* Abide in God to be fruitful. Keep in fellowship with God so He will work in and through you to produce His fruits in your life – love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.

 

* Invite God to use your experiences to bless others. Thank God for the healing He has brought you by making yourself available for Him to use as He works in the lives of others who are hurting. Know that God will not waste any part of your previous pain; He will use to bring about good as you share your testimony and reach out to others who need healing from abuse.


Adapted from Set Free: Stories of God’s Healing Power for Abuse Survivors, copyright 2005 by Jan Coates.  Published by Bethany House Publishers, a division of Baker Publishing Group, Minneapolis, Mn.,www.bethanyhouse.com.
Jan Coates has worked in sales, marketing, and creative writing for more than 25 years. She is a speaker, has appeared on television and radio, and owned her own sales and marketing consulting company. As a teen full of shame and guilt from child abuse, she turned her back on the Christian faith. Then in 1982 a drunk driver killed her only child. Jan rededicated her life to Jesus on Easter Sunday, 1983. Today Jan and her husband are the parents of two teenagers who were adopted as babies. She and her family live in College Station, Texas.