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CHILDHOOD ABUSE AND BOUNDARIES

CHILDHOOD ABUSE AND BOUNDARIES By Reverend Sherri L. Board, M.A. In the book, BOUNDARIES, by Dr. Henry Cloud and Dr. John Townsend, they say, “Boundaries define us. They define what is me and not me” (275*). Fighting for my identity and space

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CHILDHOOD ABUSE AND SPIRITUALITY

It is important for us to grow up. And God feels the same way. 1 Corinthians 13:11 says, “When I was a child, I spoke and thought and reasoned as a child. But when I grew up, I put away childish things” (NLT). For people such as myse

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CHILDHOOD ABUSE AND THE MOMENT

As an adult survivor of childhood abuse, have you had “The Moment” yet? It’s that moment in time when it dawns on you that you hadn’t thought about the negative effects of your childhood abuse—shame, anxiety, low self-esteem, just to name a f

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CHILDHOOD ABUSE AND USING OUR VOICES

As most of us know, child abusers can more often than not scare us quiet. So that I would remain silent about my own sexual, physical, and emotional abuse, my abuser told me things like, “I will kill your brothers and sisters if you talk.” “I wil

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CHILDHOOD ABUSE AND THE HOLY SPIRIT

By Reverend Sherri L. Board, M.A. I just read a really good book. It’s called, “Healing for Damaged Emotions” by David A. Seamands. Before reading it, I had not realized the tremendous healing power that the Holy Spirit has on our damaged emot

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CHILDHOOD ABUSE AND THINKING ABOUT OUR THINKING

By Reverend Sherri L. Board, M.A. Years ago, I shared this saying with a therapist, as I was seeking help in having a more positive mental outlook, “You cannot live a positive life with a negative mind.” He said something to me all those years ago

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CHILDHOOD ABUSE AND SELF-WORTH

By Reverend Sherri L. Board, M.A. As an adult survivor of childhood abuse, no negative thought, not shame not anxiety not dissociation, becomes more caught in my throat than this ache of having a very low self-worth. It lodges itself there, this dis

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CHILDHOOD ABUSE AND NATURE'S HEALING BALM

By Reverend Sherri L. Board, M.A. This past summer, I climbed in my motor home and rode in it from Southern California to the southernmost part of Alaska accessible by vehicle and back home again, over nine thousand miles. When I left my home, I

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CHILDHOOD ABUSE AND THANKFULNESS

By Reverend Sherri L. Board, M.A. It is hard for some of us to be thankful when we experienced trauma in our childhoods.  After all, being hurt by the very adults/caregivers who were supposed to protect and create for us a loving found

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THE THREE P's OF POSITIVE THINKING

By Reverend Sherri L. Board, M.A. Licensed Clinical Pastoral Counselor As we begin this new year together, I want to share with you something that I do when I find negative thoughts creeping into my mind. I keep a copy of Philippians 4:8 tucked i

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