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"I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me" (Galatians 2:20).

It was 3 a.m. when I was jerked out of bed. Insanely furious, my inebriated husband threw our infant daughter into the crib. As I raced to see if Becky was OK, I felt my head being pulled backward by my hair, and I was literally flying across the room. I could hear her screaming, while I felt the impact of his boot, first in my face, then in my stomach, arms and legs, until the pain was so intense I could no longer detect where on my body I was being hit. I heard someone call. That must have sobered him up a bit because with one more kick from his boot, he was gone. I didn’t move from my fetal position on the floor as I heard the back door slam and his car drive away. I just wanted to die there on the floor, but my daughter needed me. I knew I had to get out of the house before my husband returned.

Suddenly I heard the back door close. Thinking he’d come back, I panicked, but my legs refused to move. Then my terror turned to tears at the sight of my sister, Linda, standing there in her robe and slippers. God had awakened her and impressed her to check on me. A miracle!

Escaped the Man Who Almost Destroyed Me

Glancing first at me and then at the room, she burst into tears. “This is enough!” She marched to the phone, and made reservations, and then called our parents in Texas to say we’d be on the next plane. And that’s how I escaped from the man who almost destroyed me.

Yes, in my first marriage I was one of the 3 to 4 million women in the U.S. each year who are victims of domestic abuse. Why did I stay so long? I was embarrassed to leave; wasn’t marriage a lifelong commitment? And I believed his lie that it was my fault. I had no money. And although I was scared to stay, I was even more afraid of leaving. I thought he would kill me.

Now, I know God does not want anyone living in a situation where they are verbally threatened, demeaned, and insulted, or physically abused. If that’s happening to you, God can make a way of escape—and restore you, for you are the daughter of the King—His precious treasure whom He died to redeem. Read yourself into Scripture: “For the Lord has chosen you [your name], for Himself—you for His special treasure” (Psalms 135:4, my own paraphrase).

Father God, thank you for rescuing me, restoring me, and blessing me abundantly. 

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By Brenda Walsh. Excerpted from Fit Forever, compiled by Kay Kuzma, copyright © 2005 by Review & Herald Publishing. Copyright © 2007 by GraceNotes. All rights reserved. Use of this material is subject to usage guidelines. Scripture taken from the NEW KING JAMES VERSION © 1982.

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