003–Lauren

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I’m grateful to have my friend “Lauren” with us on today’s Restory Show. For reasons you’ll understand when you listen, Lauren has opted to use a pseudonym to mask her identity. Some stories are hard to tell publicly, particularly when they involve the reputations of others.

How Our Stories Intersected

I first met Lauren years ago when I lived in the Pacific Northwest. Our paths have crossed in interesting ways over the years, and in the past two, we’ve reconnected over the publication of my book, Not Marked: Finding Hope and Healing after Sexual Abuse.

About Lauren’s Story

Lauren has an unusual marriage story, one not so easily fit into categories. In the midst of a difficult marriage, she learned to press into Jesus, even when things turned tragic. She’s a single mom who has learned to trust Jesus for everything.

In Her Own Words

“How can you tell your interns to not look at porn, when you’re doing the same thing?”

“I didn’t want to mention the word divorce.”

“Cancer shifted everything. I would love to say that it changed his addiction. I don’t know from that point forward what he was involved in because we were just trying to keep it together.”

“We could’ve had a great story together.”

“I have a deeper understanding for what other women are struggling with … I can have compassion for them and pray for them.”

“When it’s been ingrained in you for so long, that you you’re not worth loving, that you’re not worth taking care of and protecting, it’s definitely a process [to work through it]. I’m still in that process.”

Restory Recap

  • It’s hard to endure a marriage where one person is addicted to something.
  • No matter where you find yourself, there are always people who need love and comfort and your listening ear.
  • Relationships are worth your effort and tenacity.
  • It’s okay to voice what you need. It’s okay to be confident in who you are, despite your circumstances.
  • God does provide, no matter what your situation is. He hasn’t forgotten you.

As in all my episodes, I pray for you at the end. It’s my sincere hope that you’ll walk away from the Restory Show changed and challenged.

{Aside: This is an anonymous story.}

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