Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Freedom

"I looked at my hands to see if I was the same person. There was such a glory over everything! The sun came up like gold through the trees, and I felt like I was in heaven. ”  Hariiet Tubman

Harriet Tubman...a slave....knew about being treated less than human. She had been beaten by those who owned her..... not just once....many times. They left scars on her body....and scars on her soul...Somehow she learned to be a fighter. She escaped.....found freedom......found safety. Yet something pulled at her....tugged at her heart....made her risk her life to return over and over and over to help others also know freedom.  

It had been dark for so long...when He finally freed me from the drugs....I walked outside and looked around at the trees, the flowers, the sun, the sky....Everything looked so brilliant...like velvet. The colors....the textures....I wanted to touch everything. It's almost like I had never seen any of it before....

Freedom! It made me see the world differently. It's as if my eyes had been blurred. Everything had been so dark, dim, shaded. I felt like I had been given a new pair of eye glasses that brought everything magically into perfect focus.

Freedom - When I was trapped, a slave to the drugs - nothing mattered except my need to survive from one day to the next, one hit to another. The same with the eating disorder....all I could think about was the addiction....and how to survive. 

I have recieved so many emails and phone calls from people who've read my book...telling me they're finding healing for themselves....and hope for their own freedom....I resisted telling my story. I fought hard not wanting anyone to know what had happened. But now...with every email, every phone call.....I want to tell and keep telling.....I want to help someone else find freedom. 

And I just found out February is Black History month...makes me especially  happy to honor the life of Hariiet Tubman.


16 comments:

Andrea said...

Praising GOD for HIS healing touch in your life and the lives HE will continue to heal through your book.
Hugs,
andrea

Denise said...

I am so happy that through your book, others are finding healing. I love you.

Just Be Real said...

Dear one not only do you bless us with your courage and strength, the many people that email, phone you I am sure are blessing you as well in return!

Your book and life is a true testament to hurting individuals that so can relate. I am honored to know you dear one. Thank you!

Journal of Healing said...

Thank you for sharing, Sarah! So proud of your sobriety. Thank you for sharing from the perspective of us reaching out to those who have been through what we have been though using Harriet Tubman as an example.

Also, thanks for your encouragement on my blog yesterday. I received some blog comment bully/harassment yesterday, and thank GOD i have a block on commenting so that i can monitor them. I really needed to hear i was a fighter, and doing ok, and not all of the horrible things that person said. Thank you, and be encouraged. we will overcome. ang

Lily said...

She brought attention to the very thing people were trying to silence and fight. You are doing the exact same thing. You are helping to free others who aren't strong enough to help themselves yet.

Kristen Torres-Toro said...

What great compliments! God is using your pain to give hope. He is using the bad for HIS great good. So happy for you!

rcubes said...

Glory to God that those chains were broken! And now, you're reflecting His light to those who are still living in the dark. God bless you sister and praying for your protection.

Barbara aka Layla said...

Just reading along and sending you a hug. (this brought back a memory of writing about Harriet Tubman when I was in elementary school, I was fascinated by her).

Mike Golch said...

I celebrate your freedom,just as I celebrate the freedom that Harriet Tubman found and helped others firnd it as well.keep up helping others to find freedom as well.Big Time Hugs!

VICKI IN AZ said...

My sweet friend Sarah,
Savoring each tender word of your story. Marveling at the wonder of your life. Knowing and ready at any time to testify that Our Savior kept you alive for a divine purpose. You are a light a LIGHT which Can NOT be hid.
It is my honor to call you friend.
xoxo
Vicki

Madison said...

I could never write a string of words better than Vicki In AZ. I agree with her.

Terri Tiffany said...

It's great to keep reading how many lives you are touching each day:))

Deborah Ann said...

I think you are walking on the same path as Harriet...

Pete Hoge said...

Thank you for offering the
message that freedom is
possible.

Pete.

speck of dust said...

It is so good for me to be reminded of the struggles that other have overcome. Thanks for posting Sarah. It is wonderful to have appreciation for the amazing world that is around us.

Colleen said...

Amen. I feel the same way when I get emails and letters from people. I have to keep telling my story. No one can shut me up again.