I am now leading a support group for women in NYC who have left abusive relationships. We now have almost 200 members, found on a public NYC "meet up"... This is a wonderful ministry, as we discuss about what it means to have a relationship with enriching, mutual respect and how there is no such thing as true love without mutual respect.
God's picture for marriage is beautiful, and it hurts Him when we compromise. We have to learn to love God enough to stop grieving the Holy Spirit by staying in a relationship with a man who does not cherish us the way God wants us to be cherished. The key is getting our sense of belonging in God and leading a happy and fulfilling life in who we were created to be. People may scoff at faith, but no one can scoff at the confidence only a relationship with Jesus can give. Only when we find contentment, wholeness and happiness in God alone can we make healthy decisions concerning men. It is a blessing to be in love with a man (sent from the God of love) who loves us, and it is also a blessing to be contented as a single person, not allowing the wrong men to bring us down as women. Thank God for the peace that no man can give! God is a Healer, and we are never alone...
I will be writing more about this on the LTW web site, because it is a very important, new outreach of Lighting the Way for women.