Memories have the power to remind us that our past was real, but His word tells us we have a awesome future! We need to remember when those triggers happen in our life today, that our past is just that and it does not define us or dictate where or who holds our future. The bible clearly says in Jeremiah 29:11 "'For I know the plans I have for you,' declares The Lord , 'plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you HOPE and a FUTURE.'" I know that can be hard to fully believe and trust, but we need to allow that to penetrate our hearts as truth. I know many people (that mean absolutely no harm) who say things such as " God allowed this to happen." I believe very differently. I believe God gives us all free will; and our predators used their freedom very wrongly. One thing I do know without a doubt, is God WILL use our past hurts to help others in healing and strengthening ways. "You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives." Genesis 50-20.
There is freedom beyond abuse and beyond the many memories we still can carry with us daily. God places people in our lives to help carry our burdens and to lend a shoulder when it's needed! Take advantage of the healthy, and safe, people in your life and let them be part of your healing journey. Most of all, smile! Knowing you are one of the strongest, and rare, that is still not only standing, but choosing to heal and come out better with a bright future.