 3 million involving men (Huecker & Smock, 2020).
I’ll ask the question again: Have you had an open, transparent, and honest conversation with your family, friends, colleagues, and employers about domestic violence? The time is now to #SpeakUp
As I was perusing through my pictures, the backdrop of one with my sister and I at the Essence Festival caught my eye. I vividly remember the first time I saw the backdrop and because it is a necessary reminder of the importance of supporting each other. At this moment, I want you to stop and assess your “support level.” How consistent have you been at supporting your sister’s dreams? Do you support anyone’s dreams or is the sole focus on you and what you can get out of others? Do you have an open hand to receive and a closed to give?
Sisters aren’t defined by blood or genetics. Not all of my “sisters” are in my family. I only have two blood sisters, but have the friendship and support of several women that I call “sister” or my “sista.” When we support each other as sisters, we can accomplish a lot more for the Kingdom. Two are better than one because they have a good reward for their toil.
For if they fall, one will lift up his fellow. But woe to him who is alone when he falls and has not another to lift him up! Ecclesiastes 4:9-10 ESV[Read more…]