Are you living in survival mode? Do past experiences keep you from moving forward?
The truth is, we've all been hurt, abused, or have suffered great loss in some way. It's a painful part of the human experience. While we're not defined by these painful experiences they can shake our faith, steal our joy, and hold us back from living the life we were created to live.
Jesus said, "The thief comes only to kill and steal and destroy; I have come that they may have life and have it to the full" (John 10:10). He didn't promise we would never have any trouble in this life. In fact, just the opposite. Nevertheless, we weren't made to merely survive. We were made to thrive!