Luke 17:3 Ministries Inc
Sunday, October 17, 2021
For Adult Daughters of Controlling or Abusive Birth-Families

A Poem To My Family Of Origin....By Sister Pavitra

Many thanks to our Sister Pavitra for sharing her wonderful poem of victory over abuse and triumph over evil.  God bless you for the love and encouragement you give to others.



By Sister Pavitra


A poem to my family of origin...
You may have stolen my childhood
 Crushed my innocence and smeared my soul
 You may still think you're better than me
 And perhaps you have some advantages, all told
 But you cannot stop me from living my life
 Yes, you may try to steal more away
 You may hunt me, pursue me, stalk me
 You may still think of me as your prey
 But I can still smell the roses in my garden
 I can still enjoy the laughter of a child
 I can still grow my hair long as I like
 I can still keep things away from you, undefiled
 The core of my soul is not yours to keep
 You never locked it away in a cage
 No, instead you fueled a will to fight
 I will never again let you have center stage
 You don't define who I say I am now
 Your labels are not mine to keep
 I don't spend my days cowering in fear
 And at night, I refuse to weep
 The scars from what you did still linger
 I still carry the wounds in my heart
 The nightmares still come, you're still in my head
 But the paralysis is now stopped, before it can
 You want revenge now that I've told
 You want my head for telling the truth
 Give it your best, strike with your venom
 For to me, your vindictiveness is only more proof
 You cannot keep looking so good
 You cannot keep spinning your lies
 Not without stepping in your own foul stench
 Not without opening everyone else's eyes
 You can't stop me from having my life
 You can't stop me from enjoying the sun
 You can't take away my bond with the Lord
 You can't undo the Blood of the Son
 You could undermine all that I own
 Throw me and my family out on the street
 But I am strong, and God is on my side
 I can rebuild with His path at my feet
 For you may have beaten me before, but I'm not dead
 And that is the greatest irony of all 
 In that while you did all you could to bring me down
 I grew to stand firm, rather than fall
 So bray like the stubborn mules that you are
 God's got me in the palm of His hand
 I can still smile no matter what you do
 For His strength and glory is all I need to make
 life grand.



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