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T.R.A.U.M.A. Redefined

By Erika

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Do you know anyone that’s experienced a traumatic event in his/her life? Or, maybe…you have? Often, I am surprised when I share my traumatic childhood experience with others and I discover that, after listening to their stories, they have suffered some type of trauma as well. Often, the person I’m speaking with is unaware of what causes trauma. Here are a few common sources of trauma:


• Rape
• Domestic violence
• Natural disasters
• Severe illness or injury
• The death of a loved one
• Witnessing an act of violence

Some of the emotional symptoms I had to work through were denial, anger, low self-worth, sadness and emotional outbursts. There would be times when I would redirect any anxiety or stress that I had towards other sources, such as friends or family members. This was hard at times for my family and friends that wanted to help, and I ended up pushing them away. There were moments where we learned to extend grace to each other, pray and eventually talk through the stressor.


Some of the physical symptoms that I had to address, and still face, are events that cause anxiousness and my heart to race rapidly. I will never forget the day several Dallas police officers were killed. I sat in my living room on the floor, sobbing. That triggered an overwhelming feeling of anxiousness and fear. It also took me back to the day that I found out my sister passed away unexpectedly. There will be triggers on our journeys. We have to learn how to manage them when they appear.

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I wrestled with trauma several times in my life. I eventually realized how to take control of it and not let it control me! Counseling, engraving God’s word in my heart, a shift in my way of thinking and repetition helps me continue to manage my experiences.


Our minds are incredibly powerful. We have to repeat steps several times before they become a habit. Eventually, I realized that I had the power to redefine what it means in my life. A change in perspective caused everything to shift and work for my good. Yep, even the ugly stuff!


Today, I embrace my traumatic experiences. Don’t get me wrong - there is pain associated with trauma. However, I believe if we allow God to heal our broken pieces, we will see things through His eyes and not through the painful situation that happened in our lives.

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My definition of trauma reminds me of the beauty that can come out of any tragic situation in our lives. I often say that God took the messy parts of my life and used them to become my message of encouragement and hope!

I remind myself often of who T.R.A.U.M.A. created me to be!

T - Treasured
R - Redeemed
A - Accepted
U - Unashamed
M - Miracle
A – Alive

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My prayer is that you choose to redefine the way trauma has impacted your life. I pray that you remember who God says you are, and not what your experience has caused you to believe. I pray that you trust that God can take the parts of our lives that caused us pain and use it for His glory. I pray that you walk in victory, forgiveness and freedom.

P.S. If you’re in the Dallas-Ft. Worth area, I’m hosting a meeting this weekend to share the tools that I used to help me heal and redefine my journey. I’ll see you there!

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