Finally, brothers and sisters, rejoice! Strive for full restoration, encourage one another, be of one mind, live in peace. And the God of love and peace will be with you.2 Corinthians 13:11 NIV.
When I was young I wish I’d known
That I was loved for myself alone
That mother’s frown was not disdain
But stemmed instead from her own great pain
If I had known when I was young
How to avoid a sharp-witted tongue
To trust in truth and not the lies
Proffered as love by beguiling guys
If only I . . . . But it’s too late
To change the past and alter my fate
What I didn’t know I can claim now
God’s perfect grace redeemed me somehow
While I might wish I’d known before
Today I rest in His love evermore
Linda L. Kruschke is the author of My Name Is Beloved, winner of the Unpublished Memoir category of the Oregon Christian Writers Cascade Writing Contest, as well as a self-published author of two poetry books. She is a wife, mother, active member of her church, former Bible Study Fellowship leader, and recovering lawyer. She works as the Director of Legal Publications for the Oregon State Bar. But her real passion is sharing God’s healing grace with others, especially those haunted by sexual trauma and abortion. She struggled with major clinical depression for many years, but through the power of forgiveness has become a fearless follower of Christ, living in the assurance of her salvation and God’s love. She blogs at Another Fearless Year and Broken Believers.