Mending the Wounds of Abuse

Senior+woman+in+dressing+gown+on+bed,+looking+in+hand+held+mirrorIf you’ve ever journeyed down the path of abuse, this poem will speak to your heart. Years of feeling unworthy of anything better can sometimes make us lose sight of who we are meant to be in Christ. Because of His grace, we are made worthy. He loves us and will mend every hurt. Put your complete trust in Him.

From page 198 of my book, Heart Written – Breaking Free:

Free Her

She puts on her make-up and brushes her hair.
She views her reflection and can’t help but stare.
She sighs at the mirror; her eyes close and weep.

This woman she’s seeing reflects her defeat.

She prays with her head down; her tears touch the floor.
She cries for that young girl, who once was adored.
“Why do I feel ugly? This face is not mine.
It seems I’ve been cheated; life hasn’t been kind.”

”The years proved to hate me; they’ve emptied my youth.
My dreams are now over; I must face the truth.
That person I’m facing, I don’t know at all.
She’s looks unfamiliar; not one I recall.”

“Oh, child, hear me calling; where is it you’ve gone?
I yearn for my childhood; I long to go home.”
But God sees her teardrops and touches her face.
He wipes away fear now and fills her with grace.

He whispers, “I love you”; you’re one of a kind.
You’re special in My eyes; you’ll see that, in time.
Don’t worry, My child; you are treasured to Me,
And one day, you’ll find out how great you can be.

Yes, living inside you, is someone you know.
She wishes to break free; you must let her go.
Lift up your head, proudly; don’t weep for what’s passed;
Your beauty will shine, once you free her, at last.

© 2012 Doris Hayes Gibson
All Rights Reserved


About Heart Written: Doris Hayes Gibson

My name is Doris Hayes Gibson. My life revolves around Jesus Christ, my Creator, my Redeemer, the Lord of my worship, and the Hope for my tomorrow. My passion is to illustrate God's beauty and love through poetry and song lyrics. I have created hundreds of framed poetry images. Some were gifts of encouragement; some to honor a memory of a loved one, and some were created to help someone celebrate a special occasion. After living out of state for several years, I am, once again, residing in the beautiful Upstate of South Carolina. I have three grown children, five grandchildren, and a blue tortoiseshell Burmese cat. Illustrating God's beauty and love through words of poetry is my deepest passion. Although I have always enjoyed writing, it wasn't until 2005 (when God shut one door) that I realized He was opening the door of a tremendous opportunity to see Him use me in a spectacular way. While I do not claim any greatness of ability in any shape or form, I do know that God brought me through many trials and heartaches for such a time as this. I am now able to share this gift of poetry, with which He has blessed me, to magnify Him through blessing others. I Peter 4:10,11 states: "Each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others, faithfully administering God's grace in its various forms. If anyone speaks, he should do it as one speaking the very words of God. If anyone serves, he should do it with the strength God provides, so that in all things God may be praised through Jesus Christ. To him be the glory and the power for ever and ever. Amen." Through my writings, my main goal is to edify Christ. If I have touched one person in a positive way through this ministry, I know it will be worth every effort I put into my work. As I have said before, "This is My Labor of Love...but God's Work of Art." My first book, Heart Written - Breaking Free, was published in November of 2012. It is my prayer that it will reach countless souls and bless lives in tremendous ways. In 2014, my second book, Heart Written - Calling Me, was published. My third and fourth books, Heart Written - Cleansing River and Heart Written - Guarded Treasures, are now available. Please visit any online bookstore to purchase my books or contact me for your personally signed copies of my Heart Written series.
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8 Responses to Mending the Wounds of Abuse

  1. Beautiful poetry…I too am a survivor of abuse. God also has put me on this path of writing to reach out to other abuse victims. I know that He is calling forth His believers to help other victims. I love your posts and will continue to follow you. God bless you!!


    • Heart Written says:

      Thank you very much! I’m glad you stopped by. And you are so right!!! It took me a long time to begin to share my work. I published my first book, Heart Written – Breaking Free in November, 2012. If you aren’t familiar with it, please check it out on any bookstores online, such as: and The links are on my blog. I will check out your page, as well!!! Can’t wait to read your work! God bless you.


      • Thanks so much for the encouragement. I have just started this blog and hope to reach many people including victims of abuse to help them to understand how and why abuse happens and why it’s hard to get out of it. But, there is a way out…Christ! He saved me and He will save others. I am also in the process of getting my first book published about abuse. I will definitely check out yours as well. God bless you and thanks for following.


  2. Heart Written says:

    You are doing a great job! I just began mine, as well.You will be in my prayers. I know it can be a difficult task, but we can do all things through Christ!!! He will be your strength throughout the entire process! Blessings!!!


  3. You ended the poem the way I suggested in the finale to my series on the writing process. =)


  4. I love your writing… I had lost you for a while but glad that I found you again. You are a blessing to people who read your blog!!


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