Breaking the Chains of an Abusive Past

“The road to healing may be long, but the joy in knowing you’re stronger because of the journey will be worth it all!” -Doris Hayes Gibson

425570_229551793802883_1372983300_nFrom the early days of childhood, abuse can crush one’s spirit to extraordinary measures. I remember being extremely timid to the point of never desiring to socialize with other children. It seemed my voice would never be strong enough to be  heard above the clatter inside my world. I remained silent, and I would wear my mask until old age stared me in the face.

My, how wonderful it would be if no child had to ever experience another heartbreak from the demons of abuse…to be able to curse that demonic spirit back into the pit from which it came and see these children be set free! What a beautiful dream!

I’m asking you, if  you know of someone who is carrying the secret of shame from an abusive past,  pray they will give that burden to God and leave it there. He can break the chains that hold them back. He can mend the broken pieces. They CAN be whole again in Jesus’ name! I am living proof!


Where is your pain, oh darkened past?
Where does your sadness lay?

Your shadows, I left far behind
Where misery must stay.

 I’ll face the future now, at last,
And turn my thoughts to God.
My heart won’t plead to visit you.
Your final path, I’ve trod.

 Dismiss your hopes of robbing me
Of hope and joy I claim.
I’m taking back what you once stole.
My mind won’t play your game.

 Remain that foolish, broken fool
And find your place to hide,
For God will shield my future days
From all your vengeful pride.

 Your plans for grief have been destroyed.
Good riddance to your lies.
I’ll have no fear along this road
Where freedom is my prize.

 I’ll hold my head up high and smile;
No thoughts of where I’ve been.
I’ll be at peace, for I’m released
From your harsh curse of sin.

© 2013 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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4 Responses to Breaking the Chains of an Abusive Past

  1. David Hight says:

    Enjoyed so much.


    • Heart Written: Doris Hayes-Gibson says:

      Thank you, David! I’m so glad you visited and liked! Could certainly use your prayers. God bless you!


  2. Amen… absolutely beautiful! God bless you!


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