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Submitted by Juernene Bass

A survivor’s story can encompass hurt, pain, sorrow and even some hope and joy for tomorrow. Psalm 30:5 For His anger is but for a moment, His favor is for life; Weeping may endure for a night, But joy comes in the morning. When I look back over the years, and I think life over, I often want a do-over, then I grip reality and keep looking forward. There is much I can share but not enough words allowed at this time, so I will just remain encouraging that “You, too, can make it through!” The advantage was God’s presence in my mind and spirit which kept my body still. The phone cord, three times around; the fist in the jaw; the silence; the envy; the slurs; the mental agony. Different times, different individuals but each said, “I love you.” His anger was only for a moment. He held no favor for my life like the favor of God. God held me in His arms through the night to reach the morning’s joy. I received my life back over the years, as I kept hope for tomorrow. I broke the cycle by building my relationship in one who never leaves me. I learned to stop leaving Him. Phillipians 4:19 (NKJV) And my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus.

– Juernene Bass, soul survivor