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Growing up, I really had no knowledge about God. My mother said if you’re good you go to Heaven, bad you go to Hell. No explanation of what was good or bad, & I had no idea how Jesus fit into the equation.
As things got worse with my mother as I got older, I decided I had absolutely no use for God. Obviously He didn’t care about me since I was going through so much at home. In fact, I believed He couldn’t even exist. How could a loving God exist & let me go through the things I did?
It wasn’t until I was in my twenties I realized how faulty this thinking was. I finally realized God did indeed exist & cared deeply about the pain I went through. That is when my healing began
If you are being or have been abused, I understand it can be very tempting to give up on God, or at least to think He doesn’t care about your pain. The truth though, Dear Reader, is that God hurts when you hurt. He is angry about what has been done to you, too. He knows all too well the unfairness of it all.
That may be hard to believe when you’re hurting, but it’s very true. Please don’t give up on God for not saving you from bad situations. The truth is He doesn’t force people to do anything, even when it’s in their best interest. God is a gentleman, never forcing people to do anything. He may suggest things, show evidence that certain things are a good idea & others bad ideas, but He never forces anything. He leaves the final decision on what to do up to each person & unfortunately many people make bad decisions. They ignore God’s promptings & do whatever they feel like. That is NOT God’s fault- the blame lies squarely on their shoulders. Why get mad at God for people making bad choices since it’s not His fault?
Dear Reader, God is in your corner. He always has been & always will be. If you wonder where He was when you were being abused, He was there, crying over your suffering. He was angry for you. He was distraught that your abuser didn’t pay attention to His promptings not to do these things.
Now that it’s over? God is there by your side, wanting to hug you & make it all better. He wants to help you through your pain. Let Him. Don’t get mad at God & shut Him out. Let Him help you instead. He will show you how to heal & how to make your pain count for something good. I know that sounds impossible, but it’s very true. He has done this for me & will do the same for you, too.
Anger is an emotion that strikes fear into many people. In Christian circles, many think anger isn’t of God. It’s from the devil & to be avoided at all costs. If you’re angry, you’re a sinner/wrong/a bad person. People who were abused fear anger, assuming the angry person is going to hurt them like their abuser did.
The truth is though that anger is simply one of the many emotions God gave us, & if God gave it, it can’t be bad. What you do with the anger can be good or bad though.
I have learned that sometimes, it is good to hold onto some anger. If I think back on the terrible, abusive things my narcissistic mother has done to me, although I have forgiven her for doing them, the unfairness of them still makes me angry. This is not a bad thing at all! If I can remember to focus on that anger, it helps me to stay strong with my mother when she does something else hurtful. The anger empowers me- it helps me to have the inner strength to call her out on her actions when I need to, rather than letting her get away with abusing me.
There is also a big difference in being angry at the injustice of a situation & angry at a person. God commands us to forgive one another repeatedly in the Bible, I believe because it benefits us so much to forgive others. (A few examples are: Colossians 3:13, Ephesians 4:31-32, Matthew 18: 21-22 & Matthew 6:14-15.) Not forgiving others can lead very easily to bitterness or tainting your judgment of other people. (example: if your husband cheated on you, you think all men are cheaters) Being angry with a righteous anger at the unfairness of a situation though, does not have the same results. Yes, an unjust situation makes you angry but it doesn’t make you bitter, & it gives you strength to stand up for what is right.
If you feel anger, I urge you to really delve into why you are angry. If you are angry at the person who hurt or abused you, then by all means, please try to let it go. I wrote about the topic of forgiveness on my website. You can click this link if you’d like to read it.
If you’re angry about the unfairness of a situation though, I would urge you to hold onto that righteous anger. It will help you if you ever are faced with a similar situation.
When you have been abused, you eventually get angry. It’s only natural. Many people think that this means you are harboring anger. It can be very discouraging & painful for you, because so many people will tell you you need to let it go, it was so long ago so why are you still holding onto this & other painful, invalidating things. Christians often will quote verses on forgiveness & make you feel guilty for being angry. I actually was told once by a Christian lady, “God says forgive so I do it. I don’t know what your problem is.” *sigh* I can’t even express how ashamed of myself I felt when she said that.
I always find it interesting that these judgmental people never have good advice on how to forgive, but they sure are quick to tell us we need to do it!
The truth of the matter is anger is not easy to deal with. Some people are very blessed & are able to let it go easily, but they are pretty rare. The rest of us have to feel it, & get really angry before we can let it go. Often several times.
Anger can also be somewhat deceptive. You can think you are done, you’ve forgiven someone, when suddenly something triggers anger at that person all over again. I experienced that a few months ago regarding my ex husband. I thought I’d forgiven him long ago, then after my mother bringing him up in conversation, it triggered a flashback which made me very angry at some things he had done to me. It was frustrating because I was sure I’d completely forgiven him.
Anger is a complex emotion that demands to be heard & dealt with in some way. So long as you are trying to deal with it however works best for you though, this doesn’t mean you are harboring anger, resentful, bitter, etc.
Harboring anger, however, is different.
Harboring anger involves not trying to let the anger go. People who have no desire to forgive are harboring anger.
It also includes a disdain & intense hatred for the person who abused you,
Harboring anger also means you don’t care why the person hurt you- you only care that you were hurt. A mature person tries to understand why someone acted the way they did rather than only knowing their actions. They know if they can understand, even a little, it may help them to forgive the other person & not take on the blame for that person’s actions.
People who harbor anger are very bitter. For example, if someone has a spouse who cheated, she assumes all men are cheaters or he assumes all women are cheaters.
These people also hold grudges for years. They can still be just as angry today as they were the day they were hurt 37 years ago.
These people also talk badly about whoever hurt them at every opportunity. Those who aren’t holding onto anger are different- if they discuss that person, they do so in a matter of fact way, without name calling or insulting.
Today I encourage you, Dear Reader, to examine your actions. Are you harboring anger or are you angry but trying to forgive your abuser? If the latter, then please, stop listening to those who are trying to convince you that you are a bad person for feeling the way you do! Ignore the ignorance of other people, & do what you need to do to heal & forgive!
In case you don’t know, intrusive thoughts are thoughts that shove their way into your mind & are often impossible to get rid of. They are very common with PTSD & C-PTSD. In my experience, a brain injury combined with C-PTSD made them even worse. Yay me..
A few minutes ago, I had yet another experience with intrusive thoughts. My newest cat, Minnie Rose, is named after my great grandmom, who I absolutely adore. She passed when I was 11, but I still have many fond memories of her, some of which replayed in my mind when Minnie Rose walked into the room with me. Suddenly, I remembered that my parents never asked if I was ok or offered comfort when she died. My granddad held me & let me cry at her viewing, & that was the only comfort or love I was shown regarding her passing. I began to get angry that my parents didn’t care that I was grieving or even talk to me about her death. I decided to get on facebook & distract myself for a little while as I really didn’t feel like dealing with this anger right now. Even a short break so I could finish my housework in peace would have been nice. That was a bad idea. The “today’s memories” feature popped up & in there was a link to this old blog post. Remembering how cruel my mother was to me last year at this time was very painful.
So now, I’m sitting here pretty pissed off. Fun times… Not.
This type of thing has happened enough times that I’m used to it. I also have learned how to handle it in a way that works for me, & I want to share it in the hopes they will work for you as well.
I have yet to find a way to stop intrusive thoughts. They seem to have a mind of their own. Also, I’ve noticed when I try, often something else happens that pretty much forces me to deal with what is on my mind. This has shown me that intrusive thoughts have a purpose. They serve as a reminder to say, “Now is the time to deal with this! Get alone, get quiet & get with God so you can do it.” This is actually a good thing, even though it doesn’t feel like it at the time. (Apparently for me they also can serve as fodder for blog entries..lol)
When I can get alone, quiet & with God, I tell Him how I feel. I let it out, all the anger & ugliness. In return, He comforts me. Sometimes (well, often..) I don’t feel like saying things out loud, so instead of talking to Him, I write in my journal as if I am talking to Him. Either way, God does the same thing- helps me to get rid of the anger &/or hurt & comforts & often heals me from that painful incident. It’s really that simple. Healing isn’t always complicated. Sometimes you just need to get your feelings out, be validated & receive some comfort in return.
Sometimes, I also ask God to tell me the truth about what happened. Was it right? Did I deserve it? His answers are always amazing! When God tells you that you didn’t deserve to be abused, you can’t help but believe it! I’ve often sensed His anger at the injustice of the experience I went through, which also, believe it or not, is very healing. It validates the fact that you were done wrong, very wrong.
Another thing I have noticed is that doing this may help you to release some anger, but acquire a new anger. A righteous anger. I know this can be difficult for victims of narcissistic abuse, because we were never allowed to be angry. Often we carry that dysfunction well into adulthood. And, as a Christian, many folks misunderstand anger. They often believe you should forgive & forget, anger is from the devil, & shamed if you feel any anger no matter the situation. We often feel wrong & ashamed if we feel any anger, so we try to ignore it. I want to tell you today, Dear Reader, that there is absolutely nothing wrong with righteous anger! Remember Jesus in the temple, overturning tables & freeing sellers’ livestock for sale? That was righteous anger. People were doing something offensive to God, & that enraged Him, as it should have! Abuse is also offensive to God- why shouldn’t anyone be enraged by that?!
Righteous anger has its place. It lets you know that something is very wrong & change needs to happen. It also motivates you to make that change by stirring up your emotions. I have only recently learned to embrace righteous anger. It has helped me when I have to deal with my parents & their abusive, dysfunctional behavior. Realizing that they expect me to behave as they want after how horribly they have treated me makes me angry with that righteous anger. That anger gives me the strength to be firm in my boundaries & not tolerate things I would have tolerated without that anger.
In conclusion, I know intrusive thoughts are painful, upsetting & disturbing, but please be encouraged, Dear Reader. They do have a purpose! Dealing with them as quickly as possible will help you to heal & grow stronger.
Also, when you are done dealing with your intrusive thoughts, don’t forget to take care of yourself! Emotional work is so exhausting. Be gentle with yourself. Pamper yourself. You’ve earned it!
And now, I’m off to write in my journal then take a relaxing, long shower & goof off for the rest of my day…
Good morning, Dear Readers. I hope this post finds you well today.
It’s been such a rough week here, first losing my sweet Georgie last Wednesday, then my dear aunt Sunday. And, icing on the cake is that my mother is mad at me. Yippie.. the only reason I can think of is either because I snapped at her recently during a conversation or because I didn’t call her on her birthday- I only sent a card. (It was the day I lost Georgie- I was hurting too much to talk to anyone).
I realized she was mad on Sunday. My husband, father & I were almost to my aunt’s home when my mother called my cell phone. She said my cousin called & said my aunt passed away, so we shouldn’t bother coming. When I spoke to my cousin later, he never mentioned saying that to her. She also didn’t call me or send a birthday card yesterday. She is using her favorite weapon- the silent treatment. A common weapon of narcissists. Funny thing though- I don’t know anyone who gets upset or feels bad when a narcissist stops speaking to them. Personally, I enjoy it! The timing works well for me, too. I need some time to take care of myself & grieve my losses without any stupid, unnecessary drama.
Besides, I am angry with my mother right now. When I was hanging out with my family Sunday, I was thinking how blessed I am. They are wonderful people. But, I didn’t even know they were until I was an adult. As a child, my mother kept me close to her side at family gatherings. I was barely allowed to speak to my paternal grandparents, aunts, uncles & cousins. My mother despises her in-laws, & always has, so she didn’t let me interact with them. Then, at age 17, my mother told me that my grandparents were ashamed of me. It wasn’t long after, my now ex-husband said my mother was right, & that they didn’t care about me at all. As a result, I stopped seeing my family completely for about 8 years.
I did end up contacting my granddad 3 years before he died. We quickly grew very close. I also was blessed with growing close to other relatives for the first time. I am extremely grateful for these relationships. However, I still have trouble releasing the anger I feel about my mother keeping me from my family in the first place. I don’t want to be mad anymore, but I just can’t seem to let it go, even though I’ve forgiven her for everything else. Please pray for me.
Oh, a side note- Granddad told me nothing could be further from the truth. He & Grandmom loved me a great deal…
I’m sorry this post isn’t inspirational or informative today. I hope it at least let’s other children of narcissistic parents know you aren’t alone. ❤
Tomorrow will be 6 years since I decided to divorce my husband. Yes, we’re still married, but that day, I had enough. I was fed up with so many problems that no matter what I did, I couldn’t fix, & he wasn’t willing to work on. I felt like I was married to a stranger- I didn’t understand why he acted the way he did at this time, & frankly, I didn’t care what his motives were. I was angry & hurt.
Every year around April 7th, I get depressed & angry. Like it or not, I can’t stop remembering that awful day in 2008.
I also get angry at some people who I tried to talk to about things at that time. I heard advice from people who weren’t even married. It was absolutely frustrating at best. The advice I got that hurt me the most was, “You need to forgive him. You can’t hold onto this anger forever!” (I heard this within days of reaching my decision, by the way)
I am definitely pro-forgiveness. It doesn’t do anyone any good to hang onto anger while the person who made you angry is living their life, not caring that you are suffering. However, I also believe to fully forgive, you need to process that anger. Feel it, get it out, & then you can let it go. Time helps some, sure, but so does prayer. I cried to God many times in my frustration & anger, & yanno something? He can take it! He understood how I felt & comforted me. And, He helped me get rid of most of the anger I felt in time. It didn’t happen overnight. It took me many months. Plus, here we are, 6 year later, & I still have some moments of anger & hurt every April, some being better than others. Forgiveness is truly a process, & can’t always happen quickly, especially when something traumatic shakes you to the core of your being. Forgiveness often takes time.
Second runner up for the things I heard at the time that bothered me was, “No one can make you feel anything. You have complete control over how you feel about what other people do.”
To a degree, I absolutely believe this. If some mean-spirited person is trying to upset you, it’s your place to respond in an appropriate manner to this person’s games & not let them get their desired result of upsetting you. If someone cuts you off in traffic, it’s your place to be the bigger person & not get into a fight in the middle of the highway with this person. However, some people, especially those closest to you, know what buttons to push with you. They know how to make you angry or hurt you like no one else can, & when they use that knowledge to hurt you, you are going to be angry &/or hurt- that is only human. Ephesians 4:26 says “Be angry but do not sin.” God understands that sometimes no matter how good we are at self-control, we are going to be upset by another person’s actions! It is part of being human & having human emotions! However, at the time these things were happening, I was beating myself up for “letting myself” be angry & hurt. Hearing people tell me that no one, even my husband, could make me feel certain things, only added to the emotional roller coaster I was on at this time in my life.
My reason for telling you these things??
If you are going through a hard time, please know you are normal for being upset. It’s ok!! You need to feel & process your emotions to get over them & forgive your offender or abuser. And yes, sometimes people *can* make you angry or hurt you! Especially those closest to you. These things don’t make you a failure. They make you a normal human being. ❤
I just read an interesting article about forgiveness. It claims that sometimes unforgiveness is a good thing. The article gave an example of a woman who was abused all of her life by her brother, then as an adult, she stopped speaking to him, attending family gatherings that he was also to attend, etc. It confused me because to me, refusing to speak to her brother doesn’t necessarily mean she hasn’t forgiven him. Not everyone in a situation like this is hanging onto anger- they are setting boundaries.
I am a firm believer in forgiveness, & also a firm believer in setting healthy boundaries. As an example, I have ended friendships with people who used me, lied to me, or even had Narcissistic Personality Disorder. I refuse to spend time with them ever again. However, I’m not angry with them, nor do I wish them any harm. I simply care enough about myself not to put myself in the path of being mistreated by people who have proved themselves fully capable of it.
To me, forgiveness means refusing to allow anger to fester inside of me. I hate feeling angry!! As soon as it happens, I work through the anger as quickly as I can, then let it go. It has nothing to do with the person who has made me angry- it is about me, & how I don’t want to go through life angry or bitter.
Forgiveness also doesn’t necessarily mean forgiving & forgetting. Many times it does, of course, when the offense is small. However, if you are dealing with an abusive person, forgetting what they have done means you easily can set yourself up for further abuse. Look at the example of a wife whose husband beats her. If she forgives him & forgets, he will beat her again. He will beg for forgiveness, she will forgive & forget, then he will beat her again. The cycle will continue until she leaves him. Leaving isn’t a matter of forgiveness or unforgiveness- it’s a matter of survival.
Coming from a narcissistic mother, I have had to learn a lot about forgivness & boundaries. What I have written about here is the result of reading, listening to pastors preach on forgiveness, & praying. I pray it blesses you!